Student Government Association

Florida National University Student Government Association (F.N.U.S.G.A.) is the self-governing student entity serving as a liaison between the student body, the faculty, and the administration. It seeks professional development in an atmosphere of friendship and participation. The SGA is responsible for assisting the Student Services office in organizing student activities such as dances, sports, parties, picnics, and fund-raisers, and other.

By-Laws

The following pages are an outline of the description and functioning of the Student Government Association of Florida National University. The Student Government Association is a non-profit organization. The following outline shows the basic duties of each officer. After taking position, the officers will take control of their position in accord with the rules, regulations, duties and/or responsibilities of the SGA of the university.

The students have a representation in different institutional committees.

Through the responsible exercise of the right to vote the students at FNU elect their officers/representatives. Only students have the right to vote.

Report to The Director of Student Services and or his/her designee.

The Goals of the Student Government Association are:

  1. To officially represent the student body.
  2. To freely represent the student body in presence of the university authorities.
  3. To contribute in the creation of an environment conducive to learning. This environment will develop the life long learning skills in the students.
  4. To recommend student’s representation in institutional committees to participate on behalf of the student body.
  5. To compromise or distribute the SGA funds were the signature of the President, Treasure and or The Director of Student Services are required.
  6. To develop and create cultural, social, and academic activities that will benefit the students and help the institution maintain and enrich student’s goals and objective in compliance with Institutional Statement of Purpose.

The objective of the Student Government Association is:

  1. Prepare a complete financial report of all funds assigned or fundraised by the SGA.
  2. Summit a detail report of all operation of the SGA.
  3. Provide the students with avenues of learning by integrating cultural, social and academic opportunities involving the surrounding community, always emphasizing the student’s safety.

Guidelines

  1. Officers, including the President, the Vice-President, the Secretary and the Treasurer, will be elected into office.
  2. Decisions and/or changes must be made only by elections.
  3. All elections must be posted on a bulletin board. Students must be informed at least (5) days prior to the election.
  4. NO DISCRIMINATION is allowed. If any officer is found guilty of discrimination in any way, he/she will be removed immediately from office and an election for a new officer will take place.
  5. If removal of the President is found necessary, the Vice-President will take over office and an election for Vice-President will take place.
  6. Each academic program must elect a representative that will meet with the Student Government Association to represent the student’s opinion of that specific program.
  7. Election for new officers will be held once a year or when deemed necessary.
  8. The Director of Student Services, The Campus Dean, their representative or designee is responsible to advise the SGA and its members on institutional goals and objective.
  9. The Director of Student Services, the Campus Dean, their representative or designee is responsible to serve as a resource to the SGA in the preparation and direction of meeting, activities coordination, and any activities related to the students.
  10. Help on the revision and elaboration of the SGA rules and regulations.
  11. The SGA is responsible to work, create and turn-in a works plan during the first two weeks in office.
  12. The Director of Student Services is responsible for advising the Campus Deans, the University President, Vice-Presidents, and the Chairman of the Board of all regulations that govern the Student Government Association according to the University Catalog, the Student Handbooks and the by-laws of the SGA.
  13. Maintain a work climate and good relation with the group to reach the goals and objectives.
  14. The SGA serves as a liaison between the administration and the student’s organization.
  15. The SGA is responsible for signing contracts/agreements, in the name of the association, to prepare activities that will benefit the students.
  16. The SGA is responsible of disseminating rules and regulations that are covered in the Student Handbook and the University Catalog.
  17. The SGA will ensure that any money collected for the, or by the students is used on related activities with the sole purpose of benefiting the students. Any income acquired through non-profit status of the SGA will be reported to the Director of Student Services at once.
  18. Under no circumstance may SGA funds be used for any purpose other than the one intended, the students.
  19. Funds received through the students, for services that will be related to student’s activities, can not involve, in any way, the use of alcohol, tobacco or any type of drugs. **

**Article 19 cannot be eliminated from the SGA by-law’s according to the policies and procedures of the university.

Academic Requirements and Job Descriptions:

FNU SGA President

The student who is elected to the SGA Campus President position must be an active FNU student attending classes either in the morning or in the evening sessions. Must have and maintain, a minimum GPA of 3.00 before during and after the time in office. Dropping below this GPA will be enough excuse to release the incumbent from office. The student must have at least 12 credits approved in FNU with the minimum GPA required. This student will be a role model for not only his fellow officers, but also for the entire student body and must therefore project an image of a hard-working, honest, and committed student. The Campus President will be working alongside students, faculty, staff, and other individuals and must at all times present the professional and academic attitude that typifies Florida National University.

