Instructionally Related Activities

Qualification Requirements

Activity/Program Eligibility

  • Essential to a quality educational program
  • Provide an important instructional experience for any student enrolled in the respective program
  • Substantially related to an instructional program and a direct extension of the in-class experience
  • Directly involve faculty in the management and supervision of the activity/program
  • Provide an identifiable benefit to a significant number of students
  • Enhance the overall balance of university programs and the breadth and balance of IRA activities/programs
  • Cannot duplicate another university certified activity

If you answer "yes" to all the above, you are eligible to apply for certification.

Certification Process

  • Requests for certification can happen at any time
  • Your Dean or Director requests certification from the IRA Committee (Application Procedure)
  • The IRA Committee votes to recommend the activity/program as part of IRA
  • The IRA Committee sends the recommendation to the Provost for final approval


  • Certification and recognition as an Instructionally Related Activity does not guarantee funding
  • If an activity/program that has been discontinued wishes to become recertified, they must reapply for certification

Funding Process

  • Available funding for the following academic year is determined during the spring semester by the IRA Committee
  • The IRA Committee allocates funding to each college/unit Dean or Director
  • The Dean or Director allocates funding to the individual activity/program*
  • The funds are available beginning the following academic year

* - Contact your Dean or Director for details concerning your college/unit activity/program funding cycles.

Source of IRA Funds

  • Funding for activities/programs is provided by an Instructionally Related Activities fee paid by all students each semester when they enroll in University classes
  • Funding requests must be for those costs that are not a part of the regular cost of instruction