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					 1   Purchase Student Government Association Constitution
 2   Approved by the Senate April 2, 2003, Showing Changes Proposed 3/31/2006
 3
 4   Article I: Name
 5      The association created under this constitution shall be known as The Student Senate Association, Inc.,
 6      hereinafter referred to as the Purchase Student Government (PSGA).
 7
 8   Article II: Purpose
 9    Section 1: Represent, advocate and further the interest and welfare of the students of Purchase College.
10      a. Ensure that all students have equal access, are served fairly and treated appropriately regardless of
11          gender, race, creed, religion, disability, age, sexual orientation, and veteran status.
12      b. Promote the active involvement of students in the governance of the college.
13      c. Secure and protect the greatest possible freedom of action for all PSGA recognized organizations.
14      d. Secure and protect the greatest possible freedom of action for all members of the PSGA, regardless of
15          GPA, major, year, and disciplinary status.
16      e. Provide a central clearing-house of information for all students.
17      f. To manage funds brought in by the Mandatory Student Activity Fee, and any additional sources, in
18          the interest of the student body.
19
20   Article III: Membership
21    Section 1: Criteria
22      a. All full-time and part-time students who have been assessed and have paid the mandatory student
23          activities fee shall be members of the PSGA.
24      b. The Senate may from time to time create additional categories of persons who shall have the right to
25          voluntarily pay the mandatory student activity fee and therefore be members of the PSGA.
26    Section 2: Rights
27      a. All members share equally in the rights of the PSGA.
28      b. All members shall have the right to vote in the elections of the PSGA.
29      c. All members shall have the right to participate in all events sponsored and/or funded by the PSGA.
30      d. All members shall have the right to petition the Senate.
31      e. All members shall have the right to apply for any hired position within the PSGA through procedures
32          established by the constitutional bylaws.
33
34   Article IV: Senate Branch
35    Section 1: Powers
36      a. The primary legislative powers of the PSGA shall be vested in the PSGA Senate, hereinafter known
37          as the Senate.
38      b. All decisions of the Senate shall be binding on all members of the PSGA.
39      c. By a 2/3 vote of its membership, the Senate may override a veto by the President.
40      d. Only the Senate as a whole shall take final action on any committee decisions, motions, and/or
41          suggestions made by the PSGA.
42      e. The Senate may call for a special election.
43      f. The Senate may overrule the composition and/or membership of any Senate committee by a 2/3
44          majority vote.
45      g. In the event of a vacancy, other than President, in the Executive Board the Senate may appoint, by a
46          simple majority (50%+1), a person to fill the vacancy until the next general election.
47    Section 2: Composition
48      a. There shall be no less than 15 and no more than 35 members of the Senate.
49      b. There shall be at least one representative for each residential complex.
50      c. There shall be at least one representative for each academic division and/or conservatory.
 51    d. The ratio of senate members to constituents shall be set annually as part of the Senate elections
 52         process.
 53    e. In order to change the ratio of senate members to constituents, the Senate must approve a new ratio
 54         by a 2/3 majority vote.
 55    f. The Senate shall be made up of PSGA members, who shall serve as voting representatives of the
 56         following constituencies.
 57           i. There shall be one (1) residential representative for every portion students who live on campus,
 58                as well as for those students who commute, as defined by the bylaws.
 59           ii. There shall be one (1) representative for every portion of commuter students as defined by the
 60                bylaws.
 61           iii. There shall be one (1) academic representative for every portion of students as defined by the
 62                bylaws.
 63    g. Representatives for specific and timely conditions shall be elected when appropriate, and must be
 64         approved by the Senate.
 65    h. The office of the Registrar may provide information to determine appropriate representation.
 66    i. Term of office for all members of the Senate shall be no more than thirteen (13) months in length.
 67    j. Appointed representatives filling vacancies shall serve until the next regular or special election.
 68    k. Representatives for specific and timely conditions shall be elected when appropriate, and must be
 69         approved by the Senate.
 70   Section 3: Obligations of Senate Members
 71    a. Shall attend all senate meetings.
 72    b. Shall sit on committees recognized by the PSGA.
