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The Constitution of the Students

Lake Superior State University

 

“Some men look at Constitutions with sanctimonious reverence, and deem them like the ark of the covenant, too sacred to be touched. They ascribe to the men of the preceding age a wisdom more than human, and suppose what they did to be beyond amendment…Laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind…We might as well require a man to wear the coat that fitted him as a boy, as civilized society to remain ever under the regime of their ancestors.”

Thomas Jefferson

 

Preamble

 

We, the students of Lake Superior State University, hereby choose to be part of the Lake Superior State University Student Assembly; we, as members of the student body, and as full members of the Assembly, determine that the Lake Superior State University Student Government be our primary governing body; to ensure the conveyance of the student voice to the administration and the Board of Trustees in matters of institutional policies; to promote the welfare and progress of the University community and enforce our rights and uphold our responsibilities; to establish an effective, efficient, responsible, and responsive form of student government; to encourage discussion, investigation, and expedient resolution of student problems, concerns, and ideas; to support and help implement the desires of the Student Assembly; to provide leadership; to recognize student accomplishments so the role of the student is rewarding and meaningful; and to retain the authority to appoint and remove student representation on University standing committees and advisory boards. We, the students of the Lake Superior State University Student Assembly, with full confidence in this constitution, do hereby ratify it.

 

Mission Statement

 

This constitution is founded by the students, for the students, with a developmental consideration of the functional needs of the Lake Superior State University student population. We, as the active voice of the Student Assembly, acknowledge our duty to maintain a key responsibility in the workings of the Institution. This document is intentionally flexible, simple, and appropriately non-excessive to accurately represent the unique dynamics of Lake Superior State University.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ARTICLE I – ORGANIZATION

 

The following is the organization of student representation at Lake Superior State University. This structure encourages an ultimate goal of working towards the unified mission of the constitution.

 

A. The Constitution of the Students: This constitution shall be the basis for student representation and shall govern all activities of the Student Assembly.

 

B. Student Assembly: The Student Assembly shall be composed of all students enrolled at Lake Superior State University. All students shall be equal members, without discrimination of any kind. The Student Assembly shall coordinate and officiate all elections of the Student Government.

 

C. Governing Bodies: The following governing bodies shall be formed from the Student Assembly:

 

1. Student Government: The Student Government shall be the body for student representatives to act as the voice of the students and properly deal with all student concerns.

 

2. Presidents Council: The Presidents Council shall be a forum for leadership development for the presidents of all student organizations. The Presidents Council shall also serve to exchange information and ideas so student organizations may make better use of their resources, increase scheduling compatibility, and encourage cooperation.

 

3. Inter-Greek Council: The Inter-Greek Council shall be the central point for communication between Greek organizations at Lake Superior State University and shall represent the collegiate Greek culture. The Inter-Greek Council shall also work towards a strong Greek system that will benefit the University and the community.

 

4. Activities Board: The Activities Board shall be a forum for understanding campus life, promoting activities and programming on campus, providing campus entertainment, creating and carrying on the traditions of the University, and striving towards increasing the involvement of students in university life.

 

5. Judiciary Board: The Judiciary Board shall mediate, adjudicate, and rule on Student Assembly and constitutional issues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ARTICLE II - STUDENT GOVERNMENT

 

A.     Purpose

 

Section 1: To give students a greater sense of empowerment and encourage involvement in university affairs, which shall assist in the development of University pride.

 

Section 2: To enhance the overall image and function of Lake Superior State University.

 

Section 3: To represent student needs and be the liaison to the faculty and staff.

 

Section 4: To facilitate the allocation of the Student Assembly budget.

 

Section 5: To be responsible for student representation on University standing committees.

 

Section 6: To outline goals and aims at the beginning of the year and strive to achieve these aspirations.

 

Section 7: To form committees from the Student Government that will deal with various student and University issues.

 

Section 8: The Student Government shall be separate and independent of the student organizations; support shall be provided in an informal and non-supervisory capacity.

