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.
Recent Examples on the Web Last week, undergraduate and graduate student government leaders sent a joint letter calling on the school to offer online-only classes and limit student housing. USA TODAY, "Veterans home, online dress code, mask counting: News from around our 50 states," 11 Aug. 2020 Early speakers will include Howard University’s student government association president, D.C. clergy members, activists calling for D.C. statehood and the mother of Marqueese Alston, who was 22 when he was killed by D.C. police in 2018. Washington Post, "March on Washington organizers lower crowd size estimate for Friday rally," 25 Aug. 2020 Shortly before Opal struck, our student government association hosted a fall concert on the quad. Kyle Whitmire, al, "COVID goes to college: Alabama campuses are now a coronavirus experiment," 25 Aug. 2020 The school’s student government president at the time, Caleb Johnson, along with other members of the body, decided that the situation was too toxic to address publicly. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "'Blinded and naive': Liberty students claim culture of suppression under Falwell leadership," 14 Aug. 2020 His role in student government has him considering the organization’s function with no on-campus events to organize or conduct. Steve Sadin,, "‘Everyone is going to have to be flexible'; Waukegan students, teachers and parents prepare for remote start of school year," 14 Aug. 2020 After-school clubs will be more limited; some clubs will meet virtually, including band, student government, academic games, National Honor Society and ROTC. Lois K. Solomon,, "Broward’s first day of virtual school: Here’s what you need to know," 13 Aug. 2020 The graduate student government organization now is pledging to match up to $10,000 in donations from other students. USA TODAY, "More recycling, luxury nut surplus, free degree: News from around our 50 states," 4 Aug. 2020 Washington and Lee's student government formally asked for Lee's name to be scrapped last week, and more than 200 faculty members had signed a petition with the same goal. TheWeek, "Washington and Lee faculty vote 188 to 51 to remove Robert E. Lee's name from university," 7 July 2020

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1882, in the meaning defined above

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13 Sep 2020

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“Student government.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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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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