The following is the Constitution of the Student Government of Seattle University, herein referred to as SGSU.
We, the undergraduate students of Seattle University, have the inherent right to establish an association that ensures the expression and protection of student rights, interests, concerns, and opinions, involves students in a constructive partnership in the operations of the University, serves a significant role in the formation, implementation, and application of institutional policy affecting both Academic and Student Affairs of undergraduate students, and promotes the internal welfare and unity of the student community. Therefore, we hereby ordain and establish this Constitution for the Student Government of Seattle University.
As the elected representation of the Seattle University undergraduate student body, theStudent Governmentof Seattle University (SGSU), formed in harmony with the University's mission, is the official voice andadvocate for students. SGSU communicates with students regarding their collective and constituent interests,promotes opportunities for student leadership and involvement,assists in thedevelopment of a cohesive undergraduate community, and provides the undergraduate community with political and financial support.
Section 1: The name of the association under this constitution shall be the "Student Governmentof Seattle University," referred to herein as SGSU.
Section 2: The principal office of SGSU is located in the Student Center at Seattle University, referred to herein as the University.
Section 1: SGSU shall only have one kind of constituent. Constituents for SGSU are those students currently classified at the undergraduate level at Seattle University. The undergraduate level includes those students who are admitted through the undergraduate admissions process and are pursuing a program of study which will result in a Seattle University undergraduate degree, certificate, or completion of a prescribed set of pre-requisites required for entry into a specific degree program.
Section 2: Constituent membership shall commence starting the first day students are admitted to the University and shall end immediately prior to the first day of the next academic quarter, unless renewed by continuing admission and enrollment at the University.
Section 3: Constituents who withdraw or are expelled from the University shall lose constituent membership immediately.
Section 4: The rights of constituents are as follows:
Section 5: SGSU and its officers do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual or political orientation, or status as a veteran in the administration of SGSU organization, the selection of officers and appointees, other SGSU-administered policies and programs, or in employment related policies and practices.
Section 1: The elected Executive Officers of SGSU shall be:
Section 2: Each person seeking to become or remain as an Executive Officer must be a constituent of SGSU.
Section 3: The Executive 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 annual Spring Election conducted in accordance with the SGSU Constitution, SGSU Bylaws, and the SGSU Elections Code.
Section 4: The term of office for Executive Officers shall be one year, starting at the beginning of the last SGSU Representative Assembly meeting of the academic year in which they were elected.
Section 5: The elected Representative Officers of SGSU shall be:
Section 6: Each person seeking to become or remain as a Representative Officer must be a constituent of SGSU. Each person seeking to become or remain as a Representative Officer must meet the candidate eligibility requirements for their respective SGSU Officer position.
Section 7: The term of office for Representative Officers elected in the Fall shall be less than one year, starting at the beginning of the first SGSU Representative Assembly meeting after the Fall Election and ending at the beginning of the last SGSU Representative Assembly meeting of the academic year in which they were elected. The term of office for Representative Officers elected in the Spring shall be one year, starting at the beginning of the last SGSU Representative Assembly meeting of the academic year in which they were elected.
Section 8: One student may not concurrently hold more than one permanent elected office.
Section 9: Executive and Representative Officers shall be entitled to seek election and hold office for successive terms.
Section 10: A constituent who is an employee of SGSU may not hold an officer position.
Section 11: SGSU Officers shall receive compensation. The Representative Officers elected in the fall quarter must all receive equal compensation. Also, the Representative Officers elected in the Spring Election must all receive equal compensation.
Section 1: On each matter submitted to a vote of the constituents, each constituent shall be entitled to cast one vote.
Section 2: The University will provide a list of constituents to SGSU. This list will serve as the list of students currently eligible to vote in the SGSU Elections.
Section 3: SGSU will hold two general elections; one in the fall quarter and one in the spring quarter.
Section 4: SGSU delegates authority to the Elections Commission for all SGSU Elections. The Secretary of Elections will serve as the primary student responsible for organizing, coordinating, and facilitating the SGSU Elections.
Section 1: The Representative Assembly shall be the primary governing body of SGSU.
Section 2: The Representative Assembly shall be comprised of voting and non-voting members.
Each voting member (Representatives) will have one vote.
