University Committees

The Student Government of Texas State University is the representative voice for the student body. Student Government supports and promotes student interest, needs, and welfare to the university faculty, staff, and alumni. We strive to develop and encourage the student body by providing a wide range of resources, leadership development, and involvement opportunities such as representation on many University Committees.

Student Government fulfills most initiatives through committee work and appoints more than 70 Student Representatives to University Committees annually. Appointments to the committees begins in the late summer / fall semester. Committees meet at different times and frequency during the fall and spring semesters.

Texas State students have the opportunity to serve on University Committees as Student Representatives appointed by Student Government. Students interested in serving should click the University Committee name for more information and complete the form.

Committee Appointment Questions:

General Questions: or call the Student Government office (512) 245-1274 

  • Presidential Councils

    • The Athletic Advisory Council recommends to the Athletic Director policies and programs for intercollegiate athletics at Texas State University, including activities related to emphasizing the importance of rules compliance. Council meets as needed and members serve one-year terms, which may be renewed.

    • The Campus Information Resource Advisory Council (VPIT) oversees campus-wide information technology (IT) planning, assessment, and related IT policy development activities for both academic and central administrative information services.  Advises the President and Vice President for Information Technology on appropriate planning priorities and resource allocations that would target successful implementation of the campus' IT strategic plan.

    • The Honor Code Council is comprised of trained faculty and student members who hear cases of alleged academic dishonesty.  The Honor Code Council will consider evidence offered by both the faculty member and the student through a hearing.  It will then render its recommendation to the dean of the college where the alleged Honor Code violation occurred.  In some instances, cases may be referred to the Dean of Students Office for further disciplinary review.  Faculty Senate appoints faculty members as needed, and Student Government appoints student members as needed.

  • Presidential Committees

    • The ADA/504 Compliance and Steering Committee on Disabilities (VPSA) serves as a clearinghouse for disability issues and coordinated the university efforts to ensure that Texas State policies, programs, and services comply with ADA. Makes recommendations to the President's Cabinet and the Chief Compliance Officer, regarding the university's compliance and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).

    • The charge of the Campus Facilities Planning Committee (VPFSS) is to provide strategic direction for the dissemination of capital funds, the allocation of space as a university resource, and modifications to facilities in general to appropriately support the university's Strategic Plan and the Campus Master Plan. The Committee recommends to the President, annually, updates to the Higher Education Assistance Funds table and related construction timelines. The Committee recommends to the President, annually, updates to the deferred maintenance schedule. Committee meets once a month, although sometimes approvals are handled by email. The committee meets during the summer and membership terms are renewable.

    • The success of the Campus Master Plan will stem not from the breadth of its vision but rather from the implementation of its proposals and attention to good communication among all interested and affected parties to the process. The charge of this Committee is to recommend the sequencing, timing, and scheduling for each implementation project. This will include coordination between offices and communication to the public of upcoming activities such as street closures, parking lot designation changes, rerouting of buses, utility shutdowns, etc.

    • The Student Service Fee Advisory Committee (VPSA) reviews and recommends to the President expenditures of student service fee income:
                1) annual departmental budget requests
                2) expenditures from reserves.
      Also reviews budget recommendations from the Student Center, Campus Recreation, and Student Health Center Fee Advisory Committees before forwarding to the President.

    • As defined and established by the Rules and Regulations of the Regents of The Texas State University System, the Texas State University Master Plan (VPFSS) committee is concerned with the development of a 10-year University Master Plan and functions in an advisory capacity to the Board of Regents when the University Master Plan is under review and update. This Committee is approved by the Chancellor or his/her designee.

    • The University Safety Committee (VPFSS) is responsible for the overall safety and security of the university and oversee developing and approving safety policies. Advises the university administration in promoting an environment that is safe from recognized hazards for faculty, staff, students, and visitors. This committee serves as an umbrella organization for three safety committees: Environmental Health and Safety Committee, Research Safety Committee, and Security and Personal Safety Committee.

  • University Council

    • The Transportation Services Advisory Council provides a conduit for community input regarding policies and other issues related to safe, comprehensive, economical, and efficient transportation services. These include: parking, transit, pedestrian, motorist, and cyclist services and safety. The Council provides advice regarding policy recommendations on these issues to the Director of Transportation Services who seeks approval by President's Cabinet when necessary. Council meets once a month during long semesters and meeting times are set by members' schedules. Members serve three-year terms.

  • Faculty Senate

    • The Environment & Sustainability Committee works to increase communication and create synergy around environmental and sustainability efforts of administrators, staff, faculty, and students by monitoring, coordinating and communicating with departments and relevant committees and student organizations. Its goals are to promote and publicize best practices, increase sustainability across the university, and strengthen Texas State's stewardship of our environment. The committee meets twice monthly during long semesters.

    • The University Curriculum Committee receives and evaluates all curricular requests, including program and course changes, new degree program and course proposals. The committee is comprised of two faculty members per college, plus two Library representatives.

      The only set UCC meeting is in January and February when courses being added or deleted by schools, departments or programs are reviewed. After that, the committee meets as needed. The time commitment depends on the number of proposals for new programs or degrees that are ready to be reviewed at any one time. The UCC works closely with the Director of Curriculum Services and responds to the timeline of curriculum proposals submitted by College Curriculum Committees. The members of the UCC are also required to serve on their respective college curriculum committees.

