Student Government

 

CONSTITUTION OF THE ASSOCIATED STUDENTS OF THE COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN IDAHO

We, the Associated Students of the College of Southern Idaho, in order to provide for the organized conduct of student affairs and to promote and facilitate student participation in educational, intellectual, social, cultural, civic, and recreational activities, and as the official voice of the Associated Students of the College of Southern Idaho, hereby set forth the powers and limitations of the student government which shall be referred to as the ASCSI Senate, and the College of Southern Idaho shall be referred to as CSI in this document.

ARTICLE I: MEMBERSHIP AND RIGHTS OF THE ASCSI

All tuition paying students of CSI shall be members of the ASCSI with all the rights, privileges, and responsibilities in any CSI or related activity to which the authority of this constitution extends. The ASCSI Senate shall not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, veteran’s status, or national origin.

 ARTICLE II: EXECUTIVE OFFICERS OF THE ASCSI

Section 1: Membership
The executive officers of the ASCSI shall consist of the ASCSI President and ASCSI Vice-President who are elected by popular vote of the ASCSI, and the Treasurer and Secretary, who shall be nominated by the election committee, are then appointed by the ASCSI President, and confirmed by the ASCSI Senate by a super majority vote.
Section 2: Executive Council
The Executive Council consists of the ASCSI President, ASCSI Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Advisors.
Section 3: ASCSI President

Clause 1: The Executive Power shall be vested in a President of the ASCSI. The ASCSI President shall hold the term for a period of one year, and together with the ASCSI Vice-President, chosen for the same term, shall be elected by a plurality of votes cast by the ASCSI enrolled at the time of election.
Clause 2: In the case of the vacancy of the ASCSI President from office, such as death, resignation or inability to discharge the powers and duties of the said office, the same shall transfer to the ASCSI Vice-President. Should vacancies occur in both the offices of ASCSI President and ASCSI Vice-President, the Pro-Tempore of the ASCSI Senate shall then act as ASCSI President.
Clause 3: The ASCSI President shall be a non-voting member of the ASCSI Senate and ex-officio member of all ASCSI councils, and committees.
Clause 4: The ASCSI President shall administer the affairs of the ASCSI and shall be charged with executing all laws and rules adopted by the ASCSI.Z
Clause 5: The ASCSI President shall be the chief diplomat and shall develop and maintain relations with the administration of CSI, the local, state, and federal governments, other student associations and all other entities, which shall affect the general welfare of the ASCSI.
Clause 6: The ASCSI President may enter into agreement with other entities for the general welfare of the ASCSI. All legally binding agreements to which the ASCSI President may enter into, shall be approved by a super majority vote of the ASCSI Senate, with the exception of any agreement that falls outside the auspices of the executive powers outlined herein.
Clause 7: The ASCSI President shall make any order necessary for the legal operation of the executive branch, which shall be made available to the ASCSI, and shall direct any person or entity responsible to the executive branch to perform any legal task, within its scope, that is necessary for the general welfare of the ASCSI.
Clause 8:
The ASCSI President shall establish such executive councils, and committees as necessary to serve the general welfare of the ASCSI.
Clause 9:
The ASCSI President shall have the sole power and discretion to make all appointments to ASCSI offices, councils, and committees with the exception of any office whose membership is determined by election or otherwise stated herein.
Clause 10:
The ASCSI President shall have the sole power and discretion to fill any vacancy in elected or appointed office for the remainder of the term of the said vacated office.
Clause 11:
The ASCSI President may dismiss the ASCSI Secretary and/or  the ASCSI Treasurer with stated cause and a super majority vote of the ASCSI Senate.
Clause 12:
The ASCSI President shall be empowered to approve or veto all ASCSI Senate legislation, with the exception of all internal rules and procedures, as established within this constitution and the ASCSI Bylaws.
Clause 13:
The ASCSI President shall call special sessions of the ASCSI Senate when necessary to protect and maintain the general welfare of the ASCSI.
Clause 14:
The ASCSI President shall preside over the ASCSI Executive Council and staff.
Clause 15:
The ASCSI President shall perform any other duties that are necessary to promote and defend the general welfare of the ASCSI as defined in the ASCSI Bylaws.
Clause 16:
The ASCSI President shall appoint members of the ASCSI Senate to the Election Committee who shall oversee all general and special elections in accordance with the ASCSI Constitution and ASCSI Bylaws.
Clause 17:
The ASCSI President shall be the chairperson of the Executive Council.
Clause 18:
The ASCSI President shall be subject to removal from office by recall or impeachment as allowed in Article VII, Section 3 and 4 of this constitution.
Clause 19:
Additional duties shall be defined in the ASCSI Bylaws.

