Constitution and Bylaws
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STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION
CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY
We, the undergraduates of Central Connecticut State University, in order to present a united front, provide for the general student welfare, ensure the equality of all students, and promote the enhancement of the University experience for all, do ordain and establish this constitution for the Student Government Association of Central Connecticut State University.
HUMAN RIGHTS STATEMENT
The Central Connecticut State University Student Government Association believes in the inherent rights of all human to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Our commitment is to fair and unbiased treatment of all members, students, faculty, staff, and visitors to our campus. The Student Government Association follows the Affirmative Action Policy of the University.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Article I: General Provisions Page 2
Article II: Governing Body Page 3
Article III: Executive Officers Page 6
Article IV: Standing Committees Page 7
Article V: Impeachment Page 8
Article VI: Amendments Page 9
Article VII: Enactment Page 10
ARTICLE I: GENERAL PROVISIONS
Section 1: The President of Central Connecticut State University authorizes and empowers the Student Government Association of Central Connecticut State University as the duly constituted student government of Central Connecticut State University.
Section 2: The Student Government Association of Central Connecticut State University may be referred to in and under this Constitution as the “Student Government Association” or “SGA”. The elected representative body of the SGA may be referred to as the “Senate”.
Section 3: All undergraduate students of Central Connecticut State University are members of the Student Government Association of Central Connecticut State University. Only these members shall be permitted to vote and be candidates in undergraduate student elections at Central Connecticut State University.
Section 4: The Student Senate shall conduct its financial affairs with full recognition of the responsibilities and authority of the President of Central Connecticut State University in supervision of the management by and under the Student Senate of the monies in the Student Activity fund of Central Connecticut State University, as these responsibilities are stated in the Connecticut General Statutes (including, but not limited to Section 4-54) and in any State regulations to such Statutes and resolutions of the Board of Trustees for Connecticut State University pursuant to such Statutes.
Section 5: All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in the Senate of the Student Government Association.
Section 6: All appropriations for mandated programs, committees, and commissions of the SGA shall be approved by the Senate.
Section 7: Any disputes on interpretations of any section of this Constitution between the students shall be resolved by a majority vote of those Senators present and voting at the meeting at which the dispute is brought to the attention of the Senate.
Section 8: All powers, duties, responsibilities and obligations not identified in this Constitution shall reside in the Student Body of Central Connecticut State University.
ARTICLE II: GOVERNING BODY
Section 1: The Senate shall have the power to provide for the General Welfare of the SGA (the student body); to exercise legislation in all cases whatsoever that may be of concern to the SGA and the members of the SGA; and to exercise like authority over all programs, committees, commissions, and organizations as may be established and recognized by the SGA of Central Connecticut State University.
Section 2: Legislation of the Senate shall be consistent with, and subordinate to, the provisions of this Constitution. Legislation of the Senate may be enacted, amended, or repealed which concerns but is not limited to:
- A. Student General Welfare;
- B. Official expression of opinions of the student body;
- C. Effective student participation in the organization and control of University affairs;
- D. The quality and affordability of the educational process at Central Connecticut State University;
- E. Representation of the students to and within representative student organizations outside of Central Connecticut State University;
- F. The actions of persons who execute the will of the SGA (This “will” being as is interpreted through legislation of the Senate.);
- G. Student conduct;
- H. Student fees, including but not limited to the portion of the Student Activity Fee allocated for SGA use by the University;
- I. Appropriations and expenditures of student funds;
- J. SGA funded student organizations;
- K. Student elections;
- L. Investigation of campus issues and problems of concern to students;
- M. Social gathering and special events;
- N. Any other matter that the Senate deems of interest to the Student body.
Section 3: The Senate shall operate as follows:
- A. The Senate may determine the rules of its proceedings by enactment of By-Laws. The Senate shall keep a journal of its proceedings, and publish this journal after every Senate meeting. The yeas, nays, and abstentions of the members of the Senate on any question put to a roll call vote shall be entered in the journal.
- B. The rules of order which shall govern the proceedings of the Senate shall be Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised, in its latest edition.
- C. The President shall be the presiding officer of the Senate, but shall not take part in any debate on the floor of the Senate, nor shall the President have a vote in any proceedings of the Senate, except in cases of a tie vote, or when control of the proceedings has been passed to another in accordance with the provisions set forth in Article II, Section 3, Sub-section B.
