The Student Senate is the legislative branch of the student government at Ripon College. It is charged with managing the student activities fee for the benefit of students at Ripon College, monitoring the activities of Student Senate-recognized organizations and formulating policies in areas of student concern. The Senate has several voting positions on the college's various committees and serves as the conduit between the Student Body and College Administration.

Senate meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in MLK Lounge in Hardwood Memorial unless otherwise specified by the Student Senate President. They are open to anyone who wishes to attend. There is an Open Forum portion of the meeting at which any student may voice a concern directly to the Senate. Members of the college community also are allowed to comment on each item of business before the Student Senate.

Students and members of the college community are strongly encouraged to voice any concerns they have to a Student Senator, an Executive Board member, or the assembled Senate.

Executive Board positions include the President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. Elections for these positions are open to those who will be on campus for the duration of their term and have at least one semester of experience as a member of Student Senate.


2020-2021 Executive Board Members

President: Abigail Urbina '23
Vice President: Vacant 
Treasurer: Jacob Dudley '23
Secretary: Erin Bailey '21
Senate Leader: Cassie Behreandt '22
Special Graduate Trustee:
Tyler Sturzl '19
Michael Hartman '20                                                     
You can find old Student Senate documents such as the Constitution and Operating Rules found in the section below. Under the Senate Documents bookmark, you can find all electronic documents on the agenda/minutes, current constitution, operating rules, and student organization budget information.
Do to the COVID pandemic all meetings will be conducted virtually over Zoom on Wednesday at 6:30 pm, unless otherwise noted by the President of the Student Senate.

To join the meetings please follow the instructions below:

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 954 9701 3204


Rules for the Virtual Meetings:

All members will be directed to a meeting room when entering the Zoom call and will be admitted by the Executive Board team.

1.     Mute your microphone (computer and phone) throughout the meeting unless you are speaking.

2.     Plan to follow the meeting on your own copy of the Student Senate Agenda. (Agenda can be found under bookmarks on the Student Senate page).

3.     Use the Chat function in Zoom to get the Executive Board's Attention. If you wish to speak to the full group, type ‘Speak’ into Chat, and you’ll be called on, under the rules of Robert's Rules of order.

4.     Voting that would normally be done by voice or show of hands will be done through a Google Form during the meetings. 

5.     Any members found to be a disruption will either be muted by the Executive Board and/or removed from the meeting and will not be permitted to reenter the meeting.


Don't forget that any questions or comments can be sent to our e-mail!!  


Robert's Rules of Order is the most commonly utilized set of Parliamentary Procedures in the United States (according to Wikipedia). It outlines protocol and courtesies for voting bodies to follow, and is an indispensable tool for running a meeting. There are currently 11 editions published, the most recent of which governs the Student Senate. This .pdf is of the 2nd edition, meaning that there are differences, but not major ones, in its contents versus the official guide for the Senate.

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A guide on how to properly handle a 'motion' according to Robert's Rules, as well as a reference sheet for the common types of 'motions.'

(.pdf, 105K)

2015-2016 Agendas and Minutes

2012-2013 Weekly Agendas

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