San Diego: Student Government
Student government on the San Diego campus began
to evolve after an informal meeting of local undergraduate students
and the dean of student affairs in August, 1964. From this gathering
came a constitution committee and a communications committee, whose
function it was to initiate campus publications.
The first action of the constitution committee
was to create an enabling document which served to enfranchise the
student body, allowing them to function as an associated student
body until a constitution could be formulated. They followed this
action with the establishment of an advisory committee to assist
students in the formation of clubs and campus organizations; they
also prepared a draft for San Diego's first student body constitution.
The draft was presented to the students at a Constitution Convention
held in November, 1964, where it was modified and revised; the result
was accepted by general student vote a week after the convention.
Selection of student body officers, including
president, vice president, ASUCSD senate representatives, judges,
and Associated Women Students' and Associated Men Students' presidents,
took place at the first campus election in December, 1964.
The student body president and his appointed cabinet
constitute the executive branch of student government The ASUCSD
senate, composed of representatives elected from each of the classes
and eventually, from each of the proposed 12 colleges, served as
the legislative branch. The judicial council, comprised of four
elected and three senate-appointed judges, served as the judicial
branch. The judicial council was responsible for the constitutionality
of government operations and upholding the honor spirit or honor
system, a code which places students "on their honor" to act in
accordance with University regulations. These three branches functioned
as the mainstay of student government.
In the mid-1960's, the student body on the San
Diego campus was still small enough to allow a high percentage of
students to take an active part in the development of the government.
The most important function of the present governmental organization
was to create a foundation sound enough to adapt to a continuously
Student Body President