Academic Catalog

Article III: The Executive Branch

Sec. 3.1 VESTMENT OF EXECUTIVE POWER. All executive powers shall be vested in the executive branch of Student Government.

Sec. 3.2 IMPLEMENTATION OF ENACTED LEGISLATION. A primary charge of the executive branch shall be the timely implementation of all legislation enacted by the Assembly of Student Government.

Sec. 3.3 GOVERNING STRUCTURE OF EXECUTIVE BRANCH. The governing structure of the executive branch of Student Government shall consist of the Executive Alliance, appointed members of the Executive Board, the Cabinet of Policy Directors, the executive staff, and the agencies.

Sec. 3.4 THE EXECUTIVE BOARD. Standing members of the Executive Board shall include the President and Vice President, who together form the Executive Alliance, as well as other appointed members of the Executive Board, as outlined in the Student Government Code of Rules and Procedures.

Sec. 3.5 PRESIDENTIAL TERM OF OFFICE. The President shall serve a one year term to begin at noon on the first Tuesday of April and to end the following first Tuesday of April.

Sec. 3.6 VICE PRESIDENTIAL TERM OF OFFICE. The Vice President shall serve a one year term to begin at noon on the first Tuesday of April and to end the following first Tuesday of April.

Sec. 3.7 EXECUTIVE BRANCH OFFICERS’ TERMS OF OFFICE. All officers of the executive branch, other than the President and Vice President, shall serve until their respective replacements are appointed and approved by the Assembly.

Sec. 3.8 ELECTION OF THE PRESIDENT. The President shall be elected by the student body at- large during the annual spring Student Government elections.

Sec. 3.9 REGISTRATION STATUS REQUIRED TO HOLD PRESIDENTIAL OFFICE. During term of office, the President must be registered for at least six (6) semester hours if an undergraduate student, or three (3) semester hours if a graduate student.

Sec. 3.10 PRESIDENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES. The President shall have the following duties and responsibilities:

  1. Enact resolutions and bills passed by the Assembly by signing them, or refer resolutions and bills back to the Assembly for reconsideration by vetoing them.
  2. Faithfully execute all enacted legislation.
  3. Represent students before external entities, including but not limited to, the administration of The University of Texas at Austin, the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System, the City of Austin, and the Texas Legislature in a manner consistent with the enacted policies, positions, and stances of Student Government.
  4. Serve on, or send a representative to, the committees, boards, and legislative bodies of which the President is a regular standing member.
  5. Appoint, with the approval of the Assembly, students to serve on the Executive Board, the Cabinet of Policy Directors, the executive staff, and the agencies of Student Government.
  6. Appoint, with the approval of the Assembly, students to serve on external committees and boards.
  7. Form ad hoc committees to conduct the business of Student Government when deemed necessary and proper and shall assign the members of such committees.
  8. At each meeting of the Assembly, give information on the state of the University and Student Government, and recommend to their consideration such measures judged necessary and proper.
  9. On extraordinary occasions, convene the Assembly in emergency session, giving public notice at least seventy-two (72) hours prior to the convening of the emergency session.

Sec. 3.11 ELECTION OF THE VICE PRESIDENT. The Vice President shall be elected by the student body at-large during the annual spring Student Government elections.

Sec. 3.12 REGISTRATION STATUS REQUIRED TO HOLD VICE PRESIDENTIAL OFFICE. During term of office, the Vice President must be registered for at least six (6) semester hours, or three (3) semester hours if a graduate student.

Sec. 3.13 VICE PRESIDENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES. The Vice President shall have the following duties and responsibilities:

  1. Serve on the committees, boards, and legislative bodies of which the Vice President is a regular standing member.
  2. Assist the President with assigned responsibilities.
  3. Assume the Presidency in the event that the President is unavailable to fulfill the duties of the office.

Sec. 3.14 APPOINTMENT OF THE CHIEF OF STAFF. The Chief of Staff shall be  appointed  by the President, subject to approval by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of total sitting representatives in the Assembly.

Sec. 3.15 CHIEF OF STAFF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES. The Chief of Staff shall have the following duties and responsibilities:

  1. Monitor all operations of the executive branch of Student Government as defined by the President.
  2. Recruit and train new officers of the executive branch.
  3. Provide continuity during the transition of Student Government administrations.

Sec. 3.16 APPOINTMENT OF THE COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR. The Communications Director shall be appointed by the President, subject to approval by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of total sitting representatives in the Assembly.

Sec. 3.17 COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES. The Communications Director shall have the following duties and responsibilities:

  1. Facilitate the internal and external communications of Student Government.
  2. Represent Student Government in communications with the enacted policies, positions, and stances of Student Government.

Sec. 3.18 APPOINTMENT OF THE FINANCIAL DIRECTOR. The Financial Director shall be appointed by the President, subject to approval by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of total sitting representatives in the Assembly.

Sec. 3.19 FINANCIAL DIRECTOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES. The Financial Director shall have the following duties and responsibilities:

  1. Manage the finances of Student Government according to University rules and regulations.
  2. Manage sources of funding including events, endowments, and initiatives.
  3. Develop the annual budget and fiscal reports, and present the annual budget to the Student Services Budget Committee.
  4. Investigate and suggest methods of acquiring additional sources of funding for Student Government.
  5. Present to the Assembly a report and recommendation based on the fiscal impact of all bills with the appropriations of funds.

Sec. 3.20 APPOINTMENT OF THE ADVOCACY DIRECTOR. The Advocacy Director shall be appointed by the President, subject to approval by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of total sitting representatives in the Assembly.

Sec. 3.21 ADVOCACY DIRECTOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES. The Advocacy Director shall have the following duties and responsibilities:

  1. Lead advocacy initiatives within Student Government.
  2. Oversee executive officers and external appointments who advocate for the student perspective.

Sec. 3.22 APPOINTMENT OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR. The Administrative Director shall be appointed by the President, subject to approval by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of total sitting representatives in the Assembly.

Sec. 3.23 ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES. The Administrative Director shall have the following duties and responsibilities:

  1. Create and maintain a record of the activities of Student Government.
  2. Distribute all enacted legislation to the appropriate individuals and entities.