Section 3: All members of the Representative Assembly shall strive to act in, and represent the best interests of the student body of Seattle University and the SGSU organization. Each member of the Representative Assembly shall perform his or her duties in good faith, in a manner which he or she believes to be in the best interest of SGSU and its constituents, and with such care, including reasonable inquiry, as an ordinary prudent person in a like position would use under similar circumstances.
Section 4: Subject to this Constitution and the Bylaws relating to actions requiring approval of the constituents, all the activities and affairs of SGSU shall be conducted and all powers shall be exercised by, or under the direction of, the Representative Assembly. The Representative Assembly may delegate operational activities to Executive Officers, University employees, and student assistants, provided that the ultimate management responsibility shall continue to be exercised by the Representative Assembly.
Section 5: Without limiting the authority of the Representative Assembly as set forth above, the Representative Assembly shall be responsible for the following:
Section 1: Regular meetings of the Representative Assembly shall be held at least every week during the fall, winter, and spring quarters. However, no regular meetings shall be held during the week of final exams unless called by the Executive Vice President. The meetings shall be held at a regularly scheduled campus location.
Section 2: The Representative Assembly shall meet a minimum of seven (7) times per quarter, with the exception of summer quarter.
Section 3: Representative Assembly meetings will be conducted using Robert's Rules of Order.
Section 4: Quorum for the Representative Assembly meetings shall be two-thirds (2/3) of the voting members then in office.
Section 5: All matters, which are not stated differently within this document, shall pass by a simple majority vote.
Section 6: Every act or decision made by a simple majority vote of the voting Representatives present at a duly held Representative Assembly meeting at which quorum is present is the act of the Representative Assembly.
Section 7: The following acts require a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Representative Assembly members in office:
Section 8: The Representative Assembly, in its discretion, may create subordinate Appointed Officer positions as may be required by the affairs of the Organization, and may specify the term, qualifications, and duties of such Appointed Officers. The SGSU President shall nominate, and the Representative Assembly shall appoint, persons to fill these positions in accordance with the Constitution and Bylaws and any additional requirements specified by the Representative Assembly.
Section 9: The following non-voting members of the Representative Assembly are entitled to the same notice and right to attend meetings of the Representative Assembly, SGSU committees, and SGSU boards:
Section 1: A Joint Session will be convened for the purpose of adopting, repealing, or amending all or any part of the Constitution and/or the Bylaws.
Section 2: A Joint Session consists of all of Representatives and Executives. Each Representative and Executive will have one vote. Joint Sessions shall be chaired by the Executive Vice President, who may not vote, but retains the right to vote to break a tie. Quorum for the Joint Session meetings shall be two-thirds (2/3) of the Representatives and Executives then in office. A two-thirds vote is required to pass any changes to the Constitution and/or Bylaws.
Section 1: The Executive Officers of SGSU shall be the President, Executive Vice President, Vice President of Finance and Vice President of University Affairs.
Section 2: The President shall:
Section 3: The Executive Vice President shall:
Section 4: The Vice President of Finance shall:
Section 5: The Vice President of University Affairs shall:
Section 6: General Duties of all Representatives are as follows:
Section 1: A vacancy of any office of SGSU shall be deemed to exist on the occurrence of any of the following:
Section 2: Any SGSU Officer may resign by giving written notice to the Assistant Director of Student Activities. The resignation shall be effective upon delivery of the notice, unless the notice specifies a later time for the effectiveness of such resignation. If the resignation is effective at a future time, a successor may be designated to take office when the resignation becomes effective.
Section 3: An SGSU Officer can be removed by either a Recall Election or by the Representative Assembly.
Section 4: An SGSU Officer may be removed by a vote of the constituents at an election duly held under the authority of theStudent Governmentof Seattle University Elections Code.
Section 1: Any SGSU Officer can bring an amendment(s) that may amend, append, or repeal the Constitution, or any part thereof, before the Representative Assembly. The amendments must follow these guidelines:
Section 1: This Constitution shall be the supreme authority of the SGSU, and all bylaws, codes, and policies shall be, in form and interpretation, consistent with this Constitution.
Section 2: This Constitution shall enter into full effect on the twenty-sixth of September, Two Thousand and One.
Amended May 14th, 2002
Amendment enacted Fall Election 2002
Amended April 13, 2005
Amended by Joint Session on April 2, 2008
Amended by Joint Session on April 9, 2008
Amendments enacted Spring Election, April 22-24, 2008
Amended April 21, 2010
Amended April 4, 2012
Amendments enacted Spring Election, April 25-27, 2012