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Student Government Association

The Student Government Association is a representative governing body that addresses the concerns of the undergraduate student population. All members of the Student Government Association are full or 3/4 time undergraduates.

SGA exists to serve and to improve the general welfare of the undergraduate students and to accomplish the following goals:

  • to express and interpret student opinion to the administration and faculty;
  • to resolve common student problems;
  • to achieve common student purposes within the University and civic life;
  • to provide official and recognized representatives of the undergraduate students in dealing with other components of the University community;
  • to participate with the University administration in the formulation and execution of policies;
  • to protect student rights.


The Academic Representatives of the Student Government Association are pleased to announce that we will be accepting applications for the 2014 Academic Conference Grant beginning March 11th. The Academic Conference Grant is available for students who wish to present, or have already presented, original research at an academic conference during the Spring 2014 semester. Click the "Academic Conference Grant" link to the right to download and complete an application.


SGA is proud to say that we have aided in the accomplishment of numerous projects. Here are some of the highlights:
Revamped our financial process and given out over $68,000 to support student organizations, groups, initiatives, and events thus far.
Promoted mitigating circumstances policies which protect students who look out for their friends.
Supported the Muslim Student Association in procuring a larger worship space, namely the Rike Center Prayer Room.
Publicized the library’s extended study hours (24 hour service) during the week prior to final exams.
Advocated for student safety through a “Lock Your Doors” Campaign.
Negotiated with Housing and Residence Life to successfully alter times when access to alternative entrances to Residence Halls is restricted. 
Fostered relationships between international and domestic students through programs such as hosting international students over breaks.
Held forums to discuss and inform students of policy and enforcement changes
Procured trash and recycling receptacles for Stuart Field.
Implemented various Interfaith Discussions to foster religious dialogue
Continued to offer New York Times print and online subscriptions free of charge to students.
Articulated student body concerns over a wide range of issues from policies regarding student political participation on campus to St. Patrick’s Day
As our term winds down, we are wrapping up the rest of our initiatives for the year. Here are a few things we are currently working on:
Constructing an outdoor basketball court in the Student Neighborhood
Increasing the accessibility of printing services on campus
Developing forums for international students to voice concerns and receive support
Bringing a New York Times speaker to campus to discuss “The Future of Journalism” 
Increasing support services for LGBTQ students on campus
Working with Housing and Residence Life to create a Residential Housing Association

Continuing to financially support students and student organizations via the Budget Month Process (open through March 14th) and the Special Request Process (open through April 13th).

For more examples of ways SGA is serving the student body, select an option from the FOR MORE INFORMATION window on the right side of this page.

New York Times Online

SGA is now able to offer online subscriptions to the New York Times!  They are good for 24 hours and can be renewed each day. There are 200 passes available each day. Get yours here!

Meet Us

The University community is comprised of many constituencies and each student is represented by multiple senators. The student senators work in various ad-hoc and standing committees that attempt to address issues of concern to the UD student body.

The executive officers of SGA shall be the President, Executive Vice President, Vice President of Finance, and Vice President of Communication.

The Executive Committee (Excom) shall be the executive branch of SGA. The President shall serve as the Chair of Excom and have the final executive powers of the Executive Committee.  The Excom shall be comprised of the officers of SGA.

The Student Senate shall be the legislative body of SGA.


In accordance with the SGA constitution, SGA is funded by a fee levied on all full-time and three-fourths time undergraduate students.  At least 25% of the SGA budget shall be set aside to be allocated to other recognized student organizations through a committee selected and approved by 2/3 of the Senate.  Additionally, SGA cannot spend more than 7% of its total budget on internal programs in one school year.

SGA will be accepting Special Funding Request Applications for the remainder of the semester. Please read the rules carefully, note that this process is detailed and time consuming, and be aware that no financial decisions are finalized until they have been approved by the SGA Senate, President, and VP of Finance. Please note that SGA is working with a smaller budget than in previous years which requires our Senate to be much more discerning when allocating money.

For more information about specific funding requirements and oppurtunities, please see the "For More Information" links in sidebar to the right.


Do you have additional questions? Contact a senator or another SGA member to submit your question!
  • General SGA questions
    • What does SGA do?
      • SGA works for the students by being a liaison between students and administration.  We provide a voice for students on issues around campus and provide guidance on what current student issues are.  In addition, we help fund and support student initiatives through the budget week process for student organizations and pass bills and resolutions based on student concerns or needs.
    • How can I get involved?
      • SGA public meetings are held every Sunday (excluding break weekends) at 6pm in the Kennedy Union Ballroom East (2nd Floor KU). Part of the meeting is always reserved for comments, announcements and grievances from the general student body, so you're more than encouraged to come and bring up any issue you might have.
      • If you would like to run for an elected position and help draft legislation, see the Elections tab on our main page. Contact for more information.
    • How do I apply for SGA funding?
      • You can apply for funding through the application process held at the beginning of every semester. After filling out, and turning in, the application during the designated time period it will then be reviewed and voted on by the finance committee. For more information on the funding process and when the applications will be accepted for each semester please email
    • What are SGA’s office hours?
      • Members of the Executive Cabinet in the Student Government Association are constantly available in the SGA office on the 2nd floor of Kennedy Union to assist you with any questions or comments. If you are interested in meeting with a specific member of Executive Cabinet, visit their bio section in the Meet Us tab of the main page.
    • What do Senators do?
      • Senators are responsible for advocating for their constituents -- whether that includes those within their school/college, residential area, class, or other demographic. Their primary job is to figure out what the most important issues are on campus and how to fix them. Senators should be in close contact with the administrators related to their constituency so that they can communicate student opinion to these administrators and administration's initiatives to students. They can also coordinate projects or events for their constituents. Senators are the ones with the power to vote in SGA public meetings so they make the decisions about which initiatives we support and how we allocate our money.
    • Why don't we have a speaker at our graduation?
      • University of Dayton administrators have considered the possibility of inviting a big-name speaker to graduation, but they like the current structure of graduation which they feel is heavily focused on the most important attendees at the ceremony, the graduates themselves. Speakers use up a significant amount of time, extending an already lengthy ceremony, and in order to accommodate a speaker other components of the ceremony, such as each student's individual handshake with the President, would need to be cut.

