Executive Initiatives

Current Initiatives

Once a semester, Student Government Association partners with Transportation and Parking services to host a canned food drive for the Northeast Georgia Food Bank. Students, faculty, and staff can bring in a certain number of canned food items and in exchange, one parking ticket of $50 or less will be waived or refunded. Follow @ugasga on Instagram for information about the next Food for Fines event.

One Friday a month Student Government Association will host a local Athens band for students to enjoy. This is a great way to meet people and support University of Georgia student musicians! 

In Spring of 2024, Fun Music Friday will be January 12th, February 2nd, March 1st, and  March 29th from 10am to 2pm on the Tate Plaza Stage.

The Student Government Association partnered with the MLC to install infrared sensors in group study rooms to detect when they’re in use. Students can now see study room availability the UGA App and on TVs across the MLC.

Ongoing Programs

Every Fall and Spring, the Student Government Association puts out applications and holds interviews for exceptional graduating students to have the opportunity to speak at their commencement ceremony. These graduates write and give a three to five-minute speech at commencement in front of their entire graduating class, family, faculty, and friends. It is a prestigious honor for the graduates, as well as an honor for SGA to be able to have a hand in determining who the speaker will be each year. Applications to be your graduating class’s commencement speaker can be found on the UGA Involvement Network. 

2023 Student Ticket Policy

Home Game Ticket Priority List
1. First Year Students
2. Fourth Year Students
3. Third Year Students
4. Second Year Students
5. Fifth Year and Above Students
6. Graduate and Professional Students 

Away Games and Post Season Ticket Priority List
1. Fourth Year Students
2. Third Year Students
3. Second Year Students
4. First Year Students
5. Fifth Year and Above Students 
6. Graduate and Professional Students*

*10 percent of the total student tickets available for each away and post season game will be reserved for graduate and professional students. These students, upon applying for a ticket, will be entered into a random lottery with all graduate and professional students*

Ticket Donations
Tickets can be donated through the ticketing office’s donation system. Tickets will be given to students who weren’t awarded one initially.

Strikes on Tickets
Students will face penalties if they are awarded a home game ticket and fail to use it. They will also be penalized if they sell or transfer their current ticket outside the donation system. Two or more strikes will result in a student becoming ineligible to receive tickets for any of a season’s remaining games as well as the next season’s tickets. 

If you have any questions, please email ugasga@uga.edu.

The Okefenokee Oar was carved from a 1,000-year-old tree in the Okefenokee Swamp and is awarded to the winning school of the annual Georgia-Florida game.

The Georgia-Auburn football rivalry may be known as the Deep South’s oldest rivalry, but the Georgia-Florida football rivalry is certainly students’ favorite.  Historically, settlers from Georgia and Florida disputed ownership of the Okefenokee Swamp region, so the oar represents the earliest roots of the rivalry.  As students at the University of Georgia, it is our duty, our responsibility to ‘commit to the G’ and, equally important, commit to the oar.

The Okefenokee Oar is more than a wooden trophy — it is a testament to the Bulldog Nation, to every individual whose blood bleeds red and black and to every student proud to call the University of Georgia home.

Welcome Back Bulldogs is an event that takes place at the beginning of each semester where student government provides a live band performance, informative flyer giveaways, engaging conversations with our SGA representatives, delectable snacks, and fantastic networking opportunities. Whether you’re a returning student or a fresh face on campus, this event is your chance to kick off the academic year in style. You get to connect with fellow Bulldogs and discover exciting campus offerings.

Every semester on reading day, SGA representatives pass out snacks at study spots around campus to help offer some good luck to students during finals!

The Alumni Weekend is for former Student Government representatives dedicated to honoring the remarkable individuals who once steered the ship of our university’s student governance. Various fun and informative events are held for alumni throughout the weekend. It’s an opportunity to celebrate the enduring impact of student government leaders and their ongoing connection to their alma mater. It’s a chance to inspire, connect, and leave a legacy for future generations of student leaders.


  • The University of Georgia Student Government Association travels to the nation’s capital to engage with Georgia’s senators and representatives to champion the interests of our university and its students. In these meetings, SGA presents concerns, proposals, and advocacy issues that matter the most to UGA students. During this visit, the SGA also collaborates with students from other SEC universities. SEC in DC is an opportunity to make every bulldog’s voice heard on the national stage.

Dawgs Day at the Dome

  • A day of civic engagement where the University of Georgia Student Government Association travels to Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta. At the State Capitol, SGA receives an informative guided tour of the building and learns about the state’s rich history and the legislative process. Students are also recognized by elected officials for their dedication to making a difference in their community. 

Mayoral Breakfast

    • Every semester, SGA representatives meet with the Athens mayor to learn about Athens policies that may impact UGA students. It is also a great time to discuss any potential joint initiatives.