- D. Every act of legislation which has been approved by the Senate, shall, before it is enacted, be presented to the President of the Student Government Association. If the President approves of the legislation it shall be signed, but if not, the President shall reserve the right to veto any legislation of the Senate. Upon such action, the President must report this decision, along with the reasoning for it, to the Senate, The Senate may then reconsider the legislation, and if it is then approved by two-thirds vote of the Senate it shall be passed, and the President will not have the power to veto this legislation.
- E. The Senate shall employ a secretary for itself, who shall assist the presiding officer of the Senate- especially in the keeping, typing, and distribution of a record of the proceedings of the Senate.
- F. A majority of the members of the Senate shall constitute a quorum. The Senate shall not enact, amend, or repeal any legislation without a quorum being present, but may adopt motions to adjourn meetings.
- G. The president shall make all necessary preparations for all Senate meetings, as provided in the By-Laws of the SGA.
- H. Upon a petition of one-third of its members, the Senate shall hold a special meeting.
- I. All other rules governing the organization and operation of the Senate shall be provided in the By-Laws of the SGA.
Section 4: “Student Activity Fund Acts” shall refer in and under this Constitution to the power given to the Senate over the use and distribution of that proportion of the Student Activity Fund of Central Connecticut State University which has been designated for use of the SGA, by the President of Central Connecticut State University, and carried out through the approval of official budgets and other related actions.
Section 5: The Senate shall be composed of:
- A. Eight (8) Senators elected by and from the SGA member residing in Central Connecticut State University residence halls;
- B. Sixteen (16) Senators elected by and from the SGA members who are full-time undergraduate students and do not reside on-campus;
- C. Six (6) Senators elected at-large by and from undergraduate students;
- D. Four (4) Senators elected by and from the freshmen SGA members in a Fall election.
Section 6: The elections for the Senate shall be as follows:
- A. Each term of office for each Senator will be for the academic year.
- B. Each term of office for Senate members shall commence at the first regularly scheduled meeting of the Senate following acceptance of the election results.
- C. Elections for the fall semester will be held no later than the second week of October and the elections for the spring semester will be held no later than the third week of April.
- D. The Senate shall be the judge of the elections, returns and qualifications of its own members, with election results requiring ratification by the current Senate.
- E. Each Senate position vacant during its term of office may be filled by the calling of a special election for that purpose. No Senate position may – under any conditions – be filled by appointment, by indirect election, or by any form of selection except open and direct election by the constituents of said position.
- F. No member of the SGA may stand for election to more than one elected position at one time.
Section 7: No Senator shall hold office of Senator and any other Article III SGA Officer position simultaneously.
Section 8: The Senate shall have the power to make all rules and regulations which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by this constitution in the SGA, or in any department, committee, commission, program, or officer thereof.
Section 9: No money shall be drawn from the treasury, but pursuant to appropriations make by the Senate or as the Senate provides; and the regular statement and account of the receipts and expenditures of all SGA money shall be published from time to time.
ARTICLE III: EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
Section 1: The Executive Officers of the Senate shall be as follows:
- A. The President of the Student Government Association of Central Connecticut State University, who shall be at all times a full-time undergraduate student of Central Connecticut State University. The President of the Student Government Association of Central Connecticut State University may be referred to in and under this Constitution as the “President”.
- B. The Vice-President of the Student Government Association of Central Connecticut State University, who shall be a full-time undergraduate student of Central Connecticut State University. The Vice-President of the Student Government Association of Central Connecticut State University may be referred to in and under this Constitution as the “Vice-President”. The Vice-President shall be a voting member of the Senate.
- C. The Student Treasurer of Central Connecticut State University, who shall be a full-time undergraduate student of Central Connecticut State University. The Student Treasurer of the Student Government Association of Central Connecticut State University may be referred to in and under this Constitution as the “Student Treasurer” or as the “Treasurer”. The Treasurer shall be a voting member of the Senate.
Section 2: In case of the removal of the President from office, or his/her death, resignation, or inability to discharge the powers and duties of said office, the Vice-President shall become the President, and the Senate may by resolution provide for the case of removal, death, resignation, or inability, of both the President and the Vice-President. In case of removal, death, resignation, or inability, of both the President and the Vice-President to fulfill the responsibilities of their office, the Senate shall select one of its members to fill the office of President until such a time as an election may be conducted as designated by the By-Laws of the Student Government Association.
Section 3: Before the President and Vice-President enter on the execution of his/her/their respective offices, they shall take the following oath or affirmation: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President (or Vice-President) of the Student Government Association of Central Connecticut State University, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the Student Government Association, and the state of Connecticut, and the United States.”
