University General Course Catalog 2019-2020 
    Dec 03, 2022  

Student Governments and Organizations

Undergraduate students are represented by the Associated Students of the University of Nevada, Reno (ASUN). Graduate students are represented by the Graduate Student Association (GSA).

Associated Students of the University of Nevada (ASUN)


The Associated Students of the University of Nevada (ASUN) is made up of every undergraduate student at the University of Nevada. We provide a means for students to voice concerns and address issues at the university, local, state, national, and international levels. We also provide information to students on upcoming events, student events, student services, clubs, and more. We are committed to enhancing our university and enriching students just as we have since our inception in 1898.

As your student government, the Associated Students of the University of Nevada (ASUN) is an integral part of the university community. ASUN is recognized by the University president and the Board of Regents and provides many activities, events and services for students. For example, ASUN uses the profits from the ASUN Nevada Wolf Shop to offer annual scholarship monies, buy equipment for student use, and improve student facilities. All undergraduates are members of ASUN and are eligible to attend events and/or use services.

The ASUN Student Government is comprised of three branches - judicial, executive and legislative. Elected or appointed undergraduate students fill all positions. Elections are held each March for elected positions and appointments are made on an on-going basis throughout the year. For more information on any of the areas of student government, please visit our website at, call 784-6589, or visit our offices on the 3rd floor of The Joe Crowley Student Union.

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The Executive Branch of ASUN consists of the following student body officers - President and Vice President elected by the undergraduate student body. Appointed members include the Director of Flipside Programming, Director of Clubs and Organizations, Director of Traditions, Director of Unity, Director of Public Relations, Attorney General, Chief of Staff and many programming & commissioner positions. To contact them visit


The ASUN Senate is the official voice of the undergraduate students on decisions regarding campus policies, programming, and money spent by the student government on student support services. The senate consists of 22 senators elected from each of the academic schools and colleges. The ASUN Senate meets every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in the Rita Laden Senate Chambers, The Joe. The ASUN committees are Budget and Finance, Government Operations, University Affairs, Public Affairs, and Academics. To find your senator visit


The ASUN Judicial Council is composed of a Chief Justice and four Associate Justices. The council has the responsibility of maintaining high standards of conduct through the review of submitted cases. More info


Campus Programming

If you are dedicated to expanding the college experience to include co-curricular activities to entertain, educate and inspire campus programming is for you. Undergraduate students are appointed to the Programming Board. These areas of ASUN are responsible for the planning, supervision and presentation of ASUN sponsored events such as the Concerts, Lectures, Homecoming BBQ’s, etc. All new ideas are welcome and they are always looking for volunteers. To find out what campus events are planned visit

Clubs and Organizations

There are more than 250 clubs and organizations officially recognized by the ASUN. Clubs fall into the following community groups; Arts/Business/Education, Campus Life, Faith-Based, Greek Life, Multi-Cultural/Diversity, Science & Engineering, Service/Community Outreach, Social/Political Involvement and Sports & Recreation. For a full list of clubs visit

Any group of ten or more participants enrolled in seven (7) or more undergraduate credits hours may petition for ASUN recognition, which allows an organization to use campus facilities, get funding and establish an activities program. Membership can be based on scholarship, college, class, skill, interest or any other basis. However, it is prohibited to exclude individuals from membership on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity, socioeconomic status, physical or mental impairment, or sexual orientation.

Student Media
  • Insight is the student run magazine and covers the university community. It is a free publication available each month. or 784-7775.
  • The Nevada Sagebrush is the student newspaper published weekly. It is written and edited by students to provide commentary and coverage of campus news. Check out online at
  • The Brushfire features literary works, poetry, essays, short fiction, photography, art, etc. from students to fulfill the literary and artistic needs of the student body. All contributors are welcome, for submission dates call 784-6131 or
  • Wolf Pack Radio is your station for music, information and news created by the Associated Students of the University. Tune online to listen to the radio station created by students for students. 784-7074.
ASUN Legal Information and Referral Service

Students have free access to legal information on most civil and criminal matters through the ASUN Legal Information and Referral Service. This service provides consultation arranged to fit your schedule and a legal information library.

