What is USG?

USG is USC's Undergraduate Student Government. It oversees the almost 19,000 undergraduate students at USC, and advocates for policy change on campus, organizes entertainment and events and helps fund various student endeavors.

How many students hold office?

One-hundred twenty students hold office, varying from president and vice president to lower directors.

How is USG organized?
(Courtesy of USG)
(Courtesy of USG)

The USG is separated into various divisions, each specializing as a different part of the government.

Advocacy Branch

This branch is in charge of keeping in contact with students and paying attention to issues on campus. They work to find solutions to complaints by students, staff and the community.

Program Board

They focus on promoting diversity, inclusion, education, and entertainment around campus by throwing events.

Communications Branch

This branch is meant to provide transparency for USG, by letting the student body know what the organization is doing.

Funding Branch

Members of the funding branch help students come up with funds to further their ideas in various fields of academia.

Judicial Branch

This branch serves as a court if other branches act in a way that is called into question by other branches or by the USG Constitution.

Legislative Branch

Essentially a Senate, the Legislative Branch is the decision-maker on campus. Its members try to best represent student interests in USG resolutions.

Who is appointed and who is elected?

The president, vice president and senators are elected via popular vote in mid-February. Other executive officers and members of the advocacy, communications, funding, judicial, legislative and programming branches are appointed by a committee.

How much money does USG manage? Where does the funding come from?

USG has an annual budget of $2.3 million. It comes from the mandatory Student Programming Fee, which is determined by the total undergraduate population. In spring 2016, the fee amounted to $64 per student.

How much are officers and directors paid?

USG allocated $261,126 to student stipends in its 2016-2017 Budget. However, according to Vice President Austin Dunn, the budget might be changing in the coming year, as "there are tons of members who will say they don't get paid enough, [so] we're trying to shift into an hourly rate."

When does the USG Senate meet?

USG Senate has meetings Tuesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. in TCC 350.

Who are the candidates for President and Vice President in the upcoming election?

Austin Dunn and running-mate Morgan Monahan, Daniel Million and Timothy Vorhoff and Rachel Udabe and Rebecca Harbeck. Find their platforms here.

How can I get to know the candidates better?

On Wednesday, Feb. 1, USC Annenberg Media is hosting a town hall debate for USG at 8 p.m. Submit questions for the candidates here.

Realistically, how much can USG change on campus?

Vice President Austin Dunn said he feels USG has accomplished a lot for the student body. Apart from commencing the free Uber ("Fruber") program last fall, USG has worked toward greater transparency of tuition dollars and lowering fees for students applying to USC.

However, other issues take more time. USG has worked for years to institute a fall break, which not only has to go through the USG Senate but the administration as well. But when it comes to what's possible, Dunn said, "the sky is literally the limit when it comes to student government. The way that student government works is by asking students how can we make this experience better. From the littlest concern to the highest, we're going to advocate on behalf of the student interest and the student voice."

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USG facts and figures were provided by usg.usc.edu and Vice President Austin Dunn.