Established by President Sands in fall 2020, the Task Force on the Future of Student Governance was charged with assessing the structure of student governance at Virginia Tech. The group, consisting of student leaders, faculty, and staff, worked in consultation with the President’s Committee on Governance to propose recommendations to increase effectiveness, participation, and inclusion among the university’s student governing bodies.
Based on the task force’s recommendations, Virginia Tech plans to phase out the Student Government Association (SGA) by the end of the 2021 spring semester and transition to an Undergraduate Student Senate (USS). The move will align student governance with the university’s integrated governance model and increase undergraduate participation and accessibility in university decision-making. A 12-person Undergraduate Student Senate Transition Team was assembled in spring 2021 to assist with the transition.