University Committees

Sit on a University Committee

Serving on University Committees is a vital and important way in which students impact change on this campus and is where students have the most direct voice in the decision-making process at UWM. The Student Association Senate is charged with making committee appointments and taking in reports from the various committees.

Being appointed to serve on one of the many university committees is perhaps the easiest and quickest way to get involved on campus and affect change for students. Furthermore, there is a committee for almost every imaginable aspect of the campus. If someone is passionate about any issue or topic related to student life, most likely there is a committee for it.

Committee appointments are an ongoing process and there are almost always opportunities to get involved. If you are interested in being appointed to please fill out the application below or stop by the SA Office (EG79).

How Do I Join A Committee?

First, fill out the application! Find it here: 2017-2018 Shared Governance Application

The Student Association Professional Staff office will confirm your eligibility for the committee. Most seats are open to any enrolled student, but certain committees require students enrolled in a particular school.

If everything is in order, your application will be presented to the Student Association President. The SA President reviews each application and makes recommendations for committee appointments to the SA Senate for final confirmation. The SA Senate will then vote to approve or disapprove your appointment to the committee.

If you have questions about the process or committee openings, please contact the Records Manager - SAPS, Laya Liebeseller at

Below is a list of University Committees

Faculty Standing Committees

The chair/contact for these committees can be found on their website. Full descriptions of committees are provided in the committee charter on their website.

Academic Policy Committee (APC): On its own initiative and/or in cooperation with other faculty committees, represents student interests and concerns in problems of educational policy which are within the purview of the University Faculty. Educational policy includes but is not limited to, grading system, add/drop policy and the academic year calendar.

Academic Program & Curriculum Committee (APCC): Resolves questions of curricular responsibility where interests of two or more schools or colleges are affected. Reviews undergraduate courses and approves all new undergraduate courses as well as requests for changes or deletions of such courses offered in the UWM departments, schools, colleges, and divisions. When action by the Committee is decided on, the originating unit and its course and curriculum committee are notified of such action, with explanation of reason for it.

Admissions & Records Policy Committee (ARPC): Reviews regularly University policies regarding admission of students and the impact of these policies on the University as a whole. Recommends to the University Faculty or the Faculty Senate on matters of policy relating to students’ admissions, registration and record keeping.

Athletic Board Committee (ABC): Develops and reviews university policies relative to intercollegiate athletics, in conjunction with UWM faculty, administration, students, alumni, and controlling regulations, and oversees the implementation of such policies. Approves for recommendation to the Chancellor the budget for the athletic program

Awards & Recognition Committee (ARC): Subject to administrative policies and guidelines and subject to the provisions of gifts, bequests, or other unbudgeted sources not administered directly by colleges, schools, or departments, recommends or selects candidates for awards or recognition for faculty members.

Honorary Degrees Committee (HDC): Considers and recommends candidates for honorary degrees in accordance with the appropriate procedure.

Information Technology Policy Committee (ITPC): Makes recommendations to the faculty and campus administration regarding (a) policy on information technology and its use; (b) the coordination of service delivery by all campus information technology units, including monitoring, overlap, conflicts and inefficiencies; and (c) the planning and implementation of decisions pertaining to information technology and related services.

Libraries Committee (LC): Represents the interest and authority of the university faculty in archives and library affairs and in the establishment of policy.

Physical Environment Committee (PEC): Makes recommendations for the development of the physical environment of the University campus’ and off-campus facilities, including built-to-suit leased facilities consistent with the mission and with the present and future academic programs of the University.

University Relations Committee (URC): Advises the administration on policy matters relating to University Relations including public events, development, public information, alumni relations, government relations, and related areas of community relations.

Senate Standing Committees

Gender and Sexuality Advocacy Committee (GSAC): The Gender and Sexuality Advocacy Committee exists to identify and address issues related to the LGBTQIA+ Community on and around campus and to advocate on behalf of marginalized gender identities and sexualities to promote success, support, safety and inclusivity. This committee closely communicates and collaborates with the UWM Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center (LGBTRC), The Inclusive Excellence Center, The Chancellor’s LGBT+ Advisory Committee, the Office of the Dean of Students, and UWM administration.

Senate Finance Committee (SFC): The purpose of SFC is to allocate money from Segregated University Fees. The committee operates as the campus Segregated University Fee Allocation Committee in accordance with UW Regent, UW System, and UW-Milwaukee policies.

Student Appropriations Committee (SAC): The purpose of SAC is to allocate funds to Recognized Student Organizations (RSO), which meet eligibility requirements. SAC funding shall be regarded as supplementary support rather than the sole source of revenue for RSOs. Bylaws

Student Association Safety Committee: The purpose of this committee is to address issues concerning safety on campus. This committee shall research the safety needs of students, communicate with student organizations, advisors, and administrators about upcoming initiatives. The committee shall also take part in active support of students.

