Associated Students is the official voice of the student body for the California State University, Long Beach campus. The Student Government represents the student body, advocates their needs, and defends their interests in dealings with faculty, campus administrators and government officials.
In addition, Associated Students are governed by their AS Bylaws. These Bylaws are a set of rules under which the ASI and its subsidiary boards abide by to regulate their own affairs and behaviour of their members.
Student Government also establishes overall policy and direction for Associated Students and oversees the management of its operations. The Student Government also awards grants of money to student clubs, commissions, and organizations for the production of educational, social, recreational, and entertainment programs. Student Government provides both paid and volunteer opportunities for students to develop leadership ability, program development skills, and management experience.
Like federal and state governments, there are three branches of Student Government: Executive, Legislative, and Judicial. The Executive branch is made up of the President, Vice President, Treasurer, Chief Academic Officer, Chief Diversity Officer and Chief Government Relations Officer. The President, Vice President and Treasurer are the executive officers elected by the student body each spring and serve a one-year term commencing on June 1. The Chief Academic Officer, Chief Diversity Officer and Chief Government Relations Officer are appointed by the new President each year and confirmed by the Associated Students Senate. In addition to guiding and directing the operations of Student Government, these officers work alongside full-time staff to oversee ASI in its capacity as a non-profit corporation. Executive officers meet and interact with a variety of university officials, local business and government leaders, and federal and state legislators to express students’ views on a variety of issues and advocate on the student body’s behalf.
The Legislative branch, or Board of Directors/Senate, is comprised of student senators, who are likewise elected each spring. There are two senators from each of the seven colleges and six at-large members for a total of 20 senators. They are responsible for writing legislation, approving the actions of subsidiary boards, and authorizing the appropriation of funds. The Senate also serves as the Board of Directors of the corporation. Every year there are new leaders creating new ideas and working hard to continue to propel ASI to the next level of student services.
The Judiciary branch is made up of one Chief Justice and six Associate Justices. They are charged with interpreting the provisions of the AS Bylaws and other governing documents as often as needed. They make sure that the other branches of student government are always keeping students’ interests first by reviewing and resolving formal complaints and other issues of students’ concerns. They also serve as the final appeals board during student government elections.
Getting involved in student government provides students with unique opportunities to gain critical life skills, enhance their career preparation, and develop a solid foundation for responsible and productive citizenship in a diverse, democratic society. You'll learn how to work as a team, how to negotiate and make important decisions that affect all students at The Beach, and in the process, discover your own strengths.
Specific eligibility criteria vary by position. General Criteria: regularly enrolled undergraduate student carrying a minimum of six units or a graduate student carrying a minimum of three units; and maintaining a semester and cumulative GPA of 2.5.
According to Title 5, Section 42659 of the California Code of Regulations, "The principle underlying the expenditure of student body organization funds collected through mandatory fees is that such expenditures shall be made in programs that reflect the broadest variety of student interests and that are open to all students who wish to participate. Student body organization funds obtained from mandatory fees may be expended for the following programs:"
Programs of cultural and educational enrichment and community service
Recreational and social activities
Support of student unions
Scholarships, stipends, and grants-in-aid for only currently admitted students
Athletic programs, both intramural and intercollegiate
Assistance to recognized student organizations
Student travel insurance
Administration of student fee program
Student government-scholarship stipends, grants-in-aid, and reimbursements to student officers for service to student government
Augmentation of counseling services
Child development center for children of students and employees of the campus
In compliance with the Richard McKee Transparency Act (Education Code Section 89913-89919), the Associated Students, Inc. of California State University, Long Beach is required to provide members of the public, upon request any information relating to the conduct of the student body’s business that is prepared, used or retained by the ASI, regardless of physical form or characteristics. Records that are exempt under the Richard McKee Transparency Act will not be available to the public. Your request will be processed within ten (10) working days. If because of the nature of the request, it is not possible to furnish the information that you have requested within 10 working days, you will be notified within the 10-day period. (Note: a copying fee of 20 cents per page will be charged. Documents will not be released until payment is made.)