Legislative Branch

Legislative Branch
Responsibilities

SGA's main legislative body is the Student Senate which conducts most of our business and fills the committees. Senate positions are all elected at the fall of each year and serve a one year term. The requirements to represent your fellow students are to simply be an enrolled student at any branch of Georgia College, have a Grade Point Average of at least 2.75 or higher and be in good academic standing. To inquire about future elections or appointments, please contact the SGA Vice President at sga.vicepresident@gcsu.edu.

What is an SGA Senator?

In brief, the SGA senator is a liaison between the students and SGA.  They represent their constituency, which may be a particular class at Georgia College or the whole campus community in an "at large" position, depending on what seat they are elected to. If your RSO wants funding through SGA, you have a complaint about the campus or anything that affects you as a student it is the Senator's job to take that complaint or request and make sure that it is brought to SGA's attention. The Student Senate is 25 strong and we're listening.

What does a Senator Do?

One of the primary jobs of a Student Government Senator is to attend and represent their constituents at the Student Senate Meetings held most Wednesdays during the school year. Although these meetings are open to all students, only Senators may vote. It is the Senator's job to act as the liaison between the students and SGA.
Outside of Senate, senators serve on one or more committees where they actively produce legislation, policies, and special projects for the students. These may include bills to allocate SGA funds to individual RSOs or Resolutions to change University Policy or make a statement. Senators also have somewhat of a public role as they represent the students at University Events, Orientations, Social Events and assist in the Mr. and Ms. Georgia College and SGA elections.

SGA Constitution
Article III, Section A - C

SECTION A
The Legislative Officers of the student body shall be chosen by the direct vote of the student body by the first twenty-eight (28) days of the Fall semester and will begin their one year Senate term upon taking the “Oath of Office” as a senator.
 
SECTION B
Membership

The membership of the Senate shall be apportioned by class status.
There shall be five senators from each of the following classes: freshman, sophomore, junior and senior.
In addition, there shall be five (5) at-large positions, which shall be open to any qualified candidate regardless of class rank.
Classification shall be determined by the number of credit hours earned at the time of the Senate election.

SECTION C
Qualifications

Any enrolled student at Georgia College & State University with a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher and in good academic standing, shall be eligible to run for election or be appointed to the Senate. If a senator’s GPA falls below the requirement, he or she shall be automatically removed from office at the end of the current academic semester.
If any senator should fall into poor judicial standing with the university, they shall be subject to a mandatory hearing with the Student Judicial Board. The Judicial Board will have the authority to remove any senator who the justices deem unfit to hold office, due to his or her judicial standing, by way of a simple majority vote.

Standing Committees

There are five standing committees created by the Constitution of the Student Government Association. Most of SGA's tangible work is done through committees. Each committee is comprised of SGA senators elected by the students and may contain an executive officer as well.

Appropriations Committee

The Appropriations Committee deals with bills referred to them by the Senate. They consider, review and recommend allocations on senatorial bills to be approved by a vote of the full Senate. This committee is chaired by a senator appointed by the SGA President.

Chair: Senator Maggie Owens

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Campus Issues Committee

The Campus Issues Committee is a collection of ad-hoc committees that seek to gather information on issues important to the student body while suggesting and implementing policies that will better the lives of students at Georgia College. This Campus Issues Committee includes Campus Ethos & Traditions, Bobcat Link, Student Emergency Fund, Campus Impact, and Wellness and Sustainability. These committees have been created to deal with issues that the students have voiced concern about and that can be dealt with immediately. This committee is chaired by the SGA Vice President.

Chair: VP Christina Cortes​

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Diversity and Inclusion Committee

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee is committed to representing all students on campus and promoting an inclusive environment on campus. They work closely with the HUB and the Office of Inclusive Excellence, as well as strive to institute collaboration between all representative student organizations. The committee is chaired by a senator appointed by the SGA President.

Chair: Senator James Roberston

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Senate Rules and Oversight Committee (SRO)

The Senate Rules and Oversight Committee deals with the internal workings of Student Government as well as assisting with public relations and elections. The committee also oversees the approval process of Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) on Campus. To view a complete list of all RSOs, please follow this link to Campus Life's RSO Management Site, GC Connect. This committee is chaired by the SGA President Pro Tempore.

Chair: PPT Samantha Cervantes

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Student Travel Fund Committee (STFC)

The Student Travel Fund Committee provides limited financial support to students who are presenting scholarly research or a project presentation at and academic conference or workshop. This committee is chaired by the SGA Treasurer.

Chair: Megan Wimberly

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University Student Affairs Committee

The University Student Affairs Committee deals primarily with matters and services provided by the Department of Auxiliary Services. They work closely with the department to help determine business hours of on-campus dining facilities, parking and student concerns among other tasks. This committee is chaired by a senator appointed by the SGA President.

Chair: Senator Grace Singletary

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Bills

Bills are documents passed through the Student Senate to allocate funds to approved Recognized Student Organizations (RSOs) usually for special events, travel, or one time purchases.  If your RSO would like to request an allocation of funds through SGA please contact your senator or complete the Application for Student Senate Bill (PDF) to start the process.  Please be aware that the legislative process will take a minimum of two full weeks, allow adequate time for such before the funds are needed.

Prior to applying for funding, please be aware of the following terms and conditions:

Only RSOs with current credentials on file with the Department of Campus Life are eligible.
The Student Government Association allocates money strictly on a reimbursement basis only. No money will be compensated up front.
The Treasurer of the Student Government Association must receive the original itemized receipts within 5 business days for non-event usage and 10 business days for event usage. Failure to do so will result in the forfeit of your allocation
You will be required to provide documentation and support for your bill in the Senate Committee on Appropriations and at the 2nd reading before the Student Senate.
It takes a minimum of two weeks or two Senate sessions to approve funds, please allow adequate time for the legislative process.

If you have already received funds through a bill in the student senate and are looking to receive your reimbursement please complete the Allocated Funds Usage Form (PDF) and stop by the SGA Office.

Resolutions

Resolutions are documents passed through the Student Senate that affect policy or make a statement or stance on a particular issue.  Resolution's content can range from parking space assignments to constitutional revisions. If there is an issue that is of high concern to you, talk to your senator about introducing a resolution to have the Senate discuss the matter.

Past resolutions are available for review in the SGA archives. Contact the SGA Secretary at sga.secretary@gcsu.edu to set up an appointment to view the records.

Student Senate Minutes

The SGA Secretary records the minutes at each Student Senate session for accurate record keeping. If you would like to review the minutes of any recent session, please contact the SGA Secretary at sga.secretary@gcsu.edu to schedule an appointment to view the SGA Archives.

Current Senators
Campus Issues Ad Hoc Committees

Bobcat Link Committee

Chair: Senator Ruby Zimmerman

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Campus Ethos & Traditions Committee

Chair: Senator Madison Basler

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Campus Impact Committee

Chair: Senator Leari Jones

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Student Emergency Fund Committee (SEF)

Chair: Senator Kaitley Congdon

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Wellness & Sustainability Committee

Chair: Senator Isabella Lomonaco

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