Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts HistorySauer, Anne
Tufts Community Union Senate, 1968
Established in 1968, the Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate is the student parliament and legislative/executive body of TCU Student Government for the undergraduate students of the College of Liberal Arts and Jackson College and the College of Engineering. As of Spring 2000, it is charged with representing the needs and interests of the TCU before the faculty of the undergraduate colleges, the administration, and the Trustees of Tufts College. Through the Treasury, it oversees the use of the student activities fee and ensures that the needs and interests of the students are voiced.
Twenty-eight senators, seven elected from each class, compose the voting body of the TCU Senate. There are also three non-voting members of the senate, representing the Asian/Asian American, Pan-African, and Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual populations at Tufts. An additional commuter representative does have the ability to vote. The holders of these four offices serve as a liaison between their respective communities and the Senate. Representatives appointed to trustees committees also sit on the senate in an ex-officio, non-voting capacity.
The executive board of the TCU Senate is compromised of a president, elected by a popular vote of the members of the TCU, and an in-house elected vice-president, treasurer, historian, and parliamentarian. The assistant treasurer, selected by the Allocations Board, also sits on the Executive Board. The TCU Senate's General Board is compromised of the Executive Board and all chairpersons of the standing committees. It reviews the proposed legislation of the TCU Senate and directs the activities of the standing committees.
There are six standing committees within the TCU Senate: the Administration and Budget Committee, Cultural, Ethnic and Community Affairs Committee, Education Committee, and Services Committee. The Senate can create other committees when it is deemed necessary by the body. Financial matters, including the management of the Treasury, are under the jurisdiction of the Allocations Board (ALBO).
Source: OBS, April 24, 1981
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