Student Regent

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The Student Regent is a student voting member of the University of Washington Board of Regents. The Board of Regents is the governing board of the University.



  1. Must be a UW student currently enrolled in at least 6 undergraduate or 4 graduate credits, or on leave as defined by Executive Order 50.
  2. Must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5
  3. Must be planning to attend UW for the entire academic year.
  4. Must be available to serve from June to July of the following year.
  5. If selected as one of the 3-5 finalists by the Student Regent Selection Committee, the candidate must not run as a candidate in the ASUW or GPSS elections.

State Laws


  1. The governance of the University of Washington shall be vested in a board of regents to consist of ten members, one of whom is a student. The governor shall select the student member from a list of candidates, of at least three and not more than five, submitted by the governing body of the associated students. They shall be appointed by the governor with the consent of the senate, and, except for the student member, shall hold their offices for a term of six years from the first day of October and until their successors shall be appointed and qualified. The student member shall hold his or her office for a term of one year from the first day of July until the first day of July of the following year or until his or her successor is appointed and qualified, whichever is later. The student shall be a full-time student in good standing at the University at the time of appointment.
  2. Six members of said board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. In the case of a vacancy, or when an appointment is made after the date of the expiration of a term, the governor shall fill the vacancy for the remainder of the term of the regent whose office has become vacant or expired.
  3. Except for the student member, no more than the terms of two members will expire simultaneously on the last day of September in any one year.
  4. A student appointed under this section shall excuse himself or herself from participation or voting on matters relating to the hiring, discipline, or tenure of faculty members and personnel.


General powers and duties of the board of regents are as follows:

  1. To have full control of the University and its property of various kinds, except as otherwise provided by law.
  2. To employ the president of the University, the president's assistants, members of the faculty, and employees of the institution, who except as otherwise provided by law, shall hold their positions during the pleasure of said board of regents.
  3. Establish entrance requirements for students seeking admission to the University which meet or exceed the standards specified under RCW 28B.80.350(2). Completion of examinations satisfactory to the University may be a prerequisite for entrance by any applicant at the University's discretion. Evidence of completion of public high schools and other educational institutions whose courses of study meet the approval of the University may be acceptable for entrance.
  4. Establish such colleges, schools or departments necessary to carry out the purpose of the University and not otherwise proscribed by law.
  5. With the assistance of the faculty of the University, prescribe the course of study in the various colleges, schools and departments of the institution and publish the necessary catalogues thereof.
  6. Grant to students such certificates or degrees as recommended for such students by the faculty. The board, upon recommendation of the faculty, may also confer honorary degrees upon persons other than graduates of this University in recognition of their learning or devotion to literature, art or science: PROVIDED, That no degree shall ever be conferred in consideration of the payment of money or the giving of property of whatsoever kind.
  7. Accept such gifts, grants, conveyances, bequests and devises, whether real or personal property, or both, in trust or otherwise, for the use or benefit of the University, its colleges, schools, departments, or agencies; and sell, lease or exchange, invest or expend the same or the proceeds, rents, profits and income thereof except as limited by the terms of said gifts, grants, conveyances, bequests and devises. The board shall adopt proper rules to govern and protect the receipt and expenditure of the proceeds of all fees, and the proceeds, rents, profits and income of all gifts, grants, conveyances, bequests and devises above-mentioned, and shall make full report of the same in the customary biennial report to the governor and members of the legislature, or more frequently if required by law: PROVIDED, HOWEVER, That nothing herein contained shall be construed to repeal, amend or in any way modify any of the provisions of RCW 28B.20.381.
  8. Except as otherwise provided by law, to enter into such contracts as the regents deem essential to University purposes.
  9. To submit upon request such reports as will be helpful to the governor and to the legislature in providing for the institution.
  10. Subject to the approval of the Higher Education Coordinating Board pursuant to RCW 28B.80.340, offer new degree programs, offer off-campus programs, participate in consortia or centers, contract for off-campus educational programs, and purchase or lease major off-campus facilities.

Board of Regents Bylaws

The student regent may serve on the Academic and Student Affairs Committee but shall excuse himself or herself from participation or voting on matters relating to the hiring, discipline, or tenure of faculty members and personnel.


The student regent position began with Jennifer Frankel, a UW law student, in the 1998-1999 academic school year. For a list of all regents that have served from 1861-Present, go to:

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