Duties include (The Campus President is Responsible for):

  1. The arrangement of a weekly meeting at the individual Campus and to inform the other members of the SGA of Place and time of the meeting.
  2. For commencing, guiding, presiding and adjourning the meeting while it is in session.
  3. Is responsible for delegating power and duties among all members of the SGA, or according to his/her evaluation of each individual situation. May assign duties to the vice-president and other officers of the SGA.
  4. The president is to be a liaison between faculty, staff, the student body and the surrounding community. Therefore, the President should establish an open and communicative relationship with all faculty members, staff and students that pertain to his campus. The president will also be working with individuals and organizations outside of the school and a similar relationship should also be established.
  5. Any information that the faculty or staff would like to be passed on to the student body should be passed on to the members of the SGA or the President for distribution.
  6. It is the duty of the President to assist the Campus Dean, The Director of Student Services, their representative or designee in making community organization aware of the SGA’s presence and allocate information that will both help the Student Body and FLORIDA NATIONAL UNIVERSITY.
  7. Getting a copy of the weekly minutes and be aware of the activities that are being handled that particular week.
  8. Having a meeting with the Campus Dean of the Director of Student Services weekly to report the SGA progress and to ask for his/her permission or advice on any matter that might be pending.
  9. To inform the student advisor of any and all activities in which the SGA is participating.
  10. To appoint the SGA Editor and Activities Director.
  11. To schedule participation in seminars.
  12. To supervise overall activities of the SGA.
  13. Inform student body of events and follow work assigned by the Director of Student Services or his/her representative or appointee that will benefit the students of Florida National University.

FNU SGA Vice-President

The student who is elected to the SGA Campus Vice-President position must be an active FNU student attending classes either in the morning or the evening sessions. The student must have and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00 before, during and after the time in office. Dropping below this GPA will be excuse enough to release the incumbent from office. The Student must have at least 12 credits approved in FNU with the minimum GPA required. This student will be a role model for not only his fellow officers, but also for the entire student body and must therefore project an image of a hard-working, honest, and committed student. The Campus Vice-President will be working alongside students, faculty, staff, and other individuals and must at all times present the professional and academic attitude that typifies Florida National University.

Duties include (The Campus Vice-President is Responsible for):

  1. Assisting the president in all duties including the arrangement of a weekly meeting at the individual Campus and to inform the other members of the SGA of place and time of the meeting.
  2. For assisting the President in announcing all future meetings to the officers, to the entire student body and to all faculty and/or staff involved.
  3. For commencing, guiding, presiding and adjourning the meeting while it is in session if for any reason the President is unable to attend. The Vice-President will ensure that the voting is conducted appropriately if the President is unable to fulfill this duty and will conduct all decisions that must be made during the meeting.
  4. Is responsible for delegating power and duties among all members of the SGA, or according to his/her evaluation of each individual situation.
  5. The Vice-President is to be a liaison between faculty, staff, the student body and the surrounding community. Therefore, the Vice-President should establish an open and communicative relationship with all faculty members, staff and students that pertain to his campus. The Vice-President will also be working with individuals and organizations outside of the school and a similar relationship should also be established.
  6. Any information that the faculty or staff would like to be passed on to the student body should be passed on to the members of the SGA or the Vice-President if the President is not available. The Vice President will be responsible for the distribution of the information and to notify the President of such action.
  7. It is the duty of the Vice-President to assist the President, the Campus Dean, The Director of Student Services, their representative or designee in making community organization aware of the SGA’s presence and allocate information that will both help the Student Body and FLORIDA NATIONAL UNIVERSITY.
  8. Getting a copy of the weekly minutes and be aware of the activities that are being handled that particular week.
  9. Having a meeting with the Campus Dean of the Director of Student Services weekly to report the SGA progress and to ask for his/her permission or advice on any matter that might be pending.
  10. To inform the student advisor of any and all activities in which the SGA is participating.
  11. To counsel and aid the President in all of the above.
  12. To take over responsibilities of the President when he/she is absent.

