What Is Shared Governance?

The students of UWM are given a great deal of authority and responsibility in the overall governing of the university. By law students are given the primary responsibility of setting policies that concern student life, services, and interest. The way in which a great majority of the governance of the campus is carried out is through committee work.

Serving on University Committees is a vital and important way in which students impact change on this campus and is the main venue in which Shared Governance of the University is managed. The Student Association Shard Governance Director is charged with coordinating 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 effect change for students. Furthermore, there is a committee for almost every imaginable aspect of the campus. If someone is interested in working on just about any issue or topic, 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 (Union EG79).

Shared Governance Director Policies and Procedures


How Do I Join A Committee?

First, fill out the application! Find it here: 2013-2014 Shared Governance Application

You can use an online form or print a paper copy and bring it to the SA Office.

The Dean's 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 SA Senate at their next meeting. 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 University Student Court at usc-contact@uwm.edu.