 

B. Composition

 

Section 1: The composition of the membership of Student Government shall be the President, the Secretary of Student Services and Concerns, the Secretary of Activities and Public Relations, the Secretary of University Development and Community Affairs, the Secretary of Discretionary Funding, and twelve (12) Student Representatives, one of which will be designated as the Cultural Diversity Officer. All of these positions shall be elected from the Student Assembly. The Secretaries and the Student Representatives shall have an equal vote in the Student Government.

 

Section 2: No later than the third general meeting of the newly elected Student Government, a Cultural Diversity Officer shall be nominated from the Representatives and voted upon by Student Government.  Approval shall consist a simple majority vote.

 

Section 3: The duties of the President shall be:

 

§ 3.1: To call all meetings to order and preside over them;

§ 3.2: To act as liaison between the Student Government and the faculty and staff;

§ 3.3: To act as parliamentarian at all Student Government meetings and rule on points of order;

§ 3.4: To oversee and ensure the proper execution of this constitution;

§ 3.5: To call special meetings of the Student Government;

§ 3.6: To, as necessary, appropriately veto Student Government legislation. In the event of a Presidential veto, said veto may be overridden by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the Student Government. Except in cases where an override would cause a violation of constitutional procedure or law;

§ 3.7: To perform all duties as necessary and proper to direct the Student Government in accordance with this constitution;

§ 3.8: To appoint an Operational Manager for the Student Government.

 

Section 4: The duties of the Secretaries shall be:

 

§ 4.1: To be responsible for their designated individual areas of concern within the Student

Government;

§ 4.2: To facilitate their respective Student Government committees;

§ 4.3: To represent the student body on relevant University committees when deemed necessary.

 

Section 5: The duties of the Student Representatives shall be:

 

§ 5.1: To serve as equal members of the Student Government;

§ 5.2: To participate in the workings of the Student Government and the University;

§ 5.3: To serve on University committees;

§ 5.4: To develop, outline, and strive to accomplish specific goals and aims.

 

Section 6: The duties of the Cultural Diversity Officer shall be:

 

§ 6.1: To be the designated individual for communicating and expressing the needs of the diverse groups of students that make up Lake Superior State University’s student body;

§ 6.2: Serve as a liaison between student diversity groups and the Student Government, as well as Administration when appropriate;

§6.3: This position shall be evaluated at the end of each academic term, based on the needs of Lake Superior State University’s student body.

 

Section 7: The duties of the Operational Manager shall be:

 

§ 7.1: To be responsible for all written communications and financial matters that relate to the

Student Government;

§ 7.2: To serve as a non-voting member, equally eligible for any non-monetary benefits imparted to the members of the Student Government.

 

Section 8: The Student Government shall have as its advisor a faculty or staff member of Lake Superior State University. The advisor shall be appointed by the President of the University,

with the recommendation of Student Government.

 

Section 9: The Student Government may establish such subsidiary committees as deemed necessary in accordance with this constitution.

 

Section 10: The Student Government may recognize the efforts and contributions of its members by imparting equal non-monetary benefits.

 

C. Eligibility

 

Section 1: To be eligible to serve as President of the Student Government or Secretary of Discretionary Funding, a student must have completed no less than one full academic semester while enrolled at Lake Superior State University, must have served as a member of the Student Government for at least one semester at the time of installment as President or Secretary, must be enrolled for at least nine (9) academic semester hours and have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 system prior to the election period.

 

Section 2: The qualifications for the positions of the remaining Secretaries shall be the same as those for the position of President, although prior Student Government service is not a requirement.

 

Section 3: To be eligible to serve as a Student Representative or Operational Manager, a student must currently be enrolled at Lake Superior State University. The candidate must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.25 or higher on a 4.0 system

 

Section 4: Members of the Student Government, including the Operational Manager, shall be expected to maintain the standard average for their tenure. In the event a grade point average falls below the stated standards, the officer shall be subject to a Judiciary Board hearing.

 

Section 5: A semester shall constitute no less than ten (10) weeks out of a fifteen (15) week semester.

 

Section 6: Grade point average inquiries shall be the responsibility of the Election Committee. Due to grade point confidentiality, the proper University authority shall verify the grade point average of the candidates to determine if a candidate has met the required standards.

