WHAT IS THE ASUC?
The Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC), is the officially recognized student association at the University of California, Berkeley. Known as one of the largest and most autonomous student organizations in the nation, the ASUC is an independent 501(c)3 non profit organization separate from University governance. In addition to controlling funding for student clubs and organizations, providing resources and student programming, overseeing commercial activities and student services including the Cal Student Store and Lower Sproul Plaza in partnership with the ASUC Student Union, the ASUC advocates for students on a University, local, state, and national level and represents the student body on administrative campus committees.
WHAT DOES THE ASUC DO?
The ASUC helps create a better experience for students on campus and in the community by supporting student services, organizations, & rights
STUDENT ORGS FUNDING
The ASUC funds most undergraduate Registered Student Organizations on campus.
The ASUC ensures that all students have a say in the organization and governance of UC Berkeley.
The Student Advocate’s Office helps students when they have grievances with the University.
STUDENT SERVICES MANAGEMENT
The ASUC manages millions of dollars in student services which go back to the student body.
The ASUC funds programs like SUPERB, OCF, DeCals, and student services.
ADVOCACY & POLICY-CHANGING
The ASUC is the driving voice at Berkeley for student-led change both on and off-campus.
Founded in 1887, the ASUC was the original students’ association of the University of California when Berkeley was the only UC campus. During the early twentieth century the ASUC controlled a wide range of student services- anything on campus that was not related to academics was run by ASUC including student conduct, the student store, Cal Athletics, and all student organization services.
After World War II, the ASUC relinquished some activities to the University, holding on the student services relocated to the new Lower Sproul complex. In the 90s, the ASUC joined an agreement with the University deciding on the current structure of shared governance over commercial activities and student services.
Today, the ASUC continues to lead the way in how students’ association represent, advocate, and serve students on campuses in the UC system, California, and the nation.
“We, the students of the Berkeley campus of the University of California, as an autonomous constituency of the university community, do provide by this Constitution a students’ association committed to effective student participation in all areas of student concern, that we may, through independent action and in concert with other constituencies of the university and community, participate in the formation and the improvement of educational programs, protect full freedom of assembly and expression in the university community, articulate and represent the student interest in the governance of the campus, provide services and coordinate activities for students, and advance our common interests and concerns as students and as members of the civic community, do hereby ordain and establish this Constitution.ASUC Constitution
ASUC is a group of passionate elected and appointed officials, as well as hired interns and staff who represent the original University of California’s large and diverse student population.