Officers and Structure
Every student is a member of the Student Government Association.
What We Do!
We do it all! From student advocacy to provide financial support to SGA recognized clubs and organizations. We strive to help to create and establish clubs and organizations around campus and provide a voice to the students in student, administrative, and Board of Visitors and Governors affairs. We also provide services such as Safe Ride and the Bike Share Program. We are your guide when it comes to student event planning. We also provide referral services to other departments and outside resources.
There are three branches of the SGA.
The legislative branch is the Student Senate, composed of Senators and the President of each class year. The Senate is an avenue for student feedback and guides the direction of the SGA. The Senate is led by a Speaker elected by a majority of Senators to lead senate proceedings and serve as a member of the Review Board.
The judicial branch is the Honor Board. The Honor Board deals with all aspects of student conduct, and reviews academic and social misconduct cases alongside the Student Affairs Division of the College. This branch is led by the Honor Board Chair, and student members of the Honor Board appointed by the Review Board of the SGA
The executive branch consists of the President and the Executive Board. This branch, led by the President and their senior leadership team executes day-to-day operations and strategic planning for the SGA.
The Review Board, consisting of members of each branch, assists in guiding the long term direction of the Student Government Association.
The President is the chief executive officer of the SGA. Serving as liaison between the student body and the College’s Administration, the President serves as a non-voting representative to the College’s Board of Visitors and Governors and meets often with the President and Vice Presidents of the College. Additionally, the President serves as the Director of the SGA’s main office located in the Student Center in Hodson Hall. The SGA President supervises all SGA staff members and Chairs the Executive Board (comprised of the elected and appointed executive officers). The President also serves as a voting member of the SGA Review Board.
The Vice President, the chief operating officer of the SGA, is elected by the student body. The job of Vice President is to facilitate the free flow of communication between the SGA and the students, faculty, administration, and off campus entities. The Vice President supervises the work of all SGA secretaries and serves on the President’s senior leadership team.
Serving as director of the SGA’s financial operations, the Financial Controller maintains the budget of the SGA and meets regularly with student organization leaders about the financing of club activities and events. In addition, the Financial Controller works closely with the President and Senate in establishing an adequate semesterly budget to meet the needs of the student body. The Financial Controller serves on the SGA Review Board and is a member of the President’s senior leadership team.
Chief of Staff
The SGA Chief of Staff oversees the administrative functions of the SGA and supports the work of the President and Vice President. Directly managing the SGA office, communications, special projects, and human resources issues, the Chief of Staff supervises the Director of Communications and Office Management, the Director of Student Services and Campus Properties, and the Safe Ride Program. The Chief of Staff is a member of the President’s senior leadership team.
Director of Communications and Office Management
The Director of Communications and Office Management provides clerical support to SGA staff and manages the SGA website and social media. The Office Manager is responsible for the day to day running of the office.
Director of Student Services and Campus Properties
The Director of Student Services and Campus Properties is responsible for addressing student concerns in regard to the College’s various student services, as well as handling student complaints. The Secretary of Student Services and Campus Properties works both reactively and proactively in responding to student concerns. They are the liaison to Residential Life, Buildings and Grounds, OIT, Dining Services, Public Safety, and other campus offices.
Secretary of Academics
The Secretary of Academics is responsible for addressing the on-going academic concerns and needs of the students.
Secretary of Service and Community Relations
The Secretary of Service and Community Relations works with the leaders on campus and in the community to coordinate service initiatives and provide a voice for students.
Secretary of Diversity
The Secretary of Diversity promotes diversity on campus, with the help of other organizations, through a multitude of activities and events.
Secretary of Social Life
The Secretary of Social Life is chiefly responsible for planning social-oriented events, providing event support to clubs, organizations, and College offices.
Secretary of the Environment
The Secretary of the Environment collaborates with college faculty and student organization to develop go green initiatives that improve the environment while also benefiting students .
Speaker of the Senate
The Speaker of the Senate is the presiding officer over the Senate, the SGA’s legislative branch. Serving as leading voice of the legislature, the Speaker of the Senate conducts and resides over the weekly meetings of the SGA Senate. In addition, the Speaker appoints the Chairmen of the various Senate Committees and works closely with the other branches of government. The Speaker also serves as a voting member of the Review Board.
Class Presidents and Officers
The officers of the respective classes are also members of the Senate, although only the Class Presidents may vote in that body. Each can sit on committees and participate in debate. Through these means, they convey the views of their class members.
Representing each of the dormitories and the off-campus students, Senators are elected at the beginning of each academic year by their respective constituents. Senators are in a position to block or enable legislative action. In addition to representing the interests of their constituents, they are responsible for serving on one or more of the Senate’s Committees.
Honor Board Chair
The Honor Board Chair is the presiding officer of the Honor Board, the SGA’s judicial branch. As a non-voting member, the Honor Board Chair conducts the proceedings of the Honor Board, which addresses student cases concerning social and academic violations of the Washington College Honor Code. The Honor Board Chair also serves as a voting member of the Review Board.
Honor Board Members
Appointed by the Review Board, the student members of the Honor Board hear cases involving violations of the Honor Code. Members not only determine whether a student is responsible for violating the Honor Code but also decide on the respective sanctions.
Parliamentarian and Chair of the Review Board
As non-voting Chair of the Review Board, the Parliamentarian runs elections for the SGA. The Review Board holds the power of judicial review and veto power over the Senate. The Review is comprised by the President, Speaker of the Senate, Financial Controller, Parliamentarian, and Honor Board Chair. The Parliamentarian also makes himself available at all meetings of SGA bodies to advise on the rules and procedure of the meetings.
The Washington College Student Government Association abides by a Constitution that outlines the powers of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches.