Office of the Student Advocate 

Serving Student Advocate: Cole Poppell 

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to the Student Advocate by using our comment box or filing a student complaint.

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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. 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 degree in 2015. During his time at UNF, he has 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: 


 The Student Advocate shall: 


 1. The Student Advocate shall be responsible for representing the interests of the Student 

 Body, as expressed through the 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, concerns, and complaints, such as those involving 

 academics and the administration, through informal means such as counseling, negotiation, 

 and mediation. 


 3. The Student Advocate shall 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, serve as the Chief Public Defender for Student Government 

 barring a conflict of interest, and shall, upon request, provide defense counsel to any party 

 concerning matters under the purview of Student Government. 


 5. Serve as a non-voting ex-officio member of the University and Student Affairs 



           306.2 The Student Advocate is appointed by the President, subject to confirmation by the Senate.  


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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