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The Constitution of the Student Government

The Constitution of the Student Government
 
Article I
 
Section 1
    All legislative powers herein shall be vested in the Student Assembly and the Order of Gownsmen.
 
Section 2
a.       The Student Assembly shall be composed of students elected each year by the dormitory residents, non-dormitory students and the School of Theology, as well as appointed members-at-large and one non-voting delegate from each the Interfraternity Council and the Intersorority Council. Those students elected shall be members of the group they represent.
b.      Dormitory representatives and non-dormitory representatives shall be apportioned on the ratio of one representative for every thirty students comprising each of these groups with both groups being guaranteed at least one representative. The students in each dormitory shall be considered one group. Non-dormitory residents shall be considered as one whole group.
c.       When vacancies occur in any of the above groups contributing representatives to the Student Assembly, the Executive Committee of the Student Assembly may call for a special election to fill the vacancy. The special election shall be held at the discretion of the Executive Committee.
d.      Students nominated by the Student Assembly to sit on faculty and University committees with two-year terms and who are confirmed by the University shall be members of the Student Assembly for the duration of their term on the University committee and shall be considered members-at-large.
e.       The Executive Committee of the Student Assembly shall have the power and authority to appoint students to the Student Assembly as members-at-large. Once appointed, members-at-large may only be removed in the manner prescribed for all Student Assembly members in Article I.5. 
 
Section 3
    In the event that the Speaker of the Student Assembly is unable to properly carry out his or her responsibilities, the Secretary of the Student Assembly shall serve as the Interim Speaker for a maximum period of one month. Within this period, a campus-wide election shall be held to elect a new Speaker, who shall hold this position for the duration of the previous Speaker’s term. The Order of Gownsmen Election Committee shall prescribe the methods of election and oversee said election.
 
Section 4
  1. The Speaker and Secretary of the Student Assembly shall be elected in the spring preceding the academic year in which they shall serve.
  2. The Student Assembly shall have the power and authority to determine the process and procedure for selecting the Treasurer of the Student Assembly.
  3. The dormitory representatives and non-dormitory representatives shall be elected by their respective groups early in the Advent Semester for a one-year term. The Order of Gownsmen Election Committee shall prescribe the methods of elections and oversee said election.
  4. The delegates of the Interfraternity Council and Intersorority Council shall be chosen by each Council early in the Advent Semester for a one-year term.
  5. Any students elected to the positions of class representatives at the time of the adoption of this Constitution shall automatically become members-at-large.
  6. Members-at-large may be appointed at anytime during the academic year. Their terms shall end at the end of the Easter Semester of the academic year in which they were appointed. Members-at-large who gained their appointments automatically by serving on University committees shall not have such limitations placed on their terms during the period in which they serve on their respective committees.
 
Section 5
  1. The Student Assembly may determine the rules of its proceedings, enforce necessary discipline, and with the concurrence of two-thirds of the membership, expel a member or approve a policy for such expulsions.
  2. The Student Assembly shall create and maintain its own procedures and methods for the filling vacancies in offices and for the removal or reprimand of its officers. Any vacancy in the office of the Speaker must be filled by the method prescribed in Article I.3.
  3. The Student Assembly shall meet on a regular basis as defined by the Speaker. A special meeting may be called by the Speaker or by a petition of at least fifteen members to the Speaker.
  4. The Student Assembly shall keep a journal of its proceedings and from time to time publish the same.
 
Section 6
    The Student Assembly shall have the following powers and responsibilities: 
  1. to represent the opinion of the student body and make proposals to the faculty and administration.
  2. to have the sole authority of chartering all student organizations on campus. The Student Assembly must charter all organizations that seek Activities Fee Committee funds.
  3. to nominate students to sit on faculty and University committees that have student representation at the end of each Easter Semester or whenever necessary.
 
Article II
 
Section 1
The Order of Gownsmen shall maintain and promote the spirit, traditions, and ideals of The University of the South.
 
