Student Government - Position Descriptions

Who is Eligible to run for Student Government?

  • Students  enrolled in at least 12 credit hours this semester.

  • Have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA at the time of their nomination, unless there is no credit hour requirement for the position.

  • Some positions are specific for Fairmont State students.

Student Government Duties:

All Student Government members upon winning their seat in Student Government Elections will be expected, regardless of position, to:

  • Attend all weekly SGA meetings on Thursdays at 12:30-1:30 in 128 HB
  • Attend any special SGA meetings as called by the SGA President.
  • Hold a weekly office hour.
  • Volunteer for various SGA sponsored events and community service initiatives.
  • Serve on campus committees as appointed by the SGA President.
  • Attend a SGA Fall & Spring Retreat & trainings.
  • Should be professional, responsible, reliable, articulate, and able to reach out to students to bring a student perspective where is needed.

Spring Election Positions:

  • Fairmont State University Board of Governors Will Elect 1 - Must have completed 30 credit hours by the end of this semester and be an Fairmont State student. Must be able to attend all Fairmont State BOG Meetings and serve on the Fairmont State BOG from July to July. Will become a voting Student Government member from April to April. Will be expected to report to the weekly SGA meetings during the entire BOG term. The BOG Representative helps determine & interpret policy and budget issues for Fairmont State. BOG generally meets once a month throughout the academic calendar. Must remain an Fairmont State student in order to remain the Fairmont State BOG student representative.
  • Fairmont State Faculty Senate Will elect 2- Must have completed 30 credit hours by the end of this semester and be an Fairmont State student. Must attend all Faculty Senate Meetings. Faculty Senate is comprised of Fairmont State faculty members from the various schools & departments of Fairmont State. The term of office is from April to April. Faculty Senate generally meets once a month throughout the academic calendar.
  • State Advisory Council Representative Will Elect 1 - Must have completed 30 credit hours at Fairmont State. Will serve on the State Advisory Council as the Fairmont State University Representative. This representative will liaison information about Fairmont State and the Student Government to the Council, discuss common state wide issues, and vote on common topics. Will travel or teleconference for meetings usually held quarterly at voted upon locations and attend the annual State Leadership Conference held every May.
  • Director of Public Relations Will elect 1 - Must have completed 30 credit hours at Fairmont State by the end of this semester. Will coordinate press needs with the institutions’ Directors of Public Relations & Marketing Specialists. An interest in web page design, communications and marketing and Social Media, is preferred/helpful. The term of office is from April- April.  Will require additional meetings once or twice a month.
  • Fairmont State Unviersity House of Representatives Will Elect 8Must be an Fairmont State student. Will be considered an at large representative for Fairmont State. This is an entry level position to Student Government. Help provide Fairmont State specific point of views to SGA. The term of office is from April to April. Does not normally require additional meetings.
  • Sophomore Senator Will Elect 3- Must have completed 24 credit hours at Fairmont State by the end of this semester. Will represent your class among SGA and will be expected to provide ideas for programming for your respective class. The term of office is from April to April.
  • Junior Senator Will Elect 3 - Must have completed 60 credit hours at Fairmont State by the end of this semester. Will represent your class among SGA and will be expected to provide ideas for programming for your respective class. The term of office is from April to April.
  • Senior Senator Will Elect 3 - Must have completed 90 credit hours at Fairmont State by the end of this semester. Will represent your class among SGA and will be expected to provide ideas for programming for your respective class. The term of office is from April to April.

Executive Officers:

The Executive Officers of Student Government consist of the Student Body President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. Executive Officers must be fulltime students (12 Credits) and hold a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA. Officers must not be candidates for Winter Graduation, student teaching, or in a practicum or internship that prevents them from fulfilling their duties during their time in office. Executive Officers must have served at least one full term in Student Government and attended no less than 50% of regularly scheduled meetings. Lastly, officers must have completed no less than 30 credit hours as a student of Fairmont State University.

