The Student Senate is led by a group of student leaders who dedicate a great deal of their time and service to the betterment of the Student Body. The leadership of the Student Senate is divided into three separate and co-equal branches, who are all in turn responsible to the Student Body and the Student Senate. Click on the links below to view each branch's members and functions.
|Since May 1st, 2017|
One of the oldest institutions of student leadership, and predating even the Senate itself, the Student Body President (SBP) sits at the head of the Student Body, and acts as the primary spokesperson for student interests to the Administration, state and local government, alumni, and other parties.
The Student Body President has the exclusive right to sit and vote on any committee or body of the Administration, and actively does so. Currently, the Student Body President is a member of several institutions, including the UNH Alumni Association, the Space Allocation, Adaption and Renewal Committee (SAARC), and the 2017 University Presidential Search Committee.
The Student Body President is also the head of the Cabinet, the members of which serve as the primary means of implementing the SBP's policy mandate.
The Student Body President is amongst the only three positions to be elected by the entire Student Body, alongside the Student Body Vice President and the University Student Board Representative.
The Student Body President... shall be the legitimate representative voices of the undergraduate Student Body.
Student senate constitution
|Since December 16th, 2017|
The Speaker of the Student Senate is the sole spokesperson and leader of the internal structure of the Student Senate. The Speaker oversees and appoints the Officers of the Student Senate, and sits on the Student Activity Fee Committee (SAFC) Executive Board. They chair all meetings of the Student Senate, and are also the chairperson of the Election Committee and the SAFC Appeals Boad. They are ex-officio members of all councils and committees of the Student Senate, and work to convey resolutions passed by the Student Senate to the Administration or other interested parties.
Due to the importance and need for such a position to be unbiased, the Speaker is required to be largely non-partisan in Student Senate business.
The Student Senate Speaker shall be the legitimate representative voice of the Student Senate.
Student senate constitution
|Since July 1st, 2017|
The University System Student Board Representative (USSBR) is the USNH Board Representative for undergraduate UNH students, and is their primary voice to the University System of New Hampshire (USNH).
Every USNH school (Keene State College, Granite State College, Plymouth State University, and the University of New Hampshire) is afforded two student delegates to represent the student bodies at each school to the USNH Board of Trustees, and is elected every year concurrently with each school's Student Body President. Every two years on a rotating basis, each schools' student delegates become full-fledged Student Trustees, with the same privileges and voting powers as any other Trustee. The undergraduate USNH Board Representative for UNH is a member of the Student Senate, and is assisted by two Advisors, who assist them in representing UNH students to the Board of Trustees.
The undergraduate USNH Board Representative for UNH is currently not a Student Trustee, and will become so for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 academic years.
The Student Trustee/University System Student Board Representative shall represent the Student Body to the University System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees.
Student Senate Bylaws
|Since May 1st, 2017|
The Student Body Vice President (SBVP) is, alongside the Student Body President, at the forefront of student life at UNH. The SBVP acts as the primary assistant to the SBP, filling in for them in their absence and acting as their representative to meetings they are unable to attend. The SBVP is also a member of the Cabinet.
In the event of a vacancy in the office of Student Body President, the Student Body Vice President becomes the Student Body President.
The Student Body Vice President is amongst the only three positions to be elected by the entire Student Body, alongside the Student Body President and the University Student Board Representative.
The Student Body Vice President shall... be a spokesperson for the Student Body in conjunction with the Student Body President.
Student senate Bylaws
The Parliamentarian is the leading figure on the Governing Documents of the Student Senate, including parliamentary procedure found in Robert's Rules of Order. The Parliamentarian is often viewed as the deputy to the Speaker, filling in for them in their absence and chairing meetings of the Student Senate when they are unable to do so. The Parliamentarian also chairs the Judiciary Committee.
Due to the importance and need for such a position to be unbiased, the Parliamentarian is required to be largely non-partisan in Student Senate business.
The Executive Officer (Ex-O) maintains the membership roster of Student Senate, and ensures that all members of the body meet the necessary qualifications to remain in office. The Ex-O determines the number of Student Senator seats per constituency for each session, and works to fill vacant positions within the Student Senate. The Executive Officer also organizes the annual Fall Orientation for members of the Student Senate.
Due to the importance and need for such a position to be unbiased, the Executive Officer is required to be largely non-partisan in Student Senate business.
The three branches of the Student Senate are led by the Student Senate Speaker, Student Body President, and the USNH Board Representative. The Student Senate Executive Board, which is composed of these three plus the Student Body Vice President, the Parliamentarian, and the Executive Officer, approves the minutes of the Student Senate and can act in place of the body in emergent situations.