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Constitution of the Student Government Association of Roane State Community College

Constitution of the Student Government Association of Roane State Community College

Revised November 2019

ARTICLE I

PURPOSE & STRUCTURE

Section I:

The name of this organization shall be the Student Government Association (SGA) of Roane State Community College.

Section II:

We, the Student Body, establish this Constitution for the SGA of Roane State Community College. This Constitution shall provide the Students with an effective means of democratic self-government, which shall be consistent with the policies of the College and Tennessee Board of Regents. The SGA, through the deliberative efforts of its members, shall promote cooperation, understanding, and courtesy between the Students and administration of the College to solve issues pertaining to the general interests and prosperity of both parties.

Section III:

The Student Senate, Campus Activities Board (CAB), and Executive Council form the Student Government Association.

1) The Senate is comprised of one Senator from each campus. The President of Roane State may appoint three additional senators that shall represent the Health Science Program, Middle College Program, and non-traditional Students.

2) Campus Activities Boards shall consist of two to five members appointed by campus Senators with approval from the Student Engagement Coordinator and Campus Directors. Senators shall serve as the head of the CAB at their campuses.

3) The Executive Council is formed by the President, Vice President, and the undersecretaries appointed by the President.

Section IV:

Each Student registering in college-credit at Roane State Community College shall be considered a member of the Student Body and shall enjoy all rights granted by this Constitution. The Student Body is subject to this Constitution, and other official actions of the SGA, and are entitled to the privileges of expression and representation defined herein.

ARTICLE II

THE STUDENT SENATE

Section I:

It shall be the responsibility of the Student Senate to advocate for Student concerns throughout the College. The Senate’s primary function is to pass legislation that betters the Student experience at the college.

Section II:

Senators must maintain an enrollment of at least three credit hours at the College with a cumulative GPA of 2.5. If Senators fail to meet these requirements, then the Sponsor of the SGA shall expel them.

Section III:

The Senate shall be entrusted with the following powers:

1) To enact and repeal legislation.

2) To determine the internal rules of the Senate.

3) To approve SGA budgets and their amendments.

4) To create or dismantle Senate Committees.

5) To confirm or deny SGA appointments.

6) To confirm or deny the creation of new Executive positions.

7) To override presidential vetoes through a two-thirds majority.

8) To impeach SGA officials who violate their oath of office or fail to execute office.

9) To act as presiding officers for their Campus Activities Board.

Section IV:

Legislative duties of the Senate are as follows:

1) The Senate shall elect, from its membership, a President Pro-Tempore, who shall preside over the Senate in the absence of the Vice President of the SGA. The President Pro-Tempore shall also assume the Presidency in the event that the Vice President is unable to fill a vacancy in the Presidency.

2) The Senate shall also elect, from its membership or the Student Body, a Secretary who is to be entrusted with recording and collecting accurate minutes for the Student Government.

3) The Senate shall ensure stability within the Student Body through cooperation with the College administration and other SGA branches.

4) The Senate is tasked with determining legislative business for each meeting.

5) The Senate shall have the capacity to establish rules for its body, and select legislative officers.

6) Bills written by Senators shall be delivered to the SGA Secretary. Time and date for bill submittal shall be determined by the SGA Secretary.

7) The Senate may create legislation that assists in the carrying out of the aforementioned powers and duties.

Section V:

The Secretary shall fulfill the following duties:

1) To record the minutes of SGA meetings.

2) To keep and maintain accurate records of the SGA.

3) To send and receive official correspondence for the SGA.

4) To keep records of all SGA committees and their actions.

5) To serve as an ex-officio member of the Senate, if not already a Senator.

6) To provide copies of official SGA action to the SGA Coordinator.

Section VI:

In votes of impeachment, the vote shall only pass if it receives a two-thirds majority. The President of the SGA shall select appointees to fill the vacant office(s), subject to approval from the Senate, and only if said office(s) are not appointed by other officials as outlined herein.

Section VII:

The Senate shall meet at least once per semester, and elect its officers at its first meeting in the Fall semester.

ARTICLE III

The Campus Activities Board

Section I:

It shall be the responsibility of the Campus Activities Board of each campus to plan and execute student life events at their campus, with the help and advisement of the Student Engagement Coordinator and respective Campus Director.

Section II:

To be a member of a Campus Activities Board, one must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 and be a Roane State Student taking at least three credit hours each semester at the campus they wish to serve.

Section III:

Members of the Campus Activities Board, consisting of two to five members, shall be appointed by the Senator of that campus, with advisement and approval of the Student Engagement Coordinator and appropriate Campus Director. They shall be chosen before the end of the fall semester and serve until a new CAB is appointed.

