ASLCSC

ASLCSC Constitution

Preamble

We the students of Lewis-Clark State College, in the belief that students have the right and duty to play a significant role in guiding their college, do hereby establish the ASLCSC Constitution to facilitate the following: the articulation of student opinions and interests both in governance of the college and to the community; the encouragement of the greatest level of cooperation and communication between students and their organizations; the assurance of full student access to quality education; the provision for programs and services to benefit students; and the encouragement of the highest level of excellence in education.

 

Article I - Name and Membership

SectionI.        Name

The name of the association under which this constitution is formed shall be the Associated Students of Lewis-Clark State College (ASLCSC).

Section II.      Membership

Membership shall consist of all students who are enrolled for one (1) or more Lewis-Clark State College credits.

Section III.     Declaration of Diversity

The ASLCSC shall not discriminate and shall strive to create a campus environment which understands, fosters, and embraces the expression of diversity among students, faculty, administration, and staff. Diversity encompasses differences in age, color, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, national origin, political interests, disability, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic background, or veteran status. 

Article II - Board, Officers and Qualifications

Section I.        Representative Body

The Representative Body shall hereafter be referred to as the ASLCSC Council or Council and shall consist of all officers as stated in Article II, Section II.

Section II.      Officers

The officers of the ASLCSC Council shall consist of the following elected positions: President, Vice President, and eight (8) Senators, one of which must be enrolled at LCSC Coeur d’Alene Outreach Center.

  1. Of the elected Senators, one is to be appointed by the Council to serve as Senate Pro Tempore by a majority vote of the ASLCSC Council.
  2.  In the event of a vacancy in the role of the President due to resignation, impeachment, or personal issues, the Vice President will take the role of President and another Vice President will be appointed and approved by a majority vote of the ASLCSC Council. In the event of vacancies in the ASLCSC Council, the vacancy will be filled in accordance with the ASLCSC Bylaws. In the event of the removal of both the President and the Vice President, the Senate Pro Tempore will take office as President.
Section III.     Meetings

The ASLCSC Council will have a minimum of one meeting per week to conduct official business and enact legislation.

  1.  The ASLCSC Bylaws will enumerate the date/time of the required ASLCSC Council Meetings
  2. The rules contained in Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern the ASLCSC Council in cases where the ASLCSC Constitution and/or Bylaws of the Council are silent.
  3. All Senators of the Council are defined as voting members. Each ASLCSC Senator shall have one (1) vote. In the event of a tie, the ASLCSC Vice-President shall cast the deciding vote.
  4.  A quorum shall consist of at least 51% of voting members of the Council and shall be necessary to conduct official business for the ASLCSC Council.
  5. The President is responsible for the internal operations of the Council and serves as chair of official meetings of the Council.
  6. The Council shall keep records of its proceedings which shall be documented and made available to the public.
  7.  The President can convene a special or emergency meeting of the members of the ASLCSC Council. 
Section IV.     Eligibility

All members of the ASLCSC Council shall be in good standing with the college and maintain a collegiate cumulative grade point average of at least 2.50 (on a 4.00 scale). The members of the ASLCSC Council shall throughout their term carry at least six (6) LCSC credits per semester. Failure to do so shall result in immediate removal from office.

  1. Grade point average will be verified by the ASLCSC Advisor or his/her designee prior to the start of each semester.
  2. The Vice President for Student Affairs and/or ASLCSC Advisor may remove officers from office for not maintaining the cumulative grade point average, for Student Code of Conduct violations or violations of the public trust. 
Section V.       Elections

The ASLCSC Council will regulate and specify the manner and conduct of all elections through appropriate legislation within the constraints of this Constitution. The ASLCSC Bylaws and Election Codes will enumerate the specifics on how elections will be held.

Section VI.     Removal from Office

All ASLCSC officers are subject to removal from office by impeachment. The ASLCSC Bylaws will specify the process of complaints, due process, and removal of office. 

Article III - Duties and Powers of the Student Council Officers

Section I.        Duties

The ASLCSC Council officers are to take action deemed necessary to implement the provisions and maintain the spirit of this constitution and represent all students.

