Student Involvement

OFFICES & DEPARTMENTS

STUDENT GOVERNANCE

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENT INVOLVEMENT

In addition to the offices and student groups listed above, students may also find other involvement opportunities through the following areas:
 

Student Activities

Director of Student Activities for Programming: Peggy Hnatusko
315 LaFortune Student Center
574-631-­7308
sao.nd.edu
 
The Student Activities Office enhances the educational experience of students and the campus community through development of, exposure to, participation in, and assistance with intellectual, spiritual, cultural, recreational, social, leadership and employment opportunities. The office also fosters an environment which values differences, the freedom of expression and the holistic development of students. For information regarding Student Activities Policies, please click here.
 

Gender Relations Center

Director: Christine Caron Gebhardt
311 LaFortune Student Center
Phone: 574-631­-9340
Fax: 574 631­-5518
Email: grc@nd.edu
Website: grc.nd.edu
 
What is the Gender Relations Center? 
As an office in Student Affairs, the Gender Relations Center (GRC) designs and implements programs about sexuality, identity, gender and healthy relationships with the Catholic character of the University. It creates dialogue on campus by collaborating with student clubs, residence hall staff, other departments at Notre Dame and community organizations in South Bend. It is the first office of its kind within collegiate student affairs nationwide.
 
Mission Statement 
The GRC promotes moral formation consistent with Catholic identity, mission and values in an effort to cultivate a healthier culture at the University of Notre Dame. Committed to the spiritual, emotional and intellectual development of all students, the GRC engages both women and men in respectful dialogue and seeks to build a community that fully honors the human dignity of each person as a creature of God.
 
The GRC serves the Notre Dame community through:
  • Educational initiatives
  • Outreach services
  • Pastoral care
 

Multicultural Student Programs and Services

Director: Iris Outlaw
210 LaFortune Student Center
Phone: 574-631-6841
Email:  msps@nd.edu
Website: msps.nd.edu
 
The Office of Multicultural Student Programs and Services administers the programs and services specifically designed to assist with the retention and the academic success of traditionally underrepresented students.  The academic initiatives focus on providing faculty mentors, exposing historically underrepresented undergraduates to research opportunities, and networking with academicians and alumni in their area of interest.  The office also serves as a vehicle for students to explore issues of diversity by sponsoring cultural programs, advising ethnic or traditionally underrepresented organizations, and serving as a multicultural resource center.  The office provides these services to help our racially underrepresented population achieve their goals while maintaining their cultural identity.  The office facilitates diversity training and workshops to create dialogue between majority and ethnic students regarding the importance of celebrating their cultures.
 
The Office of Multicultural Student Programs and Services is located in the Intercultural Center on the second floor of the LaFortune Student Center, Room 210; office hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 

Center for Social Concerns

Director: Rev. Paul V. Kollman, C.S.C.
Geddes Hall
Phone: 574-631-5293
Fax: 574-631-4171
Email:  ndcntrsc@nd.edu
Website: socialconcerns.nd.edu
 
Center hours during the academic year
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
 
Building Hours
When classes are in session: 
Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Home Football Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)
Sunday, 1:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
 
During academic breaks:
Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
 
Rooted in the Gospel and Catholic Social Tradition, the Center for Social Concerns creates formative educational and service experiences in collaboration with diverse partners, calling us all to action for a more just and humane world.  Students explore social issues in the South Bend area, throughout the United States, and internationally through courses, seminars, social action opportunities, and service.  Center staff also work with faculty to assist them in incorporating justice education and appropriate experiential and community-based learning models into their courses.
 
Geddes Hall Facilities
Geddes Hall has a chapel, coffee house, small library, and conference rooms that may be used for gathering spaces and meetings.
 
