The Students' Association of SMU is comprised of all the University's currently enrolled students. Established in 1915, Student Senate represents the Students' Association within the University governance structure. Among its many responsibilities, Senate initiates action on student concerns, adopts the Student Code of Conduct, provides student scholarships, and is responsible for the appropriation of funds to student organizations.
Student Senate meets weekly (during the Fall and Spring semesters) on Tuesdays at 3:30 pm in the Hughes-Trigg Forum (in the basement of the Hughes-Trigg Student Center). Meetings are open to the public, and students are encouraged to attend and voice their opinions and concerns. Senate is comprised of the Student Body Officers (President, Vice-President, and Secretary), the Parliamentarian, Chief of Staff, Speaker of the Senate, Committee Chairs, as well as one elected senator for every 300 students enrolled in each school.
The Student Senate Office is located on the third floor of the Hughes-Trigg Student Center within the SAMSA (Student Activities and Multicultural Student Affairs). Student Body Officers and Senators maintain regular office hours to ensure accessibility to students, and contact information for all members of the body can be found by clicking here.