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Carteret Community College
We, the students of Carteret Community College, in order to promote better student government and unite the student body of Carteret Community College shall strive: to deal effectively with student affairs, to perpetuate the best traditions and ideals for Carteret Community College, to develop good citizens through experience in government, to promote the best of goodwill and understanding between the faculty and students. to enact and enforce such regulations as are deemed necessary for the promotion of the welfare of the students, to work with the administration in all matters affecting the welfare of the students, and to direct such student activities or endeavors in order that they may benefit the students. To this end, that the work of this College may be of lasting value to students and in the best interest of the student body as a whole, we, the students of Carteret Community College, do hereby establish this Constitution for the Student Government Association of Carteret Community College for these purposes.
ARTICLE I. NAME
This organization shall be known as, Carteret Community College Student Government Association, here in referred to as SGA.
ARTICLE II. MEMBERSHIP
Every student enrolled in Carteret Community College, here in referred to as Carteret CC, who pays the set student activity fee shall be a member of the Student Government Association.
ARTICLE III. ACTIVITY FEE
The Student Government Association of Carteret Community College reserves the right to request that the College Administration of Carteret Community College raise or lower the activity fee. The Administration of Carteret Community College does reserve the right to raise or lower the student activity fee, without prior knowledge to the Student Government Association.
ARTICLE IV. RULES OF ORDER
The SGA of Carteret CC shall operate in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order – Newly Revised Edition.
ARTICLE V. ORGANIZATION
Section I. Executive Board
Executive Board of the Student Government Association shall consist of a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and any other officers deemed necessary by the Executive Board or President of the Student Government Association to conduct SGA business. The Breakwater Editor in Chief and the Speaker of the Senate shall act as ex officio members, non-voting members, of the Executive Board.
Each officer must carry a minimum of twelve credit hours (or full time equivalent) during the Fall and Spring Semesters and one hour during the Summer Semester, except when the elected officer is in their last semester, in accordance with graduation requirements of Carteret Community College, where they must carry at least 6 credit hours.
Officers must maintain a minimum Grade Point Average, GPA, of 3.0 and be in good standing with the College. Good standing is defined as not having any form of disciplinary action taken against the student, not to include verbal warnings.
Each executive officer’s term shall begin the first week of the Summer semester and the term shall end at the same time in the Summer semester of the following academic year.
Section I-A. Executive Officers Duties
Section I-A-1. Duties of the President shall include:
Section I-A-2. Duties of the Vice President shall include:
Section I-A-3. Duties of the Treasurer shall include:
Section I-A-4. Duties of the Secretary shall include:
Section I-B. Executive Board Authority over the Senate
The Executive Board may act on behalf of the Student Senate in case of an emergency, which must be approved by the SGA Administrative Advisor. The Executive Board also has the authority to utilize up to $500.00 of student activities fee monies in an emergency situation, which must be approved by the SGA Administrative Advisor.
Section I-C. Election of Executive Officers
A. Qualifications of Voting:
Any student who pays the student activity fee shall be entitled to vote in any student body election.
B. General Election:
1. The offices of President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer shall be elected on the third Wednesday of the month of April during the spring semester.
2. To be eligible to hold an SGA office, activity fee paying students must currently have at least a 3.0 GPA and while in office, maintain at least a minimum of a 3.0 GPA. Students must have completed at least one (1) full semester at Carteret CC prior to taking office. Students must also be in good standing with the College. Good standing is defined as not having any form of disciplinary action taken against the student, not to include verbal warnings.
C. Procedures of Election:
1. Any member of the Student Government Association may serve as a member of the Elections Committee.
2. To become a candidate for an office, an activity fee paying student must be nominated by the Executive Board or submit a Candidate Signature Form of 25 currently enrolled students’ names to the SGA Administrative Advisor’s office no later than the third Monday of the month of March of the Spring Semester.
3. The election for all the offices of the Executive Board shall be held on the third Wednesday of the month of April of the Spring Semester.
4. Activity fee paying candidates’ names shall be posted on the Student Government Association bulletin board two weeks prior to the date of the election.
5. Voting shall be by secret ballot. No one shall assist or advise the voters in filling out the ballot except the Election Supervisor, who may only explain the rules of the election.
6. The Vice President and the Administrative Advisor of the SGA shall appoint the Election Supervisor (ES) and the Election Overseer (EO), from a list of registered curriculum senators and club representatives. The ES and the EO in the presence of the SGA Administrative Advisor shall count the ballots. The ballots shall be counted in the SGA office. No one other than the above named persons may be present at the counting of the ballots.
7. The registered activity fee paying candidate for each office who receives the majority of the votes cast shall be declared the winner of the election.
8. The results will then be posted on the SGA bulletin board, and the SGA Elections Committee shall be responsible for informing the candidates and the student body of the election results.
