Consultation is the process of administrators discussing the campus budget and getting feedback from students. Consultation is not a presentation, it is a two-way street! The most common aspects of the budget that require student consultation are tuition rates and fee increases. Some of these fees include a student life/activity fee, health fees, parking fees, technology fees, etc.

Why is this important?

  • We are one of very few student associations in the nation that has consultation protected and enforced through policy. (See Minnesota State Policy 2.3 and Procedure 2.3.1)
  • We cannot begin to address the rising cost of an education if we don’t take the consultation process seriously.
  • It is a great learning and networking opportunity!

What to expect from administration

The administration must provide students with background materials and an agenda in advance of consultation, provide reasonable time for the senate to consider the issue, and provide responses to senate requests for further information.

If you have any questions, contact LeadMN Policy Coordinator Kayley Schoonmaker at kschoonmaker@leadmn.org.