The purpose of the Student Government Association is to represent and safeguard the interests of students. It is a political organization providing students with an avenue for action in matters pertaining to student rights and welfare. Although discipline is the legal responsibility of the administration, the principle of student government is fully supported by the administration and faculty.
All students attending The University of North Carolina at Pembroke automatically become members of the Student Government Association. Student Government functions through its elected representatives and is subject to the general administrative authority of its sponsor, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. Every full-time student who has at least a 2.0 cumulative average (on the 4.0 system) has the privilege of seeking positions of leadership in the organization by either appointment or election. The Student Government Association is elected by the student body each spring according to the Constitution and Bylaws of the organization.
The SGA is composed of three branches: Executive, Legislative, and Judicial. The Executive Branch is composed of the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. There shall be a minimum of five senators per class or one representative on the Senate for every one hundred and fifty students. The enrollment for credit for the previous September shall be the basis for determining the number of representatives. There shall also be two positions for part-time students and one position for graduate students. The Judicial Branch of the SGA provides a system of due process through which students accused of offenses committed on campus (not necessarily within the jurisdiction of the courts) may be referred by the appropriate accuser to the appropriate adjudicator board. All adjudicator power is vested in a system of Hearing Boards with the By-Laws of the University as established by the Board of Trustees. The different boards are: the Campus Appeals Board, the Campus Hearing Board, and the Traffic Hearing Board.