Welcome to your guide for all things SGA Elections! General elections for the Student Government Association take place in the Spring semester. During this election cycle, every single elected position is on the ballot for the next Academic Year. This includes members of Executive Board, Class Council positions (including Presidents & Senators), and Departmental Senators. This page is your one-stop-shop to get information on the responsibilities of each position, general time commitment, and how you can get your name on the ballot! If you have any general questions about election, please reach out to our Elections Chair at sga_elections@emerson.edu. You can also find more specific job descriptions noted in our SGA Constitution.

The list of positions that any undergraduate student (that meets the necessary eligibility requirements) can run for can be found here or below with information about anticipated time commitments and each position’s general responsibilities. Please scroll or use CTRL/COMMAND+F to find a specific position.

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Any student can run a write in campaign, even once elections have already started! If you would like to run a write in campaign, please feel free too reach out to sga_chiefjustice@emerson.edu with any questions.


Open Positions

All elected positions are on the ballot during the spring elections. Those positions are:

Class of 2020

President
Vice President
Treasurer
Senator
Secretary

Class of 2021

President
Vice President
Treasurer
Senator
Secretary

Executive Board

Executive President
Executive Vice President
Executive Treasurer

Departmental Senators

Comedic Arts
Communication Studies
Communications Sciences & Disorders
IDIP
Journalism
Marketing Communications
Performing Arts
Visual Media Arts
Writing Literature and Publishing

Class of 2022

President
Vice President
Treasurer
Senator


Time Commitment

Every member of Joint Session has a set time commitment that ranges at least from 3-4 hours. All members are required to attend weekly Joint Session meetings on Tuesdays, 2-3:45pm. Holding a position on SGA is not dissimilar to taking on another course. You are required to be consistently present and you will likely be asked or expected, at times, to conduct some work related to the SGA outside of meetings. In addition, other time commitments depend on the position:

  • Executive Board: Attends weekly Joint Session meetings and hour-long weekly e-board meetings. The President must also attend regular Commissioner’s Council meetings, the Vice-President weekly Senate meetings (Thursdays, 2-3pm), and the Treasurer weekly Financial Advisory Board (FAB) meetings. It is likely these positions should anticipate additional meetings.

  • Senators: Attends weekly Joint Session meetings and weekly Senate meetings (Thursdays, 2-3pm). In addition, Departmental Senators should expect regular meetings with their Department Chair and Class Senators will attend regular Class Council meetings.

  • Class Presidents: Attends weekly Joint Session meetings and regular Class Council meetings.

  • Other Class Council Positions: Do not attend weekly Joint Session meetings. They will attend regular Class Council meetings.


Executive Board

Executive President
The Executive President of SGA is elected as the “official representative of the student body.” They in charge of managing SGA as an organization (including chairing Joint Session meetings and Commissioner’s Council). This role will be responsible for appointing students to various boards and committees throughout the college, recruiting and appointing members to SGA, and communicating the current state of the student body with the Emerson community. In addition, the President shall be the liaison between members of the administration and the SGA and should expect to meet regularly with the college President and other Vice Presidents as needed. Note: Executive Board responsibilities will likely require a significant time commitment, in addition to regular weekly meetings with SGA and Joint Session.

Executive Vice President
The Executive Vice President of SGA is elected as a voting member to represent the student voice on Joint Session. They will preside over the Senate (comprised of department and class senators) and chair the weekly Senate meetings. In addition, this role will be responsible for serving as a student representative to the Organization Affiliation Process, and a student representative to the Faculty Assembly. They are charged with presenting the Academic Initiative to Academic Affairs each year, and they should also anticipate regular meetings with college administrators. Note: Executive Board responsibilities will likely require a significant time commitment, in addition to regular weekly meetings with SGA and Joint Session.

Executive Treasurer
The Executive Treasurer of SGA is elected as the “official representative of the student body on all issues of finance and financial accessibility.” This role is responsible for conducting and overseeing all financial workings of SGA as well as presiding over the Financial Advisory Board (FAB). This position manages the Annual Budget Requests of each funded student organization and must sign off on all financial paperwork submitted by affiliated student organization. In addition, they manage the Appeals Process. They should anticipate serving as the student representative to the Budgetary Planning and Priorities Advisory Committee (BPPAC) and regularly meeting with college administrators. Note: Executive Board responsibilities will likely require a significant time commitment, in addition to regular weekly meetings with SGA and Joint Session.


Senators

Departmental Senators
Departmental senators are elected as voting members of Joint Session and serve as the “official liaisons between their department and SGA.” They are responsible for representing the concerns and interests of the students in their department in Joint Session, Senate, and with their academic department chairs. These roles are responsible for meeting with their respective department chairs at least twice a semester, or more as needed.

Class Senators
The responsibilities of each class senator can vary depending on the class. Class Senators serve as a liaison between SGA/Senate and their Class Council, so they should prepare to attend weekly Joint Session meetings and weekly Senate meetings as well as regular Class Council meetings. For more information on your class’s Senator role, please refer to your class constitution (linked below).


Class Councils

Class President
The responsibilities of each class president can vary depending on the class. Class President serve as a liaison between SGA and their Class Council, so they should prepare to attend weekly Joint Session meetings as well as regular Class Council meetings. They may also elect to have regular meetings with their class’s advisor. Class Presidents will be responsible for overseeing the operations of their councils as well as regularly communicating with their constituency. In addition, they may be asked to serve as the class representative on the Financial Advisory Board (FAB) or appoint a designee. (Please note that the Senior Class President will also play a significant role in the planning and execution of Senior Week).

Class Vice President
The responsibilities of each class vice president can vary depending on the class. They will be required to attend regular Class Council meetings and should expect to serve in the absence of the class President. For more information on your class’s Vice President role, please refer to your class constitution (linked above).

Class Treasurer
The responsibilities of each class treasurer can vary depending on the class. They will be required to attend regular Class Council meetings and may be asked by the class President to serve on the Financial Advisory Board. This role will manage the finances for the Class Council and sign all related treasury paperwork. For more information on your class’s Treasurer role, please refer to your class constitution (linked above).

Class Senator
The responsibilities of each class senator can vary depending on the class. Class Senators serve as a liaison between SGA/Senate and their Class Council, so they should prepare to attend weekly Joint Session meetings and weekly Senate meetings as well as regular Class Council meetings. For more information on your class’s Senator role, please refer to your class constitution (linked above).

Class Secretary
The responsibilities of each class secretary can vary depending on the class, and not every class lists Secretary as an elected position. Which means it may not be on the ballot for elections. Please check the list of positions above to confirm. The Secretary should expect to take minutes at all official Class Council meetings. For more information on your class’s Secretray role, please refer to your class constitution (linked above).

Remember to fill out the Intent Form on EmConnect once you have found a position to run for!