The Associated Students, University of California, Davis is run by a three-branch, federal model government with some city council-style modifications. There is an executive branch, a legislative branch with seven commissions, and a judicial branch, as well as administrative support units.
From the Preamble of the ASUCD Constitution:
“The Associated Students, University of California, Davis is hereby constituted to represent its membership in the University of California and in the greater community and to increase the role and impact of its members on those decisions affecting their lives.
The Association is also constituted to create and provide services and activities which its membership shall consider important to fulfilling the experience of being a student attending the University of California, Davis.”
The executive office consists of the ASUCD President, Vice President and ASUCD Controller (and their respective staff). Elections for the offices of ASUCD President and Vice President are held annually during the seventh week of the winter quarter. After this election, the new President appoints the ASUCD Controller. The executive office oversees all ASUCD units, but the President often takes a more direct role in Advocacy Units, while the Controller manages business units.
The legislative branch consists of twelve ASUCD Senators, seven Commissions, an Outreach Assembly, and various permanent and special committees. Elections for ASUCD Senate are held twice a year, with six senators elected during each of the two yearly elections. One election occurs during the Fall quarter and the second election coincides with the executive office elections in the Winter quarter. Also, the Senate elects a Senate President Pro Tempore from amongst its membership on a quarterly basis.
The judicial branch consists of the ASUCD Court, with nine justices appointed to four year terms. The judiciary is charged with interpreting legislation whenever conflict arises.
Other Student Government Offices;
- External Advocacy Units
- Campus Center for the Environment
- Student Government Administrative Office
- Student Services Office
- Business Manager