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: 2024 Congress, Regular Session

The 2024 Congress is made of Representatives elected at the Fall 2023 Residential Election and the Spring 2024 Academic Election. 

The Regular Session of the 2024 Congress commenced on April 1, 2024. This legislative session will last until October 7, 2024, when the Regular Session of the 2024-2025 Congress will commence after the Fall 2024 Residential Election.

During the 2024 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 and encouraged to attend!

2024 Session Schedule

Congress meets in General Assembly at 7:30 p.m. on the following schedule with Pro Forma Meeting every week in-between:

  1. June 17, 2024 - Zoom
  2. July 15, 2024 - Zoom
  3. August 12, 2024 - Zoom

Meeting Zoom 

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.