The students of each department form the student association for their department. Departmental-association counsellors are their elected representatives, and are officially elected in conjunction with university elections. Departmental associations (“Fachschaften”) delegate their representatives to the directorates, department councils, and the Conference of Departmental Associations.
The Conference of Departmental Associations
The Conference of Departmental Associations (“Fachschaftenkonferenz” (FSK)) consists of all delegates from all of the TU’s departmental associations and meets on a roughly monthly basis at one of the departmental associations’ offices to discuss current topics affecting one or more departments and pick up tips from the others present. Its objective is improving communications among the departmental associations and exchanging information. http://www.d120.de/fsk
The Student Assembly
The TU-Darmstadt’s Student Assembly (“Studierenden-Parliament” (StuPa))is the student body’s highest organ on campus and consists of 31 representatives elected at the end of every spring semester. Among other things, it is responsible for electing and recalling members of the Student General Council and managing the student body’s budget, and holds monthly meetings during the lecture periods of every semester. Go to Student Assembly
The Student General Council
The Student General Council (“Allgemeine Studierendenausschuss” (AStA)) is effectively the executive branch of the TU’s student self-administration. Members of the Student General Council (counsellors) are elected by the Student Assembly at the start of every semester. According to § 96 of the “Hessisches Hochschulgesetz,” the tasks of the Student General Council are:
- representing students’ interests,
- representing students’ interests in matters related to educational policies,
- representing students’ economic and social interests,
- maintaining national and international student relations,
- promoting students’ political education and senses of civil responsibility,
- supporting students’ cultural and musical interests, and
- promoting voluntary participation in student sports activities, other than those for which the university is responsible.