Section 4: ASCSI Vice-President

Clause 1: The Vice-President of the ASCSI shall be the President and Chair of the ASCSI Senate, but shall only vote in the case of a tie vote amongst the voting members of the ASCSI Senate.
Clause 2: He/she shall assume the duties of the ASCSI President whenever the ASCSI President designates or is absent from his/her duties.
Clause 3: The ASCSI Vice-President shall be a member of the Executive Council.
Clause 4: The ASCSI Vice-President shall be ex-officio member of all ASCSI committees, and councils.
Clause 5: The ASCSI Vice-President shall be subject to removal from office by recall or impeachment as allowed in Article VII, Section 3 and 4 of this constitution.
Clause 6: Additional duties shall be defined in the ASCSI Bylaws.

Section 5: ASCSI Secretary
The ASCSI Secretary disseminates and maintains all records of the Senate and is a non-voting member of the Senate. Qualifications and duties shall be defined in the ASCSI Bylaws.
Section 6: ASCSI Treasurer
The ASCSI Treasurer monitors the financial records of the Senate and is a non-voting member of the Senate. Qualifications and duties shall be defined in the ASCSI Bylaws.
Section 7: ASCSI Senate Pro-Tempore
The ASCSI Senate Pro-Tempore of the ASCSI Senate shall be elected by a plurality of the ASCSI Senate during an ASCSI Senate meeting. In the absence of the President of the Senate, the ASCSI Senate Pro-Tempore shall act as President of the ASCSI Senate.

ARTICLE III: LEGISLATIVE POWERS OF THE ASCSI SENATE

The legislative powers herein shall be vested in the ASCSI Senate and in the members of the ASCSI through referendum, initiative and recall.

Section 1: Membership of the ASCSI Senate
The ASCSI Senate shall be a representative unicameral body consisting of sixteen senators. The seats elected shall be equally divided among freshman and sophomore students.
Section 2: ASCSI Senate
The ASCSI Senate is the legislative body of the ASCSI and is responsible for conducting all business of the ASCSI. Senators are elected by a popular vote of the ASCSI and are voting members of the ASCSI Senate.
Section 3: Power of the ASCSI Senate
All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in the ASCI Senate

Clause 1: The ASCSI Senate shall initiate all bylaws, senate regulations, senate codes, operating procedures and all other legislation as may be necessary for the general welfare of the ASCSI.
Clause 2: The ASCSI Senate shall have legislative authority over all ASCSI funds through the approval of a budget and the controlling of all Senate Accounts and the reserve funds of the ASCSI.
Clause 3: The ASCSI Senate shall establish and determine the functions of all ASCSI committees, with the exception of any executive councils, and committees designated by the President of the ASCSI.
Clause 4: The ASCSI Senate shall set the time, date and place of all senate meetings and may call special sessions of the ASCSI Senate with a super majority vote.
Clause 5: A majority of the current senate membership shall be necessary for a quorum to conduct business.
Clause 6: Every bill, which has passed the ASCSI Senate, shall, before it becomes a law, be submitted to the President of the ASCSI, and if approved, shall sign the bill, but if vetoed, the ASCSI President shall present it with objections to the ASCSI Senate within ten (10) calendar days of its passage.
Clause 7: The ASCSI Senate may override the veto of the ASCSI President with a super majority vote, upon which it shall become law. The ASCSI Senate shall have no more than two opportunities to override the veto within two (2) calendar weeks of the veto's return to override the veto.
Clause 8: If any bill is not returned by the ASCSI President to the ASCSI Senate, within ten (10) calendar days after it has been presented to the ASCI President, the said bill shall become law, as if it had been signed by the ASCSI President; unless the ASCSI Senate by their adjournment prevent its return, in which case it shall not become law.
Clause 9:
Every bill or resolution, which has a binding and enforceable effect, shall be submitted to the ASCSI President for approval or veto.
Clause 10:
All records of proceedings of the ASCSI Senate shall be kept and made available to the ASCSI and shall be publicly posted as defined by the ASCSI Bylaws.
Clause 11:
The ASCSI Senate shall have the sole power of impeachment.
Clause 12:
The ASCSI Senate shall have the sole power to enact legislation with the exception of referendum and initiative as outlined herein.
Clause 13:
The ASCSI Senate shall have the power to establish committees or other appendages necessary to assist in their legislative and administrative functions.
Clause 14:
The ASCSI Senate shall have the power to conduct investigations into matters concerning student welfare and to make recommendations to appropriate college authorities.
Clause 15:
The ASCSI Senate shall have the sole power to review, at will, appointments made within the ASCSI.
Clause 16:
The ASCSI Senate shall have the sole power to establish election rules and supervise all ASCSI elections.
Clause 17:
The ASCSI Senate shall have the sole power to grant recognition to campus organizations.
Clause 18:
All meetings of the ASCSI Senate, except when in executive session, shall be open to all members of the ASCSI and provisions shall be made to accommodate all those that desire to attend.
Clause 19:
The ASCSI Senate shall establish procedures through bylaws and standard operating procedures.
Clause 20:
Senators shall be subject to removal from office by recall or impeachment as allowed in Article VII, Section 3 and 4.

