Student Government Association Constitution

Preamble: We, the students of Central Methodist University (CMU), in order to further the development of the ideals, character, and knowledge of our school and the development of its student, to insure a maximum of self-government based upon mutual respect among the students, faculty, and administration: to preserve and to promote the rights, privileges, and opportunities of CMU students, with the realization that an effective and responsible student government can best accomplish these aims; do hereby establish and ordain this Constitution of the Student Body.

 Article I – Membership

Section 1. The student body of CMU shall be composed of all full or part-time students enrolled in the University as defined by the dean of the college except university staff members who do not pay the Student Government Association (SGA) fee. All members of the student body shall have the rights, privileges, and benefits given in this constitution.

Section 2. All members if the student body shall be allowed suffrage. All shall be eligible to be elected to, to be appointed to, or to hold any office or position in the SGA except those on academic or social probation. No student may simultaneously serve on both the legislative and judicial branches.

Section 3. A student activity fee shall be collected by the university for the SGA at the beginning of each semester. The amount of the fee shall be determined by the number of credit hours an individual student is enrolled in at the beginning of the semester as follows:

Enrolled Hours Fee: 10 or more $70.00, 9 or less $6.00 per hour

Section 4. Faculty and staff of CMU shall have the right to waive the student activities fee at their discretion. If waived, the faculty/staff member will waive all rights and privileges as a member of the CMU student body in the constitution. Each member of the SGA Senate shall have full reimbursement of the student activities fee at the end of the semester, given that he/she has served on the senate for the whole semester for which he/she is being reimbursed.

Section 5. The student activities fee may be changed at any time by a majority vote in the legislature, a majority vote of the students voting in the referendum, and with the consent of the president of the university. Implementation of any change must be institutionalized in the following fall semester.

Article II – Government Formation Section

Section 1. The powers of the SGA shall be divided into the distinct branches: The Executive/Legislative branch and the Judicial branch.

Section 2. The Executive/Legislative branch shall be composed of all elected executive officers, their appointed cabinet, and the elected representative council members. Faculty/administrative advisors and the Greek Council representative shall be non-voting members of this branch.

Section 3. The judicial branch shall be composed of all elected members of the Judicial Board of CMU, which includes six students and three faculty members. All nine members shall have equal voting power.

Article III – Legislative Officers

Section 1. The President of the SGA is the highest ranking executive; presides over the cabinet; is the chief representative of the student body at all times; shall have the power to call meetings of the student body as necessary; shall act in the best interests of the student body at all times; shall appoint with the aid of the vice president and advisors all members of the cabinet; shall direct/oversee all services and representative functions of the SGA.

Section 2. The vice president of the SGA shall perform the duties of executive assistant and shall be responsible for discharging the duties of the president in the event of presidential death, disability, or removal from office. The Student Government Association vice - president shall be charged with the coordination of inter-school communications and projects undertaken in all and in part by the SGA.

Section 3. Both executive officers shall be elected in accordance with the rules governing such elections as outlined in the SGA by-laws.

Section 4. Both executive officers shall have been full-time students at CMU for two full semesters prior to standing for election.

Section 5. The executive shall serve for a term of inauguration to inauguration.

Section 6. The executive secretary shall be charge with keeping a record of all meetings and inform members of future meetings. He/she shall assist the president in administrative tasks and be responsible for all SGA correspondence. This officer shall also be responsible for submitting a copy of the minutes to the Collegian editor for publication.

Section 7. The student government cabinet shall consist of a maximum of five ministers and eight director/editors. They along with the executive officers shall compose all voting members of the cabinet.

Section 8. The finance minister and the vice president of student affairs shall be charged with the disbursement and records of all the SGA money. This person will work with the executive officers to create a budget proposal for the academic year to be voted on by the entire legislature. A simple majority shall pass the budget. All purchases must be pre-approved by the vice president of student affairs.

Section 9. The academic affairs minister shall be charged with representing the SGA on the Academic Affairs Committee and keeping the legislature informed of all changes of academic policy by CMU.

Section 10. The public relations minister shall be charged with coordinating all public affairs of the SGA. This person shall report on all meetings of said committee to the SGA. This person shall be in charge of the digital message center.

Section 11. The student development minister shall represent the SGA on the student development committee. This person shall report on all meetings of said committee to the SGA. This person shall also serve as co-chairperson of the Homecoming Committee.

Section 12. The special projects minister shall be charged with the coordination of all special projects of the SGA. This person shall also chair both the Film Series Committee and the Issue Forum Series Committee.

Section 13. The off-campus director shall be charged with coordinating all activities concerning the off-campus constituency of the student body. This person shall represent off-campus concerns to the cabinet.

Section 14. The social relations director shall be charged with the coordination of all community and inter-school communications and projects undertaken in all or in part by the SGA. This person shall also serve as co-chairperson of the Homecoming Committee.

