To help you make the most informed decision before applying for candidacy, below is a short summary of the purpose, duties, benefits and accomplishments of each position up for election. Elections are held during Spring Session I of each academic year.
Purpose of the FSDC
The FSDC conducts disciplinary hearings involving students who are charged with violating the various academic and social rules of conduct.
FSDC Positions Available
Six positions available for election. On any given case, two of the six students are chosen in rotation to preside over FSDC hearings alongside two faculty and a chairperson.
Duties of FSDC Student Member
• Listen to testimonies and review evidence from all parties involved in a disciplinary hearing.
• Work with other FSDC members to make a decision regarding the guilt of the accused student.
• If a student is found guilty, the FSDC can recommend a variety of disciplinary sanctions ranging from warnings to suspension from the college.
• If a student is found not
guilty, the FSDC recommends that the charges be dismissed.
Example of a Real FSDC Case
A student received a failing grade from a professor. The following semester the student was placed on academic probation. The student saw the professor the following semester and assaulted the professor. The student blamed the professor for recommending academic probation, when in reality it was done automatically by the Registrar's Office, based on the total amount of courses that failing grades were received.
Benefits of Being an FSDC Student Member
While the service is minimum, similar to jury duty, it is viewed as valuable community service and is highly recognized by the City University of New York.
Purpose of the SGA
• To serve as the primary voice and representative of the student body to the College administration, faculty, various student organizations, CUNY and its constituent parts, and the general public
• To increase student interest and participation in educational, social, and cultural affairs at the College
• To promote academic freedom, student rights and general student welfare
• To inform itself on College programs and operations that impact student success
Number of SGA Positions Available
• Five Executive Positions (1) President, (2) Vice President, (3) Executive Secretary, (4) Treasurer, (5) Parliamentarian
• Seven Academic Department Representatives (1) Business and Technology; (2) Education and Language Acquisition; (3) Health Sciences; (4) Humanities; (5) Liberal Arts and English; (6) STEM; (7) Social Science Academic department representatives will take on the additional duties of: (1) Academic Affairs; (2) Clubs and Ethnic Affairs; (3) International Students and Foreign Affairs; (4) Political Awareness; (5) Public Relations; (6) Students with Disabilities; (7) Sustainability, Part-time and Evening Students.
Benefits of Being an SGA Governor
Monthly stipend, personal office space in the SGA suite, invaluable leadership experience and countless networking opportunities.