The student regent is a non-voting participant on the Board of Regents representing the students of each Texas public university system or independent public university (a general academic teaching institution that is not a part of a university system). The student regent serves a one-year term commencing February 1. While technically not a member of the Board of Regents, a student regent does have the same powers and duties as the members of the Board of Regents, with the exception of voting, making or seconding motions, and being counted to determine a quorum.
To the best of their ability, the student regent represents the interests of the students, university system/university, and the State of Texas. The student regents may serve on special commissions, task forces and committees during their term and are expected to participate in required Regent activities, including orientation sessions conducted by the Office of the Governor and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Student regents will be required to file an annual Personal Financial Statement with the Texas Ethics Commission and abide by the laws of the State of Texas applicable to board service, including the state ethics laws. The student regent is encouraged to be involved with the student governments on each campus which they represent and to have a working relationship with faculty, staff, and representative student organizations.