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Student Government Association Constitution


Article I - Name of Organization
Article II - Executive Branch
Article III - Legislative Branch
Article IV - Judicial Branch
Article V - Programming Branch: The Campus Union Board
Article VI - Amendments

The Student Government Association of Armstrong includes the Executive officials, the Student Senate, the Student Court, and the Campus Union Board. These elected and appointed officials seek to express the will of the general student body. The university faculty and administration rely heavily upon this group in seeking the participation of the student body in matters that concern student life. The Student Government Association Office is located in D238 of the Student Union.
Constitution of the Student Government Association of Armstrong
Adopted April 1971,
Amended, May, 2013

PREAMBLE
We the students of Armstrong, believing that student government is necessary and beneficial, do ordain and establish the Constitution of the Student Government Association of Armstrong. This Constitution supersedes all previous Constitutions.

Article I - Name of Organization and Membership

SECTION 1. Name

The name of this organization shall be the Student Government Association of Armstrong.

SECTION 2. Membership

All registered students of Armstrong are members of this organization and have a voice and vote in all student referendums. Members are subject to all rules and regulations as may be herein or hereafter enacted by this organization.

SECTION 3.

With the exception of the Honor Code and the Student Code of Conduct all legislations, rules, and regulations passed by the Student Government Association are subject to review by the Vice President of Student Affairs and the President of Armstrong.

SECTION 4.

The Honor Code and the Student Code of Conduct shall be subject to review by a simple majority of the faculty and student body members voting and/or the President of Armstrong.

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Article II - Executive Branch

SECTION 1. President of the Student Government Association


  1. Qualifications for Office of President
    1. Candidates for the Office of President of the Student Government Association shall have at least 45 hours credit, 30 of which are to be obtained at Armstrong during 3 of the last 4 semesters.
    2. Candidates shall have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.7.
    3. The President of the Student Government Association must be a student registered for at least ten hours per semester for the entire year of office.
  2. Nomination and Election of President
    1. Any student qualifying under Article II, Section I, A, of this constitution shall be eligible to seek the Office of President of the Student Government Association by filing a leadership application in the Office of Student Life.
    2. This election shall be held no later than the third Thursday in April.
  3. Duties of the Office of President
    1. Having a cabinet consisting of the Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and any other position that he/she deems necessary for the administration of the Student Government Association.
    2. Appoint any committee that he/she deems necessary to provide for the administration of the Student Government Association.
    3. Call meetings of the Student Government Association when deemed necessary. Such meetings shall be scheduled two weeks in advance on the Student Activities Calendar and must be publicized sufficiently.
    4. Call special meetings of the Student Senate.
    5. Veto, when deemed necessary, legislation passed by the Student Senate. The veto must be given to the Vice President, in writing, prior to the next regularly scheduled Senate meeting. The veto may be over-ridden by two-thirds of the membership of the Senate. The Senate must over-ride the veto within five (5) class days after the meeting in which the Senate learns of the President's veto.
    6. Fill vacant office by appointment if no other provision for occupying the office is made in the Constitution. Such appointments must receive approval of two thirds of the membership of the Student Senate.
    7. Is encouraged to be present at all Senate meetings except for accepted absences as defined in the Faculty Handbook.
    8. Does not have a vote in the Senate.
    9. Serves as a member of the Conduct Committee and the Publications Board.
    10. Other duties as established in the SGA Bylaws

SECTION 2. Vice President of the Student Government Association


  1. Qualifications for the Office of Vice President
    1. Candidates for the office of Vice President of the Student Government Association shall have at least 45 hours credit, 30 of which are to be obtained at Armstrong during 3 of the last 4 semesters.
    2. Candidates shall have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.7.
    3. The Vice President of the Student Government Association must be a student registered for at least ten hours per semester for the entire year of office
  2. Nomination and Election of the Vice President
    1. Any student qualifying under Article II, Section 2, A, of this constitution shall be eligible to seek the office of Vice President of the Student Government Association by filing a leadership application in the Office of Student Life.
  3. Duties of the Office of Vice President
    1. Assume the duties of the President in his/her absence from, or vacation of, the office of the President.
    2. Serve as a member of the President's cabinet.
    3. Preside as President of the Senate with the power to vote in the case of a tie.
    4. Not be absent from more than two Senate meetings per semester except for accepted absences as outlined in the Faculty Handbook.
    5. Chair the SGA Awards Convocation
    6. Other duties as established by the SGA Bylaws

SECTION 3. Secretary and Treasurer of the Student Government Association


  1. Qualifications for Office
    1. Candidates must have a minimum grade point average of 2.7.
    2. Candidates shall have a least 15 credit hours, all of which were obtained at Armstrong.
  2. Duties of the Offices of Secretary and Treasurer
    1. In addition to maintaining the Senate roll, the Secretary is responsible for the recording and distribution of minutes for the Senate, Campus Union Board, and other SGA committees as directed by the SGA President.
    2. The Secretary is also responsible for the preparation, collection and distribution of all SGA and CUB correspondence.
    3. The Treasurer is responsible for financial reports to the Senate and Campus Union Board, chairs the Finance Committee and serves as a member of the Athletic Committee.
    4. The Secretary and Treasurer have no vote in the Senate.

