The following are the rules governing the Student Government of Seattle University, herein referred to as SGSU. These detailed rules are herein referred to as Bylaws, which govern SGSU under the Constitution of the Student Government of Seattle University.
Section 1: Eligibility of elected office shall be determined by class standing, community membership, course load, and GPA but never on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual or political orientation, or status as a veteran, and all other forms of discrimination with exceptions only for those listed below:
Section 2: The Representative Officers shall be elected by a plurality (i.e. the highest number of votes for any one candidate designates the winner) at the duly held election conducted in accordance with the SGSU Constitution, SGSU Bylaws, and the SGSU Elections Code.
The following Representative Officers will be elected during the Annual Fall Election:
The following Representative Officers will be elected during the Annual Spring Election:
Section 3: Course Load: Students must be full-time, registering for twelve (12) credits or more per quarter throughout their term of office.
Section 4: GPA: Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5. Students who do not hold any prior Seattle University credits or a Seattle University GPA are exempt from this requirement until they have attended one quarter of classes at Seattle University.
Section 5: Representatives advocate for the general interest of their respective constituency within SGSU and the broader student body.
Section 6: All elected SGSU members should adhere to all expectations outlined by Department of Student Activities Code of Conduct, as well as the Seattle University Code of Conduct.
Section 1: The Representative Assembly shall have the power to remove an SGSU Officer and declare his or her office vacant under any of the following circumstances:
Section 2: The following process shall be used for the removal of any SGSU Officer by the Representative Assembly:
Section 3: A vacancy of a Representative Officer position from the Spring Elections will be filled in the Fall Elections. If a Representative Officer position is still vacant after the Fall Elections, a nominee shall be recommended from among by the Steering Committee and the nominee shall be approved by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the SGSU Representative Assembly then in office.
Section 4: In the event that an elected SGSU Executive Officer is unable to perform the functions of the office, is removed, or resigns, the Steering Committee shall nominate a candidate from among the SGSU Representative Officers then in office to fill the vacant Executive Officer Position. The nominee shall be approved by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the SGSU Representative Assembly then in office. Following approval of the Executive Officer nominee, the process for filling a vacancy of a Representative Officer position would take place.
Section 1: The appointment of SGSU Officers mid-term shall work as follows:
Section 1: In order for business to continue as efficiently as possible. A Pro Tempore will assume all duties of a Chair in their absence.
Section 2: The Pro Tempore of the Representative Assembly shall also serve as the Executive Vice President in the event that they resign, are removed from office, or are unable to fulfill the duties of their office. The Pro Tempore shall serve as Executive Vice President until a replacement is chosen or until the Executive Vice President resumes office.
Section 3: If the Executive Vice President wishes to resign they must submit a letter of resignation to the Advisor of SGSU. In this case the Pro Tempore shall assume the office of the Executive Vice President.
Section 1: Legislation, defined as any official written document on behalf of SGSU, must be submitted to the Executive Vice President before the meeting of its intended presentation, with the sponsor's name and any co-sponsors who wish to be listed with the bill.
Section 2: Each member of the Representative Assembly may rely on information, opinions, reports or statements prepared or presented by the persons listed below, so long as he or she acts in good faith, after reasonable inquiry, and without knowledge that reliance on such persons is unwarranted:
Section 3: Assembly Meeting Schedules and General Business:
Section 4: Rules of Legislation – Normal Order of Business is as follows:
Section 5: Legislative Process will work as follows:
Section 6: Debate Rules should be as follows:
Section 7: Veto Process will work as follows:
Section 8: All Representatives and Executives must be present at all Representative Assembly Meetings. If any Representative or Executive has a potential conflict and may need to miss a meeting, that person must inform the Executive Vice President in writing of their request. The following three reasons will be used by the Executive Vice President to potentially excuse absences from Representative Assembly:
The Executive Vice President has the right to deny any request under reason three (3), if they do not find it to be a legitimate reason.
Section 9: The Executive Vice President may call special meetings of the Representative Assembly at any time.
