Student Government FAQs
Questions and Answers
Help form a community of Sitka campus students
Assist in the formation of student clubs and organizations, like Art Club, language-speaking groups, and recreational outdoor activities
Develop important leadership skills
Travel to represent the Sitka Campus in Juneau or at the state level, and for leadership training opportunities
Advocate for other Sitka Campus students
Get paid for serving
Enhance your resumé
Increase your chances of receiving leadership or student governance-based scholarships
Create a lasting impact for current and future Sitka Campus students
The student government association guiding document specifies five officers are needed to form a student government: a President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Public Relations officer. As noted above, it is possible to make changes to the traditional format of the organization through the guiding document once the student government is reformed.
There can be an unlimited number of student-body representatives. Officers and representatives need to be elected by the Sitka Campus student body (called United Students), which again is anyone taking a one credit class or more.
Once a student organization is formed, the members choose how often they want to meet. It could be every week, once or twice a month, or even just a few times during the semester.
Students serving in officer positions receive compensation, a supplemental amount of money different from scholarships. The exact amount of the compensation is currently being updated.
Each campus’ student organization sets its agenda and priorities. They can connect to collaborate and share ideas, but they are not required to work on the same things. Each campus has a unique student population with unique needs and interests.
Student leaders can advocate for student interests and values directly to campus and university administration. As a collective, the students can choose how to spend funding set aside for student activities and suggest improvements that would enhance the student experience at the UAS Sitka Campus (both online and in-person).
- DeStress Fest
- Finals week dog visits
Students not interested in serving in a leadership position can still attend meetings to offer their opinions and perspectives for the leading group to consider. Spreading the word about clubs and activities is also a great, low-key way to be involved.
Any funding for a student club or organization must be allocated by a functioning student government. Student government members receive funding proposals from clubs and vote on how to best address those requests. Without a functioning student government to vote on spending, clubs will have to rely on their members to fund their own activities and events.