Section 4: No commitments and disbursements of funds shall become official without the approval and signature of the Treasurer. The Treasurer of the SGA shall be responsible to the Senate for ensuring that the finances of and under the management of the SGA are administered properly, as directed by the Senate in compliance with the Connecticut General Statues and the State of Connecticut Accounting Procedures Manual.
ARTICLE IV: STANDING COMMITTEES
Section 2: The Senate will maintain standing committees whose operations will be fully defined in the Senate By-Laws:
- A. Each committee may define its own bylaws, with the approval of the Senate
ARTICLE V: IMPEACHMENT
Section 1: Impeachment of elected executive officers of the SGA shall proceed as follows:
- A. A petition for impeachment shall be drawn up, specifying the executive officer(s) to be impeached, and the charges that justify impeachment;
- B. This petition shall be signed by SGA members;
- C. Any petition for impeachment which has been signed by at least a majority of the members of the Senate and or three hundred and fifty (350) SGA members, and which has been submitted on the minutes of a Senate meeting, shall cause the impeachment request on such a petition to become official.
Section 2: The expulsion of an impeached executive officer by the Senate shall proceed as follows:
- A. A motion may be made to expel, from all elective offices under this Constitution, an executive officer who has been officially impeached in the form specified above; provided, that this motion be made at a Senate meeting which takes place no earlier that two weeks after the submission of the petition;
- B. During the debate associated with a motion for expulsion, evidence and viewpoints shall be presented according to the rules of order governing the proceedings of the Senate;
- C. A two-thirds vote of the members of the Senate present and voting shall be necessary to expel from office any elected officer of the SGA.
Section 3: All persons expelled as specified above shall leave all elective offices that they hold under this Constitution immediately. The Senate shall have the power to pass additional punitive measures against any expelled executive officer; provided that these measures are within the jurisdiction of the Senate and in conjunction with the office of the President of Central Connecticut State University.
ARTICLE VI: AMENDMENTS
Section 1: This Constitution shall be amended and/or revised only by the SGA members, and only as provided in this Constitution.
Section 2: Amendments and/or revisions to this Constitution shall be put in the form of modifications to the text of the version of this Constitution currently in force. Amendments to this Constitution shall be proposed in the Senate in the form of standard parliamentary motions, as specified in Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised, in its latest edition.
Section 3: When an amendment or revision to this Constitution is proposed to the Senate, such proposal may be voted upon after it has either been in a committee or on the table for two (2) weeks. Such proposal shall be adopted by the Senate if approved by a two-thirds vote of its total membership.
Section 4: Each proposed amendment or revision to this Constitution that has been adopted by the Senate shall be voted on, in referendum form, by the whole of the SGA membership. The SGA membership shall be given no less than one (1) week after a given amendment or revision was adopted by the Senate before it shall vote on such an amendment or revision. If the referendum to approve such an amendment or revision receives a majority vote of the votes cast, then a new version of this Constitution – which includes the newly enacted amendment(s) and/or revision(s) shall come into force.
Section 5: Any formatting, spelling, or punctuation errors contained in this document shall be correctable by normal parliamentary procedures as specified in Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised, in its latest edition, during the course of normal Senate business without requiring a referendum vote of the whole SGA membership.
ARTICLE VII: ENACTMENT
Section 1: Prior to the presentation of this Constitution to the undergraduate student body for approval, this Constitution shall first be considered by the Senate. This Constitution shall be adopted by the Senate if it is approved by a two-thirds vote of all Senate members present and voting.
Section 2: After this Constitution has been adopted by the Senate, it shall be presented to the undergraduate student body of Central Connecticut State University for consideration in a referendum. If the referendum to approve this Constitution receives a majority of the votes cast by the members of the undergraduate student body of Central Connecticut State University, then this Constitution shall become the official Constitution of the Central Connecticut State University Student Government Association.
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Table of Contents
Introduction (pg 2)
Title 1: Attendance and Responsibilities (pg 3)
Section 1-1. Meetings
Section 1-2. Attendance
Section 1-3. Senator Responsibilities
Section 1-4. Executive Board
Section 1-5. Diversity Training
Section 1-6. Stipend Amount
Title 2: Rights of Students to Petition (pg 7)
Section 2-1. Petition to Reconsider
Section 2-2. Petition to Refer to Referendum
Title 3: Senate Committees (pg 8)
Section 3-1. Committee Functions and Involvement
Section 3-2. Election of Committee Chairs
Title 4: SGA Budgeting and Club Funding (pg 10)
Section 4-1. SGA Budgeting Procedures
Section 4-2. Club Funding
Section 4-3. Finance Committee Membership and Meeting
Title 5: Elections (pg 14)
Section 5-1. Elections
Section 5-2. Election Times
Section 5-3. Eligibility
Section 5-4. Voting
Section 5-5. Campaigns
Section 5-6. Validity of Election Results
Section 5-7. Rights of Candidates Accused of Violations
Defining Bylaws: Bylaws govern Senate procedures in accordance with the Constitution.