  • Campus Questions (For more information or to voice comments or concerns regarding living on campus, contact the Director of Residential Affairs, Sarah Dickson, at

    • Why are basements locked?
      • Basements are locked for several reasons, including student safety and security reasons.
    • What is SGA doing to be sustainable?
      • Sustainability initiatives are occurring across the University of Dayton's campus. Dining services has an extensive composting program. Clubs and organizations, such as Sustainability Club, River Stewards, ETHOS Club, Appalachia Club, etc., promote simple, conscious lifestyles by hosting educational events, forums, and promotions. An overarching organization known as the Student Sustainability Committee facilitates communication between student organizations, the administration, and facilities. Both first year students and upperclassmen have the opportunity to live in a community that focuses on sustainable practices ranging from energy reduction to local food consumption. Furthermore, undergraduate students of any discipline can earn a minor in sustainability, energy and the environment. UD also offers a master's degree in clean and renewable energy through the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    • Why is there no air conditioning in some of the neighborhood homes?
      • This has recently been brought to our attention and we are working on what we can do about the situation.
    • What happened to "Trick or Treat" in the residence halls?
      • This event became a liability because it attracted too many unattended minors to campus in an unorganized manner. This event was a hazard from both safety and legality perspectives.
    • Why do houses have occupancy limits?
      • Many houses in the student neighborhood are hundreds of years old. In addition to the natural wear-and-tear over the years, when they were built, their strength was not designed to accommodate modern-day conveniences and technologies which are very heavy such as furniture, appliances, and large speakers. The University strategically maintains, improves, and renovates the houses and completed major structural reinforcements to most basements during Spring of 2013. Occupancy limits are designed to prevent safety hazards and make students more aware that the houses cannot accommodate unlimited weight. The limits are determined using a mathematical formula which takes into account each house's square footage and structural supports.
    • How has UD’s guest policy changed?
      • Access has been restricted for side and back entrances into residence halls between 10:00 pm – 7:00 am. Overnight guests must be registered through Housing and Residence Life's (H&RL) online guest registration process. 
      • H&RL now employs 71 student guest check-in attendants which will be located in the lobby of each residence hall from Thursday nights through Saturday nights from 10:00 pm to 3:00 am. These check-in attendants will be swiping student ID cards for entry into the residence areas of the buildings and they will be making internal and external rounds for safety reasons only.

Want to join SGA? Here's how!

General election polls open 12:01 AM on April 2.

Polls close 11:59 PM on April 8th.

SGA will hold table hours from 11AM until 2PM outside of Kettering Union where students can vote on the following dates: 
Friday, April 4thMonday, April 7th, and Tuesday, April 8th.

If you can't make it to these table hours, retrieve your VoteNet password from, and paste it as your login information in order to vote at

The following students have submitted their candidacies and will be running for election this Spring:

President/Vice President
Byron Hoskinson/Hailey Kwon
Sarah Dickson/Elaine Laux

Vice President of Finance
Allison Michel

Vice President of Communication
Katie Giacomini

Director of Academic Affairs
Dominique Yantko

Director of Campus Unity
Marissa Sander
Ian Edgley

Director of Residential Affairs
Andrew Hamilton

Director of Marianist Involvement
Joshua Tovey

Education & Health Sciences Representative 
Elizabeth Kelsch

Natural Sciences Representative
Jasmine Lahoud

Business Representative
Erin Malone
Jim Vogel

Check back in the Fall for information about running for other open positions!

If you have any questions, contact the SGA elections committee at:

Questions? That's what we're here for!

You can visit our "Meet Us" tab to find the best SGA member to contact directly for various concerns. For example, if you have a question concerning your specific class, click the "Class Senators" link on the "Meet Us" tab to find your relevant Senator. Questions regarding more broad areas of student life, such as residence halls or religious and faith concerns, can be directed to members of the several committees found through the "Committees" link on the "Meet Us" tab.

For more general questions, or if you're not sure who specifically to contact, use the following general SGA contact information:

Student Government Association
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469-0628

Kennedy Union, Room 253

Phone: 937-229-4444