Congratulations to our new SGA Senators!
Jessica L. Taylor
Student Government Association
Here at SFA, we work hard to make sure students are represented in every phase of the university experience. The projects and bills passed in our meetings are an important stepping stone to real change in the life of the SFA student. For more than 70 years, the SGA has contributed to the rich, independent tradition of the Lumberjack student. A few of our recent accomplishments include:
- The passing of resolutions that directly led to the construction of the SFA Student Recreation Center and the Baker Patillo Student Center.
- The painting of the Purple Haze section of Homer-Bryce Stadium (fall 2007).
- Partnering with the University Police Department to improve lighting and safety protocols on campus.
- Registering more than 500 students to vote in the state and national general elections in the past three years.
Purpose of SGA
The Student Government Association of Stephen F. Austin State University was established to be the voice of the students. The SGA is made up and administered entirely by students and is the representative body of the students at SFA. The purpose of Student Government is three fold: to be the voice of the student body at SFA, to serve as a model government (with its Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches) and to foster leadership development.
The Student Government Association strives to be the student voice at SFA by serving as a sounding board and introducing legislation on behalf of students. While the SGA does not pass legislation that is binding to university policy, it does have a significant influence.
To serve as a model government
The Student Government is a model government and to that extent is fashioned in a traditional government model. The SGA has three primary branches: the Legislative, the Executive and the Judicial. Each branch serves a vital function to the overall health of the organization. SGA students travel to Austin and meet with their state representatives and senators to learn more about the political process in Texas.
To Foster Leadership Development
The SGA is an excellent place for students to develop leadership abilities. By participating in the election process, developing legislation and being the voice of the students, the members establish themselves as campus leaders.
Branches of Student GovernmentThe Senate is the Legislative Branch of the SGA and facilitates the writing and passing of campus wide initiatives in the form of referendums and bills. Students elected by their peers represent their respective colleges and classes.
The Executive Branch comprises the president and vice-president, who serve as the official voice of the student body. The executives make reports on behalf of the student body to the Board of Regents, design leadership opportunities for fellow SGA students and administer the SGA budget.
The Judicial Branch is the Supreme Court and presides over the student traffic court that hears traffic violation cases. It also serves as a presiding body to interpret the SGA Constitution in cases of organization con?ict. In some cases, the Supreme Court is used to rule in student issues not associated with the SGA.
SGA Official Documents
SGA Fall Meetings and Documents
Note: Access to Legislation or Presidential Executive Orders passed by the Student Government Association is available in the Student Government Association office located on the third floor of the Baker Pattillo Student Center. Any currently enrolled student may request to review past legislation or executive orders and to have these documents provided in an accessible format. Please note documents more than two years old may not be available.
Students with Disabilities
The Student Government Association of Stephen F. Austin State University is committed to providing support for students with disabilities. If you are a student who needs an accommodation to attend or participate in one of our events or meetings you are encouraged to stop by room 325 in the Human Services Building to make your request. You may also call us at (936) 468-3004, TDD: (936) 468-1004.
If you have an accommodation request please see us as soon as possible, so we can make any arrangements necessary. No accommodations can be provided until a request has been made through the Office of Disability Services.
To the greatest extent possible, the Student Government Association, shall observe confidentiality with respect to any request for accommodation.Students who feel they have not been accommodated appropriately can appeal that decision utilizing the university appeals process. That process can be found at: http://www.sfasu.edu/policies/appeal_proc_rel_stu_disab.asp Meeting