Amending Bylaws: Proposed revisions to the bylaws must be submitted to Senators in writing. Bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the members of the Senate present and voting.
Format of Bylaws: All bylaws must be worded in plain language that the average student can understand. Bylaw revisions will be included in this document in the following format:
(1-1 (a)) Article
Title 1: Attendance and Responsibilities
Section 1-1: Meetings
a) Regular meetings of the SGA shall take place every Wednesday at 3:05pm during the academic semester.
b) The senate and executive board of the SGA must dress at least business casual at all regular senate meetings.
- At the beginning of his or her term of office, the Vice President must issue guidelines that define acceptable business casual attire. Those guidelines must be made available to all elected SGA members.
- It is the responsibility of the Executive board to provide business casual shirts to senators in alignment with the guidelines provided by the Vice President.
c) An agenda will be made available to Senators and other interested parties prior to the meeting.
d) Meeting minutes will be prepared for distribution within 48 hours.
Section 1-2: Attendance
a) The SGA University Assistant shall oversee the taking of attendance.
b) If missed, any senate meeting or retreat shall count as one absence.
c) Senators or officers will be considered late after 3:20pm, and this will be counted as a one-third of an absence.
d) Senators or officers who depart prior to a meeting’s adjournment or prior to 4:20pm (whichever comes first) will receive a one-third absence.
e) The SGA President or the Senate (by 2/3 vote) may excuse any absence or one-third absence by a Senator or officer. Once excused, these absences and one-third absences do not count against the Senator or officer, and carry no penalty.
f) Any Senator or officer who accrues two full absences shall forfeit their stipend. Excused absences are not counted towards this total.
g) The SGA President or the Senate should use their utmost discretion while considering excusals.
h) If any Senator is in violation of the attendance policy, the University Assistant should notify the Vice-President.
Section 1-3: Senator Responsibilities
a) Office Hours
- Maintain strong ties and communication with constituents by holding office hours, with a minimum of two office hours a week, unless that week is shortened or canceled due to school holiday, severe weather, or at the discretion of the Vice-President.
- Each Senator is allowed 4 missed office hours in total each semester. Failure to complete will result in loss of stipend.
a) Club Liaison Program
- Senators shall be assigned as a liaison to each recognized student organization eligible for funding by the SGA to establish and maintain communication.
- The Vice President shall establish certain criteria or guidelines for liaisons at his or her discretion.
a) Committee Attendance
- Each Senator is required to serve on at least one standing committee or ad hoc committee. Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of that semester’s stipend.
Section 1-4: Executive Board
a) Executive Decisions
- The Executive Board may vote in executive board meetings to allocate funds for any purpose it sees fit.
- Any funding appropriated by the Executive Board must follow the guidelines of the University, any applicable state and federal laws, the SGA constitution and the SGA by-laws.
- A written record of Executive board decision must be kept and maintained.
- The President must present to the Senate at the following senate meeting any and all decisions made by the Executive Board and the vote tally of the Executive Board votes.
- The senate may overturn any decision made by the Executive Board by a majority vote.
- Full Executive Board
- Complete five office hours per week
- Assist in the planning and running of a summer retreat and a winter retreat
- Attend meetings of the Executive Board
- President Responsibilities
- Chair meetings of the Student Government Association
- Become proficient in Robert’s Rules of Order in its newest edition
- Create meeting agendas for each regularly scheduled meeting of the SGA
- Meet on a regular basis with the Vice President of Student Affairs
- Organize and hold all Executive Board meetings
- Review and act upon all motions made by the Senate of the SGA
- Keep regular contact with the administration of Central Connecticut State University
- The President must pass or veto legislation passed by the Senate within one week of such legislation being presented for signing. If the President fails to pass or veto legislation within this time period, it is considered vetoed.
