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PREAMBLE
We, the Students of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, in order to form an effective self-government serving the collective interests of our artistic community, do establish and endorse this Constitution for the Student Body of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.


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RTICLE I - TITLE
The official title of this Organization shall be the Massachusetts College of Art and Design Student Government Association.

 

ARTICLE II - AUTHORITY
This body is subject to the laws of the United States of America, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the by-laws of the Board of Trustees of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. No other charter or code of any Student Group recognized by SGA may contain provisions contrary to this Constitution.

 

ARTICLE III – PURPOSE
The Student Government Association at Massachusetts College of Art and Design (hereafter referred to as SGA) enhances the student experience by providing a forum in which their voices may be heard. Through open meetings, students can promote and advance matters concerning their community. SGA provides students with a vital link to the faculty, staff and administration. In addition to acting as a framework in which other student organizations build upon, SGA ensures the continued advancement of an engaging student experience.

In addition, the SGA shall:

        (a)  Encourage responsible Student Activism through Self-Governance.

        (b)  Secure and defend the Student Body by ensuring full participation in the process of decision-making affecting their educational environment.

        (c)  Oversee and manage the Student Activity Fee.
 

ARTICLE IV – RATIFICATION
This Constitution and its provisions shall be considered ratified and in place upon a two-thirds vote of the Full Council (after sufficient time has been allotted for reasonable understanding) and once legal counsel of the college has approved changes.  Upon ratification, the date and names of the Council members so ratifying it shall be recorded on the title page of the document.

 

ARTICLE V — AMENDMENTS
After having duly ratified this Constitution under the provisions set forth in Article IV, a new amendment:

        (a)  May be proposed by any Student Member or Representative in a charge presented to either the SGA President or the SGA Full Council.

        (b)  Shall be first given consideration by the SGA President. After the charge is reviewed and approved by the Executive Board,  It will be passed along to Full Council
               for a vote.

        (c)  Shall be ratified by two-thirds vote of the Full Council.

 

All accepted amendments take effect immediately and cannot be applied retroactively.
 

ARTICLE VI - MEMBERSHIP
Membership in the SGA shall be contingent solely upon matriculation to the College. Any Member of the Student Body who is enrolled in classes at the College is eligible to attend and participate in SGA. No qualified Member shall be denied the right and privileges of Membership on the basis of age, marital status, ability, class, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, gender identity or expression or sexual orientation.

Upon lack of matriculation, either by dismissal from the college or by failure to return to the College at any point during the academic semester, any Member shall terminate his/her membership to the SGA. The Executive Board of SGA reserves the right to revoke Membership if the qualifications of Responsibility and Conduct are not met (as assessed by the SGA Advisor and/or Dean of Students).

 

A.   STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES
Student Representatives shall consist of delegates from each departmental concentration (as defined by the Office of Academic Affairs) and from each non-departmental Student Group formed under the guidelines of the SGA Constitution and By-Laws. Each department or group shall consist of either two (2) or three (3) Representatives. The duties and responsibilities of Representatives of the Full Council are as follows. Representatives shall:

        (a)  Be full-time matriculated students who pay the Student Activity Fee. If a Departmental Representative, the student must be enrolled in the Department that
               they are representing.

        (b)  Adhere to the stipulated attendance policy (see Full Council Attendance Policy, By-Laws Section 9).

        (c)  Report all actions of the Full Council proceedings to the Student Body he or she represents.

        (d)  Attend and participate in one of the SGA  Committees (see Article IX, Section A) as appointed by the Executive Board.

        (e)  Encourage membership to the Body that they represent for committees established outside the SGA Council to which students have been guaranteed
               representation (see Article IX, Section C).
 

B.   STUDENT MEMBERS
Any student who qualifies for Membership (as defined by Article VI) who is not a Student Representative is classified as a Student Member. Members may attend and speak during meetings and may put in a request with the SGA Secretary to participate in a SGA committee. Student Members do not possess voting rights.
 

ARTICLE VII – FULL COUNCIL
The SGA Full Council shall consist of an Executive Board (as defined by Article VIII), Student Representatives and Student Members. 

A.   MEETINGS

        (a)  Shall be held weekly on a day to be established by the Executive Board. A complete meeting schedule shall be determined by the Executive Board prior to the
               start of each semester and will be distributed to all Representatives once ratified.