 73    c. Shall attend all committee meetings of which they are a member.
 74    d. Shall act upon the issues and concerns of their constituents and inform them on matters of the Senate.
 75    e. Shall report to the Senate on any actions performed as a senator.
 76    f. Shall participate in an annual leadership training retreat for Senators.
 77   Section 4: Committee Guidelines
 78    a. There shall be the following committees under the PSGA: Finance; Elections; Council of Clubs,
 79         Organizations, & Services; Student Services Board; Executive Board; Major Events, General
 80         Programming.
 81    b. The senate shall have the power to create other committees as required.
 82    c. The Senate shall have the power to create ad hoc committees as needed.
 83    d. The Chair of the committee is responsible for ensuring that order is kept during all meetings. The
 84         Chair acts as the arbiter of discussions in committees and may use Robert’s Rules of Order to preside
 85         over them.
 86    e. A simple majority vote (greater than 50%) by a committee may appoint ex officio members to t heir
 87         committee.
 88    f. A simple majority vote (greater than 50%) by a committee may dismiss ex officio members to their
 89         committee.
 90   Section 5: Elections Committee
 91    a. The Elections Committee shall conduct all elections for the PSGA.
 92    b. The Elections Committee shall conduct all elections for all positions and referendums, requiring a
 93         vote of the body at large.
 94    c. Elections must be held for every office in the PSGA as per their terms.
 95    d. The Elections Committee will publicize all elections and results. The publication must state the times
 96         and locations for voting, the subject of the said election or vote, all election procedures, and
 97         information about the eligibility of voters in the body at large. Any information pertaining to the
 98         eligibility of candidates must be made clear to all candidates in writing.
 99   Section 6: Finance Committee
100    a. Is charged with the annual budget of the PSGA, all its proposed allocations, and all its proposed re-
101         allocations.
102     b. Shall be chaired by the Coordinator of Finance.
103    Section 7: General Programming Committee
104     a. Shall recommend and implement programming for the PSGA.
105     b. Shall be chaired by the Coordinator of General Programming.
106    Section 8: Major Events Committee
107     a. Shall recommend and implement programming for the two major events of the PSGA.
108     b. The Senate shall decide upon the final composition and membership of any Programming
109          Committee, which may include any PSGA member as a voting member.
110
111   Article V: Executive Branch
112    Section 1: Powers
113      a. The executive powers of the PSGA shall be vested in the Executive Board, as described within this
114          article.
115    Section 2: Composition
116      a. The Executive Board shall consist of the President, the Chair of the Senate Vice President of
117          Operations, the Coordinator of Clubs, Organizations & Services Clubs and Organizations, the
118          Coordinator of Finance, the Coordinator of the Student Center, the Coordinator of General
119          Programming, and the Coordinator of Major Events.
120      b. Terms of office for members of the Executive Board, excluding the Coordinator of Finance, shall be
121          approximately twelve (12) months in length beginning on commencement and concluding on the day
122          prior to commencement at 11:59pm the following year. The term of office for the Coordinator of
123          Finance shall begin on the first day of June, and conclude on the last day of the following May.
124      c. Qualifications for election to the Executive Board shall include current membership in the PSGA, the
125          successful completion of at least one semester at Purchase College, and a cumulative GPA of at least
126          2.5 at the time of the election.
127    Section 3: Duties
128      a. Members of the Executive Board are required to attend all Senate meetings.
129      b. Members of the Executive Board shall serve as non-voting members of designated committees,
130          except as otherwise noted.
131      c. Members of the Executive Board shall clearly announce the time and location of their committees to
132          the Senate no later than the second Senate meeting of each semester.
133      d. Members of the Executive Board should be proficient in knowledge of the constitution, by-laws, and
134          policies of the PSGA.
135      e. Members of the Executive Board are required to attend all Executive Board meetings.
136      f. All executives shall adequately describe their PSGA-related activities to the Senate and/or other
137          executives if and when requested.
138      g. No executive may perform personal duties in the name of the PSGA.
139      h. No executive may act for partisan political reasons in the interest of the PSGA.
140    Section 4: President
141      a. Shall serve as the chief representative of the PSGA to the students, faculty, staff and administration.