 

D. Elections

 

Section 1: The Election Committee shall be formed out of the Student Assembly under the guidance of the Judiciary Board. The Election Committee shall be responsible for conducting and officiating all elections, and shall establish guidelines to ensure a reasonably fair and equitable election process.

 

Section 2: The election time frame for the President and the Secretaries of the Student

Government shall be the following:

 

§ 2.1: The Election Committee shall convene during the eighth week of the Spring Semester.

§ 2.2: Petitions for candidacy must be made available during the entirety of the ninth week of the Spring Semester. Concurrently, all candidates shall begin campaigning.

§ 2.3: The hearings of candidates shall take place in the tenth week of the Spring Semester.

§ 2.3: Voting shall take place during the entirety of the eleventh week of the Spring Semester.

 

Section 3: The election time frame for the Student Representatives to the Student

Government shall be the following:

 

§ 3.1: The Election Committee shall convene during the first week of the Fall Semester.

§ 3.2: Petitions for candidacy must be made available during the entirety of the second week of the Fall Semester. Concurrently, all candidates shall begin campaigning.

§ 3.3: The hearings of candidates shall take place in the third week of the Fall Semester.

§ 3.4: Voting shall take place during the entirety of the fourth week of the Fall Semester.

 

Section 4: The election process shall consist of the following procedures:

 

§ 4.1: Petitions for positions of Student Government shall be made available by the Judiciary Board the week following the formation of the Election Committee.

§ 4.2: All candidates shall be expected to provide a list of goals and ideas for their term. This list shall be reviewed by the Election Committee at public forums of the candidates.

§ 4.3: Campaigning for positions shall be allowed, provided that it does not violate Election Committee or University policies.

§ 4.4: There shall be no write-in candidates for any position of the Student Government;

§ 4.5: All students shall have the right to vote in all Student Assembly elections and general referendums.

 

E. Meetings

 

Section 1: The President of the Student Government shall preside over the Student Government meetings. No later than the third general meeting, a Chair pro tem shall be chosen from the elected membership of the Student Government by a nomination/election process and a simple majority vote. The Chair pro tem shall preside over the meetings in the absence of the President.

 

Section 2: The Operational Manager shall be appointed by the President of the Student Government at the first general Student Government meeting. Approval shall consist of a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote.

 

Section 3: The meetings will be conducted no less than once a week.

 

Section 4: Members of the Student Government shall not meet in an official capacity, other

than officially recognized committee meetings and the Student Government meetings.

 

Section 5: A quorum shall be present in order to vote on any Student Government matter

and shall consist of a four-fifths (4/5) majority of the voting members.

 

Section 6: The meetings will be conducted according to established Student Government by-laws, University policies, this constitution, and Robert’s Rules of Order, revised.

 

Section 7: All members are expected to attend all meetings. In the case of two or more unexcused absences the member in question shall be subject to suspension by the Student Government, pending review by the Judiciary Board.

 


F. Impeachment and Vacancies

 

Section 1: Students may request the impeachment of any member of Student Government for non-performance of duties, misconduct, or violations of University policy. A petition to this effect stating the specific instances of alleged non-performance or misconduct must be signed by fifteen percent (15%) of the students of Lake Superior State University. For this purpose, 15% shall be based on the previous semester’s enrollment.

 

Section 2: Petitions for the impeachment of a member of the Student Government may be obtained from any member of the Judiciary Board. All petitions must be signed and returned within five (5) class days of issuance or they shall be deemed null and void.

 

 

Section 3: The Judiciary Board shall notify the member whose impeachment is sought at the time the petition is issued. The Student Government shall be notified of allegations of non-performance or misconduct upon return of the signed petition to the Judiciary Board.

 

Section 4: The Judiciary Board shall conduct a hearing and vote on impeachment within ten

(10) class days following the return of a signed petition. If the Judiciary Board upholds impeachment, the member may appeal to the Student Government who may repeal the impeachment with a four-fifths (4/5) majority vote.