- Vice President Responsibilities
- Chair meetings of the Internal Affairs Committee
- Chair full senate meetings in the absence of the President
- Establish and coordinate stipend guidelines and the club liaison program
- Keep a constant record of senator completion of stipend guidelines and organize the stipend review process through Internal Affairs Committee
- Attend the monthly meetings of the Student Affairs Committee as the SGA representative
- Treasurer Responsibilities
- Chair meetings of the Finance Committee
- Keep regular records of the financial status of the Student Government Association and submit and present a report of all SGA finances each semester
- Meet on a regular basis with the Fiscal Administrative Assistant to SA/LD
- Must assign at random eight clubs per semester to be audited by the Finance Committee. Additional audits are at the discretion of the Finance Committee.
- Oversee and organize the club budgeting process including spring base budgets, new club base budgets, contingency requests, co-sponsorship requests, fundraising loan requests, and line item change requests and all hearings associated with such proposals
- Shall report on the status of SGA accounts and finances at each regularly scheduled senate meeting.
- Must report to the senate if he or she discovers any violation or discrepancy within the accounts of the SGA. This report shall be delivered at the regularly scheduled senate meeting following such a discovery.
Section 1-5: Diversity Training
a) Every Senator and Officer shall attend or have attended a “Safe-Zone Training” and/or equivalent service, so long as one is accessible on the CCSU campus, within one (1) academic semester of the beginning of his or her term. Time spent on training will be counted toward office hours (Section 1-6).
Section 1-6: Stipend Amount (per academic semester)
a) Senators: $400.00
b) Senators elected mid semester: $200.00
c) Treasurer: $1000.00
d) Vice President: $1000.00
e) President: $1400.00
Title 2: Rights of Students to Petition
Section 2-1: Petition to reconsider: Any 100 undergraduate students who request or object to a particular action of the Senate may submit a petition. At the regular meeting or following the receipt of such a petition, the Senate shall consider the action.
Section 2-2: Petition to refer to Referendum: Any 400 undergraduate student who object to a particular action of the Senate may submit a petition asking that the action be put to referendum. Upon receipt of such a petition, a referendum must be held within 30 days. A majority vote to overturn a Senate decision must be honored by the Senate.
Title 3: Senate Committees
Section 3-1: Committee Functions and Involvement
a) The provisions of this section apply to all committees of the Senate with the exception of the Finance Committee, whose operation is governed by the Constitution under Article IV Section1 and By-Laws Title 4, as well as Finance Committee regulations in the Finance Committee By-Laws.
b) Each Senator is required to serve on at least one standing committee or ad hoc committee. Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of that semester’s stipend.
c) SGA committees shall be headed by a Chair and Co-Chair elected by the Senate.
d) Chairs and Co-Chairs may be removed by a two-thirds vote of the Senate or the Executive Board.
e) Committee meeting times, locations, guidelines, and contact information for committee chairs must be posted in a place accessible to all students.
f) Committee meetings must be held during the weekdays between 8:00am and 10:00pm unless otherwise authorized by the Senate.
g) Each committee shall inform the Senate of its actions after every meetings by submitting a written report (minutes) to the Vice-President.
h) The Chair or Co-Chair of the committee shall oversee the committee’s attendance, which shall be recorded in the meeting minutes.
i) Senators must be in attendance for at least half of the committees “gatherings”. This includes meetings, events, lobby tables… etc. At the end of each semester, the Internal Affairs Committee may ask committee Chairs and Co-Chairs whether everyone on their committee fulfilled their requirements in the opinion of the Chair and Co-Chair.
j) In order to be considered passed recommendations made by any committee must be approved by a majority vote of the senate of the Student Government Association.
k) The following are Senate Committees:
i. Finance Committee
a. The Finance Committee shall operate pursuant to the By-Laws and the Constitution of the Student Government Association.
ii. Student Life Committee
a. The Student Life Committee shall address all matters concerning students of Central Connecticut State University.
b. The Student Life Committee shall oversee SGA Scholarships.
iii. Public Affairs Committee
- The Public Affairs Committee may address matters concerning policy at the town, state and federal level.
- The Public Affairs Committee shall provide marketing and promotions on behalf of the Student Government Association.
- The Public Affairs Committee shall put together Senate related events including, but not limited to, SGA Elections, on campus events and conferences.
iv. Academic Affairs Committee
- The Academic Affairs Committee shall address matters of student concern in regards to academics at Central Connecticut State University including, but not limited to, curriculum, academic advising, academic standards, academic integrity, and academic freedom.
v. Internal Affairs Committee
- The Internal Affairs Committee will be chaired by the Vice President of the Senate and handle matters pertaining to the Senate including but not limited to Stipend Review, Constitution and By-Law Review, and shall meet on an as-needed basis.
