Senate elections are held each fall between September 1 and the third Tuesday in September, per the SA Constitution. Senators comprise the legislative branch of the SA and are elected according to residence and college membership. Specific precincts for election can be found in the SA Constitution, Article III, Section 3.
Students wishing to run for Senate must submit a form of intent by the deadline and attend the candidates' meeting to be held within two days of the FOI deadline. All candidates must adhere to the general campaigning guidelines. Campaign expenditures are limited by the rules set forth in the Constitution and violation of these rules may result in disqualification (see Elections Code).
There are specific eligibility requirements for students wishing to declare candidacy. For undergraduate students, a potential candidate must have at least a 2.5 GPA and be carrying no less than 12 semester hours; freshmen are exempt from these requirements. Graduate students must have at least a 3.0 GPA and be carrying no less than 9 semester hours, and at least a 2.5 GPA from their previous institution of higher learning. All potential candidates must not be on any kind of university or disciplinary probation. Full eligibility requirements can be found in Chapter 402 of the Constitution.
Once elected, senators are required to attend all regular and special meetings of the SA Senate and their respective senate committee's meetings. Senators are required to submit at least one piece of legislation per semester and participate in the Senate Outreach Program. Senators are expected to support and provide assistance with events put on by the SA.
For more information, please contact the Vice President or Secretary. For questions about the elections code, eligibility requirements, or other matters set forth in the constitution, contact the Attorney General.
Letter from the SA President
My name is Michael Hogan and I am proudly serving you as the Student Association President for the 2013-2014 academic year. I am a senior from Memphis, TN studying Business Management. I hope that you all had a relaxing summer vacation and are ready for another MSU fall semester. I invite you to contact me if there are any questions or concerns you have involving campus life here at State!
This academic year is looking to be one of our most exciting to date. With programs such as Cowbell Yell, Bulldog Bash, and Homecoming looking to be better than ever, I hope you all are prepared for a year filled with Student Association events. Along with our programs, the SA is looking forward to assisting all students inside the classroom. We will be supporting the MSU Quality Enhancement Plan, Maroon and Write, to help better educate our peers on the importance of academic writing. We have also put in work to supply the student body with convenient student services including amenities such as cell phone charging stations. 2013-2014 looks like a promising year and I hope you all have the opportunity to give back to campus.
In the beginning of the fall semester, the Student Association is recruiting students to come help out on all of these student led projects. Applications for Senate, Class Council, Freshman Council and Forum, and Cabinet Committees are listed here on this very website. Take a look around and see what interests you! My doors will always remain open for students and I look forward to having the chance to serve students throughout my senior year. My office number is 325.7930. Please feel free to give me a call or stop by my office in the Colvard Student Union Suite 314. I wish you the best of luck with your fall semester!
Student Association President