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Juniata College Student Government Constitution

We, the students of Juniata College, in order to meet the representative needs of all who attend this institution, do establish the Juniata College Student Government.  This Student Government shall be an organization dedicated to the communication of student needs and desires to other constituencies of Juniata College, shall convey information regarding the activities of these constituencies to the General Assembly, and shall be responsible for the administration of Student Government funds allocated to campus clubs and organizations.

Article 1 – The General Assembly of Students
Section 1 – Definition
The General Assembly of Students shall comprise of all full-time students of freshmen to senior standing during their term at Juniata and shall be in good academic standing, as defined in the Pathfinder.
Section 2 – General Powers
Clause 1: Members of the General Assembly shall have the power to convene a forum focusing on an issue, given that they have generated a petition of 250 signatures calling for a forum.
Clause 2: Any member of the General Assembly shall have the right to propose a written bill to the Senate during a forum.
Clause 3: If more than ten percent of the General Assembly is present at a forum, a written bill passed by a majority of those in attendance must be considered by both the Senate and the Executive Committee.
Clause 4: Members of the General Assembly shall have the right to attend all Senate meetings.
Clause 5: The General Assembly shall have the power to overturn any Senate or Executive Committee decision with a two-thirds vote.
Article 2 – The Senate
Section 1 – Definition
The Senate is an elected body comprised of full-time students during their term at Juniata and shall be in good academic standing, as defined in the Pathfinder.
Section 2 – Composite and Electorate
Clause 1: The Freshmen class shall comprise four seats (four votes) on the Senate and shall consist of a class President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer.
Clause 2: The Sophomore class shall comprise four seats (four votes) on the Senate and shall consist of a class President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer.
Clause 3: The Junior class shall comprise four seats (four votes) on the Senate and shall consist of a class President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer.
Clause 4: The Senior class shall comprise four seats (four votes) on the Senate and shall consist of a class President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer.
Clause 5: The international students shall comprise one seat (one vote) on the Senate.
Clause 6: The Program for Area Residents (PAR) shall comprise one seat (one vote) on the Senate.
Clause 7: The domestic minority students shall comprise one seat (one vote) on the Senate.
Clause 8: Each Common Interest Sector (CIS) shall comprise one seat (one vote) on the Senate.
Clause 9: Residential Assistants (RAs) shall comprise one seat (one vote) on the Senate.
Clause 10: Juniata Activities Board (JAB) shall comprise one seat (one vote) on the Senate.
Clause 11: The Sexual and Gender Minorities students shall comprise one seat (one vote) on the Senate.
Clause 12: In the event of a vacancy among any entity previously stated, the Executive Committee, with the advice and consent of the concerned entity, shall nominate a replacement to be confirmed by the Senate.
Clause 13: If any Senator or Cabinet member does not fulfill his or her duties appropriately, the Executive Committee may start a process of investigation to decide on possible removal from office. If removal occurs, the Executive Committee, with the advice of the concerned entity on Senate (e.g. class officers, specific CIS group), shall nominate a replacement to be confirmed by the Senate.
Section 3 – General Powers
Clause 1: The Senate shall have the right to ratify or reject the budget proposed by the Executive Committee, as well as proposals made by the Executive Committee or the General Assembly.
Clause 2: Each class shall have four voting rights in the Senate.
Clause 3: No Senator may miss more than one Senate Meeting per semester.
Clause 4: The Senate Chair shall be the President of the Executive Committee, shall preside over all Senate meetings, shall vote only in order to break a split Senate decision, shall have the right to call a Senate meeting at any time, and shall run the meetings in a parliamentary procedure.
Article 3 – The Executive Committee
Section 1 – Definition
The Executive Committee shall be full-time students during their term at Juniata and shall be in good academic standing, as defined in the Pathfinder.
Section 2 – Composite and Electorate
Clause 1: The Executive Committee shall consist of five seats including a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Officer of Technology.
