Legislative Branch

Student Senate & Finance Committees

Student Senate

Student Senate is the policy making and funding body for the ASUO. Twenty-three Senators are elected to represent either an academic constituency or serve in a finance role, each one committing to either a one or two-year term. Every academic major has a Senator representing it, and there is also an ex-officio Senator who serves in a one-year appointed role and has the responsibility for representing first-year students. Senate oversees the Incidental Fund, which is the collection of student fees paid by students currently enrolled at UO.

Policy and financial issues are discussed and decided at weekly Senate meetings, which occur on Wednesday evenings during the Academic Year. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend these meetings and speak during the designated public forum. Meetings take place in the Erb Memorial Union, Dusty Miller/Room 107 on Wednesday evenings at 7:00.

Senate does not meet during Winter/Spring Break or Finals Week, and has the option to meet during Dead Week and Thanksgiving Week. In the summer, Senate meets on a unique schedule to respond and decide upon requests that relate to the summer term.

Senate Meetings

Please check the Senate Agenda to find out what will be discussed at the next Student Senate meeting. The Senate President publishes the Senate Agenda 48 hours prior to each meeting.

Members of the community are welcome to address Senate during the Public Forum which typically occurs at the start of the meeting (see agenda and alert the Senate President if you wish to speak).

The ASUO Senate follows Robert's Rules of Order to conduct its hearings, as well as Senate Standing Rules. If you are unfamiliar with Robert's Rules, please check in with a Student Senator in advance of the meeting to increase your understanding (see office hours.)

Most meetings occur in the Dusty Miller Room of the Erb Memorial Union. Please confirm the location prior to the meeting, as the location can change due to special circumstances.

Meet with a Senator

Student Senators maintain regular Office Hours during their terms of service, to meet with Student Organization leaders, students, community members, and other constituents to discuss the business of the ASUO and to better understand the viewpoints of the students they represent. You can view the Senators' Office Hour Schedule to find out when and where you can meet them.

Finance Committees

The ASUO Finance Committees were created to more closely examine the budgeting process of the I-Fee, with each of the four dedicated to a particular type of expenditure. Together with the Senate they help shape the use of student fees at UO.

Programs Finance Committee (PFC)

PFC is a nine-member committee of the Student Senate charged with acting on matters relating to the allocation and appropriation of incidental fees for ASUO-recognized student organizations. PFC's budget recommendations must be approved by Student Senate

PFC can be reached by emailing pfc@uoregon.edu or by leaving a voice message at 541-346-0792. Individual PFC Members can be reached directly during their posted office hours.

Departments Finance Committee (DFC)

DFC is a seven-member committee of the Student Senate, charged with acting on matters relating to the allocation and appropriation of incidental fees for ASUO-affiliated University Departments. DFC's budget recommendations must be approved by Student Senate.

DFC can be contacted by emailing dfc@uoregon.edu or leaving a voice message at 541-346-0334. Individual DFC Members can be reached directly during their posted office hours.

Athletics and Contracts Finance Committee (ACFC)

ACFC is a seven-member committee of the Student Senate charged with acting on matters relating to the allocation and appropriation of incidental fees for the UO Athletic department as well as all contracted services for the ASUO. ACFC's budget recommendations must be approved by Student Senate.

ACFC can be contacted by emailing acfc@uoregon.edu or leaving a voice message at 541-346-3749. Individual ACFC Members can be reached directly during their posted office hours.

EMU Board

The EMU Board is a twelve-member committee of the Student Senate and EMU. The committee is charged with acting on matters relating to the use of facility as well as allocation and appropriation of incidental fees for the Erb Memorial Union. EMU Board's budget recommendations must be approved by Student Senate.

The EMU Board can be contacted by emailing the Chair at emuboardchair@uoregon.edu. Individual EMU Board Members can be reached directly during their posted office hours.