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Article III - Legislative Branch

SECTION 1.Membership of Senate


  1. Composition of the Senate
    1. Senators shall be full time students elected by the student body. In the event that the senator falls below full time during his/her term, he/she shall be allowed to remain on the Senate as long as he/she retains at least 10 hours; but is required to return to full time status the following semester.
    2. The senate shall comprise of thirty-two seats. There will be one seat designated for a student from Liberty Center Campus and one seat designated for an online student. The remaining thirty seats will be based on the enrollment percentages of each academic college and the undecided of the previous academic year.

SECTION 2. Qualifications for Office of Senator

  1. Candidates for senator shall have a minimum grade point average of 2.0. Students with no university academic record seeking Senate positions are required to earn and maintain a minimum average of 2.0 their first semester in office and thereafter.
  2. Resigning. In the event that a Senator resigns, the vacancy will be filled according to the provisions outlined in Article III, Section 3C.

SECTION 3. Nomination, Election and Appointment of Senators


  1. Senators shall be elected in the Spring Semester no later than the third Thursday in April.
  2. All candidates for Senator may declare their candidacy by filing a Leadership Application in the Office of Student Activities within the period of time set aside for declaring candidacy.
  3. Senate vacancies that occur more than one month before the annual elections will be filled by appointment. The President of the Student Government Association shall make the appointment and a two-thirds vote of the Student Senate is required for confirmation. Vacancies that occur within one month of the annual election will be filled by the election

SECTION 4. Duties of the Senate

  1. Shall enact, by majority vote, laws, resolutions and statutes governing the student body in addition to operating the provisions of this constitution.
  2. Shall have open meetings unless otherwise announced in advance.
  3. Shall provide for the publication of legislation in order that the student body may be informed.
  4. Shall confirm all appointments by the President of the Student Government Association by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the membership.
  5. Shall impeach by a 2/3 vote of the membership any officer of the Executive, Legislative, or Judicial Branches who fails in his duties. Appeals may be made to the President of the University.
  6. Shall set up standing or special committees from within the student membership. Such committees; temporary or permanent, shall be governed by the Student Senate.
  7. Shall act upon all student petitions signed by 10 percent of the student body.
  8. Shall not be absent from more than two Senate meetings per semester except for excused absences as defined in the Faculty Handbook.

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Article IV - Judicial Branch

SECTION 1.

The Student Court shall have jurisdiction over students in all cases involving infractions of the Honor Code and Student Code of Conduct.

SECTION 2.

The Student Court shall write its own by-laws and procedures.

SECTION 3.

The Student Court shall be responsible for the revision or amendment of the Honor Code. Any amendments must be approved by a majority of the student body voting in a Student Government Referendum and a majority of the faculty in the Faculty Senate.

SECTION 4.

Amendments to the Student Code of Conduct may be proposed by the Student Senate and the Student Senate shall be given an opportunity to review all amendments proposed by the faculty. Amendments will be effective when approved by a 3/5 vote of the student body voting in a Student Government sponsored referendum.

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Article V - Programming Branch: The Campus Union Board

SECTION 1. Name

The name of this organization shall be the Armstrong Campus Union Board.

SECTION 2. Purpose

The purpose of this organization is to provide a planned program of Social, Educational, Recreational and Cultural Activities for the University Community.

SECTION 3. Government

The government of the Campus Union Board shall be the responsibility of the Executive Council and/or the entire board. This will include the responsibility for all coordinating and decision making aspects of the Board, including the areas of membership recruitment, leadership training, research, historical continuity, financial accountability, technical assistance, publicity, division chairperson appointment and evaluation.

SECTION 4. Membership

The voting membership of the Campus Union Board shall consist of the Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer of the Student Government Association, two Senators appointed by the SGA President, with approval of the Senate and five committee chairs appointed by the outgoing executive committee. The Executive Committee will appoint one assistant chair per committee. The assistant chair will vote only in the absence of his/her committee's chair. SGA Executive Officers and Senators may not serve as committee chairs unless no other qualified candidates apply. The President of the SGA will be the chair of the Campus Union Board and shall vote only in the case of a tie. The non-voting membership of the Campus Union Board shall consist of committee members appointed by the Senate Whip with consultation of the committee chairmen. All committee chairperson, assistant chairperson, and member must have a 2.5 grade point average and must maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average.

SECTION 5. Meetings

The Campus Union Board shall meet regularly during Fall and Spring semesters. The President of SGA may call special meetings. All regular meetings shall be open to the student body.

SECTION 6. Divisions

The Campus Union Board shall support five specific divisions. These divisions shall carry out the objectives of the Board through planned programs and activities.

SECTION 7. Funding

The Campus Union Board shall be financed by Student Life fees collected by Armstrong and allocated by the Student Government Association. The Campus Union Board shall be subject to all rules and regulations specified by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, the Vice President for Business and Finance of Armstrong and the Finance Committee of the Student Government Association.

SECTION 8. Removal of chairmen

A CUB chairman may be removed from his/her chairmanship by a majority decision of the SGA officers.

SECTION 9. Principles of Ethics

The Armstrong Campus Union Board shall abide by all rules, regulations and policies of the Armstrong handbook and Catalog.

SECTION 10. Adviser

The Adviser of the Campus Union Board shall be a Student Activities Administrative Staff member.

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Article VI - Amendments

This constitution may be amended through legislation introduced to the Senate and passed by two-thirds majority of that body present. Amendments are subject to review by the Student Activities Committee. Final approval shall be granted by two-thirds vote of those students voting in an SGA referendum.