the quality or state of being responsible; having the job or duty to take control over or care for someone or something; the state or fact of being accountable for something; the opportunity to act independently and make decisions without authorization; to be able to answer for one’s conduct and obligations.

What makes for a responsible student government?

  • Implement and emphasize a code of ethics and values.
  • Stipulate integrity in both public and private life of members with a conduct code.
  • Encourage ownership of actions or decisions that were not taken (and should have been) or that produced negative consequences.

Executive Board

  • Clearly articulate how decisions advance the organization’s core values, and encourage other members to do the same.
  • Protect confidential information that occurs in conversations, disciplinary proceedings, or other private arenas.


  • Utilize student government materials, resources, and funding solely for purposes related to the organization and its mission.
  • Evaluate the distribution of funds, the fairness of the proceedings, and the benefits to the student body.
  • Gather the necessary information to make an informed decision.

What has your student government done to embody professionalism?

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