In collaboration with the Transfer Student Club, the Student Government Association holds this event as an opportunity for transfer students to swap out their old college t-shirts for a new University of Georgia t-shirt. This is also an opportunity for transfer students to talk to SGA representatives about their experiences at UGA.

The Student Government Association’s Vice President and other representatives will be meeting with 100 student organizations in 100 days to learn how the Student Government can better serve and represent those student organizations. They will also provide information and help answer questions about SGA funding opportunities. For more information about how your student organization can participate, visit @ugasga on Instagram.

Past Initiatives

The Student Government Association partnered with the MLC to install infrared sensors in group study rooms to detect when they’re in use. Students can now see study room availability the UGA App and on TVs across the MLC.

Beginning in the fall of 2014, the Miller Learning Center officially became a 24-hour facility during the week. Every year prior, the MLC had closed at 2:00 a.m. on weeknights, except for during finals and midterms. SGA was excited to play a role in changing the building’s policies to allow for increased study space accessibility for students on campus. The MLC is currently open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week with the exception of home football game weekend and school holidays.

Through the combined efforts of UGA Student Affairs, UGA Food Services, and Student Government Association, the commuter meal plans were created in 2015. These plans were designed to be affordable for the students and faculty who are constantly on the go and have no use for a full-time meal plan. There are three plans to choose from that accommodate different situations but all are created for off-campus students, faculty, and staff. 

“Destination Dawgs: Inclusive Post-secondary Education at the University of Georgia” will serve students with intellectual disabilities to enrich their education, increase their ability to live independently and have a self-directed life, to achieve competitive and integrated employment, and to have the opportunity to make life-long friendships. Our program launched in January 2017. Students with intellectual and developmental disabilities are limited in their post-secondary options, and it often means they are typically not able to leave their own homes. For some families, it can mean someone quitting a job to care for their child. For others, it is simply a strain when their child is getting littler interaction or stimulation. Furthermore, education is an important pathway to a career. When individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities can find jobs and support themselves, it lifts unnecessary strains off their families. Attending college can contribute to academic and personal growth, independence, self-advocacy, friendships, and, perhaps most importantly, employment skills. Students who participate in IPSE are 26% more likely to leave vocational rehabilitation services with a paid job. And with those paid jobs, student participants made 73% higher weekly wages. Diverse workplaces are better at innovating, better at responding to external changes and more sensitive to the needs of all employees and customers.

In September 2016, the Athens-Clarke County Board of Elections approved the University of Georgia Student Government Association’s proposal to add an early in-person voting location on UGA’s campus for the 2016 fall general election. SGA partnered with Roosevelt @ UGA and other organizations in a voter registration and education effort, dubbed “UGAvotes,” to ensure that the polling location was advertised on and off campus.

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706-542-SAFE: If you are overwhelmed, calling this number will connect you to the free, confidential, 24-hour hotline run by UGA Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention. RSVP advocates can discuss your personal situation, explain your options, and answer questions in a safe, confidential environment.

The Student Government Association is committed to providing resources to aid students as they begin their search for off-campus housing. The newly created Student Housing Guide, while by no means exhaustive, has been developed to provide an overview of common off-campus housing options at a variety of price points and locations. The guide can be accessed here. 

This year, the Student Government Association has made it a priority to improve late-night transportation for students. We hosted roundtable discussions with key stakeholders to identify the biggest issues with the current services, to explore solutions to these issues, and to improve the transportation experience for the student body as a whole. These updates are the culmination of student input, meticulous research, and collaboration with multiple groups on campus. We are confident that these improvements will streamline transportation for students while ensuring that student fee dollars are spent efficiently.

Improved Routes

Riverbend Connector
One shuttle route between Soule Hall and apartments on South Milledge Avenue and Riverbend Parkway
Night Campus
Expands Night East-West and Night University Villiage Routes
Prince-Milledge Evening
Expands Health Sciences and Milledge routes; runs down Milledge Avenue through campus to downtown
Prince-Milledge Night
Expands Health Sciences and Milledge routes; runs from the Arch through campus to Milledge Avenue

PRESS RELEASE: The University of Georgia will implement a change to its Responsible Action Protocol on July 1, 2016, in an effort to protect students that overdose on drugs or alcohol… The change will update an existing university policy that grants amnesty to anyone who reports a drug or alcohol-related overdose to medical and law enforcement officials. Under the previous policy, students who requested medical assistance for an overdose would be protected from Code of Conduct violations, but the individual who overdosed would not. The new policy grants amnesty from drug or alcohol-specific Code of Conduct violations for both parties and provides coursework on substance abuse for those who overdose.

Due to increased demand for late night study space during finals week, the Science Library and Jittery Joe’s in the Miller Learning Center will operate extended hours. The Student Government Association, University of Georgia Libraries and Auxiliary Services have partnered to pilot this program in an effort to provide more study space and access to coffee during final exams.