        (b)  Meetings may be cancelled ahead of time at the discretion of the Executive Board. Full efforts shall be made to inform the Full Council in the event of a
               cancellation.

        (c)  Shall be mandatory for all Representatives of Departmental or Student Groups to attend. If a Representative cannot attend a Full Council meeting, their
              appointed Alternate Representative must attend. (See Full Council Attendance Policy in the By-Laws Section 9.)

        (d)  Shall be run according to the predetermined schedule, except in the event of a cancellation. However, voting may only take place when a quorum of the Full
              Council is present (see Article VIII, Section C).

        (e)  Meetings shall allow any student to address members of the Association, but only official Full Council Representatives or their Alternates shall cast votes.

        (f)   Shall be called for unforeseen emergencies by the President of SGA provided a reasonable attempt has been made to contact each Council member.

        (g)  Shall be recorded in minutes by the Secretary, which will be archived and made public record.
 

B.   VOTING

        (a)  Every Departmental and Student Group that has fulfilled all predetermined requirements (see Full Council Voting Membership, Article XI, Section 3) is considered
               a voting member of the Full Council. Each Group may have one vote in any issue brought to the Full Council.

        (b)  Votes shall be cast by Student Representatives. 
 

C.   QUORUM
Quorum shall be defined as attendance by Representatives from at least two-thirds (2/3) of Departmental and Student Groups with active voting membership. Quorum must be met at the time of attendance in order to validate official SGA proceedings. If a quorum is not obtained in any meeting, the meeting may still be held, but no voting may take place.

 

ARTICLE VIII - THE EXECUTIVE BOARD

A.   GROUP RESPONSIBILITIES
All members of the Executive Board must be current full-time undergraduate students in good academic and disciplinary standing throughout their term in office. As a group, the Executive Board of SGA shall:

        (a)  Act as representatives of and as a conduit for the Student Body.

        (b)  Set and adhere to a minimum of two (2) office hours per week. Office hours may be updated or changed when necessary, but should remain publicly available. If unavailable for their scheduled hours, alternate
               times must be posted outside SGA office or otherwise made known to the Student Body. 
 

        (c)  Meet as a group with the SGA advisor weekly (as determined by the SGA Executive Board) to discuss SGA business and prepare agendas.

        (d)  Set all deadlines for budget and new group proposals.

        (e)  Attend each weekly Full Council meeting and all meetings  of any subcommittee they are on or meetings which are required due to their position, with exceptions granted for academic or health reasons.

        (f)   Receive a stipend in the amount of $1,000.00 per semester.
 

B.   PRESIDENT

        (a)  Shall disseminate information received from members of the college community not affiliated with the SGA that affect student life at the college.

        (b)  Shall call, and Chair, all meetings of the Full Council.

        (c)  Shall be an Ex-Officio member of all internal Committees of the Council.

        (d)  Shall be able to co-sign Payment Request and Purchase Order Requisition forms that originate from the Student Activity Fee Trust Fund, in the absence of the Treasurer.

        (e)   Shall be able to initiate an internal ad hoc committee as needed and approved by two-thirds Full Council vote. Representatives assigned to an ad hoc committee will be relieved of their duties in any existing
                committee(s) for the duration of the ad hoc committee.

        (f)  Shall receive and make public the minutes of the All-College Committee and its sub-committees.

        (g)  Shall be a standing member of the Student Advisory Council (SAC), as organized through the State Board of Higher Education.

        (h)   Shall be the Chair of the Elections Committee.

        (i)  Shall make interim appointments to any vacant Executive Board position from qualified members of the student body and subject to the ratification by two-thirds private ballot vote of the Full Council.

        (j)   Shall monitor group adherence to SGA school-wide policies and procedures.

 

C.   VICE PRESIDENT

        (a)  Shall carry out all duties of the President if the President is unable to fulfill his/her position through absence, resignation, or matriculating status.

        (b)  Shall act as a liaison between SGA and the Student Development Office on Campus.

        (c)   Shall Chair the planning of the All School Show

        (d)  Shall be responsible for organizing SGA awareness programs during the Orientation period and/or during the beginning of the semester.

