The students of each department form the Students' Association for their department. Students Representatives are their elected representatives, and are officially elected in conjunction with university elections. Departmental Students' Representative Committee (“Fachschaften”) delegate their representatives to the administrative bodies, Department Councils, and the Student Associations Council.
Students' Association at TU Darmstadt
Student Associations Council
The Student Associations Council (“Fachschaftenkonferenz” (FSK)”) consists of all delegates from all of the TU’s Students' Association and meets on a roughly monthly basis at one of the Student Association 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 Students' Association and exchanging information.
The TU-Darmstadt’s Student Parliament (“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 General Students` Committee and managing the student body’s budget, and holds monthly meetings during the lecture periods of every semester.
General Students` Committee
The General Students' Committee (“Allgemeine Studierendenausschuss” (AStA)) is effectively the executive branch of the TU’s student self-administration. Members of the General Students' Committee (representatives) are elected by the Student Parliament at the start of every semester. According to § 96 of the “Hessisches Hochschulgesetz,” the tasks of the General Students' Committee 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.