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  • The following is the Constitution of the Student Government of Seattle University, herein referred to as SGSU.

    Preamble

    We, the undergraduate students of Seattle University, have the inherent right to establish an association that ensures the expression and protection of student rights, interests, concerns, and opinions, involves students in a constructive partnership in the operations of the University, serves a significant role in the formation, implementation, and application of institutional policy affecting both Academic and Student Affairs of undergraduate students, and promotes the internal welfare and unity of the student community. Therefore, we hereby ordain and establish this Constitution for the Student Government of Seattle University.

    Mission Statement

    As the elected representation of the Seattle University undergraduate student body, theStudent Governmentof Seattle University (SGSU), formed in harmony with the University's mission, is the official voice andadvocate for students. SGSU communicates with students regarding their collective and constituent interests,promotes opportunities for student leadership and involvement,assists in thedevelopment of a cohesive undergraduate community, and provides the undergraduate community with political and financial support.

    Article I: Name and Office

    Section 1: The name of the association under this constitution shall be the "Student Governmentof Seattle University," referred to herein as SGSU.

    Section 2: The principal office of SGSU is located in the Student Center at Seattle University, referred to herein as the University.

    Article II: Constituents

    Section 1: SGSU shall only have one kind of constituent. Constituents for SGSU are those students currently classified at the undergraduate level at Seattle University. The undergraduate level includes those students who are admitted through the undergraduate admissions process and are pursuing a program of study which will result in a Seattle University undergraduate degree, certificate, or completion of a prescribed set of pre-requisites required for entry into a specific degree program.

    Section 2: Constituent membership shall commence starting the first day students are admitted to the University and shall end immediately prior to the first day of the next academic quarter, unless renewed by continuing admission and enrollment at the University.

    Section 3: Constituents who withdraw or are expelled from the University shall lose constituent membership immediately.

    Section 4: The rights of constituents are as follows:

    1. Vote in all SGSU elections.
    2. Be elected to hold an SGSU Officer position.
    3. Be appointed as an SGSU delegate to a committee.
    4. Attend meetings of SGSU.
    5. Attend events and activities sponsored by SGSU.
    6. Have reasonable access to all records concerning SGSU, except those records that are deemed to be injurious to a student's reasonable right to privacy in a personnel or disciplinary matter.

    Section 5: SGSU and its officers do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual or political orientation, or status as a veteran in the administration of SGSU organization, the selection of officers and appointees, other SGSU-administered policies and programs, or in employment related policies and practices.

    Article III: SGSU Officers

    Section 1: The elected Executive Officers of SGSU shall be:

    1. President
    2. Executive Vice President
    3. Vice President of Finance
    4. Vice President of University Affairs

    Section 2: Each person seeking to become or remain as an Executive Officer must be a constituent of SGSU.

    Section 3: The Executive Officers shall be elected by a plurality (i.e. the highest number of votes for any one candidate designates the winner) at the duly held annual Spring Election conducted in accordance with the SGSU Constitution, SGSU Bylaws, and the SGSU Elections Code.

    Section 4: The term of office for Executive Officers shall be one year, starting at the beginning of the last SGSU Representative Assembly meeting of the academic year in which they were elected.

    Section 5: The elected Representative Officers of SGSU shall be:

    1. At-Large Representative (2)
    2. Athletic Representative
    3. Commuter Representative
    4. International Representative
    5. Freshman Representative (2)
    6. Junior Representative
    7. Multicultural Representative
    8. Non-Traditional Representative
    9. Senior Representative
    10. Sophomore Representative
    11. Transfer Representative

    Section 6: Each person seeking to become or remain as a Representative Officer must be a constituent of SGSU. Each person seeking to become or remain as a Representative Officer must meet the candidate eligibility requirements for their respective SGSU Officer position.

    Section 7: The term of office for Representative Officers elected in the Fall shall be less than one year, starting at the beginning of the first SGSU Representative Assembly meeting after the Fall Election and ending at the beginning of the last SGSU Representative Assembly meeting of the academic year in which they were elected. The term of office for Representative Officers elected in the Spring shall be one year, starting at the beginning of the last SGSU Representative Assembly meeting of the academic year in which they were elected.

    Section 8: One student may not concurrently hold more than one permanent elected office.

    Section 9: Executive and Representative Officers shall be entitled to seek election and hold office for successive terms.

    Section 10: A constituent who is an employee of SGSU may not hold an officer position.

    Section 11: SGSU Officers shall receive compensation. The Representative Officers elected in the fall quarter must all receive equal compensation. Also, the Representative Officers elected in the Spring Election must all receive equal compensation.

    Article IV: Elections

    Section 1: On each matter submitted to a vote of the constituents, each constituent shall be entitled to cast one vote.

    Section 2: The University will provide a list of constituents to SGSU. This list will serve as the list of students currently eligible to vote in the SGSU Elections.

