What is Senate?

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.

Who is on Senate?

40 Senators comprise SGA’s student senate: 2 senators from each academic college, 2 senators from each residential area, and 2 senators from each class year. In result, every single Butler student is represented in three unique ways.

What does senate do?

Responsibilities of SGA Student Senate:

  • • Serve as an advocate and representative for their 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

Senate and its Commissions

Each senator serves one of eight commissions. Senate, by virtue of position requirements, must have outreach events with its constituents and thus allows for these students to act in the best interest of the students they represent. These eight commissions are the Academic Affairs Commission, Residence Life Commission, Student Activities Commission, University Life Commission, Environment Affairs Commission, Senate Appropriations Commission, DEI Commission, and Senate Steering Commission.