ARTICLE IV: COUNCIL AND COMMITTEE SYSTEM

Section 1: Councils
There shall be nine (9) standing councils: (1) Ambassadors Council, (2) Diversity Council, (3) Eagle Hall Council, (4) Sports & Recreation Council, (5) Community Service Council, (6) Interclub Council, (7) Program Board Council, (8) Sustainability Council, and (9) Fine Arts Council.
Section 2:Chairpersons and Duties

The ASCSI Senate shall have at the minimum one Senator as the chairperson or liaison over each council, and committee. Duties shall be defined in the ASCSI Bylaws and the individual council.

Clause 1: Each chairperson or liaison shall be responsible for providing an annual report to the ASCSI Senate, President, and incoming ASCSI Senate and advisors.

ARTICLE V: FINANCE

Section 1: Revenue
All revenue from designated student fees and generated by activities or any other means of funding of the ASCSI shall be monitored and controlled by the ASCSI Senate.
Section 2: Budget
The Senate shall be responsible for establishing an annual budget for the ASCSI. The budget must be approved by a super majority vote of the Senate. The budget shall be passed no later than the second week of August, and be submitted to the appropriate administrator.
Section 3: Disbursements

All expenditures not budgeted, shall be submitted to the ASCSI Senate as prescribed in the ASCSI Bylaws and must be approved by a super majority vote.

ARTICLE VI: ELECTION COMMITTEE AND ELECTIONS

There shall be an Election Committee, the chairperson of which shall be appointed by the ASCSI President with the approval of the ASCSI Senate. The chairperson and committee shall be responsible for the execution and conduct of all student campus-wide elections.

Section 1: Election Committee
It shall be the duty of the Election Committee to certify the petitions of nomination as valid, and the candidate as eligible in accordance with the election requirements stated in the ASCSI Constitution and Bylaws.
Section 2: Elections
Any member of the ASCSI may become a candidate for office after having fulfilled the eligibility requirements as stated in the ASCSI Constitution and Bylaws.

Clause 1: The ASCSI President, ASCSI Vice President, and sophomore senators shall be elected in a general election to be held the second week of March.
Clause 2: The ASCSI President, ASCSI Vice President, and sophomore senators shall be elected by a plurality of all votes cast.
Clause 3: All election returns will be certified by the Election Committee and approved by the ASCSI Senate within two weeks of the election, except in case of protest in which one extra week will be allowed.
Clause 4: All election protests must be received by the Election Committee Chairperson, in writing, or email within three (3) calendar days of the election date.
Clause 5: The Sophomore Senators-Elect, the ASCSI President-Elect, and the ASCSI Vice President-Elect shall begin attending ASCSI Senate, council, and committee meetings immediately after the ASCSI Senate certifies the election results to begin an apprenticeship and transition to the ASCSI Student Government.
Clause 6: The candidate for office, elected or appointed, shall begin attending ASCSI Senate meetings immediately after their Declaration of Candidacy have been accepted by the Election Committee, to gain a better understanding of the ASCSI Student Government and their duties.
Clause 7: The Freshman Senators shall be elected before the fifth (5th) week following the commencement of the fall semester.