142      b. Shall serve as the student representative on the College Co uncil.
143      c. Shall nominate and, with two-thirds (2/3) consent of the Senate, appoint justices to fill vacancies on
144          the Judicial Board.
145      d. Shall call, chair and hold meetings of the Executive Board.
146      e. Shall be a non-voting member of the Executive Board, except in the event of a tie when the Chair has
147          the deciding vote.
148      f. Shall report, as necessary, at regular Senate meetings, and present a State of the Union report to the
149          Senate at the next to the last meeting of each semester.
150      g. Shall meet with the President of the College and other senior college administrators as needed to
151          discuss the ongoing direction, policies, events and objectives of the PSGA.
152    h. Shall direct the organization of a trip for executive officers and/or selected PSGA members to the
153         Student Assembly conference each year. The President serves as the voting delegate and must report
154         back to the PSGA about issues discussed.
155    i. May veto any decision made by the Senate within 10 official class days of the decision.
156    j. Shall maintain some form of periodic communication with the student body.
157    k. In the event that the Coordinator of Finance cannot sign a letter of agreement or contract, may sign in
158         the Coordinator of Finance’s place.
159    l. Shall call, chair, and hold meetings of the Civic Actions Committee, and shall serve as ex-officio
160         member, except in the event of a tie.
161   Section 5: Chair of the Senate Vice President of Operations
162    a. Shall, in the event of an emergency during which the President is unable to fulfill his/her duties,
163         assume the duties of the President until such time as the President is able to act.
164    b. Shall assume the position of Interim President if the Presidential position becomes vacant. The
165         Interim President will possess all of the powers and responsibilities of the President, and will hold
166         this position until the next general election.
167    c. Shall serve as the Chair and a non- voting member (except in the event of a tie) of the Senate.
168    d. Shall ensure the execution of motions passed by the Senate, and shall relay all motions and
169         recommendations to the proper College associations, committees, and offices.
170    e. Shall organize an annual training retreat for senators.
171    f. Shall oversee, manage, and ensure smooth operations of the Senate.
172    g. Shall oversee the day to day operations of the PSGA Central Office.
173    h. Shall be responsible for the hiring of an office manager and orientation of all office staff.
174    i. Shall identify, hire and train a secretary to record all minutes of Senate and Executive Board
175         meetings.
176    j. Shall call, chair, and hold meetings of the Elections Committee, and shall serve as a non-voting
177         member of these committees, except in the event of a tie.
178    k. Shall fill vacancies of in the senate by nominating a senator and having them approved by a 2/3
179         majority of the Senate.
180    l. Shall call, chair, and hold meetings of the Student Services Board and shall serve as an ex-officio
181         member, except in the event of a tie.
182    m. May veto any decision made by the Student Services Board.
183   Section 6: Coordinator of Finance
184    a. Shall call, chair, and hold meetings of the Finance Committee, and shall serve as a non-voting
185         member, except in the event of a tie.
186    b. Shall sign all contracts and letters of agreement of any club, organization, or service that is officially
187         recognized by the PSGA.
188    c. Shall keep a current and public account of all financial transactions of the PSGA.
189    d. Shall train the treasurers of all chartered clubs, organizations and services.
190    e. Shall make available times to meet with all treasurers of chartered clubs, organizations, and services.
191         S/he should advise them when requested by the treasurers. Refusal to do this will lead to a review by
192         the Judicial Board.
193    f. Shall be responsible for maintaining communication with all persons involved in financial decisions
194         of the Senate and must therefore report on these communications to the Senate. Failure to do so will
195         lead to a review by the Judicial Board.
196    g. The Coordinator of Finance shall be familiar with all financial policies and procedures of the PSGA.
197         Failure to understand these, and any action or advice given due to this lack of knowledge, will result
198         in a hearing before the Judicial Board and possible impeachment.
199   Section 7: Coordinator of Clubs, Organizations & Services Clubs and Organizations
200    a. Shall call, chair, and hold meetings of the Council of Clubs, Organizations & Services, and shall
201         serve as a non- voting member except in the event of a tie.
