USUAA Senators

There are 23 elected Senators in USUAA Assembly. Senators serve as liaisons and voice the student opinion in all business matters.  Senators are elected by the student body during the UAA General Election (in fall and spring) or collect signatures through the Petition Packet process to join the Assembly.

Senators are members of two standing committees within USUAA. Standing committees include Activities, Rules, Student and Academic Affairs, Sustainability, and Legislative Affairs. Each standing committee coordinates programs, events, and activities to carry out the mission of USUAA.

Senators are responsible for researching, drafting, and voting on legislation dealing with student issues that enhance the quality of education and life for both current and future UAA students.

Expectations

Serving as a USUAA Senator is a honor and requires time and dedication to advocate for the student voice. Students interested in joining USUAA as senators should keep in mind the following:

  • Serve on a minimum of two (2) Standing Committees of USUAA.
  • Hold at minimum of two (2) office hours per week while classes are in session.
  • Attend all USUAA Assembly meeting (every Friday at 3pm while classes are in session).
  • Maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA at UAA.
  • Fulfill four (4) event support hours for any USUAA sponsored event or program, as approved by the Assembly.
  • Attend USUAA Retreats.
  • Have working knowledge of USUAA Constitution and Bylaws.
  • Represent the UAA student body ethically.

Senator Service Award

Senators receive a service award for their contributions to USUAA and the UAA student body throughout the year. Awards are given at the end of fall and spring semester.  

To be eligible, senators must

  • Complete the USUAA Leadership Inventory (assessment conducted twice per semester).
  • Have not violated stated absence policy (as stated in USUAA Bylaws, Article Seven).
  • Provide documentation to confirm attendance at office hours, which will be regularly by Rules Committee (USUAA Constitution, Article Three, Section Two, Clause Five).
  • Select a Senator Project and declare it at a regularly scheduled USUAA Assembly meeting.
  • Fulfill four (4) event support hours for any USUAA sponsored event or program, as approved by the Assembly.
  • Attend the current semester's USUAA Retreat, unless excused by Rules Committee.

Note: To receive the service award, senators must receive a majority vote of confidence from the Assembly.