 

Section 5: In the event of a vacancy of the Student Government President, or Secretaries, the respective Chair pro tem shall assume the duties of the vacated position until such time as an election may be held. This election shall occur within fifteen (15) class days of the vacation.

 

Section 6: In the event of a vacancy of a Student Representative, the Student Resources

Committee shall fill any vacancies within seven (7) class days of the vacation. The Student Resources Committee shall publicize positions, solicit applications, and select qualified applicants through an application/interview process. Selected Student Representatives shall be approved by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the Student Government.

 

Section 7: In the event of non-performance of duties or misconduct the Operational Manager may be removed via a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the Student Government.

 

G. Budget

 

Section 1: The Student Government shall facilitate the allocation of the Student Activity and Media budget.

 

§ 1.1: The operational budget of the Student Government shall not exceed ten percent (10%)

of the Student Government budget.

§ 1.2: Funding for the benefits of the elected positions of responsibility within the Student

Government shall not exceed five percent (5%) of the Student Government budget.

§ 1.3: The miscellaneous budget will provide funding for special projects initiated by the Student Government or the Student Assembly. This budget shall not exceed twenty percent

(20%) of the Student Government budget.

 


H. Committees

 

Section 1: Student Resources Committee

 

§ 1.1: The Student Resources Committee shall appoint students to University standing committees, Student Government committees, Judiciary Board, and any other committees that are responsible to the students of Lake Superior State University.

§ 1.2: This committee shall consist of six (6) members, appointed from within the Student Government. This committee shall be chaired by the President of the Student Government, who shall vote only in the event of a tie.

§ 1.3: This committee shall be responsible for publicizing the University committee positions, soliciting applications, and selecting qualified applicants through an application/interview process. Publicizing shall take place three (3) days prior to the meeting.

§ 1.4: The Student Resources Committee shall convene as often as deemed necessary.

 

Section 2: Student Services and Concerns Committee

 

§ 2.1: The Student Services and Concerns Committee shall be dedicated to addressing the needs of the Student Assembly.

§ 2.2: This committee shall be chaired by the Secretary of Student Services and Concerns.

§ 2.3: The Secretary of Student Services and Concerns shall be the official Student Government representative on the University Student Life Committee.

 

Section 3: Activities and Public Relations Committee

 

§ 3.1: The Activities and Public Relations Committee shall serve as a support structure for the Activities Board and act as a communication link among the student body, Student Government, the University, and the community.

§ 3.2: This committee shall be chaired by the Secretary of Activities and Public Relations.

§ 3.3: The Secretary of Activities and Public Relations shall be the official Student Government representative on the University Cultural Affairs Committee.

 

Section 4: Political Action and University Development Committee

 

§ 4.1: The Political Action and University Development Committee shall encourage adaptation to the changing needs of the students through development of the campus, both physical and academic.

§ 4.2: This committee shall raise awareness of public issues as well as research and propose

Student Government action to improve the quality of life both in and around the Lake Superior State University campus.

§ 4.3: This committee shall provide the student body with an awareness of local, state, national, and world issues and affairs, specifically those issues and affairs that affect or concern students;

§ 4.4: This committee shall be chaired by the Secretary of University Development and Community Affairs.

§ 4.5: The Secretary of University Political Action and University Development shall be the official Student Government representative on the University Capital Improvements Committee.

 

Section 5: Discretionary Funding Committee

 

§ 5.1: The Discretionary Funding Committee shall follow the guidelines set by the Student Activity and Media Amendment to the Constitution of the Students in regards to the Student Media Fee, and demand excellence in approving requests from branches of the Student Assembly.

§ 5.2: This committee shall decide which funding requests from other branches of the Student Assembly shall be heard by Student Government.

§ 5.3: This committee will ensure that any funding request that will be passed must be thoroughly and meticulously thought out and planned, or else the committee must fail or table said request until such a time as it is deemed suitable.

§ 5.4: This committee shall be chaired by the Secretary of Discretionary Funding.

§ 5.5: All meeting policies for this committee will be decided on by this Secretary, with the majority approval of the sitting members of the Discretionary Funding Committee.

§ 5.6: The Secretary of Discretionary Funding will only have a vote in the event of a tie.

