Q: What does SGA actually do? Isn’t it like high school where the members are just sort-of “figureheads”?
A: Not at all!
- First, the Student Senate and President give out over $25,000 per year to the various student groups at Marshall; each group is eligible for up to $500 per semester for their project, event, conference, etc.
- The Senate appoints its members to serve on the MU Faculty Senate, so students have a voice in such meetings.
- The Student Body President is required to serve on many committees which make decisions crucial to students like the Strategic Enrollment Planning Committee, which develops programs to engage and retain our top-notch student body, and also the President’s Advisory Council on Student Activity Fees, which makes recommendations to the Office of the President (Dr. Stephen Kopp ) as to where over $1,000,000 in student fees should be allocated!
- The Student Body President also serves on the Marshall University Alumni Association Board of Directors, acting as the voice for current students, (close) future and recent alumni, providing input as to how to get our generation involved with giving back.
- This year, the President also doubles as the Board of Governors representative, the body comprised of citizens appointed by the Governor of our great State of West Virginia, to oversee all actions of Marshall University. In a sense, it can be compared to Congress, where as the President must have Congressional support for many issues, especially those regarding tuition, investing, etc.
- Finally, the President meets with President Kopp on a regular basis to discuss current initiatives and programs that SGA is taking on and also is able to address any concerns brought to him or her by the student body.
Q: Who is eligible to get involved with SGA? Do you have to be asked to join?
A: Absolutely not, everyone at Marshall is able to get involved! The only requirements are that you are
- A Full-time Student
- Maintain a Cumulative GPA of 2.75
- First-semester Freshman are eligible to apply for the Senate Apprenticeship Program at any time throughout the term. (click for more info)
- To run for a Senate Seat (elections are in the Spring), or apply for an open seat you must meet the requirements above and be at least second-semester Freshman.
- To run for Student Body President, you must meet the requirements above, and be an undergraduate student for the full duration of the term of office (1 year). So if you were an undergrad set to graduate the following December, you would not be able to run.
Q: How often does the Senate meet? Are the meetings closed?
A: The Senate meets every Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the Shawkey Dining Room, upstairs of the Memorial Student Center*. The meetings are always open to the public, and every meeting ends with an open forum (“Concerns of the Student Body”) where anyone can address the Senate freely.
Q: How does one become a part of the Executive Branch (Office of the Student Body President)?
A: Each President picks his or her own cabinet, and may have as few or many positions as he or she chooses. Many of these cabinet picks are experienced Student Senators.
Q: Where can I find my SGA representatives on campus?
A: The SGA has its own offices, complete with a sitting area and conference table, upstairs of the Memorial Student Center in 2W24. The offices there are held by the Student Body president and his or her cabinet members, as well as the President Pro Tempore of the Senate. Student Senators may also be found in the SGA offices as they are required to log a certain number of office hours every semester.
*Meeting location subject to change