        (e)  Shall be responsible for any additional duties as assigned by the President. (f)   Shall preside over meetings in absence of President

 

D.   SECRETARY

        (a)  Shall record minutes at all Full Council meetings. These minutes shall be maintained and made publicly available for all Members of the Student Body, as well as e-mailed to the appropriate campus administrators
               each week.

        (b)  Shall maintain and update all files of the SGA, including organizational paperwork and shall make them available to any Representative upon request. (c)  Shall keep an updated and complete list of all Student
               Representatives, which shall be made publicly available.

        (c)  Shall call and record attendance and vote outcomes at Full Council meetings. [LF2] 

        (d)   Shall conduct SGA correspondences as requested by the Executive Board and/or President, and shall read all applicable correspondence at Full Council meetings. (g)  Shall keep and maintain minutes from all
               Executive Board meetings. These minutes shall be distributed to all members of the Executive Board.

        (e)  Shall preside over the meetings in the absence of both the SGA President and the SGA Vice-President.

        (f)   Shall oversee and approve all work done by the ad hoc Constitutional Committee.

        (g)   Shall inform Full Council of all applicable and relevant changes made to the Constitution and By-Laws in order to establish Ratification (see Article IV).

        (h)  Shall be responsible for any additional duties as assigned by the SGA President.

 

E.   TREASURER

        (a)  Shall keep a record of all SGA expenditure accounts and fundraising accounts.

        (b)  Shall be the principle signatory of all SGA Payment requests and Purchase Order Requisitions for all Full Council members.

        (c)  Shall receive monthly reports from the Business Office to insure the accuracy of the records.

        (d)  Shall issue financial statements to all Full Council members at beginning of spring semester.

        (e)  Shall inform Full Council of financial matters.

        (f)   Shall oversee the funds to pay outstanding debts acquired and accepted by the SGA

        (g)  Shall act as Executor of the funds in SGA accounts until June 15th. Funds will then be pooled into the SGA rollover fund.

        (h)  Shall chair the SGA Budget Committee.

        (i)   Shall be responsible for any additional duties as assigned by president.

        (j)   Shall preside over the Full Council meetings in the absence of President, Vice President, and Secretary. [LF3] 

 

F.   STUDENT TRUSTEE

        (a)  Shall be a voting member on the Board of Trustees of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

        (b)  Shall be endowed with all the rights, privileges, and responsibilities as are accorded to their fellow Board of Trustees members.

        (c)  Shall keep the SGA Council informed of all matters pertaining to the Board of Trustees.

        (d)  Shall be a standing member of the Student Advisory Council (SAC) and the Higher Education Coordinating Council (HECC).  

        (e)   Shall inform the Full Council of Student Issues.

        (f)  Shall be responsible for any additional duties assigned by President.

 

G.  MEDIA COORDINATOR

        (a)  Shall consistently update and maintain all outlets of relevant social media to inform Representatives and Members (as well as prospective students) on the activities and business of the SGA.

        (b)  Shall utilize social media accounts to advertise for and report on SGA-sponsored events. (This may include posting event information and documentation).

        (c)  Shall be responsible for overseeing and sustaining the SGA website (including but not limited to updating paperwork files and maintaining a calendar of events and student activities).

        (d)  Shall assist with marketing and production for the All School Show at the behest of the Vice President.

        (e)   Shall be responsible for any additional duties assigned by President.

 

ARTICLE IX - COMMITTEES

A.   STANDING SUBCOMMITTEES
All SGA Full Council Representatives shall be required to sit on and participate in a committee.  All  students will select which committee they would like to serve on (either the budget committee or a governance committee)
 

1.   BUDGET COMMMITTEE (Chair: SGA Treasurer)

        (a)  Ten (10) Representatives: 5 Departmental Representatives and 5 Student Group Representatives. In order to hold a Committee meeting, there must be at least 6 Representatives present. (Recommended
               departments include Art Education, one department from Communication Design, one department from Environmental Design, one department from Fine Arts 2D or 3D, and SIM.)

        (b)  Review and revise (if necessary) the Budget Guidelines and Procedures each semester.

        (c)  Review and approve budgets.

        (d)  Make recommendations on all SGA spending.

 

2.    GOVERNANCE COMMITTEES
Governance Committees are an  incredibly important part of running the College and we, as students, have the right to representation in these groups.  Governance Committees make all of the BIG decisions and deal with everything from curriculum changes to disciplinary hearings.  Full Council members should also help to promote awareness surrounding Governance Committees and recruit students who are not on SGA to join them.

