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University of Florida (UF)
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SG Name: Student Government (SG)
SG Shipping Address: 305 J. Wayne Reitz Union
SG City Name: Gainesville
SG State Zip/Postal Code: FL 32611
SG Phone: 352-392-1665
SG Fax: 352-392-8072
SG E-mail: webmaster@sg.ufl.edu
SG Web Site: http://sg.ufl.edu/

Description:

Student Government at the University of Florida is committed to tirelessly advocating on behalf of the student body, enhancing the entire student experience and promoting the image of the university and its students by upholding ourselves to the highest standards, leading with integrity and selflessly serving the university and beyond.

The University of Florida Student Government was established in 1909 and has continued to strive for excellence on the behalf of Gators for more than a century. Hundreds of remarkable men and women have contributed to this body throughout its rich history including state legislators, cabinet members, governors, supreme court justices, congressmen, noted authors, professional athletes, scientists, CEOs, inventors and so many more.

SG exists to represent students and act in their best interests on academic, extracurricular and social issues. The organization advocates for students at the local, state and federal levels throughout the entire year. Through the three branches of government: Executive, Legislative and Judicial, SG is steadfast in its goal to sustain a stable, well-rounded and affordable learning environment for students to grow as individuals and representations of the Gator Nation. 

Executive: The Student Government Executive Cabinet offers programming and services for students in a number of specific areas including Community Involvement, LGBTQ Student Affairs, Greek Affairs and more. The Cabinet Secretaries help advise the Student Body President about campus policy regarding issues within their Cabinet like Athletics, Parking and Transportation, Fees and Student Services. Cabinet meetings are open to the public

Legislative: The 94-person Student Senate makes up the legislative branch, and is led by the Senate President and Senate President Pro-Tempore. Two student-wide elections for Senate are held each year. In the Fall, Senators are elected to represent different housing areas and zip codes. In the Spring, Senators are elected according to what college in which they are a student. Senate is responsible for allocating Activity and Service fees, passing Student Body Laws, Authorizations and Resolutions, and confirming Executive and Judicial appointments. Senate meetings are held every Tuesday in room 282 of the Reitz Union and are open to the public.

Judicial: All judicial power of the Student Body is vested in the Supreme Court of the Student Body and Student Honor Court. The Student Honor Court is led by the Honor Court Chancellor, who is elected during the Spring election. The Student Honor Court hears cases of academic dishonesty and offenses against the student body as defined in the Student Honor Code. The Supreme Court is comprised of a Chief Justice and four Justices appointed by the Student Body President. The Supreme Court has judicial jurisdiction in all Student Government matters.


SG Representation: All Students
Number of Members (range): 250+
Number of Members (actual): 850

Number of chartered clubs: 500+

SG annual budget (range): $10M+
SG annual budget (actual): $18,735,300
SG operating budget (range): $750K+
SG operating budget (actual): $5,454,150
SG Corporate Structure: Official campus organization housed on-campus
SG Political Leaning: Liberal
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ASGA's MISSION STATEMENT:
The American Student Government Association will provide all Student Government leaders and advisors nationwide with networking, research, and information resources and will teach them how to become more effective, ethical, and influential leaders on their campuses. ASGA also will promote the advancement of SGs, conduct research as the nation’s only “SG Think Tank,” and advocate the importance of having a vibrant, autonomous Student Government organization at every institution in America.

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