Section 3: Voters
All members of the ASCSI are eligible to vote upon verification of their enrollment.
 Section 4: Oath of Office
All elected officers, Senators, and appointed members of the ASCSI Senate shall be required to take the following Oath of Office before they assume their duties: “I (state name), do solemnly swear, I will support the government of the Associated Student Body of the College of Southern Idaho, its constitution, its bylaws, and its ordinances, and I will execute the duties of my office, as stated in the ASCSI Constitution and bylaws, to the best of my ability.”
Section 5: Eligibility
In order to be elected or appointed to an Executive Office or Senate position a student must be currently enrolled in a minimum of six (6) semester credit hours, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale.  In case of a first semester freshman, a minimum high school grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale is required as well as be currently enrolled in a minimum of six (6) semester credit hours at the College of Southern Idaho. In the instance of a new freshman who has been home schooled or has qualified to attend College of Southern Idaho by passing the GED, a minimum score comparable to a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 grading scale will be required as well as being currently enrolled in a minimum of six (6) semester credit hours at the College of Southern Idaho.

Clause 1: To maintain their current eligible status on the ASCSI Senate, a student must successfully complete six (6) credits per semester and maintain a cumulative 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 grading scale for each semester they serve.
Clause 2:
To define “successfully complete”, a student must complete at least 67% of the courses attempted each semester and meet grade requirements as stated in the current CSI catalog. If the above requirements are not met, the student will immediately be removed from office. In the event of extraordinary circumstances (i.e. medical, personal, etc.), the student has the right to appeal her/his eligibility to an appeals committee.
Clause 3:
To be eligible to run for the office of the ASCSI President or the ASCSI Vice President, a student must have served a parliamentary position. “Parliamentary position” shall be interpreted as having served one full semester in the ASCSI Senate at the College of Southern Idaho and/or any other college or university, or other accredited parliamentary leadership organization, verified and approved by the ASCSI Student Government Advisors.

Section 6: Term of Office
For all members of the senate, their term of office shall begin upon taking the Oath of Office and shall expire the last Monday meeting of April as the last order of business after the new officers have been fully trained by the outgoing members of the senate. No student shall serve more than six (6) semesters on the ASCSI Senate.
Section 7: Vacancies of Office
In the case of vacant offices for less than ¼ of the senate, regardless of reason, the ASCSI President may with the approval of the senate, nominate a duly qualified person to the ASCSI Senate. Upon a super majority vote in favor of the nomination, the ASCSI President may confirm and appoint the said student to office. In the case of vacant offices for ¼ or more of the senate, the ASCSI President and with the approval of the senate, shall call a special election to fill any vacancies regardless of reason. Vacated positions must be replaced within two weeks and Special Elections must be held within three weeks. 

ARTICLE VII: INITIATIVE, REFERENDUM, AND RECALL

Section 1: Initiative
The ASCSI may propose legislation in the following manner: A minimum of fifteen percent (15%) of the ASCSI may sign a petition and file it with the ASCSI Secretary. The ASCSI President shall then submit this petition for a vote of the ASCSI at the next general election, or by a special election called by the ASCSI President. Any initiative receiving a simple majority vote of the ASCSI will become law.

Clause 1: The initiative petition shall include the full text of the proposed law. In addition, a line for the printed name, signature, and student identification number of all students signing the petition. All signatures, printed names, and student identification numbers must be legible. It should indicate if the petition signers are requesting a special election or the general election.
Clause 2: No initiative shall be considered law if it is in contradiction with the Constitution of the ASCSI.
Clause 3: All petitions must be registered with the ASCSI Secretary before signature collection begins.
Clause 4: Special elections shall occur no latter than forty-five (45) calendar days following the filling of a successful petition.

Section 2: Referendum
Any law shall be considered null and void if a referendum for the said law is accepted by a majority of the members of the ASCSI in a general or special election. All legislative actions, of the ASCSI Senate may be rescinded by the ASCSI in the following manner: A minimum of fifteen percent (15%) of the ASCSI sign a petition and file it with the ASCSI Secretary, requesting that such legislative action be submitted to ASCSI for rejection. If such a petition is filed, that referendum shall be submitted at the next general election or special election called by the ASCSI President and shall be rescinded by a simple majority vote of the ASCSI.

Clause 1: The referendum petition shall include the full text of the law to be rescinded. In addition, a line for the printed name, signature, and student identification number of all students signing the petition. All signatures, printed names, and student identification numbers must be legible. The petition shall indicate if the petition signers are requesting a special election or wait until the next general election.
Clause 2: No referendum shall be valid if it is in contradiction with the Constitution of the ASCSI.
Clause 3: All petitions must be registered with the ASCSI Secretary before signature collection begins.
Clause 4: Special elections shall occur no latter than forty-five (45) calendar days following the filling of a successful petition.

