Student Government Association
All East Carolina University students are members of the Student Government Association (SGA), which is the official representative governing body for ECU students. The purposes of the SGA are to provide a means for responsible and effective student participation in the organization and control of student affairs; to investigate student problems and participate in those decisions affecting students; to act in the best interests of the student body and university community; to provide an official voice for expressing student opinion; to provide a means whereby students can gain experience and training in responsible political participation; and to foster an awareness of the student’s position within campus, local, state, national, and international communities.
SGA consists of three branches: the executive, the legislative, and the judicial. The vice chancellor for student life, assistant vice chancellor for student life, and director of university unions and student activities serve as the advisers. Student government offices are located in Mendenhall Student Center, 328-4726.
Executive—The executive branch of SGA consists of the student body president, who is assisted by the student body vice president, student body treasurer, and student body secretary. All four of the executive officers are elected annually by a majority of those voting in the student body elections. The student body president represents the student body in working with the faculty, administration, official guests, and students from other schools.
The student body president has the power to veto acts of the student legislature and the responsibility to enforce and administer laws enacted by the legislature.
The student body president also has the option of appointing a cabinet to serve during his or her term of office. These positions are appointed in order to serve students better.
Legislative—The legislative branch of SGA consists of representatives from day students, residence halls, and class presidents. This system ensures representation for all students. The legislature meets once a week.
With the student body president’s approval, the student government legislature has the power to appropriate money that is received from a portion of student fees. These funds are allocated by the legislature to various organizations that have legislatively approved constitutions. In addition, the legislature allocates funds to the executive branch of SGA for its own operation. The legislature is also charged by the constitution to be a forum for student views. During the year, various resolutions and bills are voted on by the legislature. After being introduced in the legislature, they are assigned to the proper committee within this body.
Judicial—The judicial branch is made up of the Honor Board, Academic Integrity Board, Residence Hall Council, Recreational Services Advisory Council, and the Review Board.
SGA Procedures—The SGA Procedures Committee was formed to let students know how to use SGA procedures properly to benefit campus organizations in which they are involved. The following procedures are in compliance with the “Constitution of the Student Legislature.” These procedures were developed in the best interest of the student body of ECU and should be complied with fully.
Appropriations—No organization that advocates the violation of federal, state, or local laws shall be funded; nor shall any partisan, political, or social action groups or activities be funded. Organizations must have an SGA-approved constitution prior to receiving any appropriations.
Annual Funding—Organizations may submit a line item budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year to the Appropriations Committee during the last half of the spring semester. A representative from the organization requesting funds must appear before the Appropriations Committee. Appointments can be made by contacting the Appropriations Committee chair of the SGA office at 328-4726. Once the proposal has been reviewed by the committee, it will be subject to the approval of the student legislature. These proceedings should be complete prior to the end of the spring semester to ensure that funds are allocated in a timely manner.
Other Funding—Organizations may request other funding by submitting a line item copy of their funding request, in the form of a bill, to the SGA office. The request will then be introduced to the student legislature and referred to the Appropriations Committee. The Appropriations Committee will meet to review the request and make any necessary adjustments.
The Appropriations Committee chair will contact a representative from the organization and notify him or her when the committee will meet to review the request. A representative from the organization requesting funds must be present at this meeting in order to answer any questions concerning the appropriation. The representative should also bring a bank statement reflecting that the organization already has at least 30 percent of the amount being requested. Once the proposal has been reviewed by the Appropriations Committee and any necessary adjustments have been made, it will be subject to the approval of the student legislature.
Rules and Judiciary—Any new organization established at East Carolina University should be recognized by the SGA. In order to be recognized, the organization must submit a copy of its constitution, along with a list of its officers, to the SGA office.
A constitution format can be obtained from the SGA office. Once submitted, the constitution will be reviewed by the Rules and Judiciary Committee to ensure that proper format is maintained. A representative from the organization will be called upon to speak before the Rules and Judiciary Committee to describe the nature of the group. This meeting will help the committee determine funding status for the group. [Partisan, political, social action, and religious groups may be approved but do not qualify for funding.]
Once recognized, the constitution must be renewed every two years. Prior to recognition by the SGA, all student organizations must be registered with the Office of Student Leadership Development Programs. More information about this process can be obtained at 328-4726.
Screening and Appointments—The purpose of the Screening and Appointments Committee is to interview and recommend the most qualified applicants for positions that are open in the legislature. In conducting these interviews, the committee takes into careful consideration which applicants best represent the voice of the student body. The approved applicants then serve in the legislature as day representatives, residence hall representatives, or class officers.
Student Welfare—The purpose of the Student Welfare Committee is to improve and promote the highest ideals of student life and concerns on the campus of ECU. Members of the committee give valuable input and suggestions so that the best interests of the students are served.
Services Offered by SGA—Several services are offered to students by SGA. If you have any questions concerning these services, contact the SGA office in Mendenhall Student Center, 328-4726.
Transit—The SGA Transit System operates buses throughout the day, from 7:30 AM through 9:30 PM, to transport students to and from classes. The buses also make stops at the Colonial Mall and Greenville Square between 5:30 and 9:30 PM, Monday through Thursday, to aid students in shopping for groceries and other needs. Bus schedules are available in Mendenhall Student Center.
Legal Services—The SGA employs a full-time law firm to advise students on any personal legal problems they feel the need to discuss. No representation in court is provided by the law firm; however, any time advice is needed, the lawyers will be more than happy to talk with students. For an appointment, call 328-4726.
Notary Service—If you have titles, documents, or any important papers you need to have notarized, stop by one of the following offices: 109 Spilman; Credit Union in Rawl Annex (10:30 AM to 1:30 PM); 104 Ragsdale; 105 Flanagan; Office of Student Financial Aid; Office of Human Resources on First and Reade Streets; 207 Mendenhall; and the School of Medicine Business Office in 1N-16 Brody.