Section 2
  1. The membership of the Order of Gownsmen shall elect the President of the Order and the Parliamentarian of the Order in the spring preceding the academic year in which they shall serve. The President and the Parliamentarian shall serve a term lasting from May to May. The Order of Gownsmen Election Committee shall prescribe the method of elections and oversee said elections.
  2. The newly elected President shall appoint the Secretary of the Order of Gownsmen.
 
Section 3
  1. The Order of Gownsmen shall meet on a regular basis as defined by the President. A special meeting may be called by the President or by a petition of at least fifteen Gownsmen to the President.
  2. The Order of Gownsmen shall keep a journal of its proceedings and from time to time publish the same.
 
Section 4
The Order of Gownsmen shall have the following powers and responsibilities:
  1. At the end of the Easter Semester or whenever necessary, the Order of Gownsmen shall nominate from its members students to sit on faculty and University committees that have student representation.
  2. At the first meeting of each semester the Order of Gownsmen shall adopt, by a simple majority vote, such standing rules as it may deem necessary for carrying out its purpose during that semester.
  3. The Order of Gownsmen shall represent the opinion of the Gownsmen of the University and make proposals to the faculty and administration.
  4. The Order of Gownsmen shall maintain the Order of Gownsmen Election Committee, which shall be comprised of all University Proctors with the President of the Order of Gownsmen serving as chair.
  5. The Order of Gownsmen shall create and maintain its own procedures and methods for the filling vacancies in offices and for the removal or reprimand of its officers.
 
Article III
 
Section 1
    The enforcement of the Honor Code and student regulations of The University of the South shall be entrusted to the Honor Council and the Discipline Committee.
 
Section 2
 
  1. The Honor Council is responsible for upholding the traditions of the Honor Code of The University of the South.
  2. The Honor Council shall be comprised of four seniors, three juniors, two sophomores, and one freshman. These members shall be elected by their respective classes and shall serve a term of one year, save juniors, who shall serve for two years and comprise three of the four seniors on the Council. The Order of Gownsmen Election Committee shall prescribe the method of election and oversee said election.
  3. The election and organization of the Honor Council, its jurisdiction, its rules of procedure, and other relevant matters are subject to oversight by the Student Assembly and the Order of Gownsmen, both of which may recommend changes. In order to become effective, the student body must approve such changes as is prescribed in Article V of this Constitution as well as have the approval of the Vice Chancellor.
 
Section 3
  1. Enforcement of student regulations is entrusted to the Discipline Committee of The University of the South.
  2. The Discipline Committee shall be comprised of four seniors, three juniors, and two sophomores and shall serve a term of one year, save juniors, who shall serve for two years and comprise three of the four seniors on the Committee.
  3. The Discipline Committee shall make recommendations to the Dean of Students concerning student regulations.
  4. In cases of breaches of discipline or decorum, the Discipline Committee, following a hearing with the involved student, has the power to recommend a reprimand, social probation, or suspension.
  5. Appeals may be taken to the Dean of Students, the Faculty Discipline Committee, and the Vice Chancellor. In unusual circumstances, original jurisdiction may be exercised by the Deans of Students or by the Faculty Discipline Committee.
 
Section 4
    The Student Executive Committee shall be comprised of the Speaker, Secretary, and Treasurer of the Student Assembly; the President, Secretary, and Parliamentarian of the Order of Gownsmen; the Head Proctors; the Chairs of the Honor Council and Discipline Committee; the Editor of The Sewanee Purple; and the Student Trustees. The Speaker of the Student Assembly serves as chair of the committee.
 
    The Student Executive Committee shall have the following responsibilities:
 
  1. to meet on a regular basis to facilitate communication among the various student organizations.
  2. to serve as a possible venue for resolving conflicts among members of student government or to for hearing grievances of the student body against the student government.
  3. to participate in the Proctor selection process, if appropriate.
 
