Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Student Government Association

The Constitution

PREAMBLE

So that every matriculated student will have a strong voice in the policies and decisions that affect our community, we, the students of Wheaton College, establish and maintain the Student Government Association.  We charge ourselves with the responsibility to facilitate student activism and community consciousness; respect and foster diversity, open-mindedness and education; and promote student empowerment both individually and collectively.  Our duty to uphold these principles is to ourselves, the College and each other.

ARTICLE I - MEMBERSHIP

Every matriculated student of the College shall be considered a member of the Student Government Association.

ARTICLE II - THE WHEATON COLLEGE SENATE

The Senate shall act as the official Legislative body of the Student Government Association of Wheaton College.  It is through the Senate that the Student Body projects its voice.

Section I - Powers and Responsibilities of the Senate

A.            Determine and appropriate the Student Activities Fee.

B.             Recognize Clubs and Organizations.

1.             Approve the Constitutions of Clubs or Organizations.

2.            Approve any changes or amendments to the Constitutions of Clubs or Organizations.

3.             Place all recognized Clubs and Organizations into their appropriate budgetary tiers.

C.             Create standing and ad-hoc committees.

D.             Determine the method of selection of Representatives to fill student positions on Administrative Committees.

E.             Override Student Government Association Presidential Veto by a vote of two-thirds (2/3).

F.             Conduct impeachment proceedings against any elected or appointed officer of the Student Government Association of Wheaton College.

G.             Amend the Constitution and By-Laws of the Student Government Association of Wheaton College.

H.             By a vote of two-thirds (2/3), the members of the Senate of the Student Government Association of Wheaton College may close any Senate meeting that they deem appropriate.

I.             Conduct all other business necessary for the effective operation of the Student Government Association of Wheaton College.

Section II - Membership of the Senate

The membership of Senate shall consist of the following:

  1. There shall be five (5) Senators-at-Large to represent the interests of the entire campus.
  2. There shall be one (1) Representative for each of the four Classes, for a total of four (4).
  3. There shall one (1) Intercultural Senator.
  4. There shall be eight (8) Senators elected by their respective Classes whose constituencies shall be their particular Classes.

Section III - Committees of the Senate

All standing committee membership must be approved by a majority vote of the Student Senate. Nominations shall be selected by the President of the Student Government Association with the advice of the Executive Board and the consent of the Senate, as shown by a majority vote. These appointments, once approved, are not subject to Presidential Veto. All appointments are bound by the impeachment protocols established in Article V Section I, Part A(4)  of the By-Laws.

A.             Finance Committee

1.             The Finance Committee shall be responsible to meet at least twice monthly.  These meetings will be run and scheduled by the Student Government Association Treasurer, and will be open to the Wheaton Community, unless voted closed by a majority of the membership of the Senate. The responsibilities of the Finance Committee members will include:

a.             Allocating Tier Funding (non change).

b.             Holding all audits as outlined in Article II, Section II of the By-Laws.

c.             Acting as Probation Committee when necessary.

d.             Recommending to the Student Government Association Senate a budget for the coming year. This budget should take into account the Student Government Association vision for the future.

2.             The Finance Committee shall be comprised of five (5) members:

a.             The Student Government Association Treasurer, to serve as a nonvoting member except in the case of a tie.

b.             Four (4) Senators to be selected in accordance with Article II, Section III of the Constitution.

B.             Venture Fund Committee

1.             The Venture Fund Committee shall be responsible for allocating monies on a proposal basis for ventures which shall improve the co-curricular life of the Wheaton community.

2.             The Venture Fund Committee shall be comprised of five (5) members.

a.             The Student Government Association Treasurer shall be the                                    Chair.

b.             The Assistant Director of Student Life shall serve on the committee.

c.             Membership of the three (3) additional seats on the Venture Fund Committee will be chosen in accordance with Article II, Section III of the Constitution.

