Organization of the Mayagüez Campus

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The Mayagüez Campus serves a student population of 12,136 students. It was organized as a result of the University Act (PL1), which was approved on January 20, 1966 and amended by Law No. 16 in 1993.


The Chancellor of the Mayagüez Campus is the chief executive officer of the institutional unit.

The Chancellor’s main responsibilities include:

  1. Presiding over the Administrative Board, the Academic Senate, and faculty meetings
  2. Appointing deans, departmental directors and university personnel
  3. Resolve controversial appeals against decisions made by deans
  4. Representing the campus at functions, ceremonies, and academic activities
  5. Preparing the campus’ annual report and budget petition for submission to the President

Administrative Board

The Administrative Board of the Mayagüez Campus consists of the Chancellor as presiding officer, the deans, two academic senators elected among those faculty members of the Senate who are not ex-officio, senators, and an elected student representative. The President of the University serves as an ex-officio member. The Board acts as an advisory body to the Chancellor, prepares the development plan of the Campus, approves the proposed budget prepared by the Chancellor, and grants tenure, promotions and leaves of absence.

Academic Senate

The Academic Senate at UPRM is composed by the members of the Administrative Board, the Director of the Library, the Director of the Counseling Office, representatives elected from the faculties whose total must not be less than twice the number of the elected ex-officio members, an elected member of the Library and Counseling Office, and ten student representatives. The Academic Senate is the official forum of the academic community. Its main task is to participate in the formulation of academic processes within the University’s legal structure.


The faculty is composed of the chancellor, the deans, department directors and the teaching personnel. The General Regulations of the University of Puerto Rico define the faculty's functions, privileges, duties, and, rights.


The rights and duties of students are set forth in the General Student Regulations. The General Student Council represents students before the university administration, and individual student councils represent them before each of their respective colleges and schools. The students are also represented on the Academic Senate, the Administrative Board, the University Board, and the Board of Trustees.

Student Ombudsman Office

The Students Ombudsman Office was created on November 10, 1999. It is a direct result of the interest and effort of both the Chancellor and the Students General Council. Its creation reinforces our University’s belief in dialogue and communication as the best way to pursue truth and the integral development of its students. It also provides adequate and appropriate conditions which enhance their quality of life.

The mission of the Students Ombudsman Office (Oficina de Procuraduría Estudiantil) is to provide an independent, confidential, neutral, and accessible individual support for our students. The informal process facilitates fair solutions to the situations and problems of the parties involved.

The Students Ombudsman Office does not do formal investigations. Instead we listen to people, examine their options for dealing with a particular situation and help guide them toward making wise and healthy decisions. Moreover, the Office offers timely and relevant information concerning campus policies and procedures. The Office welcomes all community members, including professors and employees that wish to present any situation related to students. (http://procuraduria.uprm.edu)