    Section 3: SGSU will hold two general elections; one in the fall quarter and one in the spring quarter.

    Section 4: SGSU delegates authority to the Elections Commission for all SGSU Elections. The Secretary of Elections will serve as the primary student responsible for organizing, coordinating, and facilitating the SGSU Elections.

    Article V: Representative Assembly

    Section 1: The Representative Assembly shall be the primary governing body of SGSU.

    Section 2: The Representative Assembly shall be comprised of voting and non-voting members.

    Each voting member (Representatives) will have one vote.

    Voting Members:

    1. At-Large Representative (2)
    2. Athletic Representative
    3. Commuter Representative
    4. International Representative
    5. Freshman Representative (2)
    6. Junior Representative
    7. Multicultural Representative
    8. Non-Traditional Representative
    9. Senior Representative
    10. Sophomore Representative
    11. Transfer Representative

    Non-voting members:

    1. President
    2. Executive Vice President (Chair of Representative Assembly)
    3. Vice President of Finance
    4. Vice President of University Affairs
    5. Assistant Director of Student Activities
    6. Graduate Advisor(s)
    7. Special Representatives as designated by the Representative Assembly

    Section 3: All members of the Representative Assembly shall strive to act in, and represent the best interests of the student body of Seattle University and the SGSU organization. Each member of the Representative Assembly shall perform his or her duties in good faith, in a manner which he or she believes to be in the best interest of SGSU and its constituents, and with such care, including reasonable inquiry, as an ordinary prudent person in a like position would use under similar circumstances.

    Section 4: Subject to this Constitution and the Bylaws relating to actions requiring approval of the constituents, all the activities and affairs of SGSU shall be conducted and all powers shall be exercised by, or under the direction of, the Representative Assembly. The Representative Assembly may delegate operational activities to Executive Officers, University employees, and student assistants, provided that the ultimate management responsibility shall continue to be exercised by the Representative Assembly.

    Section 5: Without limiting the authority of the Representative Assembly as set forth above, the Representative Assembly shall be responsible for the following:

    1. Approving and submitting legislation for the President's signature.
    2. Expressing the will, opinion or intent of theStudent Governmentof Seattle University and of the undergraduate student body.
    3. Supervising and directing the affairs, properties and operations of SGSU.
    4. Approving the annual budget and budget revision of SGSU and all SGSU financial policies.
    5. Hearing reports from standing boards and committees.
    6. Ensuring that SGSU elections are held in accordance with the SGSU Elections Code.

    Article VI: Representative Assembly Meetings

    Section 1: Regular meetings of the Representative Assembly shall be held at least every week during the fall, winter, and spring quarters. However, no regular meetings shall be held during the week of final exams unless called by the Executive Vice President. The meetings shall be held at a regularly scheduled campus location.

    Section 2: The Representative Assembly shall meet a minimum of seven (7) times per quarter, with the exception of summer quarter.

    Section 3: Representative Assembly meetings will be conducted using Robert's Rules of Order.

    Section 4: Quorum for the Representative Assembly meetings shall be two-thirds (2/3) of the voting members then in office.

    Section 5: All matters, which are not stated differently within this document, shall pass by a simple majority vote.

    Section 6: Every act or decision made by a simple majority vote of the voting Representatives present at a duly held Representative Assembly meeting at which quorum is present is the act of the Representative Assembly.

    Section 7: The following acts require a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Representative Assembly members in office:

    1. Overriding a Presidential veto.
    2. Removing officers from office.
    3. Approving appointments to fill vacant positions of Representatives.
    4. Approving appointments to fill vacant positions of Executive Officers.
    5. Approving the annual schedule of meetings.

    Section 8: The Representative Assembly, in its discretion, may create subordinate Appointed Officer positions as may be required by the affairs of the Organization, and may specify the term, qualifications, and duties of such Appointed Officers. The SGSU President shall nominate, and the Representative Assembly shall appoint, persons to fill these positions in accordance with the Constitution and Bylaws and any additional requirements specified by the Representative Assembly.

    Section 9: The following non-voting members of the Representative Assembly are entitled to the same notice and right to attend meetings of the Representative Assembly, SGSU committees, and SGSU boards:

    1. President
    2. Executive Vice President (Chair of Representative Assembly)
    3. Vice President of Finance
    4. Vice President of University Affairs
    5. Assistant Director of Student Activities
    6. Graduate Advisor
    7. Special Representatives as designated by the Representative Assembly

    Article VII: Joint Session

    Section 1: A Joint Session will be convened for the purpose of adopting, repealing, or amending all or any part of the Constitution and/or the Bylaws.

    Section 2: A Joint Session consists of all of Representatives and Executives. Each Representative and Executive will have one vote. Joint Sessions shall be chaired by the Executive Vice President, who may not vote, but retains the right to vote to break a tie. Quorum for the Joint Session meetings shall be two-thirds (2/3) of the Representatives and Executives then in office. A two-thirds vote is required to pass any changes to the Constitution and/or Bylaws.