C.                Senate Housing Action Committee

1. Membership of the Senate Housing Action Committee.

a. The SGA Vice President and an At-Large or Class Senator of the Student Government Association, who does not serve as the chair of another standing committee, appointed with the advice of the Executive Board and consent of the Senate, shall serve as Chair.

b. Membership of the additional seats on the Senate Housing Action Committee will be chosen in accordance with Article II, Section III of the Constitution

D. Food Advisory Committee

1. Membership of the Food Advisory Committee.

a. The SGA Vice President and an At-Large or Class Senator of the Student Government Association, who does not serve as the chair of another standing committee, appointed with the advice of the Executive Board and consent of the Senate shall serve as Chair.

E. Public Safety Committee

1.         The Public Safety Committee (PSC) shall be the liaison between the Student Body and Public Safety addressing issues not limited to, but including: parking, Public Safety services, and other matters pertaining to Public Safety's jurisdiction.

2. Membership of the Public Safety Committee

a.   The SGA Vice President and an At-Large or Class Senator of the Student Government Association, who does not serve as the chair of another standing committee, appointed with the advice of the Executive Board and consent of the Senate shall serve as Chair.

b.         Membership should reflect the diversity of students on campus, ranging from first-year students to seniors. There shall be no limit to the size of the committee, nor a preference for Senators.

c.         Membership of the additional seats on the Public Safety Committee will be chosen in accordance with Article II, Section III of the Constitution.

F. Committee on Appointments

1. The SGA Vice President and an At-Large or Class Senator of the Student Government Association, who does not serve as the chair of another standing committee, appointed with the advice of the Executive Board and consent of the Senate shall serve as Chair.

a. Additional membership shall consist of the Student Government Association President, the Intercultural Board Senator, and three (3) Senators selected in accordance with Article II, Section III of the Constitution.

G. Committee on Accessibility

a.             The SGA Vice President and an At-Large or Class Senator of the Student Government Association, who does not serve as the chair of another standing committee, appointed with the advice of the Executive Board and consent of the Senate shall serve as Chair.

H.             Ad-Hoc Committees of Senate for Appeals, Impeachment & Removal

1.             The committee shall consist of six (6) members and be chaired by the Vice-President.  (See exception in the case of Vice Presidential Impeachment, Article IV Section VI, C, 2, the Impeachment and Recall Section of the By-Laws).

2.             If an ad-hoc committee is constitutionally required as in case of appeal or impeachment, the committee must be formed; however, the membership of the committee will require a majority vote of Senate to be confirmed.

3.             Membership of the additional seats on all ad-hoc committees will be chosen in accordance with Article II, Section III of the Constitution.

4.             Committee Meetings will be open unless otherwise stipulated upon their            inception by Senate.

5.             Special Provisions for Impeachment

a.             The Impeached or non-legal Wheaton representative for the Impeached should be present at all committee meetings unless the option is declined by the Impeached.

b.             The committee will be responsible for drafting articles of            Impeachment and presenting them before Senate.

c.             The articles for Impeachment must pass the committee by a majority vote.

d.             The committee will be run in accordance with Parliamentary Procedure.

6.             Appeals

a.             The committee will be responsible for presenting, if deemed justified, an article advising Senate to Uphold the Appeal of a given Impeached Individual.

b.             If grounds for the appeal are not justified, the committee will present            a letter stating the reasons for this decision to be placed on the Senate record.

c.             The committee will be run in accordance with Parliamentary Procedure.

d.             Each Impeached Individual is granted one appeal that must be filed with the Student Government Association Vice-President within two weeks of the decision.

I.             Annual Priorities Steering Committee

1.             The Annual Priorities Steering Committee will be responsible for

providing cohesion and unity of vision to Senate each year by

fostering collaboration and communication among the Deliverable Ad Hoc

Deliverables Committees.

