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.
- 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.