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Revised Fall 2016
We, the students of Doane University, in order to establish a representative government; to encourage the development of leaders and participants of the college, community, and nation; to maintain a spirit of cooperation between the student body and the administration and faculty; to secure the highest degree of coordination among the various campus organizations; to advance the aims of the student body; and promote the general welfare of the college, do ordain this constitution of the Student Congress of Doane University.
The name of this organization shall be the “Student Congress.”
The object of the Student Congress shall be to promote the aims of the student body as set forth in the preamble.
Section I. The Student Congress shall have four officers: President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer.
Section II. The Student Congress shall have thirteen (13) senators.
Section III. All nominees seeking a senator position must be full-time students as defined by the Registrar and have a two-point five (2.5) accumulative grade average.
Section IV. The officers and the senators-at-large will serve for one year, or until their successors are elected. The freshmen senators shall serve from the time they are elected until the new officers and senators-at-large assume their positions in the respective spring/fall semester.
The Dean of Students shall serve as the advisor to the Student Congress. The Congress may also annually elect a faculty member to serve as a co-advisor along with the Dean of Students.
Section I. The President Shall:
Section II. The Vice President Shall:
Section III. The Senators Shall:
Perform the duties as prescribed by the parliamentary authority not clearly set forth in this constitution or the Congress’ By-laws.
Section I. The general election will be held in the latter part of the spring semester to elect the President, Vice President, and senators-at-large for the following school year.
Section II. The President shall appoint an Election Committee to determine the eligibility of candidates; to draw up the official ballot for the elections; to be responsible for conducting the elections; and to publish the results of the elections. The Vice President shall chair the general election and the freshman senator election.
Section III. The election of freshmen senators will be held after four (4) weeks of school have elapsed in the fall semester.
Section IV. All candidates for positions on the Congress must meet the qualifications for the position as described in this constitution.
Section V. Senators elected at-large shall achieve office through the following procedure:
Section VI. Freshmen senators shall be elected by these procedures:
In the event of a tie by ballot vote, the presiding representatives of Student Congress have the power to act upon the matter by consent of a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Congress where upon discretion of the matter is entirely up to the representatives. The preferred method to resolve a tie vote shall be a runoff election of the candidates who tied. Tied candidates must agree to participate in the election. The Congress cannot personally accept one candidate over the other(s).
Throughout the duration of election hours for Student Congress Representatives, no advertisements or publications of any kind shall be allowed to exist on or near the immediate premises of the voting booth. Violation of the previous decree gives the Student Congress and its representatives the power to relocate publications and/or advertisements.
Section I. The Congress shall have the power to exercise the right of the recommendation and/or petition to the faculty and administration, with the additional right to appeal to the Trustees, on all matters affecting the student body. In accordance with this provision, the Student Congress may draw up a written report to present to the Secretary of the Board of Trustees.
Section II. The Congress shall have the power to enforce its own regulations. In addition to the implied means of enforcement stemming from the nature of the Congress, the Congress also reserves to itself the power to refer questions to the Faculty Development Student Life and Leadership Committee.
Section III. The Congress shall have the authority to carry out, in addition to the powers herein stated or implied, any measure for advancing the aims as set forth in the Preamble.
Section IV. The Student Congress shall appoint members to the Student-Faculty Standing Committees on the Student Leadership, Academic Affairs, Teaching and Learning, Library, Teacher Education (nominations received from Education department), the Five-Year Planning Committee, Student Representatives to Board of Trustees Committee, and all current and future committees requiring student representation. A two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Congress shall constitute appointment, except in exceptional cases, to be determined by a two-thirds vote. No student shall be appointed to serve either as a full-time or alternate member on more than one committee in the same academic year.
Section V. Upon recommendation of the appropriate committee and a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Student Congress; or a two-thirds vote of the Congress, the Congress may remove appointed student members of any committee. Grounds for removal shall include excessive absences, five (5) for the academic year, unsatisfactory performance of their duties of office, or failure to maintain a two-point (2.0) grade average.
Section VI. The Congress shall allocate all funds that are designed for student organizations, by the Doane University administration in an allocation meeting once a year, distributing funds for each upcoming semester. Emergency fund requests may be made to the Congress any time throughout the semester.
Section VII. Organizations may appeal their reallocations.
Section VIII. The Congress shall have the right to review and approve the constitutions of all clubs and organizations seeking official campus recognition. Constitutions will be approved by a simple majority of the Congress. Constitutions will be forwarded to the Congress after the VP for Student Leadership has determined that the group has completed the procedures for recognition. Any club or organization which fails to gain the approval of the Student Congress shall have the right to appeal the decision to the VP for Student Leadership.
Section IX The Student Congress shall have the right to oversee all recognized student organizations and clubs. This responsibility includes monitoring the groups’ activities to determine the active or inactive status of the group.
Section I. The Congress shall meet at least twice a month on a specified day and at a specified time. Students are invited to attend Congress meetings and present their views.
Section II. The President shall call all meetings and shall be required to call a meeting at the written request of any four members of the Congress.
Section III. Two-thirds (2/3) of the Senators of the Congress shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
Section I. Recall: The student body shall at all times possess the right of petition for a vote to recall any member of the Congress. This petition must be signed by 30% of the constituency in the case of senators and appointed officers, and by 35% of the student body in cases concerning the President and Vice President. The Congress shall, upon the presentation of this petition, conduct a vote of the proper body. A two-thirds (2/3) vote of the constituency shall be necessary to recall a Congress member from his or her position.
Section II. Petition:
Section I. General Amendment Procedure: The students reserve to themselves the power to petition, to propose amendments to this constitution, and to directly enact or reject such amendments at the polls. The Congress shall accept amendments to this constitution whenever two-thirds (2/3) of the members of the Congress shall deem it necessary or whenever a petition is signed by 20% of the student body. In either case, any proposed amendment shall become valid as a part of this constitution when ratified by a majority of the student body that vote.
Section II. Amendments to Article XI: The Students shall have the power to amend and ratify Article XI concerning Standing Committees subject to a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the Student Congress.
In all parliamentary questions not settled by this Constitution, Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised, shall govern the Congress.
Section I. The Food Service Committee shall work with the students and the Food Service provider serving as a liaison, working to improve the quality of food service, and serve as an outlet for student comments and concerns.
Section II. The Student Rights Committee shall be to serve as an advisory committee to the Student Congress, to serve as a resource for students seeking knowledge of Doane University policy, to serve as peer appeals advisors, to actively pursue input from the student body, and to give input to the Doane University administration on behalf of the student body on matters of institutional policy.
Section III. The Safety Committee shall work with the Safety Office and students acting as a liaison, working to improve the quality of safety on campus. It will also serve as an outlet for student comments and concerns.
Section IV. The Student Congress shall have the right to form a new standing committee when the congress deems it necessary.