Student Government Association

SGA Committee Representation

The work of student government is done largely in committee. In addition to five internal standing committees, the SGA is responsible for placing students on several institutional and faculty committees to represent the student viewpoint.

If you have an interest in serving on an institutional or faculty committee or are a faculty member or administrator seeking student representation, please contact the SGA Executive Secretary.

Nicholas Gregg Rubingh- 2018 SGA Executive Secretary

Browse the information below to learn more about our committees.


INTERNAL COMMITTEES

Finance

Student Clubs and Organizations can request funds for their activities through the Finance Committee. The committee is also responsible for monitoring all financial transactions related to the expenditure of student fees provided to it for distribution by the College. The Finance Committee shall recommend budgets and special funding for clubs and organizations, develop rules and policies for the distribution of funds, and investigate opportunities to fund special projects.

 

Nominations & Elections Committee

The Nominations & Elections Committee is responsible for organizing and conducting the annual fall elections. The committee is appointed no later than October 1 and disbands after the election each fall semester.

 

Campus Outreach

The Campus Outreach Committee shall be responsible for reaching out to the Student Body and other campus groups to gain:

  1. To notify the SGA of any possible changes, policies, programs, events, etc., that would impact student life

  2. Information regarding their current student services (if they are a campus or administrative group)

    i. Campus groups could reach out to any of the following groups and more:

    1. Student Clubs

    2. Residential Services

    3. Religious Life

    4. Multicultural Center

    5. Academic Resource Center

    6. Trexler Library

    7. ‘Berg Bookshop

    8. Campus Safety

    9. Career Center

    10. Counseling Services

    11. Dining Services

    12. Disability Services

    13. Health Center

    14. Plant Operations

    15. President’s Office

    16. Registrar

    17. Writing Center

    18. MAC

    19. Greek life

    20. Campus Sustainability

    1. The Campus Outreach Committee would then be responsible for providing the Student Engagement Committee with the information gained in consultation with these campus groups.

    2. The Campus Outreach Committee is also responsible for the implementation of Student Government social media presence.

     

Student Engagement

 

The Student Engagement Committee shall be granted with the responsibility of collecting and vetting the ideas of the administrative and campus groups (with consideration of the information provided by the Campus Outreach Committee). The Student Engagement Committee is then tasked with:

a. Disseminating that information to the student body and gaining insight from the student body in the form of:

 

  1.  surveys
  2.  social media updates
  3.  emails
  4.  any other form of communication that the Student Engagement Committee sees fit.

 

b. Planning events that will engage the Student Body in Student Government Activity. This can include but is not limited to:

  1.  dorm storming
  2.  town hall meetings
  3.  meet and greets
  4.  campus programming

 


FACULTY COMMITTEES WITH STUDENT REPRESENTATION

Academic Policy Committee

Membership consists of nine voting members: seven elected by the faculty, at least one from each division, and two students selected by the Student Government Association. The committee makes recommendations to the faculty about all academic requirements and exercises primary responsibility for long-range planning in academic areas. [Faculty Handbook, Sec. 2.8.1.1, April 2014]

Curriculum Committee

Membership consists of nine voting members: seven elected by the faculty, at least one from each division, and two students selected by the Student Government Association. The committee exercises jurisdiction over the curriculum, including the review of the entire curriculum, as well as the addition or elimination of courses. [Faculty Handbook, Sec. 2.8.1.2, April 2014]

Faculty Senate Observers

Four students elected by the Student Government Association from among those students serving on the following standing committees of the faculty: Academic Policy Committee, Curriculum Committee, Library Committee, Teacher Education Committee may attend Faculty Senate meetings. These students have a voice but no vote. [Faculty Handbook, Sec. 2.5.2.a, April 2014]

Library Committee

Membership consists of eight voting members: six elected by the faculty, two from each division and two students selected by the Student Government Association. The committee serves in an advisory capacity to the Director of the Library and evaluates the impact of the Library upon the faculty, the students and the mission of the College and recommend to the Librarian, to the faculty, and to appropriate administrative officers the consideration of any matters which affect the welfare of the Library. [Faculty Handbook, Sec. 2.8.1.6, April 2014]

Teacher Education Committee

Membership consists of three faculty members appointed by the Dean of the College for Academic Life. Each division will be represented and appointments will come from those departments and programs with which the Education Department works most closely; the head of the Education Department and the Dean of the College for Academic Life, ex officio; two students—one in the Elementary Education Program and one in the Secondary Education Program—selected by approved procedures; and a public school teacher or administrator to be chosen by the Education Department.The committee recommends to faculty action on such matters as pertain to the teacher education program. [Faculty Handbook, Sec. 2.8.2.5, April 2014]

Writing Program Committee

Membership consists of six elected faculty members, two from each division, plus the Director(s) of the Writing Program and Writing Center, and the Assistant Director of the Writing Center. In order to be elected to the committee, each faculty member must have taught at least one writing-intensive (W) course in the previous two years. In addition, there will be one student member, to be selected by the Student Government Association, who has been trained as a tutor and served at least once as Writing Assistant to a First-Year Seminar. The committee reviews and approves new First-Year Seminar and Writing course proposals and special requests for W and FYS credit. [Faculty Handbook, Sec. 2.8.1.9, April 2014]


