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Frequently Asked Questions

Student Senate

DO I HAVE TO BE A SENATOR, HALL PRESIDENT, OR CO-CHAIR TO ATTEND SENATE?

Absolutely not! Senate is a representative body of the students and is meant to act as a vehicle of communication for any concerns or issues that students have, so you have every right to come see what your representatives are saying, find out what is happening on campus, as well as share your own thoughts and opinions. All are welcome and encouraged to come.

WHEN SHOULD I VOICE MY CONCERN DURING SENATE?

Any student wishing to bring forth a concern during Senate should do so when the Senate President asks if there are any Gallery Concerns. When this part of the Senate agenda is reached, please stand, state your name, and share your issue.

WHERE SHOULD I SIT WHEN I ATTEND SENATE?

Senate is held in Francis Auditorium, which has three seating sections. The large middle section is reserved for Senators and Hall Presidents. The seats located against the wall Francis shares with Pearce Science Center is reserved for Co-Chairs and members of the SGA Executive Committee. The last section, behind the grand piano, is the Gallery — it is open to any student or faculty member interested in attending Senate but who does not hold an official position within Senate.

WHO IS THE SENATOR AND/OR HALL PRESIDENT FOR MY HALL?

The list of current Senators and Hall Presidents can be found here. Your RA should also know who the Senator(s) and Hall President are for your hall, apartment, house, or dorm.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM MY SENATOR AND HALL PRESIDENT?

Your Senator(s) and Hall President should periodically update the residents on your hall on the current matters being discussed and voted on in Senate every week. They should also be asking for your opinion on certain issues affecting campus that will be voted on soon. Senators also have scheduled hall hours during which they should be available for you to meet with and discuss any concerns you have.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENT BETWEEN SENATORS, HALL PRESIDENTS, AND CO-CHAIRS?

Senators and Hall Presidents are elected positions, so they have a vote in Senate; Co-Chairs are appointed by the Senate President and do not have a vote. For more details on each position, please see their respective description and list of responsibilities.

HOW DO I BECOME A MEMBER OF THE SENATE BOARD?

The Senate President is also the SGA Vice President and a member of the Executive Committee. She is elected in February of the previous year during Slate I and must be either a junior or senior who has served as a Senator for at least one full year.
The Senate Secretary is also the SGA Secretary and a member of the Executive Committee. She is elected in February of the previous year during Slate I and must be either a junior or senior who has previous experience in Senate from serving as either a Co-Chair, Senator, or Hall President for at least one year.

The Senate Treasurer and Senate Parliamentarian are elected in February of the previous year during Slate 2 and must have served in Senate for at least one year.

To be elected to any of the four positions, you must attend an Election Workshop provided by the Board of Election Co-Chairs as well as fulfill all SGA requirements for being a student leader (e.g. 2.4+ GPA , etc).

WHO SHOULD I CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION OR IF I HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS?

If you have more questions, or your question was not addressed, please feel free to e-mail the current 2010-2011 Senate President Gretchen Domaleski, or the Faculty Advisor for Senate Lisa Wells.

HOW DO I BECOME A SENATOR, HALL PRESIDENT, OR CO-CHAIR?

Senators and Hall Presidents are elected within the first few weeks of the Fall Semester. Each hall or dorm will have an election process run by the RA during which you may campaign for a position before your hall votes on who its representative will be.
Co-Chairs are generally appointed at the end of the previous academic year in April or May, or at the beginning of the Fall Semester. If you are interested in a specific Co-Chair position, you should contact the Senate President.

There are no prerequisites for becoming a Senator, Hall President, or Co-Chair beyond fulfilling the SGA requirements for being a student leader (e.g. GPA of 2.4+, etd).