  • President Will elect 1- Must have completed 30 credit hours at Fairmont State by the end of this semester. Sets the SGA meeting agenda & leads the meetings, calls special meetings, appoints special committees & positions in SGA, serves on various campus committees, attend & provide reports to Fairmont State Board of Governors, participate in ribbon cutting ceremonies on campus. The term of office is from April to April.
  • Vice President Will elect 1- Must have completed 30 credit hours at Fairmont State by the end of this semester. Assumes the role of President in their absence & assists the President in implementing policy, serves as the Chair of the Homecoming committee and other special Committees at the discretion of the President, and serves on the Campus Activities Board. The term of office is from April to April.
  •  Treasurer Will elect 1- Must have completed 30 credit hours at Fairmont State by the end of this semester. Assumes the role of President in the absence of the President & Vice President, shall present & prepare a bi-monthly statement of all expenditures for SGA, and serves as Chair of the Club Funding Committee and other special committees at the discretion of the president. The term of office is from April to April.

  •  Secretary Will elect 1- Must have completed 30 credit hours at Fairmont State by the end of this semester. Assumes the role of President in the absence of the President, Vice President, & Treasurer, keep an updated list & directory of all current SGA members, take roll at all SGA meetings and functions, turn in weekly attendance reports, maintain correspondence and communications between SGA, its members and campus, keeps & posts minutes from all SGA meetings and Retreats and keep all records in permanent form. The term of office is from April to April.

Fall Election Positions

  • Freshman Senator Will Elect 3 - Must be considered a Freshmen at Fairmont State. Completed fewer than 29 credits. No previous credit hours are required for this position. The term of office is from September to September.
  • Graduate Senator Will Elect 3 - Must be considered a Graduate student at Fairmont State. Must be enrolled in a graduate program. Position runs from September to September.

Appointed Student Government Positions:

  • Residence Hall Representatives Residence Hall Directors will appoint 5It is preferred for Residence Hall Reps to have already completed 30 credit hours. Must be a Fairmont State student and must live in the Residence Hall you will represent. Will be expected to report to SGA concerning the needs of resident students as well as announcing the SGA sponsored events to the resident community. There will be one representative for each residence hall: University Terrace, Morrow Hall, Pence Hall, Bryant Place and Pence Hall Each residence hall is responsible for nominating a representative to the President. Each residence hall representative must then be approved by the body of Student Government by a majority vote. The term of office is from the time of appointment in the Fall Semester to the end of the academic year.

  • Multi-Cultural Representative SGA President will appoint 1- Must have completed 30 credit hours at Fairmont State by the end of this semester. Will serve as a liaison between the Office of Multi-Cultural Affairs, International Affairs, and Student Government. The term of office is from the time of appointment in the Fall Semester to the end of the academic year.

  • Parliamentarian SGA President will appoint 1- Must have completed 30 credit hours at Fairmont State by the end of this semester. Will advise the SGA President on Parliamentary procedures and interpretation of the SGA Constitution. The term of office is from the time of appointment in the Fall semester until the end of the academic year.

Faction Representatives*

  • Greek Life SGA President will appoint 2- Representatives to SGAA on behalf of the Greek Life Community; one from the fraternities, one from the sororities. The representatives must be considered active members within their organization.

  • Honors SGA President will appoint 2- Representatives to SGAA on behalf of the Honors Program; the representatives must be full members of Honors and must remain a member throughout their term.

  • Commuter SGA President will appoint 1- Representative on behalf of the commuter population; this representative must not reside on campus at any time during their term.

  • Veterans SGA Representative will appoint 1- Representative on behalf of the student veterans population; this representative must be a veteran of any United States military branch.

  • Athletics SGA President will appoint 2- Representatives on behalf of the various sports teams associated with Fairmont State, one from men’s athletics, one from women’s athletics. These representatives must be members of any NCAA sports team at Fairmont State.

*Faction Representatives Qualifications: These representatives serve as the liaison between their respective faction, and SGA. They are voted upon by their respective faction, serve from April to April, and have no required hour completion.