Senate

The Senate is composed of 28 members, with 6 senators elected and one class president elected from each class.

The Senate meets every Tuesday at 7:00 PM in the Charles Common Barber Room.  All Senate meetings are open to the public and we encourage all students to come and see how we operate!
The Senate has the following eight committees:

  1. Sustainability and Development
    • To promote sustainable practices on campus and advance the interests of the student body with respect to campus developments and facilities usage.
    • To work with the Recycling Center and the Office of Sustainability to advance sustainable practices.
    • To work with the Vice President for Facilities and Real Estate as well as other University administrators to advance the interest of the student body with respect to real estate, buildings, and grounds, auxiliary services, facilities, and related matters.
    • To examine existing facilities usage and shortages and works to optimize facilities to address shortages.
    • To advocate for student interests in new University developments.
    • To take up other measures related to sustainability and development.
  2. Student Organizations
    • To conduct hearings with leaders of proposed student organizations to evaluate and recommend to the Senate their approval or disapproval.
    • To work to ensure inter-organizational collaboration among the clubs, groups, and organizations of the undergraduate populations at Hopkins.
    • To work with student organizations to advance their goals and to help facilitate their continued success.
    • To work with other organs of the SGA, including the SAC, to promote the success of student organizations.
    • To ensure that University resources, including the usage of the Hopkins logos, funding, facilities, and other resources are used only by approved student groups and that such resources are distributed fairly and utilized responsibly.
    • To ensure that approved student organizations remain in good standing with the SGA and the University, and to recommend corrective actions to the Senate when groups violate SGA, University, local, state, and/or federal rules, regulations, and/or laws.
    • To establish protocols for applying to be an approved student organization and regulations governing the types and standards of such organizations.
    • To work with University officials including the Coordinator for Student Organizations; the Associate Dean of Student Engagement; administrators of programs housing student organizations such as the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Interfaith Center, the Department of Athletics and Recreation, the Center for Social Concern, the Homewood Arts Programs, and the Digital Media Center; and other University personnel, to advance collaboration and standardization of expectations for student organizations.
    • To take up other measures relating to student organizations.
  3. Student Services
    • To evaluate proposals for SGA sponsorship of events.
    • To work to provide SGA-sponsored services to fill needs that the University administration cannot or will not provide.
    • To work towards improve existing services available to students.
    • To work with student organizations, the University, and businesses to advance these aforementioned responsibilities.
    • To take up other measures relating to student services.
  4. Health and Safety
    • To deal with matters pertaining to the health and safety of the student body.
    • To work to ensure that students are safe on and around campus
    • To work with Campus Safety and Security, Student Life, Health Center administrators, and other University officials to advocate and ensure the health, safety, and well-being of students.
    • To work with local, state, and federal officials to advocate and ensure the health, safety, and well being of students.
    • To take up other measures relating to health and safety.
  5. Academic Affairs
    • To deal with matters relating to Student Advising, the Registrar, the Academic Council, and other academic-related organs of the University to improve the academic atmosphere for students.
    • To work with administrators, including the Dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Dean of the Whiting School of Engineering, to advance academic policies and programs that fit the needs and desires of the student body.
    • To work with the Executive Board and the Senior Class Council on matters related to Convocation, Commencement, and other University academic ceremonies
    • To take up other measures relating to academic affairs.
  6. Finance Committee
    • To deal with the financial matters of the Student Government, including appropriations, funding procedures, and financial management.
    • To set and update Student Activities Commission (SAC) Bylaws and criteria for funding student organizations.
    • To advise the Executive Treasurer on matters related to funding.
    • All members of the Committee on Finance shall serve on the SAC.
  7. Constitution and Bylaws
    • To deal with matters related to Constitutional amendments.
    • To deal with matters related to amendments to the SGA Bylaws.
    • To deal with matters related to amendments to the SGA Senate Procedures.
    • To deal with matters related to amendments to the Committee on Student Elections (CSE) Bylaws and other appropriate governing student documents, excluding revising the SAC Bylaws, a power which is reserved to the Committee on Finance, and the SGA Judiciary Bylaws, which are reserved by the Constitution to the Judiciary itself.
    • When requested, to provide opinions to the Judiciary and lower tribunals on rules, pursuant to the Constitution.
    • To take up other measures related to the Constitution, the SGA Bylaws, Senate Procedural Rules, and other governing devices, rules, and regulations of the SGA.
  8. Judiciary
    • To evaluate the Executive President’s judicial nominees and recommend to the Senate their appointment to rejection.
    • To handle all other appointments of SGA officials as prescribed by the statute.
    • To help facilitate the impeachment process by holding proceedings to make findings of fact and regulation and providing an informed perspective to the Senate.
    • To conduct ethical or disciplinary hearings of SGA officials and refer to the Senate such cases with its recommendations.