SGA FAQ

1. What is the overall structure of SGA? 

It is composed of an Executive Branch and Legislative Branch.

The Executive Branch is comprised of two popularly elected offices, and four interiorly selected: President, Vice President, AVP of Student Affairs, AVP of Academic Affairs, Treasurer, and Secretary.

The Legislative Branch is the Senate proper, consisting of 27 popularly elected members.. The Senate is elected by the student body and represents all degrees of study, and residents both on and off campus. In addition, there are Senators representing the freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior classes, graduate students, and the student body as a whole.

2. Who are your Executive Cabinet officers and what are their duties?

The Student Government Association features an Executive Cabinet of six officers: Student Body President, Student Body Vice-President, AVP of Student Affairs, AVP of Academic Affairs, and Treasurer. Their duties are as follows:

President: The President is the Chief Executive Officer of the SGA. This member also has veto power over all legislation, which in turn can be overridden by a two-thirds vote of the senate. The President also oversees the management of the SGA office. The President makes appointments to University-wide committees.

Student Body Vice-President: The Vice President serves as chief administrative assistant to the Student Body President. They assume the duties of the Student Body President and/or the Speaker of the Senate during the absence of or upon the request of the Student Body President and/or the Speaker of the Senate.  They also act as the Student Senate liaison to the various administrative departments of the university. The Vice President reports to the Student Senate on administrative affairs and items deemed beneficial to the work of the Student Senate, in addition to monitoring external affairs affecting students or the university.

AVP of Student Affairs: The Associate Vice President of Student Affairs is concerned with the quality of student life, student services, club activities, and any other matters concerning student affairs.  They submit a calendar of Student Senate events to the Student Activities Office. They also addresses issues of student life with the University Administration.

AVP of Academic Affairs: The Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs acts as the Student Senate liaison to the various academic departments of the university as well as being concerned with the policies and legislation affecting academics and academic fees. They report to the Student Senate on academic affairs and items deemed beneficial to the work of the Student Senate.

Treasurer: The Treasurer is concerned with policies and legislation affecting university services and student fees. They maintain a permanent record of all financial transactions of the Student Government Association. The Treasurer advises on and assists in the preparation of all budgets related to SGA. They serve as the Chair of the Student Finance and Budget Committee, the Student Senate Finance Committee, and the Student Senate Fee Oversight Committee, and oversees fundraising projects for SGA.

Secretary: The Secretary is in charge of taking minutes at all meetings, and creating a file of Student Senate old business and ideas to pass to the Student Senate elect. They also maintain public records of the Senate proceedings, in addition to carrying out minor secretarial duties as required by the Student Body President and other members of the Student Senate.

3. Who are your Student Senate officers, and what are their duties?

The Student Senate has three officers. Their duties are as follows:

Speaker of the Senate:  The Speaker presides as a moderator over all Senate meetings, takes all votes in the meetings, and keeps a running log of all votes cast, attendance, and committee business.  Speaker Howell also orients and educates all new senators to their duties and responsibilities, including Student Senate structure, Senate Constitution, and Robert’s Rules of Order.

Speaker Pro Temp: Speaker PT Freeman would act as Speaker of the Senate in the absence of or at the request of the Speaker of the Senate.

Parliamentarian: The Parliamentarian acts to keep all senators in line with regards to Robert's Rules of Order, and is to be well versed in both the Executive and Senate By-Laws, in case there is any discrepancy in the Senate's abilities or limits. In such a case as there is any conflict, the By-Laws of the Senate hold precedence over any other mitigating rules or regulations.

4. How does the TAMUG SGA receive its funding?

Texas A&M University at Galveston's Student Government Association receives its funding from the Department of Student Life. With this money, SGA funds over thirty student groups as well as the campus programming board.