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Policy 403 -

403. Participation in University Governance


Santa Clara University has identified nine normative principles for good practices in governance. One recognizes that the University can flourish only if there is a healthy sense of community in which all members have a role in working for the common good. Another calls for governance to be open, accessible and understandable to members of the University community. Santa Clara recognizes the benefit and significance of service to and for the University community.


Accordingly, supervisors and employees should work collaboratively to assure that staff members willing and able to serve as members of official University committees, task forces or other governing bodies may do so without jeopardizing the satisfactory performance of their respective position responsibilities. If University decision making is to reflect rich input from relevant stakeholders, they must be permitted to participate in University governance. Therefore, time spent on University business is recognized as an additional duty or responsibility and may be conducted during normal working hours.


Employees are responsible for obtaining supervisors’ support and approval to serve on University committees, task forces or other governing bodies such as the Staff Assembly Council. Supervisors are responsible for allowing employees to participate in governance and for supporting service to the University when it does not conflict with other responsibilities of employment.


Contact Human Resources if you have questions or would like more information about this policy.

Policy Approved: October 23, 1998

Last Updated: October 28, 1998

Last Reviewed: June 30 2022

Maintainer: Human Resources

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