Senate

The Senate and its officers are the supreme legislative power of Student Government. The Senate is led by the Speaker and the Speaker Pro Tempore. Senators represent academic, residential, organizational and class constituencies.

Senate has the power to:

  • Propose referenda involving the Student Activity Fee
  • Review all expenditures of Student Government
  • Establish procedures and regulations for Student Government elections
  • Approve the Student Government budget as presented by the Treasurer
  • Confirm appointments to various Student Government offices

Senate meetings are every Wednesday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the SAC Senate Room. Meetings are open to any undergraduate student that has paid his or her Student Activity Fee.

Speaker

The Speaker of the Senate is responsible for overseeing the Senate as a whole. The Speaker presides over weekly Senate meetings and has the final authority on all Senate procedures. The Speaker is a non-voting member of the Senate. Any student who has paid his/her Student Activity Fee is eligible to run for Speaker of the Senate in the Spring semester following Spring elections.

Speaker Pro Tempore of the Senate

In addition to maintaining voting rights as a Senator, the Speaker Pro Tempore oversees Senate committees and coordinates the Council of Chairs. Also, in the Speaker's absence, the Speaker Pro Tempore presides over Senate meetings. The Speaker Pro Tempore is elected from the current Senate in the Spring following Spring elections.

Secretary

The Secretary of the Senate maintains current records for the use of the Senate and Student Government as a whole. Records include minutes of all Legislative meetings, attendance rolls, and voting records. The Secretary is a non-voting member of the Senate.

Parliamentarian

The Parliamentarian of the Senate advises the Senate on issues related to the legality of Senate actions and procedures. All legislative meetings follow Robert's Rules of Order. The Parliamentarian is a non-voting member of the Senate.

Senators

The senate is made up of students from various areas of campus. There are over 50 senators representing students by Class, College or School, Commuter or Resident and much more. Elections happen in the Fall and the Spring.