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Constitution

The Constitution of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma

Student Government Association

Adopted Fall 2016

Preamble

We, the students of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, in a spirit of cooperation and community, do establish and ordain this constitution for the following purposes:

  • to create a student government which actively represents and engages students;
  • to provide for the democratic selection of student representatives to act as intermediaries between the student body and faculty, staff, and administrators;
  • to promote and encourage high quality academics and to provide every opportunity for intellectual pursuits on campus;
  • and to provide for the continued improvement of opportunities for student development on campus.

Article I. Name and Membership

Section 1. The name of this organization shall be the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Student Government Association; hereafter referred to as SGA.

Section 2. The membership of this organization shall consist of all students enrolled at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.

Article II. Executive Branch

Section 1.

  1. The Executive Branch of the SGA shall be composed of an Executive Council and others as described in Section 1, subsection 2.
    1. The Executive Council shall consist of a President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.
  2. All members of the Executive Council shall meet the following standards:
    1. Shall be enrolled as a full time student at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.
    2. Shall have completed at least twenty-four (24) hours of academic credit, with at least twelve (12) coming from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, prior to filing for election.
    3. Must maintain a cumulative grade point average of no less than 2.5 prior to filing for election and during service in office.
    4. Must maintain good academic and judicial standing with the university.
    5. Must have served at least one semester as an SGA Senator at University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.
  3. Vacancies caused by resignation, or any other reason, shall be filled by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate.
  4. Executive Board members shall act as voting members of the Senate, not subject to associated Senate requirements. Session Chair may not vote unless the vote is evenly divided.

Section 2. The SGA President shall:

  1. Appoint officials to serve in positions within the Executive Branch, as deemed necessary and proper, with the advice and consent of the Senate and approval of the advisor.
  2. Option to appoint a Parliamentarian each year.
  3. Nominate students for appointment by the University President to membership on various University committees and councils.
  4. Preside over all meetings of the Executive Council.
  5. Submit referenda to the student body, with concurrence of two-thirds of the voting members of the Senate.
  6. Call special sessions of the Senate.
  7. Hold ultimate responsibility for maintaining communication between the student body, student government, faculty, staff, and University administration.
  8. Serve as a representative of the student body on various boards, committees, and commissions as necessary.
  9. Hold ultimate responsibility for implementation of all legislation passed in the Senate.
  10. Sign or veto all legislation passed by the Senate.
  11. Declare an executive order on issues deemed to be urgent and necessary.

Section 3. The SGA Vice President shall:

  1. Assume the role of the President in his/her absence.
  2. Assist and advise the President in the carrying out of his/her duties and responsibilities.
  3. Serve as Chair and Presiding Officer of all sessions of the Senate, maintaining and assuring appropriate decorum at all times.
  4. Serve as a member of the Senate. If serving as Session Chair, voting privileges are only granted in the case votes are evenly divided.
  5. Be responsible for any SGA committees established.

Section 4. The SGA Secretary shall:

  1. Perform all clerical duties during sessions of the Senate and Executive Council.
  2. Maintain all records of the Senate and Executive Council, including legislation, whether passed or failed, minutes, voting records, and other documents.
  3. Sustain formal communication between members of the Senate.

Section 5. The SGA Treasurer shall:

  1. Be responsible for maintenance of all financial records for the SGA and endeavor to maintain fiscal health for the organization.
  2. Make periodic reports to the SGA President, Senate, and Advisor, regarding financial matters.
  3. Initiate and follow-up on all financial matters and transactions with other organizations.

Article III. Legislative Branch

Section 1. All legislative powers of the SGA shall be vested in a unicameral legislative body, known as the Student Senate, hereafter referred to as Senate.

Section 2. The Senate shall be composed of no more than fifteen (15) members, each representing specific constituencies as follows:

  1. Two Senators shall be elected to represent each classification of student (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior).
  2. One Senator shall be elected to represent each of the University’s Academic Divisions (Business and Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Science and Physical Education, and Education and Speech Language Pathology, and others as necessary).
  3. One Senator elected by sister organization Student Activities Board may represent the Student Activities Board in Senate.
  4. Other Senators At-Large appointed by the President, with the advice and consent of the Senate.

Section 3. Members of the Senate shall meet the following standards:

  1. Shall be enrolled as a full-time student.
  2. Shall have completed the appropriate number of academic hours to be eligible for membership in their particular classification level, or have declared a major within their Academic Division, before filing for election.
  3. Must maintain a cumulative grade point average of no less than 2.5 prior to filing for office and during service in office.
    1. All first-semester freshmen will be allowed to substitute acceptance into the university as a replacement for the GPA requirement.
    2. All first-semester transfer students will be allowed to substitute acceptance into the university as a replacement for the GPA requirement.
  4. Must maintain good academic and judicial standing in the University.

