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Student Senate records

Identifier: GV245-01
The collection contains charters, minutes and agendas, resolutions, correspondence and memos, budgets, committee records, appropriations, and other records created and kept by the UCO or Student Senate, from 1964 to the present day.


  • 1964-2017


Access to Materials

Collection is open for research use. Materials may be accessed by request at Special Collections and University Archives in Seidman House. Materials do not circulate.

Publication Rights

For information on copyright or permissions for this collection, contact Grand Valley State University Special Collections.


4.25 Linear Feet (10 boxes)

Administrative History

The United Collegiate Organization (UCO) charter was adopted May 13, 1964 as an all-Campus student government organization to regulate student activities. Its primary committee was the Cultural and Social Council. In 1970, it reorganized into three groups to spread the workload. The community Forum was the vehicle for discussions of problems and issues with the power to pass resolutions; The Community Council was the policy recommending body regarding student affairs and community life. The Executive Committee on Community Life and Activities (ExCo) calls meetings and sets the agenda of the Community Council. The Student Activities Budget Fee Committee, Committee on Campus Life, and Committee on Campus Activities operate under ExCo and the Community Council.

Today's Student Senate is made up of 50 representatives, elected to 1-year terms. They each serve on one of seven committees: Senate Resources, Finance, Campus Affairs, Educational Affairs, Diversity Affairs, External Relations, and Public Relations. Overall, the Student Senate's mission is to advocate for the inclusion of students in the overall policy and decision-making processes of the university community; promote awareness of the role students play in the academic community; enhance the quality and scope of education at the university both inside and outside the classroom; and empower students with leadership opportunities.


Organized in two groupings: 1) UCO records, 1964-1976, 2) Student Senate records, 1977-2016.
Student Senate Records
Special Collections & University Archives
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Revision Statements

  • 2017: Existing portion of collection rehoused. 2016 & 2017 Accessions processed in and added to the finding aid.

Repository Details

Part of the Grand Valley State University Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Seidman House
1 Campus Drive
Allendale MI 49401 United States