The Rensselaer Union Student Senate is the chief legislative, representative, and policy-making body of the Union. The Student Senate is responsible for policy decisions relevant to the Union’s Student Government organizations. The Senate also directly represents the voice of the student body to the greater RPI community, serving as a platform for student initiative and advancement of student interests. To this end, the Senate and its committees identify student concerns and address significant student issues through discussions, legislation, and projects, working with the Institute and surrounding community to enhance the Rensselaer experience.
Student voices are important on college campuses and the RPI Student Senate ensures student opinion is recognized and acted upon.
The Student Senate for the 2021-22 term is the 52nd Student Senate. The Senate is composed of 26 voting senators and is chaired by the 156th Grand Marshal Cait Bennett '22, the highest elected student official. The Senate’s membership includes six elected graduate senators and four elected senators from each undergraduate class, two Independent Senators representing all non-Greek students, and two Greek senators.
The Rensselaer Student Senate is governed by several documents including:
- Rensselaer Union Constitution
- Senate Bylaws
- Elections Handbook
- Petitions Handbook
All governing documents are available to the RPI community on the student government's public record.