All members of Student Senate are required to come to the weekly legislative meetings, which take place at 7:00 PM on Sundays. These meetings typically take a little over an hour, but they can range from as little as 16 minutes to as much as three hours.
If you are a member of a college committee, you are also required to attend all of its meetings, and are expected to take some time to prepare before those meetings. Meeting times vary from committee to committee, and may occasionally take up several hours of your week. To learn more about a specific committee, click here.
Members of the Executive Board and the Legislature are required to attend College Council meetings. These usually take place twice per semester, and take about an hour, sometimes more.
All Senators are also required to participate in Budget Committee meetings, which take place right before Senate meetings at 6:00 PM on Sundays. Class representatives must be present every week, and other members must be present when assigned.
Some senior members of Student Senate are required to serve on the Senate Elections Committee. This includes the Senior Class Representative, as well as the senior members of the Faculty Executive Committee and the Appointments, Promotions, and Tenures committee. The Elections Committee meets infrequently throughout most of the year, but may see an increase in workload during the four annual elections periods.
Members of the Legislature (and occasionally the Judicial Council) will also be asked to serve on special Senate committees, which are responsible for internal Senate matters. Attendance to these committees is required, although you can let the Communications Secretary know if you cannot make the meeting times for a special committee that you have been assigned to.
Members of the Judicial Council are required to meet whenever a case presents itself for review. The number of cases per semester, as well as the time commitment per case, can vary.
It is always possible for members of Senate to request that they are excused from a particular meeting by contacting the Communications Secretary. You can be excused for travel, illness, or emergencies, or other high-priority matters, but not for schoolwork.