What Is Student Congress?
Student Congress is comprised of student representatives, both undergraduate and graduate members, elected from eleven districts. Led by a Speaker, Student Congress is composed of three standing committees: Finance, Rules and Judiciary, and Oversight and Advocacy. Five members also serve the special standing committee – the Ethics Committee.
How does Congress work?
Members are elected in annual campus elections held every February. Representatives serve for one year. When classes are in session, Congress meets every other Tuesday with committees meeting in the alternate weeks. Summer Student Congress also meets at least twice during summer sessions.
Student Congress follows the traditional legislative process. Bills, which allocate funds and enact laws, and resolutions, which express an opinion of the Congress, are authored by individual members of Student Congress, or by a group of members. In addition, Student Congress representatives write legislation at the request of student organizations or of individual constituents. All legislation goes before committee and then is considered by Full Congress. Throughout this process, bills are amended and extensively debated. Bills become law when they pass the Student Congress by the necessary majority and are signed by the Student Body President.