FNU SGA Secretary

The student who is elected to the SGA Campus Secretary position must be an active FNU student attending classes either in the morning or the evening sessions. The student must have and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.50 before, during and after the time in office. Dropping below this GPA will be excuse enough to release the incumbent from office. The Student must have at least 12 credits approved in FNU with the minimum GPA required. This student will be a role model for not only his fellow officers, but also for the entire student body and must therefore project an image of a hard-working, honest, and committed student. The Campus Secretary will be working alongside students, faculty, staff, and other individuals and must at all times present the professional and academic attitude that typifies Florida National University.

The Campus Secretary is responsible for assisting the SGA officers in all duties relating to documentation. These duties include:

  1. Recording of all meeting minutes.
  2. To provide a copy to the Campus Dean, and the Dean of Student Services.
  3. To maintain all SGA records up to date.
  4. Publicity of weekly meetings throughout campus.
  5. Publicity of all SGA activities.
  6. Collecting listing of any volunteers for SGA activities.
  7. Writing of any and all letters that need to be sent to faculty, staff, students, or outside organizations when directed from the SGA President or Vice-President, The Campus Dean, the Director of Student Services, or his/her representative or designee.
  8. Maintain records of all SGA members and activities for archives.
  9. Maintain a list of Class Representatives and have them report directly to the Secretary with pertinent information.
  10. Record all members present at meetings and all ballots cast if voting is done.
  11. Accept any duties that the President or Vice-President may ask the Secretary to do.

FNU SGA Treasurer

The student who is elected to the SGA Campus Treasurer position must be an active FNU student attending classes either in the morning or the evening sessions. The student must have and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.50 before, during and after the time in office. Dropping below this GPA will be excuse enough to release the incumbent from office. The Student must have at least 12 credits approved in FNU with the minimum GPA required. This student will be a role model for not only his fellow officers, but also for the entire student body and must therefore project an image of a hard-working, honest, and committed student. The Campus Treasurer will be working alongside students, faculty, staff, and other individuals and must at all times present the professional and academic attitude that typifies Florida National University.

The Treasurer is responsible for assisting the SGA Officers in all duties relating to financial operation. These include but are not limited to:

  1. Collecting all monies from any fundraiser.
  2. Opening a checking account for the SGA as a non-profit organization with the authorization of the Director of Student Services and his/her signature or his/her representative or designee.
  3. Keeping track of all transactions done in that particular account.
  4. Budget effectively all monies available to SGA.
  5. Issue payments to all parties that supply SGA as needed.
  6. Save all receipts of purchases and payments for archive.
  7. Accept any duties that the President or the Vice-President may need the treasurer to do when related to financial operations.

FNU SGA Representative

The student who is elected to the SGA Campus Representative position must be an active FNU student attending classes either in the morning or the evening sessions. The student must have and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.00 before, during and after the time in office. Dropping below this GPA will be excuse enough to release the incumbent from office. The Student must have at least 6 credits approved in FNU with the minimum GPA required. This student will be a role model for not only his fellow officers, but also for the entire student body and must therefore project an image of a hard-working, honest, and committed student. The Representative is the voice of each program and must inform the committee of the ideas and opinions of the students they represent.

Duties include:

  1. The representative is the voice of each program.
  2. Must attend all meetings
  3. Must inform committee of ideas, opinion, etc., that students from the program might have.
  4. Must inform Editor and the Student Activities Director of any activities that are going on in the program.

Current FNU SGA Officers:

Students interested in running for office should visit the Office of Student Services for details.