202    b. Shall oversee all PSGA-sponsored clubs and organization.
203     c. Shall have the power to veto any decision made by the Council of Clubs, Organizations & Services.
204     d. Shall call, chair, and hold meetings of the Student Services Board, and shall serve as a non-voting
205          member except in the event of a tie.
206     e. Shall oversee all PSGA-sponsored services
207     f. May veto any decision made by the Student Service Board.
208     g. Shall oversee the day to day operations of the PSGA Central Office.
209     h. Shall be responsible for the hiring of an office manager and orientation of all office staff.
210    Section 8: Coordinator of the Student Center
211     a. Shall hire staff and coordinate the operations of the Student Center pending funding provided by the
212          Senate.
213     b. Shall ensure the smooth and efficient operation of the student center.
214    Section 9: Coordinator of General Programming
215     a. Shall coordinate all programming activities of the PSGA which do not fall under the jurisdiction of
216          the Coordinator of the Student Center or the Coordinator of Major Events.
217     b. Shall call, chair, and hold meetings of the General Programming Committee, and shall serve as a non-
218          voting member except in the event of a tie.
219    Section 10: Coordinator of Major Events
220     a. Shall be responsible for the planning and coordination of a major event every spring pending funding
221          provided by the Senate.
222     b. Shall be responsible for the planning and coordination of a major event every fall pending funding
223          provided by the Senate.
224     c. Shall call, chair, and hold meetings of the Major Events Committee, and shall serve as a non-voting
225          member except in the event of a tie.
226
227   Article VI: Judicial Branch
228    Section 1: Powers
229          All judicial powers of the PSGA shall be vested in the Judicial Board.
230    Section 2: Composition
231      a. The Judicial Board shall be comprised of one (1) Chief Justice and four (4) Justices.
232      b. Each justice shall serve for a term of two (2) years, or until he or she resigns, is impeached and
233          removed, or is no longer a member of the PSGA.
234      c. Positions shall be filled by presidential nomination. Nominees must be confirmed by a two-thirds
235          (2/3) vote of the Senate.
236    Section 3: Duties
237          The duties and responsibilities of the Judicial Board shall include, but are not limited to, the
238          following:
239      a. The board shall interpret and review all constitutional issues relevant to the PSGA, including but not
240          limited to issues raised by the Senate or the Executive Board.
241      b. The board shall serve as the primary student representative to the College Judicial Board.
242      c. The board shall investigate grievances brought to it by any member of the PSGA.
243      d. The board shall meet monthly.
244      e. The Chief Justice shall report at each Judicial Board meeting on any information that may be of
245          importance to the Judicial Board, including but not limited to actions of the Senate, actions of the
246          Executive Board, or constitutional changes.
247      f. No member of the Judicial Board shall be an elected official of the PSGA.
248      g. The Chief Justice shall have the power to convene a Judicial Board hearing.
249    Section 4: Judicial Hearing Procedures
250      a. The Chief Justice must be notified in writing by the Senate, the Executive Board, the Council, the
251          Board or any other party wishing to bring about a hearing.
252      b. Upon receiving notification, the Chief Justice must convene a hearing of the Judicial Board within
253          ten official class days.
254      c. The charging party and charged party must present all pertinent material to the Judicial Board at least
255         24 hours prior to the set hearing date.
256      d. It is the duty of the Judicial Board to ensure a fair hearing. In the event that a Justice is closely
257         acquainted with either the charging party, the charged party, and/or any witnesses, the Justice must
258         excuse him/herself from the hearing. Failure to do so will be considered grounds for a retrial.
259      e. In the event a witness cannot make a hearing date, a written or recorded statement may be submitted
260         instead.
261      f. The charging party shall make opening remarks and then present his/her case, followed by the
262         charged party. Each party will have the opportunity to cross-examine witnesses. The charging party
263         shall make a closing statement, followed by the charged party.
264      g. The Chief Justice shall be the chair of all hearings. It is the job of the Chief Justice to maintain a civil
265         and orderly environment throughout the entire judicial procedure.
266      h. After all evidence has been presented, the Chief Justice and Associate Justices shall have a closed
267         door meeting at which they will deliberate over their final verdict.
