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ARTICLE I. General Membership

Section 1: Every registered full-time undergraduate student at La Salle University shall be considered a Member of the Students’ Government Association, and shall have all rights and privileges pertaining to membership as granted herein.

Section 2: Every member of the Students’ Government Association shall have the right to vote for the Senators and Executive Officers of the Association.

Section 3: Every member of the Students’ Government Association shall have the right to petition the Senators and Executive Officers for redress of concerns and issues, provided that such redress is sought in a manner consistent with this Constitution.

Section 4: No student shall lose his or her membership status in the Students’ Government Association, but upon graduation, withdrawal, suspension or dismissal from the University.

ARTICLE II: Senate

Section 1: Eligibility for election to the Students’ Government Association Senate shall be limited to full time Day Division students enrolled at La Salle University. Eligibility for appointments to University Governance Committees by the Students’ Government Association shall be limited to full time Day Division students enrolled at La Salle University. All students seeking election to or appointment by the Students’ Government Association shall be bound by and required to follow all University rules and regulations concerning eligibility and use of University resources.

Section 2: Full legislative authority shall be vested in the Senate, which shall be comprised of five (5) students from each of the Freshman, Sophomore, Junior and Senior classes, elected by the members of their respective classes for a term of one (1) academic year. The Vice-Presidents shall serve as voting members of the Senate, but shall not hold the title Senator. The President of the Students’ Government Association shall not be a member of the Senate, but shall be privy to all deliberations of the same.

Section 3: The Senate shall assess and evaluate the needs of the student body of La Salle University, shall engage in deliberation on matters affecting the same, and shall approve or reject proposals before it, affecting the welfare of the students of La Salle University. During such deliberations, only members of the Senate duly elected and sworn, the Executive Vice-President of Student Affairs, the Vice-President of Academic Affairs, the Vice-President of Public Affairs and the Vice-President of Business Affairs shall have voting rights, with each Senator and Vice-President having one vote.

Section 4: The Senate shall elect a President Pro Tempore to serve in the absence of the Executive Vice-President of Student Affairs (President of the Senate), and shall elect other officers as the Senate deem necessary and expedient to the discourse of their deliberations.

Section 5: No Senator or student shall be considered appointed to a University Governance Committee or any other governing body of the University without first being confirmed by a majority vote of the Senate.

Section 6: Two-Thirds (2/3) of all Senators duly elected and sworn shall constitute a quorum for conducting business.

Section 7: The President of the Senate (Executive Vice-President of Student Affairs) shall establish, at the Senate’s inaugural session, a general calendar of meetings that all Senators duly elected and sworn shall be required to attend, and the Senate shall have the authority to prescribe the penalty for failure to attend meetings established by the general calendar. The President of the Senate shall have the authority, upon presentation of just cause, to excuse any Senator from an established general meeting.

Section 8: The Senate shall have authority to develop its own Rules of Procedure and other standing rules as it deems necessary, provided that no such rules or regulations conflict with the Constitution of the Students’ Government Association, nor any promulgated University Policy.

ARTICLE III. Executive Board

Section 1: Executive Authority shall be vested in the President of the Students’ Government Association and the Executive Board as defined through this Article.

Section 2: The President of the Students’ Government Association shall serve as the Chair of the Executive Board, and shall have day to day executive authority as provided for in this Constitution and any legislation from the Senate. The Executive Board shall consist of the President (Chair), the Executive Vice-President of Student Affairs, the Vice-President of Public Affairs, the Vice-President of Business Affairs, the Vice-President of Academic Affairs and four Executive Senators.

Section 3: The President of the Students’ Government Association shall have sole authority to authorize the disbursement of funds from the treasury, and shall have authority, by and with the advice and consent of the Executive Board, to delegate this authority to any Executive Board Member as he/she sees fit.

Section 4: The President shall make all nominations to University Governance Committees and other governing bodies to the Senate for consideration. The President shall further nominate any person to fill a Vice-Presidential vacancy on the Executive Board, subject to confirmation by the Senate.

Section 5: The President shall have no vote in the Senate, unless they are equally divided. He/she shall have sole authority to accept the resignation of any Executive Officer or Senator and may excuse any Executive Officer from a required function, event or meeting upon presentation of just cause.