9. An activity fee paying student may hold only one elected or appointed office per term of office.
Section II. Legislative Body
The legislative body of the Student Government Association shall be referred to as the SGA Senate. Such legislative power in the SGA shall be vested in the SGA Senate. The Senate shall consist of the Executive Board of the SGA, one (1) activity fee paying senator from each curriculum area, one (1) representative from each active student club or organization and one (1) representative from the Adult High School Program and one (1) representative from the Career and College Promise Program, acting as ex officio members.
Section II-A. Senate Elections and/or Appointments
Section II-B. Senate Qualifications
Every delegate of the SGA Senate shall be an activity fee paying student of good standing at Carteret CC. They must carry at least eight (8) credit hours and maintain a GPA of 2.5.
Section II-C. Senate Duties
Section II-D. Senate Responsibilities
Section II-E. Speaker of the Senate Responsibilities
Section II-F. Senate Voting Rights
Section II –G. Quorum
A majority of the voting delegates registered with SGA office shall constitute a quorum to conduct business. Written proxy votes are allowed for any Senate votes if the eligible member is unable to attend a meeting when a previously announced item is to be voted on.
Section III. Advisors
Section III-A. SGA Administrative Advisor
Section III-B. SGA Faculty Advisor(s)
ARTICLE VI. MEETINGS
The Senate shall meet twice monthly at a regularly scheduled time. Special meetings shall be called as needed. Senate meetings shall be open to all students, faculty and staff.
ARTICLE VII. IMPEACHMENT OF OFFICERS
The Student Government Association has the right to impeach, try, and remove from office any Executive Board officer, Senator, or Club Representative for violations of this Constitution and/or conduct unbecoming of a member of the SGA, within accordance of the Carteret Community College Student Code of Conduct.
The Executive Board shall have the power to impose articles of impeachment against any officer of the SGA Executive Board or Senate.
A simple majority vote shall be sufficient to bring articles of impeachment against said officer.
The Executive Board shall have the power to try and remove said officer from office.
The removal of an officer from the SGA Senate or Executive Board requires a vote of two-thirds majority of the Executive Board members present at this special meeting. Only Executive Board members that are present will be allowed to cast a vote.
Once an officer is removed from office, he/she may no longer hold any other office within the SGA.
ARTICLE VIII. STANDING COMMITTEES/SPECIAL COMMITTEES
Standing committees shall be appointed by the SGA President to perform specific functions of this Constitution and the Student Government Association.
Special ad hoc committees shall be appointed by the SGA President for short-term special assignment, and shall be disbanded upon completion of the assignment.
The Elections Committee shall be chaired by the SGA Vice President, who shall follow the Elections By-Laws. The Elections Committee shall supervise all elections held according to the Constitution of the SGA and shall serve as a nominating body, should the need arise. The Elections Committee begins each spring semester in accordance with constitutional qualifications and shall be responsible for supervising campaigns, preparing official ballots, supervising the polls, determining the eligibility of candidates, counting ballots and reporting election results.
The Finance Committee shall be a standing committee chaired by the SGA Treasurer, with the Executive Board as members, which shall have the duties of preparing the annual budget. The Finance Committee shall have the power of review over all proposed budgets of any SGA Committee. The Finance Committee shall recommend to the SGA any necessary appropriations of funds. Input from Senate shall be considered when preparing the annual budget.
The Programming Committee shall be a standing committee, and chaired by the Vice President. The Programming Committee shall plan, organize, and carry out activities for students throughout the academic year. The Programming Committee must present all plans for student activities to the SGA for approval before the events are held.
ARTICLE IX. SGA DELEGATES TO CONFERENCES
Carteret Community College Student Government Association will endeavor to send as many delegates to conferences as practical, beneficial, and economically feasible. The selection process shall be as follows, with the priority given first to the Executive Board, then the Student Senate, and finally the Student body. Students who would like to be delegates at an upcoming conference must write a summary of why they want to go. Delegates are expected to participate in all meetings and functions when possible at the conference. The SGA Advisors shall make final approval for selection of delegates. At least one Advisor must attend all conferences.
ARTICLE X. BY-LAWS
The Senate shall have the power to adopt and enforce such By-Laws these By-Laws shall not violate this constitution. Proposed By-Laws must be approved by the Dean for Student Services, the Executive Board, and the Senate, before they can take effect.
ARTICLE XI. Carteret CC AUTHORITY
The President of Carteret Community College shall have veto power over the Student Government Association and its Constitution. The President of Carteret Community College delegates to the Dean for Student Services, the supervision and administration of all SGA activities. The Administrative Advisor, with the advice and consent of the Dean for Student Services, may deviate from the Constitution in order that the SGA may become operational as soon as possible in a new academic year.
ARTICLE XII. AMENDMENTS
Amendments to this Constitution shall become valid after approval by the Dean for Student Services, when passed by a majority of the Executive Board, and a two-thirds majority vote of the Senate. Written proxy votes are allowed for any constitutional changes if the eligible member is unable to attend a meeting when a previously announced amendment is to be voted on. Amendments shall become effective as soon as ratified by the Executive Board, and the Senate.
ARTICLE XIII. RATIFICATION
This Constitution shall immediately take effect upon the approval of a majority of the Executive Board, and two-thirds majority of the Senate.