Stephen F. Austin State University

Student Government Association

Legislative Branch Committee Chairs:

Academic Affairs: Sabina Adhikari
Administrative Affairs: Teyhana OVerman
Civil Affairs: Gabrielle Sigler
Public Affairs: Cathleen Young
Student Affairs: Bre'Anna Locke

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, SGA has contributed to the rich traditions of the Lumberjack legacy. A few of our proudest accomplishments include:

  1. The passing of resolutions that directly led to the construction of the SFA Student Recreation Center and the Baker Pattillo Student Center.
  2. The painting of the Purple Haze section of Homer-Bryce Stadium.
  3. Partnering with the University Police Department to improve lighting and safety protocols on campus.
  4. Working with various departments and organizations on campus to diversify the student experience.
  5. SGA students travel yearly to Austin and meet with State Representatives and Senators to learn more about the political process in Texas.

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 to be the voice of the student body at SFA, to serve as a model government (through the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches), and to foster leadership development.

Be the Voice of the Student Body

The Student Government Association strives to be the voice of the student body at SFA by representing student needs, concerns, and initiatives. While 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 Association serves as a model government in structure. The SGA has three primary branches: the Legislative, the Executive and the Judicial. Each branch serves a vital function to the overall efficiency of the organization.

To Foster Leadership Development
The SGA is an excellent place for students to develop their leadership abilities. By participating in the election process, developing legislation, and being the voice of the students, the members of SGA establish themselves as campus leaders.

Branches of Student Government

The Legislative Branch is comprised of the Senate of SGA and facilitates in the writing and passing of campus-wide initiatives in the form of resolutions and bills. Students elected by their peers represent their respective colleges and classes.

The Executive Branch is comprised of the Student Body President and Student Body 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 that presides over the student Traffic Court and Conduct Board. It also serves as a presiding body to interpret the SGA Constitution in cases of organizational violations. Oftentimes, the Supreme Court is used to rule in student conduct cases not associated with SGA.

SGA Official Documents

*The SGA is in the process of updating its documents. They will be posted upon completion.

Note: Access to Legislation or Presidential Executive Orders passed by the Student Government Association are available upon request. 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) 468-6401, 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