student government


Definition of student government 

: the organization and management of student life by various student organizations

Examples of student government in a Sentence

She was president of the student government. He is active in student government.

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Last November, the Board of Regents rejected a pro-BDS proposal that passed the student government. Caleb Parke, Fox News, "Michigan professor slammed after refusing to write letter of recommendation for student applying to study in Israel," 18 Sep. 2018 The initiative received the full support of Bucknell’s student government. Tom Solomon, Washington Post, "GPAs don’t really show what students learned. Here’s why.," 15 June 2018 Rigel Robinson, a student government leader, supports the housing plan. Teresa Watanabe,, "On the grounds of People's Park, UC Berkeley proposes housing for students and the homeless," 3 May 2018 Varsha Sarveshwar, a junior at UC Berkeley, said her student government office coordinated at least 15 trips to Sacramento — with about 30 students each time — to attend committee hearings and buttonhole legislators. Teresa Watanabe,, "UC headed for big funding boost to ax tuition hike, enroll more students," 23 May 2018 Some students were carrying red carnations purchased from student government. New York Times, "‘Are We Going to Die Today?’ Inside a Parkland Classroom as Bullets Flew," 6 June 2018 All public universities have student governments that form the Nicaragua National Student Union — UNEN for its Spanish initials — but the protesting students say those bodies are made up of Sandinista Front loyalists and no longer represent them. Washington Post, "Nicaraguan students enraged at repression turn on government," 15 May 2018 Boloña lead the executive branch of the university’s student government, which oversees a $19 million budget, including hundreds of student jobs, as well as the Student Union building and the Recreation and Wellness Center. Annie Martin,, "Boloña, a Dreamer, wins UCF student government election," 22 Mar. 2018 By her senior year, Hansel had a 4.0 grade-point average and near-perfect test scores and was in student government and drum major for the Mayo Marching Band. Sam Whiting,, "The Artist’s Life: San Francisco dancer Emily Hansel works the front desk to get by," 20 June 2018

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1882, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of student government

: a group of students in a school who are elected to help plan and organize activities and events for other students

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