Section 6: The President shall exercise all functions and duties necessary for the service of students when such powers and duties are not expressly delegated to another governmental authority, unless otherwise directed by the Senate.

Section 7: The Executive Vice-President of Student Affairs shall act in the place of, and with the authority of the President of the Students’ Government Association at his/her request, and shall assume the Office of President should the President resign or the Office be vacated for any other reason.

Section 8: The Executive Vice-President shall serve as the President of the Senate, and shall have one vote in the deliberations of the same. He/she shall prepare the agenda of the Senate and shall serve as Chair of the Ethics Committee.

Section 9: The Executive Vice-President shall serve as the Chief Operating Officer of the government, and shall have authority over all functions and programs of the Students’ Government Association, and shall, at the request of the President, assign any Senator or Executive Officer to perform such tasks as deemed by the Executive Vice-President to be necessary and expedient to the fulfillment of the mission of the Students’ Government Association.

Section 10: The Vice-President of Academic Affairs shall serve as Secretary and Parliamentarian of the Senate, and shall have one vote in the proceedings and deliberations of the same. He/she shall further serve as Secretary and Parliamentarian to the Executive Board.

Section 11: The Vice-President of Academic Affairs shall serve as the Chief Academic Officer of the government, shall represent the government and the students on any academic University Governance Committee, and shall be responsible for representing students in any changes to the academic program and structure of the University.

Section 12: The Vice-President of Public Affairs shall serve as the Chief Communication Officer of the government, shall represent the government and the students on the Student Press Committee, and shall be responsible for the effective communication between the government and the students, and the students to the University. He/she shall have one vote in all deliberations of the Senate.

Section 13: The Vice-President of Public Affairs shall, at the request of the President, speak for and in the name of the Students’ Government Association in any public forum, and when authorized by the President, shall implement any directives of the Senate or Executive Board, and shall communicate the same to the administration of the University.

Section 14: The Vice-President of Business Affairs shall be the Chief Financial Officer of the government, shall control the budget of the government, and shall, at the direction of the President, disburse funds from the treasury. The Vice-President of Business Affairs shall prepare the budget of the government, and shall hold a seat on the Activities Funding Board, and shall further recommend to the President those individuals he/she feels should serve on the Activities Funding Board as SGA appointees. He/she shall have one vote in all deliberations of the Senate

Section 15: The Senate, assembled in caucus by class, shall have the authority to elect one Senator from each class to serve on the Executive Board. Such Senators shall hold the title of Executive Senator, shall have voice and vote at Executive Board Meetings, and shall perform all other functions as directed by the President and the Executive Board.

ARTICLE IV. Elections

Section 1: Only full-time undergraduate students in the Day Division may be elected to the Senate.

Section 2: No student may be elected President of the Students’ Government Association unless he/she is a full-time undergraduate student in the Day Division and has served for one (1) term as an elected Senator or Executive Officer. No student may be elected President and serve concurrently as a Resident Assistant/Community Assistant during his/her term as President. No student who will be studying abroad or participating in a co-op or student teaching full time during the term may be elected President.

Section 3: No student may be elected Executive Vice-President of Student Affairs, unless he/she is a full-time undergraduate student in the Day Division and has served for one (1) term as an elected Senator or Executive Officer.

Section 4: Only full-time undergraduate students in the Day Division may be elected Vice-President of Academic, Business or Public Affairs.

Section 5: The Senate shall have the authority to prescribe a Grade Point Average requirement for election to any office, provided that it is no greater than a cumulative average of 3.0, and not less than the minimum requirement as established in University Policy. No change in a Grade Point Average requirement shall take effect until the next general election. The Advisor to the SGA may waive any GPA requirement for election upon presentation of just cause, and with the consent of the Executive Board.

Section 6: The Senate shall have authority to prescribe a Code of Election, provided that said Code ensures the equal application of rules and regulations for all candidates seeking election to the Senate or Executive Board, and said Code does not conflict with any provision of the Constitution or promulgated University Policy.