Staffed by the Legal Service Director and a staff attorney, the service is supplemented by area attorneys. The service handles a variety of cases from landlord/tenant problems traffic/DUI to on campus problems like grade appeals.

For more information on any of the services, please contact ASUN Legal Services Director at, ASUN Legal Services Assistant Director at or Student Advocate at You may also call (775) 784-6132.

Nevada Wolf Shop

The Nevada Wolf Shop is a self-supported, non-profit enterprise that is owned and operated by the Associated Students of the University of Nevada. Our mission is to support and foster the educational experience, so all sales are tax-exempt, which is an added bonus to shopping at your student store. None of your student fees go to support the Nevada Wolf Shop, and it operates solely from revenue generated from sales. Our remaining proceeds are used to benefit student scholarships, student services, and student jobs. We have contributed over $1 million dollars to supporting students.

We are proud to announce our partnership with the Residential Hall Association (RHA) to offer a linen program for those of you who are living on campus. You can find more purchase information on our new website and proceeds will support RHA.

We offer many low-cost options for your textbooks such as digital, rental, and used. In addition, we offer a price-matching program that can be found on our website. We work side-by-side with your professors to make sure you have the right book.

We are more than just a place to buy your textbooks because we carry a broad range of Nevada gear, gift items, convenience store products, general books, and computers and software. We are an authorized Apple Reseller. Besides being a campus retail resource, there are opportunities for student employment and internships that foster education, professional experience, leadership, and personal growth.

The Nevada Wolf Shop is located in The Joe Crowley Student Union. 784-6597 or Stop by the store to support your campus, your community, and the many other student services.

Campus Escort

The mission of the Campus Escort Service is to provide safe, efficient, courteous, and reliable escorts for the University of Nevada, Reno students, staff, faculty, and visitors to their vehicles, residence, or any facility on campus or within a two mile radius from the perimeter of the University campus.

Our objective is to provide a safe transportation alternative to people on campus after normal business hours and to maintain a safe campus. We offer rides to any location on campus, as well as to the immediate vicinity so long as the University is the start or end of your journey. Campus Escort Service Phone: (775) 742-6808. To find out current hours and to request a ride online visit

Pack Provisions

The mission of Pack Provisions is to assist students, faculty and staff of the university community in financial difficulty who may lack basic necessities such as food, clothing, and everyday items. While providing for the needs of the individual, we also strive to educate clients about the resources available on campus and in the community for varying needs such as counseling and seeking a job. Pack Provisions is a program with the hope of uniting the campus in the effort to end hunger on campus and raise awareness of the various issues and struggles that students face.

To find hours and more information about Pack Provisions visit

Nevada State Undergraduate Research Journal

ASUN is dedicated to educating, supporting, and providing a competitive edge for all students in the NSHE system. This is accomplished by providing an accessible, student run, and highly selective peer reviewed journal specifically for undergraduate students. 

NSURJ staff is comprised of multiple volunteer junior editors and academic referees from various NSHE institutions who collaborate with two senior co-editors to provide a peer reviewed research based journal which is published twice annually. The senior co-editors are undergraduate students who are to ensure the highest standards of research accountability are met in published articles. Learn more online at


Make a difference and Volunteer today! Search online to find unique, exciting and educational opportunities for social change in the Reno/Sparks Community.

Register online at and use your student dashboard to manage and review your community service experiences.!

The University even has a CONNECT shuttle that will take you to your volunteering location in the community.


The Center for Student Engagement provides information and resources to students to ensure that they are able to fully exercise their voting rights. Wondering how you can apply for a mail-in/absentee ballot? Want to get election reminders? Get answers to these questions and learn why student votes matter on our Voting Resources page!

Graduate Student Association (GSA)

The Graduate Student Association is an organization that represents the graduate student population at the University of Nevada, Reno. Students have representation from each academic unit offering advanced degree programming. The GSA has voting representation on the Graduate Council and represents graduate student interests on a wide array of university committees. For further information, visit the GSA website at or call our office at (775) 784-4629. The GSA is located on the 3rd floor of the Joe Crowley Student Union. 

