The University of Kentucky Student Government Association (UKSGA) represents all undergraduate, graduate and professional students enrolled at the University.
UKSGA exists to:
- increase student influence over academic policy;
- to provide necessary student services;
- to protect and expand student substantive and procedural rights;
- and to better represent the student body in relations with the faculty, administration, Board of Trustees, and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
- Responsibility & Stewardship
- Accessibility & Accountability
The Executive Branch oversees the day-to-day operations, manages the budget, and facilitates major programs (Cats Cab, Internship Programs, Freshmen Leadership Development Program, etc.). This group is comprised of the President, Vice President, Chief of Staff, Cabinet Directors, and Program Coordinators. The President also serves on the Board of Trustees as a voting member.
The Legislative Branch includes the Student Senate. There are forty-six (46) Senators in the legislative branch. They allocate funds, approve presidential appointments, facilitate legislative changes and represent the larger student voice. Twenty-two (22) Senators represent UK’s various colleges (including graduate & professional), twenty (20) Senators are elected ‘at-large’ to represent the student body as a whole and four (4) are elected as freshman representatives. The Senate President serves as the liaison between the executive and legislative branches and oversees the four committees: Appropriations and Revenue, Academic/Student Affairs, Operations & Evaluations, & a joint Senate Executive Committee.
The Judicial Branch is comprised of one Chief Justice and six Supreme Court Justices. The Supreme Court rules on the constitutionality of legislation, handles claims levied against SGA officials, hears any election rules violation complaints and validates elections results.