Our History

The UA’s Constitution establishes the UA for the “responsible and effective participation in the organization and control of the affairs of the University” and requires that the UA speak as “the one representative voice of all students”.

The UA governs itself according to the Statutes, given form in its  (which also serves as the Constitution of ), and Bylaws. The UA Constitution is only amendable by student referendum; the  detail the UA’s internal operations and can be amended by the General Body. The Constitution establishes the other five branches of student government: the , the , the , the , and the four Class Boards. If you are interested in being elected to the Undergraduate Assembly, visit the  to find out more information about the new student elections in the fall and the regular elections in the spring.

The UA has five roles:

  1. We lobby for tangible change at Penn based on student needs,
  2. We represent students to administrators and outsiders,
  3. We bring students from different groups and identities together (see ),
  4. We provide services to improve student’s quality of life (see ),
  5. We fund the other branches of student government and by extension all student groups on campus (see ). 

The Undergraduate Assembly has the power to make recommendations to the President, Provost, and Trustees, and to request reports from the University administration.