Valparaiso University Student Senate is the campus legislative and advisory body that gives the students a voice on campus issues through representatives they elect. Our General Assembly meetings are on Mondays at 8 p.m. in Neils Science Center 224, and are open to the public.
Our goal for this website is to be used as a tool for you, on the left sidebar you can find various resources depending on what you need. For example, under the “Student Organizations” you can find everything you need to know about starting, running, budgeting for and managing your organization. Under “Committees” you can find all of our current committees and their members if you need to contact them for anything. If you are having trouble finding anything on this website, feel free to contact the Public Relations Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To see what was discussed at any General Meeting, go to the “Document Archive” tab on the left. Here, you will find the minutes from past meetings.
Student Senate has recognized the importance of social distancing and therefore will not be holding any General Meetings in person while the university has cancelled classes. Student Senate will be holding virtual meetings, wherein only members of the Student Senate will be in attendance. These meetings, along with the minutes, will be posted on this website under the “Document Archive” tab on the left. Please refer to the statement made in the “Student Senate Statements” tab on the bottom of this webpage.
For elections, only the Student Body President and Vice President elections will be taking place during the Spring 2020 semester. The timeline has been shifted and voting will be taking place online. Election Day for these two positions will be on April 17th. Please check the “How To Join Student Senate” tab on the left for more information. Please be advised that due to the cancelation of in-person classes and the COVID-19 pandemic, the schedule of events for Elections can change at any time so it is highly encouraged to check the Student Senate website and social media accounts for updates.
The Educational Policy Committee and the Faculty Senate have made decisions about the S/U classes due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic. Their changes to this policy can be found here.
Students interested in applying for the Executive Board for the 2020-2021 academic year must apply here.
If you have any questions regarding senate, use the form at the bottom of this page or feel free to email email@example.com.
Here are just a few of the many projects that Senate has worked to provide for the students during the past couple years:
- Upgraded Fitness Center (Opened Fall 2009)
- VUTV / Campus television station (Started Fall 2010)
- Digital display system in the Union (Started Fall 2010)
- Student entertainment from UPC (ongoing)
- Upgraded studio for WVUR / campus radio station (ongoing)
- Several major concerts that have been put on by WVUR and UPC (ongoing)
- Upgraded equipment for the Chapel’s Contemporary Service: Celebrate! (Spring 2010)
- Dining Services Committee
- Food Access Committee
- Discount Card Committee
- Discretionary Funds Committee