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What is University Governance?

The University Council is a body of about 75 members at Virginia Tech. The council is advisory to the president of the university in formulating university policies and is the primary organization in the governance system. All commissions, councils, and university committees report through University Council to the President. Browse through the tabs below to familiarize yourself with the inner workings of the governance process.

What are the benefits and value of
a shared governance system?

  • encompasses all major areas of the University
  • involves all major groups: faculty, staff, administrative and professional faculty, undergraduate students, graduate students, and administrators
  • requires an informed and knowledgeable citizenry
  • involves transparent, comprehensive, and open communication – electronic publication of minutes, interlocking membership between committees and commissions

Governance Guiding Principles

How to Write an Effective Resolution

Resolutions are written and submitted for approval when a commission or committee is proposing a significant change that impacts university governance. Resolutions will have two readings at the commission level and two readings at University Council prior to being voted on.

How to Submit Commission/Committee Minutes

Since minutes are the "formal" record of meetings, it is important to ensure that all items presented, discussed and those in which actions are taken, are documented in a concise and timely manner. The following guidelines are provided to assist anyone responsible for the recording of minutes. They are not intended to be all inclusive.

"All voices are important at Virginia Tech. Through shared governance, we can work together to advance our vision for the university."

President Timothy Sands