Hey there— we’re your Student Government. We’re a group of students passionate about Virginia Tech and more importantly, increasing your voice as a student.
The Student Government Association was established by the Student Body of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in order to provide an effective organization for the administration of student activities, to promote academic freedom and academic responsibility, to establish and protect student rights, to foster awareness of the student’s position in the campus, local, state, and national communities, and to provide a liaison between the student body, faculty, and administration.
The Membership of the Student Government Association consists of all enrolled undergraduate students who have paid the student Activities Fee at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
The Student Government Association is an official Student Organization within the University. The association is derived from the University Commission System, specifically the Commission on Student Affairs. We work closely with various administrative groups within the University to provide a forum for students to voice their opinion to the school. The Student Government plays a key role in various organizations on campus, such as The Big Event and Relay for Life.
The current Student Government Association was formed on April 19th, 1966 via a joint venture between the civilian and military student governments. Since the election of its first President, M. G. Rigney, the Student Government Association has played a vital role in the voice of students on campus. Although the structure of the Student Government has been altered since its inception in 1966, the vision for the SGA remains to serve as a voice for the student body. Today’s Student Government features three distinct branches, and serves as a liaison between the University Administration and the student body, including hundreds of registered student organizations.
We, the undergraduate members of the Student Body of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, desiring:
To provide an effective organization for the administration of student activities
To promote academic freedom and academic responsibility
To establish and protect student rights
To improve the quality of student life
To unify the student voice
To foster awareness of the student’s position in the campus, local, state, and national communities
To provide a liaison between the student body, faculty, and administration of the university.
We recognize that a student organization embodying these principles is necessary in the building of a great university.
-Excerpt from the Constitution of the Student Government Association