The Office of University Governance provides staff support to the presidents of the University Senate and the Faculty Senate and their respective executive committees. This office coordinates and facilitates the passage of amendments to the University Senate Code, the University Senate Rules and Regulations, and the Faculty Senate Rules and Regulations through the governance legislative process until approval by the University or Faculty Senate, Provost and the Chancellor.

KU governance operates on a committee system under which issues are referred to one of several standing committees of the University Senate (8 committees) or Faculty Senate (6 committees). Each spring the University Governance Office distributes a Committee Preference Form on which faculty indicate their interest in serving on specific governance committees. FacEx is responsible for appointing faculty to all committees and for writing charges for the Faculty Senate committees. SenEx writes charges for University Senate committees.  The Student Senate and Staff Senate appoint or nominate representatives of their respective groups to serve as voting or ex-officio members of governance committees. (Charges to all committees are listed on Governance's website at http://www.governance.ku.edu/all-committees)


University Governance Structure 2020-2021 

University Senate CODE
University Senate Rules and Regulations (USRR)
Faculty Senate Rules and Regulations (FSRR)

Process for Approval of Amendments to the University Senate Code (CODE)
& University Senate Rules and Regulations (USRR) and Faculty Senate Rules and Regulations (FSRR)


Governance Staff

Contact Us

Office of University Governance

Strong Hall, Room 33
1450 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045


Phone: 785-864-5169

Fax: 785-864-5476


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