One Student Council for all KU Leuven students
Student representation at KU Leuven has a rich tradition. In the 1960s, various councils that were involved with student representation emerged independently of each other. The Social Council, which was the best-known council, represented students within the student facilities of KU Leuven. In addition this council was also working on broader social themes. From this Council demonstrations and actions were organized with which they became known inside and outside the university.
The Student Board was founded as a result of the co-management that students have acquired within the academic bodies of KU Leuven. The other councils engaged in culture, sports and international students. In May 1969, the Umbrella Student Council ASR (General Student Council) was established for the unification of all councils. Within this ASR, the councils continued to work independently. ASR was dissolved in 1986 and LOKO (Leuven Student Umbrella Organisation) was formed. Despite this, the councils continued to work independently under this dome. It is not until 2005 that the various councils are finally merged into a centralized LOKO.
Due to the imminent integrations, in 2013, student activities had to look for a new model of representation. The decision was made to split LOKO into a Campus Council (which retains the name ‘LOKO’) and a university-wide Student Council, The Student Council KU Leuven. Through the split, the structure of 40 years ago is used. LOKO and the other Campus Councils play the role of Social Council and the Student Council KU Leuven that of the Student Board. The Student Council KU Leuven represents all students of KU Leuven, whether they are studying in Leuven or elsewhere, whether they are flemish or international students.