Council will meet monthly during the academic term (September - June) except in February. The Chair can call a meeting during a month when a meeting is not normally scheduled. Meetings are open to all. Find dates, agendas, minutes and approved motions.


Council comprises elected representatives of all colleges, members at large, students, the president and provost.



121 members, including:
  • the president
  • the provost
  • two elected members from each college and affiliated and federated college, one of whom may be the dean
  • two librarians, one of whom may be the university librarian
  • one elected student representing each college and each affiliated and federated college
  • 54 elected faculty

Susan Detmer
University Council Chair
2021 - Current

Past Chairs

  • Pam Downe (Acting Sept & Oct 2021)
  • Jay Wilson (2019-2021)
  • Chelsea Willness (2017-2019)
  • Kevin Flynn (2017)
  • Lisa Kalynchuk (2016-2017)
  • Jay Kalra (2011-2016)
  • Claire Card (2008-2011)
  • Barry Ziola (2007-2008)
  • Brett Fairbairn (2007)
  • Jim Merriam (2006-2007)
  • Joe Angel (2004-2006)
  • Robert Lucas (2002-2004)
  • Bryan Harvey (2001-2002)
  • Ron Cuming (1998-2001)
  • John Conway (1997-1998)
  • George Ivany (1995-1997)


The following Committees of Council bring their reports to Council for discussion and often a decision:

* Access committee SharePoint sites


Council Orientation

For the benefit of members of the University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) governing bodies the Governance Office developed this document as part of an orientation package on university governance. This is part one of two of the available orientation materials. The second parts of the materials are handbooks specific to the governing bodies (one each for University Council, the Board of Governors, and Senate, respectively). This document should be read in conjunction those governing body-specific handbooks.

This Council Handbook is the second part of the orientation materials available from the Governance  Office for members of the University of Saskatchewan’s governing bodies. The first part of the materials is the Orientation to University Governance. That document should be read in conjunction with this Council Handbook.


Council oversees and directs the university’s academic affairs including:

  • grants academic degrees, diplomas and certificates;
  • grants scholarships, prizes, fellowships, bursaries and exhibitions;
  • approves all academic programs, new programs and program deletions;
  • authorizes the board to establish new colleges, schools, departments, endowed chairs and institutes;
  • prescribes methods and rules for evaluating student performance;
  • disciplines students for academic misconduct and hears student appeals;
  • prescribes qualifications for admission;
  • sets the academic schedule;
  • reviews library policies;
  • makes recommendations on physical and budgetary plans for the university;
  • and makes recommendations on any other matters it considers to be in the interest of the university