 

B.   DISCRETIONARY SUBCOMMITTEES
The following committees may be created at the discretion of their acting chairs in order to assist with Executive Board tasks.
 

1.   CONSTITUTIONAL  COMMITTEE (Chair: SGA Secretary)
This committee will periodically review the constitution and bylaws and update as necessary.  At a minimum, the constitution and bylaws must be reviewed every other year.

 

2.   ELECTIONS COMMITTEE (Chair: President)
This committee assists the President in running Executive Board elections for the following academic year.  If the current President is running for Executive Board again, the Vice-President will take over this role and so on.

 

C.   AD-HOC COMMITTEES     
The Full Council may establish Ad-Hoc committees in response to student need and/or suggestion. (Previous examples include things like the Health and Counseling, Multicultural, Recycling and Safety on Campus Committees.) Ad Hoc Committees must uphold the principals of the Constitution and the By-Laws recognized by the Council.

 

ARTICLE X: FULL COUNCIL VOTING
Voting members are able to call votes to the floor at Full Council Meetings only when a quorum is present (see Article VII, Section C for definition of a quorum).

  1. VOTING MEMBERSHIP

                    (a)   Each designated representative or alternate for a recognized departmental or non-departmental group which has an approved charter is a voting member of the Full Council.  Each departmental or non-
                           departmental group can have one vote in any issue brought to the Full Council Floor.

                    (b)   Executive Board members have voting rights at Full Council and  Committee meetings except when they are the acting chair.


      2. NON-VOTING MEMBERSHIP

           Any student enrolled in the Massachusetts College of Art and Design full or part -time when contributing to the Student Activity Fee is an active non-voting member of the SGA Full Council.

 

ARTICLE XI - BY LAWS
As Approved AY1999-00 (Addition Of Chapters 7-9)

      1.   DEFINITION
            A by-law is a rule adopted for the regulation of a group’s affairs.

      2.   PROCEDURES
            Introduction, deletion and modification of constitutional by-laws shall follow the procedures set forth in Article IV[LF6] . No By-law may take precedence over constitutionally ratified amendments

      3.   MEMBERSHIP TO THE FULL COUNCIL
            Membership is contingent upon each Group’s fulfillment of the following requirements:
                    (a)   Group membership to the SGA Full Council consists of one (1) Representative and one (1) – two (2) Alternate (qualifying for membership as stated in Article VI) for each recognized non[LF7] -departmental                             Group or department of the existing curriculum (as defined by the Office of Academic Affairs).

                    (b)   Representatives and Alternates for a departmental group must be full-time students enrolled in the Department or Major Concentration they are representing.

                    (c)   Signing of the Anti-hazing Agreement, Student Representative Contract and Charter Form[LF8]  

                    (d)   A Charter must be submitted to and approved by the Executive Board. Charter guidelines are pre-set by the Executive Board (see Section 4 of these By-laws).

                    (e)   A Representative or Alternate shall not exclude any member of the SGA from active participation.

                    (f)    Members of the Full Council shall be eligible to serve on Committees of SGA.

                    (g)   All departmental and non-departmental Groups must be supportive of the established SGA Constitution and By-laws.

           
         4.   CHARTERED GROUPS
               All existing SGA departmental and non-departmental groups must submit a group charter each year.  To establish a new non-departmental Group, a Representative and Alternate must write a Charter and    
               propose membership to the Full Council:

                    (a)   The written Charter must give a detailed description of the group’s purpose and state how the Group will be beneficial to the entire Student Population.

                    (b)   The Representative and the Alternate (if desired)of[LF9]  the proposed Group must make a formal presentation to the Full Council and explain how the Group will benefit the entire Student Population.

                    (c)   The Representative and Alternate must give a description of why they will or will not be asking for funding.  If approved, all new groups will receive $500 for this first semester of membership. The Group
                            must be voted on and approved by two-thirds majority. Full Council reserves the right to debate during the approval process. An approved Group must follow the established Constitution and By-laws of the
                            SGA.

