All-University Committees (AUCs) are a key element of shared governance between administration, faculty, and students at Portland State University. Shared governance is a concept practiced by all Oregon universities, and it ensures that students have a seat at the table while academic and campus policies are being discussed and determined.
To ensure this student representation remains intact, the Associated Students of Portland State University (ASPSU) University Affairs Director and Student Body President recommend and nominate students to sit on these All-University Committees. Any currently enrolled, academically eligible Portland State student can sit on an AUC. We invite you to use the list and descriptions below to locate the committees and areas of policy that interest you, and apply using the OrgSync form on this page. Please note that there is a minimum GPA requirement of 2.5 for all student AUC representatives.
Student representatives will be expected to communicate regularly with ASPSU about their AUC service. This is not only to ensure mutual accountability, but also to ensure that student representatives are equipped with all of the necessary information regarding policy positions that Portland State student government maintains. You will be asked to consider this information (often based on student survey campaigns) alongside your own research when forming your personal policy positions and casting your votes.
If appointed to an AUC, you will receive a short but mandatory orientation that will help prepare you for the responsibility of representing the student body. Moreover, ASPSU will be available to you throughout the academic year as a resource for information and advocacy. Supporting you in your personal learning objectives during your term of service is of paramount importance to us, and we are committed to maintaining this available to you throughout the year.
Once your submission has gone through and your eligibility has been confirmed you will hear back with your appointment letter within two weeks. For information on the committee meeting day/times for the 2017-2018 school year please see the following excel sheet:
Do not hesitate to contact your ASPSU University Affairs Director with any questions or concerns regarding the application or appointment process: firstname.lastname@example.org
COMMITTEE LIST & DESCRIPTIONS
*(please make note of any AUC's that interest you as you will be asked to rank them on the next page)
- Academic Advising Council (2 student seats): Reviews the current status of advising and makes recommendations on best practices regarding policies and processes related to academic advising.
- Academic Appeals Board (3 student seats): Hears appeals from students who claim to have received prejudiced or capricious academic evaluation and makes recommendations on cases to the Provost.
- Academic Computing and Information Technologies Advisory Council (2 student seats): provide academic input, advice, and perspectives and feedback to the Information Technology Advisory Committee (ITAC), a committee established by the President.
- Academic Requirements Committee (2 student seats): Makes decisions regarding academic regulations such as credit loads, transfer credits, and graduation requirements for all undergraduate degree programs.
- Access Committee (2 student seats): Addresses the broad range of issues that affect individuals with disabilities.
- Budget Committee (2 student seats): Makes recommendations regarding the university budget including reviewing proposals and budgetary priorities.
- Campus Safety Committee (1 student seats): Is responsible for recommendations to management regarding employee and student safety and health.
- Child Development Advisory Board (2 student seats): Advises on policy matters related to the CDFS Center, such as guidelines on ethical standards for research on children, staffing, budgeting, part fee schedules, etc.
- Educational Policy Committee (1 undergrad & 1 grad student seat): Makes recommendations on educational policies and planning for the University.
- General Student Affairs Committee (5 student seats): Serves in an advisory capacity to administrative officers on matters of student affairs, educational activities, budgets, and student discipline.
- Graduate Council (2 graduate student seats): Develops and recommends University policies and establishes procedures and regulations for graduate studies.
- Graduation Program Board (2 student seats): Advises the President, Provost, and the Commencement Coordinator with respect to policy and planning for University graduation ceremonies.
- Honors Council (2 students from the honors college): Develops and recommends University policies and establishes general procedures and regulations for the University Honors Program and departmental honors tracks.
- Institutional Assessment Council (1 student seat): Will promote and oversee the continued implementation of assessment across the campus, working closely with three offices: Instructional and Undergraduate Studies; Institutional Research and Planning; and the Center for Academic Excellence.
- Intercollegiate Athletics Board (3 student seats): Serves as the institutional advisory body to the President and the Faculty Senate in the development of and adherence to policies and budgets governing the University’s program in men’s and women’s intercollegiate athletics.
- Internationalization Council (2 student seats): Provides guidance for the development of a learning environment in which all students are prepared for global citizenship, whether via the curriculum, study abroad, contact with international students and faculty, or by other means.
- Library Committee (2 student seats): Advises the University Librarian on policies concerning the library budget, collections, services, and the use of space; acts as an advocate for the library on behalf of the Faculty Senate; and makes recommendations on the principles guiding library purchases and acquisitions according to college, school, and departmental needs.
- Scholastic Standards Committee (2 student seats): Develops and recommends academic standards to maintain the integrity of the undergraduate program and academic transcripts of the University.
- Smith Memorial Student Union Advisory Board (4 student seats): Reviews Smith Memorial Student Union operations and develops policies pertaining to the use of Smith Memorial Student Union by the University community.
- Student Conduct Committee (2 student seats + 2 alternates): Responsible for acting on reports of student misconduct as described in the Portland State University Student Conduct Code. If an informal review by the Office of Student Affairs judicial officer confirms that a code violation has occurred, a formal charge may be issued to a student. Students who receive a formal charge have the right to a hearing before the Office of Student Affairs.
- Student Media Board (5 student seats): Establishes fiscal and editorial guidelines for all student publications, appoints all key personnel and reviews their performance.
- Teacher Education Committee (2 student seats): Operates on the general premise that teacher education is an all-University activity and responsibility. The committee coordinates the activities of the several schools, colleges, and departments of the University which are directly involved in teacher education.
- Traffic Appeals Board (2 student seats): Is responsible for ruling on petitions for waiver of tickets and fines imposed under PSU Parking and Traffic Regulations.
- Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (2undergraduatee student seats): Makes recommendations to the Faculty Senate concerning the approval of all new courses and undergraduate programs.
- University Studies Council (2 student seats): Makes policy recommendations related to University Studies.