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Senate Constitution

(ARTICLE VII OF THE SGA CONSTITUTION)

ARTICLE VII. LEGISLATIVE BRANCH: SENATE

SECTION 1. MEMBERSHIP

A. Senate membership is determined using a ratio of one representative for every 18 on-campus residents. The commuter student Senate membership is determined by using a ratio of one representative for every 50 commuter students. Senators and Hall Presidents are elected as follows:

PEG Center – 2 senators, 1 hall president, 2 proxies
Hill Top — 1 senator, 1 hall president, 2 proxies;
Kable — 2 senators, 1 hall president, 2 proxies;
King — 2 senators, 1 hall president, 2 proxies;
McClung — 2 senators, 1 hall president, 2 proxies
Memorial — 2 senators, 1 hall president, 2 proxies;
Spencer Ground — 1 senator, 1 hall president 1 proxy
Spencer I — 1 senator, 1 hall presidents, 2 proxies;
Spencer II — 2 senators, 1 hall president, 2 proxies
Spencer III — 2 senators, 1 hall president, 2 proxies:
Tullidge — 3 senators, 1 hall president, 2 proxies
Woodrow Terrace Apartments and Houses — 2 senators, 1hall president, 1 proxy;
Woodson II — 1 senator, 1 hall presidents, 2 proxies
Woodson III — 1 senator, 1 hall president, 2 proxies;
Woodson IV — 1 senator, 1 hall president, 2 proxies.

B. Proxies will be determined based on the number of Senators and Hall Presidents in each residence hall or house . If there are two or more senators on a hall then there will be two proxies. If there is only one Senator then there will be one proxy.

SECTION 2. OFFICERS

A. President
The presiding officer of the Senate is the vice president of the Student Government Association. She shall have the power to appoint chairwomen of such committees as are necessary to carry out the business of the Senate, subject to the approval of the Senate.

B. Secretary
The secretary of the Student Government Association shall be the secretary of the Senate. She shall record the minutes of the Senate meetings, distribute them to the members of the Senate, all administrative offices, faculty members of the Senate, and post copies for the student body.

C. Parliamentarian
The parliamentarian of Senate shall be a senior, junior or sophomore, having had at least one semester experience as a participating member of Senate prior to being appointed by the Senate President, shall have the duty of ensuring that meetings are conducted in accordance with parliamentary procedure.

D. Treasurer
The treasurer of Senate shall be a senior, junior or sophomore, having had at leases one semester experience as a participating member of Senate prior to being appointed by the Senate President. She shall be vested with the duties of recording and supervising all transactions of funds for Senate and assisting the Student Government Association treasurer with the 75 percent appropriations process.

SECTION 3. DUTIES

A. To legislate for the Student Government Association.
B. To represent student opinion.
C. To keep the student body informed, specifically, each senator with her respective unit.
D. To discuss and make known to the faculty and administration student opinion concerning general college policy.
E. To evaluate and act upon proposals submitted to and under the jurisdiction of the Senate.
F. To establish committees which are necessary to carry out the business of the Senate.

SECTION 4. LEGISLATIVE PROCESS

A. Each senator shall have one vote.
B. Fifty percent plus one of the membership shall constitute a quorum.
C. Legislation may be proposed by any qualified member of the Senate or by petitions bearing the signature of ten percent of the members of the Student Government Association.
D. A proposal which passes the Senate by a majority vote shall be presented to the Executive Committee for action.
E. The proposal shall be approved or vetoed by the Executive Committee, and returned to the Senate by the next regular session.
F. If approved by a majority of the Executive Committee, the proposal is passed. If vetoed by a majority of the membership of the Executive Committee, a three-fourths vote of the membership of the Senate shall be necessary to override the Executive Committee’s veto.
G. There will be a review board, consisting of the president of the college, the dean of the college; the dean of students, the five faculty and/or staff/administration members of the Senate, the president of the Student Government Association, and the president of the Senate. In any case which the president of the college considers exceptional, she may call the board to review and, if deemed advisable, to veto actions of the Senate.

SECTION 5. SESSIONS

The sessions of the Senate shall be weekly except in cases of scheduled academic recesses with the approval of the Senate at the first meeting no later than the last week of September on a Tuesday or Thursday, and at other times by the request of the president of the Senate. An attendance policy will also be agreed upon at the first meeting. A senator’s absence should be filled by a proxy selected by the absent senator.

SECTION 6. DRESS CODE

As part of its purpose being the development and the upholding of the ideals of the Mary Baldwin community, it is required that members dress in a manner (business casual dress) that will create a positive self-image and instill a sense of dignity and pride in the Mary Baldwin College Student Government Association. Inappropriately dressed members will be given a warning for their first offense and the removal from her position following a subsequent offense of the dress code.