  1. The ASLCSC Bylaws shall enumerate the duties, responsibilities, and obligations of each of the ASLCSC Council Officers.
Section II.      Rights and Privileges
  1. Act on behalf of the ASLCSC Student Body in considering, developing, and enacting legislation. Legislative bills or expenditures shall require a simple majority vote of the ASLCSC Council, subject to approval by the ASLCSC President.
  2. Create and amend the ASLCSC Bylaws, Codes, and Policies and Procedures with a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the ASLCSC Council, subject to approval of the ASLCSC President.
  3. Override a presidential veto by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of ASLCSC Council.
  4. Faithfully adhere to the ASLCSC Constitution, Bylaws, Codes, and Policies and Procedures of the ASLCSC.
Section III.     Term of Office

The term of office for all ASLCSC Council members shall be one (1) academic year and there shall be no limits to the number of terms an ASLCSC Council member may serve.

  1. All ASLCSC Council officers shall submit a letter of resignation before leaving office unless they are leaving due to their term expiring or due to not being re-elected. 
Section IV.     Committees

The ASLCSC Council will establish and determine the functions of any ASLCSC committees or boards, with the exception of any executive committee designated by the President.

  1. The President will establish executive committees as necessary to serve the general welfare of the Associated Students.
  2. The President has the primary authority to make all appointments to all College committees that include students.
  3. The Vice-President shall chair the Graduation Banquet Fundraiser and Graduation Banquet Committees.
  4. All Senators are required to chair one (1) ASLCSC Council committee. The ASLCSC Bylaws shall define the ASLCSC Council committees.
  5. All Officers are required to also serve on a total of two (2) ASLCSC Council committees, in addition to the committee chaired, and one (1) institutional committees.

Article IV - ASLCSC Constitutional Amendment and Revision Procedure

SectionI.        Proposal and Ratification

Amendments to the ASLCSC Constitution shall be proposed by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the ASLCSC voting council members or by a petition signed by one-quarter (1/4) of the eligible electorate.

Section II.      Announcement of ASLCSC Constitutional Change

An announcement of the proposed provisions shall be published in the student newspaper three (3) weeks before the election to consider the amendment. Copies of the proposed changes shall also be made available in the office of the ASLCSC.

Section III.     Election Process

Amendments and Revisions to the ASLCSC Constitution shall be placed on the ballot of a general or special election and shall be ratified by a majority of the votes cast in that election. 

Article V - Recall, Initiative, and Referendum

SectionI.        Recall Process

All members of the eligible electorate shall enjoy the right to recall elected officials before their terms are over. The following procedures shall apply:

1.     A recall election shall be initiated by a petition signed by ten (10) percent of the eligible electorate. Such elections shall be conducted by the ASLCSC Student Council and involve only those officials who are named in the petition.

2.     An elected official shall be removed from office when two-thirds (2/3) of the votes cast by the eligible electorate in the recall election are cast for the removal of the official.

3.     The ASLCSC Advisor shall supervise the election process and will oversee in the recall election.  In the event the entire council is named in the recall, the ASLCSC Advisor shall conduct the recall election.

Section II.      Initiative and Referendum Process

All members of the eligible electorate shall enjoy the right to initiate and approve legislation. The following procedures shall apply:

1.     Proposed legislation shall be placed on the ballot of a general or special election upon a petition signed by ten (10) percent of the eligible electorate or by a referendum signed by a majority of the ASLCSC Council members.

2.     Proposed legislation by an initiative or referendum shall require a majority vote in a general election that shall be conducted by the ASLCSC Council members.

Article VI - Salary

SectionI.        Eligibility

Members of the ASLCSC Council shall be eligible to receive payments contingent upon meeting all of the requirements of their position. The amount of compensation shall be specified in the ASLCSC Bylaws.

Section II.      Qualifications

Eligible members shall receive payments based on their time in office. If eligible members resign or are removed from office they shall receive a prorated payment according to the time served. Members who replace resigned or removed members shall receive a pro-rated payment based on time they are in office.

Section III.     Procedure

Members are treated as independent contractors and shall be required to fill out employment paperwork as identified by Lewis-Clark State College Human Resource Services.

  1. Members who serve a full-term shall be paid a minimum of 2 times per semester. 

Article VII - Ratification

 

This Constitution shall be proposed by a majority vote of the ASLCSC Senate on March 8, 2016 and ratified thereafter by a majority vote of the students voting in an election to be held March 16, 2016. The election shall be conducted by the current ASLCSC Chief Justice. If the ASLCSC Constitution is proposed and ratified, all provisions shall take effect Fall Semester of 2016. A copy of the ASLCSC Constitution shall be sent to the President of Lewis-Clark State College and the State Board of Education.