AUSA: Student Government

The Aurora University Students’ Association (AUSA) is the student-based governing body at AU and serves as a liaison between students and university administration. AUSA officers and senators are elected each year by their peers to serve one-year terms, with senators representing the five classes (freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduates).

AUSA regularly seeks students’ feedback and voices to ensure they are heard by the university administration and staff at the decision-making table. The AUSA president also attends regular meetings with the administration and the Board of Trustees. In addition, AUSA oversees the Organizations Council to promote collaboration among AU’s numerous student organizations.

AUSA is comprised of one board, seven committees, and two task forces:

  • Activities Programming Board
  • Appropriations Committee
  • Awareness Committee
  • Community Service Committee
  • Constitution Committee
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force
  • Food Committee
  • Online Student Task Force
  • Publicity and Fundraising Committee
  • Student Success Committee

AUSA Senate meets on a bi-weekly basis on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. in the Kimberly and James Hill Center for Student Success. These meetings are open for anyone to attend. Even if you are not elected, this is a great place to provide feedback and add to discussions.

The Appropriations Committee meets weekly to ensure there is adequate access for student organizations to seek funding. Organizations will be invited to the Appropriations Committee at a specified meeting time once the funding request form is completed.

Organization Council meetings are typically on the first Tuesday of each month at noon in the Kimberly and James Hill Center for Student Success. Reminder emails are sent out to student organizations’ leaders.
  • Attend AUSA Senate meetings.
  • Ask to join the AUSA board and/or task forces.
  • Run for senate if you’re interested in holding voting power.
    • Sophomore, junior, and senior senators are elected each March for the next academic year.
    • Freshman, transfer, and graduate senators are elected each September to serve for the current academic year.
  • Vote in twice a year in our elections, which are held on SpartanNet.
  • Reach out to the elected senators and executive board members to voice your thoughts.
  • Follow us and engage with us on Instagram (@ausa_studentgov).

AUSA believes that the best ideas often come from the individuals we serve—you, the students. It’s your campus, your experience, and your education, and who better to shape it than you?

We’re proud to showcase the initiatives that have been launched, thanks to the creative and insightful suggestions of fellow students. These projects reflect our collective commitment to making AU not just a place to learn, but a place to thrive. Here’s a glimpse of what we’ve achieved together:

  • Events of the Week: Every Sunday, AUSA compiles all of the events happening on campus for students and shares it on our Instagram to ensure that everyone knows what there is to do that week.
  • Spartans of the Week: Each week, AUSA recognizes two Spartan students who are making a difference at AU and the surrounding community for that week. The students can be self-nominated or be nominated by other students. The two Spartans that are selected by AUSA based on nominations are given reserved parking at either Dunham Hall or the Institute for Collaboration Lot for that following week and are also showcased in the Sunday night student success emails and our Instagram. You may nominate yourself or another student here. The form resets each week.
  • Increased Representation: To better represent our student body as a whole, graduate students can serve on the AUSA Senate and the Online Student Task Force was created.
  • Peer Networking Night: Each fall, AUSA hosts a Peer Networking Night in collaboration with more than 25 student organizations, allowing students to network with one another along with the Board of Trustees and university administration.
  • AUSA Cares: Every Thursday, AUSA brings awareness to a certain condition, disease, or ailment to shed light and educate our fellow student body on various topics.

Instagram: @ausa_studentgov
AUSA HQ: Spartan Spot 001 and Spartan Spot 002
Please note: Office Hours vary by E-Board Member