268      i. A written verdict must be delivered within 48 hours of the hearing to both the charged party and the
269         charging party.
270      j. A retrial may called if sufficient new evidence and/or extenuating circumstances affecting the trial
271         can be shown.
272      k. If the Judicial Board votes in favor of a retrial, the retrial shall occur according to the conditions
273         requested by the party who has asked for the retrial.
274
275   Article VII: Council of Clubs, Organizations & Services
276    Section 1: Powers
277      a. Shall be the representative body of all Clubs, Organizations & Services, hereinafter referred to as the
278          Council.
279      b. The Council may appeal a veto made by the Coordinator of Clubs, Organizations & Services to the
280          Senate. The senate may overturn the veto by a 2/3 majority vote.
281    Section 2: Composition
282      a. One (1) representative from each recognized club shall sit on and be a voting member of the Council.
283      b. One (1) representative from each recognized organization shall sit on and be a voting member of the
284          Council.
285      c. One (1) Senate member shall be an ex officio member of the Council.
286      d. The Coordinator of Clubs, Organizations & Services shall chair and be a non-voting member of the
287          Council, except in the event of a tie.
288    Section 3: Duties
289      a. Officially recognize and charter Clubs, Organizations & Services.
290      b. Serve as the agency that elects representatives from the Council as members of specified Senate
291          committees.
292      c. Determines all disbursement of resources allocated by the Finance Committee to the Council.
293      d. All Clubs, Organizations & Services are required to give a report to the Council on events they have
294          sponsored.
295      e. All Clubs, Organizations & Services must have a faculty or staff advisor.
296    Section 4: Definition of Clubs, Organizations & Services
297      a. A Club is a temporary status in which the PSGA recognizes a group of students’ collaborated efforts
298          towards a specific focus or goal. If the club wants to sponsor an event they must submit a proposal to
299          the Council.
300      b. An Organization is a club that has attained the status defined in Article VII, section 7 of this
301          document.
302    Section 5: Responsibilities of Clubs, Organizations & Services
303    a. A group’s funds is derived from the Mandatory Student Activity Fee. The sum should be used
304         promote social, educational, and/or cultural functions open to all members of the PSGA. These
305         functions should relate in a meaningful way to the mission statement of each group.
306    b. The group’s treasurer is responsible for keeping a record of their respective organization’s budget,
307         expenditures, attendance of meetings, and the balance of the account.
308    c. It is the responsibility of each Club or Organization to train all new officers of their respective group
309         and to maintain a record of any pertinent information that would be of help to these officers.
310   Section 6: Starting a Club
311         In order to start a club the following procedures shall be followed:
312    a. A signed petition of a specified number activity- fee paying students, as prescribed in the bylaws,
313         must be submitted to the Coordinator of Clubs, Organizations & Services. The petition should state
314         the purpose of the club, and how it will enhance campus life.
315    b. A charter based on the guidelines prescribed in the bylaws must be submitted to the Coordinator of
316         Clubs, Organizations & Services.
317    c. A proposal addressed to the Council asking for Council recognition shall be written and submitted to
318         the Coordinator of Clubs, Organizations & Services.
319    d. Upon the adequate completion of the steps outlined in Article VII, section 6a-c the Coordinator of
320         Clubs, Organizations & Services shall submit the copies of the charter and proposal to the Council
321         for their review.
322    e. A simple majority vote (greater than 50%) by the Council shall be required to pass a proposal and
323         start a new club.
324   Section 7: Attaining Organization Status
325    a. In order to become recognized as an organization by the PSGA, a club must fulfill the following
326         criteria:
327         i. Must have been established for the greater part of two semesters.
328         ii. Must present their intentions for wanting to be recognized as an organization to the Council.
329    b. The Council shall vote on the status of the nominated group . A simple majority vote (greater than
330         50%) of the Council shall be required for a club to gain status as an organization.