The Center assists students in identifying South Bend Transpo Buses available at no cost for travel to local service sites.  The Center schedules vehicles through the University’s Transportation Services that are available for use by service and social action groups unable to reach their site by Transpo, the local bus service. Drivers and passengers are subject to all expectations outlined in du Lac concerning possession and use of alcohol and drugs.  To reserve a vehicle, groups should contact the vehicle coordinator at 574-631-5293 well in advance of the expected date of usage. Preference is given for groups and those who are able to be flexible with departure and return times.
 

Office of Recreational Sports

100 Rolfs Sports Recreation Center
Phone: 574-631-6100
Email:  recsport@nd.edu
Website:  recsports.nd.edu

The Office of Recreational Sports is among the most comprehensive campus recreation programs in the country, and plays a vital role within the Notre Dame community.  Nearly 400 programs including aquatics, fitness, intramurals, special events and 41 club sports, are offered, providing a broad range of activities to meet the diverse interests of a sports-minded, active student body.  Over 94% of the undergraduate students participate in some form of campus recreation, among the highest participation rates in the nation.  RecSports also manages several recreation facilities including the Rolfs Sports Recreation Center (RSRC), Rolfs Aquatic Center (RAC), Rockne Memorial (the Rock) and St. Joe Beach on campus.
 
RecSports provides opportunities for competition, fitness and education as well as contributing to the spirit and culture of campus life.  Many programs (interhall football, Bengal Bouts, Domer Run) are steeped in history and tradition.
 
Emphasis is placed on providing high quality programs, facilities and services in a safe and enjoyable atmosphere.
 
Insurance is required for every student who participates in any RecSports activity.  There are no exceptions.  Insurance coverage may be provided by either personal family insurance or available student insurance.  Note: student insurance does not cover all club sports.  Check with RecSports.
 
All Recreational and Competitive Activities — A student must complete the "Waiver, Release and Indemnification Agreement" as part of the activity registration process.  Athletic Commissioners and/or team captains in each hall are able to provide more details regarding registration.
 
Club Sports — Students must complete and return the proper consent forms and provide insurance information to the RecSports Office prior to participating.  It is understood that any student taking part in voluntary RecSports activities agrees to hold the University harmless for any and all liability associated with the student’s participation.
 
For further information, please contact the Office of Recreational Sports in the Rolfs Sports Recreation Center, (574) 631-6100 or go to the website: recsports.nd.edu.
 

Student Government 

 

Dear Students,

Welcome to the start of what is bound to be an exciting year at Notre Dame!  In this Student Government section of du Lac, you can find the contact information for the various groups that make up the Student Union.  All of these organizations exist to serve you.  We hope you take advantage of them.

The Student Union works to ensure that each and every student has the chance to realize her or his full potential in every area of student life here at Notre Dame.  The foremost responsibility of any Student Government administration is to make sure that students feel safe and secure on campus.  We also hope to help you pursue your interests and passions.    

We do not have to look far to be inspired by the work of students at our University.  Every day, our friends, roommates, classmates, teammates, and co-workers pursue their own passions, interests, and needs in a principled spirit.  Student Government is a representative body whose privilege and responsibility it is to embody this same principled spirit – a spirit that, as Father Hesburgh says, is “...the will to win.  It’s when things are difficult and people invoke the spirit of Notre Dame to bring them out victorious.”  We are so excited that all of you have the opportunity to contribute to this spirit.

Make sure to stop in to the Student Government office on the second floor of LaFortune – we would love to meet you!  If you should need anything during your time at Notre Dame, please feel free to contact either of us at the email addresses listed below.

