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Handbook of Operating Procedures

Student Government

Policy Number: 54


Student Government



Date Reviewed:
August 2020
Responsible Office:
Office of the Executive Vice President & Chief Academic Officer
Responsible Executive:
Executive Vice President & Chief Academic Officer


The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston ("university") authorizes the existence of a student government body that has the jurisdictions and powers delegated by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System ("Board of Regents"). The student government body is distinct from other student organizations.  See HOOP 110, Student Organizations.

The university’s student association is the Student InterCouncil, which is recognized as a forum for student opinion and comprises representatives from each of the schools and also has at large and international representation. 

A. Required Approvals and Reports

1. Approval of Changes: An amendment to the bylaws of the Student InterCouncil must be approved by the Executive Vice-President & Chief Academic Officer ("EVP/CAO").The EVP/CAO may amend or repeal any provision in the bylaws of the Student InterCouncil if the EVP/CAO believes the interests of the university require it, but such action is not effective until approved by the President.

2. Required Financial Reports: The Student InterCouncil must provide annual financial reports to the Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and submit a copy to the EVP/CAO.

B. Student Opinion

1. Recommendations to the Board of Regents: When the Student InterCouncil takes a position regarding issues directly related to the university and its operations, its recommendation to the Board of Regents must be approved by the EVP/CAO, the President, the Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, and the Chancellor.

2. Position on Non University Issues: When the Student InterCouncil takes a position on non university issues, it must make clear that it does not speak for the university.

3. Getting Feedback from Students: The Student InterCouncil may conduct polls, initiate petitions and/or establish forums for debate or discussion under conditions approved by the EVP/CAO.

4. Personal Views of Officers: Officers of the Student InterCouncil must identify themselves when they express their personal views and make it clear they are not speaking for the university the student body, or the Student InterCouncil.


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