Student Government Organization and Student Organizations

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Student Government Organization

Student Government Organization
Second floor of the Commons,
sgo@arcadia.edu
 
Arcadia University’s Student Government Organization (SGO) is dedicated to serving Arcadia’s undergraduate population and providing an outlet for student voice. SGO encourages active participation within the university community and also promotes self-advocacy for all students. All full-time and part-time undergraduate students of Arcadia University are represented by the SGO. The purpose of the SGO is to enhance and strengthen student life at Arcadia University, maintain student rights and responsibilities, and foster communication throughout the University community. SGO is also responsible for the allocation of all budgets to recognized Arcadia University student organizations.

SGO meetings are held bi-weekly and are open to the entire University community. SGO officers and Senators represent resident and commuter students and are elected annually. The SGO Senate is comprised of four committees, each with a focus on a specific aspect of student life at Arcadia: Academic Services, Budgetary, Facilities, and Student Services committees. The Senate possesses legislative responsibilities for all matters within the purview of the SGO and acts as a coordinating agency for various out-of-class activities, including the allocation of funds for student events. The House of Representatives consists of student organization members who contribute ideas and information at meetings.

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Student Organizations

Office of Student Engagement & New Student Programs

University Commons
215-572-2481
studentengagement@arcadia.edu

Knight Life

Stay connected with KnightLife, the main hub for all things student organizations and campus involvement. You can find campus events, become a member of a student organization, register for leadership and professional development opportunities, and more with just the click of a button. Download the KnightLife mobile app so you can check out campus events, on the go! 

Getting Involved in Student Organizations

Any undergraduate student may participate in student organizations.  A comprehensive list of student organizations is available HERE.

In order to serve as an officer of a recognized student organization, as a class officer, or as a Student Government Organization (SGO) executive board member or Senator, students must be full-time and in good academic and conduct standings with the University. These standards must be maintained throughout the term of office. In order to serve as an executive officer of the SGO, students must have a minimum of a 2.5 cumulative grade point average.

Starting a Student Organization

If you are interested in starting an organization that we do not currently offer, please contact us at ENSP-GACA@arcadia.edu. An overview of the student organization creation/reactivation process can be found HERE.

Helpful Information for Existing Student Organizations

Student organizations at Arcadia University serve as the backbone to many campus traditions and are an integral and vibrant component of the student experience. Over 60 student organizations plan social, educational, and service-related events and programs for the campus community.  Recognized student organizations are able to reserve space; participate in the bi-annual Activities Fair and other student organization fairs, including Family Weekend and Spring Fling; have access to Engagement and New Student Programs staff; and are eligible for a budget from the Student Government Organization (SGO).  

The Student Organization Handbook  serves as an important resource for members and officers as they build and sustain a successful student organization.  Included in this document are important policies and procedures, helpful tips on how to work with your advisor and liaison, and guiding regulations for how to facilitate a high functioning student organization.  Please take time to read the entire handbook and refer to it as needed.

Solicitation and Fundraising

No individual student or student organization, whether affiliated with Arcadia University or not, may sponsor activities on campus that have the express purpose of making converts of, or soliciting members of Arcadia University’s community. Arcadia University reserves the right to restrict or prohibit the on-campus activities of any individual or organization whose purposes are contrary to Arcadia University’s values and mission.

  • Individuals and organizations not affiliated with the University are not permitted to solicit the community in order to raise funds for an individual, organization, or cause.
  • As an individual student, you are not permitted to solicit the Arcadia community to benefit an individual, organization, or cause.
  • A student organization to which you belong may sponsor activities for the benefit of an outside organization or cause as long as the organization obtains permission from the Office of Engagement and New Student Programs.
  • To conduct a fundraiser, student organizations must submit the Fundraising Authorization Form at least two weeks prior to any anticipated fundraiser. Requests are reviewed and approved by the Office of Engagement and New Student Programs. Failure to complete the form two weeks in advance may result in the fundraiser not being approved. Fundraising is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Fundraising Authorization Form details specifics about the fundraiser, including anticipated date(s) and time(s), permissible saleable items, and any approved images and designs. After approval is given, any changes must be submitted via a new Fundraising Authorization Form. Questions should be directed to your ENSP liaison or e-mailed to studentengagement@arcadia.edu. 

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