2.            Membership will be composed of the Vice President (chair), the

President, two Class Senators (selected at the discretion of the

chair), and the chairs of each Deliverable Ad Hoc Committee.

J.             Senate Appropriations Committee

1.             The Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC) shall be responsible for hearing various funding proposals and appropriating the Senate budget, as they deem necessary.

2.             The SAC shall have the ability to recommend Senate expenditures to the Senate (which casts the final vote).

a.             Said recommendations must receive a majority vote of the Senate Body for approval.

b.             Said recommendations may seek to proactively address issues, policies, and needs that are not being sufficiently addressed in proposals to the SAC.

c.             Said recommendations must seek to improve the conditions and quality of life of the Wheaton community as a whole.

3.             Membership to the SAC does not follow the process outlined in Article II, Section III of the Constitution. Instead membership will consist of seven Senators who will serve as voting members, the Vice President of the Student Government Association serving as a non-voting chair, and the Student Government Association Treasurer serving as a non-voting member.

a.             The seven (7) voting Senators shall be selected through a process wherein Senators will indicate an interest in serving on the SAC at the beginning of each semester to the Student Government Association Vice-President. The Student Government Association Vice-President will then recommend seven Senators to the Senate for ratification.

b.             When possible each of the different classes should be represented.

c.             The seven (7) Senators recommended by the Student Government Association Vice-President shall refrain from voting in the Senate ratification process.

d.             When nominating senators to SAC, the Vice-President is encouraged to give            preference to senators who have not previously served on SAC.

e.             The recommendation and ratification process for membership to the SAC must occur at the beginning of each semester.

f.             It shall be the responsibility of the Student Government Association Vice-President to compile a comprehensive overview of SAC expenditures to be presented to the Senate at each of their weekly meetings.

g.             The Senate may overrule an SAC expenditure recommendation by a majority vote (the seven senators serving on the SAC shall refrain from voting in this event).

h.             If a rejection of a said recommendation occurs, then that single recommendation is sent back to its applicant for revisions and the application of said recommendation is allowed to resubmit it to SAC with revisions in order to restart the process.

 

K.            The Green Initiatives Committee

1.            The Green Initiatives Committee (G.I.C.) shall be charged with allocating a budget to support projects that promote sustainability on campus, and with facilitating collaboration among students committed to sustainability

2.            The President shall serve as chair

3.            The membership of the Committee shall be as follows: The President; the Treasurer; three (3) senators; and up-to-six (6) non-SGA members appointed by the chair

4.            The six (6) non-SGA members must be approved by Senate.

5.            The President and Treasurer shall be non-voting members.

6.            Allocations of funds will not be subject to ratification from Senate.

 

ARTICLE III - THE EXECUTIVE BOARD OF THE STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION OF WHEATON COLLEGE

 

Section I – Powers and Responsibilities of the Executive Board

A.              Identifying issues of concern to the Student Body, organizing ad-hoc committees, acting as the liaison body of the Senate to non-Senate groups, and undertaking other activities when deemed appropriate.

B.            Conducting all elections and impeachment proceedings related to the Senate and nominating student members to serve on standing committees of the Senate.

C.            Serving as advocates for members of the Student Body.

D.            The Executive Board shall be comprised of nine (9) students elected during the campus-wide spring elections.

Section II - Officers of the Executive Board

A.             The President shall be responsible for:

1.             Overseeing the entire Student Government Association.

2.             Chairing the Executive Board of the Student Government Association, chairing Wheaton College Community Meetings, serving as a member of the Student-Trustee Liaison Council, and serving as a member of Student Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees.

3.             Acting on the request for exceptions to rules in consultation with the College Hearing Board Chair and the Dean of Students.

4.             Submitting any action of the Student Body requiring attention of the faculty to the Chair of the Faculty Committee on Committees and Agenda.

5.             Representing the views of the Student Government Association to the Administrative Officers and Trustees of the College.

