Frequently asked questions on public comments

  • Is there an opportunity for public comment at Board of Governors meetings?

    Yes. Part of the agenda at each Board of Governor’s public meeting allows time for individuals to present comments to the Board. The Board does not generally respond to these comments during this section of the meeting.

  • Who is eligible to speak?

    Students, staff, faculty, alumni and members of the community. One hour is set aside for public comment, allowing for no more than five presenters to speak on the same topic. Additional information is provided in the Board’s Procedures for Meetings of the WSU Board of Governors and its Committees.

  • How do I sign up?

    Complete the on-line sign-up form. Requests are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. The form must be submitted at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting where the requestor wishes to speak.

  • How will I know if my request has been approved?

    You will receive two emails from the Office of the Secretary to the Board of Governors once your request has been received. The first email is an auto-reply message confirming that your form was received. The second email will confirm if your request to speak has been approved, and provide you with the time and location of the meeting.

  • When will I speak?

    Public comment on agenda related topics will be heard at the committee where the topic is scheduled for discussion, during the Board’s morning committee schedule.  Public comment on non-agenda related topics will be heard at the end of the Board’s afternoon meeting, following the conclusion of the business portion of the agenda. The agenda for the Board meeting is posted on the Board’s website at, seven days in advance of the meeting, and will list the meeting’s date, time and location. You must be present when you are called to speak. If you are not present at that time, you forfeit your opportunity to address the board at that meeting. You may not designate someone else to speak in your place.

  • Where are meetings of the Board of Governors held?

    Meetings of the Board of Governors are generally held at the McGregor Memorial Conference Center. However, the notice of meetings referenced above will confirm the location and time of the meeting.

  • Can I assign my spot or a portion of my time to someone else?


  • What should I do if I cannot attend?

    Please contact the Office of the Secretary to the Board of Governors as soon as possible. Contact numbers are included on this website.

  • Can I bring materials to accompany my presentation?

    Yes. Please bring 15 copies of handout material. Please hold your documents until your name is called. At the time you approach the podium, a Wayne State University staff member will retrieve your materials and distribute them on your behalf.

  • Can I use PowerPoint or other audio/visual equipment?