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Student Congress is a unicameral, student-elected body for the purpose of maintaining the general welfare of
students and furthering the growth and development of the university. Student Congress plans and directs various
campus-wide functions, and it is the students’ open forum for discussion of campus issues.
Members of Student Congress are elected in an all-school election in the spring. Freshman Congress and freshman
class president are elected in the fall. Petitions and election rules are available in the Student Development Office
on the second floor of Moody Center.
The active social atmosphere on campus provides many opportunities for student interaction and fellowship.
Students should take advantage of the activities so that their time spent on the HSU campus will be enjoyable and
rewarding. In addition to student activities, the various clubs, organizations, and residence halls provide fun
activities for everyone.
Student Organization Recognition Policy
The following guidelines will be met by groups in order to achieve formal recognition:
There are approved, current constitution and/or bylaws and standing rules on file in the Student
The bylaws, standing rules, and/or constitution of each organization must include a statement to the
effect that all university policies and regulations as published in the HSU Handbook and University Catalog
supersede that particular document.
Social organizations with pledging programs must function as part of the Greek Council.
Duly recognized groups have the following opportunities:
Use of HSU facilities for meetings and events, providing proper arrangements are made.
Ability to publicize events on campus according to university policies.
Opportunity to conduct certain fund-raising events on campus with prior approval.
Listing in the University Catalog.
Religious Organizations Recognition Policy
The following guidelines apply to religious organizations that desire to function on campus as recognized groups:
The basic purposes and activities of the group must be compatible with the Mission Statement of the
All activities must be consistent with university policies.
All programs and program personnel from outside the university must be coordinated with the director of
student ministries and approved by the vice president for student development. This also includes fund-
Religious organizations sponsored by non-Baptist Christian denominations not eligible for formal
recognition but that agree to conduct all activities in accordance with university policies, may:
Conduct, by appointment, on-campus visitations to minister to students of their faith.
Participate in designated activities for new students during orientation.