Section 10: In case of emergency or if an immediate vote is needed, online voting may take place. With this process, all rules apply the same as if it were legislation at Representative Assembly (outlined by Article V, Sections 5 and 6).
Section 11: All Representative Assembly meetings, as well as those of its boards and committees, are considered open to all constituents.
Section 1: Appropriations Process:
Section 2: Post appropriation procedures:
Section 3: The Vice President of Finance shall select a Representative who serves on the Appropriations Committee to serve as the Pro Tempore. In the event that the Vice President of Finance is absent from an Appropriations meeting the Pro Tempore shall lead the meetings.
Section 1: The Representative Assembly shall have standing committees and boards. Committees and boards are created to investigate and evaluate issues, concerns and matters before the Representative Assembly, seek resolution to issues and conduct the affairs and business of SGSU. The following committees and boards are standing:
Section 2: Two to five Representatives must serve upon standing committees every year, determined by the Executive Board.
Section 3: Ad-Hoc committees, created throughout the year, are served on a voluntary basis and must have at least two members and a Chair. The initial members will be determined at the time of creation. Ad-Hoc committees do not need to be approved by Representative Assembly. The duration of an Ad-Hoc committee is until its focus or objective is completed. Ad-Hoc committees can become standing committees if a motion is brought forward and it is proven to be an important and integral part of SGSU. This requires a majority vote to approve. Ad-Hoc committees may include non-SGSU Representatives as voting and non-voting members. Ad-Hoc committees will be chaired by an SGSU Officer. The SGSU advisor will not have voting privileges; however, when present on the committee, may vote to break the tie.
Section 4: Committee Chairs:
Section 5: Standing Committee Duties and Placement:
Section 6: Steering Committee:
Section 7: Appropriations Committee:
Section 8: University Affairs Committee:
Section 9: President's Advisory Board:
Section 10: Joint Committee Meetings take place between the Representative Assembly and the committee requesting the meeting. These will only occur when involving sensitive issues, and will be closed to the public. All Representatives have regular voting privileges, while Executives may vote. They will be convened by the committee Chair with at least twenty-four (24) hours of notice given, and will be chaired by the Executive Vice President.
Section 11: The Representative Assembly may, by a simple majority vote of the members of the Representative Assembly present at a duly held meeting, create one or more committees or boards to investigate and evaluate matters before the SGSU and to make recommendations to the Representative Assembly for action on those matters. The make-up and appointments of officers and/or constituents to Ad-Hoc committees and boards shall be approved by the Representative Assembly. These committees and boards shall have no authority to take action on any matter, but may make recommendations for action to the Representative Assembly.
Section 2: If any position is vacated for any reason during the year, the Mid-Term Appointment Committee will nominate candidates, which will then be taken to Representative Assembly. The only instance in which this does not need to take place is if the appointment of a new member would take place during spring quarter. In that case, the Mid-Term Appointment Committee may vote to determine if they would like to fill the vacant position. If approved by a majority vote, then the Mid-Term Appointment Committee shall take all steps as outlined above.
Section 1: Student Discount Program shall:
Section 2: Sustainable Universal Revolving Fund shall:
Section 3: RedZone shall:
Section 4: Secretary of Elections shall:
Section 5: The Elections Commission must abide by the following rules:
Section 6: Chief of Staff shall:
Section 1: Executive Board shall:
Section 2: After a resolution is passed by the Representative Assembly and signed by the President of SGSU said resolution shall be sent to all relevant parties. After a time determined by the Executive Officers of SGSU, the sponsors of the resolution shall follow up on the resolution to determine to what success the resolution achieved.
Section 1: Joint sessions:
Section 2: Duties of the Joint Session:
Section 1: The Bylaws of SGSU will take effect at the passage of a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote in a Joint Session meeting, and after a simple majority approval by all university students and any and all other SGSU documents shall be inferior to it, with exception of the SGSU Constitution.
Approved January 16, 2002, Amended March 9, 2004, Amended May 19, 2004, Amended April 15, 2009, Amended April 21, 2010