The Ohio University Student Senate has a parliamentary format, which is rare for a public university. Instead of three branches of government, the senate is a single body with different positions and committees that represent executive, legislative, and judicial authority within the organization. Over 50 Senators, both elected and appointed, comprise the voting body of the Senate. Leading the Senate are the three elected executive members, the President, the Vice President, and the Treasurer, along with their appointed Chief of Staff and Communications Director.
The Senators are split up into 12 different commissions, each of which deals with specific issues affecting Ohio University students. Senators in charge of a commission are referred to as “Commissioners”. The Commissioners meet regularly with their commissions to discuss the issues pertaining to their constituencies. They then bring these issues to the General Body meetings and endorse various resolutions in order to better deal with the students’ issues. Senate’s Staff assists the executives and each in commission in completing their initiatives.
Senate also has several standing committees to help it both to maintain itself and to deal with issues not specifically delegated to one commission. The Committee on Rules and Procedures, for instance, deals with changes in Senate’s by-laws, while the Committee on Student Representation is tasked with ensuring the equality of the student voice in university decisions.