Student Caucus

The Student Caucus is the student voice in institutional decision-making at Thompson Rivers University.

It brings together all student representatives on institutional committees, from the Senate to the Board of Governors to Faculty Councils, to ensure that students can participate meaningfully in decisions that shape our education!

The Student Caucus provides leadership on key issues for students. We engage students like you on campus and lobby decision-makers for real changes that improve our campus!

Students like you can join as a volunteer or to formally represent students on committees, and the Caucus will provide training, support, and debate throughout the year. This includes a full-day orientation to university governance, meetings to discuss issues, a Student Budget Consultation, and ongoing support from Students’ Union staff.

Join the Student Caucus

Each September we recruit students to serve in approximately fifty committee positions! Does the Student Caucus sound like the right fit for you? You can apply online by clicking the button below!

Apply to Join the Student Caucus


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Student Caucus Representatives

The Student Caucus includes student representatives on all institutional decision-making bodies. This includes:

  • The Board of Governors and Board Committees
    Responsible for financial, legal, capital, and external relations decisions
  • Administrative Advisory Committees
    Responsible for operational decisions
  • The Senate and Senate Committees
    Responsible for institution-wide academic decisions
  • Faculty Councils
    Responsible for faculty-based academic decisions

Below are descriptions of each of the decision-making bodies where students are represented, along with the name, contact, and term of the students currently representing you. Click on any of the buttons below to navigate to information about that type of governing body.


Board of Governors

The TRU Board of Governors has a legislated set of responsibilities for directing the affairs of the institution and setting policies in accordance with the Thompson Rivers University Act. In summary, the Board is responsible for the management, administration and control of the property, revenue, business, and affairs of the University. Note that student representatives on the Board are elected through a TRU process and not selected through the Student Caucus.

Humayra Haq
Sep 2016 – Aug 2017
Gagandeep Singh
Sep 2016 – Aug 2017

Board of Governors Committees

Thompson Rivers University Community Trust


The Senate is the senior academic decision-making body of the university. The purposes of the Senate are defined by the Thompson Rivers University Act. These include setting: criteria for awarding credentials, curriculum content, admissions standards, examinations and student evaluation policies, student withdrawal policies, criteria for academic standing and standards, the grading system, criteria for academic excellence awards, and student academic appeals policies and procedures.

The Senate is further required by the Act to advise the Board of Governors on matters including: the mission statement, goals, objectives, strategies, and priorities of the university; the establishment, revision, or discontinuance of courses, programs, or faculties; the priorities for new programs and courses; the evaluation of programs and educational services; the library and resource centres; the setting of the academic schedule; the qualifications of faculty members; the adjudication procedures for appealable matters of student discipline; the terms of affiliation with other post-secondary bodies; and the consultation with community and program advisory groups concerning the university’s educational programs.

Note that student representatives on the Senate are elected through a TRU process and not selected through the Student Caucus.

Chandan Sehgal Chandan Sehgal
Liang Zhong
Sep 2016 – Aug 2017
Gagandeep Singh
Sep 2016 – Aug 2017
Chandan Sehgal
Sep 2016 – Aug 2017
Sep 2016 – Aug 2017

Senate Committees

Awards and Honours Committee
Academic Integrity Committee
Academic Planning and Priorities Committee
Budget Committee of Senate
Educational Programs Committee
Environmental Advisory Committee
Graduate Studies Committee
Teaching and Learning Committee
International Affairs Committee
Research Committee
Steering Committee

Faculty Councils

Each Faculty and School of the university has a Council that serves as it senior academic governance body and the venue for collegial and consultative decision-making. The Council provides a forum for Faculty-wide dissemination of information, discussion, and academic decision-making related to the governance and management of the Faculty and its activities. While respecting the authority of more senior university governance bodies (Senate and Board of Governors) and administration, each Council is responsible at the Faculty level for the planning, priority-setting, development, management, and ongoing review of the teaching, research, and other related programs and services.

Adventure, Culinary Arts, and Tourism Faculty Council
Arts Faculty Council
Business and Economics Faculty Council
Education and Social Work Faculty Council
Law Faculty Council
Nursing Faculty Council
Sciences Faculty Council
Student Development Faculty Council
Trades and Technology Faculty Council

Administrative Advisory Committees

Administrative advisory committees are representative bodies that serve not to make decisions, but to advise administration on operational issues that do not fall under the governance mandates of the Senate or Board of Governors. While there are countless formal and informal advisory bodies and activities at the university at any given time, the Student Caucus supports representatives only on formal advisory committees reporting to the President, Vice Presidents, Associate Vice Presidents, or Directors.

President's Council
Accreditation Steering Committee
Capital Planning Committee
Convocation Advisory Committee
Degree Works Steering Committee
Marketing, Communications, and Institutional Relations Committee
Parking Appeals and Advisory Committee
Space Management Committee
Strategic Enrolment Management Task Force
Sustainability Grant Fund Committee