SDSU University Senate Student-at-Large

SDSU University Senate Student-at-Large Position Description


SDSU University Senate is the university’s delegate assembly where faculty, administration, staff and students create policies that govern the campus community.

Students have the opportunity of being involved with one or more of the University Senate Committees to help fulfill the mission and purpose of the senate. By participating, students will represent the SDSU student body, practice shared governance and have their voices heard. Under the direction of the University Senate, each committee shall: 

  • ACADEMIC PLANNING & POLICY — Review important issues such as new and changing academic policies, standards, and conducts. AP&P reviews concerns pertaining to faculty-student relations and other critical matters students should have a voice in.
  • ACADEMIC RESOURCES & PLANNING — Review the allocation of resources, primarily in regards to funding. Act as the decision making body for all issues pertaining to budgets, allocations of facilities and positions, and apportionments of special funds.
  • BOOKSTORE ADVISORY — Assist with facilitating the relationship between faculty and the SDSU Bookstore by reviewing campus store policies, textbook requisitions, sales data, and custom course packets. The committee reviews specific problems and complaints brought to their attention in writing.           
  • CAMPUS DEVELOPMENT — Represent the university community in deliberations and decisions regarding major aspects of campus development. It shall review the Campus Master Plan and Five-Year Capital Outlay Program at least annually and shall report to the Senate on these items in September.
  • CONSTITUTIONS & BYLAWS – Review and recommend changes to the University Senate's Constitution and Bylaws. The committee maintains the Faculty Handbook, reviews the makeup and procedures of the committees of the University Senate, and proposes changes as necessary.
  • DIVERSITY, EQUITY & OUTREACH — Review University-wide programs for the recruitment and retention of faculty, staff, and students and shall advise the administration regarding prohibited discrimination, equal opportunity, outreach, and related matters.
  • DISABILITY ACCESS & COMPLIANCE — Discuss, monitor and evaluate campus-specific issues relating to compliance with Executive Order 926, or its successors, and applicable federal and state laws and regulations.
  • ENVIRONMENT & SAFETY — Represent students on important matters relating to safety, health, and learning conditions in the campus environment. This committee explores matters that detrimentally influence the campus environment and learning conditions.
  • FACULTY HONORS & AWARDS — Nominate campus faculty for honors and awards such as the Alumni Award for Outstanding Faculty Contribution to SDSU.
  • FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION — Provide advice regarding the regulation and management of campus activities and receives, evaluates, and advises the University President on complaints regarding freedom of expression activities.
  • GENERAL EDUCATION CURRICULUM & ASSESSMENT — Coordinate and review general education policies and courses. The committee also evaluates proposed new courses.
  • GRADUATE COUNCIL — Have university-wide jurisdiction over all matters pertaining to graduate students and their programs, including policy, research, and scholarships. Students on this committee must be classified graduate students in good academic standing.
  • GRADUATION & RETENTION — Oversee a systematic approach to the retention and timely graduation of undergraduates, and shall recommend to the Undergraduate Council policy changes that promote the timely progress of undergraduate student to graduation.
  • INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMS — Develop and/or implement a long-range master plan for media resources and initiates recommendations for policy changes in instructional development and media systems at the campus and system levels. The committee also reviews annual reports and budgets.
  • INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS COUNCIL — Evaluates and recommends improvements to enhance the University's international studies policies. This committee reports on funding programs and researches opportunities for external support of the University's international activities. This committee requires one undergraduate student and one graduate student. Both must have experience with studying in a foreign country. 
  • LIBERAL STUDIES — Consult with the College Deans and other senate committees to develop policy, programs, and curricular proposals concerning the Liberal Studies department. The student on this committee must be a Liberal Studies major.
  • LIBRARY & INFORMATION ACCESS — Advise on matters related to the allocation of all book and periodical funds; in addition to reviewing and proposing revisions to the Library’s policies and programs.
  • SCHOLARSHIPS — Develop and periodically review the scholarships program policy, and shall receive and consider applications for scholarships and grants-in-aid.
  • STAFF AFFAIRS — Ensure the participation of staff on University Senate Committees and shall advise on any staff matters related to the University Senate.
  • STUDENT GRIEVANCE — Reviews and seeks solutions to student problems and grievances with individual members of the faculty, administration, or staff. This committee makes disciplinary recommendations as necessary.
  • STUDENT AFFAIRS — Reviews items of a mutual interest to faculty and students and shall make recommendations to Student Affairs and/or Academic Affairs. Students on this committee will also promote, advise, and make recommendations on financial aid programs.
  • STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM ASSESSMENT — Provides oversight for student learning assessment, evaluates Student Learning outcome assessment plans for General Education courses and for all degrees (including programs that are accredited by external agencies), and proposes changes in policy related to Student Learning Outcomes. 
  • SUSTAINABILITY — Study sustainability issues related to the campus and makes recommendations to improve sustainable practices.
  • UNDERGRADUATE COUNCIL — Advise and make recommendations to the Dean of the Division of Undergraduate Studies regarding policy in undergraduate programs and supervise specific wide undergraduate programs.
  • UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULUM — Represent students in all matters pertaining to the understanding of curriculum and express the student's voices concerning change. This committee also reports formulated recommendations to the faculty in relevant curriculum matters.
  • UNDERGRADUATE WRITING — Encourage the development of courses and programs designed to improve the writing of undergraduate students, monitor lower division writing competency and upper division writing proficiency in order to ensure consistent standards, and shall coordinate campus efforts to improve student writing.

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Minimum & Preferred Requirements


  • Must be currently enrolled at San Diego State University, taking a minimum of 6 units


  • Creative and innovative
  • Participation in discussions and events
  • Responsible
  • Works well as a member of a team
  • Desire to grow professionally
  • Be an active voice advocating for SDSU students           


This is a volunteer position with expected hours to be volunteered during business hours of Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Must be able to attend all scheduled meetings for the respective subcommittee. For meeting times, please visit


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  

General office environment. Work is generally sedentary in nature, but may require standing and walking around campus. The working environment is generally favorable. Lighting and temperature are adequate, and there are no hazardous or unpleasant conditions caused by noise, dust, etc. Work is generally performed within an office environment, with standard office equipment available.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

This position may require the individual to spend long hours sitting and during meetings and/or presentations.