Want to get involved with Student Government? Learn about the myriad positions that you can apply for below. If you’re new to Student Government, consider the positions denoted by an asterisk.
The Senate is the legislative branch of the Students’ Association Government. It is made up of 5 unique standing committees that address different concerns in student life:
Appropriations – The Appropriations Committee (SAAC) is responsible for managing the finances of the SA in a responsible way for the student body.
Communications & PR – The Communications & Public Relations Committee is the voice and of the SA Government.
Elections – The Elections Committee is in charge of managing and overseeing general body elections.
Policy & Review – The Policy & Review Committee is responsible for addressing policy issues and is a helpful resource to existing and prospective groups.
Projects & Services – The Projects and Services Committee practices advocacy for the student body through student-led initiatives and working in university departments.
Speaker of the Senate
The Speaker of the Senate is in charge of managing Senate meetings and dealing with Senate’s concerns. As the head of an entire branch of the SA, he or she deals with high level administrators.The following year’s Speaker is selected by Senators at the end of the Spring semester. The skills include: having strong management, being motivational, being precisely organized, and being articulate with clear communication
Deputy Speaker of the Senate
The Deputy Speaker of the Senate assists the Speaker of the Senate with managing Senate meetings and dealing with Senate’s concerns. In addition, the Deputy Speaker typically takes the minutes for Senate meetings. The following year’s Deputy Speaker is selected by Senators at the end of the Spring semester. The Deputy Speaker also organizes functions and events within Student Government. Skills include: having strong writing skills, being precisely organized, and being articulate with clear communication.
A senator will be making decisions that enhance student life, as well as creating and carrying out their initiatives. They attend a weekly Senate meeting where they discuss and vote on Student Government issues. In addition, they are required to sit on one of the Standing Committees. Senator are elections are annual. Skills include: being able to critically think, being highly motivated, having precise organization and time management, and being prepared to communicate well with administrators.
Expected Weekly Time Commitment: ~10 hours
The Committee Chairs are responsible for overseeing their committees. This means meeting with the appropriate administrators, managing a the Aides and Senators on their committees, and keeping up to date with overarching initiatives. Skills include: having strong management skills, being flexible, being approachable, being highly engaged.
Expected Weekly Time Commitment: ~15 hours
The Committee Aides are specialists of their particular tasks within their committee. An aide is responsible for taking off a specific role within the committee, meeting with the appropriate faculty in meetings, and working independently throughout the week. Skills include: having dedication, being strong with time management, and using clear communication.
Expected Weekly Time Commitment: ~5 hours
Office of the President
The Office of the President is the executive branch in the Student Government that administers the decisions made by the Senate and Standing Committees.
The President is the official representatives of the student body. He or she sets the agenda and tone for SA Government and is responsible for implementing the legislation passed by the Senate. He or she works closely with the heads of the other branches, the Senate Committees, and high level administrators to ensure success. The following year’s President is elected by the student body in the Spring semester. Skills include: very strong communication, being timely, being highly organized. It is advised to have previous SA experience, though not necessary.
Expected Weekly Time Commitment: >40 hours
The Vice President’s role varies from year to year, but assits the President in his or her duties. He or she campaigns with the President, so the following year’s Vice President is elected by the student body in the Spring semester. As the Vice President, skills include: very strong communication, being timely, being highly organized.
All-Campus Judicial Council (ACJC)
ACJC is the judicial branch of Student Government. It is responsible for hearing nonacademic code of conduct violations, representing the student body on the board of academic honesty, and serving as the determiners of any SA suit.
The selected position on ACJC is the Associate Justice. He or she will make up the ACJC by carefully deliberating the issues brought before it. Associate Justices may also assist Senators with Senate objectives.*
Expected Weekly Time Commitment: ~5 hours