ARTICLE V. Duties

Section 1: All Senators and Executive Officers shall be bound to attend and perform all functions and responsibilities incumbent upon their office, including but not limited to attending all meetings of the Senate and University Governance Committees, engaging in prepared and intelligent debate of the same, maintaining office hours or their equivalent, and performing all functions necessary to ensure the smooth operation of the government and service to students as directed by appropriate legislation from the Senate or Executive Board.

Section 2: The Senate shall have the authority to define duties and obligations incumbent upon all Senators duly elected and sworn, and shall have authority to prescribe the penalty for failure to meet said obligations, provided that no person be removed from office unless under the provisions of this Constitution.

Section 3: The Executive Board shall have the authority to define duties and obligations incumbent upon the President and Vice-presidents duly elected and sworn, and shall have the authority to prescribe the penalty for failure to meet said obligations, provided that no person be removed from office unless under the provisions of this Constitution.

ARTICLE VI. Transition, Removals and Vacancies

Section 1: In the event that any Senate seat is vacated for any reason including but not limited to resignation, removal, or expiration of a term without an elected successor, the Executive Vice-President shall nominate two persons of the same class as the vacant seat to fill the vacancy, whereby the Senate shall, by majority vote, elect one of them to serve the remainder of the term within fifteen (15) days of receipt of the nomination.

Section 2: Should the office of any Vice-President be vacated for any reason including but not limited to resignation, removal, or expiration of a term without an elected successor, the President shall nominate one person qualified under this Constitution to fill the vacancy, and shall submit his/her name to the Senate for consideration. The Senate shall, by majority vote, accept or reject the nomination of the President within fifteen (15) days of receipt of the nomination.

Section 3: Should the office of President become vacant for any reason, including but not limited to resignation, removal, or expiration of a term without an elected successor, the Executive Vice-President of Student Affairs shall assume the Office of President, and shall nominate a qualified person to serve as Executive Vice-President, pursuant to Section 2 of this Article.

Section 4: Should both the office of President and Executive Vice-President of Student Affairs both be vacant, then the line of succession shall be as follows: Vice-President of Business Affairs, Vice-President of Academic Affairs, Vice-President of Public Affairs, President Pro Tempore of the Senate. Should any of the aforementioned officers assume the Office of President, they shall hold the title of Acting President, and shall serve for no more than thirty (30) days, at which time a special election shall be held to fill the office of President. Once elected and sworn, the new President shall fill any vacancies in the Executive Board pursuant to Section 2 of this Article.

Section 5: No person shall be removed from office but upon recommendation by the Ethics Committee and a 2/3 affirmative vote of the Senate. The Ethics Committee shall be comprised of the Executive Vice-President of Student Affairs (Chair), the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, the Executive Senators, and one Senator appointed by the President. In the event that any person on the Ethics Committee becomes a subject of investigation, the President shall direct another Senator to sit in his/her place for the duration of the investigation.

Section 6: Upon a recommendation by a majority vote of the Ethics Committee, the Senate shall convene in extraordinary session and shall have sole power of impeachment during these proceedings. No person shall be impeached and removed from office, but upon affirmative vote by 2/3 of all Senators and Vice-Presidents duly elected and sworn (16 votes, assuming no vacancies). Once removed, the office shall be declared vacant by the President, and the Seat shall be filled pursuant to the appropriate Section of this Article.

Section 7: The Senate shall prescribe the method of investigation to be employed by the Ethics Committee, provided that no action be taken that would be contrary to this Constitution or promulgated University policy.

Section 8: The Senators-Elect shall take office two weeks before the closing of the academic year, unless the Senate, through legislation in the Code of Election, prescribes a different day.

Section 9: The President-Elect and Vice-Presidents-Elect shall take office one week prior to the scheduled Senate elections, unless the Senate, through legislation in the Code of Election, prescribes a different day.

Section 10: Should any vacancies occur after the certification of election results but before the seating of the Senators-Elect or Officers-Elect, no action shall be taken until the new Senate and Executive Officers are sworn.

Section 11: Should any candidate for election be unopposed, his/her name shall appear on a yes/no ballot, and shall require a majority of “yes” votes to be considered elected. In the event that a majority of students vote “no”, then the office shall be declared vacant, but no action shall be taken until the new Senate and Executive Officers are sworn, and then any action taken shall be subject to Section 1 or Section 2 or Section 3 of this Article, depending on the vacancy.

