Frequently Asked Questions
What happens during a Student Government meeting?
A Student Government Meeting is a highly structured and open meeting. The structure of the meeting is as follows:
- Roll Call - attendance of senators is recorded.
- Approval of Minutes - previous meeting's minutes are corrected before passage.
- Announcements - visitors are given the opportunity to present their issues to the Student Senate.
- Advisor's Report - the Student Government Advisor delivers a statement to the Student Senate. The report contains information relevant to the Student Senate.
- Officer and Committee Reports - each officer and committee chair delivers a report concerning any accomplishments and continuing work.
- Old Business - any items tabled from the previous meeting can be addressed during Old Business.
- New Business - senators make motions that the Student Senate votes on. The motions can be items ranging from resolutions to budget allocations. This is the time in the meeting when senators can also bring up any new items they would like the senate to discuss.
- Adjournment - the meeting is called to an end by the chair.
How do I become a Student Government Senator?
To become a senator, one should seek to be elected during the spring semester of each year. Students can also be appointed to the Student Senate if there are any vacancies within the Student Senate. The Student Government President has the power to appoint these students. The Senate Appointment Form exists for this purpose.
Can I speak as a visitor during the Announcements section of a meeting?
Yes, visitors are welcome to attend a Student Government meeting. Contact us with the date of the meeting you would like to be recognized at along with a brief description of what you will be speaking about so that we can put you on the agenda.
How can I vote in a local, state, or federal election?
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