Regents Policy 1202: Policy on Appointment of Student Regent

Approved March 19, 1993
Amended September 22, 2005 and March 16, 2017

  1. The student Regent shall be a person enrolled as a student in good standing and not on academic probation at a campus of the University of California for each regular academic term during his or her service as a Regent-designate and Regent. The student Regent shall have the option of receiving either a fee waiver or a scholarship in an amount equivalent to the student's total University fees and tuition during the academic years in which he or she serves as a Regent-designate and Regent. A student body president, or equivalent, or a member of the Board of Directors of the University of California Student Association, shall not be eligible for appointment as a student Regent. While serving on the Board, a student Regent may not hold any appointive or elective student government position. A student who is or has served as a student Regent shall not be eligible for reappointment as a student Regent.
  2. The student Regent shall be appointed by the Regents upon recommendation of a Special Committee to be appointed by the Chair of the Board for that purpose. The Special Committee shall make its recommendation from a panel of three finalists submitted by the Board of Directors of the University of California Student Association (UCSA) following the selection procedure described below. Should the Special Committee not be satisfied with the panel in its entirety, the Committee may request the Board of Directors of UCSA to submit one or more additional names. A representative of the Board of Directors of UCSA shall be invited to attend all meetings of the Special Committee with full participation in discussion and debate.
  3. For each campus, the undergraduate and graduate student governments shall each appoint a student from their body to the appropriate student Regent nominating commission. San Francisco's student government shall nominate two students. There shall be one northern nominating commission for the Berkeley, Davis, Merced, San Francisco and Santa Cruz campuses and one southern nominating commission for the Irvine, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego and Santa Barbara campuses. The nominating commissions shall screen the applicants for student Regent and shall recommend five students from the southern campuses and five students from the northern campuses. The ten students so recommended shall be interviewed by the Board of Directors of the University of California Student Association which shall nominate three finalists for submission to The Regents. The submission of the finalists shall be at such time that the Special Committee may complete its deliberations and submit its recommendations to the Board of Regents no later than the July meeting of the Board each year.
  4. Chancellors, in consultation with the President of the University and with their respective student body presidents, shall be responsible for the dissemination of information about the position of student Regent and for the application process on their respective campuses. In-state travel expenses incurred in the recruitment process by the nominating commissions and by the applicants shall be paid by the Office of the Secretary and Chief of Staff in accordance with its travel reimbursement policies.
  5. The nominating commissions, the Board of Directors of the University of California Student Association, the Special Committee, and The Regents shall be mindful of that provision of Article IX, Section 9 of the California Constitution that: "Regents shall be able persons broadly reflective of the economic, cultural, and social diversity of the state, including ethnic minorities and women. However, it is not intended that formulas or specific ratios be applied in the selection of Regents."
  6. Candidates shall be students in good standing enrolled at a campus at the University of California at the time that they apply and shall have demonstrated interest in the welfare of their fellow students and in the University. No political test shall be applied to any candidate.
  7. A student Regent shall serve on the Board for a one-year term commencing on July 1.
  8. From the time of appointment as a student Regent, but prior to the commencement of service as a member of the Board, the person so appointed shall be known as a Regent-designate, shall be invited to attend all meetings of the Board and its Committees, to be seated at the meeting table, with full participation in discussion and debate, and shall be entitled to reimbursement for expenses in accordance with the Policy on Administrative Support for and Reimbursement of Regents and Regents-Designate. The student Regent-designate will serve as a non-voting advisory member of committees of the Regents as assigned during his or her service as a Regent-designate. Non-voting members shall not count toward the calculation of a quorum of a committee.

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