The Associated Students of Colorado State University (ASCSU), is the officially recognized student association at the Colorado State University, Fort Collins. ASCSU is known as one of the largest and most established student organizations in the nation. In addition to controlling funding for student clubs and organizations, providing resources and student programming, overseeing commercial activities and student services including The Collegian in partnership with the Rocky Mountain Media Corporation, the ASCSU advocates for students on a University, local, state, and national level and represents the student body on administrative campus committees.
ASCSU is a group of passionate elected and appointed officials, as well as hired staff who represent the University’s large and diverse student population.
The ASCSU advocates for students on a University, local, state and national level and represents the student body on administrative campus committees, in addition to controlling funding for student clubs and organizations, providing resources for student programming, overseeing commercial activities and student services. Put simply, the primary objective of the ASCSU is to serve students wherever possible.
“We the Students of Colorado State University hereby establish a government by the students, for the students, based upon the principles of equality and inclusivity for all, to participate fully in both its formal and informal activities; as our right to the liberty of our own education, our right to liberty of our college years, and our right to govern our own lives in the pursuit of becoming better educated peoples of the world; do establish this constitution of the Associated Students of Colorado State University.”
Enacted in the year 2018
OUR STUDENT GOVERNMENT
The ASCSU Constitution establishes a student government with elected officials modeled after the United State’s separation-of-powers and plural elected executive governance structure.
Each year ASCSU holds a regular election to choose it’s new President, Vice President, and Speaker of the Senate. All members of the Association, that is all undergraduate and graduate students at CSU, can vote. Regular elections are held in early April. Students vote on RamWeb, which guarantees fair, transparent and proportional elections results.
The Executive Cabinet are chosen by the elected President/VP following their inauguration. The President and Vice President serve as the head of the Executive Branch for the entirety of the following school year.
Senators are made up from their respective colleges, having been appointed and ratified. They represent not only individual colleges but organizations on campus as well.
The Judicial Branch consists of seven Justices, plus the Chief Justice, who serve year-long appointments and are appointed by the Chief Justice and ratified by Legislative Branch.
The ASCSU President and Vice President monitor the health and well-being of the Association and the student body which they represent, work to implement campaign platforms with the assistance of The Cabinet, and carry out any other duties as set forth in this Constitution, and the Bylaws.
President Dykson and Vice President Gebretsadik hope to lead ASCSU this year in addressing key campus issues of importance to CSU students, namely mental health, housing security, U+2 reform, community-restoration, food security, opportunities for nontraditional and first-generation students, social justice, among other issues affecting the student body.
Created in 1917, the ASCSU has a rich history in serving the students of Colorado State University, and has changed in many ways since its founding. With over 50+ members, it provides every kind of service imaginable, to the student body.
Founded in 1917, ASCSU was the original students’ association of the Colorado State University when Fort Collins was the only CSU campus. The state of Colorado’s statutes mandate that students must review all student fees on campus for CSU. From that, ASCSU was formed. During the early twentieth century ASCSU controlled a wide range of student services- anything on campus that was not related to academics was run by ASCSU including student conduct, the student store, and all student organization services.
Today, ASCSU continues to lead the way in how students’ association represent, advocate, and serve students on campuses in the CSU system, Colorado, and the nation.
OUR COMMITMENT TO TRANSPARENCY
What does ASCSU stand for, and who really is in ASCSU?
ASCSU stands for the Associated Students of Colorado State University. Every student is a member of the organization per the ASCSU Constitution. Any member can be an officer of the organization as long as they have a 2.0 GPA
How can I contact the ASCSU offices?
The office phone number is 970.491.5931. The front desk administrative assistant can be reached through email here
What does ASCSU really do for me?
There are several things that ASCSU directly does for you. We provide services such as RamRide, the Collegiate Readership Program, Transfort, For-Ever-Green t-shirts, and funding for student programs. ASCSU also lobbies the Fort Collins City Council and sometimes the State Capitol on behalf of the students.
I have something I want to change on campus, how do I go about doing that?
There are several ways to achieve change, you can always be on the lookout for new job openings, come in the ASCSU office and meet with a sitting member from any of the three branches, contact a member, put forth a petition into Senate or reach out to the front desk and find out a way to make change.
How do I contact a senator?
There are several ways to contact your Senator. The best way to find their contact information is through our website here, where Senators contact information will be posted. You can also stop by the office during Senator’s office hours as well, to speak to your Senator in person.
How do I get involved with ASCSU?
How can I change student fees?
The best way to help impact and change student fees is through joining the Student Fee Review Board. You can contact the Vice President of ASCSU if you are interested in joining the board.
Can ASCSU help my student organization with a program we’re doing?
Yes, ASCSU can endorse as well as fund student organization programming. Again, you can contact a Senator to help get your program endorsed. You may also contact the Director of Finance here to connect with someone who can help you pursue funding through the Board for Student Organization Funding.
ASCSU manages funding for student organizations, provides student resources and programming, and oversees commercial activities and student services.
ASCSU BY THE NUMBERS
ASCSU sponsors a wide variety of student organizations on campus with funding, leadership advising, and spaces.
If you are an undergraduate, then you’re automatically under the wing of ASCSU, and therefore eligible for it’s membership benefits!
YEARS OF SERVICE
Founded in 1917, the ASCSU has been serving the student body by providing a wide variety of services.
ASCSU is always looking for passionate, engaged members of the campus community to contribute to our ongoing mission to provide the best services and resources for every student..