- Membership of the Committee will be selected by the Vice President.
- The Internal Affairs Committee will not fulfill membership requirements in Section 3-1 (b).
Section 3-2: Election of Committee Chairs
a) All positions of chair and co-chair for all Senate Committees with the exception of the position of chair of Internal Affairs and the position of chair of Finance Committee shall be filled by a member of the Senate who does not hold an executive board position.
i. The Position of Chair of Finance Committee shall be filled by the SGA Treasurer.
ii. The Position of Chair of Internal Affairs Committee shall be filled by the SGA Vice President.
iii. The position of co-chair of the Internal Affairs Committee shall be filled at the discretion of the Vice President.
b) In order for any member of the Senate to be considered for the position of chair or co-chair of a Senate Committee:
i. He or she must first be nominated either by themselves or by another elected member of the SGA
ii. Nominations may be verbal or written
iii. He or she must accept their nomination either verbally or in writing.
c) Senators may not accept nominations for more than one position at a time.
d) Once all nominations have been announced, and the President has deemed that there are no additional interested candidates for the position of chair or co-chair, the President shall declare the nomination process closed.
e) All candidates that are being considered for a position shall be allotted five minutes to speak in favor of their nomination. If a candidate so chooses another senator may speak on behalf of the candidate. Only one person may speak per nominee.
f) After all Candidates have had the opportunity to speak, the full Senate will proceed to vote for each position that is vacant in order in which the candidates were nominated in at the previous meeting.
g) At least two-thirds of the Senate must be present in the room before voting for committee chairs and co-chairs takes place.
h) All candidates must receive a majority of the voting membership present in order to be successfully elected to any position.
i) In the event where there are three or more candidates for the same position, and no candidate has received the required majority vote, then the candidate with the fewest votes will be disqualified in the first round of balloting and the Senate will hold additional ballots while disqualifying the candidate with the fewest votes per balloting round until a candidate has successfully received the majority vote.
Title 4: SGA Budgeting and Club Funding
Section 4-1: SGA Budgeting Procedures
a) At the beginning of the fiscal year, the projected enrollment figure for fall and spring semesters is multiplied by the SGA portion of the Student Activity fee. The resulting amount is considered funds available.
b) The funds available shall be divided as follows.
i. Sixteen percent (16%) of the funds available shall be designated for the SGA Senate discretionary reserves and placed in Senate Account SG9195.
ii. Twenty-one percent (21%) of the funds available shall be designated for SGA Operations and placed in SGA Operations Account SG9120.
iii. Sixty-three percent (63%) of the funds available shall be designated for club funding and placed in account 9015.
c) As the last transaction of each fiscal year, 20% of the total amount of money remaining in each SG account (with the exception of SG 9010), not to exceed a total of $20,000, will be donated to the SGA Scholarship Endowment.
Section 4-2: Club Funding
a) The Finance Committee’s money shall be dispersed into sub-accounts by the following percentages.
- 80% of the money shall be reserved for Club Budgets in SG9015. After club budgets are allocated, any remaining money from this account shall be used at the Finance Committee’s discretion
- 12% of the money shall be reserved for Contingency Funding in SG9016
- 7% of the money shall be reserved for Club Fundraising Loans in SG9017
- 1% of the money shall be reserved for New Club Budgets in SG9018
b) During the spring semester officially recognized clubs must submit a club budget request proposal to the SGA requesting all desired funds for the following academic year. Budget proposals must be signed by each club’s Treasurer, President, Club Liaison (or executive member of SGA) and their Student Activities/Leadership Development (SA/LD) Advisor.
c) The deadline for submission of Club Base Budgets will be determined by the current serving SGA Finance Committee allowing the appropriate amount of time for base budgets to be received, processed and reviewed with recommendations made by the Finance committee to the SGA Senate before the newly elected senate is sworn in.
d) The currently serving Finance Committee will review all club budget proposals and make funding recommendations.
e) Budget recommendations may then be submitted to the newly elected Executive Board of the SGA for fairness and consistency in regards to the constitution and finance by-laws. The Executive Board then has the power to propose changes to the Finance Committee’s recommendation for a club’s budget. The Executive Board must present their proposed changes to the Finance Committee where they will be voted upon by the regular voting members of the Finance Committee.
f) Once the Executive Board has reviewed, and possibly altered, the budget recommendations, they will be introduced to the floor of the newly elected SGA for approval.
