The responsibility for an active student government is placed with the students of College of the Desert, with full support from the college. Regularly enrolled students are encouraged to be participating members of ASCOD, the Associated Students of College of the Desert. Elected ASCOD members are also appointed to serve as student representatives on various Student and College-wide Committees, and as Board Officers to the Inter-Club Council. More information regarding ASCOD can be found in the ASCOD Constitution and ASCOD By-Laws which explain the rules, regulations, duties and responsibilities of each elected position.
ASCOD Student Senate meetings are currently hybrid. They are held through Zoom and in-person in the ASCOD Conference room on Mondays at 2pm. Student Senate meeting agendas and Zoom links are posted online every week. These links can be found on the ASCOD and Office of Student Life homepages.
As the peer advocates for the students of College of the Desert, ASCOD strives to promote higher education, a sense of community, and act as student liaison to the faculty, administration and state at COD to ensure the needs of students are enhanced and met. The purpose of ASCOD is to serve the students, and to help create a memorable experience at College of the Desert.