331   Section 8: Dissolution
332    a. Definition
333            i. When a club or organization is dissolved they are: no longer recognized by the PSGA, no
334                 longer funded by the PSGA, no longer granted voting membership to the Council and/or no
335                 longer eligible to hold events in the name of the PSGA or any attribute thereof. Furthermore, all
336                 assets and funds acquired by the club or organization are returned to the Finance Committee for
337                 reallocation.
338    b. Qualifications for dissolution
339            i. Failure to attend required meetings of the PSGA and of the Council.
340            ii. Failure to fulfill duties as prescribed by the charter.
341            iii. Misuse of allocated funds.
342            iv. Failure to submit mandated paperwork.
343            v. Failure to maintain a membership adequate enough to maintain the club or organization’s
344                 activities and/or fulfill it mission as prescribed by the charter.
345            vi. Misuse of supplies, materials, or space granted to it, either directly or indirectly, by the PSGA.
346    c. The process for ultimately dissolving a club or organization must adhere to the steps outlined in the
347         constitutional bylaws.
348   Section 9: Sabbatical Status
349    a. A sabbatical is a grace period for the duration of up to one full semester in which a club or
350         organization can have a hiatus. This means that the organization can be inactive without penalty.
351         This status enables the group to still be recognized by the PSGA without the access to their budget.
352         The attendance of the organization to all meetings will still be mandated.
353
354   Article VIII: Student Services Board
355    Section 1: Definition
356      a. A service as defined by this document will be an entity whose mission provides an essential resource
357          for the entire campus community.
358    Section 2: Powers
359      a. Shall be the body of all services sponsored and recognized by the PSGA, hereinafter referred to as the
360          Board.
361      b. The Board may appeal a veto made by the Coordinator of the Student Center to the Senate. The
362          senate may overturn the veto by a 2/3 majority vote.
363    Section 3: Composition
364      a. One (1) representative from each recognized service shall sit on and be a voting member of the
365          Board.
366      b. A designated number of senate members shall sit on and be voting members of the Board as specified
367          by the bylaws.
368      c. The Coordinator of the Student Center shall chair and be a non- voting member of (except in the event
369          of a tie) the Board.
370      d. The PSGA Advisor shall be an ex officio member of the Board.
371    Section 4: Duties
372      a. Officially recognize and charter services.
373      b. Serve as the agency that elects representatives from the Board as members of specified Senate
374          committees.
375      c. Determines all disbursement of resources allocated by the Finance Committee to the Board.
376      d. Shall ensure that all services under its purview operate smoothly and to the greatest possible benefit
377          to all PSGA members.
378      e. Shall approve and allocate all stipends and salaries distributed by services.
379      f. Shall approve all leadership changes within a service.
380      g. Shall oversee all senior executive members of each service.
381    Section 5: Responsibilities of Services
382      a. A service’s budget is derived from the Mandatory Student Activity Fee. The sum should be used to
383          promote social, educational, and/or cultural resources available to all members of the PSGA.. These
384          resources should relate in a meaningful way to the mission statement of each service.
385      b. It is the responsibility of each Service to train all new officers of their respective group and to
386          maintain a record of any pertinent information that would be of help to these officers.
387      c. All services must have a faculty or staff advisor. The role of the advisor is to give support and serve
388          as a resource to the students in whatever club or organization they are sponsoring. They do not have
389          a vote or final say in any matter pertaining to the student organization.
390      d. Shall give a full report to the Board on their activities and performance as a service.
391    Section 6: Responsibilities of Service Members
392      a. The group’s treasurer is responsible for keeping a record of their respective organization’s budget,
393          expenditures, attendance of meetings, and the balance of the account.
394      b. The leader of each service shall consistently represent their service on the Board and attend all Board
395          meetings.
396    Section 7: Starting a Service
397          In order to start a service the following procedures shall be followed:
398      a. A signed petition of a specified number activity- fee paying students, as prescribed in the bylaws,
399          must be submitted to the Coordinator of the Student Center. The petition should state the purpose of
400          the service, and how it will serve and enhance campus life.
401      b. A charter based on the guidelines prescribed in the bylaws must be submitted to the Coordinator of
402          the Student Center.
