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What is Student Senate?

In April 2015, the former SGA Student Assembly passed a resolution to transition from a governing body of student organizations to a Student Senate representative system. The Student Senate allows for a greater representation of the Butler University student body, as it creates more opportunities for higher engagement and involvement of student leaders, while also serving as an avenue for students to voice campus questions, concerns, and ideas. Senators are responsible for organizing and planning various outreach events on campus to promote unity and bonding within the members of the constituency.  Student Senate is the closest link for Butler students to SGA due to the equal representation of all aspects of the university, but all other officers and boards are also accessible to students.

The Senate is comprised of 36 senators: 2 senators from each academic college, 2 senators from each residential area, and 1 senator from each class year. In result, every single Butler student is represented in three unique ways.

Senators are elected each fall semester, with the exception of sophomore, junior, and senior class officers, which are elected in the spring semester. Check out the “Get Involved” tab to learn more about applying.

Academic College Senators
  • College of Communication (2)
  • College of Education (2)
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (2)
  • College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (2)
  • Jordan College of the Arts (2)
  • Lacy School of Business (2)
Class Senators
  • Senior Class (1)
  • Junior Class (1)
  • Sophomore Class (1)
  • First Year Class (1)
Residential Senators
  • Fairview House (2)
  • Ross Hall (2)
  • Residential College (2)
  • Irvington House (2)
  • Apartment Village (2)
  • University Apartment senators (includes Butler Terrace, South Campus, and University Terrace) (2)
  • Commuter (2)
  • Senior Off-Campus (2)
  • Fraternity senators (must be living in the fraternity during term) (2)
  • Sorority senators (must be living in the sorority during term) (2)
Responsibilities of SGA Student Senate
  • •Serve as an advocate and representative for his/her respective constituency
  • •Gather and share feedback, thoughts, and concerns from student body at Student Senate meetings
  • •Act as an ambassador for the Student Government Association
  • •Review and provide approval for SGA budget
  • •Work on behalf of students by writing legislation, meeting with faculty and university administrators, and developing student initiatives and projects
  • •Serve on internal Student Senate committees 

If you have any questions, please email Malin Peterson.