About Student Government
To this end we advocate for student interests to administration, faculty, staff, the University of Nebraska Board of Regents, and the Omaha community. SG-UNO continually strives to create a welcoming environment and provide impactful contributions for the student body.
The Executive BranchThe Executive Branch is responsible for carrying out the day-to-day operations and programming of Student Government.
The Executive Council meets weekly to conduct business and ensure that the mission and vision of Student Government is being carried out. The executive officers consist of:
- Student Body President and Student Regent
- Student Body Vice President
- Director of Finance
- Director of Programming
- Director of Public Relations
- Director of External Relations
Student Government Agencies
In order to better serve the needs of fellow students, Student Government has created five Student Agencies whose mission is to promote, educate, and serve our campus. These five agencies represent those student populations that have been typically under-represented on our campus:
- American Multicultural Students (AMS)
- Queer and Trans Services (QTS)
- International Student Services (ISS)
- Network for Disability Awareness (NDA)
- Women and Gender Equity Center (WGEC)
The Freshmen Leadership Council
The Freshmen Leadership Council (FLC) is made up of approximately 20 Freshmen Leaders who meet regularly to learn more about the UNO campus and UNO Student Government. The Student Body Vice President oversees FLC, including the special projects of the group. FLC elects two members to be First Year Ambassadors who attend Student Senate sessions, and act as the voice of new students.
The Legislative Branch
The Legislative Branch consists of the Student Senate. The Student Senate acts as the official voice of the Student Body on the UNO campus. Members of the Senate create, adopt, amend, and approve legislation that is in the best interest of the student body.
The Senate contains 30 seats. 28 seats represent the Colleges and Divisions of the university, which are apportioned on an annual basis by Election Commission using the most current enrollment data. The current distribution of seats is:
- College of Arts & Sciences – 6 Seats
- College of Business Administration – 3 Seats
- College of Public Affairs & Community Service – 4 Seats
- College of Education – 3 Seats
- College of Engineering – 1 Seat
- College of Communication, Fine Arts & Media – 2 Seats
- College of Information Science & Technology – 2 Seats
- University Division – 2 Seats
- Graduate Studies – 5 Seats
Additionally, two seats are allocated for First Year Ambassadors to represent new students where were not able to vote in the previous election.
The Judicial Branch
The Judicial Branch is comprised of three bodies:
The Student Court: Interprets and provides rulings on Student Government matters and hears appeals from the other bodies.
The Election Commission: Oversees Student Government election process.
The Traffic Appeals Commission: Hears ticket appeals.
Student Government Meetings
Student Government meets every Thursday night at 7 P.M. With each week alternating between committee and Senate meetings. Committee meetings are casual and mainly entail small group discussions about the progress of projects. Senate meetings are formal and are for passing resolutions, allocating funding, and appointing students to other Student Government positions.