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Student Government Association (SGA)

College is more than Classes!

The Student Government Association (SGA) provides a wide variety of activities, events and services for the students of SUNY Potsdam throughout the entire school year.

Student Organizations

For information about student clubs, visit Clubs & Organizations. If you would like more information than is list on a club or organization, please contact the SGA office at (315) 267-2588.

How to Start a New SGA Organization

SGA welcomes and encourages the formation of new student organizations to add to the student experience at SUNY Potsdam.  This policy outlines the steps students must take to request the formation of a new organization to be recognized by SGA.  To best serve students and because SGAs resources are limited, each organization must have a unique purpose to ensure that something new is being added and that existing student organizations are able to fulfil their mission. 

If you need assistance with this process, SGA is here to help. Please find a list of resource people below:  

  1. SGA Vice President: The SGA Vice President is the primary contact for students wishing to start a new club.  You can email them at or stop by the SGA Office, Student Union 213  
  2. SGA Business Manager: Cindy Aumell,, Student Union 213  
  3. President’s Designee for SGA: Ruth Policella,, Student Union 208  


In addition to all of our organizations, the SGA also provides the following services:

Legal Aid is a service that allows students with questions of a legal nature to get free consultations with a local lawyer. For more information and to schedule an appointment, stop by the SGA office in 213 Barrington Student Union, or call (315) 267-2588. All cases are confidential.

Pete's Place Pete's Place, located on the second floor of the Barrington Student Union, is a place to hang out and play pool, ping-pong, foosball, darts, air-hockey and more - and it's all free with your Student ID. We're open Monday - Friday, 7 -11 p.m and Saturday & Sunday, 3 -11 p.m.

Venture Outdoors Venture Outdoors provides a wide variety of outdoor equipment that students may borrow at any time - free of charge. You'll find equipment for camping, boating, winter sports and more. We also host many trips geared to outdoor enthusiasts of all skill levels. Our storeroom and office are located in the Union hallway between the mailroom and the food court. View Venture Outdoors Trips.

The Intramural Sports program offers a wide variety of sports contests on campus for both individual and team participation. Upcoming events are posted on the bulletin board under the left stairs in the Union Lobby. For more information call the Intramurals Office at x2619.

The SGA Off-Campus Housing List

Download the latest Off Campus Housing List (xlsx) here. The SGA Housing list is a compilation of local landlord's listings of houses and apartments available for students to rent. Students can expect to see listings for the upcoming semester as early as seven months ahead of time. The list can also be faxed, emailed, or mailed to you, or may be picked up from the SGA Office. For helpful information about living off-campus, check out the Off-Campus Survival Guide (PDF). Tenants in New York State have certain rights protected by law. Learn more in the Residential Tenants' Rights Guide (PDF).