The University Council is the highest co-determination body of our university. Each month, twelve students and twelve staff members meet with the Board of the University to discuss university-wide policies. The main task of the University Council is to check the policy-making by the Board of the University. During the monthly University Council meeting, the council discusses a wide range of policies: from the general Teaching- and Exam Regulations, to working conditions, the renovation of University buildings or the annual University budget. On some of these topics, the University Council has the right of consent: this means that the council must vote on specific policy documents, after which they can be implemented – in case of approval. The Council always has the right to advise, which the Board must take seriously. And some policy documents are only to be discussed, or sent to the council for information purposes.
The student factions of the University Council also have the right to propose their own policy initiatives. They do so by writing a memo to the Board of the University in which they propose a new policy. At the moment, there are five student parties: Lijst Calimero, Studentenorganisatie Groningen, Democratische Academie Groningen, De Vrije Student and The One Man Gang. How the twelve student seats are divided among the parties is decided each year, during the university elections in May. The staff members are elected every two years.