The PSGA

What is the PSGA?
What is the Mission of the PSGA?
What is the Mandatory Student Activity Fee?
Who is a member of the PSGA?
What are my rights as a member of the PSGA?
What is the PSGA’s Non Discrimination Policy?
How is the PSGA Structured?

The Executive Board

Who are my Executives?
What is the composition of the Executive Board?
How can I run for an Executive Board position?
What is the term of office for an Executive?
What are the powers of the Executive Board?
Can an Executive hold another position in the PSGA?
Where can I find the job descriptions for each Executive?
How can I place a formal complaint with the Executive Board?

The Student Senate

Who is my Senator?
What is the composition of the Student Senate?
How can I run for a Senate seat?
What is the term of office for a Senator?
What are the duties of the Student Senate?
What are the committees of the Student Senate?
How can I petition the Student Senate?

The Judicial Board

Who are my Justices?
What is the composition of the Judicial Board?
How can I apply for a Judicial Board seat?
What is the term of office for a Justice?
What are the duties of the Judicial Board?
How can I file a formal complaint with the Judicial Board?

Office and Documents

When is the PSGA Office open?
When is the Stood open?
When are PSGA meetings happening?
When does my Club, Organization or Service meet?
Where can I find the PSGA’s governing documents?
How can I book an event in the Student Center? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The PSGA

What is the PSGA?

The Purchase Student Government Association (PSGA) is a nonprofit organization responsible for the money collected from students' Mandatory Student Activity Fee. This money pays for things like the Student Center (and all of the shows and events there), Fall Fest, Culture Shock, Tech Services, and provides operating budgets to all of the clubs, organizations, and services on campus. The Senate and its standing committees address the needs of the student body on a weekly basis and lobby the College on their behalf.

 

What is the Mission of the PSGA? 

The purpose of the PSGA is to represent, advocate and further the interests and welfare of the students of Purchase College. The PSGA shall;

  1. Ensure That all students have equal access, and served fairly and treated appropriately in regards to the Non Discrimination Policy
  2. Promote the active involvement of students in the governance of the college
  3. Secure and protect the greatest possible freedom of action for all PSGA recognized groups
  4. Secure and protect the greatest possible freedom of action for all members of the PSGA, regardless of GPA, major, year, and disciplinary status
  5. Provide a central clearing-house of information for all students
  6. Manage the funds brought in by the Mandatory Student Activity Fee, and any additional sources, in the interest of the student body

 

What is the Mandatory Student Activity Fee? 

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Who is a member of the PSGA?

All full time and part time students of Purchase College who have been assessed and have paid the Mandatory Student Activity Fee are members of the PSGA. The Student Senate may also vote to create additional categories of persons who shall have the right to voluntarily pay the Mandatory Student Activity Fee and therefore be members of the PSGA.

What are my rights as a member of the PSGA?

  1. All members share equally in the rights of the PSGA
  2. All members shall have the right to vote in the elections of the PSGA
  3. All members shall have the right to participate in all events sponsored and/or funded by the PSGA
  4. All members shall have the right to petition the Student Senate
  5. All members shall have the right to apply for any hired position within the PSGA through procedures established by Constitution or Bylaw
  6. All members shall have the right to file formal complaints with the PSGA Executive Board

 

What is the PSGA’s Non Discrimination Policy?

The PSGA shall not discriminate against any Mandatory Student Activity Fee-paying member on any basis including but not limited to real or perceived age, race, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, sexual history, religious orientation, physical or mental disability, veteran status, alienage, citizenship, marital or parental status, legally recognized domestic partnership status, national origin, ancestry, creed, political belief, arrest and/or conviction record, or any other criterion prohibited by federal, state or local law.

How is the PSGA Structured?

The PSGA is broken up into three branches: Executive, Legislative and Judicial. 

 

The Executive Board consists of six student Executives; President, Chair of Senate, Coordinator of Clubs, Organizations and Services, Coordinator of Finance, Coordinator of Public Affairs, and Student Activities Coordinator. 

 

The Senate is made up of PSGA members who serve as voting representatives of the following constituencies; (8) for the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, (7) for the School of the Arts, (1) Alumni Village, (1) The Olde, (1) The New, (1) Fort Awesome, (1) Outback / Campus Center North, (1) Big Haus, (1) Farside, (1) Crossroads, (4) for Off Campus Residents, and (1) for Athletics

 

The Judicial Board consists of six student Justices; (1) Chief Justice, (3) Justices, and (2) Reserve Justices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Executive Board

Who are my Executives?

You can find your PSGA Executives </here/>.

 

What is the composition of the Executive Board?

The Executive Board consists of six student Executives; President, Chair of Senate, Coordinator of Clubs, Organizations and Services, Coordinator of Finance, Coordinator of Public Affairs, and Student Activities Coordinator. 

 

How can I run for an Executive Board position?

In order to run for office on the PSGA Executive Board you must be a current member of the PSGA; in good academic and disciplinary standing with the college;  and must have served for at least one semester in good standing as a Senator, Justice, Coordinator of Director, Club Leader or Service Head. 

 

The Chair of the Elections Committee will send out a campus wide email announcing the election timeline no later than twenty days prior to the end of the Spring semester. You must pick up a packet in the PSGA Office, collect 100 signatures, and participate in a campaign forum. 

 

What is the term of office for an Executive?

Terms of office for members of the Executive Board, excluding the Coordinator of Finance, shall be approximately twelve months in length beginning on Commencement and concluding on the day prior to Commencement at 11:59PM the following year. The term of office for the Coordinator of Finance shall begin on the first day of June, and conclude on the last day of the following May. 

 

What are the powers of the Executive Board?

