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  • At a private institution, is the Constitution of a Student Government a law?

    At a private institution, is the Constitution of a Student Government a law? Define 'law.' Something recognized by the campus Board? Something that is recognized by the local, state, and federal authorities? Something that is recognized intra and/or interstate?
     

     

  • Can you give in your opinion the reason why switching from the old constitution to the newly written constitution is a good idea?

    Can you give in your opinion the reason why switching from the old constitution to the newly written constitution is a good idea? I feel if there is any stipulation or reason why people are not comfortable making the vote, this would help.
     

     

  • Can you help us find examples of constitutions for schools like ours?

    We are requesting constitutions from other colleges our size. we have approximately 7000 students attend our school.
     

     

  • Do we need to report the voting totals of our SGA constitutional amendments?

    We just concluded our Constitution amendments and completed the tally. Would you suggest that we report pass/fail or the actual tallies? They went through our process for discussion, and last night was the vote by the voting members of the senate. But do we announce the pass/fail or give out actuall numbered votes, ie: Yay-15, Abs-0, Nay-2?
     

     

  • Do we really need 25% voter turnout to ratify our constitutional amendments?

    Recently you reviewed our constitution and bylaws and gave some critical analysis that the students have really embraced. Since that time they are working feverishly to rewrite their documents and hopefully get it completed this semester.
     
    One of their major discussions is about the approval of their new document. Some are arguing that their constitution is an internal document for them and therefore it would not need to go out to the student body to be voted upon.  Others disagree and say that it absolutely needs to go to the student body. However, in your recommendations you stated the following:
     
    “The challenge you will face is that, in order to make the suggested changes, the requirements of the current amendment process must be met. Unless the College itself has the power to supersede your documents and require the changes, the organization will need to conduct a vigorous campaign to a) get 25% of the student body out to vote and, b) have 66% of those who do vote do so in favor of the offered amendments. This will not be easy, but has to be done as written if the legitimacy of the organization is to be unquestioned.”
     
    SGA does not believe they can get a 25% student voter turnout. So what would the process look like for the College to supersede SGA constitution?  Would it simply be okay for SGA to take their rewritten constitution and request their approval with a simple majority referendum?
     

     

  • Does the ASGA have a general Constitution I can use to help create a new one?

    Does the ASGA have a general Constitution I can use to help create a new one?
     

     

  • If we don't have SG bylaws, how to we deal with "non-described" issues that come up?

    In March of this year, our SG approved a new constitution, which was then approved by the student body. We currently do not have any by-laws thought to accompany the new constitution. There is a variety of reasons for this, but the only document we are going by is our constitution. When an organization doesn't have any bylaws, what is the procedure for dealing the "non described" things in the constitution. I am working with SG to create bylaws, but this inbetween time concerns me, as I am afraid they may start trying to pass things because the "constitution doesn't say we can't".

    Also, I am not too familiar with the impeachment process, but want to become familiar with it, do you have any resources on this?
     

     

  • Is it bad practice to allow non-full time students participate as student representatives in SGA?

    Is it bad practice to allow non-full time students participate as student representatives in SGA?

    Do you have an idea of how many SGA’s allow part-time students serve in SGA?

     

     

  • Is our constitution allowed to supersed Robert's Rules of Order?

    Is it true that our constitution is not allowed to supersede Robert's Rule of Order? or is our constitution whatever we would like it to be?  

     

  • Is there such as thing as a "template" constituiton for SGs?

    Is there such as thing as a "template" constituiton for SGs?