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Overview

Historical Note

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Arrangement of the Collection

Restrictions

Access Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Appropriations Committee/Budget Requests, 1922-1927

Student Senate Minutes, 1922-1983, 2000-2001

Constitutions and other election materials

Administrative Files, 1973-1984

Southern Methodist University

Southern Methodist University Student Senate minutes and records

A Guide to the Collection



Overview

Creator: Southern Methodist University. Student Senate.
Title: Southern Methodist University Student Senate minutes and records
Inclusive Dates: 1922-1983, 2000-2001
Abstract: Student government organizations at Southern Methodist University have operated under multiple constitutions, and several names including: Student Council, Student Caucus, Council of the Student's Association, and finally the SMU Student Senate. Business conducted by the SMU Student Senate has varied from year to year as well and has incorporated everything from appropriating funds for student organizations, to hosting pep rallies for football games, to advocating different academic university policies. This collection contains the minutes of SMU Student Senate meetings, including meeting agendas, committee reports, financial appropriation bills, constitutions, and other documents pertaining to the student representative body of SMU.
Accession No: SMU 2006.0373
Extent: 4 boxes (4 linear feet)
Language: Material is in English.
Repository Southern Methodist University Archives, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

Historical Note

From its first class, Southern Methodist University students have elected their peers to represent them to the faculty and administration. The Senate has operated under multiple constitutions and several names, including: Student Council, Student Caucus, Council of the Student's Association, and finally the SMU Student Senate.

The Student Council began shortly after SMU opened its doors in 1915. The first president was Umphrey Lee, who later was elected the fourth President of SMU. In the early days, students voted for the usual positions of president, secretary and representatives, but they also voted for cheerleaders (until the 1970s) and editor of the student newspaper and Rotunda (until the 1960s).

During the Depression, the Student Council twice voted to lower student activity fees and also used its voice to try to change policies to allow student dances to be held on campus. SMU held its first on-campus dance in 1940. During World War II, the Student Council raised $6,900 for War Bonds.

The most notable changes to student governance and, in fact, all campus governance took place in 1970 with the creation of the University Assembly with faculty, student and administrative representatives. The University Assembly recommended student activity fees, planned university convocations, and established safety and security rules. During the 1970s, the Student Senate fought for continued "shared governance" through various petitions to the University President and Board of Trustees—especially concerning the forced resignation of University President Hardin in 1974.

From the 1980s until 2007, the Student Senate has

• Created a standing committee for Faculty evaluations

• Established the student Senate Scholarship Endowment Fund

• Voted to fund campus-wide call boxes and established a fund for taxi service

• Established a formal liaison between the Student Senate and the board of Governors

• Debated fervently over the recognition of GLSSO (Gay/Lesbian Student Support Organization) and after several years voted to give recognition to this group

• Established recycling programs

• Proposed and funded "Three Weeks for Relief" campaign assisting students displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

According to its website in 2007, the SMU Student Senate initiates action on student concerns, adopts the Student Code of Conduct, provides student scholarships, and is responsible for the appropriation of funds to student organizations.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

This collection includes a fairly comprehensive run of Student Senate meeting minutes from 1938-1983, with sporadic records from 1922-1938. The collection also contains minutes and documents from the 2000-2001 school year. Minutes for Student Senate meetings are included for most years, but not all. Minutes are generally taken by the Student Body Secretary, who is elected each spring for the following school year.

Other series in this collection include some, but not all, constitutions.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized into 4 series:
Series 1: Appropriations Committee/Budget Requests, 1922-1927
Series 2: Student Senate Minutes, 1922-1983, 2000-2001
Series 3: Constitutions and other election materials
Series 4: Administrative Files, 1973-1984

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Restrictions

Access to Collection:

Collection is open for research use.

Publication Rights:

Permission to publish materials must be obtained from the Director of the DeGolyer Library.

Copyright Statement:

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain copyright authorization.

