Office of the Student Advocate
Serving Student Advocate
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to the Student Advocate by using our student complaint form or our comment box.
For students who sit on a University-Wide Committee, don't forget to fill out the UWC Reporting Form.
Who is the Student Advocate?
The Student Advocate is a member of the Executive Branch of Student Government, appointed to the Cabinet of the Student Body President, and confirmed by the Senate.
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:
- 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.
- 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 meas such as counseling, negotiation, and mediation.
- 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.
- Serve as 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.
- Serve as a non-voting ex-officio member of the University and Student Affairs Committee.
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:
- Represent students during parking appeal hearings,
- Refer students to the appropriate department within the University to resolve their issue,
- Provide students with information about how to get involved with Student Government,
- Answer questions about current Student Government initiatives and projects,
- Mediate complaints/concerns between two or more students.
The Student Advocate does not:
- Supersede the authority of other University officials or faculty,
- Change rules, policies, practices, or procedures,
- Participate in any formal grievance process outside of Student Government,
- Conduct formal investigations outside of Student Government,
- Provide legal counsel or represent a student in any legal matter not under the purview of Student Government.