Vassar has a long tradition of shared governance, affording students a significant role in the decision-making processes of the College. As set forth in the Governance of the College, students have control over the undergraduate student government pursuant to a constitution authorized by the President of the College and the Faculty Senate.
Committed to our mission and values.
The mission of the Vassar Student Association shall be to serve, represent, promote the interests of and improve the welfare of the undergraduate students of Vassar College. The Association commits itself to effective participation in the decision-making processes of the College, and shall use such participation, acknowledging the historical and contemporary systems of oppression both at the College and in the wider community, to combat systems of oppression against its members. As voluntary members of Vassar College, the Association recognizes and supports the Principles of Shared Governance of the College and shall fulfill its responsibilities to its members and the College in accordance with its own mission.
Serving our Vassar community since 1868.
In 1868, the Student Association, Vassar’s first student government, came to order. One tremulous genesis and several major transformations later, the ongoing evolution of Vassar’s student government still reflects kindly on Matthew Vassar’s unprecedented commitment to women’s education and his legacy of higher learning.
Designed with inclusion and democracy in mind.
The Vassar Student Association is structured into two primary bodies: the Senate and the Judicial Board. The Senate exists in a three-pronged structure, which consists of the Executive Board serving as the executive body, the Committee Chairs serving in a non-executive capacity, and the full Senate serving as the legislative body. Supplemental bodies consist of the Board of Residential Affairs (and House Officers), Board of Elections and Appointments, Senior Class Council, and Delegates.