The Associated Students Government Offices are located in suite 311 of the University Student Union. For further information, stop by or call (562) 985-5241.
The quality of student life at CSULB is largely determined by students themselves. The time-honored tradition of student self-governance affords students a remarkable level of autonomy and provides a wealth of opportunities for developing leadership and management skills that can be as valuable as any classroom learning experience. Through self-governance, students learn how to make good decisions, how to motivate others to work toward a common goal, and how to manage budgets and other critical resources.
Student government at The Beach is organized under the Associated Students, a California nonprofit corporation owned and operated by the students of CSULB. Every student becomes a member and "shareholder" of the Associated Students upon registration, and all are encouraged to get involved in Associated Student activities. In addition to student government, the Associated Students also operates and manages the University Student Union, the Isabel Patterson Child Development Center, the ASI Recycling Center, the Soroptimist House, the Beach Pride Center, K-Beach radio, the Long Beach Union newspaper, and the Gold Mine Yearbook, and the Intramural Sports and Wellness Program.
Participation in student government, or any other aspect of the Associated Students, provides an exceptional opportunity for students to take part in the political advocacy of student interests, the development, and execution of student programs and services, the shared governance of the University, and the self-governance of the student community's affairs.
The governance structure of the Associated Students includes legislative, executive, and judicial branches. Each year the student body elects students to approximately 28 positions in the executive and legislative branches of government. In addition, students are elected to policy-making bodies including the Child Development Center Board of Trustees, the University Student Union Board of Trustees, the Student Media Board, the Forty-Niner Shops Board of Directors, and the Academic Senate. Participation in these programs and other campus activities has been a significant part of many students' University experience.
The executive branch of student government is comprised of the A.S. President, A.S. Vice President, A.S. Treasurer, and A.S. Chief of Staff. The Associated Students President is also the chief executive officer of the Associated Students, Incorporated and acts as the official representative and host of the Associated Students to the University and the public. The President is responsible for executing Associated Students policies adopted by the A.S. Senate and for making all A.S. executive and judicial appointments. The President is an ex-officio member of all A.S. executive bodies.
The Associated Students Vice President chairs the A.S. Senate and is a voting member of that body. The Vice President is responsible for assembling the agenda for the Senate meetings and serves on several boards and committees. The Vice President assists the President with his or her duties and assumes the President's duties should the A.S. President leave office or become incapacitated.
The Associated Students Treasurer is responsible for the Associated Students' finances and enforcement of A.S. fiscal policy. The Treasurer prepares the Associated Students budget for submission to the Senate and chairs the A.S. Board of Control. The Treasurer approves all expenditures of A.S. monies and assists clubs and organizations with obtaining financial assistance from Associated Students.
The Associated Students Board of Control is a subsidiary board of the Senate and is chaired by the A.S. Treasurer. The Board acts in the areas of finance, personnel, and the administration of business affairs between the Associated Students and other parties. All groups requesting Associated Students funding must go before the Board of Control for approval prior to appearing before the Senate. The Board of Control makes recommendations regarding budget allocations to the Senate, which has final approval in all A.S. Board of Control financial actions.
The A.S. Senate is the legislative branch of student government and serves as the Board of Directors of the Associated Students, Incorporated. The Senate creates and revises the A.S. by-laws, approves the allocation of funds for programs, confirms presidential appointments, fills vacancies in elected offices between elections, and forms committees to study problems and proposals. The Senate also charters on-campus student groups (with the exception of fraternities and sororities), enabling these groups to request Associated Students funding, use Student Union facilities, and enjoy the benefits of the Associated Students' support and recognition. The Senate is comprised of 21 voting members, including the A.S. Vice President who serves as the Chair. There are two senators representing each of the seven colleges at CSULB and six Senators-at-large elected by the general student body.
The Associated Students Judiciary is responsible for interpreting the provisions of the A.S. bylaws and any other A.S. document when a dispute arises. The Associated Students Judiciary may take disciplinary action, including suspension or revocation of charter privileges against recognized student organizations. The Judiciary also renders final decisions in election disputes. The decisions of the A.S. Judiciary constitute the final authority in all Associated Students matters. A chief justice and six associate justices are appointed yearly by the A.S. President and confirmed by the A.S. Senate. The A.S. President also appoints an Attorney General and a Public Defender. This court allows students the opportunity to develop mediation and adjudication skills and to address any injustice or wrongdoing involving student government.