What is Student Senate?

The Student Senate is the Campus Student Organization as define by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MNSCU) policy 2.1.  The policy assigns the following duties to the Student Senate:

  • That the Student Senate is the official representative for all students on the Brooklyn Park Campus
  • That the Senate has the sole authority to recommend the chartering of all clubs to the President of the College

MNSCU Policy 2.3 and 2.3.1, and 2.8.1, that the Student Senate has the authority to appoint students, to all college committees, such as Finance, Policy, and Facilities.  The policies also require the administration to consult with the Student Senate. 

Student Senate 101

This year the student has worked to have the right of first review for all Policies affecting students.

As well as representing students, the Student Senate is affiliate with the Minnesota State College Student Association.  The President of the Student Senate sits of the MSCSA’s Council of Presidents.

The Association serves to add the Student Senates as well as lobbying the Legislature and MNSCU.  In the pas the Association has lobbied successfully to have tuition capped, and to make it easier to transfer credit form one college to another.

To become a member of the Senate all you have to do is attend two consecutive meeting of the Student Senate.

The Student Senate is responsible for coordinating student activities on campus. Recommendations for improving the educational and social aspects of campus life may be submitted through the Student Senate. Each program is encouraged to have representatives participate in the Student Senate. All meetings are open to everyone.


Picture: Senate retreat Fall 2014

Commonly asked questions:

What is the Student Senate?
The HTC Student Senate is the voice of the student body in matters affecting student activities. It exists to initiate consideration of student problems, and to communicate action or recommendation to the designated school authorities.

Who can be a part of Student Senate?
Any full-time or part-time students taking one credit or more and in good standing in their programs, as defined by the HTC handbook, can partake in the Student Senate.

Why should I join Student Senate?

Getting involved in any club or organization can be one of the greatest, most rewarding experiences you will have while you are in college. By joining Student Senate you will have the opportunity to:

  • Network and socialize with students, staff, faculty and administrators
  • Build experience for your resume.
  • Gain invaluable skills for future employment.
  • Build social skills by interacting with people from different cultures and backgrounds.
  • Enhance communication skills.
  • Develop leadership skills by learning to take responsibility and manage challenges.
  • Make friends and have fun!

If you would like to be involved, please join us for a meeting on Wednesday’s at noon or contact us:

Eden Prairie Campus –

Brooklyn Park Campus –

Last updated by jlauritsen : 2015-02-11 13:53:55