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|About||ASM is the official student government of UW-Madison, representing over 42,000 students. Find us at: www.asm.wisc.edu|
The object of the ASM is:
1. to ensure the greatest participation by students in the immediate governance of and policy development for the University at all levels, including the exercise of all rights students by Wisconsin State Statute 36.09;
2. to control all Segregated University Fees and all other funds which constitute substantial support for campus student activities;
3. to organize events for students;
4. to receive complaints from students, investigate the problems of students, and participate in academic decisions concerning students;
5. to take action on behalf of the student body in general, and to specifically work for:
i. The expansion of student power in all aspects of student governance;
ii. The recognition of access to education as a basic human right;
iii. The enforcement of civil rights guarantees in all aspects of university life and policy;
iv. The guarantee of the ability of students, staff, and faculty to function without undue financial stress;
v. The protection of public education;
vi. The defense of the right of students and campus workers to organize in their own interests;
vii. The protection of full student autonomy over student life, services, and interests.
6. to provide an official voice through which the opinions of the student body may be expressed;
7. to develop ASM policies in a fair and open manner; and
8. to inform all students of ASM activities and encourage participation in them.
ASM is a hybrid-model government composed of both a highly active grassroots, volunteer-driven element that advocates for student issues and concerns and a parliamentary structure which facilitates the administrative side of the organization. ASM also actively works with campus administrators on students' behalf, ensuring that the student voice is heard in Bascom Hall.
ASM was brought about as a response to the Wisconsin Student Association, which was similar to ASM but lacked crucial features such as responsible checks and balances and a fiscally transparent accounting system. The WSA disbanded in 1993 and one year later ASM was founded with a similar mission but with a better framework to accomplish its goals. It's a good thing, too, because Wisconsin state law concerning shared governance requires that students have a voice in all student-life decisions!
ASM is dedicated to one cause: maintaining and improving the quality of education and student life on campus. Past victories for ASM include securing Madison Metro bus passes for all students, creating a 24 hour library, and ensuring a full study day before finals.
ASM also distributes the segregated fees that are part of every student's tuition. These fees go to fund a variety of important programs and services such as the student bus pass, SAFE Walk, and help in the funding of recreational facilities such as the SERF and the NAT.
All students enrolled at UW-Madison are automatic members of ASM, allowing them to take part in and voice their opinion about the many programs, events, and activities ASM funds.