Proposed changes to SGA Constitution

Below are the proposed changes to the SGA constitution.  I have only included the parts proposed for change.  The current wording is written out, followed by the proposed change.

Article I 4: To stimulate communication and cooperation among students, faculty, and administration. (Proposed change: “To stimulate communication and cooperation among students, faculty, administration and the greater community.)

Article III Section 1 C 1: Executive officers of the SGA must be in at least their second semester at EMU at the time of election.  (Proposed change: “Executive officers of the SGA must be in at least their second semester when they serve on the Executive Committee.)

Article III Section 1 D 1 e: To maintain SGA files located in the SGA office. (Proposed change: “To maintain SGA files located in the SGA office and content of SGA website”.)

Article III Section 1 D 1 j: Didn’t previously exist. (Proposed change: “To appoint or serve as leader of the Union of Student Organizations.”)

Article III Section 1 D 2 e:  To attend Academic Council (President(s) may fulfill this responsibility). [Proposed change: Delete this responsibility.]

Article III Section 1 D 3 c: To keep and post the minutes of all SGA meetings on the SGA bulletin board, which is to be maintained by the president(s).  (Proposed change: “To keep and post the minutes of all SGA meetings on the SGA website.”)

Article III Section 1 E 3 c: A vacancy will be filled a special election to be conducted no later than the two weeks after the time of vacancy unless a regular election is scheduled within one month.  The requirements of Article IV, Section 1, Paragraph E, sentence 1-b may be waived in the case of a special election to fill a vacancy. (Proposed change: “A vacancy will be filled by a special election to be conducted no later than the two weeks after the time of vacancy unless a regular election is scheduled within one month.  The requirements of Article III, Section 1, Paragraph E, sentence 1-b may be waived in the case of a special election to fill a vacancy.”)

Article III Section 2 B 7: To approve a slate of judicial council members. (Proposed change: “To approve a slate of peer review board members as needed by Student Life.”)

Article III Section 2 E 1 a: The Executive Committee determines the number of senators to be elected for each constituency basing this appointment upon the number of residents on and off campus, allowing for one new student senator representing first-year and transfer students. (Proposed change: The Executive Committee has the power to determine the number of senators to be elected for each constituency basing this appointment upon the number of residents on and off campus, allowing for one new student senator representing first-year and transfer students.  A constituency system can be determined by residence halls, class sizes, etc., or not used at all.”)

Article III Section 1 E 2 b: The Senate will ensure the nomination of at least two candidates for each executive office by nominating additional names if necessary. (Proposed change: “The Senate will ensure the nomination of at least one candidate for each executive office by nominating one or more names if necessary.”)

Article III Section 2 E 3 a: Senate elections will, at the discretion of the incoming Executive Committee, take place either in the spring following the election of the Executive Committee, or in the fall.  Fall elections must take place before the third Tuesday of September. (Proposed change: Fall Senate elections must take place before the third Tuesday of September.  If necessary, an election can be held in the month of January to fill any vacant positions for the spring semester.”)

Article III Section 2 E 4 e: A record of attendance to Senate meetings showing six absences within a ten-week period or five consecutive absences for any one Senate member means automatic dismissal from office. (This requirement may be waived in special cases by a three-fourths vote of the Senate.) [Proposed change: "A record of attendance to Senate meetings showing four absences within a semester or three consecutive absences for any one Senate member means automatic dismissal from office. (This requirement may be waived in special cases by a three-fourths vote of the Senate.)"]

Article III Section 2 G 1: The senate will appoint a student to serve, along with the president of the SGA, as student representative to the Board of Trustees. (Proposed change: “The President of Co-Presidents will serve as student representatives to the Board of Trustees.  The Senate will appoint a second Senator to serve when there is only one President.”)

-Recorded by Sarah Beck, SGA secretary

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