Section 3: Recall of Senate Members
The ASCSI President, Vice President, and Senators shall be subject to removal from office by recall in the following manner: A petition containing the full text of the charges and complaints against the said officer and the validated signatures of a minimum fifteen percent (15%) of the ASCSI and file it with the ASCSI Secretary or advisors. Subsequent to the validation of a petition in proper form, a recall election shall be held against the officer listed in the said petition. For the ASCSI President, Vice President, or Senators to be recalled from office, two-thirds (2/3) of the votes cast must be in favor of the recall, provided the number voting in the recall election is at least equal to the number of constituents who voted for said officer in the election in which said officer achieved office or normally would have achieved office. A recall election shall occur within thirty (30) calendar days of the validation of the petition calling for the recall.

Clause 1: No officer shall be recalled, nor a petition be circulated calling for the recall of an officer, who has not held the office, from which recall is being sought, for more than thirty days. No person shall be recalled from office who has less than thirty (30) calendar days left before the natural expiration of the term.
Clause 2: The recall petition shall include details of the grounds for which the officer should be removed from office. In addition, a line for the printed name, signature, and student identification number of all students signing the petition. All signatures, printed names, and student identification numbers must be legible.
Clause 3: The ASCSI Senate shall legislate the form and manner of all recall elections within the guidelines contained herein.
Clause 4: All petition drives must register with the ASCSI Secretary before signature collection begins.

Section 4: Impeachment
All elected or appointed officers of the ASCSI Senate, shall be subject to removal from office by impeachment for mis-, mal- or nonfeasance of duty, high crimes or misdemeanors against the ASCSI.

Clause 1: The ASCSI Senate shall have the sole power of impeachment. The accused officer shall have the right to a fair and impartial hearing by the ASCSI Senate.
Clause 2: No member of the Senate shall be tried for impeachment until the accused has been notified, in writing, of the charges seven (7) calendar days prior to the hearing. A hearing shall take place no later than three (3) calendar weeks after the accused has received written notification. No trial for the impeachment of the accused member shall take place without the indictment of a super majority of the total membership of the ASCSI Senate.
Clause 3:
An officer shall be removed from office, after a hearing, if a unanimous vote of the ASCSI Senate is in favor of removal.
Clause 4:
Judgments in cases of impeachment shall not extend further than the removal from office and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust or profit under the ASCSI. However, the party convicted shall be liable and subject to indictment, trial, judgment and punishment according to law.

ARTICLE VIII: AMENDMENTS

Section 1: Manner of Proposed Amendments
Proposed amendments and/or revisions to the Constitution shall be submitted to the ASCSI Senate for approval by a super majority vote.  Amendments approved by the ASCSI Senateshall then be submitted to the membership of the ASCSI in a general or special election and shall be approved by a simple majority of the membership of the ASCSI casting ballots at that election.

Clause 1: All amendments to this Constitution shall be added to the text of this Constitution.
Clause 2: The approval dates for the amendments and ratification shall be recorded at the end of this constitution and shall be listed consecutively.

Section 2: Ratification of Amendments
A constitutional amendment shall take effect if it is approved on a simple majority of the ballots cast at any regular or special election. All proposed amendments must contain the full text of the amendment.

Clause 1: Upon ratification of this Constitution by a simple majority of valid ballots cast by the membership of the ASCSI in an election called by the ASCSI Senate, this Constitution shall be valid in all intents and purposes.
Clause 2: Any and all existing constitutions, bylaws and rules within the ASCSI that are inconsistent with this Constitution shall hereby be considered null and void.
Clause 3: The current members of the ASCSI Senate shall continue in office until the first installation of officers under this Constitution. All elected and appointed members of the ASCSI Senate shall be bound by oath of affirmation to support, protect and defend this Constitution.

ARTICLE X: BYLAWS

Section 1: Bylaws
The ASCSI Bylaws shall contain all regulations deemed necessary by and for the ASCSI Senate for the procedural operation of the Student Government. 

ARTICLE XII: ELECTED POSITION AND SERVICE SCHOLARSHIPS

No member of the ASCSI shall concurrently hold more than one elected or appointed position within the ASCSI Senate. No member of the ASCSI shall be allowed to receive more than one service related scholarship per semester related to Senate duties.

ARTICLE XI: PROPER AND NECESSARY

The ASCSI Senate may make all laws, which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the ASCSI Government, or in any department or officer thereof.




Amended
11/23/09
03/02/12