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Constitution with Proposed Changes (4/15/12)
UIS SGA Constitution
We the Students of the University of Illinois Springfield establish the Student Government Association (hereafter referred to as SGA) as the representative body for Students. The Students have the right to representation, in order to improve and protect the quality of education, and to better the overall environment of the University of Illinois Springfield. By maintaining Students’ rights and interests, encouraging Student involvement and improving general Student welfare, we will improve this institution. We do ordain and establish this Constitution for the Student Government Association at the University of Illinois Springfield.
AUTHORITY TO REPRESENT
Section 1. The Student Government Association is the officially recognized Student organization of the University of Illinois Springfield which represents the interests of students of UIS both in the internal and external community. Additionally, the SGA shall be the instrument through which students are able to provide input into the policies of the University of Illinois. The SGA has the authority to represent the students of the University of Illinois Springfield through the election of Student Senators and Officers.
ARTICLE II: OBJECTIVE
Section 1. The Objectives of the SGA shall be to represent the will of the student body to the administration, the Board of Trustees and to the Illinois Government.
ARTICLE III: MEMBERSHIP OF THE STUDENT BODY
Section 1. Any person enrolled as a Student for academic credit in any course offered by the University of Illinois Springfield shall be automatically considered as a member of the student body, except those students who are concurrently a member of the faculty, civil service staff, academic professional staff, or administration of the University of Illinois. All members of the Student Body as defined above shall be eligible to vote in Student election and referendums.
Section 2. All University of Illinois Springfield Students shall have the right of inquiry, speech, and petition before the SGA.
Section 3. The Senate shall have the power to establish any ad hoc committee as it sees fit.
Section 4. The Executive Board shall have the power to establish any task force that it sees fit.
ARTICLE IV. SENATE
Section 1. All legislative authority within the SGA shall be vested with one Senate that shall meet independently of the Executive Branch.
Section 2. The Senate shall be composed of Senators who represent the following groups:
Clause A. Admissions:
Sub-Clause 1. Undergraduate Student Senator
Sub-Clause 2. Two (2) Graduate Student Senators
Sub-Clause 3. Transfer Student Senator
Sub-Clause 4. Online Student Senator
Sub-Clause 5. Peoria Student Senator
Sub-Clause 6. Freshmen Student Senator
Sub-Clause 7. International Student Senator
Clause B. Academic:
Sub Clause 1. Senator of the College of Education and Human Services
Sub-Clause 2. Senator of the College of Public Affairs and Administration
Sub-Clause 3. Senator of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Sub-Clause 4. Senator of College of Business and Management
Sub-Clause 5. Two (2) Senators-at-Large
Clause C. Housing:
Sub-Clause 1. Two (2) On-Campus Senators
Sub-Clause 2. Two (2) Off-Campus Senators
Section 3. The Senate shall elect from among them a Speaker after the full Senate is established, at the conclusion of the fall election.
Clause A. The Speaker shall conduct the Senate meetings.
Clause B. The Speaker of the Senate shall be a non-voting member of the Executive Board and voice the concerns of the Senate during executive meetings.
Clause C. In the case of a tie vote in the Senate, the Speaker of the Senate shall cast the tie breaking vote.
Clause D. Prior to the appointment of the Speaker, the Vice President will act as the presiding officer of the Senate.
Clause E. The Speaker shall be second in line of succession to the President.
Section 4. All resolutions and other forms of legislation must be deliberated in the Senate and must be sponsored by a Senator.
Section 5. If a resolution is passed by the Senate, the resolution shall be on the agenda for the next SGA at Large meeting to be reviewed for veto by the President.
Section 6. All Housing and Admissions Senators shall be elected in the fall of each academic year starting in AY 2012-2013
Section 7. All Academic Senators will be elected in the spring of each academic year starting in AY 2012-2013.
Section 8. All Senators will serve in their respective positions until the next election for that position, unless there is a change in their academic or housing status, which directly contradicts with the qualifications for their elected position.
ARTICLE V: EXECUTIVE
Section 1. All executive power, including budgetary authority, within the SGA shall be vested in the Executive Board.
Section 2. The Executive Board shall be responsible for carrying out the will of the Senate, communicating to the University Administration the concerns and needs of the Student Body and appropriating the Programming Budget and SGA budgetary allocations.
Section 3. Elections for the President and Vice-President will be elected in the spring of each academic year starting in AY 2012-2013. These officers will then serve until the end of the following academic year.
Section 4. The President will then appoint the remainder of the Executive Board, excluding the Student Trustee and including the Secretary, Treasurer, External Affairs Officer, Parliamentarian, and one other position with title and function at the President’s discretion.
Section 5. The Executive Board members are non-voting participants at the SGA at Large meetings, with the exception of the tie-breaking vote by the Speaker of the Senate.
Section 6. The Executive Board will not be able to alter stipends, as stated in the bylaws, without two-thirds consent of the Senate.
Section 7. The Executive Board shall consist of:
Clause A. President
Sub-Clause1.The President shall be elected from the student body.
Sub-Clause 2. The President shall conduct the Executive Board meetings and set the agenda for those meetings.
Sub-Clause 3. With the advice of the Speaker of the Senate, the President shall be responsible for setting the agenda for te SGA at Large meetings.
Sub-Clause 4. The President shall hold veto power over resolutions. All Presidential vetoes can be overridden by a 2/3 majority vote of the Senate.
Sub-Clause 5. The President shall have the power to fill all vacancies, with the approval of a majority of the Senate.
