The USUAA Assembly is comprised of a President, Vice President, 10 Senators, 14 Delegates, and 3 Liaisons.
- President & Vice President
The President is the official spokesperson for the USUAA organization which serves the UAA student body. The President appoints student representatives to serve on Departmental boards, committees, and special task-forces. The President works closely with the Vice President and the Speaker of the Assembly to provide direction and support to all other members of the USUAA Assembly.
The Vice President oversees internal matters of the USUAA organization. The Vice President is an ex-officio member of all sub-committees of the USUAA Assembly and they appoint the Sergeant-At-Arms. The VP performs the duties of the President in the event of temporary absence. The Vice President will automatically take over the position of President in the event of a Presidential resignation, impeachment, recall, or other incapacity.
The USUAA President and Vice President are elected by the student body in the spring general election. For more information about elections, please see the USUAA Election Board webpage.
- Executive Positions
Executive positions are assigned to sitting Senators and Delegates at the beginning of every spring and fall semester.
The Speaker of the Assembly is responsible for calling, setting the agenda, and chairing all meetings of the Assembly, as well as serving as the advisory voice of the Assembly to the President and Vice President.
The Speaker of the Assembly Pro Tempore is responsible for performing the duties of the Speaker of the Assembly in his/her absence as well as serving as the Chair of the Student and Academic Affairs Committee.
The Government Relations Officer is responsible for coordinating advocacy efforts internally and externally, serving as the Chair of the Legislative Affairs Committee, preparing reports for the Assembly and for other governance bodies on actions taken, as well as coordinating dialogue with elected and non-elected officials on the university, municipal, and state levels.
The Chief Financial Officer is responsible for serving as the Chair of the Finance Committee, tracking the status of budget line items and funds remaining, as well as advising the Assembly on all matters relating to the organization's finances.
Sergeant-At-Arms / Rules Chair is responsible for serving as the Chair of the Rules Committee, politely enforce the Speaker's directives relating to the order at all Assembly meetings, monitor ethical behavior, track attendance and service award requirements.
There are 10 student Senator positions on the USUAA Assembly. The Senators represent all UAA students who have paid the Student Government fee. Senators look for ways to enhance the quality of education and campus life. They advocate on a variety of issues related to the budget, tuition, academic programs, the administration, and more. Senators are responsible for gathering opinions and testimony on issues important to the UAA student body. They are expected to research, draft, and vote on legislation.
Senators must also serve on two standing committees within USUAA. Committee options include: Activities, Rules, Student and Academic Affairs, Finance, and Legislative Affairs. Each of these committees coordinates programs, events, and activities to carry out USUAA's mission.
Senators are elected by the student body during the UAA General Election (in spring) or collect signatures through the Petition Packet process to join the Assembly.
There are two Delegates from each College that serve on the USUAA Assembly.
Delegates are similar to Senators and Liaisons but are elected as representatives of their respective College to represent the specific needs of that student population. Delegates are responsible for researching, drafting, and voting on legislation dealing with student issues in order to enhance the quality of education and life for both current and future UAA students.
Delegates are elected by the student body during the UAA General Election (in spring) or collect signatures through the Petition Packet process to join the Assembly.
There are three (3) student Liaisons that serve on the USUAA Assembly: Club Council, Greek Council, and Residence Hall Association.
Liaisons are similar to Senators but are appointed by their respective student organization to represent the specific needs of that student population. Liaisons are responsible for researching, drafting, and voting on legislation dealing with student issues in order to enhance the quality of education and life for both current and future UAA students.
Contact the student organization directly for information on how to become a Liaison.
If you are interested in becoming a Liaison for Club Council, Greek Council, or the Residence Hall Association in the USUAA Assembly, contact each organization directly for more information.
- Student Regent & Commissioner
The Student Regent serves a two-year term beginning June 1, 2017 through May 31, 2019. The Student Regent participates in all of the duties and responsibilities of a Regent (i.e. attends all meetings of the Board and its Committees) and has full voting powers on the Board of Regents.
The ultimate authority in governance of the University of Alaska System is vested in the Board of Regents. The Regents establish policy in areas such as personnel, campus development, student fees, admissions, and financial aid. The duties of the Regents include overseeing the financial management of the University, its investments, and its property holdings as well as appointing the President of the University.
Additional information on the responsibilities and time commitments associated with the position may be found online at: http://info.alaska.edu/bor/student-regent/student-regent-duties/
The Student Commissioner to the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education serves a two-year term beginning June 1, 2017 through May 31, 2019. The Student Commissioner participates in all of the duties and responsibilities assigned to Commission members.
The purpose of the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education is to ensure that postsecondary educational opportunities are more accessible to its citizens; to support recruitment and retention of students to support the state's postsecondary education system; to create statewide comprehensive planning for postsecondary education, including postsecondary educational institutions and related agencies; and to develop a centralized information and financial aid center to provide a "one-stop" postsecondary educational information and financial aid services center.
Additional information on the responsibilities of the Commission and the duties associated with this position may be found on the Board of Regents website: http://info.alaska.edu/bor/
Students interested in joining USUAA must be enrolled in at least 3 credit hours, have paid the student government fee, and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Students with no established GPA or a GPA that is between 2.5 and 2.0 can join USUAA under a probationary status. After one semester of membership, the student must meet the required 2.5 GPA or be dismissed from the assembly. If a student falls under a 2.0 GPA, he/she will not be eligible for probation and will be dismissed from the assembly.