For the students. With the students.
The USI Student Corporation is the organised structure of the University student body. This means that every Bachelor’s and Master’s student enrolled at USI is automatically a member by right of an umbrella organisation that is interconnected with the institutional structure of the University. The Corporation can promote activities and projects to improve students’ experience on all campuses.
The Student Corporation aims to contribute to a positive and enriching student experience by strengthening the sense of community. It gives voice to the student body and gets students involved. It is non-profit, non-confessional and non-political. It is inspired by the principles of democracy and equality of all its members.
The Corporation has three main tasks, identified by the University and described below.
What the Student Corporation does
It officially represents the students in the relevant USI boards. The students who lead the Corporation are also the representatives of the student body in the Academic Senate, and vice versa.
It supports and implements projects to promote university life. Every year the University allocates the Corporation a budget to support projects proposed by student associations and projects promoted by the Corporation itself.
It generally promotes university life and cohesion within the University. The Corporation intends to consolidate the dialogue between the student body and the University, as well as promote synergies between student associations.
How and Why?
How it is organised and how it works
- the representatives of the student body in the Academic Senate make up the Student Council, which is the "government" of the Corporation.
They bring the voice of the student body to the relevant boards and decide in the first instance how to use the budget that the University makes available to the Corporation to promote university life;
- Bachelor's and Master's students, individually or in groups, can launch and support Initiatives and Referendums.
This way they can try to actively take part in the Student Council's decisions and call on the student body to make the final decision on a given topic through a vote;
- all Bachelor’s and Master’s students, when expressing their opinion through vote, constitute the General Assembly, and they are the "sovereign" of the Corporation.
The Assembly elects the Student Council and exercises direct democracy, that is in case of votes on Initiatives and Referendums has the final word on a given topic, in particular on how to use the resources of the Corporation;
- the University provides the Corporation with a budget to promote university life and monitors its activities;
- acknowledged student associations may submit proposals to the Student Council.
What it means to be a member
As mentioned, all students regularly enrolled in a Bachelor or Master programme at USI are automatically and by right part of the Corporation. As members of the Corporation they have the right to:
- elect whoever leads the Corporation, i.e. the Student Council;
- run for the leadership of the Corporation, i.e. for the Student Council;
- trigger direct democracy, i.e. launch and support Initiatives and Referendums;
- vote on Initiatives and Referendums;
- freely submit ideas to the Student Council;
- appeal to the monitoring exercised by the University on the Corporation.
Through these rights all USI Bachelor's and Master's students have the opportunity to participate in the activities of the Corporation and thus have a say in the decisions that the Corporation makes.
Why a Student Corporation?
The Corporation was created with the aim of:
- give voice to and unify the student body;
- increase the possibility for students to contribute to university life;
- empower students with respect to this possibility;
- strengthen the links between the student body and the University;
- contribute in general to promoting the well-being of students and a positive and supportive student experience outside the classroom.
The Corporation also refers to the very origins of universities. In the Middle Ages, in fact, universities were born from the union of corporations (called "universitates") that brought together professors and corporations that brought together students.