Indiana University Northwest
We, the members of the Student Government Association (SGA) desiring to provide a form of government to provide a form of expression for student views and interests; to maintain academic freedom, academic responsibility, and student rights; to improve student social, cultural, and physical welfare; to develop better educational standards, facilities, and teaching methods; to help promote international understanding and fellowship at the student level; and to foster recognition of the rights of students in this school and in this community, do hereby establish this Constitution.
Article I (Name and Purpose)
The official name of the Indiana University Northwest body is the Student Government Association (SGA) and its purposes are those stated in the Preamble.
Article II (Distribution of Power)
The Student Government Association shall consist of elected students who plan to continue their enrollment at Indiana University Northwest. The SGA shall be responsible for defending and supporting student rights, both academically and personally. The Student Activities Fund Board of Trustees shall approve the budget for the Student Government Association and student publications and is responsible for the distribution of funds to other organizations.
- The Student Government Association (SGA)
- The Student Activities Fund Trustees (SAFT)
The Student Government Association
Article III (Legislative)
Section 1 (Name)
All legislative power granted herein shall be vested in the Indiana University Northwest Association and exercised by the SGA.
Section 2 (Qualifications)
- A candidate for any member of the SGA must have completed at least nine (9) semester credit hours with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 and have spent at least one semester immediately preceding the candidacy as a student of the Northwest campus. The candidates shall be enrolled in no less than nine credit hours per semester.
- A candidate for President and Vice President must have served as a member of any organization at Indiana University Northwest or one term as a Senator of SGA and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0.
Section 3 (Election)
- All members of the student body are eligible to vote for the President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer.
- The President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer shall run on individual tickets.
- If there is only one candidate for the President, Vice-President, Secretary, or Treasurer, the election of that candidate shall be automatic.
- In order to be properly elected, a candidate must be verified by the Office of Student Life.
Section 4 (Term of Office)
The President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer shall be elected during the last week in April, and assume their offices on the first day of the fall semester and are to hold these offices during the ensuing year.
- Should the President be impeached and convicted, resign, withdraw from school, or prove unable to serve for any reason, the Vice-President will succeed the President.
- Under the direction of the Director of Student Life, SGA will hold a meeting to elect a new Vice-President from among the SGA by simple majority approval from the SGA.
- Should the President and the Vice-President together be impeached and convicted, resign, withdraw from school, or prove unable to serve for any reason, under the direction of the Director of Student Life the SGA will then hold a meeting to elect a new interim President from among the active senators.
- The Director of Student Life along with SGA may decide to hold a campus wide emergency election in the event both President and Vice President are deemed unable to serve.
Section 5 (Oath of Office)
The following oath of office shall be administered to the Executive Officers by the Director of Student Life.
“I, _______, do solemnly swear that I will preserve, protect, and defend the Indiana University Northwest Student Association Constitution, and that I will execute the duties of my office to the best of my abilities, so help me God.”
Section 6 (Impeachment)
The President, Vice-President, or any other officer may be impeached for malfeasance in office, dereliction of duty, or violations of the Code of Student Rights Responsibility, and Conduct.
- Impeachment may be initiated by three senators by petition, and effected by a two-thirds majority approval of the SGA.
- Impeachment may also be initiated by a petition of ten percent of the student body.
- All impeachment shall be tried in the SGA and the Director of Student Life.
Section 7 (Powers)
The President of the SGA shall have the power to:
- Request of any SGA member an opinion in writing on any subject pertaining to the duties and responsibilities of that member’s office.
- Create commissions, committees, and cabinets with the approval of a simple majority of the SGA.
- Hold all powers as are necessary for carrying out provisions of this Constitution.
Senators shall have the power to:
- Represent their constituents at all meetings of the SGA.
- Vote on all matters of concern to their constituents.
- Serve on SGA committees to which they may be appointed.
- Elect a President and/ or Vice-President of the SGA if none is provided by the Spring Officers election.
- Approve by simple majority appointments made by the President of the SGA to faculty-student committees.
- Approve by simple majority all appointments made by the President of the SGA which are not expressly directed in this Constitution.
- Effect by a two-thirds approval the impeachment of any Executive Officer or Student Activities Board member.
- Express concerns for student problems that relate to the university community.
Section 8 (Duties)
A. The President of SGA shall:
- Serve as President of the SGA.
- Represent the SGA in all student matters.
- Make periodic reports to the SGA and suggest measures judged necessary and expedient to the efficient operation of the SGA.
- Take care that all student laws are faithfully executed.
- Act as ex-officio, member of all committees and boards established under SGA.
- Assist the Treasurer in preparing the annual budget.
- Provide a channel of communication between the SGA and the administration and faculty.
- Appoint the chairman of any Committees.
- Convene and preside regularly at the Student Officers Forum.
