Participation in decision-making at the AUAS is based on the Dutch Higher Education and Research Act and is detailed in the Regulations for Participation in Decision-making. There is a central representative advisory council ( centrale medezeggenschapsraad, CMR) and there are seven faculty representative advisory councils and one for the staff and service departments. All faculties and staff and service departments are proportionally represented in the CMR. There are 24 seats, half of which are held by students and half by members of staff. Depending on the size of the faculty, the faculty representative advisory councils have 12 to 24 seats, half of which are reserved for students and half for members of staff. All seats on the representative advisory council for staff and support services are held by members of staff.
The CMR consults with the Executive Board on a monthly basis. Topics of conversation include any topics related to the AUAS which the CMR or the Executive Board wish to discuss.
The CMR has a right of consent with regard to:
The faculty representative advisory councils consult with the Dean.
In addition to a representative advisory council, each faculty has programme committees. Half of the members of these committees are students and the other half are staff members. Small programmes often have a joint programme committee. Programme committees have an advisory role with regard to the degree programmes and the Teaching and Examination Regulations.
In practice, consultation and advice go beyond that which is arranged in the formal structures. This depends on the subject concerned.