Student Leaders Committee: The purpose of this committee is to identify and address issues related to student organizations at UWM and to advocate on behalf of those student organizations to promote communication, broader perspectives, stronger leadership, unity, involvement, and collaboration within and between student organizations to promote a more active and lively student experience at UWM. This committee closely communicates and collaborates with UWM's Center for Student Involvement.

Student Life and Interest Committee (SLIC): The purpose of SLIC is to facilitate the opinions of the UWM students regarding student life, diversity, inclusivity, and issues pertaining to students.

Student Transportation Committee (STC): The purpose of STC is to address issues concerning students' needs relating to parking and transportation on, to, and around campus. The committee shall liaise with the UWM Parking and Transit Office, the faculty Physical Environment Committee, the UWM Office of Sustainability, and UWM Administration.

Student Voting Rights Committee (SVRC): The purpose of this committee is to promote voter information and civic responsibilities to UWM students related to, but not limited to: Voter eligibility and registration, Election dates, Polling locations, Accessibility, Voter issues presented in a non-partisan manner, Provide knowledge of Elected Government Officials. Further, to encourage highest possible student voter turnout for all local, State and National elections.

Women's Advocacy Committee (WAC): The purpose of WAC is to identify and address issues related to women on and around campus and to advocate on behalf of women to promote success, support, safety, and equality. This is committee communicates closely and collaborates with the UWM Women's Resource Center (WRC), Equity and Diversity Services, and the Office of the Dean of Students and UWM administration.

Academic Affairs Committees

Academic Misconduct Hearing Committee (AMHC): The purpose of AMHC is to hear cases of academic misconduct by undergraduate students at UWM.

Graduate Faculty Committee: The GFC formulates UWM graduate program policies and advises the Graduate School Dean about their implementation.

Graduate Scholastic Appeals Committee: This committee hears cases of academic misconduct by graduate students at UWM.

Diversity and Climate Committees

Chancellor's Advisory Committee on LGBT+ Advocacy (ACLGBT+A): This committee is devoted to improving climate and diversity by making recommendations related to current and proposed policies and practices that affect LGBT+ employees and students at UWM.

Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Mental Health: The purpose of this committee is to support the establishment of comprehensive mental health prevention and intervention efforts on the UW-Milwaukee campus.

Center Advisory Committees

Restaurant Operations Advisory Committee (ROAC): The purpose of ROAC is to advise the Director of Restaurant Operations and the Director of Auxillary Services on policies, budgetary items, and procedures that affect campus dining services based outside of the residence halls. Bylaws

Specialty Committees

Advisory Committee on Educational Technology (ACET): The Advisory Committee On Educational Technology Fees [ACETF] is charged with the responsibility of soliciting, evaluating, recommending, monitoring, and annually assessing allocation of funds collected from the implementation of a student tuition fee surcharge supporting augmented student access to educational technologies on the UWM campus.

Environmental Sustainability Mentorship Committee (ESMC)(activating Fall 2016)

Independent Election Commission (IEC): The purpose of the IEC is to ensure that all elections, special elections, and referenda of the Student Association are run in an open, secure, transparent, and fair process with maximum student participation.

Non-Academic Misconduct Hearing Committee (NAMHC): This committee hears cases of non-academic misconduct at UWM.

Non-Resident Tuition Appeals Committee (NRTAC): This committee hears cases where students meet requirements to change their residency status in regards to tuition costs.

Student Employee Grievances Committee (SEGC): This committee hears cases of UWM Student Employee grievances.

Student Organization Achievement Awards Selection Committee (SOASC): This committee meets in the Spring semester to select various awards for student organizations.

Student Recruitment Advisory Committee (SRAC): This committee focuses on undergraduate student recruitment to UWM.

Union Policy Board: UPB exists in part to formulate and set policies for the operation of the UWM Student Union. In addition, UPB works with the Union Director to ensure that the UWM Student Union remains the social, cultural and recreational center for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee students and campus community.

University Recreation Advisory Committee (URAC): The purpose of this Board is primarily to advise the Department of University Recreation (UREC) on matter relating to the overall operation of UREC. The Board will make recommendations regarding priorities, policies and goals for UREC programs and facilities.



For more information on any of these committees please on contact, Brooke Messier, Interim Assistant Director- SAPS, or Jessica Ford, SA Campus and Community Engagement Director.

This may not be an exhaustive list of all university committees, if you know about a committee that should be added to this list please send all relevant information including main contact person to Brooke Messier.