Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 

Here you can find some questions that come up often. For any specific questions, please feel free to reach out through our contact form.

Getting Involved

What's the time commitment like?

  • All members of Joint Session must attend the meetings held weekly, on Tuesdays from 2:00-3:45pm
  • In addition: 
    • Executive Board & support positions: must attend an hour-long, weekly E-Board meeting. Those individuals holding support positions may also be requested to attend additional meetings with the Executive President or Executive Treasurer as deemed necessary.
    • Senators: must meet with the Executive Vice President every Thursday from 2-4 PM. Class senators must also attend their respective class council meetings.
    • Commissioners & Chairs: must attend Commissioners' Council with the Executive President on Thursdays, from 2-4 PM
    • Class presidents: must attend their respective class council meetings.
  • Every member of Joint Session, thus, has a set time commitment that ranges from 3-4 hours. Holding a position in the SGA is not dissimilar to taking on another course. You are required to be consistently present and you may be asked or expected, at times, to conduct some work related to the SGA outside of meetings.

What's the deadline for applying for appointed positions?

There is no deadline! Applications are reviewed as they're received. If a position is listed as open, it will remain so until someone's application is approved. To find a list of open positions, please visit our Get Involved page. 

I'm not sure what my schedule will look like next semester—can I still apply?

Yes! We understand that your studies come first, and we encourage you to apply or run for a position if you're truly interested in participating in the SGA.

How do I apply for an open position? 

Our application for open positions can be found on EmConnect under the Student Government Association (SGA) page. Make sure to check out our Get Involved page to see what positions are open. 

I applied but I haven't heard back yet!

Please be sure to email the sga_president@emerson.edu upon applying. We should send a confirmation email to note that we received your application; after that, we'll be in touch 1-3 business days with further information. If you haven't heard back after that time, please send a follow up email. Please remember that the beginning of the semester, midterms, and finals are our busiest times, so we thank you for your patience!

I don't know if I can make every meeting, but I still want to be involved.

While every appointed or elected officer is required to attend certain meetings, all meetings of Joint Session are open to the entire student population! Every Emerson student is a member of the SGA, and thus you're welcome to attend and lend your voice to the discussion even if you do not hold a formal position. Feel free to reach out to sga_president@emerson.edu if you have a specific situation that you would like to discuss. 

When are elections held? 

Elections are held at the end of each semester (Fall and Spring). Each year, the elections timeline is set by the SGA Elections Chair and Chief Justice. For more information about upcoming elections and open positions, feel free to reach out to sga_chiefjustice@emerson.edu

Organization Recognition

How does my organization become SGA recognized or funded? 

Student organizations looking to seek recognition or funding through SGA should plan to participate in the Organization Recognition and Review Board (ORRB) process. The ORRB is chaired by the Executive Vice President during the fall semester of each academic year. For updated requirements, please visit our EmConnect page or contact sga_vicepresident@emerson.edu

Financial Inquiries

Why haven't I heard back about the treasury paperwork I submitted? 

Treasury paperwork may take some time to process. Please keep in mind that the end of each semester is a very buy time, and we often see an influx of paperwork that is submitted at this time. It may take some time between when your paperwork is submitted to when it can be processed. Keeping this in mind, please try to submit paperwork in advance. For questions, please get in touch with the SGA Treasurer via sga_treasurer@emerson.edu

What do I do if my paperwork was rejected?

Rejected paperwork typically means that some kind of requirement was not fulfilled when the paperwork was submitted. Rejected paperwork can be picked up in the Office of Student Affairs & Campus Life (Walker 411). 

Can I appeal for funds for an individual expense or trip?

Unfortunately, the Financial Advisory Board (FAB) can only allocate funds to recognized and funded student organizations. The FAB will not be able to hear appeals that are presented by individuals for any expenses that are not for a student organization. 

Does the SGA offer financial co-sponsorship for events? 

The SGA has a limited amount of funds designated for co-sponsoring events that benefit the Emerson community. If you are interested in reaching out for co-sponsorship, please contact sga_president@emerson.edu and CC sga_treasurer@emerson.edu.