    Article VIII: Executive Officers

    Section 1: The Executive Officers of SGSU shall be the President, Executive Vice President, Vice President of Finance and Vice President of University Affairs.

    Section 2: The President shall:

    1. Oversee all SGSU activities.
    2. Advocate the student perspective on issues that affect the quality of student life, including but not limited to the quality of education, academics, student life, and campus issues.
    3. Represent the students and SGSU to all persons and organizations within and outside the University.
    4. Serve as spokesperson for SGSU and for the undergraduate Seattle University student population.
    5. Serve as the undergraduate student representative to the University Board of Trustees.
    6. Serve as the liaison to the University President.
    7. Approve or veto all SGSU Representative Assembly legislation.

    Section 3: The Executive Vice President shall:

    1. Oversee the internal operations of SGSU.
    2. Advocate the student perspective on issues that affect the quality of student life, including but not limited to the quality of education, academics, student life, and campus issues.
    3. Chair the SGSU Representative Assembly (includes the right to vote to break a tie).
    4. Serve as the administrative officer for the SGSU Representative Assembly.
    5. Act as the SGSU President in the temporary absence of the SGSU President.

    Section 4: The Vice President of Finance shall:

    1. Oversee the internal financial operation of SGSU and the SGSU Appropriations process.
    2. Advocate the student perspective on issues that affect the quality of student life, including, but not limited to, the quality of education, academics, student life, and campus issues.
      1. Host a Budget Transparency Forum open to all students in which the University Executives present the new budget. This allows students to become more informed on where their tuition dollars are being spent.
    3. Serve as the liaison to the University Vice President of Finance and Business Affairs.
    4. Serve as the liaison to the University Vice President for Planning.

    Section 5: The Vice President of University Affairs shall:

    1. Oversee efforts relating to academics and student life.
    2. Advocate the student perspective on issues that affect the quality of student life, including but not limited to the quality of education, academics, student life, and campus issues.
    3. Serve as the liaison to the Provost.
    4. Serve as the liaison to Vice President for Student Development.
    5. Appoint students as SGSU delegates to, and dismiss SGSU student delegates from, University committees, subject to approval by the SGSU Representative Assembly.
    6. Oversee students serving as SGSU delegates on University committees.
    7. Serve as Ex Officio Member of Academic Assembly.

    Section 6: General Duties of all Representatives are as follows:

    1. Advocate the student perspective on issues that affect the quality of student life, including but not limited to the quality of education, academics, student life, and campus issues.
    2. Serve as a voting member of the SGSU Representative Assembly.
    3. Represent the best interests of their respective community and the student body.
    4. Write and present legislation and resolutions for the betterment of the general undergraduate student population.

    Article IX: Vacancies, Resignation and Removal of Officers

    Section 1: A vacancy of any office of SGSU shall be deemed to exist on the occurrence of any of the following:

    1. The death, resignation or removal of an officer.
    2. One of the officer positions is not filled through the duly held election or selection process.

    Section 2: Any SGSU Officer may resign by giving written notice to the Assistant Director of Student Activities. The resignation shall be effective upon delivery of the notice, unless the notice specifies a later time for the effectiveness of such resignation. If the resignation is effective at a future time, a successor may be designated to take office when the resignation becomes effective.

    Section 3: An SGSU Officer can be removed by either a Recall Election or by the Representative Assembly.

    Section 4: An SGSU Officer may be removed by a vote of the constituents at an election duly held under the authority of theStudent Governmentof Seattle University Elections Code.

    Article X: Constitutional Amendment Process

    Section 1: Any SGSU Officer can bring an amendment(s) that may amend, append, or repeal the Constitution, or any part thereof, before the Representative Assembly. The amendments must follow these guidelines:

    1. The proposed amendment(s) must be approved by a two-thirds majority vote of the Representative Assembly before it can be brought to a vote in a general election.
    2. The proposed amendment(s), once approved by the Representative Assembly, will be placed on the ballot of the upcoming SGSU Election.
    3. The proposed amendment(s) must receive a majority vote of the constituents voting in a general or special election to be approved.
    4. The proposed amendment(s) shall become effective on the specified date of enactment once the proposed amendments have been approved in a general or special election.

    Article XI: Constitution Enactment

    Section 1: This Constitution shall be the supreme authority of the SGSU, and all bylaws, codes, and policies shall be, in form and interpretation, consistent with this Constitution.

    Section 2: This Constitution shall enter into full effect on the twenty-sixth of September, Two Thousand and One.

    Amended May 14th, 2002

    Amendment enacted Fall Election 2002

    Amended April 13, 2005

    Amended by Joint Session on April 2, 2008

    Amended by Joint Session on April 9, 2008

    Amendments enacted Spring Election, April 22-24, 2008

    Amended April 21, 2010

    Amended April 4, 2012

    Amendments enacted Spring Election, April 25-27, 2012