Students' Council is the ultimate authority in the Students' Union. It consists of up to 40 members:
- The Speaker (non-voting)
- The President of the Students' Union
- The four Vice-Presidents
- The Undergraduate Board of Governors Representative
- 32 Faculty Councillors (distributed on a representation by population principle)
- The General Manager (non-voting)
Together, these individuals are responsible for fulfilling the mandate of the Students' Union. This mandate comes from the Post Secondary Learning Act.
Students' Councillors represent their faculty at Council meetings and are expected to adhere to the Students' Council Oath. Councillors consult with their constituents and collaborate with fellow Councillors to act as an advocate for students. Councillors are expected to show interest in the many committees of Council and be actively attending meetings.
The Standing Orders for Students' Council can be found here.
Meetings of Students' Council are generally every second Tuesday at 6:00 PM. Meetings are open to the public except when Council moves in camera to discuss sensitive business. Students' Council welcomes input from the public during meetings, but please be aware that all meetings of the Council observe Robert's Rules of Order and there may be a process for speaking turns. If you are interested in attending a meeting of Students' Council, please check the meeting schedule for information for when and where the next Council meeting will take place. Can't make it to the meeting in person? Check out the Council Zoom!
While Students' Council has delegated some of its authority to its various committees, notably the Discipline, Interpretation, and Enforcement (DIE) Board and the Executive Committee, it retains ultimate control and authority over the elected Executive Officers, staff, all monies collected under its authority, and any subsidiary body created under its auspices. In short, all power, control and responsibility ultimately is vested in Council.
Council has created a number of standing committees and boards to assist it in its work. While there are other committees in the Students' Union established by the Executive Committee or staff, standing committees exist exclusively to carry out the business of Students' Council. As such, they consist mostly of elected members of Students' Council or representatives delegated by Students' Council. These committees allow Students' Council to greatly expand the amount of business it can deal with by carrying out delegated activities and refining suggested action items taken to Council.
It is important to note that the as the judiciary of the Students' Union, the Discipline, Interpretation and Enforcement (DIE) Board is made up of appointed, non-elected officials to avoid conflicts of interest and maintain judicial independence.
If you would like to volunteer with—or learn more about—Students' Council, please visit the Students' Council Mentorship Program information page.
Students' Union Building
University of Alberta
8900 - 114 Street NW