Send in your application to be considered for Freshman council (bit.ly/froco), a group
selected to represent the freshman class at USC and work with other Student Government
members along with other organizations and services at USC. Applications close Sept.
This July, University of South Carolina SG attended the SEC Exchanged hosted by the
University of Kentucky and walked away with two awards for Student Sustainability
Fund and Stigma Free USC.
Student Government Supports Give for Garnet
SG members table outside Greene Street and provide support for both Give For Garnet
and Carolina Closet.
Spurs Up with the Pastides
Treasurer Emerson Odagis and his staff take a classic Spurs Up photo on the horseshoe
with Uofsc’s beloved president and first lady.
Student Government works closely with university administration, faculty and staff
to represent the interests of students, preserve and protect the traditions @UofSC,
and support students and student organizations in their academic and community endeavors.
The executive cabinet serves as an advisory board to the student body president and
is comprised of students seeking to better the university through their particular
areas of concentration. They meet weekly with the full cabinet and various times throughout
the semester to work on their own personal projects and endeavors. Cabinet members
address a wide array of issues concerning parking, housing, safety, institutional
affairs, health and more.
Constitutional Council (CC) is the Judicial Branch of Student Government. Consisting
of four Associate Justices and one Chief Justice, the Council maintains the Student
Government Codes and Constitution, and interprets them when there is a dispute on
their meaning. The CC can also resolve internal disputes about the governing documents
of student organizations.
Freshman Council acts as an entry-level organization within Student Government with
an emphasis on leadership and community involvement. Members consist of a diverse
selection of students who undergo a fairly rigorous interview and application process
and are chosen to represent the freshman class in Student Government.
Throughout the year, the group meets weekly to discuss pressing issues at USC. FC
gets a chance to work with other members of Student Government as well as other organizations
and services at USC. Through the mentor-mentee system, each member on the council
is paired with an upperclassman member of student government to assist throughout
the course of the year.
The council is made up of several committees that work on various projects throughout
the year. Each committee has a specific role in contributing to the success of the
Freshman Council. Committees meet once a week and all are welcome to attend just like
the regular FC meetings.
The Senate is comprised of 50 Senators and 10 committees. Each committee is headed
by a committee chairman assigned by the Vice President and approved by the Senate.
The Senate has the opportunity to pass legislation in all non-academic fields. Legislation
addresses issues ranging from the dispersal of funding to university administrative
policy. All USC students are encouraged to voice their opinions by attending Senate
sessions, by submitting suggestions through the Suggestion Box, or by applying to
be in Senate.
The Student Senate meets at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Senate Chambers on the
third floor of the Russell House.
The Student Congressional Advisory Board serves as the voice of the University of
South Carolina. We work to assist Congress members in finding better solutions to
academic, financial and social issues that concern students. We collect data on student
values, develop policy presentations and work with legislators in our nation’s capital
to advocate for students’ views.
CAB works to solicit input from institutional constituents such as students, faculty,
administrators and staff. CAB strives to educate the USC community about federal higher
education initiatives and investments. This initiative enables students to realize
their potential for active involvement in national politics.
As student advocates, we believe we can transform both the state and University of
South Carolina by informing our elected leaders of issues that are relevant to our
generation. By doing this, we can enhance their future – benefiting our community
and leaving a lasting heritage for future students.
CAB consists of eight members, one of which is the head of the advisory board. He
or she is appointed by the student body president after having completed both an application
and interview process. The seven other members are selected by the head of the advisory
board and other student government members through the completion of an application
and a rigorous interview process. These members all demonstrate exceptional talent,
merit, enthusiasm and interest in political matters.
LAN is a program of the Executive Branch of the Student Government of the University
of South Carolina. Its mission involves the following three goals:
(A) To serve as a non-partisan advocacy entity, frequently communicating with the
South Carolina General Assembly and other political officials on behalf of the constituency
of the University of South Carolina student body so as to directly influence state
and local government;
(B) To track legislation year-round through the legislative process, following the
legislative chambers while in session and attending meetings and hearings as necessary,
to culminate in a Legislative Report Card;
(C) To engage in critical and thoughtful research through individual projects to present
to state lawmakers, executive officials, and other political bodies.
Applicants should be passionate about policy, research, and advocacy. Depending on
the student’s role in the network, they will be required to attend weekly or monthly
They will also be expected to do work outside of these meetings.
A team member will contact applicants after their application is received and reviewed.
The Elections Commission is the independent body that is responsible for conducting
and overseeing the annual student body election and inauguration. This Commission
is headed by the elections commissioner, Evan Dodge, who was appointed by the student
body president. The commission also consists of the deputy elections commissioner
and seven to nine assistant elections commissioners.
The Communications Team acts as the foremost advisors to the Student Body Executive
Officers on communications, media relations, public relations, and specific policy
stances. They also help promote Student Government projects and initiatives through
external communications and manages the external communications.