SGO Spring Survey
 This survey is now closed to responses
Your input would be greatly appreciated by the Student Government Organization to help determine what student needs and priorities should be addressed by the college and by SGO in the future.

All answers are kept anonymous, and you can feel free to choose to respond to the questions that you relate to the most.

SGO was created in response to a limited, decentralized, and under-representative student government. It follows that the SGO will prioritize ambitious projects, collaboration, and equal representation. Above all, the SGO will represent and serve the interests of the student body.

- Constitution of SGO
General Questions

Have you heard of the Student Government Organization before? *

Are you familiar with what the SGO does?

How often have you interacted with the SGO?

Do you feel that the SGO is accessible/approachable? *

Would you consider sitting in on a weekly SGO meeting?

Would you consider talking to SGO members if we made weekly tabling hours during Sharples dinner hours?

In general, do you feel SGO should take a more active role in student life, a less active role in student life, or continue with its current approach. *

College Administration 

Do you feel comfortable reaching out to your class senators or members of the executive board to address issues with the dean's staff?

If not, do you have any ideas to make this process better?

Academic Affairs

Chair: Bobby Zipp '18
The Academic Affairs Committee is responsible for assessing the academic life at Swarthmore as well as the college's academic policies. Members of the committee are expected to inform students of the college's academic resources and encourage participation in special academic programs and opportunities. How to best handle any issues regarding academic policy is at the discretion of the Chair of Academic Affairs.    
Do you feel like students have a voice in deciding academic affairs at the college?

If you feel stressed or overwhelmed, do you know of any college resources you can turn to? Please list any that you can think of.

If you could change one aspect of academic life at Swarthmore, what would it be?


Chair: Blake Oetting '18
The Appointments Committee consists of five SGO members including the Chair of Internal Affairs. The primary task of Appointments Committee is to fill all positions in student committees and college committees. This process involves advertising open positions, interviewing qualified candidates, and voting to fill the positions. The appointments process occurs once per semester.
Have you ever participated in a college or student committee? If so, which?

If yes, did you feel you were doing something productive for Swarthmore in the process?


Chair: Salman Safir '16
The Diversity Committee ensures that the needs of affinity groups across campus are met by the college and student government. Additional responsibilities of the Diversity Committee include administering the SGO Bias Response Policy and pursuing campus initiatives that educate the student body and induce productive community dialogue.  
Do you think SGO has done a good job fostering diversity and inclusion on campus?

How do you think it could improve?

What initiatives related to diversity and inclusion would you like to see SGO take on?

What areas of diversity and inclusion do you think are often overlooked or least addressed?

Would you be interested in a seminar related to developing a presence on campus as a smaller group or population and the resources in place to help you do so?

Environmental Impact

Chair: Bennett Parrish '18
The Environment Committee works with members of the dean's staff and student environmental groups to assess the environmental impact of the college, student body, and student government at Swarthmore. The goal of the environmental committee is to decide the best course of action to take in working towards an environmentally educated student body and a more sustainable campus.    
How would you like to see Swarthmore improve its environmental and sustainability practices?

Student Life

Chair: Kimberly Rosa '18
The Student Life Committee is responsible for assessing non-academic student life at Swarthmore. Members of the Student Life Committee are expected to work directly with members of the dean's staff on behalf of the student body to address issues in student life. How to best tackle these issues is at the discretion of the Chair of Student Life Policy.     
How would you rate the quality of food at Sharples dining hall?

How would you rate the quality of food at Essie Mae's snack bar?

Do you have any suggestions for improvements at either Sharples or Essie Mae's?

How content are you with the hours on-campus food is available to students? (i.e. late hours at Essie's)

What hours would you prefer, if any, for late meal times at the dining hall/snack bar?

How content are you with the fitness facilities on campus? (i.e. Matchbox, Ware Pool, Mullan Tennis Center)

Are there any improvements/changes you would like to see with regards to athletic and exercise facilities?

What was your favorite study break of Fall 2015?

What kinds of food/study breaks would you like SGO to bring to campus in the future?

What other suggestions/comments do you have in regards to improving student life on campus?

Student Organizations

Chair: Kara Bledsoe '16
The Student Organizations Committee consists of five SGO members including the Chair of Student Organizations. The primary task of the SOC is to work with student groups in the chartering process. Each member of the SOC is expected to monitor and assess groups that are seeking a charter, and report to the Chair of Student Organizations. Once per semester, the SOC will approve the charters of new student groups.    
Have you ever started a club on campus?

If so, has your club been chartered and sustained for more than a semester?

What do you think were the reasons for success in sustaining your group?

Have you ever considered starting a club? Why or why not?

How many student groups do you consider yourself to be an active member of?

Student Outreach

Chair: Ellen Liu '18
The Outreach Committee works with the other standing committees to make the student body aware of SGO procedures, initiatives, and events. Members of the Outreach Committee are responsible for reaching out to campus news sources and communicating directly with the student body to offer a transparent view to the inner workings of SGO.  
Have you visited the SGO website ( *

Is there any information that you think should be available on the SGO website that isn't?

What way/s would you prefer SGO reach out to the student body? *

Visual/Performing Arts

Chair: Li Tian '18
The Visual and Performing Arts Committee oversees arts-related events on campus and aims to create a space where students can voice their ideas and opinions about art. Members of the committee aim to forge collaborative relationships with campus groups such as the List Gallery, Kitao Gallery, Olde Club, and the OSE in order to ensure student interest is considered in art-related event planning.  
What do you think is the most effective way to communicate your idea with our committee? *

What do you think is an effective way for the committee to serve the on-campus art scene?

What brings you to on-campus arts events?

What type of performing artist would you want to see on campus? Any specific requests?

What do you like about the Kitao Gallery space? What event ideas do you have about the space?

What issues would you like the Performing and Visual Arts Committee to address this semester?

Is there anything else you would like to bring to SGO's attention?

We would like to thank you for your participation in this comprehensive student survey. Your feedback is greatly appreciated, and will be used to further improve student life and activities on campus.

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