The Undergraduate Student Government Senate is the Legislative branch of government. The senate addresses issues which pertain to any aspect of the university and beyond. Senators are elected in the Spring semester from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, W.P. Carey School of Business, Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering, School of Letters and Sciences, University College, School of Sustainability, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, and Barrett, the Honors College holding seats proportional to the amount of undergraduate students enrolled in each college. Senators serve on standing committees which produce legislation pertaining to the business of each committee. Legislation is discussed at bi-weekly senate meetings which alternate with bi-weekly committee meetings. All undergraduate students are invited and welcome to discuss any aspect of their undergraduate experience with the senators in their school, or who serve in a committee which pertains to the issue being discussed. Legislation passed by the Undergraduate Student Government Senate is representative of the voice of undergraduate students.
Senators and USG Executive Collaboration
While the Senate and USG Executive branches do act as checks and balances for each other, they often collaborate on issues to create a strong initiative by being able to say that together they represent all 58000+ undergraduate students of Arizona State University.
Working With College Councils
Part of the way each Senator is held accountable to their constituents is through their respective College Council. College Councils vary in size, scope, and arrangement from college to college, but generally act as an umbrella student organization to each of the student organizations within that college.
Clubs and Organization Funding
Senate Takes You to Class
Watch out, senators are on the prowl! To take you to class, that is. Beginning in October of 2011 USG Senators will be driving golf carts looking for constituents in need of a ride to class. While you enjoy the company of your senators you will learn more about the issues which the senate is currently discussing, as well as have an opportunity to tell your senators about your experience. Senators are elected as student representatives to improve your undergraduate experience—tell us how!
In an effort to outreach to registered student organizations each senator will be assigned to one of Tempe’s 700 student organizations. Affiliate senators will provide organization leadership with email reports regarding senate meetings 48 hours after each meeting. Affiliate senators will serve as a liaison between their student organizations and the senate. Student organizations are encouraged to voice their concerns regarding all aspects of their experience to their affiliate senators. Senators will also assist their affiliates with appropriations applications, attend their meetings, and inform groups of current legislation as requested.