 

      5.   REQUIREMENTS FOR SGA FUNDING
            Student Government shall follow established SGA Budget Guidelines and Procedures under the provision that all material is initially approved by a Full Council Vote. Departmental and non-departmental groups shall             be funded contingent upon fulfillment of membership requirements (see Article XI, Section 3) as well as the following:

            (a)   A written proposal for funding shall strictly adhere to the Budget Guidelines and then be submitted to the Treasurer of the SGA.

            (b)   Funding proposals must be submitted to the Treasurer by the deadline established by the Executive Board.

            (c)   The Budget Committee will meet to approve requests for funds.

            (d)   One of the group’s Representatives must attend every Full Council meeting. Failure to adhere to the established attendance requirements will result in suspension of the Group’s funds. The Representatives will                    receive a warning from the Secretary after two (2) absences and a notice of suspension of budget and voting privileges after three absences.  

 

        6.   RESTRICTIONS ON SGA FUNDING
              Funding shall not be granted for the following reasons:

              (a)   A Representative has not followed the Budget Guidelines and Procedures.

              (b)   A group does not abide by the Constitution and By-laws established and followed by the SGA.

              (c)   The Anti-Hazing Agreement is broken.

 

        7.   NON-FUNDED MEMBERSHIP
              Non-funded Membership to the SGA Full Council is an option for any Group; they will receive equal voting privileges, but no funding. A non-funded Member shall be eligible to serve on committees of the SGA. The               Group must follow the rules described in the Constitution and the By-laws.

        8.   RULES OF DEBATE
              Debate will take place in accordance to Robert’s Rules of Order 

              (a)   A member may address the Chair of the Full Council and make a formal motion of debate.

              (b)   There must also be a second and a third to follow the original motion. The Secretary must record these members.

              (c)   The Chair will then formulate the proposed question so that it is clear and unbiased. If the form of the said question is agreeable to by the persons making a motion, the Chair will Propose to the entire Full                              Council that a debate ensue.

              (d)   To voice an opinion in a debate you must be recognized by the and given an appointed moment to address the Full Council.

              (e)   There will be no frivolous or excessive debate.

              (f)    The Executive Board reserves the right to express opinions during debate, but must follow said guidelines.

 

        9.  FULL COUNCIL ATTENDANCE POLICY
             
             (a) One of the Group’s Representatives must attend every Full Council meeting. It is expected that the Representative arrive on time and stay until the meeting is dismissed.  Failure to adhere to the established                       attendance requirements will result in suspension of the Group and their funds. The Representatives will receive a warning from the Secretary after two (2) absences and a notice of suspension after        
                three absences.  In addition, being late to a meeting (3) times will equal (1) absence.  Late qualifies as coming in after your group has been called in the attendance roll call.  It is the responsibility of the                                   representative to see the Secretary at the end of the meeting to let them know they were late and not absent.  In addition, leaving the meeting early (before the motion for to  
                dismiss
) three times will count as an absence.

 

ARTICLE XII – ELECTIONS

As Approved AY 2006-07

Any Massachusetts College of Art and Design undergraduate student who is enrolled full-time and is in good academic and disciplinary standing can run for election. Elections will be held in high traffic areas on campus, such as the main entrances and lobbies of buildings. Available Positions are: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary,  Student Trustee, and Media Coordinator.

 

      1.   PROCEDURES, GUIDELINES, RULES

            (a)  Nomination papers go out the Friday before the first day of the nomination period.

            (b)  Nominations are held for a two-week period.

            (c)  Each candidate seeking an Executive Board Position must obtain 15 nomination signatures by any full or part-time student.

            (d)  Students may only nominate one candidate per position.

            (e)  Candidates may not solicit votes inside the voting areas.

            (f)   Candidates and their supporters are allowed to solicit votes outside the voting areas as long as it does not impede the progress of persons who wish to walk through the polling areas.

            (g)  Any candidate who violates any of the election procedures can be dismissed from the race at the discretion of the Elections Committee.

            (h)  All full and part-time students paying the Student Activity Fee for the election semester are eligible to vote in the election.

            (i)    In the event that 20% of the eligible students who have paid the Student Activity Fee do not cast votes, the voting will be continued for no longer than two days.  At the end of the two days the ballots will be                            counted.

            (j)    In the event of a tie, elections will be re-opened solely listing the position of interest. The polls will remain open for that position only for one (1) additional day, at the end of that day if there is still a tie the                                election for that position will go the Full Council for a secret ballot vote.