Clause B. Vice President
Sub-Clause 1. The Vice President shall be elected from the Student Body.
Sub-Clause 2. In the event that the President is unable to serve or otherwise incapacitated, the Vice President shall become President and assume all the duties therein.
Sub-Clause 3. The Vice President shall be responsible for the administration of all SGA committees. All committee chairs will send a report to the Vice President at the end of each academic year.
Clause C. Treasurer
Sub-Clause 1. The Treasurer shall be appointed by the President after the Spring 2013 election.
Sub-Clause 2. The Treasurer shall keep a record of all monetary assets and expenditures of the SGA.
Clause D. Secretary
Sub-Clause 1. The Secretary shall be appointed by the President after the Spring 2013 election.
Sub-Clause 2. The Secretary shall be responsible for the compilation and distribution of the minutes of the at Large meetings. The Secretary shall also distribute all official correspondences and maintain the SGA archives.
Sub-Clause 3. The Secretary shall also be responsible for maintaining the SGA website.
Clause E. Student Trustee to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees
Sub-Clause 1. The Student Trustee shall be elected by the Student Body.
Sub-Clause 2. All rules governing the Student Trustee shall be established by the Board of Trustees in accordance with the University of Illinois Trustee Act. 110 ILCS 310/.
Clause F. Parliamentarian
Sub-Clause 1. The Parliamentarian shall be appointed by the President.
Sub-Clause 2. The Parliamentarian shall be responsible for enforcing all constitutional provisions, bylaws and other forms of legislation, as enacted by the SGA.
Sub-Clause 3. During SGA at Large meetings, the Parliamentarian shall advise the President and SGA on parliamentary procedure as stipulated in the latest edition of Robert’s Rules of Order.
Sub-Clause 4. The Parliamentarian shall be the Chair of the Constitution and Rules Committee.
Clause G. External Affairs Officer
Sub-Clause 1. The External Affairs Officer (EAO) shall be appointed by the President.
Sub-Clause 2. The EAO shall be responsible for maintaining relationships with lawmakers at the local, state and federal level to forward the interests of the Student Body.
Sub-Clause 3. The EAO shall organize all lobby days that UIS is involved in and maintain communication with other student governments to organize any lobby day that involves more than one school.
ARTICLE VI. AT LARGE MEETINGS
Section 1. Both Branches of the SGA shall meet biweekly to pass legislation that was introduced and passed in the Senate.
Section 2. All members of SGA shall be present at the meetings.
Clause A. Any member of SGA that misses more than three meetings in an academic year is subject to removal from SGA.
Section 3. The President shall preside over the SGA at Large meetings.
Section 4. If an Executive officer would like to introduce a resolution at an At Large meeting, the resolution must be co-sponsored by a Senator before it is considered.
ARTICLE VII. COMMITTEES
Section 1. The three permanent committees of SGA shall be:
Clause A. Student Organization Funding Association
Clause B. Student Activities Committee
Clause C. Constitution and Rules Committee
Section 2. The Senate shall have the power to establish all standing committees by codification in a set of bylaws.
ARTICLE VIII. BUDGET
Section 1. At the end of each academic year, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs shall inform the Executive Board of what amount will be allocated to the SGA for its budget.
Section 2. The SGA will then solicit programming requests from the various departments under Student Affairs.
Section 3. The Executive Committee will meet to hear the requests and recommend an allocation to those departments.
Section 4. The Student Organization Funding Association and the Student Activities Committee will be the primary concern of the Executive Committee and the Senate when determining allocations.
Section 5. The Executive Board will present its budget to the Senate. The Senate will then have the opportunity to present recommendations and, if approved by 2/3 of the Senate, those recommendations must be immediately addressed in the budget.
ARTICLE IX. BYLAWS
Section 1. The SGA at Large shall establish a set of bylaws that are consistent with this Constitution.
Section 2. Bylaws will be available for public viewing on the SGA website.
Section 3. Any amendment to the bylaws must be offered in writing and obtain a simple majority from the SGA at Large to pass.
ARTICLE X. IMPEACHMENT
Section 1. Any member of SGA may be impeached for offenses as outlined in the SGA bylaws.
Section 2. After a complaint is received, the Constitution and Rules Committee shall convene to hear arguments from both the complainant and the respondent and receive any evidence of the alleged offense.
Section 3. The Constitution and Rules Committee will then make a recommendation to the SGA, which it will consider at its next at-Large meeting.
Section 4. The SGA at Large will allow both sides to give a statement before it rules on the complaint.
Section 5. During a closed session, the SGA shall deliberate on the merits of the complaint and any action to be taken.
Section 6. A formal vote of impeachment shall be taken during open session.
Section 7. The SGA may create additional procedures, not inconsistent with this Constitution, for impeachment or other disciplinary actions.
Section 8. During all proceedings, the respondent will be allowed due process.
ARTICLE XI. AMENDMENTS
Section 1. Any member of the Student Body may offer a Constitutional amendment to the SGA at Large, so long as the amendment is co-sponsored by a Senator.
Section 2. After passing by a 2/3 majority of the SGA at Large, the amendment will be placed on the ballot during the next SGA election and must be passed by a 2/3 majority of the student body.
Section 3. All Constitutional amendments should be submitted in writing to the SGA President, Secretary, and Advisor by noon two days before the regularly scheduled At-Large meetings.
Section 4. All Constitutional amendments require two readings by the SGA At-Large.
Section 5. This Constitution shall be effective May 4, 2012 after adoption by the student body.