COLLEGE COMMITTEES WITH STUDENT REPRESENTATION

Academic Judicial Board

Membership consists of six students selected by the Student Government Association by whatever method it deems appropriate at its first meeting of the academic year and six faculty members elected by the faculty for three-year terms. The board serves as an appeals board for students for alleged violations of the Academic Integrity Code. [Faculty Handbook, Sec. 2.8.3.1, April 2014]

Board of Associates

College Liaison Representatives include one student selected by the Student Government Association, the Vice President of Public Relations, the Dean of Students, the Director of Corporate, Foundation, and Government Relations, and the Director of Disability Services. The board is an organization of business, professional and civic leaders committed to fostering community understanding and support of Muhlenberg College. [see: http://www.muhlenberg.edu/main/aboutus/pr/board.html]

College Committee on Campus Life

Membership consists of nine voting members: two students chosen by the Student Government Association, who may also be members of the Campus Life Committee of the Board of Trustees; three faculty members elected by the faculty for three-year terms; one staff associate appointed by the Vice President of Human Resources; the Dean of Students, the Provost, and the College Chaplain, all ex officio, or their respective designees.

The committee identifies campus life issues for research and analysis, to facilitate such research and analysis, and to make resulting policy recommendations to appropriate decision makers. [Faculty Handbook, Sec. 2.8.2.1, April 2014]

College Committee on Fitness and Athletics

Membership of the committee consists of twelve voting members: three members elected by the faculty, all of whom are to be members of departments other than the Physical Education Department, a member of the Admissions staff appointed by the Dean of Admissions, the Chair of the Department of Physical Education, the Director of Athletics, ex officio; two male and two female student representatives selected by the Student Government Association; and a member of the Board of Trustees appointed by the President. The committee acts in an advisory capacity on behalf of the College to the appropriate authorities and/or bodies regarding the policies and conduct of the athletic affairs of the College.[Faculty Handbook, Sec. 2.8.2.3, April 2014]

College Committee on Information Technologies

Membership consists of thirteen voting members:  one student employee of OIT; one student selected by The Student Government Association; three faculty members, one from each division, elected by the faculty for three-year terms; one staff associate elected by the staff associates; one systems librarian elected by the library staff; and ex officio members, the Chief Business Officer, the Director of Information Technology, the Provost, the Vice President for Public Relations, the Registrar, and the Director of Trexler Library. The committee develops policies for the use of information technology and advises the President and administration about the deployment of information technology resources. [Faculty Handbook, Sec. 2.8.2.4, April 2014]

Committee on Greek Life (CGL)

The CGL is comprised of the Director of Greek Affairs, who will serve as the chairperson of the committee; the Assistant Treasurer of the College or designee; a member of the faculty, as appointed by the Provost; the Director of Campus Safety or designee; the Director of Residential Services or designee; the President of the Inter-Fraternity Council or designee; the President of the Panhellenic Council or designee; and two (2) non-affiliated Representatives as appointed by the Muhlenberg College Student Government Association. The committee discusses issues related to fraternity and sorority life at the College and makes recommendations for practices and changes to the Muhlenberg College President. [Fraternity & Sorority Life Relationship Statement, pg. 5, FSL Codex 2015]

Greening Committee

Current membership includes: the Sustainability Coordinator, the College’s Chief Business Officer and Treasurer, two faculty members, two Plant Operations representatives, three Dining Services representatives, one Office of Residential Services representative, one student representative from EnAct, one student representative at-large, and one (1) representative selected by the Student Government Association. The Greening Committee was created in 2003 to examine, propose, and monitor sustainability efforts, reduce resource use and promote dialogue on and off campus.

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Membership consists of five standing members: three representatives from the College (two faculty members and one representative who may be a faculty or staff member), one student member, and one community member. Each college member is elected by the faculty for a three-year term and may be re-elected for an additional term. The student member is appointed by the President of the Student Body. The board reviews proposals for research and experimental activities in which human beings participate as subjects. [Faculty Handbook, Sec. 2.8.2.6, April 2014]

Judicial Panel Selection Committee

The Judicial Panel Selection Committee consists of the Student Conduct Officer and one (1) member from each of the following: the Student Government Association, the Residential Services Student Staff and the current Judicial Panel. The committee nominates students to serve on the College's Judicial Panel. [Student Guide, pg. 141, April 2014]

Lectures and Forum Committee

The Lectures and Forum Committee consists of seven voting members: three faculty members elected for three-year terms, two students selected by the Student Government Association, the Dean of the College for Academic Life, and the Vice President for Public Relations. The committee reviews proposals and disburses funds for  Lectures and Fora that will distinguish the College regionally or nationally. [Faculty Handbook, Sec. 2.8.2.2, April 2014]


BOARD OF TRUSTEES COMMITTEES

Campus Life Committee

In the fall of 1971, the Board of Trustees acknowledged student concerns by granting two students the privilege of attending Board meetings and by charging them with the responsibility of representing student opinion in matters coming before it. The Campus Life Committee is a standing committee established by resolution of the Board which assists the Board by connecting with, evaluating and supporting College initiatives that shape student lives and provide a healthy, diverse, productive working environment for all faculty and staff. [Muhlenberg College Working Resolutions, Article 6.2.1, Revision April 28, 2012]