Clause 2: The Executive Committee shall be elected by the General Assembly, with the exceptions of the Treasurer and Officer of Technology, who shall be nominated by the other members of the current Executive Board and the members of the Executive Board elect, and confirmed by the Senate.
Clause 3: In the event of a vacancy on the Executive Committee, the remaining members shall nominate a replacement to be confirmed by the Senate.
Clause 4: If any Executive Committee member does not fulfill his or her duties appropriately, the Ethics Committee may start a process of investigation to decide on possible removal from office. In the case of a recommendation for removal from office, the Senate shall vote whether or not to remove the Executive Committee member from office. This decision will require a 2/3 vote. If removal occurs, the Executive Committee shall nominate a replacement to be confirmed by the Senate.
Section 3 – General Powers
Clause 1: No Executive Committee member may concurrently serve as a senator.
Clause 2: No Executive Committee member may miss more than three Executive Committee meetings per semester.
Clause 3: No Executive Committee member may miss more than three Executive Committee meetings per semester.
Clause 4: The RSO Approval Board shall, under the leadership of the Executive Committee Vice-President, coordinate the petitioning process for all aspiring RSOs.
Clause 5: The Executive Committee shall meet with the President of the college, the Dean of Students, the office of Students Activities, and various other campus offices for guidance.
Clause 6: The Executive Committee shall allocate at least 42% of combined Student Government and Juniata Activities Board (JAB) funds to Juniata Activities Board (JAB).
Clause 7: The Executive Committee shall be the primary source of ad-hoc student input to other campus constituencies regarding campus issues and concerns.
Clause 8: The Executive Committee shall be responsible for scheduling its own regular meetings, as well as the regular meetings of the Senate.
Clause 9: The Executive Committee shall coordinate all elections of members chosen by the General Assembly.
Article 4 – The Ethics Committee
Section 1 – General Definition
The Ethics Committee shall consist of Senate members selected by the Executive Committee and shall be formed in the event of a Senate member’s suspension from office and review of their standing in Senate.
Section 2 – Composite and Electorate
The Ethics Committee will consist of five randomly selected Senate members. The secretary of the Executive Committee will act as the chair. If there is a conflict of interest, the Officer of IT will step in as the chair.
Section 3 – General Powers
Clause 1: The Ethics Committee will convene a meeting within 72 hours of the Senate member being placed on suspension. The Senate member under review will attend the meeting and present a statement in their defense. The Senate member under review must leave the meeting after presenting their statement.
Clause 2: The Director/Assistant Director of Student Activities will be present during the Ethics Committee meeting.
Clause 3: The decision regarding the member under review must be a unanimous decision and this decision is final.
Clause 4: The chair of the Ethics Committee will notify the Senate member under review of the final decision.
Article 5 – The Cabinet of Student Representatives
Section 1 – Definition
The Cabinet of Student Representatives shall be full-time students during their term at Juniata and shall be in good academic standing, as defined in the Pathfinder.
Section 2 – Composite and Electorate
The Cabinet of Student Representatives is to be nominated by the Executive Committee and confirmed by the Senate to serve on the Board of Trustees and Faculty Committees.
Section 3 – General Powers
Clause 1: The Cabinet shall keep the Student Senate informed about the activity of each of the committees by attending a Senate meeting directly following a committee meeting.
Clause 2: No Cabinet member may not miss any meetings of the Committee to which he or she is assigned per semester.
Article 6 – The Judiciary
Section 1 – Definition
The Judiciary shall be full-time students during their term at Juniata and shall be in good academic standing, as defined in the Pathfinder.
Section 2 – Composite and Electorate
The Judiciary is to be nominated by the Executive Committee and confirmed by the Senate.
Section 3 – General Powers
The members of the Judiciary are the student representatives of the Judicial Board.
Article 7 – Constitutional Amendment
This constitution shall be amended with a two-thirds majority vote of the General Assembly of students.