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This fall semester to accommodate to COVID-19 restrictions, Student Senate meetings will be virtual through Zoom. The meetings will be held on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. through Zoom. Zoom meeting links will be on TJC’s OrgSync page. 

Student Senate is an organization on campus that oversees the student-led clubs and organizations at Tyler Junior College. Members represent the voice of the students, and students can attend meetings to voice their concerns as well as be representatives for their organizations.

For student organizations to be considered in good standing with the campus and continue their operations, they need to attend at least nine out of the 12 meetings for the semester. 

“We have 12 meetings scheduled this semester, because they’re weekly,” said Student Senate sponsor, Lauren Tyler. “Typically, organizations can miss two meetings, but we will allow a grace period for three meetings.”

Student Senate meetings use a structured format known as Robert’s Rules to run meetings in an organized manner. Since the meetings are held through Zoom, features on the site will be used heavily. The chat feature will be utilized to take attendance of organizations at the meeting, and the raised hands feature will be used to vote or carry a motion. 

Outside of attending Student Senate meetings, organizations would need to meet the requirements of going to committee meetings and or taking on community service hours. 

“We are looking at instead of so many committee hours or so many community service hours, we just want you to meet either or requirement. If it’s seven hours, either get that in committee or community service,” Tyler said. 

Committees take place outside of Student Senate meetings throughout the week and students both in organizations or students who have something to discuss are welcome to attend. Committees are led by Student Senate officers and they will be formed after elections to select an officer for that committee. 

Elections will be held on Sept. 15 – 16 through OrgSync. Students are encouraged to run by sending in a campaign video explaining their intent to run and winners will be announced through OrgSync. 

For more information on Student Senate, visit orgsync.tjc.edu/organization/student-senate.

9 COMMENTS

  1. It’s crazy how this covid-19 pandemic changed our lives to the point where we have become dependent on technology to do what we used to do face-to-face. Anyways, I don’t think it’s right that they have a zoom meeting every week because some people like me work and just can’t make it even if they wanted to.

  2. I understand the argument behind it, an attempt to keep everyone safe, but business can not rely solely on technology. There must always be human interaction.

  3. Sorry to hear that they’re having to rely on technology for their meetings because zoom can be frustrating at times. However, at least they are still able to meet in someway! That’s what truly matters.

  4. I am glad people are taking precautions to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19, but as well sad because going virtually for meetings can be difficult and very frustrating at times. Relying on technology has its ups and downs at times. Even though they are going virtually this semester I am really excited to know that they are doing everything to keep these meetings going even through a global pandemic.

  5. I think that it’s really nice to see a group get together even through Zoom so, that everyone can be safe and healthy. I wonder if all student-life groups are doing the same. I understand that Zoom can be a little frustrating at times but, the group is still getting together, making friendships, and a change on our campus. Thank you for the information.

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