6.             Attending all Senate meetings as a non-voting member.

B.             The Vice President shall be responsible for:

1.             Chairing the meetings of the Senate of the Student Government Association of Wheaton College as President and voting only in the case of a tie.

2.             Preparing the agenda in consultation with the Executive Board of the Student Government Association of Wheaton College and coordinating the general business of the Senate.

3.             Overseeing the charters of all organizations and bodies receiving Student Activities Fee funding.

4.             Coordinating all ad-hoc committees of the Senate.

5.             Chairing the Committee on Appointments.

C.             The Secretary shall be responsible for:

1.             Serving as the director of communications for the Student Government Association, through facilitation of communication between Student Government Association and the Student Body, as well as through the facilitation of communication within the Student Government Association.

2.             Chairing the Communications Tier

3.             Keeping the minutes of the Executive Board of the Student Government Association of Wheaton College, the Student Senate meetings of the Student Government Association, any meetings between the Executive Board of the Student Government Association and the administration of Wheaton College that it is deemed necessary, and any community meeting that it is deemed necessary.

4.             Maintaining a file of all written work produced by the Senate along with all relevant documents.

5.             Working with the Office of Student Life to keep an up-to-date list of all student groups on campus and making that list available to the Wheaton community.

6.             Maintaining the Constitution and By-Laws of the Student Government Association, including all amendments approved by Student Government Association.

7.             Updating the website of the Student Government Association, including posting summaries of weekly Senate minutes, updating club and committee information, and updating the online Constitution and By-Laws of the Student Government Association.

8.             Attending all Senate meetings as a non-voting member.

D.             The Treasurer shall be responsible for:

1.             Overseeing the allocation of the Student Activities Fee and Executive Board account.

2.             Chairing the Finance Committee, Venture Fund Committee and the Speaker Fund Committee and the Treasurer’s Advisory Council.

3.            Chairing the Recreational Tier.

4.             Attending all Senate meetings as a non-voting member.

E.             The College Hearing Board Chair shall be responsible for:

1.             Calling and presiding over meetings of the College Hearing Board.

2.             Co-Chairing the Honor Code Commission.

3.             Consulting with the President of the Executive Board of the Student Government Association of Wheaton College and the Dean of Students or the Associate Dean of Students on the request for exceptions to judicial procedures.

4.             Attending all Senate meetings as a non-voting member.

F.             The Programming Council Chair shall be responsible for:

1.             Chairing the Programming Council.

2.             Initiating, organizing and supervising programming involving students, staff and faculty.

3.             Attending all Senate meetings as a non-voting member.

G.             The Educational Council Chair shall be responsible for:

1.             Chairing the Educational Council.

2.             Initiating, organizing and supervising educational programming involving students, staff and faculty.

3.             Appointing students to all positions under the jurisdiction of the Educational Council.

4.             Serving on the Education Policy Committee.

5.              Attending all faculty meetings.

6.             Executing the usage of Educational Council funds.

7.             Chairing the Educational Tier.

8.            Co-Chairing the Honor Code Commission.

9.            Attending all Senate meetings as a non-voting member.

H.             The Intercultural Board Chair shall be responsible for:

1.             Serving on the Presidents Advisory Committee on Inclusive Excellence.

2.             Serving as a liaison between the Associate Dean for Academic and Campus Life, the Intercultural Board and Senate.

3.             Fostering communication with Multicultural Clubs.

4.             Serving as Chair of the Intercultural Board

5.             Acting on projects as so requested by the Intercultural Board.

6.             The Intercultural Board Chair is expected to be at all committee meetings of the Student Government Association and the Intercultural Board that she/he are directly responsible for or have membership on. The Chair should be an active participant who clearly articulates the views of the Intercultural Board.

7.            Attending all Senate meetings as a non-voting member.

I.             The Senior Representative to the Board of Trustees shall be responsible for:

1.             Serving as the Student Chair of the Student Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees.

2.             Chairing the Student-Trustee Liaison Council.

3.             Maintaining contact and communicating with the trustee members of the Student Affairs Committee.

4.             Training the Junior Representative to the Board of Trustees to fulfill the position of Senior Representative.

