Constitution

SGA LogoJefferson State Community College Student Government Association Constitution – Ratified October 15, 2011

ARTICLE I

This organization shall be known as the “Jefferson State Community College Student Government Association.”

ARTICLE II

The Student Government Association shall be comprised of a Student Government Association Executive Council and a Student Senate.

ARTICLE III

The Student Government Association Executive Council shall be the executive body of the Student Government Association.

SECTION I –  Membership in the Student Government Association Executive Council consists of currently enrolled students at Jefferson State Community College.

SECTION II –  The Student Government Association Executive Council shall consist of a President, Vice President for each campus and instructional site, Secretary, Director of Activities, and Director of Communications. Each office shall be elected by the students of Jefferson State Community College in a college-wide election as outlined in the bylaws.

SECTION III –  The operating year for the Student Government Association Executive Council shall be for a calendar year beginning in April as decided by the Student Elections Committee as outlined in the bylaws.

SECTION IV –  Offices that comprise the Student Government Association Executive Council may be added or deleted by the council with the approval of the Student Government Association Advisor. Changes must be approved before the April election.

ARTICLE IV

The Student Senate shall be the assembly of representatives of the student body of Jefferson State Community College through which the students shall exercise their responsibilities as defined in the bylaws.

SECTION I – The Student Senate shall be made up of representatives and senators.

SECTION II – Each SGA-recognized campus student organization shall appoint one representative from the organization to the Student Senate. This representative shall have all the same rights and responsibilities of the other members of the Student Senate as outlined in Article IV and the bylaws.

SECTION III – Senators shall be currently enrolled students at Jefferson State Community College who are elected by currently enrolled students in a campus-wide election as set by the Student Elections Committee.

SECTION IV – Each campus and instructional site shall have its own branch of the Student Senate with the Vice President of that location acting as Speaker of the Senate as outlined in the bylaws.

SECTION V – The operating year for the Student Senate shall be during the fall and spring semester of the academic year.

ARTICLE V

The Student Government Association shall be sponsored by an advisor chosen by the Dean of Enrollment Services from the full-time faculty and staff of Jefferson State Community College. The SGA Advisor may seek assistance from other members of the faculty and staff as needed.

ARTICLE VI

Meetings of the Student Senate and Student Government Association Executive Council shall take place regularly throughout the year and shall follow the rules, regulations, and procedures outlined in the bylaws.

SECTION I – Each branch of the Student Senate shall have a minimum of one meeting a month during its term. The Speaker of the Senate, with the advice of the Student Senate and the Student Government Association Executive Council, shall determine the date, time, and location of each meeting. The Speaker of the Senate may call additional meetings when the Speaker deems one is needed or when a majority of the Student Senate petitions for one.

SECTION II – The Student Government Association Executive Council shall have a minimum of one meeting a month during its term. The Student Government Association President, with the advice of the Student Government Association Executive Council, shall determine the date, time, and location of each meeting. The Student Government President may call additional meetings when the President deems one is needed or when a majority of the Student Government Association Executive Council petitions for one.

SECTION III – A quorum for the Student Senate shall be when two-thirds of the members are present at any Student Senate meeting.

SECTION IV – A quorum for the Student Government Association Executive Council shall be when three-fourths of the members are present at any Student Government Association Executive Council meeting.

SECTION V – Members of the Student Senate and the Student Government Association Executive Council may use any form of technology, including but not limited to videoconferencing and email, as decided upon by the members of each group to conduct meetings.

ARTICLE VII

All amendments to the constitution and bylaws shall be sponsored by a member of the Student Senate and comply with the procedures outlined in the bylaws.