Student Government Association (SGA)
The Student Government Association is the governing body for the students, that functions mainly as the voice of the students. It addresses student and student organizations issues and concerns, and is the liaison between students and administration. As elected officials of the student body the SGA elected council dedicates their time in office to the constant metamorphosis of the LIU experience. They share in sculpturing the campus into a healthier, more cultural, academic, and socially enriched place by facilitating a close and progressive relationship between the LIU administration and the student body, and by utilizing the expressed concerns, dilemmas and suggestions of both of these parties to determine their action. Additionally, the SGA accomplishes their goal of enhanced campus life by providing diverse extra-curricular programs and learning opportunities for the student body.
Available for download:
9:00a.m. to 6:00p.m Mondays to Thursdays,
10:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. on Fridays.
General Student Government Office: (718) 780-4034
SGA Executive President & Vice-President (718) 488-1607
SGA Executive Treasurer and Secretary (718)488-1606
The Student Government Association is located on the second floor of the Metcalfe Building (just above the Luntey Commons) in room M-208.
The 2013-2014 Student Government Association, under the leadership of President Anthony Allen, will strive to amplify student voices and create positive solutions to help unify our campus and energize our student organizations. As such our goals this year are:
- To motivate the student body with a mission, and to lead by example.
- To obtain Student ID Advantage – Students will be able to use their ID for multiple services on campus such as printing, vending machines among other campus goods.
- To streamline planning procedures and protocols for student organizations: For example, student organizations will be able to do online room requests and budget inquiries, and will be able to post minutes, take attendance and keep their official roster online.
- To create a mobile App for SGA that would provide up-to-date information about SGA for individual students as well as Student Organizations. This App would be available to be used on smart phones as well as iPads, and students would be able to receive push notifications about upcoming events. Our expectation is that a diverse array of students will be facilitated by this medium of advertisement, translating into better attends programs, seminars, forums and events.
- To encourage Student Organizations to do volunteer/community service at least once per semester, and to encourage each student organization to choose a community service captain who would work with Student Life and Leadership Development in planning their service projects throughout the year.
- To participate more in community service events
- To continue to provide discount parking for students throughout the year.
- To revamp the Town Hall meetings to produce more effective, efficient, well-attended meetings centered around issues of interest to student organizations.
- To give the students a voice by doing a comprehensive online survey in September concerning students needs, and by implementing into our goals all feasible needs of students are obtained from the survey.
- To stay in tune with the student body by deliberate communication with students
- To sponsor and to encourage student organization to host more commuter-resident events
- To encourage collaboration among student organizations
- To educate ourselves thoroughly in order to properly advocate for students
- To be always professional, and to address all things effectively in a timely manner
- To act decisively
- To utilize University resources to inform students of social enrichment
- Life Saver Blood Drive (With Student Life) September 3, 2013
- Welcome Back BBQ September 6, 2013
- Be a Hero Blood Drive (With Student Life) September 11, 2013
- LIU Rock: NY Edition (With Student Life)
- Family Day (With Student Life) October 12, 2013
- Paintball Trip (Saturday in October)
- Resume and Interview Skill Workshop (With Career Services)
- Bone Marrow drive with representatives of the School of Health Professions. Proposed date: End of October or Early November.
- Homecoming (November 7 & 8)
- International Banquet during International Educators Week (November 18 – 22, 2013)
- World AIDS Day Event (With Student Life) November 28, 2013
- Holiday Party for Children (With Student Life and Helping Hands)
- Multicultural Festival (With Student Life) February 6, 2014
- Living History February 11, 2014
- Valentine's Day Ball – February 14, 2014
- Dodgeball Tournament (Fundraiser for SGA Scholarships)
- SGA General Elections April 1 – April 3, 2014
- Field Day for Student Organizations
- Spring Fling Week April 21 to April 25
- SGA Inauguration and Student Organization Awards April 28, 2014
How do I apply to become an SGA Committee Member?
Students interested in joining a committee of the Student Government Association should fill out an Application to Join an SGA Committee, and meet with SGA Secretary, Shaharrah Richards. Applications are available in the SGA Office (M-208) or can be downloaded here.
The SGA office is open Mondays to Thursdays from 9:00a.m. to 6:00p.m. and on Fridays from 10:00a.m. to 4:00p.m.
SGA Finance Committee, Chair Aneesa Osborne, Executive Treasurer
Current Committee Members: Jerome Walker, Tinbite Mamo, Maxim Celeste
The Finance Committee is a necessary component in maintain an effective SGA. Chaired by SGA's Executive Treasurer, the purpose of this committee is to ensure the proper Usuage and allocation of funds and to monitor the overall financial behavior of the SGA., all the SGA-funded student organizations, as well as any miscellaneous SGA-related business.
As per Article III: Section C of the SGA Constitution regarding The Finance Committee:
1. The Treasurer of the SGA shall be chairman of the Finance Committee which shall consist himself and one (1) councilman from each class who shall be nominated by the Treasurer, with the advice and consent of the Student Council by an affirmative vote of a majority of the entire membership of the Student Council.
2. Powers and Duties
- The Finance Committee shall consider all requests for appropriations from all organizations subject to regulation under the Constitution and/or its by-laws and shall advise the Student Council on such matters.
- The Finance Committee shall approve and appropriate funds for budget requests subject to the approval of the Student Council in accordance with the Constitution and/or these by-laws.
- The Finance Committee shall submit to the Student Council at the beginning of each semester a budget for all fund allocations and expenses for the semester.
Organizational Standards Committee (Student Organizations Committee), Chair Maxim Celeste, SGA Executive Vice-President
Current Committee Members: TBD
The Student Organizations Committee is responsible for determining each new club's eligibility and for the review of all clubs according to the constitution. Chaired by the SGA's vice president with the executive secretary as assistant, this committee encourages student organizations in their mission, addresses their needs, and when needed recommends appropriate action when a conflict between student groups arise regarding their constitution.
As per Article III: Section D of the SGA Constitution regarding The Organizational Standards Committee:
1. The Organizational Standards Committee shall periodically review the Constitution and the operations of all existing clubs and organizations to determine whether the organizations adhere to the requirements of the Constitution and SGA regulations, and, where they find there is no such adherence, recommend appropriate action to the club or organization and the Student Council or other appropriate body.
2. The chairman of the organizational Standards Committee may recommend with the approval of the Executive Secretary such penalties , appeals, and trial procedures must be approved by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Executive Committee or a majority of the full Council.
3. After determining the eligibility of a charter or constitution of a club or organization, the organizational Standard Committee will present the charter or constitution to Council for its ultimate approval.
4. The Organizational Standard Committee shall conduct and investigation to determine the eligibility of all officers of clubs' and organizations in accordance with the University and SGA regulations, specifically to determine violations of the requirements as to academic standing and levels of office holding, as indicated elsewhere in these by-laws, and report to the Council.
5. The Executive Secretary and the Chairman of the Organizational Standards Committee, upon arriving at the results of their investigation(s) shall submit joint or separate reports delineating their recommendations for penalties and/or other actions regarding the investigated alleged violations.
6. If the Chairman of the Organizational Standard Committee and the Executive Secretary are not in agreement on the establishment of the penalties and trial-and-appeal procedures and/or regulations of governance, then the executive Committee or the full Council may choose between the two reports and order the approved report to be enforced by the Executive Secretary.
7. The full Council may overturn any decision made by the Executive Committee on any of the provisions contained in this article by two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the entire membership of the Student Council.