The Executive Board oversees the day to day operations of the student government association and act as the primary liaisons to campus administrators, College Senate committees and the Student Assembly of the State University of New York. They also may hire and dismiss employees of the PSGA, oversee Service operations, and veto decisions of the Student Senate

 

Can an Executive hold another position in the PSGA?

No, PSGA Executives shall not be an executive member of any club, organization or service and may not be hired for or appointed to another PSGA position. 

 

Where can I find the job descriptions for each Executive?

The Constitutional duties of each one of the six PSGA Executives can be found </here/>.

 

How can I place a formal complaint with the Executive Board?

You can place formal complaints, suggestions or concerns on our </contactpage/>.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Student Senate

Who is my Senator?

You can find your Student Senator </here/>.

 

What is the composition of the Student Senate? 

The Senate is made up of PSGA members who serve as voting representatives of the following constituencies; (8) for the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, (7) for the School of the Arts, (1) Alumni Village, (1) The Olde, (1) The New, (1) Fort Awesome, (1) Outback / Campus Center North, (1) Big Haus, (1) Farside, (1) Crossroads, (4) for Off Campus Residents, and (1) for Athletics. 


How can I run for a Senate seat?

In order to run for office on the PSGA Student Senate you must be a current member of the PSGA; in good academic and disciplinary standing with the college; and must gather 50 signatures from current members of the PSGA during the period set forth by the Elections Committee. 

 

Residential and Athletic Senators shall be elected in the Fall. This election shall be held no later than 14 days following the start of the Fall semester.

 

Academic Senators shall be elected in the Spring, concurrent with Executive elections.  This election shall be held no later than twenty days prior to the end of the Spring semester

 

What is the term of office for a Senator?

The term of office for Residential Senators begins immediately upon ratification of elections results, and concludes at 11:59PM on the day prior to Commencement. The term of office for an Academic Senator begins on the day of Commencement, and concludes on the day prior to Commencement at 11:59PM the following year. 

 

What are the duties of the Student Senate?

The Student Senate shall represent and advocate on behalf of the entire student body and legislate on bylaws, regulations and procedures of the PSGA. A full list of the Student Senate constitutional powers can be found </here/>. 

 

What are the committees of the Student Senate?

A full list of the Standing and Ad Hoc Committees of the Student Senate can be found </here/>.

 

How can I petition the Student Senate? 

To reserve a slot on the PSGA Senate Agenda, please email PSGA.SenateChair@purchase.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Judicial Board

Who are my Justices?

You can find your Justices </here/>.

 

What is the composition of the Judicial Board?
The Judicial Board shall be comprised of (1) Chief Justice and (3) Justices. There shall also be a pool of two Reserve Justices who will serve in the event of an impeachment hearing, or wen standing Justices recuse themselves.

 

How can I apply for a Judicial Board seat?

Positions shall be filled by Presidential nomination. Justices must be confirmed by a two-thirds vote of the Senate. Email PSGA.President@purchase.edu to learn more. 

 

What is the term of office for a Justice?

Each Justice shall serve for a term of two years, or until he or she resigns, is impeached and removed, or is no longer a member of the PSGA. 

 

What are the duties of the Judicial Board?

The Judicial Board shall review constitutional issues relevant to the PSGA, as raised by the Senate, the Executive Board, or other PSGA group. The Judicial Board shall also investigate grievances brought to it by any member of the PSGA. A full list of the Judicial Board constitutional powers can be found </here/>.

 

How can I file a formal complaint with the Judicial Board?

You can file a formal complaint with the Chief Justice at PSGA.ChiefJustice@purchase.edu 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Office and Documents

When is the PSGA Office open?

The PSGA Main Office, located on the first floor of Campus Center North, room 1012 is open Monday thru Friday 10:00AM – 5:00PM. Closed on Saturday and Sundays.

When is the Student Center open? 

The Student Center is open 4:00PM – 2:00AM seven days a week.

When are PSGA Meetings happening?

The Student Senate meets every Wednesday from 12:30PM – 2:00PM in the President’s Conference Room. Once committee chairs have selected dates and times for the standing and ad hoc committees of the Student Senate, they will be posted </here/>. 

The Executive Board meets weekly in the PSGA Conference Room. 

 

When does my Club, Organization or Service meet?
Where can I find the PSGA’s governing documents?
How can I book an event in the Student Center?

 

Why can't the PSGA use all of their Reserve Funds to address the Student List of Demands?
We are required by the SUNY Board of Trustees to hold at least 10% of our MSAF revenue received as a savings. It is PSGA policy to hold an additional 5% as savings as well. 

Our Reserves/Equipment Savings account, as of our Second Quarter Report (Nov-12), held $181,894.00. $62,894.00 is considered equipment reserves which is only used for emergency circumstances. 

So, on top of having saving percentage restrictions, and a large chunk held for emergency circumstances we also need to remember that we don't receive our first MSAF revenue check until October. This means that for July, August, September and October we are relying solely on our reserve/savings account. 

Although all demands are valid and respected, it would not be fiscally responsible to drain these funds.

What is the PSGA doing to diversify our programming on campus? 
The PSGA Senate recently approved the creation of an ad hoc Diversity Committee. Chaired by Senator Jeremy Kinney, the Diversity Committee is charged with examining, building and ensuring diversity throughout Purchase College.

The General Programing Coordinator has also been charged with reporting their programming efforts to the Diversity Committee bi-weekly. The Major Events Coordinator must report their programming to the committee on a monthly basis.

The PSGA is dedicated to ensuring diverse options both in musical and nonmusical acts throughout the campus.

"As your newly appointed Student Activities Coordinator, I am wholeheartedly committed to ensuring that events being held on campus reflect the diversity of our student body, while withholding the utmost respect to our students' standards." – Amanda Wylie