How Does a Senate Proposal Work?
A Senate Proposal begins when a student comes up with an idea. The scope of a Senate Proposal is nearly boundless. Proposals can relate to changing University policies, creating new programs, changing existing programs, financing conferences, establishing new clubs and organizations...the possibilities are endless.
That idea is then put into the form of a Senate Proposal and brought before the Senate. The Senate hears the proposal and begins working on the best way to implement your idea for the student body.
What You Need to Start Your Proposal
- An idea.
- A willingness and desire to make it happen.
- A Senator.
- Brainstorm an idea.
- Contact your senator. It's your senator's job to know how to make things happen. He or she will be a valuable resource for you and can provide you with numerous timesaving shortcuts, as well as additional ideas and support.
- Your senator will help you write up your idea in the form of a Senate proposal. The written proposal will help explain the who, what, where, why, and how of your idea.
- It's time to tell others about your proposal. You and your senator will explain the proposal to a group of other senators and a student committee. This committee will hear your idea and help figure out the best way to propose the idea to the entire Senate body.
- The committee will prepare a recommendation for the Senate.
- Your proposal goes before the Senate for approval. Don't worry, you won't be alone at this step. Your senator and a member of the committee will be there to present your proposal with you.
- The Senate makes a decision and you are off and running!
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