    • The University Lecturers Committee reviews proposals from departments and groups to bring outstanding lecturers to the university, and apportions funds approved for this purpose. The committee is comprised of one faculty member per college, plus one Library representative. The committee meets once per year, January-March, for approximately 2-3 hours. Application review varies depending on number of applicants; annual time commitment is from a few to several hours.

    • The University Performing Arts Committee typically meets once a month during long semesters. Committee members also attend and assist at two evening University Arts events each semester. Work is generally spread out over the year, but it is a little heavier during the fall semester, when the arts event series for the following academic year is being finalized. The typical time commitment is about 16 hours per semester.

    • The Library Committee recommends policies for the operation of the library and popularizes its resources. The committee is comprised of 12 faculty members, plus two Library representatives and two students appointed by the Associated Student Government.  The committee meets once a semester, usually in October and March. Typically, the committee meets no more than 15 hours per semester. Members may review projects that compete for funding, or other policies and library documents.

  • Divisional Committees

    • Provost and Academic Affairs

      • The Admission Standards Committee Membership reviews, studies, and recommends changes to the undergraduate admissions policy. The Committee communicates its recommendations to the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing, the Provost, and the Council of Academic Deans.

      • The General Education Council provides a mechanism for ongoing discussion about the content and policies for this university-wide body of instruction and how to help Texas State students achieve the intellectual skills and knowledge that will prepare them for private, public, and professional lives.  Considers major (substantive) curriculum and/or policy recommendations, e.g., changes of the structure or redefining the primary components with the essential skills, disciplinary perspectives, integrative courses, and other General Education requirements as defined in the catalog.  Also considers minor (non-substantive) recommendations, e.g., specific courses within the general areas outlined previously.  Advises the Associate Vice President for Academic Success on all these matters.

      • The Orientation Planning Committee reviews policies and programming for New Student Orientation. The committee serves in an advisory capacity to the Director of Undergraduate Admissions and the Coordinator of Orientation by recommending policy and programming, assisting in the implementation of orientation, recommends broad policies and fees to the President's Cabinet, and establishes the orientation calendar. The committee reports to the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing. Committee typically meets twice per long semester; members serve one-year terms.

      • The University Marketing Advisory Committee helps to ensure a consistent and unified marketing effort at both the San Marcos and Round Rock campuses. The committee serves as an advisory body to the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing. The committee supports ongoing marketing efforts and provides input concerning additional marketing strategies or needs that may influence student enrollment, donor giving, student and alumni support, and institutional reputation. The committee meets two times during the year, or as needed.  Committee members serve a one-year term and may be reappointed.

      • The Financial Education Committee advises and promotes initiatives that facilitate financial education among students and minimize their potential for defaulting on federal and other student loans.

    • Athletics

      • The Tailgating Committee works collaboratively to identify policies and procedures for Texas State Football Tailgating Events.  The committee will work to identify best practices for tailgating, with an emphasis on safety, sites and tailgate setups, parking, commercial activities, communication, and fan participation.

    • Finance and Support Services

    • Student Success

      • The Alcohol and Drug Advisory Council works to improve the effectiveness of alcohol and drug abuse prevention and intervention efforts for Texas State students in order to enhance academic success, create a culture of accountability and respect, and promote behavior changes that reduce health and safety risks.

      • The Campus Recreation Advisory Committee monitors, reviews, and evaluates the programs for the Campus Recreation Office.  Reviews budgets; evaluates program/activities; creates and manages the department's policies and guidelines; and serves as a representative for each of the populations on campus (faculty, staff, student, and community).  Reports to the Vice President for Student Success.

      • The LBJ Student Center Advisory Committee serves as an advisory board to the director of the LBJ Student Center in building and maintaining a dynamic program for the LBJ Student Center and recommends policy in regard to facility use, services, and other designated concerns.  Reports to the Vice President for Student Success.

      • The Student Health Center Advisory Council assists the Director of the Student Health Center (SHC) and the Vice President for Student Affairs in establishing the scope of services and the level of funding for the SHC. The Committee also assists in selecting a student health insurance provider and determining the level of benefits.  The Committee meets at least twice per year to review SHC operations, assess the student health insurance plan, and formulate recommendations.  Reports to the Vice President for Student Success.

      • The Veteran Advisory Council (VAC) provides advice and support for services and programs designed to promote retention, success, and facilitate the transition into college for military veteran and military connected students.

  • Miscellaneous

    • The San Marcos Neighborhood Commission provides advisory body to the City Council, other Commissions and staff to seek solutions to common problems and issues within Neighborhoods.

    • Formed by the Office of the Provost, the Managing Textbook Costs Committee has been working for two years to encourage the adoption of affordable learning materials in courses across the curriculum. Efforts by faculty to reduce textbook and other learning materials costs over the past few years have saved students several million dollars. Since the committee was formed, we have organized grant funding for faculty to integrate free and low-cost learning materials into their courses, streamlined processes to help students identify courses in the schedule of classes that use low- and no-cost books, and drafted a dashboard to measure the success of Texas State’s efforts in this area. Our student representative to the committee is a valuable voice for students in our shared effort to reduce the overall cost of higher education.

    • Provides guidance in the overall operation of student media outlets and to assist in the selection of the student executives of those respective outlets.  As a committee member, you will provide input from the student body perspective.  The committee meets once a semester usually around October and again in March for a two hour meeting.