            (k)  A Candidate may, in writing, withdraw their name from the ballot within forty-eight (48) hours of the election

            (l)   Posters, flyers, handbills, etc. must be placed on bulletin boards designated for general announcements and cannot be placed over other candidate flyers or posters. All materials must be approved and                                 stamped in the Student Development Office before posting. Advertising may not begin until nominations are counted and announced.

            (m) No posters, handbills, etc. will be hung anywhere in the specified voting areas during elections. An informational paragraph about a candidate and their campaign may be placed on each election table and                              contained in any SGA-sponsored student email. Text must be approved by the Elections Committee prior to the election.

            (n)  Violations of the Student Code of Conduct by a candidate will result in the immediate dismissal of that candidate by power of the SGA President, SGA Advisor and the Dean of Students.

            (o)  If a student is not in good academic standing they will not be eligible to run in the election

            (p)  Names on the ballot will be listed in alphabetical order.

            (q)  Election results will be made public within 24 hours of the polls closing.

            (r)   Candidates may request, in writing, a recount of votes from the Elections Committee Chair within 24 hours of the posted election results.

 

      2.   ELECTIONS COMMITTEE

            (a)  Shall consist of the Chair (SGA President) and a minimum of three[LF15]  (3) and a maximum of six (6) members to be appointed by the President of the SGA.

            (b)  Shall oversee all elections whether general or special.

            (c)  Shall organize all advertising, ballots, vote counting, election sites, counting and debates for elections.

            (d)  Shall organize meetings to discuss additional rules and regulations of campaigns.

            Should the SGA President run for re-election, the Student Trustee will be Chair of the Elections Committee. In the event that the Trustee is also running for re-election, the position of Chair will be nominated and                   appointed by the Full Council upon two-thirds vote.

 

      3.   PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENTS
            The Elections Committee shall provide for the public an announcement of the following information no less than seven (7) [LF16] calendar days prior to the close of nominations:

            (a)  Dates, times and voting sites of the elections.

            (b)  Nominating procedures and date at which nominations shall be closed.

            (c)  Contact information of the Chair of the Elections Committee.

            (d)  Any additional information affecting   that year’s elections.

 

      4.   ELECTION SITES

            (a)  There shall be a minimum of 2 persons manning each of (2-3)  voting locations.  Every group/department is required to have one rep/alternate sit at a voting shift[LF17] 

            (b)  The attendees shall be students of MassArt.

            (c)  Attendees shall have a working knowledge of Article XII of the SGA Constitution Bylaws.

 

      5.   BALLOTS

             (a)  The SGA Ballot is an online ballot which includes the six  positions, all nominated candidates, a space for a write-in candidate for each position, and any additional collection of data set forth by the Elections                            Committee.

             (b)  The official ballot shall stand as the sole document to record votes. No other documents will be accepted or counted in any way or form.

             (c)  Write in candidates are permitted to campaign. These candidates are not required to consult or receive approval of any present member of the SGA body. They shall be responsible for understanding and                              abiding by all procedures, guidelines, and rules set forth in the Constitution and By-laws.

             (d)  In the event of an appeal to violations of election procedures, the Elections Committee will gather information and allow for a Full Council hearing of the appeal. Any action towards candidates is final by a Full                        Council majority vote.

             (e)  Changes to this policy must be conducted in accordance with the SGA Constitution and By-laws (see Article XI).

 

ARTICLE XIII - Disciplinary Action
Any member of the MassArt SGA may make a motion before the SGA Full Council to censure or indict any elected official or appointed member of the SGA and associated committees.

      1.   CENSURE AND INDICTMENT PROCEEDINGS

            (a)  Censure (warnings) - The MassArt SGA Full Council shall have the power to censure, that is, officially reprimand (warn) any of its own members, any elected or appointed SGA Officer, and any SGA Group at                          any time.  

            (b)  Censure proceedings may only be closed by the SGA President or, in the case of a Presidential Impeachment, the SGA Vice-President.

            (c)   The SGA Secretary shall officially notify censured individuals and Groups of the reprimand.  Repeated censures may be grounds for impeachment.

      2.  Indictment (Impeachment Trial)

            (a)The Full Council shall have the power to indict any of its own members and any elected or appointed officer of any committee, Group, or position within the SGA Full Council.