Section IV:

The Campus Activities Board shall meet at least once per semester. If a member does not attend two meetings in a row, they shall face expulsion at the discretion of the Senator, Student Engagement Coordinator, and appropriate Campus Director.

Section V:

In the event of a vacancy, or in the event that membership falls below two, the Senator shall have the power to appoint new members with advisement and approval from the Student Engagement Coordinator and appropriate Campus Director.

ARTICLE IV

The Executive Council

Section I:

The Executive Council shall consist of the President, Vice President, and undersecretaries appointed by the President with confirmation by the Student Senate. Members of the Executive Council shall be the official Student representatives of Roane State. They will work closely with the College administration to advocate for Student concerns.

Section II:

Executive Council members shall be subject to the same requirements as the Senate to hold office.

Section III:

The President shall be the acknowledged head of the Student Body in all Student affairs and Student relations with faculty, staff, and administration; and shall be subject to the following duties:

1) To preside over meetings of the Executive Council.

2) To issue executive orders and directives.

3) To delegate power within the Executive Council.

4) To have supervisory responsibilities over SGA finances, records, and programs.

5) To promptly approve or veto bills passed by the Senate.

6) To appoint SGA officials, as outlined in Art. II, Sec. 6 .

7) To maintain knowledge of current affairs of the College and SGA.

8) To enter into agreements, contracts, and consultations as a representative of the SGA in accordance with College policies.

Section IV:

The Vice President shall fulfill the following duties:

1) To serve as acting President of the SGA in the event the current President becomes incapacitated or otherwise incapable of discharging office.

2) To ascend to the Presidency if a vacancy of the office occurs.

3) To preside over meetings of the Senate as the President of the Senate.

4) To cast votes in the Senate only if a vote results in a tie.

5) To act as a liaison between the Executive Council and Senate.

Section V:

Undersecretaries shall be appointed by the President and confirmed in a simple majority vote in the Senate.

ARTICLE V

Elections and Appointments

Section I:

A general election is to be held annually between the first and second Tuesday of November. The Senate and Executive Council officers are to be elected during the general election. Candidates who run for office must meet the criteria for candidacy for the office they seek to be elected to. The Student Body should be abundantly notified of all elections taking place and how to cast their ballot.

Section II:

Candidates are allowed to solicit votes through campaign advertisements during the election. Posters, media, and events that advocate for the election or defeat of a specific candidate(s) must follow College policy as determined by the College administration. Candidates may not campaign for two separate offices nor hold two offices simultaneously.

Section III:

In the event of an office becoming vacant, the President or Senate may call to order a special election to fill vacancies within the SGA. Through an executive order by the President or through a resolution by the Senate, an election date shall be selected and a list of vacant offices will be placed on a ballot. Those who are elected in a special election will serve out the remainder of their predecessor’s term.

Section IV:

Both the SGA President and Senate shall have power to appoint various officers within their branches. The President may appoint officers to assist in the carrying out of executive authority. Likewise, the Senate may also appoint their own officers to assist the body in its deliberations. The Senate shall have sole authority to confirm appointments through simple majority votes.

ARTICLE VI

Oath of Office

Section I:

All members of the SGA shall take an oath of office that may be administered by the President of Roane State, a Campus Director, the Student Government Sponsor, or any member (current and former) of the SGA prior to becoming an officeholder.

Section II:

The oath of office to be performed is as follows:

1) “I, [full name], do solemnly swear (or affirm) to uphold the Constitution of the Student Government Association of Roane State Community College and to faithfully execute the duties and powers of [title of office] in the best interests of the Student Body; and to always perform my actions as a Student Government official with fidelity, integrity, and respect for the Student Body.”

Section III:

Once the oath has been taken, the student shall assume the rights and privileges of the SGA office they have been elected to.

ARTICLE VII

Resignation

Section I:

Members of the SGA who wish to resign from office must submit a formal letter of resignation to the Executive Council with copies to be disbursed to the Advisor(s), Student Engagement Coordinator, Student Government Sponsor, and the Dean of Student Services.

Section II:

A member of the SGA may be replaced as defined herein.

ARTICLE VIII

Constitutional Amendments

Section I:

This Constitution may be amended

Section II:

Amendments may be ratified in two ways:

1) The Senate may pass an amendment resolution in a two-thirds vote.

a) Presidential vetoes on amendments can only be overridden unanimously.

2) At least three-fifths of CABs ratify the amendment.

Section III:

The aforementioned processes may be disregarded if an amendment seeks to reconcile this Constitution with TBR policy affecting the SGA. In which case, a simple majority vote in the Senate shall suffice.

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