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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, SGA divides power between an executive and legislative branch. Student government functions independently of the college administration, though it does not assume an adversarial relationship.

The 18 elected offices, as well as many appointed positions, allow for individual initiative on issues directly affecting students. The executive branch is composed of the student body president and the student body vice-president. The student government is composed of three senators from each class, two commuter senators, one senator from the International Student Club and one senator from the Multicultural Student Union. General elections for freshman senators are held during September. All other offices are elected in April. 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 SGA. 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.

About Bethel

As the first Mennonite college founded in North America, Bethel College celebrates a tradition of progressive Christian liberal arts education, diversity within community, and lifelong learning.