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: Luke Dretske '21
Vice President: Angele Bridges '21 
Treasurer: Jacob Dudley '23
Secretary: Erin Bailey '21
Senate Leader: Maythe Salcedo '23
Special Graduate Trustee:
Tyler Sturzl '19
Michael Hartman '20                                                     


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.'

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

2015-2016 Agendas and Minutes

2012-2013 Weekly Agendas

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