“To Represent and To Serve”
The Student Government Association (SGA) exists to represent the interests, concerns, and ideas of the Carson-Newman student body and to assist in creating an active campus community. The association seeks to promote the welfare of every student and to create an opportunity for students to practice leadership and assist in determining the policies that shape their university experience.
SGA offers our students opportunities for involvement and an avenue for directly impacting our campus. SGA serves our students and campus through legislation, forums, and special projects that focus on opening the lines of communication between our student body and our administration, and effectively communicating the heart of the student body on our campus for its betterment.
SGA is advised by Marilee Betz, the Director of Student Activities, and provides exciting opportunities for positions in student leadership, campus event planning, direct impact on the campus environment and the student experience, and the personal growth and development of the student. For more information on SGA, you can contact:
Marilee Betz, Director of Student Activities
The Office of Student Activities, MSAC 1016
Elizabeth Dixon, Student Body President
2017-2018 SGA Cabinet
Student Body President – Elizabeth Dixon, firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Body Vice-President – Skye McCarter, email@example.com
Secretary of Public Relations- Ali Turner, firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary of Projects and Services - Logan Hurt, email@example.com
Structure of the Student Government Association
The Student Government Association is composed of two distinct bodies: the Executive Cabinet and the Delegate Assembly. Together, these bodies form the Student Senate.
The Executive Cabinet is composed of six officers. The Chief Justice oversees the judicial operations of the Student Government Association and serves as interpreter in matters of procedure, precedent, and charter or code questions. The Secretary of Projects & Services will serve to oversee any projects or initiatives set out by the President and approved by the Senate. The Secretary of Finance oversees and constructs the General Budget of the Association and all monetary transactions relating to it. The Vice-President of the Student Body oversees the day-to-day operations of the Student Government Association and serves as evaluator for all legislative activity. The Secretary of Campus Life is the primary voice for campus organizations and ensures full representation for all chartered organizations through the CN Parliament as well as overseeing and organizing CN Parliament meetings. The President of the Student Body shall supervise the meetings of the Student Senate. He or she will serve as official ambassador from the Student Body-at-large to the Administration of Carson-Newman University and shall serve any ceremonial duties bestowed upon him or her by the Administration.
Members of the Executive Cabinet must be full-time students of Carson-Newman University, have a cumulative university grade point average of 2.50 or above, and must have earned at least 30 hours of class credit. Members of the Executive Cabinet are elected by the Student Body at-large, take office on Inauguration Day, and serve until the following Inauguration Day.
The Delegate Assembly is composed of thirteen Delegates. Each class shall be represented by two delegates: a Chief Delegate and Second Delegate. The status of each Delegate is determined by his or her total votes received. Further, the Student Body-at-large shall be represented by two delegates: a Chief Delegate and Second Delegate. Again, the status of each Delegate is determined by his or her total votes received. Commuter Students are represented by one Commuter delegate. To support the Executive Cabinet, the positions of Projects and Services Delegate, Campus Life Delegate, and Public Relations Delegate are to be filled by one student per position. Should a Class Delegate seat or Committee seat be left vacant, that seat shall be immediately opened as an At-Large Delegate seat and be elected with all due speed.
Members of the Delegate Assembly serving as class representatives must be full-time students of Carson-Newman University, have a cumulative university grade point average of 2.50 or above, and be members of the class they represent. Members elected at-large must be full-time students of Carson-Newman University and have a cumulative university grade point average of 2.50 or above. Members of the Delegate Assembly take office on Inauguration Day and serve until the following Inauguration Day.
All officers, regardless of seniority or other status, have full voting privileges and rights to present bills or resolutions and may carry out any appropriate action necessary to fulfill the duties of office outlined above.
Lastly, each organization holding a charter with the Student Affairs Office, each Academic Department, and Select Athletes of Carson Newman University shall be required to represent their designated entity at each CN Parliament Meeting. The Parliament shall meet bimonthly. The meetings and activities of the Congress shall be conducted, supervised, and overseen by the Secretary of Campus Life in conjunction with the President of the Student Body as well as required attendance from the Student Government Association as a whole.
Who is a part of SGA and who can hold office in SGA?
SGA is composed of every regularly enrolled student as defined by the Carson-Newman Catalog. All elected and appointed officials of the association shall be full-time students while seeking office and throughout the duration of their term in office. Specific eligibility requirements and the duties of each position are described in the association's Charter and By-laws. Copies of these documents are available to any student upon request in the Student Government Office, Student Activities Office and the Student Affairs Office.
For more details on SGA's structure and function please view links below.
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