Section 5
 
    The Student Life Committee shall be comprised of the Speaker, Secretary, and Treasurer of the Student Assembly; the President, Secretary, and Parliamentarian of the Order of Gownsmen; the Head Proctors; the Head Assistant Proctors; the Chairs of the Honor Council and Discipline Committee; the Editor of The Sewanee Purple; the Head Residential Computer Consultants; the Student Trustees of the College and School of Theology; the President of the St. Luke’s Student Body; the Chairs of the Interfraternity and Intersorority Councils; the Manager of the Women’s Center at Bairnwick; the President of the African American Alliance; the President of the Gay-Straight Alliance; and the Chair of the Activities Fee Committee. The Senior Trustee serves as chair of the committee.
 
Article IV
 
Section 1
    The purpose of the Activities Fee Committee is the administration of the Student Activities Fee funds. The Activities Fee Committee shall administer these funds in concurrence with the Provost. 
 
Section 2
  1. The Activities Fee Committee shall be comprised of five members, two of which shall be members of the Student Assembly and two of which shall be members of the Order of Gownsmen. One shall be the Director of Student Activities for the University. No president of any organization that receives funds from the Activities Fee Committee shall serve on the committee.
  2. The terms of the student members of the Activities Fee Committee shall be two years and shall commence at the beginning of the Advent Semester for which they have been selected to serve.
  3. At its first meeting of the Advent semester, the Activities Fee Committee shall select a chairperson who shall then be serving the second year of his or her term and who shall be a student.
  4. The Student Assembly and the Order of Gownsmen shall elect a freshman or a sophomore to sit on the Activities Fee Committee, in accordance to the representation specifications prescribed in Article IV.2.a,b. Such elections shall take place in the Easter Semester preceding the academic year in which they shall serve.
  5. In the event of a vacancy in an unexpired term of a member, the vacating representative’s term shall be filled by the Student Assembly or the Order of Gownsmen, according the procedures and methods of each respective body. The newly selected representative shall serve the remainder of the term. If the unexpired term is that of an academic year or less, then a senior may be chosen to fill the vacancy.
 
Section 3
  1. At its first meeting of the Advent Semester, the Activities Fee Committee shall adopt and cause to be published standing rules and guidelines by which it may be petitioned for funds and which establish such procedures and policy, as it deems appropriate, by which it shall be governed in the ordinary course of carrying out its purpose.
  2. Not withstanding the foregoing, there shall be three budget hearings in each academic year. One shall be held during the Easter semester for the purpose of allocating funds for the following year, and one emergency hearing shall be held at the beginning of each semester.
 
Article V
 
Section 1
  1. An amendment to Article II of this Constitution must be approved by the Order of Gownsmen in the manner prescribed in Article V.2.
  2. An amendment to Article I.1, Article III.2.c, Article IV, and Article V of this Constitution must be approved by the Student Assembly and the Order of Gownsmen in the manner prescribed in Article V.2.
  3. An amendment to all parts of this Constitution other than those specified in Article V.1.a,b must be approved by the Student Assembly in the manner prescribed in Article V.2.
 
Section 2
Any amendments this Constitution must be agreed upon by a two-thirds majority of a quorum at a meeting of the Order of Gownsmen, the Student Assembly, or both as is prescribed in Article V.1. If such an approval is obtained, then the amendment can be made by one of two methods:
  1. The amendment to the Constitution may be made if it is reconsidered at a meeting of the responsible body or bodies no less than one week after the initial meeting. At this second meeting, the amendment shall require a three-fourths vote of a quorum in order to be approved. Having achieved a two-thirds majority of the quorum at the first meeting and a three-fourths majority of the quorum at the second meeting, the Constitution shall be amended. If the amendment receives the two-thirds majority of a quorum at the first meeting but fails to receive the three-fourths majority of a quorum at the second meeting, it still may be considered for referendum as prescribed in Article V.2.b.
  2. The amendment to the Constitution may be made by the student body in a referendum. The amendment shall be made if such a referendum yields a two-thirds majority of voting members in favor of the amendment, with at least one-half of the student body voting or actively abstaining.


Adopted April 29th, 2007


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