5.            Serving on the Alumnae/i Board of Directors as a representative of the Student Government Association

6.             Attending all Senate meetings as a non-voting member.

Section III - Committees of the Executive Board

A.             Programming Council

1.             The Programming Council shall be responsible for social, cultural and recreational events held on campus.  The Council shall work to offer programs that appeal to diverse interests of the community and coordinate its activities with those of other student groups working similar events.

a.             The Intercultural Board each year in conjunction with Programming Council shall appoint one member of Intercultural Board to serve as a liaison to Programming Council and Intercultural Board. This liaison will be responsible for attending all Programming Council meetings and will adhere to standard rules within both groups.

2.             The Programming Council shall consist of at least six (6) students as follows:

a.             The Programming Council Chair shall be elected during the campus-wide spring elections.

b.             The Chair shall appoint the following members to the Council in the spring:  Vice Chair (1), Publicity Chair (1), Loft Chair (1), Treasurer (1), and Secretary (1).

c.             Members to serve under the Chair shall be selected in the spring through an application process, consisting of the completion of an application and an interview conducted by the Chair.

d.             Upon the completion of all of the above in accordance with the designated timeline, the Chair of Programming Council will select those members they see as:  open-minded, hard working, responsible, and committed to making Wheaton a better place.

B.             The Educational Council

1.             The Educational Council shall be responsible for voicing student concerns on medium to long-range educational issues and for working with faculty planning bodies and the administration on educational planning issues at Wheaton.  In addition, the Council may address other issues that Wheaton College may deem appropriate.

2.             The Educational Council shall be comprised of a minimum of four (4) students as follows:

a.             The Educational Council Chair shall be elected during the campus-wide spring elections, and by virtue of the position, must be a member of the Educational Policy Committee. The Chair will select another member of the Council to sit on the Education Policy Committee through an application process.

b.             The Educational Council shall determine appointments as necessary. The following appointments are recommended to the Council to be made in the spring:  Faculty/Student Liaison (1), Multicultural/Gender Issues Liaison (1), Advising Center Liaison (1), Secretary (1), Treasurer (1), Current Event Facilitator (1), and Filene Center Liaison (1).

C.             Intercultural Board

1.             The Intercultural Board shall serve as a campus resource for multicultural clubs under the Intercultural tier. Through workshops, forums and social activities, the Intercultural Board takes a proactive approach to enhancing the Wheaton College experience. The Board shall work to raise campus consciousness about diversity, multiculturalism, and equal opportunity representation.

2.             The Intercultural Board shall consist of six (6) students as follows:

a.             The Intercultural Board Chair shall be elected during the campus-wide spring elections.

b.             The Chair shall appoint the following members to the board in the spring: Educational Liaison (1), Programming Council Liaison (1), Treasurer (1), Secretary (1).

c.             The Intercultural Board Senator, who also serves on the board, shall be elected in accordance to Article II, Section II of the Constitution.

d.             Members to serve under the Chair shall be selected in the spring through an application process, consisting of the completion of an interview conducted by the Chair.

D.             Student-Trustee Liaison Council and Student Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees

1.            The Student-Trustee Liaison Council shall be responsible for considering issues pending before the Board of Trustees, keeping the Wheaton College Student Senate informed of these issues and placing issues of concern to the Student Body before the Board of Trustees. The Council shall serve as an advisory body to the Student Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees.

2.            The Student-Trustee Liaison Council shall be chaired by the Senior Representative to the Board of Trustees.  The other permanent members of the Council include the Junior Representative to the Board of Trustees and the Student Government Association President.

