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Student Government

Every full-time Elmira College student is a member of the Student Association (SA). Your voices - opinions, interests, values and concerns - make up the largest and most important part of Student Government here. Student Government exists to represent YOU!

The Student Association is made up of four branches, each overseen by members of the Student Association Executive Council. They are the Student Senate, the Judicial Board, the Finance Board and the Stu¬dent Activities Board (SAB). Each Board plays a specific role in student government, and each affects the entire Student Association in one way, shape, or form. SA even has its own website. Visit us at sites.elmira.edu/sa!

What is the Student Association (SA)?

The Student Association (SA) is comprised of four branches: the Senate, the Judicial Board, Finance Board, and the Student Activities Board. SA is student-governed by the Student Association Executive Council which consists of 11 campus-wide elected students. Each branch and organization within the Student Association has advisors. The Student Association is ultimately advised by the Vice President of Enrollment Management, the Dean of Student Life, and a Faculty Representative.

The Senate oversees officially recognized clubs and organizations, recognizes new clubs, and brings stu¬dent concerns to the faculty and administration. Each recognized student organization and those seeking recog¬nition must elect a senator to attend each weekly session of Senate on Sundays at 6:30 p.m. in the Gannett-Tripp Library, Tripp Lecture Hall. Senate is actively advised by the Vice President of Enrollment Management, the Dean of Student Life, and a Faculty-selected full-time faculty member.

The students at Elmira College have a voice, and plenty of means to have it heard. Concerns brought to Senate really do get answered - and quickly. Anything from broken toilets to safety concerns to course requirements to questions about construction, computers, discipline, food … you get the idea. As members of the legislative branch, Sena¬tors help make important decisions. Why not find out more about how you can help them do it?

Become a Senator. All clubs need one. Each Residence Hall needs one (and Towers needs two). Senators are important liaisons between the student body and the student government, and their positions are im¬portant in making decisions and bringing concerns to Senate. Senators also serve on committees, from the Dining Services committee to the Curricular Policy Committee, to the Campus Climate Committee, and Student Handbook Committee. And guess what? They all have a voice in the decisions these committees make - about critical issues and changes here at the College.
Run for another office. Become a Judicial Board representative for your class. Apply to be a member of Finance Board. Run for class office. Or run for a position on the Student Association Executive Council.
Ask us questions! Hey, we do this because we’re here to help you and we love it!

The Student Association Executive Council (SA Exec) holds week¬ly closed meetings to discuss the state of the Student Association. Com¬posed of the five governing offices and the president and vice presidents of the financial, judicial, and student activities branches generate the agenda for Senate. They also share information regarding the status of their boards, discuss and plan for upcoming events, and discuss any rumors or the buzz from students on campus. Each Board gets one vote (so the Jus¬tices share one vote for the Judicial Board. The same applies to Finance Board and SAB).

Judicial Board or “Jud. Board” interprets and upholds the rules and regulations of the SA Consti¬tution and the EC Student Handbook. Jud Board hears Tier II student dis¬cipline cases every week, votes on case outcomes, and sanctions students who violate College policy. Leadership and unbiased decision-making skills are crucial for Judicial Board members. Elected student members are the Chief Justice, the Associate Chief Jus¬tice, and three representatives from each currently en¬rolled class. The active advisors are the Dean of Student Life, Assistant Dean of Student Life, and the Director of Multicultural and International Student Services.

Finance Board oversees club funding and helps clubs manage their treasuries and budgets. The board creates, reviews, allocates, ap¬proves, and monitors student and club budgets and fi-nancial requests (i.e., conference funding, socials, capital equip¬ment purchases, and special event funds). They are responsible for the entirety of the Student Activities Fee that each full-time student pays. They fund everything from club socials to academic and professional conferences, trips, Holiday Weekend, dances, Finals Countdown, Siblings and Friends Weekend, receptions, Honor Society inductions, Hoops Hysteria, and campus renovations. They are actively advised by the Comptroller, Assistant Comptroller, Bursar, and the Dean of Student Life.

Student Activities Board (SAB) is the premier programming board on campus! SAB researches, presents, and votes on student activities and movies each weekend of each term ranging from comedians, bands, vari¬ety show, game shows, and free off-campus Travel events. Their signature events include an annual start of the year Kick Off Dance Party, Casino Night, annual trips to NYC and other major cities (free travel and lodging for over 100 student attendees per trip) and May Days weekend which includes a theme dance and campus-wide Carnival with giant inflatable games, carnival rides, contests, slip-n-slides, and more prizes than you can imagine! SAB is always, always looking for new ideas, and our meetings are always open to new members, so come and tell us what you think because SAB is where the party’s at! The President and Vice President are elected campus-wide, while individual chairs are selected by the Presi¬dent, Vice President, and advisors based on an applica¬tion and interview process. The advisors are the Director of Student Activities and Encore, the Student Activities Assistant, and the Dean of Student Life.