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Student Government

A student government is a representative body of undergraduate and/or graduate students in postsecondary institutions that is elected by their peers. Student governments serve several functions, one of which is advocating on behalf of the whole student population within the formal governance structure on a single campus or across a multicampus university system. Student governments may also charter, fund, and support student organizations, seat student representatives on campus committees, collect and disburse student fees, or serve as stewards of campus traditions and services such as homecoming, food pantries, and advocacy centers.

The size, scope, and complexity of student governments are highly variable and dependent on the campus in which each is situated. On many campuses, student governments have limited formal responsibilities beyond gathering as a representative ...

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