Officers and Structure
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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 on a regular basis. 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 WCSGA Review Board.
The Vice President is also appointed and supervised by the Review Board. 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 also works closely with the Secretary of Service, the Secretary of Diversity, and the Secretary of Social Life to publicize events that those officers are planning and organizing.
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.
These students, appointed and supervised by the Review Board of the Student Government Association, are responsible for the planning and execution of student life activities. Each position is responsible for a part of student life programming.
Secretary of Social Life
The Secretary of Social Life is chiefly responsible for planning typically social-oriented events (i.e. bands, parties, etc.).
Secretary of Service
The Secretary of Service works with the student leaders of the campus service groups and coordinates campus-wide service project initiatives.
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 Academics
As Chair of the Student Academic Board, the Secretary of Academics is mainly responsible for addressing the on-going academic concerns and needs of the students. The Academic Board consists of student representatives from each of the academic disciplines and meets at the discretion of the Secretary of Academics.
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 .
Secretary of Student Services and Campus Properties
The Secretary 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 complaints about the College’s buildings and grounds. The Secretary of Student Services and Campus Properties works both reactively and proactively in responding to student concerns.
The Office Manager is hired by the Review Board to coordinate staffing and clerical maintenance of the SGA’s office. The Office Manager is responsible for the day to day running of the office, and assists the officers through these means.
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 works diligently to assure that each branch is operating within constitutional limits. The Review Board holds the power of judicial review and veto power over the Senate. In the event of a possible unconstitutional action, the Review Board meets and decides what action should be taken. The Review Board meets weekly and 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 Student Government Association of Washington College serves as the official voice of the student body. A strong, decisive, well grounded SGA is essential to making the liberal arts and sciences education offered at Washington College one of the most awesome experiences a student can have.
To find out more about how you can become an elected or appointed member of one of the three branches of the SGA, call extension 8SGA if you are on campus (410.778.8SGA from off campus) or stop by the Katherine D. Mahoney Student Government Association Office in the Student Center in Hodson Hall.