Section 4. The SGA Senate shall:

  1. Divide into committees as deemed necessary by the Vice-President, with the advice and consent of the Senate.
  2. Discuss issues facing the University community and provide a voice for student opinion on such matters.
  3. Hear and act upon constituency grievances or comments.
  4. Establish and amend the bylaws to this Constitution by a two-thirds vote of members present.
  5. Authorize the disbursement of funds, as allocated by the University.
  6. Override an action of the President by a two-thirds vote of members present.
  7. Make laws, and pass resolutions, which shall be necessary and proper representation of the student body’s interests.
  8. Meet openly as deemed appropriate by voting members.
  9. Remove from office, by a two-thirds vote of those who are present and voting, any member of the Executive Council, Senate, or Supreme Court.

Section 5. Senate vacancies shall be appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate.

Article IV. Judicial Branch

Section 1. All judicial powers of the SGA shall be vested in a Supreme Court.

  1. The Supreme Court shall consist of a committee of appointed Justices and led by an appointed Chief Justice.
  2. Supreme Court justices shall be appointed with the advice and consent of the Senate.
  3. Justices shall be selected from amongst Senate members and shall serve terms concurrent with their Senate terms.

Section 2. The Supreme Court shall:

  1. Interpret the SGA Constitution.
  2. Hear complaints of unconstitutionality on any actions or legislation of the Senate or Executive Council.
  3. Serve as a student conduct review board in any capacity deemed necessary and proper by the University.
  4. Establish rules, including the selection of a presiding Chief Justice, for itself.
  5. Serve as an unbiased third party resource to solve disputes for recognized student organizations.

Section 3. The Parliamentarian shall:

  1. Act as Chief Justice and lead the Supreme Court in the Judicial Branch.
    1. If there is no appointed Parliamentarian, an alternate Chief Justice may be appointed with advice and consent of the Supreme Court.
  2. Appoint a new Supreme Court Justice in the event of a resignation or vacancy.

Article V. Elections

Section 1. All members of the SGA shall be entitled to vote in all appropriate elections.

Section 2. Elections for Senators shall be held during the Fall academic trimester. Refer to Bylaws for voting timeframes and procedures.

Section 3. Elections for Executive Council members shall be held during the Spring academic trimester. Refer to bylaws for voting timeframes and procedures.

Section 4. Filing periods and election procedures shall be determined by the Senate or a committee therein, in conjunction with Advisor and Student Services.

Section 5. Terms of office for both Executive Council Members and Senators shall be one year. Newly elected legislators and executives shall be sworn into office approximately one year after their predecessor.

Article VI. Advisors

Section 1. The Senate shall report a list of names of its members, and Executive Council Members, to the Office of Student Services and other university administrators as deemed necessary.

Section 2. The SGA shall be advised by the Dean of Students, or their designee

Section 3. The Advisor shall:

  1. Attend all meetings of the Senate as necessary.
  2. Provide council and support to organization-related matters.
  3. Serve as a liaison between student governance and administrative governance.
  4. Verify member eligibility for all Senators, Justices, and Executive Council members.

Article VII. Impeachment

Section 1. Any elected member of the Executive Council, may be impeached for failure to fulfill the duties prescribed for a particular office.

Section 2. Any member of the SGA wishing to file charges against an elected official must first draft a petition and obtain a minimum number of signatures of Association members, as stated by the Bylaws, before presenting the petition to the Executive Council for Senate vote. Please refer to Bylaws for specific impeachment procedures.

Section 3. Upon impeachment, the affected party may appeal a decision or vote by the Senate to the Supreme Court. Please refer to Bylaws for appeal procedures.

Article VIII. Summer Operations

Section 1. SGA will follow an amended set of rules and guidelines for the summer trimester and times in which classes are not in regular session in the fall and spring trimesters. Refer to the Bylaws for specific procedures.

Article IX. Bylaws

Section 1. All previous bylaws, either of the SGA, Executive Council, or Senate are hereby repealed.

Article X. Amendments

Section 1. An amendment to this constitution may be proposed at any Senate meeting by any Senator. The amendment must receive a two-thirds majority vote of those Senators present. It must then be sent to the SGA President for approval. If granted, it shall be published and placed on a ballot in a special election. Any amendment must receive a majority of votes cast, with all SGA members being eligible to vote. If granted, the Amendment shall be sent to the University President for approval.

Article XI. Ratification

Section 1. This Constitution shall be ratified and in effect following the approval of the Student Association advisors, Senate, the Student Association President, a majority vote of the voting members of the student body, the President of the University, and the Board of Regents.