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Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following terms in the Southern Methodist University Libraries' online catalog. Researchers desiring related materials may search the catalog using these terms.
Southern Methodist University. Student Senate.
Southern Methodist Universities--Administration.
Southern Methodist Universities--Students.
College student government--Texas--Dallas.
Universities and colleges--United States--Texas--Administration.
Student-administrator relationships--Texas--Dallas.
Southern Methodist University. Student Council.
Southern Methodist University. Student Caucus.
Southern Methodist University. Student's Association. Council.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Southern Methodist University Student Senate minutes and records, Southern Methodist University Archives, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

Deposit.

Processing Information

Materials were found in several boxes in rough order. Most were labeled. Records were sorted, re-foldered and paper clips were removed.

Processed by

Todd Baty, 2005-2007.

Encoded by

Lara Corazalla, 2007.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series 1:
Appropriations Committee/Budget Requests, 1922-1927
1 box

Box Folder
1 1 Appropriations Committee/Budget Requests, 1922-1923
2 Appropriations Committee/Budget Requests, 1923-1924
3 Appropriations Committee/Budget Requests, 1924-1925
4 Appropriations Committee/Budget Requests, 1925-1926
5 Appropriations Committee/Budget Requests, 1926-1927

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Series 2:
Student Senate Minutes, 1922-1983, 2000-2001
3 boxes

Box Folder
1 6 Student Senate Minutes and Records, 1938-1943
7 Student Senate Minutes and Records, 1945-1950
8 Student Senate Minutes, 1950-1951
9 Student Senate Minutes, 1954-1955
10 Student Senate Minutes, 1955-1956
11 Student Senate Minutes, 1956-1957
12 Student Senate Minutes, 1957-1958
13 Other accompanying Documents, 1957-1958
14 Student Senate Minutes, 1958-1959
15 Student Senate Minutes, 1959-1960
16 Other accompanying Documents, 1959-1960
17 Student Senate Minutes, 1960-1961
18 Other accompanying Documents, 1960-1961
19 Student Senate Minutes, 1961-1962
20 Other accompanying Documents, 1961-1962
21 Student Senate Minutes, 1962-1963
22 Other accompanying Documents, 1962-1963
23 Student Senate Minutes, 1963-1964
24 Other accompanying Documents, 1963-1964
25 Student Senate Minutes, 1964-1965
26 Other accompanying Documents, 1964-1965
27 Student Senate Minutes, 1965-1966
28 Student Senate Minutes, 1966-1967
29 Other accompanying Documents, 1966-1967
30 Student Senate Minutes, 1967-1968
31 Other accompanying Documents, 1967-1968
32 Student Senate Minutes, 1968-1969
33 Other accompanying Documents, 1968-1969
34 Student Senate Minutes, 1969-1970
35 Other accompanying Documents, 1969-1970
36 Student Caucus Minutes, 1970-1971
37 Other accompanying Documents, 1970-1971
Box Folder
2 1 Student Senate Minutes, 1971-1972
2 "Extra Copies" 1971-1972
3 Addresses of Organizations, 1971-1972
4 Other Documents, 1971-1972
5 Student Senate Correspondence, 1971-1972
6 Student Senate Minutes, 1972-1973
7 Other accompanying Documents, 1972-1973
8 Student Senate Minutes, 1973-1974
9 Other accompanying Documents, 1973-1974
10 Legislation, 1973-1974
11 Student Senate Minutes, 1974-1975
12 Legislation, 1974-1975
13 Legislation (Duplicates), 1974-1975
14 Academic Council, 1974-1975
15 Other accompanying Documents, 1974-1975
16 Screening Committee, 1974-1975
17 Shared Governance, 1974-1975
18 Student Senate Minutes (Duplicates), 1974-1975
19 Student Senate Minutes, 1975-1976
20 Other accompanying Documents, 1975-1976
21 Other accompanying Documents (2), 1975-1976
22 Rathskeller, 1976
23 Student Senate Minutes, 1976-1977
24 Student Senate Minutes, 1977-1978
25 Student Senate Executive Committee Minutes, 1977-1978
26 Other accompanying Documents, 1977-1978
Box Folder
3 1 Student Senate Minutes, 1978-1979
2 Student Senate Newsletter, 1978-1979
3 Student Senate Manual, 1978-1979
4 Student Senate Executive Committee Minutes, 1978-1979
5 Other accompanying Documents, 1978-1979
6 Student Senate Minutes, 1979-1980
7 Student Senate Executive Committee Minutes, 1979-1980
8 Other accompanying Documents, 1979-1980
9 Student Senate Minutes, 1980-1981
10 Student Senate Minutes (2), 1980-1981
11 Student Senate Executive Committee Minutes, 1980-1981
12 Communications Committee, 1980-1981
13 Other accompanying Documents, 1980-1981
14 Student Senate Minutes, 1981-1982
15 Student Senate Executive Committee Minutes, 1981-1982
16 Other accompanying Documents, 1981-1982
17 Student Senate Minutes, 1982-1983
18 Student Senate Executive Committee Minutes, 1982-1983
19 Student Endowment Foundation, 1982-1983
20 Other accompanying Documents, 1982-1983
21 Student Senate Minutes, 2000-2001
22 Other accompanying Documents, 2000-2001

