senate

The legislative authority of the Vanderbilt Student Government is housed in the Undergraduate Senate. Composed of 30 voting and 1 nonvoting Senator from across every undergraduate school and residential area, the Undergraduate Senate serves to express the voice of the student body on issues of University, state, and national importance. Senators are elected to a one-year term beginning in September of every school year and serving through May of that year. The Senate meets bi-weekly, with the calendar being published at the beginning of each Fall and Spring semester. Meetings are free and open to the public.

The Senate elects their own membership in the form of a Speaker of the Senate at the end of the Spring, and a Deputy Speaker of the Senate in the Fall. Currently, the Senate is chaired by Speaker Molly Gupta.

The Senate is organized in the following manner:

Every Senator is required to serve on one “issue group.” Issues groups are posited and voted on by the senators and these groups work on the issues throughout the year. Issue groups are overseen by an elected member of the Committee on Rule and Procedures (Rules Committee), which is coordinated by the Deputy Speaker of the Senate, with the Speaker being an ex-officio member.

2017-2018 Schedule

Fall 2017 Senate Schedule

September 27 | 7 PM | SLC Board of Trust
October 18 | 7 PM | Alumni Classroom
November 1 | 7 PM | SLC Board of Trust
November 15 | 7 PM | SLC Board of Trust
November 29 | 7 PM | SLC Board of Trust

Spring 2018 Senate Schedule (Tentative)

January 10 | 7 PM | SLC Board of Trust
January 24 | 7 PM | SLC Board of Trust
February 7 | 7 PM | TBD
February 21 | 7 PM | SLC Board of Trust
March 14 | 7 PM | Alumni Classroom
March 21 (Executive Session) | 7 PM | Alumni Classroom
April 4 | 7 PM | SLC Board of Trust
April 18 | 7 PM | TBD

Legislative Agendas

The Senators

Academic Senators

Blair School of Music
Charlie Calotta (College Council President)
(Vacant)

College of Arts and Science
Lauren Milley (College Council President)
(Vacant)
(Vacant)
(Vacant)
(Vacant)
(Vacant)

Peabody College
Willie Chang (College Council President)
(Vacant)

School of Engineering
Nigel Walker (College Council Representative)
(Vacant)

First-Year Senators

Crawford
(Vacant)

East
(Vacant)

Gillette
(Vacant)

Hank Ingram
(Vacant)

Memorial
(Vacant)

Murray
(Vacant)

North
(Vacant)

Stambaugh
(Vacant)

Sutherland
(Vacant)

West
(Vacant)

Upperclass Residential Senators

Alumni Lawn
(Vacant)

Branscomb
(Vacant)

Greek/Off-Campus
(Vacant)

Highland Quad
(Vacant)

Moore College
(Vacant)

Towers East
(Vacant)

Towers West
(Vacant)

Warren College
(Vacant)