3.            The Student Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees is responsible for developing discussions between students and trustees on topics of importance to Wheaton College. A diverse group of students should be selected for these discussions. The Student-Trustee Liaison Council shall be responsible for finding students interested in these discussions and appointing them as temporary members of the Student Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees, valid for one meeting of the Student Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees. A student may be appointed multiple times.

4.             Membership of the Student Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees is unlimited, open to all students, and will be chosen in accordance with Article IV, Section III, Part A (4), of the By-Laws, with the Senior Representative to the Board of Trustees and the Student Government Association President both having authority to appoint members. A special emphasis should be made in appointing members to obtain a diversity of thought and experience on the committee.

 

ARTICLE IV - THE COLLEGE HEARING BOARD

 

Section I - Purpose

A.             The College Hearing Board shall be responsible for maintaining the Honor Code. The Board and other judicial bodies shall perform their functions according to procedures outlined in theBy-Laws to ensure fair process and justice.

B.             The Honor Code Commission shall be responsible for providing campus awareness, knowledge and understanding about the Honor Code through the creation of ongoing initiatives. The Commission is to be chaired by both the College Hearing Board Chair and the Educational Council Chair.

Section II - Membership

A.             The College Hearing Board shall be comprised of seven (7) members:

1.             Four (4) students: Chair; Vice Chair, Secretary and one (1) Member-at-Large to be elected during the campus-wide spring elections. All students shall be in good academic and social standing.

2.             Two (2) faculty members chosen by the College Hearing Board student members in consultation with the Dean of Students and approved by the faculty Committee on Committees and the Student Government Association Student Senate.  (Faculty who have served previous terms on the Hearing Board may act as substitute members if a current faculty member cannot attend.)

3.             The Dean of Students or the Associate Dean of Students.

 

ARTICLE V - PROCEDURES

 

 

Section I - Schedule and Notice of Meetings

A.             All regular meetings of the Senate of the Student Government Association of Wheaton College shall be announced and open to the entire Wheaton community unless otherwise decided by Senate.

B.             The Senate of the Student Government Association of Wheaton College may restrict the length of debate for individual agenda items.

C.             The Senate of the Student Government Association of Wheaton College shall meet no less than twice a month.

D.             The President of the Student Government Association may on his or her own initiative, or must at the written request of at least two-thirds (2/3) of the Senate of the Student Government Association of Wheaton College or the Dean of Students, call and preside over a Community Meeting.

Section II - Rules of Order

A.             The rule of Parliamentary Procedure shall govern the Senate of the Student Government Association of Wheaton College in all cases in which they are applicable.

B.             Any member of the Wheaton Student Body may participate in debate at any open meeting of the Senate of the Student Government Association of Wheaton College.

Section III - Accountability

A.             The Senate of the Student Government Association of Wheaton College shall be responsible for presenting the views of the Senate to their constituents and to other committees and bodies of the Wheaton community.

B.             If members of the Senate of the Student Government Association of Wheaton College do not agree with the Senate's position on a given issue, they may also be their own views, if they make clear that they are advocating their own views and not those of the Senate.

 

ARTICLE VI - STUDENT ACTIVITIES  FEE

All recognized and officially chartered Organizations, classes and Executive Board of the Student Government Association of Wheaton College committees are eligible for funding from the revenues generated by the Student Activities Fee collection. The funding process shall begin in the spring for the following academic year and shall follow the guidelines set forth by the Finance Committee.  Specific guidelines for budgeting shall be found in Article II of the Student Government Association By-Laws.

ARTICLE VII - AMENDING THE CONSTITUTION

Amendments to the Constitution of the Student Government Association of Wheaton College shall require a vote of approval by at least two thirds (2/3) of the members of the Senate. When Senate is not in session (i.e., summer, pre-elections, January break), the Executive Board has the power to vote and temporarily amend the Constitution, by a vote of approval by at least two thirds (2/3) of the members of the Executive Board, with an understanding that the change will be officially voted upon as soon as the Senate is able to convene.

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