403      c. A proposal addressed to the Senate asking for PSGA recognition shall be written and submitted to the
404          Coordinator of the Student Center.
405     d. Upon the adequate completion of the steps outlined in Article VIII, section 6a-c the Coordinator of
406          the Student Center shall submit the copies of the charter and proposal to the Board and the Senate for
407          their review.
408     e. A simple majority vote (greater than 50%) by the Senate shall be required to pass a proposal and start
409          a new service.
410    Section 8: Defunction, Dissolution & Demotion
411     a. Definition
412            i. When a service has become defunct they are: no longer a service recognized by the PSGA, no
413                 longer funded or granted a budget by the PSGA, no longer granted voting membership to the
414                 Board, and no longer eligible to hold events in the name of the PSGA or any attribute thereof.
415            ii. When a service has been dissolved they are defunct and all assets and funds acquired by the
416                 service are returned to the Finance Committee for reallocation.
417            iii. When a service has been demoted they are defunct as a service and have applied to become a
418                 club under the PSGA and have consequently become one by following the guidelines as defined
419                 in Article VII, section 6 of this constitution. It is up to the Finance Committee to then return to
420                 the club all assets and funds previously acquired as a service.
421     b. Qualifications for defunction
422            i. Gross misconduct by more than one executive of the service.
423            ii. Failure to fulfill duties as prescribed by the charter.
424            iii. Failure to maintain a membership adequate enough to maintain the service’s activities and/or
425                 fulfill its mission as prescribed by the charter.
426     c. The process for ultimate defunction, dissolution, and demotion of a service must adhere to the
427          guidelines defined in the constitutional bylaws.
428    Section 9: Removal, Appointment and Hiring of Service Members
429     a. The Board may appoint people to executive positions of a service under the procedures established in
430          the bylaws.
431     b. The Board has the power to dismiss any executive member of a service under the procedures
432          established in the bylaws.
433    Section 10: Sabbatical Status
434     a. A sabbatical is a grace period for the duration of a semester in which a service can have a hiatus.
435          This means that the service can be inactive without penalty. This status enables the service to still be
436          recognized by the PSGA without the access to their budget. The attendance of the service’s leader to
437          all meetings will still be mandated.
438
439   Article IX: Meetings
440    Section 1: Qualifications
441      a. In order for any official Senate meeting to be conducted, a quorum is required. A quorum shall be
442          defined as greater than fifty percent (50%) of the current elected members.
443      b. A quorum will not be required for committee meetings unless a majority of the committee members
444          deem it necessary. In order for votes to occur at any meeting, a quorum shall be required. Quorum
445          shall be defined as greater than fifty percent (50%) of the committee members, unless otherwise
446          designated when the committee is formed.
447    Section 2: Conduct
448      a. Robert’s Rules of Order, Revised, shall be used when meetings of the Senate are conducted, and in
449          standing committees when a majority of the committee members present deem it necessary. In
450          Senate meetings, Robert’s Rules may be suspended by the Chair of the Senate to discuss matters at
451          hand.
452
453   Article X: Summe r Senate
454    Section 1: Purpose
455     a. The purpose of the Summer Senate shall be to address any pending business that cannot wait for the
456          fall semester, according to a specific agenda set beforehand by the Senate.
457    Section 2: Composition
458     a. The Summer Senate shall be elected by the Senate at the third-to- last Senate meeting of the preceding
459          spring semester.
460     b. The number of Summer Senators shall be determined by the Senate.
461     c. Elected Summer Senators must be current members of the PSGA at the time of their election, and
462          must have previously served as elected or appointed officers of the PSGA. If not enough people who
463          meet these criteria are available, the Senate may choose instead to elect other people.
464    Section 3: Duties
465     a. The Summer Senate must organize the PSGA’s participation for new student Orientation.
466     b. The Summer Senate must organize and prepare the PSGA office for the fall semester in consultation
467          with the Executive Board.
468    Section 4: Summer Senators may be paid, but only if the Senate allocates funding for it.
469
470   Article XI: College Administration
471    Section 1: Signatory Authority
472      a. Shall serve to ensure compliance with SUNY Board of Trustee Policy regarding student activity fees.