            (b)   Upon indictment, the Student Trustee and an appointed committee shall impeach, that is, formally try, the indicted member on all charges within 72 hours, unless extenuating circumstances deem otherwise.                          These meetings will be recorded by the SGA Secretary but will remain confidential.

            (c)   The SGA Trustee shall refer to the Constitution and bylaws as well as the MassArt Code of Conduct

            (d)  The indicted member shall retain all powers and responsibilities of office while awaiting trial and the verdict.

            (e)  Indictment Proceedings - SGA Full Council shall have the power to conduct indictment procedures with a majority of its members present. The exclusive presence is required of any Council Member charged                          and/or bringing the charges.

            (f)   The proceedings shall be chaired by the SGA President, or in the case of direct conflict of interest, by the SGA Vice President.

            (g)   These proceedings may not be closed until completion.

            (h)  The officer in question in an indictment hearing shall enjoy the following rights:
                   -to be present at and for the duration of the proceedings
                   -to hear all charges presented against them
                   -to have the final words, before a vote, in  their own defense.

            (i)   A majority vote in favor, exclusive of any Council member charged and/or bringing the charges shall be required for indictment or censure.

     
      3. Impeachment and Removal from Office

            (a)   Grounds for impeachment shall consist of one or more of the following:
                    -dereliction of duty
                    -incompetence
                    -employment of funds or property of the SGA for private gain
                    -violation of the Constitution or its by-laws
                    -repeated censure
                    -violation of the Student Code of Conduct
                    -poor academic standing

            (b) The SGA President shall determine the validity of the charges and shall have the power to direct the appropriate course of action or to immediately remove the individual from office. In the event of a direct                             conflict of interest, the Vice President shall assume these responsibilities.

            (c)  The President should delegate any indictment proceedings to either Full Council or the Student Trustee and an appointed committee.  All documentation shall be retained. In the event of a direct conflict of                              interest, the Vice President shall assume these responsibilities.

            (d)  An individual sentenced to removal shall be relieved of the powers of office. The SGA Full Council shall declare the position vacant and the removed individual shall not have the right to run for, or be                                        considered for appointment to, the same office indefinitely.

            (e)   Decisions of the Student Trustee and appointed committee may be appealed to SGA Full Council.  The student looking to appeal should contact the SGA Advisor for proper procedure. .Decisions of the Full                             Council may be appealed to the SGA Executive Board.  The student looking to appeal should contact the SGA Advisor for proper procedure.

            (f)    Recall - Any constituency shall have the power to supersede any decision or proclamation by the SGA or this Constitution and its by-laws:

            (g)   If the constituency is campus-wide, the petition to recall must contain the signatures of at least 60% of the MassArt undergraduate student body.

            (h)   If the constituency is less than campus-wide, the petition must receive a two-thirds majority endorsement of that motion.

            (i)    In the case of elections, the Elections Committee shall, if they determine the petition to be in good order, within the limits of the Constitution, conduct an election for the office in question.

 

ARTICLE XIV - OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS

SGA Documents include Official Forms, Guidelines, Ballots, Procedures, Rulings, Regulations, Group Constitutions and all other formal material internal to SGA and all active groups. Approval of such documentation controls standards and eliminates contrary procedure in budget allocation, elections, student issues, awards and any other annual or ad-hoc regulated documentation.

 

      1.   APPROVAL PROCESS

             a)    All documentation will work in conjunction with and may not supersede regulations established by the SGA Constitution or by-laws.

             b)    All documentation shall be decided official in the manner described in Article XI.
 

      2.   REMOVAL PROCESS

            a)   All approval of documentation is subject to appeals by the procedures described in the Student Government.
 

      3.   PROCEDURES

            a)    Following a vote, and upon approval, proposed documents will be enacted and the SGA Secretary will record all supporting documentation.

            b)    Approved official documents should include date of approval, author(s), and comments.

 

 

RATIFICATION

see Articles X-XII for ratification procedures

 

Signatures of Approval

 

 

Ratification date:  _______ / _______ / _______

 

Student Government President: ___________________________________________________

 

Student Government Advisor: _____________________________________________________

 

Dean of Students: ___________________________________________________________

 

Full Council Votes Record: (see Article VIII, Section 1) Please Attach.

 

 

 


 

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