g) Final allocations will be presented to the SGA at a date no later than the last regular meeting of the present elected SGA in the spring semester.
h) Club Budget Restrictions
i. The SGA will only fund conferences in which some educational value is gained
ii. The SGA will not fund food for regular club meetings.
iii. Clubs will be responsible for abiding by all University and State Comptroller guidelines.
iv. Club base budget allocation will not exceed $50,000.
i) During the fiscal year, clubs may submit line item change requests to reconsider specific allocations within their original club budget request. All line item changes will be considered by the finance committee.
i. In the event that a line item change is rejected and still used by the club, the finance committee reserves the right to retrieve the funds from the club’s base budget.
j) SGA funded clubs reserve the right to petition the Finance Committee for contingency funding throughout the academic year, providing that funding is available.
k) Contingency Funding
i. In order to receive contingency funding from the Finance Committee, a club will be required to:
- Fill out all the required paperwork;
- Answer standard funding questions
- Provide evidence of the prices of desired items/events;
- And will be required to make a formal presentation to the Finance Committee or SGA General Assembly upon permission of the Executive Board.
ii. Contingency Funding Restrictions
- A club’s request must match their mission statement
- Requests must be made for item/event that were not anticipated at the time of their club budget request.
- A club may not petition the Finance Committee for any portion of their club budget proposal that was denied unless that club can prove the reason for denial is no longer relevant.
- The SGA will only fund one conference per club per academic year with contingency funds.
l) Co-Sponsorship Funding:
i. Co-Sponsorship funding is a collaboration with the SGA, this is not contingency funding.
ii. Co-Sponsorship funding is restricted to student organizations which are recognized by the university.
iii. The funding is available for events or activities that are inclusive of and open to the entire campus.
iv. The funds will not be used for supplementing club budgets.
v. Requests must abide by all University and State Comptroller guidelines.
m) Fundraising Loans
i. Clubs reserve the right to petition the Finance Committee for a fundraising loan throughout the academic year, providing that funding is available.
ii. In order to petition the Finance Committee for a fundraising loan, a club will be asked to fill out required paperwork, answer standard funding questions, provide evidence of the prices of desired items/events, and make a formal presentation to the Finance Committee requesting a specific amount of funding.
n) Clubs shall have two fiscal accounts
i. The first shall be for all money allocated from the SGA Finance Committee for their club budget, contingency funding, and fundraising loans.
ii. The second fiscal account shall be for all other money collected by the club. This includes net fundraised money, donations, etc. All money from this account that is not spent shall roll over into the following fiscal year.
- Fundraising Loan Restrictions
i. A “fundraiser” shall be defined as having the expected revenue to clearly exceed the cost of the fundraiser itself.
ii. A fundraising loan must be paid back to the Finance Committee after completion.
- The Finance Committee must provide a deadline by which the fundraising loan must be repaid.
iii. If a fundraiser is unsuccessful in paying for itself the Finance Committee reserves the rights to investigate the circumstances of the fundraiser and to implement disciplinary action with the senate’s approval.
p) New Club Budget Restrictions
i. The SGA will not fund food for regular club meetings.
ii. Clubs will be responsible for abiding by all University and State Comptroller guidelines.
Section 4-3: Finance Committee Membership and Meetings
a) The Finance Committee of the Student Government Association (SGA) of Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) shall be designated with the task of dispersing Student Government Association monies in financial accounts SG9015, SG9016, SG9017, and SG9018 that are funded from the student activity fees.
b) In order to be considered passed recommendations made by the Finance Committee must be approved by a majority vote of the senate of the Student Government Association.
c) Eligibility to be a voting member of the committee is reserved exclusively for currently elected, serving, and fee paying, members of the Student Government Association. Non-senators may attend meetings, but may not vote.
d) The committee shall have a total of nine voting members, in addition to the non-voting chairperson, with a quorum of six members.
e) The Active Treasurer of the Student Government Association shall be the Chairperson of the Finance Committee. The co-chairperson of the Finance Committee shall be elected by the Senate. If there is not an active Treasurer, a finance chair will be elected by the Senate as well.
f) Only officially university-recognized clubs, whose membership is non-selective, shall be eligible for base budget funding from the Finance Committee. Non-recognized clubs and organizations may not petition for a base budget.
g) The Finance Committee shall meet once a week to discuss, and make recommendations to the SGA Senate about club budgets, contingency funding, fundraising loans, finance bylaw revisions, new clubs as well as any other germane topics. They may however; make specific operational guidelines for the current year, providing they do not conflict with previously established guidelines.
h) Finance Committee Minutes shall be prepared and distributed to the Senate prior to Senate Meetings for approval.
