Congress

The Student Body Congress of Indiana University

Making sure the student voice is heard is our number-one priority. Whether it’s advocating on behalf of IU students or proposing innovative ideas, Congress is devoted to supporting the betterment of student life.

Congress is made up of Student Representatives who serve on behalf of academic, residential, or multicultural constituencies. It is the duty of the Representative to make sure their constituency is represented at weekly Session and committee meetings.

Congress is the repository of student voices, perspectives, and concerns... Congress will serve as the policymaking authority within IUSG.

IUSG Constitution, Article II, Section 3

What Does the Student Body Congress Do?

The Student Body Congress is the policymaking branch of IU Student Government. Congress is responsible for setting official IUSG policy, directing the implementation of IUSG programs and initiatives, establishing the structures and operational processes of the other branches, and reviewing the Student Body President's nominees for important cabinet and judicial positions.

Congress is also responsible for determining how IUSG money gets spent. IUSG has a six-figure annual revenue funded by a portion of the mandatory Student Activity Fee that all students pay to IU each semester. Every spring, Congress passes an IUSG Budget Act setting forth the funding levels for all of IUSG's operations, programs, and student services for the next year.

Current Session: 2022-2023 Congress, Regular Session

The 2022-2023 Congress is made of Representatives elected at the Fall 2022 General Election on September 20th-21st, 2022. Click HERE for the official election results.

The Regular Session of the 2022-2023 Congress commenced on October 3, 2022. This legislative session will last until April 3, 2023, when the Regular Session of the 2023 Congress will commence following the Spring 2023 General Election.

During the 2022-2023 Regular Session, Congress meets every Monday night at 7:30 p.m. in the Indiana Memorial Union. These meetings are where Representatives gather to debate and vote on legislation, nominations, and other matters.

Go to this page to see all Congressional documents from this legislative session, including bills, vote records, meeting agendas and minutes, membership rosters, Congressional rules, and more.

All meetings are open to the public, and there is even a section of each meeting set aside for non-members to speak to Congress on any matters of interest or concern to them. Any student is welcome to attend!

2022-2023 Session Schedule

Congress meets in Session on Monday nights at 7:30 p.m. on the following schedule:

  1. October 3, 2022 ("Organizing Day"): Frangipani Room
  2. October 10, 2022: Oak Room
  3. October 17, 2022: Frangipani Room
  4. October 24, 2022: Oak Room
  5. October 31, 2022: Frangipani Room
  6. November 7, 2022: Oak Room
  7. November 14, 2022: Frangipani Room
  8. November 21, 2022: NO SESSION (Thanksgiving Break)
  9. November 28, 2022: Oak Room
  10. December 5, 2022: Frangipani Room
  11. December 12, 2022 (Session Possible): Oak Room
  12. December 26, 2022 (Pro Forma): Zoom
  13. January 9, 2023: Dogwood Room
  14. January 17, 2023: NO SESSION
  15. January 23, 2023: Dogwood Room
  16. January 30, 2023: Frangipani Room
  17. February 6, 2023: Dogwood Room
  18. February 13, 2023: Frangipani Room
  19. Ferbruary 20, 2023: Dogwood Room
  20. February 27, 2023: Frangipani Room
  21. March 6, 2023: Dogwood Room
  22. March 13, 2023: NO SESSION (Spring Break)
  23. March 20, 2023 (Sine Die Possible): Dogwood Room
  24. March 27, 2023 (Sine Die Likely): Frangipani Room
  25. April 3, 2023 (Session Possible; Last Day to Adjourn Sine Die): Frangipani Room

Congressional Committees

Congress has established a set of "standing" (permanent) committees to conduct research and review legislation, nominations, and other matters before forwarding them on to the full Congress.

Each standing committee is made up of a select group of Representatives and is responsible for all Congressional business that falls under a certain policy area. Each Representative is assigned to one standing committee. Each standing committee meets once per week at a time and place designated by the committee chairperson.

For more information on a given standing committee or its meetings, contact the committee chairperson.