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University Council 

The University Council is composed of the members of Faculty Senate, members of the Appointed Council, all faculty serving as Chairpersons of College Advisory Committees (or their designees), the Chairperson of Athletic Council (or the Chairperson’s designee), members of the Associated Students of Michigan State University (ASMSU), members of the Council of Graduate Students (COGS), Chairpersons of University-level Standing Committees, The Steering Committee, the President, the Provost, and designated ex officio members.

The University Council brings together faculty, student, and administration representatives to discuss issues that involve the entire University.  While the Faculty Senate may seek input from the University Council on proposals regarding curricular issues, faculty tenure and promotion issues, and faculty salary and benefits issues, the primary focus of discussion in the University Council is on other issues that are not the core responsibility of the Faculty Senate.

The University Council considers and act upon all matters within its purview brought before it by The Steering Committee, the President or the Provost, and provides a forum for the dissemination of information and exchange of views regarding University policy.

University Council (Livestream)
3:15-5:00 p.m. | Zoom

September 26, 2023
October 31, 2023
November 28, 2023
January 30, 2024
February 20, 2024 (4:00-5:00 p.m.)
March 26, 2024
April 16, 2024

Resolutions that have been adopted by University Council can be found below.

University Council Resolutions

Historical University Council records can be found below.

University Council Records

Meeting Documents


Agenda (pdf)

Draft Minutes of April 25, 2023 Meeting (pdf) (docx)

  1. Approval of Agenda for September 26, 2023
  2. Approval of Draft Minutes for April 25, 2023
  3. Remarks
    • 3.1. Interim President Teresa K. Woodruff, Ph.D.
    • 3.2. Interim Provost Thomas D. Jeitschko, Ph.D.
    • 3.3. Executive Vice President for Health Sciences Norman J. Beauchamp Jr., M.D., MHS
    • 3.4. Faculty Senate Chairperson Jack W. Lipton, Ph.D.
  4. New Business
    • 4.1. Safety and Security Updates
      Vice President and Chief Security Officer Marlon C. Lynch
    • 4.2. Cybersecurity
      Chief Information Officer & Executive Vice President for Administration Melissa Woo
      Vice President for Research and Innovation Doug Gage
  5. Comments from the Floor

Minutes - PDF and Word

Agenda - PDF and Word 

Attachment A: February 13 After-Action Review - PDF and Word

RVSM and Climate Survey Report - PDF and Word

Minutes - Pending


Agenda - PDF and Word

Draft Minutes of October 31, 2023 Meeting - PDF and Word

RVSM Survey Report from October 31, 2023 Meeting - PDF and Word

Attachment A: Modified Operations Policy - PDF and Word

Attachment B: Business Continuity Plan - PDF and Word

Attachment C: Modified Operations FAQ - PDF and Word

Attachment D: Student Rights and Responsibilities Edits - PDF and Word

Attachment E: MSU Student Rights & Responsibilities / General Student Regulations Revision Process Summary of Changes - PDF and Word

Attachment F: MSU Student Rights & Responsibilities / General Student Regulations Group Meetings - PDF and PPT

Attachment G: Status of Free Speech at MSU - PDF and PPT

Minutes - Pending


Agenda - PDF and Word

Draft Minutes of November 28, 2023 - PDF and Word

Attachment A: MSU SSR Updated Redline - PDF and Word

Attachment B: MSU Conduct Model Considerations - PDF and Word

Attachment C: Ad Hoc Committee on Free Speech - PDF and Word

Attachment D: Pregnancy, Childbirth and Pregnancy Related Conditions for Students and Employees - PDF

Attachment E: Summary of New Students and Employees Affected by Pregnancy Policy - PDF

Attachment F: University Council P&P - PDF and Powerpoint

Agenda - PDF and Word

Draft Minutes of January 30, 2024 - PDF and Word

Attachment A: Ad Hoc Committee on Free Speech and Hate Speech PDF and Word

Attachment B: Ad Hoc for Survey Request - PDF and PP

Attachment C: Ad Hoc Committee on Free Speech PDF and Word

Attachment D: Faculty Divestment Letter PDF and Word