1.7 Students of the School of Public Health

1.7.a Definition 

Students shall consist of any students accepted to the School of Public Health for the purpose of completing one of the specified degree programs. This includes full-time and part-time students fulfilling degree requirements either through the College Station location or distant locations. 

All students meeting the above criteria shall be eligible for voting in student body elections and running for specified student body positions (within the parameters of the position as specified). 

1.7.b SPH Student Association 

The school recognizes the value of student participation in the evolution of the School of Public Health. As such, it sanctions the formation of the SPH Student Association whose membership will be comprised of all SPH students interested in participating. To the maximal extent possible, all activities of the SPH Student Association are to include local, distant, full-time, and part-time students without regard for characteristics such as gender, race, ethnicity, or age. Mission, goals, bylaws, policies and procedures of the SPH Student Association are the responsibility of the Association and subject to approval of the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. To the extent possible the Office for Student Affairs will support the SPH Student Association

1.7.c SPH Student Association Elections 

The SPH Student Association is responsible for organizing and holding student elections for president, vice president, student representative to the SPH Curriculum Committee, and any additional SPH or HSC committees calling for elected student representation. In order to be eligible for an elected position the student must be in good academic standing. All terms of office are one year unless otherwise noted. Once elected, if placed on academic probation during his/her term of office the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs may ask the student to step down from the office. The elected positions are as follows: 

President: This individual will be responsible for leading the SPH Student Association, will serve as the SPH student representative to the HSC Student Affairs Committee, a non-voting student representative to the SPH Administrative Council, and as a non-voting member to the SPH Student Affairs Committee. Additional expectations of the student-body president should be considered by the SPH Student Association and outlined in their representative bylaws. 

Vice President: This individual will serve as a non-voting member on the SPH Administrative Council and will act as an alternate for the President should s/he be unable to fulfill his/her responsibility on the HSC Student Affairs Committee. The SPH Student Association may consider in their bylaws additional responsibilities of the Association Vice President. 

Student Representatives to the SPH Curriculum Committee: The SPH Student Association shall elect two student representatives from two departments to serve as non-voting members of the SPH Curriculum Committee. 

Student Representative to the Medical Sciences Library Council: The SPH Student Association shall elect a student representative to serve on the MSL Council. 

Student Representatives to the HSC Graduation Committee: The SPH Student Association shall elect a student representative and an alternate to serve on the HSC Graduation Committee. To be eligible the students should have completed their first year of study. 

1.7.d SPH Student Association and the SPH Student Affairs Committee 

The SPH Student Association may be called upon by the SPH Student Affairs Committee to assist in their duties for student recruitment, orientation, and graduation. Both the SPH Student Association and the SPH Student Affairs Committee are under the purview of the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. 

1.7.e SPH Alumni Association 

The school also recognizes the value of continued contact with and involvement of alumni from the School of Public Health. As such, it sanctions the formation of a SPH Alumni Association whose membership will be comprised of all students graduating from SPH. Graduates of the inaugural class will be solicited to participate in the creation of such an Association and to assist in publicizing its formation, mission, objectives, and structure.