2020-2021 Catalog and Student Handbook 
    
    Jan 18, 2021  
2020-2021 Catalog and Student Handbook

Student Government Constitution and Bylaws



Student Government Constitution

Any student who runs for a SGA office must maintain a high standard for the school by upholding high standards and unquestionable personal conduct. Any student who has admitted to or been convicted of a felony is ineligible to run for an office or to remain in one of the elected offices. A prospective candidate for an office must be a full-time curriculum student. They must be free of any financial obligations to the College.

SGA Constitution Preamble

We, the students of Robeson Community College, in order to foster a spirit of cooperation among students and faculty, coordinate and regulate student activities, maintain a high standard for the school by upholding high standards and personal conduct, promote and encourage activities for the best interest of the school, and develop good citizens through experience in government, do hereby establish this constitution for the Student Government of Robeson Community College.

Article I-Names and Objectives of Organization

Section A
The organization shall be known as the Student Government Association. There shall be a smaller body, consisting of student representatives and officers, which shall be known as the Student Council.
 
Section B
The purpose of the organization shall be to foster a spirit of cooperation among students and faculty; to coordinate and regulate student activities; to maintain a high standard for the school by upholding high standards of personal conduct; to promote and encourage activities for the best interest of the school; to develop good citizenship through experiences in government.

Article II-Qualifications of Members

Section A
The members of the Student Government Association shall consist of all students enrolled in curriculum credit courses who pay an activity fee.
 
Section B
The members of the Student Council shall consist of one representative from each curriculum and the five elected officers.
 
Section C
The term of office for all members of the Student Council shall be one year.
 
Section D
There shall be a faculty advisor selected by the administration of the College.
 
Section E
The SGA Executive Committee members and SGA representatives must attend all meetings or have a legitimate excuse for not doing so. A member who does not attend regularly may be asked to resign the position.
 
Section F
If SGA representatives cannot be present at a meeting, with a legitimate reason, they must assign someone to attend in their place.

Article III-Officers, Their Election and Duties

Section A
The officers of the Student Government Association shall be elected by Australian ballot during the month of October.
 
Section B
The representatives shall be elected by SGA members of their specific curriculums.
 
Section C
The duties of President of the SGA shall be:
  1. to acquire a working knowledge of parliamentary law and procedure and a thorough understanding of the constitution, bylaws, and standing rules of the organization;
  2. to serve as chief executive officer of the organization;
  3. to preside over all the meetings of the Executive Committee and the SGA;
  4. to appoint, with the consent of two-thirds of the Executive Committee, all persons to fill the unexpired terms of elected officers, should vacancies occur;
  5. to appoint, with the consent of the Executive Committee, the chairmen of all standing committees;
  6. to serve as an ex-officio member of such committees if they so choose;
  7. to have knowledge of the records and monies of the organization;
  8. to perform all other functions pertaining to the office;
  9. to call periodic meetings of the Executive Committee and the Student Council at their discretion;
Section D
The duties of the Vice President of the SGA shall be:
  1. to assume the duties of the President should the President, for any reason, be unable to meet their duties;
  2. to fulfill any duties as delegated by the President;
  3. to chair any important committee.
Section E
The duties of the Secretary of the SGA shall be:
  1. to maintain the records of the SGA;
  2. to serve as recorder of the Executive Committee;
  3. to distribute a copy of the minutes of the Executive Committee and the SGA meetings to all members;
  4. to assist in all other areas that the Executive Committee may deem desirable;
  5. to inform all members of the time and place of scheduled meetings;
  6. to file copies of records and minutes in the office of the faculty advisor;
Section F
The duties of the Treasurer of SGA shall be:
  1. to receive monies from student-sponsored activities and to deliver these monies to the Business Office for deposit;
  2. to keep a record of expenditures and receipts, and make a report of the finances at each meeting of the SGA.
Section G
The duties of the Parliamentarian of the SGA shall be:
  1. to maintain parliamentary order at meetings of the SGA;
  2. to serve as an advisor for any procedural problems;
  3. to assist in all other areas that the Executive Committee may deem desirable;
  4. to maintain adherence to the rules in the Robert’s Rules of Order in all cases to which these are applicable, and in which they are not inconsistent with the bylaws of the SGA.
Section H
The duties of the representative of the SGA shall be:
  1. to attend all meetings and to report to the students of their respective curriculum the proceedings of the SGA meetings;
  2. to report to the Student Council any suggestions made by the students of their curriculum;
  3. to participate in all student functions.

Article IV-Meetings of Organization

Section A
The Student Council shall meet whenever it is necessary in order to carry on the business of the SGA. The President of the SGA shall call the meetings and shall be responsible for giving proper notice to all members of the Student Council.

Article V-Amendments

Section A
An amendment to this constitution may be adopted by a three-fourths vote of the student body present and voting.

Bylaws

Article-I Qualifications and Election of Officers

Section A
The President of the Student Government Association shall be any first year student of a two-year curriculum who is enrolled full-time.
 
Section B
The Vice President of the Student Government Association shall be any member of the SGA who is enrolled full-time.
 
Section C
The Secretary of the Student Government Association shall be any member of the SGA who is enrolled full-time.
 
Section D
The Treasurer of the Student Government Association shall be any member of the SGA who is enrolled full-time.
 
Section E
The Parliamentarian of the Student Government Association shall be any member of the SGA who is enrolled full-time.
 
Section F
The election of all officers of the SGA, except the President of the SGA, shall be held in October. The elections shall be decided by a majority of the votes cast.
 
Section G
To run for an office, a candidate must have signatures of at least 10% of the voting membership.
 
Section H
Installation of officers and representatives will take place at an assembly within two weeks after their election to office.
 
Section I
To run for an office, a student must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 and maintain this minimum GPA during his/her term of office. An incoming freshman who has not earned a GPA, must earn it by the end of his first semester and maintain a GPA of 2.0 to remain in office. Failure to maintain a 2.0 GPA will result in replacement of an officer with appointment of a new officer by the means prescribed in Article III, Section C, Item 4.

Article II-Rules

The rules contained in Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern in all cases to which they are not inconsistent with these bylaws.

Article III-Amendments

These bylaws may be amended at any regular or special meeting by a vote of two-thirds of the members present and voting, provided previous notice has been given in calling the meeting.

Article IV-Committees and Their Rules

Section A
There shall be an Executive Committee consisting of the five officers of the SGA. The duties of the Executive Committee shall be as follows:
  1. to plan the agenda, time and place of meeting;
  2. to call special meetings upon petition of a majority of members;
  3. to interpret the constitution;
  4. to maintain close liaison with the school administration and with the Student Council advisors.
Section B
There shall be a Constitution Committee, the duty of which shall be to review the constitution periodically and to propose any changes deemed necessary.
 
Section C
There shall be a Publicity Committee, the duty of which shall be to inform all students of the Student Government activities.
 
Section D
There shall be an Activities Committee, the duty of which shall be to plan activities to help promote school spirit.
 
Section E
There will be an SGA suggestion box in the Student Lounge at all times. Therefore, SGA will know where SGA improvements are needed.
 
Section F
If the SGA Executive Committee and SGA representative feel that a member of the SGA is not fulfilling his/her duties, they will, therefore, vote and if the majority feels the same, the person will be asked to give up this position.