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Student Activities: Student Participation in University Governance
University of Portland students are afforded many formal and informal opportunities to have a voice in University governance, particularly through the Associated Students of the University of Portland (ASUP). The list below sets forth the opportunities available at the time of publication of this handbook.
ASUP Executive Board
The ASUP president and other officers of the student government have meetings with members of the faculty, the staff, and the top levels of the administration, including the University president; these discussions are instrumental in keeping the administration and others informed of students’ views and are valuable opportunities for these student leaders to learn about issues the University is addressing, in order to inform the Student Senate and student body about them.
The Student Senate frequently invites administrators of various departments to speak on topics of interest at the start of the weekly Student Senate meetings; these occasions afford all the student senators an opportunity to receive information, ask questions, and share their student constituents’ points of view.
ASUP Senate Committees
The Student Senate is organized into four standing committees: Campus Affairs, Internal Affairs, Student Affairs, and Outreach. Each of these committees are divided into relevant sub-committees that work to address issues of student welfare and concern by meeting with appropriate university administrators, faculty, staff and students to develop visible solutions and outcomes.
Board of Regents Committees
The ASUP president and vice president serve as non-voting, ex-officio representatives
to two committees of the Board of Regents at Board meetings held on campus, typically
twice a year; the ASUP president attends the meeting of the Committee on
Student Affairs and the ASUP vice president attends the meeting of the Committee
on Academic Affairs.
Academic (Faculty) Senate
The ASUP vice president and ASUP Director of Communications serve as voting, ex-officio members of the Academic Senate which is responsible for developing the University’s academic policies in a number of areas, as well as advising the administration in some non-academic areas.
Academic Senate Committee on Curriculum and Academic Regulations
Two seats of this committee are filled by students, one undergraduate and one graduate student, who discuss, deliberate, and vote on matters pertaining to the academic programs.
Presidential Advisory Committees
Students recommended by the ASUP president and appointed by the University president serve alongside faculty and staff on five Presidential Advisory Committees, which are Diversity and Inclusion, Student Media, Athletics, Health and Safety, Informational Technology, and Sustainability.
Other advisory committees
Several programs and departments have formal advisory committees which either include students or are made up entirely of students:Office on Students with Disabilities Advisory Committee (Shepard Academic Resource Center); Student Athlete Advisory Committee (Athletics); Advisory Committee for Club Recognition (Student Activities); Cadets Funds Board (Army ROTC); Consortium for Educational Advisement & Development Committee (School of Education); and the School of Nursing Committees on Community, Curriculum, Evaluation, and Students.
Other schools, departments and programs provide for student input into policy, planning, and budgeting recommendations as those units deem necessary for their decision-making. Some turn to existing student organizations or committees or to student leaders or student employees in their departments for input. Other departments gather information from surveys conducted on an on-going or a periodic basis. And at times students are appointed to ad hoc committees, such as committees which interview prospective faculty or administrators for positions with the University.