For a list of current Council and Executive Council representatives, please visit:

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Graduate Student Association shall be to promote the welfare and interests of the graduate students of the University. This includes supporting GSA’s Graduate Student Rights and Responsibilities document. The GSA defines a graduate student as any student enrolled in a graduate degree program as well as all students enrolled as graduate specials. The government of this GSA shall function through the Council of Representatives, Executive Council and established committees. The GSA shall work closely with all appropriate university administrative offices, including the Graduate School and Student Services. The GSA shall report to the President of the University.

GSA Committees

Committees function as the workhorse for the GSA. Much of what the GSA does is through these committees. As a graduate student, you may be a member of any GSA committee without being an elected Council Representative. This provides the opportunity to become involved with GSA at a commitment level less than that required of a Representative. For more information on joining a committee, please contact the GSA Vice President for Internal Affairs. 

Awards Committee

Awards Committee is in charge of both Fall and Spring Awards, including the Fall Graduate Poster Symposium but is not involved in the evaluation of the applications. Tasks include but are not limited to: recruiting faculty members to serve as judges, setting judging criteria per award, and organizing the Graduate Fall Poster Symposium. 

Budget Judicial and Finance Committee

This committee reviews and amends the Constitution and Bylaws when needed and is chaired by Internal Vice President of GSA. GSA policies are also reviewed by this committee. The GSA Budget is determined at the beginning of the school year by this committee. The approved budget is presented to the council by the senior advisor at the beginning of the Fall Semester. 

Events Committee

Events Committee is in charge of coordinating GSA events such as: Welcome Back Social, Fall Social, Pub n Sub Social, and Spring Awards Banquet. Tasks include but are not limited to: planning the event (location, theme, food, and drinks), organizing volunteers, and promoting the event. 

Service Committee

The service committee seeks to give back to the university and greater Reno community in a variety of ways. Tasked with the coordination and implementation of a day of service, in addition to other service opportunities throughout the school year such as clothing drives. 

Clubs and Organizations Committee

This committee approves clubs for official recognition. Responsible for ensuring the fair disbursement and proper use of club funding to help clubs hold events and further establish the clubs on campus. 

Student Advocacy Committee

This committee tackles issues that affect the student body that don’t explicitly fit within other committee scopes. The goals of this committee vary from year to year, based on input from constituents and committee members. 

Communication Committee

This committee fulfills the legal mandate to apportion the GSA council seats to the separate colleges based off of student body size, as well as to announce the Council elections to the student body. The Communications Committee also releases the newsletter to the student body on a regularly scheduled basis. 

Major Programs and Services

Travel Awards

The GSA provides limited support for graduate student travel to professional conferences. Grants of up to $500 are provided to help students present papers and posters, participate in panel discussions, and attend conferences, lectures, and seminars that contribute to the enhancement of their programs of study.

GSA Fall and Spring Awards

Every year the GSA gives more than $60,000 in scholarships through our awards programs. The majority of this available funding is given through our Spring Awards program that includes 11 award and scholarship categories. Please visit our website for more information on deadlines and to submit an application or nomination.

Household Items Program

The GSA Household Items Program is a free service to provide furniture to graduate students in need. We pick up items that are donated by members of the UNR and Reno community and hold them in our storage units near campus. Graduate students can put in a request to receive donated items up to three times a year. Our goal is to serve graduate students and their families to make moving to and living in Reno a smooth process. 

Professional and Career Development Series

In collaboration with the Graduate School, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, and other colleges on campus, the GSA is pleased to offer a series of seminars and workshops to help graduate students and postdoctoral fellows develop and enhance their professional skills to succeed in their current positions and future careers. All of the workshops are open to any graduate student or posdoc and are held throughout the Fall and Spring semesters. For a schedule of past and upcoming workshops, visit . 

Need-Based Services

The GSA has several financial programs available to help students in need. These include the Childcare Scholarship, Computer Loan Program, and Financial Crisis Grant. More information on these programs can be found at . 


The GSA hosts several socials and other signature events each year, including Unity in Diversity, the GSA Poster Symposium, and the Dissertation Writing Bootcamp. Please visit the GSA events page for more information throughout the year.