Yours, in Our Lady,

Alex Coccia                       Nancy Joyce
Student Body President    Student Body Vice President
acoccia@nd.edu               njoyce@nd.edu     
 
 

Preamble of the Undergraduate Student Union Constitution

“We, the undergraduate students of the University of Notre Dame du Lac, recognize the uncommon value of the vision of Our Lady’s University and our essential role in its ongoing realizations. In order to achieve the greatest possible contribution to our community, we endeavor to make efficient and effective use of the resources available, to communicate student convictions clearly and willfully to faculty, administrators, and trustees, and to achieve consensus within the University community on the formulation and execution of policy. We labor with the entire Notre Dame family to ensure that each student reaches his or her full academic, social, and spiritual potential and resolve to sustain the evolving spirit of Notre Dame by entrusting its care to the student. Therefore, we do hereby ordain and establish this Constitution of the Undergraduate Student Body of the University of Notre Dame and form the Notre Dame Student Union.”

Student Government is divided into two branches, policy and programming.  At the head of these two branches is the Student Body President.  Elected each Spring semester on a ticket with a vice presidential running mate, the Student Body President is responsible for advocating on behalf of the interests of the Student Body in the authentic realization of the mission of the University.  It is the duty of this person to serve as an active student voice to the University administration, the greater South Bend community, and to represent the interests of Notre Dame students nationally.

The Student Body President, Vice President, and their Chief of Staff are the top three officials within the Student Union.  Along with the Directors of the Student Senate Departments and other Student Union leaders, they address all aspects of student life at Notre Dame, including academics, athletics, residential life, social concerns, student security and safety, community relations, and University affairs.

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Other entities of the Student Union include:

Campus Life Council
Chair: Alex Coccia
Phone: 574-631-4554
 
The Campus Life Council serves as a forum where students, faculty, rectors, and administrators discuss matters affecting student life on campus.  It makes policy recommendations directly to the Vice President for Student Affairs.  The Student Body President serves as Campus Life Council Chairperson, ensuring its efficient and effective operation.  Other student representatives include the Judicial Council President, Student Union Board Manager, three Student Senators, one Hall President‚ Council Co-chair, and one representative from the Diversity Council.  Initiatives of the Campus Life Council are delegated to several task forces who report progress back to the greater council every meeting.  Meetings are open to the public and held every Monday during the regular academic year.
 
 
 
Club Coordination Council
Chair: Maggie Armstrong
Email: ccc@nd.edu
Website: ccc.nd.edu
 
The Club Coordination Council is responsible for all organizations operating as recognized clubs on campus.   The Club Coordination Council works to promote the interests of each organization and handles budget and office space requests.   Additionally, the Club Coordination Council facilitates cooperation between clubs and other branches of the Student Union.  The Club Coordination Council is charged with cultivating and supporting Notre Dame's active club environment.  The four primary goals of the Club Coordination Council are education, collaboration, representation, and allocation.  The Club Council is chaired by the Club Coordinator and includes elected representatives and several appointed members.
 
 
 
Financial Management Board 
Chair: Andrew Lall
Email: fmb@nd.edu
 
Chaired by the Student Union Treasurer, the Financial Management Board is charged with managing and monitoring the Student Union allocations throughout each fiscal year. Annually, the Financial Management Board holds an allocation hearing in order to distribute funds among the Student Union bodies. In the winter of each year, the Financial Management Board conducts spending reviews to ensure that organizations and clubs are responsibly spending their allocations and to reallocate funds if deemed necessary. Additionally, the Financial Management Board oversees the Student Business Board, The Shirt Project, The Shirt Charity Fund, and approves any expenditure by a student organization over $5,000 or 10 percent of their budget (whichever figure is larger). Members of this board include the Student Union Treasurer and Assistant Student Union Treasurers, the Student Government Controller, the Student Union Board Controller, the Hall Presidents’ Council Treasurer, the Club Coordinator Controller, two Student Senators, each Class Council Treasurer, and the Off­-Campus President. Meetings are held every week during the regular academic year.
 
