Student Advocate

Office of the Student Advocate 

Serving Student Advocate: Cole Poppell 

Cole Poppell -Student Advocate  

Who is the Student Advocate?

The Student Advocate is a member of the Executive branch of Student Government, appointed to the Cabinet by the Student Body President, and confirmed by the Senate.

Cole is a junior double majoring in Political Science and Business Administration and minoring in International Business. Originally from Callahan, Florida, Cole graduated from West Nassau High School and Florida State College of Jacksonville concurrently, achieving his high school diploma and Associate of Arts degrees in 2015. During his time at UNF, he had the opportunity to serve the student body as Clerk of Court in the Judicial Branch of Student Government and has enjoyed participating in the Model United Nations club, in which he holds a position on the secretariat. After graduating, Cole hopes to attend graduate school to obtain his J.D. concentrating in International Law, and eventually obtain employment in the field of international affairs.

What does the Student Advocate do?

The Student Advocate’s duties are outlined by the Constitution and Statutes of the UNF Student Government as well as the Policies and Procedures of the Executive and Judicial Branches. The following responsibilities are entrusted to the Student Advocate:

*From Title III of the UNF SG Constitution and Statues*

1. The Student Advocate shall be responsible for representing the interests of the Student Body, as expressed through the Student Body President, to the faculty and administration on all major academic related programs or initiatives of the University.
2. The Student Advocate shall serve as a Student Liaison through the Student Government to assist Students with problems concerning academics or the administration.
3. The Student Advocate would be responsible for researching and developing programs for the President that improve the University of North Florida campus and affect students on a daily basis.
4. The Student Advocate shall be responsible for providing defense counsel to all parties accused of election code violations, barring a conflict of interest.

*From the Judicial Branch Hearing Guidelines*

1. The Student Advocate shall serve as defense council to the accused party [of a Judicial Complaint or Review], if requested.

How can the Student Advocate help you?

The Student Advocate can help students with a variety of issues, from addressing student complaints and concerns, to guiding students through problems with faculty and the administration.

    Common ways in which the Student Advocate helps students:
o Represent students during parking appeal hearings
o Refer students to the appropriate department within the University to resolve their issue
o Provide students with information about how to get involved with Student Government
o Answer questions about current Student Government initiatives and projects
o Mediate complains/concerns between two or more students 

    The Student Advocate does not…
o Supersede the authority of other University officials or faculty
o Change rules, policies, practices, or procedures
o Participate in any formal grievance process outside of Student Government
o Conduct formal investigations outside of Student Government
o Provide legal counsel or represent a student in any legal matter not under the purview of Student Government

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