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History of the Student Government Association

For many years, Student Government existed at Duquesne without any continuous form.

In the spring of 1961, Duquesne found itself with no student body government; the old body had simply folded due to lack of interest.

However, in the fall of 1962, Walter Scheer and Rose Kelly wrote a constitution for a “Student Congress.” This was a significant step for the beginning of student government at Duquesne. For the first time at Duquesne, there was a student governmental organization capable of holding itself together. The “Congress,” however, had a very complex structure, which needed to be simplified.

In 1972, Student Congress was renamed the Student Government Association. The Student Government Association has since been playing an active role as part of Duquesne's growing community.

Administrative Liaison

Duquesne's Administration has always had a reputation for working with its students. Both students and administrators have a relationship built on mutual respect, an ability to communicate honestly, and responsiveness to student needs and concerns.

As the official governing body representing the students, a key responsibility of SGA is to inform the administration about student concerns and opinions. The duty of presenting student opinions often falls upon the members of the Executive Board. The five members of the SGA Executive Board are elected in a campus-wide election each year.

The Student Government Association is also comprised of Senators representing each school at Duquesne. The number of Senators representing each school is based on enrollment at that school.

SGA's goal is to represent and strive to meet the needs of all students at Duquesne.