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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) - SGA Code of Conduct, 2011


Student Government Association Code of Conduct

Page Updated: May 16th, 2019

Document Ratified: 2011

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The Student Government Association (SGA) of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is a
professional practice dedicated to developing student leaders and representing the student body.
As a member of the Student Government Association, one is expected to uphold a code of
conduct that represents the students and the university with respect, honor and integrity. The
code of conduct helps foster a secure community in the university, catering to an open exchange
of ideas and changes for the betterment of the student body. The Code of Conduct is as follows:

SGA Office Conduct

No SGA Official shall participate, cause or excite any disturbance, excessive noise, or contention
in the Student Government Office. Choice of language is to reflect a professional practice. The
use of foul language, threatening tone or demeaning comments is to not be used by the SGA
Officials while on office hours. While serving office hours, SGA Officials are to work on
projects or matters concerning the betterment of the student body and the university. If work is
complete, the official needs to be readily available to assist in other office duties. If an SGA
Official is in the office while not on office hours, one is to conduct themselves in a respectful

SGA Dress Code

Each SGA Official will receive a polo shirt. It is expected that the polo shirt be worn the entire
day on the designated day of their associated branch or division meeting. When wearing the
SGA polo, a neat, clean and professional appearance is to be maintained. Jeans or khaki pants
are acceptable to wear with the SGA polo. Clothes not appropriate for wear with the SGA polo
include but are not limited to tattered and ripped pants, excessively short skirts/shorts,
offensive stickers or buttons, or altering the SGA polo from its initial condition.
When wearing the SGA polo it is highly recommended your SGA name tag is worn as well.
Wearing the SGA polo is encouraged at SGA-sponsored events around the University and

SGA Acceptance of Organization Privilege

Each SGA Official will obey the rules and regulations set forth by the University Handbook
Rules and Regulations, the SGA Constitution and the governing bylaws for each SGA branch
and/or division of which they are a member of. Information presented and distributed by SGA
Officials to the university and the student body is not to be falsified, distorted or misrepresented.
As an SGA Official, attempting or encouraging participation in improper behavior that
misrepresents the image and reputation of the SGA is highly discouraged. By representing the
university as a student advocate, SGA Officials should be mindful of their conduct at all times,
even when not on school premises. By representing the SGA as model university citizens, the
organization will continue to uphold a standard of excellence in leadership and moral integrity.

Confidential Information

Confidential information should not be shared or discussed with staff, faculty or students who
are not SGA Officials, excluding the SGA Advisor and the SGA Office Coordinator.
Confidential Information includes, but is not limited to:

  • Discussion and minutes for any Closed Session meetings, excluding Closed Session
    meetings minutes that are released according to the processes outlined in each branches'
    or divisions' bylaws.
  • Vacancy candidate information and interviews.
  • Club/Organization/Division budgets and the allocated monies associated with those
    budgets before they are officially released.
  • All Student Court cases.
  • Informal discussions that are deemed confidential by all parties to the discussion.
  • All information concerning SGA elections that is deemed confidential by the Elections
    Committee Chairperson.
  • Any information that is deemed confidential by the SGA Executive Board.


Failure to comply with the SGA Code of Conduct will result in one of the following procedures
as decided by the chairperson of the SGA Official or the SGA Advisor.

  • The SGA Official shall receive a private verbal counseling session from their branch or
    division Chairperson. Should the SGA Official be an Executive Board member, then
    they will receive their verbal counseling from the SGA Advisor. Should an SGA Official
    violate the Code of Conduct more than twice for the same infraction then the official will
    receive a summons to appear before the Student Court instead of receiving verbal
  • The SGA Official shall receive a summons to appear before the Student Court, who will
    decide the punishment based upon the severity of the violation of the Code of Conduct.
    If the SGA Official charged with violating the Code of Conduct is not satisfied with the
    ruling handed to them, they may file an appeal with the SGA Advisor within five (5)
    school days. The SGA Advisor will then review the case with the Chief Justice and
    decide whether or not to overturn the ruling.