The name of the association under which this constitution is formed shall be the Associated Students of Lewis-Clark State College (ASLCSC).
Membership shall consist of all students who are enrolled for one (1) or more Lewis-Clark State College credits.
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.
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.
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.
The ASLCSC Council will have a minimum of one meeting per week to conduct official business and enact legislation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.