 
Hall Presidents’ Council 
Co­-chairs: Brendan Moran and Cristin Pacifico
Email:  hpc@nd.edu 
Website:  www.nd.edu/~hpc
 
Hall Presidents’ Council serves as a body to disseminate information as well as a forum for Hall Presidents and Vice Presidents to discuss matters of residential life. Weekly Tuesday meetings provide an opportunity for the Cabinet Members of the Hall Presidents’ Council, who attend Campus Life Council, Council of Representatives and Financial Board meetings, to inform residence hall leaders of upcoming events or procedures. The Hall Presidents’ Council comprises the duly elected presidents of each residence hall, Hall Presidents’ Council chairpersons, and the appointed cabinet members, including Financial, Social and Athletic Chairs, and an Awards Liaison.
 
 
 
Judicial Council
Chair: Michael Masi
574-631­-5136
 
The Judicial Council comprises the Judicial Council President, who serves as Chair of the Judiciary and Chair of the Student Union Ethics Commission, a Judicial Council Vice-President for Elections, and a Judicial Council Vice-­President for Peer Advocacy. The Judicial Council organizes and conducts Student Body elections and provides student advocates for students involved in University disciplinary proceedings. These peer advocates are trained to assist students with Office of Community Standards hearings and to answer questions about the University disciplinary process.
 
 
 
Student Union Senate
Chair: Nancy Joyce
 
The Student Union Senate consists of one elected representative per undergraduate residence hall, one elected off­-campus under­graduate representative, class council presidents, and other Student Union positions. The Student Body Vice President serves as Chair ensuring its efficient and effective operation. The Student Union Senate formulates and advances the position of the undergraduate Student Body on all issues concerning campus life. Senators may serve on at least two of the following Student Government Departments: Academic Affairs, Campus Technology, Community Relations, Constituent Services, Gender Issues, Internal Affairs, Residence Life, Social Concerns, and University Affairs. The meetings serve as an opportunity for student representatives to address or debate relevant and timely student issues, accommodate speakers who wish to reach students through Senate and hold votes on particular matters in order to advance resolutions issued by the committees.
 
 
 
Student Union Board
Board Manager: Kaitlyn Keelin
Email: sub@nd.edu
Website:  sub.nd.edu
 
Charged with providing student services and social, intellectual, and cultural opportunities in response to the needs and wants of the Student Body, the Student Union Board is Notre Dame’s leading programming body.  This organization comprises talented and driven students under the leadership of the Student Union Board Manager and the Executive Board of Chief Controller and Directors of Programming, Operations, Publicity, and Art. The Student Union Board coordinates many campus events ranging from large and small venue concerts, lectures, and weekly movies to comedy shows, Chicago bus trips, and cultural events. Annually, the Student Union Board sponsors three festivals: Notre Dame Literary Festival, the Collegiate Jazz Festival, and AnTostal, a weeklong celebration of Spring held during the last week of classes. In addition, Student Union Board sponsors Acoustic Café and the Battle of the Bands, which allow student musicians and vocalists to perform for the campus audience.
 

Graduate Student Union (GSU)

Zack Terranova, GSU President
Kyle Watson, GSU Co-­vice President
Jeremy Castle, GSU Co-­vice President

217 LaFortune Student Center
Phone: 574-631-­6963
Website: gsu.nd.edu

 

Founded in 1969, the Graduate Student Union (GSU) is a student organization which represents all graduate students of the four divisions of the Graduate School (Engineering, Humanities, Sciences, and Social Sciences) and Architecture. It promotes excellence in graduate education and strives to meet the needs of graduate students in all aspects of student life.

The GSU organizes an orientation program for new graduate students to help smooth the transition to a new life. It sponsors social gatherings, special activities, and lecture series to enhance the graduate school experience outside the classroom and laboratory. The GSU offers a Conference Presentation Grant Program (formerly known as the Gordon Travel Grant Program) which is supported by the GSU and the Graduate School. This fund subsidizes expenses for graduate students presenting original research at a conference.

