The SGB Executive Board consists of eleven elected students: Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, and seven "representatives" or liaisons for the groups put under their charge, as well as a board-appointed webmaster.
All executive board members are elected in the spring Town Hall by the 90+ recognized SGB groups for one-year terms. All members of the SGB E-Board are active in SGB groups to ensure that they understand the needs and concerns of the community.
A full listing of the duties and responsibilities of E-Board members as well as descriptions of the specific duties of each position can be found in the
SGB Constitution; a summary of key general responsibilities of all members, quoted from Article III, Section 1 of the Constitution, is below:
Allocate undergraduate Student Activities funds to student groups.
Receive, review, and accept or reject applications for membership in accordance with the
Adjudicate disputes between groups, review complaints received in writing, and take
disciplinary action when required.
Compile and distribute a set of By-Laws governing group spending and administrative
A full description of election procedures can be found in the
SGB Constitution; a summary of key rules, quoted from Article III, Section 3 of the Constitution, is below:
All candidates must be members in good standing of a recognized group or be
incumbents on the SGB Executive Board.
Only members of the incumbent Executive Board may run for the positions of Chair and
Vice Chair, unless none of the Board members pursue the positions.
The incumbent Chair shall not be an eligible candidate for the position of Chair, Vice
Chair, or Treasurer.
Order of elections shall follow as first the election for Chair, second that for Vice Chair,
third that for Treasurer, fourth that for Secretary and finally the At-Large election for
Elections shall be drop-down, such that losing candidates for earlier positions may
declare candidacy for the positions that follow.
The incumbent Executive Board should transfer responsibility to the Executive Board
elect no latter than three weeks following the election.
SGB was founded on January 10th, 1969, following the
Columbia University protests of 1968, in order to meet student demands for a self-governing student caucus, and is the oldest of Columbia's governing boards. Since its founding, SGB has traditionally served as the guardian of free speech and students' rights on campus, and remains the only governing board comprising students from all four undergraduate schools.
Transition to the Division of Student Affairs
In 2007, an attempt was made to shift SGB under the existing Student Development and Activities subgroup of the CC/SEAS
Division of Student Affairs
(which also oversees the
Activities Board at Columbia
and the Inter-Greek Council). However, due to tensions between SGB and the subgroup's administration, a new subgroup, the
Office of Civic Action and Engagement
(originally Office of Student Group Advising) was formed to oversee SGB. As a result of becoming part of the Division of Student Affairs, SGB was forced to divest of their student groups with large graduate student memberships, which lead to the creation of the
Interschool Governing Board.