- Acquaint the President-elect with the duties and responsibilities of the office of the President of the SGA.
B. The Vice-President shall:
- Act for the President in the absence of the President, upon request of the President, or in the event that the President is unable to serve.
- Communicate legislation and other student business to the President.
- Act as ex-officio, non-voting member of all committees and boards established under the SGA.
- Acquaint the Vice-President-elect with the duties and responsibilities of the office of the Vice-President of the SGA.
C. The Secretary shall:
- Call Roll in SGA meetings, maintain records, keep minutes, forward communication of SGA business.
- Perform such other duties as shall be deemed necessary by the President or the Vice-President of the SGA.
- Acquaint the Secretary-elect with the duties and responsibilities of the office of the Secretary of the SGA.
D. The Treasurer shall:
- Prepare the annual budget for the ensuing year and present it to the SGA for approval.
- Make a record of all expenditures and income.
- Make a monthly report at the SGA meetings of any and all expenditures and state the account balance.
- Be prepared to present the accounts for inspection upon request of any member of the University community.
- Serve on the Student Activities Fund Trustees.
- Acquaint the Treasurer-elect with the duties and responsibilities of the office of the Treasurer of the SGA.
- Deliver approved SGA budget to the Student Activities Fund Trustees.
- Make a final report to the SGA, prior to the expiration of his term of office, including an exact record and description of all expenditures made during the term of office.
E. Parliamentarian will be appointed by the President to ensure rules of order are followed.
Section 9 (Resignation)
The resignation of an officer must be presented in writing to the President of the SGA at least two weeks prior to the time that resignation shall take place, and to the SGA at a regular meeting of the SGA at least two weeks prior to the time that resignation shall take place.
Section 10 (Removal from Duties)
All officers of the SGA may be relieved of their duties for excessive absence. Excessive absence is defined as three (3) consecutive absences or five absences per each semester.
Section 11 (Membership and Voting Rights)
- There will be eight (8) senators, whom shall be elected during the fall semester general election. The term shall begin on the first day of the spring semester. The term of office shall be one year.
- They may make recommendations to the SGA and may vote and make any formal motions or seconds.
- All members of the Student Government Association.
- The Student Activities Board representative.
The SGA may grant, at each meeting, temporary speaking seats with a simple majority vote of Senators present.
Section 12 (Term of Office)
All Senators shall be elected during the latter part of the Fall Semester and shall assume office on the first day of the Spring Semester. All Senators shall serve for one year.
Section 13 (Legislation)
A. Any member of SGA may propose legislation and must be motioned, seconded and approved by SGA at SGA meeting.
B. Legislation must be passed with a two thirds majority vote to be enacted.
Section 14 (Vacancies)
A. Should a Student Senator resign or be removed from office before the term of office has expired, along with the Director of Student Life, the President of the SGA shall replace that position with a simple majority approval of the SGA.
B. All appointments shall be made within 15 days of the occurrence of the vacancy.
Section 15 (Removal from Duties)
Senators who miss three (3) consecutive meetings shall lose voting privileges. To regain voting status they must attend three (3) meetings or events. All Senators may be relieved of their duties for excessive absence (3) consecutive absences or five (5) excused absences per each semester.
Article IV (Student Activities Fund Trustees)
Section 1 (Name and Purpose)
The Student Activities Fund Trustees shall approve the budget for the student newspaper and Spirits magazine and is responsible for the distribution of funds to other student organizations.
Section 2 (Trustees)
- The SAFT shall be composed of the Treasurer of the SGA, the Chair of the SAB and three (3) students appointed by two-thirds majority of the SGA. The Director of Student life shall serve as ex-officio member.
- All offices shall be held for one year.
- Of the Student members, one shall be elected Co-Chairman by a simple majority vote of the student members of SAFT.
- The Director of Student Life shall appoint up to five (5) faculty or administrators to serve as Trustees, one of whom shall serve as Co-Chairman and Convener.
Article V (Amendments)
An amendment to this Constitution may be introduced in writing by a Senator at a regular meeting, or an amendment may be proposed by a petition signed by five percent of the student body. To be adopted, a proposed amendment shall be approved by a two-thirds majority vote of the SGA. It shall also be adopted if referred by a majority vote of the SGA to a referendum and approved by a majority vote of the student body. An amendment defeated by the SGA and not referred to the student body for a vote shall be, when subsequently presented to the SGA by a petition signed by ten (10) percent of the student body, automatically referred by the SGA to a referendum. Such an amendment shall be adopted if approved by a majority of the student body members voting in the referendum.
Article VI (Meetings)
Meetings will be established during the first official meeting of the year. A two thirds majority vote will decide the remaining meetings for the upcoming year. SGA is expected to conduct a minimum of one meeting per month. Robert Rules of Order of orders will be used at each of the meetings.