In its early years, the GSU obtained an increase in stipends for teaching assistants and successfully pushed for additional campus graduate student housing. More recently, the GSU has been instrumental in the creation of a new family center at the housing facility for married students, worked towards obtaining affordable on­campus child­care and created a graduate students­only computer cluster located on the 10th floor of Hesburgh Library. With the help of the Graduate School, graduate students now have a study lounge located on the 10th floor of the Hesburgh Library that contains a whiteboard, table, chairs, and a large 46­inch LCD monitor that can be used for practicing presentations or for small group meetings.

Currently, GSU continues its efforts to seek the highest possible quality of life for graduate students. This includes negotiating for maternity leave for students, lobbying for affordable health insurance for graduate students and their families, working to better facilitate both the research and social needs of graduate students, involving graduate students in several service projects, and endeavoring to assist graduates in finding job opportunities once they leave Notre Dame.

The GSU offers several stipend positions in which graduate students can be involved directly with staff, advisors, professors, committees and university administration. These positions run from August through April. The committees of Academic Affairs, External Affairs and Orientation, Health Care, Publicity & Procedures, Quality of Life, Professional Development, and Social are offered through the GSU, and the corresponding chairs are appointed by the President and Co-­vice Presidents of the GSU. Important news and updates are transferred from the GSU to the graduate student body via department representatives, flyers, website, and a weekly listserv.
 
GSU maintains an office on the second floor in the LaFortune Student Center. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily throughout the year. Donna Frahn, an assistant employed by The GSU, can be reached at frahn2@gsu.nd.edu.
 
 

Master of Business Administration Association

276 Mendoza College of Business
Phone: 574-631-­8057
Email:  mbaa@nd.edu
Website: www.nd.edu/~mbaa

The MBA Association is responsible for acting as a liaison to, and a representative of, all Notre Dame MBA students and alumni, the University of Notre Dame community, and the greater global MBA community at large. The MBAA is responsible for activities, programs, and initiatives for the Notre Dame MBA community, including students, students’ families, faculty, and administrators. All activities of the MBAA are conducted to serve and better promote the Notre Dame MBA Program and its constituencies.

Within the MBAA, several standing committees exist which serve the various functions of the organization and the community. The committees include Academic and Student Affairs, Admissions, Alumni Relations, Career Development, Case Competition, Community Service, Diversity, Leadership, Faith Development, Family Life, Global Business Council, Graduation, Student Activities, Student Orientation, and School, Inc and Values. Each committee is chaired by a Notre Dame MBA student who has been appointed by the Executive Board of the MBA Association.

 

Student Bar Association

President:  Ashley Wood
Law School
Phone: 574-631-­8053
Email:  sba@nd.edu
Website: http://law.nd.edu/student-life/student-bar-association/

The Student Bar Association (SBA) is the student government at the Law School; all students are considered members. The association performs various tasks related to student life, both social and academic, such as orientation, appointment of students to various committees, fundraising, intramural athletics and several social functions throughout the year. More generally, the officers attempt to represent student interests in any matter of sufficient importance. At the national level, the association is a member of the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association.


In addition to regularly scheduled SBA meetings held weekly in the Law School (please contact current SBA President for exact location and time), the SBA President convenes and presides over the Gavel Club. The Gavel Club is made up of all the Law School club and organization presidents and serves to coordinate all club activities. Gavel Club meetings are held monthly.

The SBA holds elections for its members twice a year. In the Spring, Executive Officers (President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary), three 3L Representatives, three 2L Representatives, six Honor Council Members and two American Bar Association Representatives are elected. SBA holds these elections in April, and those elected will serve in their positions the following year. In addition, the President will appoint an Academic Curriculum Chair, Athletics Chairs, Career Development Chairs, Community Service Chairs, an Honor Council Prosecutor, an L.L.M. Representative, London Chairs, Merchandise Chairs, Overseas Chairs, Social Activities Chairs, Spiritual Life Chairs, and Transfer Liaisons. In September of each year, SBA holds elections for three 1L Representatives and three 1L Honor Council Representatives. Those members will serve for that school year.