 

Section 6: The members of the Student Services and Concerns Committee, the Activities and

Public Relations Committee, the University Development and Community Affairs Committee, and the Discretionary Funding Committee shall consist of members of the Student Assembly selected by the Student Resources Committee and approved by the Student Government.

 

Section 7: Special Project Committees shall be formed whenever it is deemed necessary by the Student Government.

 

Section 8: Each committee shall elect a Chair pro tem from its membership during the first general committee meeting. The Chair pro tem shall serve as the facilitator in event of the Chair’s absence or vacancy.

 

Section 9: Each committee shall be given complete authority to deal with its internal organization, establish guidelines, procedural patterns, and operational policies as long as they do not contradict or undermine the goals or guidelines of the Student Government or this Constitution.

 

ARTICLE III - PRESIDENTS COUNCIL

 

A. Purpose

 

Section 1: The Presidents’ Council shall serve as a leadership development forum for its membership.

 

Section 2: The Presidents’ Council shall be responsible for the recognition and de-recognition of all student organizations.

 

Section 3: The Presidents’ Council shall be responsible for allocating requested funding to all recognized members of Presidents’ Council.  Recognized members of Presidents’ Council cannot appeal directly to the Discretionary Funding Committee.

 

Section 4: The Presidents’ Council shall encourage cooperation and mutual respect amongst the diverse student cultures, academic alliances, and group interests.

 

B. Composition

 

Section 1: The Presidents’ Council shall consist of the presidents of all recognized student organizations as determined by the Presidents’ Council.

 

 

Section 2: The Presidents’ Council shall appoint a Chair by a nomination/election process and a simple majority approval during the first general meeting of the regular academic year.

 

Section 3: The advisor of the Presidents’ Council shall be appointed by the President of the University considering the recommendation of the Presidents’ Council.

 

 

 

C. Meetings

 

Section 1: The Presidents’ Council shall meet at least once a month during the regular academic year.

 

Section 2: The advisor of the Presidents’ Council shall have the duty to call and organize the first general meeting of the regular academic year.

 

Section 3: Once appointed, the Chair shall preside over all meetings of the Presidents’ Council.

 

 

D. Recognition of Student Organizations

 

Section 1: New organizations applying to be recognized by the Presidents’ Council shall be granted associate membership, provided that the organization meets the standards of the Presidents’ Council and the University. Associate membership shall be for a period not to exceed one regular academic semester.

 

Section 2: Associate organizations shall be granted full membership by a majority vote of the

Presidents’ Council only if the organization meets the standards of the Presidents’ Council and

the University. Appeals resulting from non-recognition or de-recognition of student organizations shall be directed to the Judiciary Board.

 

Section 3: The Presidents’ Council shall determine the guidelines for the recognition of student organizations, as long as those guidelines do not contradict Student Government policies or this constitution.

 


ARTICLE IV - INTER-GREEK COUNCIL

 

A.     Purpose

 

Section 1: The Inter-Greek Council shall be the central point of communication for all Greek student organizations at Lake Superior State University and shall encourage communication between the collegiate Greek community and the student body.

 

Section 2: The Inter-Greek Council shall work towards a healthy collegiate Greek culture at Lake Superior State University.

 

Section 3: The Inter-Greek Council shall promote understanding and acceptance of collegiate Greek culture at Lake Superior State University.

 

Section 4: The Inter-Greek Council shall consist of all recognized social, service, and professional Greek organizations at Lake Superior State University.

 

Section 5: The Inter-Greek Council shall deal with problems, conflicts, and misunderstandings amongst the Greek student organizations.

 

Section 6: The Inter-Greek Council shall work in cooperation with the Presidents’ Council in the recognition, de-recognition and funding of Greek student organizations.

 

B. Composition

 

Section 1: The Inter-Greek Council shall consist of delegates from all social, professional, and service Greek student organizations at Lake Superior State University.

 

Section 2: The Inter-Greek Council shall be chaired by a President, nominated from the membership of the Greek student organizations and elected by the Inter-Greek Council.

