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Student Government

Enhance your leadership, communication and civic skills through participation in Student Government Association.

Modeled after the U.S. federal government, Student Government Association (SGA) divides power between an executive, legislative, and judicial branch. Student government functions independently of the college administration, though it does often collaborate with the college administration and various departments to enhance the student experience. 

The Student Government Association’s three branches are made up of 16 elected offices, and 9 appointed offices. This allows for individual initiative on issues directly affecting students. The executive branch is composed of the student body president and student body vice-president, along with several appointed positions such as Chief of Staff and Secretary of Public Relations. The president is responsible for all appointments, which are approved by the legislative branch. The judicial branch is composed of a Chief Justice and a few associate Justices who are responsible for ensuring fairness and equality throughout the Student Government and its respective charters. The judicial branch is also responsible for running fair and unbiased elections. The legislative branch is composed of a Senate which includes three senators from each class, two commuter senators, and three At-Large senators. General elections for freshman senators and any unfilled senate seats are held during the first few months of the school year. Elections are also held in April for the following year. During this election, the student body will elect a President and Vice President and vote on senators for their respective cohort or class. All full-time students may vote and all full-time students having adequately circulated a petition of candidacy and maintaining a 2.0 GPA may run for office. Appointed positions are filled by the student body president with the consent of the Senate within the legislative branch. Appointments are generally made in May but may be made as needed throughout the year. Regular meetings are held twice a month. 

Meeting minutes are available from the SGA secretary. 

For more information, see the official SGA website.

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