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Student service on Senate committees

Which students are eligible to serve on a Senate committee?

All degree-seeking students - undergraduate, graduate, and professional - are eligible to join Senate committees. Students do not need to be a senator to apply. System campus students are encouraged to apply since student seats are reserved on some committees for system campus representatives.

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If I'm from a system campus, how will I participate?

System campus students, faculty, and staff participate in most Senate committee meetings through a video or phone connection. There is no requirement that system campus members travel to the Twin Cities, where meetings are held.

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When are meetings held?

All Senate committees meet on a set day of the week at a set time. Most committees meet between 9 am-5 pm. There are no night or weekend meetings scheduled. More information on each committee, including the current meeting schedule, is available here.

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What is the time commitment?

Most committees meet once a month, 6-9 times per year, for 1.5-2 hours per meeting. In addition to the time to attend each meeting, most committees also require 15-30 minutes of advanced reading to prepare for meetings.

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Why serve on a Senate committee?

Committees are the critical point at which University policies and decisions on grading, evaluation of instruction, the budget, electronic privacy, research, environmental impacts, and many other matters important to the University community are debated and resolved.

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I want to join. What should I do?

If you would like to be considered for a seat beginning fall 2017, please complete the brief interest form by 9:00 am on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. All forms will be sent to the Student Committee on Committees for review. Appointments will be made by the end of May and notifications will be sent soon thereafter.

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