Student Senate

The Student Senate is the chief Representative branch of the Union.

The Rensselaer Union Student Senate is the chief legislative, representative, and policy-making body of the Union. The Student Senate for the 2023-2024 term is the 54th Student Senate. The Senate is composed of 26 voting senators and is chaired by the 157th Grand Marshal Ben Viner '24, the highest elected student official. The Senate’s membership includes six elected graduate senators and four elected senators from each undergraduate class, two Independent Senators representing all non-Greek students, and two Greek senators. All positions are elected during the GM week elections in March, and for incoming freshmen, elections are held in October. Contact gm@rpi.edu.

The Student Senate meets on Mondays at 8pm in the Shelnutt Gallery.

Policy

The Student Senate is responsible for policy decisions relevant to the Union’s Student Government organizations. The Senate also directly represents the voice of the student body in Institute policy changes.

Current Key Policy Initiatives:

This is not an exhaustive list. If you have something you would like addressed, contact gm@rpi.edu.

Projects

The Student Senate's committees work on projects to enhance the student experience alongside the Union, the Institute, and surrounding community.

Current Key Projects:

This is not an exhaustive list, we have dozens of projects in committee. If you have something you want to see, contact gm@rpi.edu.

Advocacy

The Senate also directly represents the voice of the student body to the greater RPI community, serving as a platform for student initiative and advancement of student interests. 

Current key issues facing students that Senators are working to address include the Arch, mental health issues, dining hall hours and options, and campus accessibility. There are dozens of concerns that the Senate works to address, and if you have an issue you would like to share with the Senate, you can contact gm@rpi.edu, or come to a Senate meeting.