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The Associated Students of the University of Missouri

ASUM the Student Voice in government since 1975


The mission/purpose of ASUM is to:

  • Educate students about the political process;
  • Increase political awareness, concern and participation among students;
  • Provide the public with information concerning student interests;
  • Channel student energy and interest in the governmental process.

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About ASUM:

ASUM (Associated Students of the University of Missouri) is a non-partisan, non-profit student lobbying organization that has been the student voice in government since 1975. Every student enrolled in a University of Missouri System campus is a member. ASUM is involved in many political events on campus, assisting with voter registration, helping students with absentee ballots, organizing candidate forums, student issue surveys, and the state internship program.

ASUM is a product of the activism movements in the 1960’s and 70’s. In 1971, the U.S. voting age was lowered to 18. Within two years, student legislative groups had been started in 11 states. Missouri joined the movement in the fall of 1972, when student body presidents from across the state formed the Associated Students of Missouri. In 1973, the Missouri Students Association (MSA) formed a legislative affairs desk and began working on a referendum to authorize a per-student fee, with the goal of eventually hiring a staff and creating a more permanent lobbying office for student involvement. —In 1975, the referendum passed. The university’s Columbia campus and the organization hired its first staff that fall. —They called the organization the “Associated Students of the University of Missouri”. The referendum eventually passed on every University of Missouri System campus: MU (1975), UMSL (1979), S&T (1988), and UMKC (1989). —Referendums are renewed on an individual campus basis once every 4 years.

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The ASUM Board of Directors is a 15 member consisting of three members representing each UM System campus. Each ASUM campus president serves on the board along with a member from each undergraduate and graduate student government. The legislative director and assistant legislative director also serve on the the board. The Board of Directors is chaired by the ASUM executive director, who is a non-voting member. A vice-chair to the board is elected every fall and serves the duration of the academic year.

The board is responsible for approving the legislative platform, organizing systemwide events, and acting as a liaison between ASUM and the student body of each UM System campus.

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Contact Information

Central Office
Associated Students of the University of Missouri
309 University Hall
University of Missouri System
Columbia, MO 65211
Phone: (573) 884-9522
Fax: (573) 884-4204

Associated Students of the University of Missouri
2500 MU Student Center
University of Missouri-Columbia
Columbia, MO 65211
Phone: (573) 882-2701
Fax: (573) 882-5515

Kansas City
L19 University Center
Phone: (816) 235-1231
Fax: (816) 235-6581

218 Havener Center
Phone: (573) 341-4970
Fax: (573) 341-6972

St. Louis
381 Millenium Student center
Phone: (314) 516-5835
Fax: (314) 516-7307