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Proposed Amendment(s) to the Student Government Association Constitution

Proposal for Constitutional Amendment; Senators Represent Colleges

DATE: September 9, 2015

TO: President Tyler Davidson, Student Government Association
FROM: SGA Committee on Constitution and Bylaws

PROPOSAL: As allowed for by the Student Government Association Constitution, Article X, Section 1, please accept this Proposal for Amendment as:
That the position and election of Senators in the Student Government Association be amended to reflect that:

  1. Two Senators will be elected by each college and two senators will be elected by graduate students including the Speaker of the Senate for a total of 13 senator positions: representing the College of the Arts, College of Education and Health Professions, College of Letters and Sciences, D. Abbot Turner College of Business, Honors College, and The Graduate School
  2. Senators must be a declared major in the college represent.
  3. Students will be delivered the appropriate ballot according to their major when accessing the SGA election site.
  4. A member from the elections committee would be assigned to each college to assist in informing the Colleges of the Senate changes.
  5. If approved by the Forum, we respectfully request that the proposal be presented by special ballot, whereupon it may be voted on by the student body at-large prior to the General Election of Spring 2016

Rationale:

  • Senators would have a constituency to represent and answer to instead of all Senators answering to the entire student body.
  • Special interests of individual colleges and majors will be better addressed.

Current SGA Constitution on Senators

Article VII: Elections
Section 1: General
The President, Vice President of Scholastic Affairs, Vice President of Finance, Senators, and the Chief Justice shall be elected at large. The Speaker of the Senate and the Speaker of the Representatives shall be elected as outlined in Article 3: Section 1 of this constitution.
Section 2: Qualifications
B. Senators-at-Large must have completed at least one (1) semester as Columbus State University students prior to their elected terms. An undergraduate candidate must have at least a 2.0 GPA as calculated by the institutional grade point average (as explained in the Columbus State University Catalog), graduate students, 3.0 GPA.

Section 3: Elections
The elections will be held in the spring semester.

Proposed Changes to the SGA Constitution on Senators

Article VII: Elections
Section 1: General
The President, Vice President of Scholastic Affairs, Vice President of Finance, and the Chief Justice shall be elected at large. Two Senators will be elected by each college and The Graduate School. The Speaker of the Senate and the Speaker of the Representatives shall be elected as outlined in Article 3: Section 1 of this constitution.
Section 2: Qualifications
B. Candidates for Senator must have completed at least one (1) semester as Columbus State University students prior to their elected terms. Candidate for Senator must be a declared major in the college they represent. An undergraduate candidate must have at least a 2.5 GPA as calculated by the institutional grade point average (as explained in the Columbus State University Catalog), graduate students, 3.0 GPA.

Section 3: Elections
The elections will be held in the spring semester.

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Example from University of Georgia
Section 4. Senators

Paragraph A. Purpose
The purpose of the Senators will be to represent the needs and interests of
the student body.

Paragraph B. Composition

i. Shall be elected from each of the schools and colleges of the University of Georgia in proportion to the student enrollment within the school or college using the formula of one Senate seat for every one-thousand students in a college and one Senate seat for any college with less than one-thousand enrolled.

ii. One Graduate Senator shall be elected per every two-thousand graduate students. The President of the Graduate Student Association, or a designee of the President of the Graduate Student Association, shall serve as an additional Senator representing the Graduate School. This designee shall be confirmed by a majority vote of the Senate.

iii. Shall be registered as full time students as defined by their degree or program of study and must maintain an institutional G.P.A. of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale throughout the term.

iv. Shall be enrolled in the school or college in which they stand for election.

v. Shall be elected by the student body in a secret ballot and inaugurated no later than April 30.

vi. If a Senator ceases to be enrolled in the school or college he or she was elected to represent, then he or she will be subject to review by the Supreme Court.

Paragraph C. Duties

i. Shall represent and advocate on behalf of students within the school or college from which he or she was elected.

ii. Each Senator shall have one vote in Senate.

 

No election is in progress