ARTICLE VII. Legislation

Section 1: Any Senator or Executive Officer may propose legislation for consideration by the Senate concerning any topic, including amendments to or creation of standing Election Codes, or other By-Laws of the government.

Section 2: Any Senator or Executive Officer wishing to propose legislation for consideration by the Senate shall transmit his/her proposal to the President of the Senate (Executive Vice-President of Student Affairs) no later than one week prior to the next general Senate Meeting. The Executive Board shall review any submitted proposal and, within the time span of two (2) general meetings of the Senate, recommend, by majority vote, appropriate action on the proposal and will offer it to the Senate for their consideration.

Section 4: All amendments to standing Codes, Rules or Regulations of the Students’ Government Association must be in the form of legislation, and shall require a majority vote of all Senators present to be considered adopted.

Section 5: No legislation may conflict with this Constitution or any promulgated University policy.

Section 6: All legislation shall require a majority vote of Senators present to be considered adopted, unless otherwise expressly provided for within this Constitution.

Section 7: Once approved, all Senators and Executive Officers shall be bound by the legislation in effect, and the Senate shall have authority to prescribe the penalty for failure to comply with the directives of approved legislation.

ARTICLE VII. Legislation

Section 1: Any Senator or Executive Officer may propose legislation for consideration by the Senate concerning any topic, including amendments to or creation of standing Election Codes, or other By-Laws of the government.

Section 2: Any Senator or Executive Officer wishing to propose legislation for consideration by the Senate shall transmit his/her proposal to the President of the Senate (Executive Vice-President of Student Affairs) no later than one week prior to the next general Senate Meeting. The Executive Board shall review any submitted proposal and, within the time span of two (2) general meetings of the Senate, recommend, by majority vote, appropriate action on the proposal and will offer it to the Senate for their consideration.

Section 4: All amendments to standing Codes, Rules or Regulations of the Students’ Government Association must be in the form of legislation, and shall require a majority vote of all Senators present to be considered adopted.

Section 5: No legislation may conflict with this Constitution or any promulgated University policy.

Section 6: All legislation shall require a majority vote of Senators present to be considered adopted, unless otherwise expressly provided for within this Constitution.

Section 7: Once approved, all Senators and Executive Officers shall be bound by the legislation in effect, and the Senate shall have authority to prescribe the penalty for failure to comply with the directives of approved legislation.

ARTICLE VIII. The Cabinet

Section 1: The President of the Students’ Government Association shall be entitled to a Chief of Staff and other such Executive Appointments as the Senate shall from time to time deem necessary and appropriate.

Section 2: The Chief of Staff and any other Executive Appointments shall be nominated by the President of the Students’ Government Association, and upon confirmation by a majority vote in the Senate, shall serve at the pleasure of the President.

Section 3: The Chief of Staff and other Executive Appointments to the Cabinet shall perform such duties as prescribed by the President.

Section 4: No Cabinet official may be removed from office but by Executive Order of the President. No Cabinet official may exercise any official duties or functions of other officers under this Constitution without express authorization from Senate legislation.

ARTICLE IX. Amendments

Section 1: This Constitution may be amended by a 2/3 vote of the Senate assembled, provided that the exact wording of the amendment has been distributed to all Senators and Executive Officers no later than one week prior to consideration by the Senate.

Section 2: The Senate may, by majority vote, submit an amendment to the Constitution to the student electorate at a general or special election, provided that the exact wording of the proposed amendment is provided on a yes/no ballot. Any special election must be conducted over a period of three consecutive days, and must be advertised through all reasonable means. Only upon approval by a majority of students voting “yes” shall an amendment be considered adopted.

Section 3: This Constitution may not be amended by any means unless such amendments are submitted for consideration prior to thirty days before the next general election.

ARTICLE X. Supremacy

Section 1: Upon approval by a 2/3 vote of the Senate, Article VII Section 1(B) of the current Constitution shall be hereby repealed, and this new Constitution shall considered agreed to under Article VII Section 1(A) as a superseding amendment thereto.

Section 2: Upon approval by a 2/3 vote of the Senate, any and all conflicting Constitutions, documents, or legislation shall be considered null and void, and the provisions of this Constitution shall be in full force and effect.

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