 

Section 3: The advisor of the Inter-Greek Council shall be appointed by the President of the University considering the recommendation of the Inter-Greek Council.

 

C. Meetings

 

Section 1: The Inter-Greek Council shall meet a minimum of twice a month during the regular academic year.

 

Section 2: The President of the Inter-Greek Council shall preside over the meetings of the Inter-Greek Council.

 

D. Recognition of Greek Student Organizations

 

Section 1: Organizations petitioning for Greek status shall approach the Inter-Greek Council for recommendation for associate membership in the Presidents’ Council. Associate membership in the Presidents’ Council shall serve as grounds for associate membership within the Inter-Greek Council. The associate membership shall last for an interim period not to exceed one regular academic semester.

 

Section 2: Associate organizations shall be granted full membership as a Greek student organization upon recommendation of the Inter-Greek Council and a majority vote of the Presidents’ Council. Appeals resulting from non-recognition or de-recognition of Greek organizations shall be directed to the Judiciary Board.

 

Section 3: In the event that an organization petitioning for Greek status is already a full member of the Presidents’ Council, the Inter-Greek Council shall have the right to confer to the organization associate membership in the Inter-Greek Council with the approval of the Presidents’ Council.

 

Section 4: The Inter-Greek Council shall determine the guidelines for the recognition of Greek student organizations, provided that those guidelines do not conflict with the guidelines set by the Presidents’ Council or this constitution.

 

E. Funding for Greek student organizations

 

Section 1: The Inter-Greek Council shall be the primary authority for facilitating funding requests of Greek student organizations. Approval of the Inter-Greek Council shall serve as full recommendation to the Finance Committee of the Presidents’ Council.

 

Section 2: The Inter-Greek Council shall determine the guidelines for the funding of Greek student organizations, provided that those guidelines do not conflict with the guidelines set by the Presidents’ Council or this constitution.

 

Section 3: Recognized members of the Inter-Greek Council cannot appeal directly to the Discretionary Funding Committee, nor may they appeal directly to the Inter-Greek Council for funding.

 

ARTICLE V - ACTIVITIES BOARD

 

A. Purpose

 

Section 1: To provide and facilitate activities and entertainment that will appeal to a wide variety of student interests by acknowledging the unique diversity of the student culture at Lake Superior State University.

 

Section 2: To encourage student involvement in campus events.

 

Section 3: To establish and support the evolution of traditions of excellence at Lake Superior State University.

 

Section 4: To make wise and calculated use of the Activities Board budget and all funds provided to it.

 


B. Composition

 

Section 1: The Activities Board shall consist of representatives from the Student Government, the Presidents’ Council, the Inter-Greek Council, and the Student Assembly.

 

Section 2: The members of the Activities Board shall be selected by the Director of Activities Board.

 

Section 3: The Activities Board shall be chaired by the Director of Activities Board.

 

Section 4: The Director of Activities Board shall be a paid position, selected through an interview/ application process in the Spring Semester, facilitated by Student Government and the Student Life Office. The compensation of the Director of Activities Board shall be approved first by the Director of Student Life and then by Student Government.

 

C. Procedures

 

Section 1: The Activities Board shall meet at least twice a month. The Activities Board may create non-paid administrative positions and may form committees as deemed necessary, under the direction of the Director of Programming.

 

Section 2: The Director of Activities Board shall offer an in-person report to Student Government monthly.

 

ARTICLE VI - JUDICIARY BOARD

 

A. Purpose

 

Section 1: To mediate, adjudicate, and resolve conflicts within the Student Assembly.

 

Section 2: To hear and rule on requests for appeal.

 

Section 3: To interpret this constitution.

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B. Composition

 

Section 1: The Judiciary Board shall consist of five (5) student Justices chosen from the Student Assembly by the Student Government. All Justices shall hold their offices during good behavior.

 

Section 2: The Judiciary Board shall choose from amongst their members a Chair, hereinafter known as the Chief Justice of the Student Assembly. The Chief Justice shall perform all duties necessary to direct the Judiciary Board.

 

Section 3: The Judiciary Board shall have the authority to establish subsidiary bodies to aid in the performance of its duties.

