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Fall 2015-Newsletter
Student Government Association

Become a Member of the AUM SGA;  apply NOW.  Applications close March 11th at noon. 

General Elections are held every spring for Senate and Executive Council Positions. Presidential Executive Cabinet members are interviewed by the Executive Council and then appointed by the President. 


To serve as the liaison between students and administration and to enhance student life, both academically and socially, by being the voice of the students and through activities and programs led by students for the students.

The Student Government Association (SGA) is composed of AUM students of all majors and class rankings. SGA serves the university by representing the entire spectrum of the student body, organizing and directing student concerns through the proper channels, and working to provide students with the resources they need to succeed. The SGA provides students with an organized voice in matters regarding the university at large. In short: The SGA is the voice of the student body.

The Student Government Association: 

  • Conducts regular town hall meetings, where students are able to voice their concerns.
  • Hosts campus-wide forums and educational programs
  • Participates and promotes Higher Ed Day Rally
  • Develops Signature Programs for the students

SGA Executive Officers

President: Victoria Byrne -
Vice President: Hellana Marshall -
Treasurer: Amber Baldwin -
Secretary: Courteneye Lawson -
Chief Justice: William Goggans -                              
 Chief of Staff: Samuel Gasson -

SGA is a program of the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership Programs.

SGA Office Apportionments


President 1

Associate Justice 2

Senator of Public Policy and Justice 2

Vice President 1

Senator of Business 3

Senator at Large 3

Treasurer 1

Senator of Education 3

Graduate Senator 1

Secretary 1

Senator of Arts and Sciences 2


Chief Justice 1

Senator of Nursing and Health Sciences 2



The Executive Council

President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Chief Justice

The Judicial Branch

Chief Justice and two Associate Justices

The Senate

Senators from each school, five at-large, one graduate and three freshmen (appointed by President)


General Requirements for Every Other Position

Must be at least a sophomore.

Must have and maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA.

Must have attended AUM for at least one semester.

Must read thoroughly and understand all campaigning laws.

Must attend a Parliamentary Procedure Workshop.

Must attend the SGA meetings regularly.

Expected to participate at all SGA events.

Student Government Association Duties and Responsibilities 


  • Preside over the meetings of the Executive Council.
  • Call special meetings of the SGA to discuss any action needing immediate attention. The President shall give 24-hour notice to all SGA members before such a meeting.
  • Appoint members to vacant positions with approval of the Senate.
  • Work with the Executive Council to formulate the budget of the SGA, which shall be submitted to the Senate for approval.
  • Share responsibility with the Treasurer for over-budget spending.
  • Create or abolish Executive Cabinet positions with a quorum approval of the Senate.
  • Veto any legislation from the Senate, which may be overturned by ⅔ vote of the entire Senate.
  • The President shall co-sign all requisitions and expenditures of the SGA budget.
  • Appoint a Pro-tempore from among the Senate to be approved by the Senate.
  • Represent the SGA at various staff/faculty meetings.
  • Create or abolish SGA committees with the approval of the Senate.
  • Appoint committee members from either the Senate and/or student body with the approval of the Senate.
  • If the office of President becomes or is declared vacant, the Vice President assumes all the duties of the President.
  • Deliver Commencement speeches at Graduations.
  • Serve as an ex-officio member of the Auburn Board of Trustees.
  • Serve as the face of the student body and school at large.

 Vice President

  • Preside over the Senate meetings.
  • Vote on Senate legislation only in the event of a tie.
  • Appoint new members, in the event of an absence by the President.
  • Assist in the preparation of the SGA budget.
  • Perform duties as the President may request.
  • In the event that the Vice President is absent, the Pro-tempore shall perform his/her duties.
  • Decide if any Senate legislation or vote be determined by secret ballot.
  • In the event that the Vice President assumes the position of the President, the new President must find a person to fill the vacant position of Vice President from within the Senate, and the appointment must be approved by ⅔ majority vote of the entire Senate.
  • Preside over President’s Council Meetings.
  • Serve on various AUM university committees as requested by the President.


  • Be responsible for organizing the funds and records of the SGA.
  • Assist in the preparation of the SGA Budget.
  • Chair the Student Activities Fund Appropriations procedure
  • Take responsibility for over budget spending. In the event that over budget spending occurs, the Judicial Branch shall discipline the Treasurer accordingly.
  • Be required to present financial records upon request.
  • In the event the position of Secretary is vacant, the Treasurer will perform the duties of the Secretary.
  • Serve on various AUM university committees as requested by the President.


  • Take minutes and keep a log of these minutes for both the Executive Council and Senate meetings.
  • Type and keep record of all legislation of the Senate.
  • Distribute typed minutes of the Executive Council and Senate meetings to the Chancellor, Dean of Student, Assistant Dean of Students, SGA Advisor, Director of Student Involvement, Cabinet members, and the Senate.
  • Take roll at all Senate meetings.
  • Assist in developing the SGA budget and in distributing copies.
  • Co-Chair Student Activities Fund Appropriations procedure.
  • Oversee the upkeep of SGA bulletin boards around campus.
  • Serve on various AUM university committees as requested by the President.

 Chief Justice

  • Install all officers and senators of the SGA outside of the main installation ceremony.
  • Assist the Associate Dean of Students in organizing all judicial meetings and be responsible for reporting the minutes of the meetings to the Senate.
  • Serve as a standing member of the AUM Disciplinary Committee.
  • Assist in the preparation of the SGA Budget.
  • Have the final authority of the SGA in all interpretations of the Constitution and of all laws passed by the Senate.
  • Declare void any law passed by the Senate which is found to be a violation of the Constitution.
  • Enforce any disciplinary measures needed for violating the contents of this Constitution.
  • Serve on various AUM university committees as requested by the President.
  • Oversee the Judicial Branch of the SGA.

 Associate Justice (2)

  • Both Associate Justices will serve as standing members of the AUM Disciplinary Committee.
  • Each will assist the Executive Council as needed
  • One Associate Justice will serve as the Parliamentarian. He/she will guide the Senate in interpreting and implementing parliamentary law and have working knowledge of Robert’s Rules of Order. He/she should have accurate knowledge of the SGA Constitution and the Code of Laws.
  • The other Associate Justice will serve as the Sergeant at Arms. He/she shall be responsible for maintaining order at all Senate meetings and functions.
  • Serve on various AUM university committees as requested by the President.

 All Senator Positions (21)

  • Must be available regularly to serve and communicate with the students you represent.
  • Engage in various activities on campus and volunteer your time to help aid and represent the students and AUM.
  • Vote in all Senate meetings. No vote may occur without quorum (⅔ of the active Senate).
  • Attend SGA Senate meetings regularly.
  • Serve at least one hour a week in the SGA office.
  • Participate in events hosted by or including the SGA.
  • Serve on at least one Faculty Council committee or Senate committee.
  • Help plan and organize one program hosted by the SGA.
  • Meet with the Dean of your respective schools at least twice each term. Senators at Large and Freshman Senators will meet with the Dean of the Library, Continuing Education, Athletics, Wellness Center, etc.
  • Review and approve the SGA budget each Fiscal year.
  • The Senate shall have the power to amend the SGA Constitution and Code of Laws as needed.
  • Maintaining SGA bulletin boards in respective schools.
  • Perform all duties assigned by committees or tasks assigned by members of the Executive Council.
  • Serve on various AUM university committees as requested by the President.