473      b. Shall be appointed annually by the Vice President of Student Affairs in consultation with the
474          Executive Board of the PSGA.
475      c. Shall sign all purchase orders, contracts and cash advances to insure compliance with Board of
476          Trustee Policy. If the Signatory Authority is not available to sign paperwork, s/he may designate
477          another staff member to be a legitimate signature. If no person was designated, all paperwork must be
478          signed by the Vice President of Student Affairs.
479      d. Shall insure student compliance with academic and disciplinary policies of the College as it relates to
480          student participation in the PSGA.
481      e. Must attend all finance committee meetings and sign financial paperwork.
482      f. Must ensure that all purchases are within College and Board of Trustee policies.
483      g. The Signatory Authority may also serve, if selected, as the Official Advisor of the PSGA.
484    Section 2: The Official Advisor of the PSGA
485      a. The Official Advisor must attend all Senate and Executive meetings.
486      b. The Official Advisor shall sit in on all meetings as requested by the Executive Board.
487      c. Shall be appointed by the Senate by a simple majority vote (greater than 50%) pending consultation
488          with the office of Student Affairs.
489
490   Article XII: Impeachment of Officers
491    Section 1: Qualifications
492      a. Any elected or appointed official of the PSGA may be impeached for misfeasance,
493          malfeasance, nonfeasance, or gross violation of this constitution or its bylaws, or of local, state, or
494          federal laws.
495    Section 2: Process
496          Impeachment will be considered in the following manner:
497      a. The charging party must submit the charges in writing to both the President and the Chair of the
498          Senate.
499      b. Upon receipt of charges, the Chair of the Senate or the President shall bring the charges to the Senate
500          within five (5) official class days.
501      c. The Senate shall hear the charges and vote on whether or not the charges warrant an inquiry from the
502          Judicial Board. A two-thirds (2/3) vote shall constitute indictment.
503            i. If the charged party is indicted, a Judicial Board hearing shall be convened under the auspices
504                of the Chief Justice in which both the charging party and the charged party shall present their
505                case.
506           ii. If the Senate falls short of the two-thirds (2/3) vote necessary for indictment, the charged party
507               shall be exonerated and return to his or her duties.
508      d. After both the charging party and the charged party have had the opportunity to present their cases at
509         a Judicial Board hearing, the Judicial Board shall decide after deliberation whether to impeach or
510         exonerate. A two-thirds (2/3) vote of the court shall be necessary for an impeachment.
511      e. If an officer is impeached by the Judicial Board, he or she will be removed from office.
512
513   Article XIII: Non-Discrimination
514          The PSGA shall not discriminate against anyone on the basis of age, race, gender, sexual orientation,
515          religion, physical or mental disability, or veteran status.
516
517   Article XIV: Referenda / Amendme nts
518    Section 1: Qualifications
519      a. A referendum or amendment may be requested in either of the following ways:
520            i. A petition signed by ten percent (10%) of the PSGA members.
521            ii. A two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Senate.
522      b. Upon successful validation of the request, the Elections Committee shall hold a vote on the
523          referendum/amendment within fifteen (15) class days.
524      c. To pass a referendum or amendment, a simple majority (50% + 1) of ten percent (10%) of the PSGA
525          is needed.
526
527   Article XV: Dissolution
528    Section 1: Dissolution
529      a. Upon the dissolution of the corporation, the members, after paying or making provision for the
530          payment of the just debts, obligations and liabilities of the corporation, will dispose of all of its assets
531          by transfer to such other non-profit organization or organizations organized and operated exclusively
532          for educational purposes, or such other purposes as shall at that time qualify for exemption under
533          Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and Section 420 of the New York Real Property Tax
534          Law as in the judgment of the members is best qualified and competent to promote the purposes of
535          the corporation, subject to an order of a Justice of the Supreme Court of New York.
536
537   Article XVI: Implementation
538          This Constitution shall take effect 12:00am on April 10, 2006. The positions elected in the spring of
539          2006 shall be in accord with the positions described in the document.
540
541   Article XVII: Ratification
542      a. To ratify the Constitution, a simple majority (greater than 50%) of ten percent (10%) of the PSGA
543          must vote in the affirmative.

				
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