 


C. Procedures

 

Section 1: The Judiciary Board shall be seated as required to perform its duties.

 

Section 2: The Judiciary Board shall have primary jurisdiction in determining the constitutionality of all matters regarding the interpretation of this constitution.  The Judiciary Board shall have primary jurisdiction in determining the constitutionality of the by-laws and operational procedures of the governing bodies of the Student Assembly; in matters of controversy between the governing bodies; in matters of grievance against the governing bodies and their members; and in matters of impeachment of the elected members of the Student Government.

 

Section 3: The Judiciary Board shall have appellate jurisdiction in matters involving infractions

of established election policies; in matters of removal of all other members of the governing bodies of the Student Assembly; in matters of recognition or de-recognition of student organizations; and in matters pertaining to the suspension of all actions pertaining to grievances against the governing bodies of the Student Assembly, pending formal inquiry.  Formal inquiry will begin no more than seven (7) days after suspension, and will last no more than fourteen (14) days.

 

Section 4: The Judiciary Board shall convene the Election Committee at the designated times or as required.

 

Section 5: The Judiciary Board shall have the right to counsel by the University’s Legal Advisor.

 

Section 6: The Judiciary Board shall retain the right to recommend changes in matters of disciplinary and judicial reform at Lake Superior State University.

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ARTICLE VII – STUDENT MEDIA ADVISORY BOARD

 

The Student Media Advisory Board, appointed by the University President, is assigned the responsibilities of oversight of all student media.  These responsibilities are defined by the operational guidelines of the Student Media Advisory Board which are subject to review by the appropriate Student Government officers and to the approval by the University.

 

In the event that the Media Advisory Board or subsequently titled board is disbanded, those responsibilities will be delegated to the appropriate Student and Residential Life staff and the elected officials or committees of Student Government as designated by the Vice President of Student Life.

 

ARTICLE VIII - BRANCH AUTONOMY / COMMUNICATION

 

Section 1: All governing bodies of the Student Assembly shall be given complete authority to establish organization, guidelines, procedural patterns, and operational policies as long as they do not contradict or undermine the guidelines of this constitution. This constitution shall maintain supreme authority over all governing bodies.

 

Section 2: Constant and continuing communication and cooperation amongst the governing bodies of the Student Assembly shall be a requirement. All branches shall have formal channels of regular communication.

 

Section 3: All documented functions and communications of student representation shall be considered public information and shall be made readily available to all students, unless otherwise determined by legitimate authority.

 

ARTICLE IX – CONSOLIDATION OF SIMILAR STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

 

Section 1: An assembly of student organizations working towards a similar mission or goal may have the option to consolidate themselves into a unified council of interest. The Greek student organizations and the Inter-Greek Council of Lake Superior State University shall serve as precedent for this provision.

 

Section 2: A combined membership of at least seven percent (7%) of the Student Assembly shall be required to request consolidation.

 

Section 3: Requests for consolidation shall be directed to the Student Government and shall serve as a proposed amendment to this constitution.

 

ARTICLE X – RATIFICATION AND AMENDMENT

 

Section 1: Student ratification of this constitution

 

§ 1.1: This constitution shall become the official documented authority of the Lake Superior

State University Student Assembly by a majority vote of the participating students on March 11th and 12th, 1997.

§ 1.2: Upon ratification of this constitution, all other constitutions or official documents shall become null and void.

§ 1.3: The revocation of this constitution shall be valid only by a referendum representing a quorum of twenty percent (20%) of the Student Assembly.

 

Section 2: Amendment of this constitution

 

§ 2.1: Proposed amendments to this constitution shall be introduced in writing to the Student Government no less than two (2) regular meeting periods prior to voting. A regular meeting period is defined as a seven-day week excluding breaks or vacations. A required discussion involving the proposed amendment shall follow, not exceed to two meetings of the Student Government.

§ 2.2: The amendment shall require a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Student Government and the approval of both the President of the Student Government and the President of the University.

§ 2.3: Any proposed constitutional amendments or acts of the constitution shall not violate the rules of ex post facto.

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