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Series 3:
Constitutions and other election materials
1 box

Box Folder
3 23 SMU Pennant, 1915-1916
24 Early Alma Mater
25 Original Copy of the First Student Association’s Constitution
26 Speeches of Frank White, Student Body President 1999-2000
27 SMU Student Senate Brochures
28 Student Senate Election Flyers
29 Miscellaneous
30 Student Senate Constitutions (1)
31 Student Senate Constitutions (2)
32 Student Senate Constitutions (3)
33 Other Constitution Documents
34 Constitution Miscellaneous
35 Student Senate Executive Committee (Misc.)
36 Academic Task Forces (Misc.)
37 Freshman Council, 1980-1981
38 Student Life Leadership Council, 1981-1983
39 Resident Council By-laws
40 Honor Council
41 Phillip Wise, Student Body President 1980-1981
42 Student Senate Retreats, 1975-1983

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Series 4:
Administrative Files, 1973-1984
2 boxes

Box Folder
3 43 Administrative Files - Elections Committee
44 Administrative Files - Student Organizations Committee (1)
45 Administrative Files - Student Organizations Committee (2)
46 Administrative Files - Student Organizations Committee (3)
47 Administrative Files - Student Code Committee (1974-1980) (1)
48 Administrative Files - Student Code Committee (1974-1980) (2)
49 Administrative Files - Student Code Committee (1974-1980) (3)
Box Folder
4 1 Administrative Files - Elections Committee, 1968-1979
2 Administrative Files - Student Senate Members
3 Administrative Files - Student Senate Governing Board
4 Administrative Files - General Information, (1973?-1983?) (1)
5 Administrative Files - General Information, (1973?-1983?) (2)
6 Administrative Files - Student Activity Center
7 Administrative Files - Student Senate Committees, 1974-1981
8 Administrative Files - Student Senate Goals/Philosophy, 1978-1983
9 Administrative Files - Minority Committee
10 Administrative Files - Internal Affairs Committee, 1973-1982
11 Administrative Files - Faculty Evaluation Committee
12 Administrative Files - Student Handbook Committee, 1973-1980
13 Administrative Files - Student Senate Annual Reports, 1978-1982
14 Miscellaneous newspaper clippings about the SMU Student Senate (1)
15 Miscellaneous newspaper clippings about the SMU Student Senate (2)
16 Appropriations Committee/Finance Board, 1971-1972
17 Appropriations Committee/Finance Board, 1973-1974
18 Appropriations Committee/Finance Board, 1974-1975
19 Appropriations Committee/Finance Board, 1975-1976
20 Appropriations Committee/Finance Board, 1976-1977
21 Appropriations Committee/Finance Board, 1977-1978
22 Appropriations Committee/Finance Board, 1978-1979
23 Appropriations Committee/Finance Board, 1979-1980
24 Appropriations Committee/Finance Board, 1980-1981
25 Appropriations Committee/Finance Board, 1982-1983

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