Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
In order to provide clarity on our processes, we’ve compiled a list of some of our most common questions.
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 2-3 PM. Class senators must also attend their respective class council meetings.
Commissioners & Chairs: must attend monthly Commissioners' Council with the Executive President on select Thursdays, from 2-3 PM
Chairs: must attend additional meetings with the Executive President on an as needed basis.
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.
I applied but I haven't heard back yet!
Please be sure to email the firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
How does my organization become college affiliated and sga funded?
The Office of Student Engagement & Leadership (SEAL) is currently over seeing the Organization Affiliation process (previously known as Organization Recognition). Student organizations looking to become affiliated should reach out to email@example.com for more information.
SGA currently still oversees the process to become a funded organization. All interested organizations interested in being a funded organization should contact SGATreasuryHelp@emerson.edu for more information. (Please note: organizations must be college affiliated through SEAL before they will be considered eligible to receive funding).
Treasury & Financial Inquiries
For all questions concerning treasury or financial paperwork, please visit our treasury page.