FAQs

  1. How can I get involved with Student Government?
  2. How can I get involved as a Freshman or Transfer Student?
  3. Can I be involved even if I don’t have an elected or appointed position?
  4. When and where are Student Government meetings and are they open to the public?
  5. How can I get involved with the Graduate and Professional Student Association?
  6. When and where does GAPSA meet?

Student Government

Q:  How can I get involved with Student Government?
A:There are three ways to get involved with Student Government. The first is to run for an elected position during the Student Government Elections in the fall or spring semester. During the spring elections, the student body elects 30 Student Senators as well as the Student Body President and Vice President in a campus wide election. The fall elections are reserved for freshman and first semester transfer students to run for the remaining 10 Student Senate seats. For more information on the election timeline and procedures, visit the Student Government website at sg.gmu.edu.
B: The second way to get involved is to be appointed to an Executive Cabinet position through the Office of the Student Body President. There is an application for those positions on the Student Government website at sg.gmu.edu.
C: The third is to be a member of the Elections and Disputes Commission (EDC). The EDC facilitates the Student Government elections and mediates any conflicts that may arise between the Legislative and Executive branches. Information on applying for an appointment to the EDC can be found on the SG website or through the Executive Cabinet application form.

Q:  How can I get involved as a Freshman or Transfer Student?
A: Student Government wants all students to have a voice, even first year students who weren’t yet students when the campus wide Spring election took place. As a result, Student Government reserves 10 Student Senate seats specifically for first year students (new freshmen and transfer students) and holds a special election for those seats in the Fall.

Q:  Can I be involved even if I don’t have an elected or appointed position?
A: Of course! Student Government wants participation from every student regardless of elected status. There are many ways to get involved without having to run for an office or going through an appointment process. One of the most common ways is to be a member of one of Student Government’s numerous committees. Those committees include Academic Affairs, University Services, University Life, Diversity & Multicultural Affairs, Administration & Financial Affairs, or the Government & Community Relations Committee. These committees are on the front line of positive change at the University. For more information on each committee or who to contact to get involved, please visit the SG website.

Q:  When and where are Student Government meetings and are they open to the public?
A: Student Government meetings are always held at 4:30PM every Thursday. All meetings are open to the public and all students are encouraged to attend. We’d love to see you there!

Graduate and Professional Student Association

Q:  How can I get involved with the Graduate and Professional Student Association?
A: There are several ways to get involved with GAPSA. The first is to be elected to a leadership position at the GAPSAssocation level. Those positions are President, Vice President for each Mason branch campus, and a Director of Communication. Those elections take place near the end of each spring semester and application forms can be found on the GAPSA website at gapsa.gmu.edu.

B: The second way to get involved is to run for a position on the local GAPSAssembly on either the Fairfax, Arlington, or Prince William campus. These positions are dictated by your academic program and those elections take place at the beginning of the Fall semester. Those application forms can be found on the GAPSA website at gapsa.gmu.edu.

Q:  When and where does GAPSA meet?
A:
A complete listing of the GAPSA meetings can be found on the GAPSA website at gapsa.gmu.edu