Student Government’s System
GET TO KNOW YOUR STUDENT REPRESENTATION
Just like how citizens are encouraged to understand and be involved in how the American government represents its people, it’s good to understand how CU Denver students are represented by their own Student Government Association.
The SGA is made up of normal students with a wide variety of majors and interests, and the whole system is set up in a similar style to the U.S. government.
Students can get involved through the electoral process, by showing up to SGA-sponsored events, or stopping by the office (Tivoli #301) for more information. There are three branches of student government: Executive, Legislative, and Judicial.
The executive branch is responsible for direct communication between students and administrators. If an outside entity or administrator wants to talk to students, they need to go through SGA elected officials first and foremost. Both the President and Vice President manage student leadership with SGA, making sure that all of the Senators work well with each other and keep up with their demands.
The State of the University at the top of the page is an example of how the President and Vice President communicate with the student body. The rest of the communication trickles down to other branches and committees.
The judicial branch is an impartial coalition that ensures decisions made by SGA are in line with the SGA constitution and bylaws, as well as following local and state laws. (Bylaws are a document that specifically pinpoint what committees do. The constitution labels what SGA as a whole should be). The main strong-arm of the checks and balances system is the judicial branch.
The SGA constitution lays out the vision for SGA and what the organization is allowed to do. The bylaws are like an extension of the constitution, but specifically for the legislative branch’s committees. Events and Planning is a committee that, just as the title says, plans all events sponsored by SGA.
The legislative branch is comprised of students that are a part of three different committees. The committees are given specific roles, but the overall function of the legislative branch is to solve problems for students. These roles can include writing a bill for extending library times, organizing an event to make students more engaged with student life, or by managing the funds that SGA uses to make sure that the events can happen. SGA-sponsored events are some of the most popular ways to interact with other members of the student body, and getting involved with different modes of school spirit.
Finance and Funding is a committee that handles budget for SGA. Students will need to be aware of the current statement for the amount of money SGA can use for upcoming events. Business majors are encouraged to be apart of this committee as they are great resume boosters.
College Council is a committee of representatives of each school and college on campus, which provides communication between the pre-health majors, the writing majors, the CAM students, and more. Each area of study has a representative, who acts as an advocate for their education.
First Year Council is not just supposed to be the main voice for only Freshman, but for all students engaged in their first year of college at CU-Denver. The members of this council are the essential managers of the first year experience at CU Denver.
The first year experience is designed to engage new students through collaboration, by offering diverse classes and out-of-class participation. For many students, this program has been a good source for adjusting to CU Denver.
Beside the branches and committees, there is the Student Advisory Committee to the Auraria Board. This group is a special case, which acts as a mediator rather than a policy-maker. SACAB consists of students that manage relations between all three schools and the administrators of all of Auraria Campus. They have their own constitution and bylaws.
Then there’s SGA: There to help the student body. Want to join? Well, through an election process students can run for a position as a Senator each April. If the student is elected by the student body, they have been successfully chosen to represent CU Denver.