Section 4-3: Club Audits
a) The Finance Committee will audit the fiscal account of at least eight clubs per semester. They retain the right to audit any club’s fiscal accounts at any time.
b) Unsatisfactory findings in a club’s audit will result in the following disciplinary action:
i. The Club in question will be placed on probation for the remainder of the fiscal year. During this probation the Finance Committee will monitor the club’s financial activity. The club will also meet with the members of the Finance Committee to review responsible spending.
ii. If a club infringes again while on probation, their SG account will be frozen for the remainder of the fiscal year. The club will also be placed on probation for the following fiscal year.
Title 5: Elections
Section 5-1: Elections
a) Elections shall be conducted by the Public Affairs Committee.
b) No person who is a member of the Public Affairs Committee shall campaign for, advise, or instruct candidates in an election on any matters related to the election, except matters concerning campaign guidelines.
Section 5-2: Election Times
a) Students shall be given at least one week to declare their candidacy.
b) The candidates shall be given at least two weeks prior to voting to campaign.
c) Voting shall take place on two consecutive days, and in accordance with Article 2, Section 6, Part C of the Constitution.
Section 5-3: Eligibility
a) Candidates and voters for the Senior Class President must have senior standing as defined by the University.
b) Candidates are required to have a 2.0 GPA to run for a Senate Position. Senators and officers are required to maintain a 2.0 GPA to maintain their position on the Senate and receive a stipend.
c) Candidates for the position of Senior Class President are required to have and maintain a 2.0 GPA.
d) The SGA Senate has been entrusted to conduct the elections for the CSU Board of Regents Representative and Henry Barnard Foundation of Directors Representative. The eligibility for these positions is determined by those respective institutions, and therefore is subject to change.
Section 5-4: BOR Student Advisory Committee Membership Election
a) Term limits for SAC membership will be defined in Connecticut State Statutes and the Student Advisory Committee bylaws.
b) All students of Central Connecticut State University are eligible to run for CCSU’s Student Advisory Committee representative.
c) All CCSU students that are currently enrolled, as defined as graduate, undergraduate, full time, and part time; are eligible to vote for the SAC representative.
d) Candidates for CCSU’s voting alternate member will be drawn from interested students. The open candidate seat will be posted and advertised.
e) The Executive Board will review all candidates’ applications and recommend the appointment of the SAC Alternate to Senate no later than October 1st of each year in which the position is open.
Section 5-5: Voting
a) Only those who have declared their candidacy and have been determined eligible shall be voted upon; write in votes shall not be counted.
b) Voting shall be by secret ballot.
c) Votes shall not be counted until all voting has concluded.
d) When the election results have been ratified by the Senate, the new Senate term shall commence.
Section 5-6: Campaigns
a) The Senate shall have the authority to approve guidelines governing campaign conduct on election days. Such guidelines shall be recommended by the Public Affairs Committee and must be approved by a majority vote of the Senate, at least one week prior to the start of campaigning. The Public Affairs Committee shall ensure that all candidates review the guidelines and sign a consent agreement prior to election dates.
b) A reasonable perimeter shall be designated around voting areas where no campaigning will be allowed.
c) Candidates whose names appear on any campaign material are responsible for those materials.
Section 5-7: Validity of Election Results
a) The Senate may only reject election results if all of the following conditions have been met:
- The Public Affairs Committee has set forth clear campaigning guidelines and provided them to the candidates prior to the election dates.
- The Public Affairs Committee has received a complaint alleging campaign violations within one business day of the end of voting.
- Such a complaint can be verified by the testimony of at least one additional witness.
- Such a complaint has been investigated by the Public Affairs Committee.
- A panel consisting of a representative from the Public Affairs Committee, a representative from the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development, and at least three Senators or executive board members, and presided over by a representative from the Campus Judicial Office experienced in quasi-judicial procedure shall have been convened.
- The panel has issued a report and recommendation to the Senate.
Section 5-8: Rights of Candidates Accused of Violations
a) The accused shall have the right to be present during the proceedings of the panel prescribed by Section 5-6-e.
b) The accused shall be given the opportunity to testify, but shall not be compelled to do so.
c) The accused shall have the right to call and question witnesses.
d) The accused shall have the right to designate a representative to aid in their defense.
e) The accused shall have the right to appeal the findings of the panel to the full Senate.
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