Get Involved in Student Government
Undergraduate Student Senate
Student Senate is always looking for new members, and all of our general body meetings are open to the campus so please come sit in! We also hold individual committee meetings that handle specific initiatives, the times of which are posted on our Facebook page. General Body Meetings are held in Danforth Conference Room every Thursday from 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Senators vs. Members-at-Large
A Member-at-Large in Senate may serve on a committee, participate in any committee initiatives, and participate during general body meetings, but may not vote in general body proceedings. Senators, elected to represent their colleges, may perform all of these duties but can in addition vote in Senate meetings.
How to Become a Senator
There are two ways to become a senator:
- Every Spring, the undergraduate students from every college elect senators to represent them.
- If there is a vacancy during the year in your college you can submit a petition [PDF] with 25 signatures from your college.
How to Become a Member-at-Large
You must attend 3 general body meetings of the senate and then be nominated by a senator in your home college.
Graduate Student Assembly
Joint Funding Committee (JFC)
The JFC budgets and allocates over $2.1 million to student organizations. If you would like to be a member of the JFC, which is chaired by the Director of Finance, please contact email@example.com. More information on the JFC can be found under the JFC page.
Committee of Student Organizations (CoSO) and University Center Allocations Board (UCAB)
CoSO as a group helps determine what student organizations would become part of the Carnegie Mellon community and obtain Student Government recognition, and aid all types of organizations in the new recognition and re-recognition processes for our 350+ organizations. CoSO meets weekly for approximately one to two hours each time.
UCAB is a committee that reads through applications submitted by organizations requesting space in the University Center’s third floor, Doherty Parking Garage basement, and Margaret Morrison storefront. As a group, UCAB then makes decisions on assignments of space to organizations. UCAB meets biweekly for two hours each time.
If you would like to be a member of the CoSO or UCAB which are chaired by the Director of Organizations, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. More information on CoSO/UCAB can be found on the Student Organizations page.
Running for Office
If you would like to run for Student Body President, Student Body Vice President, Student Body Vice President for Finance, Student Body Vice President for Organizations, or as an undergraduate Senator, campus-wide elections are held every Spring. Visit the official student government election website for additional information.