Section 15. The cultural affairs director shall represent the SGA on the cultural affairs committee. This person shall report all decisions of said committee back to the legislature.

Section 16. The inter-cultural relations director shall be charged with the coordination of all inter-cultural events sponsored in all or in part by the SGA.

Section 17. The media director shall be charged with the coordination and usage of all sound and media equipment owned in all or in part by the SGA.

Section 18. The health director shall be charged with the coordination of all health-related events and issues on the campus of CMU sponsored in all or in part by the SGA.

Section 19. The Collegian editor shall be charged with the publishing of the newspaper twice a month during the school year except over school vacations, and during finals week. This person shall be charged with the publication of an new-student orientation issue of the paper during the summer.

Section 20. The Ragout editor shall be charged with publishing all annuals of the university. This person shall report on the progress of the publication throughout the school year and be responsible for all aspects of the process through final delivery to all students.

Section 21. All cabinet members must be free of academic or social probation during their entire term of office.

Article IV – Representatives

Section 1. The SGA Representative Council shall be composed of students elected to represent the student body.

Section 2. There shall be one representative slot available in each of the residence halls and off campus for every thirty-three students enrolled in said area, but no more than 10 above this number.

Section 3. Requirements of candidates and election procedures are in accordance with the by-laws if the SGA.

Article V – Advisors and Non-Voting Members

Section 1. Three advisors shall sit on the SGA. These will include an administrative advisor and two faculty advisors.

Section 2. Based upon the recommendation of the SGA Cabinet, the president of CMU shall appoint a member of the office of student development to serve as the administrative advisor.

Section 3. Based upon the recommendation of the SGA Cabinet, the faculty shall elect two faculty members to serve faculty advisors.

Section 4. The Greek Council of CMU will elect one member of its organization to serve as an ex-officio informational member of SGA. This office shall be charged with communicating information between the two organizations.

Section 5. The advisors and the Greek Council member will serve on the Cabinet as non-voting members.

Article VI – Judicial Board

Section 1. The Judicial branch of the SGA shall be composed of a Judicial Board consisting of nine members, six of whom shall be students and three of whom shall be faculty.

Section 2. All faculty will be asked to formally suggest the names of students suitable to serve on the Judicial Board. The legislature shall choose six justices and four alternates from the names submitted.

Section 3. The three faculty justices and two alternates shall be chosen by the faculty form a list of six nominees submitted to them from the SGA.

Section 4. The SGA president shall designate one of the justices to serve as chancellor, and this person will preside over all hearings. The SGA President shall designate one of the student justices to serve as clerk, and this person will keep all records of the board, notify members of meetings, notify the office of student development of all decisions of the board, and deliver all permanent records into the hands of their successor.

Section 5. The Judicial Board shall have the jurisdiction in cases as follows:

  • Infractions of CMU Greek Council and faculty regulations concerning social organizations.
  • Residence hall violations referred to by the vice president of student affairs, director of student development, or by appeal.
  • Interpretations of any part of this constitution by the written request of SGA president by petition of twenty-five members of the student body.
  • The constitutionality of any action taken by the legislature upon challenge of that action by petition of twenty-five members of the student body.

Section 6. The procedure and regulations of hearing will follow those outlined in the SGA by-laws.

Section 7. Decisions of the Judicial Board shall be subject to appeal only to the president of the university.

Section 8. Procedures for the Judicial Board hearings will follow those outlined in the SGA by-laws

Article VII – Removal from Office

Section 1. Any student member of the legislative or judicial branches of the SGA may be removed from office for misconduct, non-performance of duty, or in the event that he/she is placed on either academic or social probation during that member’s term of office, by a two-thirds majority vote of all legislative members.

Section 2. The president and vice president of the SGA may be removed from office for misconduct or non-performance of duty by decision of the Judicial Board. Prior to hearing on this matter, a petition containing signatures of at least ten percent of the student body stating the charges must be presented to the clerk of the board.

Section 3. All motions to remove members of the SGA shall be decided by secret ballot.

Article VIII – Amendments

Section 1. Amendments to this constitution must first be ratified by a two-thirds majority of the legislature, and then by a two-thirds majority of the students voting in the election on the amendment.

Article IX – Procedure and By-laws

Section 1. The president of the SGA shall designate a voting member of the legislature to serve as parliamentarian.

Section 2. Except as specified elsewhere, Robert’s Rules of Order Revised shall apply as interpreted by the parliamentarian.

Section 3. The legislature of the SGA may adopt by-laws to establish and clarify the procedures of the SGA or the agencies thereof. By-laws must be submitted to all members of the legislature seven days before the meeting at which they are to be voted on. A two-thirds majority of the legislature is required to adopt or amend a by-law.

 

 
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