SGA loses power to grant University affiliation
The Student Government Association no longer possesses the power to grant University affiliation to student groups.
In Tuesday’s meeting, the senate voted to enact a new system that would require all prospective student groups to meet with a representative from Student Activities, who would allow the affiliation.
These groups, dubbed Registered Student Organizations, would not receive funding from SGA, and would be required to find at least five members, draft a constitution in line with University policies and find an adviser before asking for affiliation.
If the group is on campus for two consecutive semesters they can apply for SGA budgeting.
SGA can then approve or deny a budget plan and give that group money from student fees.
Registered Student Organizations do not need to seek funding.
Groups that are SGA affiliated will be grandfathered in as a University affiliated organizations, and will continue to receive funding.
“If they have all the requirements, they wouldn’t have to meet with us,” SGA President Brandy Hall said. “The only time we will meet with groups now is for budgeting.”
Associate Vice President for Campus Life Teri Hall said she feels that the new process frees up time for SGA members that currently spend approving student group constitutions. She also said the new process helps eliminate bias senators may have when voting on approving student groups under the current system.
“It’s really about helping SGA focus more on clear advocacy for the student body,” she said.
Brandy Hall said she thinks the resolution will alleviate pressure from SGA members.
“It’s a stigma with us with approving or denying a group and just because we don’t agree with a group doesn’t necessarily mean that they should be denied,” she said.
“It wouldn’t be fair if someone who pays student fees is not able to create a group.”
Teri Hall said that all the information about the group will be submitted electronically through Involved@TU.
“The main thing about what we’re trying to do with having extra student organizations is having it be easier and streamlined,” she said.
Senator Alexa Geller was the only member of the senate opposed to the bill. She had suggested an amendment that will be addressed at a meeting with faculty about the required grade point average for student group executive board members. The resolution requires a 2.0 GPA to be a leader of a Registered Student Organization, but Geller said that the GPA requirement should be higher because students who aren’t keeping up with studies shouldn’t take on extra responsibility.
“Students who are working on their grades more will be working on more in all facets of their life,” she said.
Previously to become a student group the prospective members had to submit the name of an adviser and eight members, and meet with an SGA staff adviser and the SGA attorney general to create a constitution.