Student Government

The University of Chicago

Structure

Executive Committee

Executive Committee is the main administrative body of the Student Government. Broadly, the purpose of the Executive Committee is to prepare and deliver regular reports and proposals on matter of policy and action for the consideration of each Council or the Assembly as appropriate. It also executes the policies of each body and performs any other functions delegated to it. Members of the Executive Committee oversee or chair all funding bodies, including the Student Government Finance Committee, Annual Allocations, the Coalition of Academic Teams, and the Program Coordinating Council. Other functions of the Executive Committee include running quarterly airport shuttles, seating students on University committees, representing the Student Association to the Board of Trustees and community members, and responding to issues of student concern.

The Committee is made up of the Executive Slate, the Undergraduate and Graduate Liaisons to the Board of Trustees, the Community and Government Liaison, and the Chairs of College and Graduate Council, all of whom (except for the Chairs) are elected by a popular vote of their constituency each Spring Quarter. Additionally, there is an Executive Cabinet, made up of officers who are ex-officio members of the Executive Committee appointed by the President. The exact population of the Cabinet varies year-to-year but the positions fulfill a variety of roles critical to the operation of the Student Government.

 
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Executive Slate
The Executive Slate is made up of the President, the Vice President for Administration, and the Vice President for Student Affairs. They are elected together each year in the spring, and are collectively responsible for the adminstration of Student Government. This ranges from seating students on committees to the disbursment of funds from the Summer Finance Committee.

President

The President is the official chair and spokesperson for the Executive Committee, and more broadly is the chief representative of the Student Government. They serve as an ex-officio member on all committees, and are responsible for the execution of all the duties of the Student Government and all decisions made by the Student Association. The President serves as the chair of all Assembly meetings, and together with the Vice President for Administration is repsonsible for the management of the annual budget.

Vice President for Administration

The Vice President for Administration fills a dual role; they have responsibilities similar to those of an executive vice president, in addition to fulfilling all the duties of a treasurer. These duties include serving as an ex-officio member of the Election and Rules Committee; chairing the Funding Advisory Board; supervising the secretary and chairs of the SG Finance Committee, Community Service Fund, Annual Allocations, Sports Club Fund, and Uncommon Fund; and managing the budget, processing all funding requests, and keeping record of all financial transactions of the Student Government.

Vice President for Student Affairs

The Vice President for Student Affairs works to improve student life for members of the Student Association. Among their responsibilities are serving as Vice Chair of the Funding Advisory Board; supervising the Program Coordinating Council, the chair of the Coalition of Academic Teams, and the Committee on Recognized Student Organizations; and serving as the SG liaison to Student Health and Counseling Services.


Liaisons to the Board of Trustees
The Undergraduate and Graduate Liaisons to the Board of Trustees represent their respective constituency to the Board of Trustees. As per the bylaws, it is their duty to work toward creating a permanent position or positions for students as voting or ex-officio members of the Board of Trustees, and they are responsible for keeping students informed about the actions of the Board of Trustees.


Community and Government Liaison
The Community and Government Liaison represents the Student Association to members of the community, and work to get students more involved in Hyde Park, Woodlawn, and the South Side in general. The Liaison serves as an ex-officio member on the Community Service Fund, and serves as SG's representative to the University Community Service Center.


Chairs of College and Grad Council
The Chairs of College Council and Graduate Council are responsible for the operation and execution of all duties of their respective bodies. They bring College and graduate student concerns to Executive Committee, and provide the perspective of two of SG's legislative bodies.

Executive Cabinet
The composition of the Cabinet varies year to year, but is made up of officers appointed by the President. These officers serve as ex-officio members of the Executive Committee and fulfill a variety of roles in Student Government.

Director of Communications

The Director of Communications is responsible for the management of Student Government's communication strategy. This includes managing social media accounts and web presence, ensuring all messages are responded to, and aiding in the planning of long-term communications strategies. This position was established in the spring quarter of 2014.

Secretary

The Secretary is a paid position, responsible for taking minutes at a number of SG meetings, including Assembly, Graduate Council, College Council, the Finance Committee, the Election and Rules Committee, and Annual Allocations.



Graduate Council

Graduate Council is made up of 17 representatives chosen by the various professional schools and graduate divisions. The number of seats on the Council depends on the enrollment in the division, though every division is guaranteed one seat. Among its purposes are the planning and funding of events that involve students from across the divisions and schools to encourage inter-divisional interaction. In past years, in addition to large on-campus events such as the annual spring barbecue, GC-sponsored events have included bowling nights, First Fridays at the MCA, a discussion panel series, ice skating on the midway, and other events paid for or subsidized by the Graduate Council with its share of the student activities fee. The GC also helps other campus organizations publicize their events to graduate students throughout the University.

In addition to this programming aspect, the Graduate Council serves as an intermediary between graduate students and the administration. As a representative body, it creates a space in which students from the several professional schools and divisions can identify areas of mutual concern and discuss possible solutions. Because of its position within Student Government, it is able to maintain a high level of dialogue with administrators. One of the important responsibilities of Council members is to assist in the appointing of graduate student members to standing committees that cover a variety of issues affecting all students. Many of these are Student Government committees, such as the Student Government Finance Committee, while others function outside SG and throughout the University.


College Council

College Council is the primary governing body for the undergraduate segment of Student Government. It is made up of 16 representatives, 4 from each class in the College, in addition to a Chair. CC meets on a weekly basis on Wednesdays throughout the entire school year, and any student interested is allowed to attend meetings. CC plans projects, approves budget requests, oversees appeals, and plans events for the College.