The Student Senate is the law-making body of the Student Government and is composed of 30 members, elected in general elections by the student body of ETSU, or appointed in compliance with the SGA Constitution and Code of Laws.
Senators represent a wide array of students on the campus, and are the main lines of communication between the student body and the Executive Branch.
Senators hear concerns from their fellow students, write resolutions, bills, and acts, and serve on various SGA and University committees pertaining to all areas of ETSU operations.
Senators are elected in April. Any seats that are left vacant after the general election are filled by Presidential appointment.
The Senate meets each Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. in the Forum on the third floor of the D.P. Culp University Center
Every Senator is required to author or coauthor at least one piece of legislation per semester. Guidelines for writing legislation can be found in the SGA Constitution beginning on page 44. A template in Microsoft Word format can be found here.
Senate minutes can be found under recent news on the left hand navigation.
The Student Government Association shall hereby have a Junior Senator Program, with its processes and eligibility defined here:
A. Students in their first semester at East Tennessee University or students that have surpassed their first semester and have applied for an un-vacant Senate seat will be eligible for the Junior Senator Program.
B. The Secretary of Interior shall oversee the Junior Senator Program.
C. Junior Senators will not be required to attend Senate meetings, but attendance will be highly beneficial. At Senate meetings, Junior Senators will learn parliamentary procedure, the BUC FUND process, and other essential elements of the governing process via student government.
D. Junior Senators will not be allowed to vote in Senate meetings or in standing Senate committee meetings.
E. Junior Senators shall reserve the right among themselves to introduce their own legislation and vote upon such legislation in the same manner that is outlined in this Constitution. All legislation passed by the Junior Senate, including bills, acts, and resolutions, shall be non-binding, shall have no power of law, but shall be sent to the Student Government Association Senate for consideration and possible passage into law.
F. Prior Junior Senator status will not be required to gain a Senate seat.
G. Junior Senator guidelines shall be established for approval by the Senate.
If you are interested in being appointed to any open Senate vacancies that may arise, or to the Junior Senate you should complete the online application form available under Forms in the left hand navigation on this page. Check the box for the position for which you are applying.