Student members of School Board

Each year elections are held for four student member positions on the Law School Board. The governance role of the School Board is set out in the University of Sydney (Governance of Faculties and University Schools ) Rule 2016.

Student members of the School Board are also members of the Staff Student Consultation Committee.
Student elections will be held in Semester 2 of each year. The term of office of a student elected to the School board is one year, commencing on 1 January of the year following the election.

Student members of School Board: Roles and Responsibilities

Primary roles
Student members of School Board have three primary roles:

  1. To serve as a responsible member of School Board
  2. To serve as a responsible member of the Staff Student Consultation Committee
  3. To act as a node for communication between the above committees and the wider law student cohort.

In fulfilling their roles, student members of School Board have the responsibility to:

  • Prepare for, attend, and complete any agreed actions arising from any board or committee of which they are a member.
  • Develop a good understanding of University and School governance, and the regulatory and operating frameworks which govern our work.
  • Be mindful of the overall interests of the School and University
  • Contribute as appropriate to discussions and decisions, maintaining an objective view and the values below.
  • Understand the limits of their role, and refer requests and communication beyond that scope to the appropriate party.

Student members of School Board are expected to exhibit the following values:

  • Integrity, professionalism and collegiality in all dealings in their capacity as student member of School Board.
  • Respectful, impartial, and accurate communication.
  • Staff and student privacy and requests for anonymity will be respected.
  • The integrity, confidentiality and privacy of University records and information to which they have access in the capacity as student member of the board and committee will be maintained, and reasonable precautions taken to prevent unauthorised access to or misuse of records and information.
  • Facts and circumstances giving rise to an actual, potential or perceived conflict of interest will be disclosed to the relevant board or committee.

Limits of role
Student members should refer students to the appropriate services, such as academic and professional staff of the School, SRC/SUPRA, or SULS where issues are:

  • Concerning an individual student's enrolment or academic performance, or otherwise involving intensive one-on-one advocacy;
  • Concerning teaching, assessment or curriculum matters;
  • Concerning a complaint about or dispute with an individual student or staff member; or
  • Legal or financial issues.

In accordance with the University of Sydney (Governance of Faculties and University Schools) Rule 2016, student members of School Board shall not be present at any discussion; participate in any decision; nor have the right of access to any material, relating to any matter in respect of their own candidature or relating to any other student’s candidature for a degree, diploma or certificate that is the same as or considered to be of a standing equivalent to or higher than the degree, diploma or certificate for which the person is a candidate. The School Board Chair may declare a closed agenda containing items to which student members will not be apprised. In such instances the Secretary will inform student members in advance to arrange appropriate timing for meeting attendance.

Staff Student Consultation Committee

The Staff Student Consultation Committee provides more opportunity for student interaction with Law School strategy and activities.

Staff Student Consultation Committee Terms of Reference

1. Purpose

To facilitate and encourage effective communication between the school and the coursework student body and to recommend to School Board initiatives to serve the non-curricula experience of coursework students. The Committee will generally only consider issues which have wide or ongoing implications, and will not consider issues relating to teaching, curriculum or assessment.

2. Terms of Reference

The Committee has responsibility for advising School Board and the School Executive with regards to non-curricula aspects of the Law School coursework student experience, including:

  • Information for students and communication with the Law School
  • Opportunities for students to provide feedback and to provide input on school governance, principles, policies, procedures and operational guidelines
  • Provision and discussion of student feedback including reports such as SCEQ and CEQ
  • Student support (other than academic and learning support), resources and opportunities, e.g. careers, scholarships, wellbeing and pastoral care
  • Quality assurance for non-curricula initiatives for coursework students, including evaluation, data collection and analysis, and advancing recommendations
  • Student engagement and participation in the Law School activities and community, including the broader activities of the Law School community and student-run activities, societies and networks
  • Law School-controlled physical spaces and infrastructure
  • Student health and safety
  • Any other actions or issues referred to the committee by the School Board or School Executive

3. Composition and Membership

Membership of the committee is ex officio for the following positions:

  • Associate Dean, Professional Law Programs (Chair)
  • Student Services Coordinator (Secretary)
  • Associate Dean, Postgraduate Coursework
  • Associate Dean, International Students
  • Associate Dean, Education
  • Executive Officer

Other staff may be co-opted by the Chair.

Membership of the committee will be for the duration of two semesters, and will consist of:

  • Elected student members of School Board (up to six)
  • Up to four members of the SULS Executive, as nominated by the President to best represent the activities of SULS which complement the considerations of the Committee.
  • Other student representatives as co-opted by the Chair

The Committee should aim to include broad representation from each main cohort, including:

  • The LLB program, both early 'combined' years (1-3) and late 'law-only' years (4-5)
  • The JD program, including year 1 and years 2-3
  • The Graduate Diploma and Masters programs
  • Students enrolled as domestic and international

4. Meetings

The Committee shall aim to meet twice per semester, generally according to the following pattern:

  • Semester 1, early to mid (e.g. weeks 3-7)
  • Semester 1, late (e.g. weeks 8-stuvac)
  • Semester 2, early (e.g. weeks 2-6)
  • Semester 2, mid to late (e.g. weeks 7-10)

Other meetings may be called by the Chair from time to time.
The dates of School Board meetings should be considered in scheduling meetings for this committee.

The dates for 2017 are:

  • Thursday 8 June 1-2pm Level 4 board room
  • Thursday 31 August (week 5)
  • Thursday 26 October (week 12)

Call for Expressions of Interest

The next call will be made in Semester 2 2017 for 2018 members.

5. Related documents

  • School Board Terms of Reference and Constitution
  • Senate Resolutions: Governance of Faculties, Colleges, College Boards, Boards of Studies, Departments, Schools and Committees
  • Academic Board Policy on Consultation with Students
  • Code of Conduct for Students
  • Student Members of School Board: Roles and Responsibilities
  • The Constitution of the Sydney University Law Society