Student Senate Constitution

Iowa Central’s Student Government consists of a governing body known as the Student Senate of Iowa Central Community College. The purpose of the Student Senate is to insure that all students enrolled at Iowa Central have the opportunity to achieve the best education. The main function of the Student Senate is to discuss campus issues and make recommendations to the College Administration regarding college policies, regulations, practices, and procedures. Active involvement in the planning and implementation of student activities, civic events, and community service projects sponsored by the Student Senate are a major focus of the organization. Meetings of the Student Senate begin on the first Tuesday of every school year, and all students are encouraged to attend and to get involved by becoming a member.

Students involved in the Student Senate are strongly encouraged to enroll in the one-credit hour course, Student Government (SDV195).  The purpose of the course is to grant college elective credit to students participating as senators (official members) of the Student Senate. Students with a minimum 2.0 G.P.A. may enroll in the course repeatedly, for a total of four semesters. Each student senator will be a member of one of the following five committees: Political Action and Diversity, Community Service, Student Activities, Publicity/Public Relations, and Student Recruitment and Campus Life.

A scholarship will be available for each active member of the Student Senate enrolled in and successfully completing the Student Government course. This scholarship will be available in the fall and spring semesters of each academic year. The final amount of this scholarship will be based on the overall level of participation in weekly meetings, committees, and events. Students receiving scholarships must maintain a semester 2.0 grade point average or above and a cumulative 2.0 grade point average or above. To receive a scholarship for Student Senate, students must be enrolled in and successfully complete at least 12 credit hours (full-time student status) per semester.

Additional guidelines of the Student Senate can be found below. 

Constitution of the Student Body Iowa Central Community College

ARTICLE I: NAME

The name of this organization shall be the Iowa Central Community College Student Senate.

ARTICLE II: OBJECT

The purpose of this organization is to see that its membership has the opportunity to achieve the best education and make recommendations to the College Administration regarding college policies, regulations, practices, and procedures.  Active involvement in the planning and implementation of student activities are a major focus of the organization.

ARTICLE III: MEMBERSHIP

Any student enrolled at Iowa Central Community College shall qualify to become a member of this organization. Students involved in the Student Senate are strongly encouraged to enroll in the one-credit hour course, Student Government.  The purpose of the course is to grant college elective credit to students participating as senators (official members) of the Student Senate.  Students with a minimum 2.0 G.P.A. may enroll in the course repeatedly, for a total of four semesters.  

ARTICLE IV: GOVERNING BODY

The governing body shall be the Student Senate composed of representatives from the Student Body of Iowa Central Community College.

SECTION 1: ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENT SENATE:

A.  Members of the Student Senate shall be current students according to the College Catalog.

B.  Any member of the Student Senate shall not be allowed to enroll in the course, Student Government, if they fail to maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA.

SECTION 2: COMPOSITION OF MEMBERSHIP OF STUDENT SENATE

A.  The Senate shall consist of a President, four Vice Presidents, and student senate members on the official roster for the fall and/or spring semesters.

SECTION 3: VACANCIES IN THE SENATE

A.  Vacancies in the Senate shall be filled at the start of each semester (fall and spring).

B.  A Senate officer may be asked to resign from his/her position for missing three meetings during a single semester, after being notified once.

C.  Any Senate member who misrepresents said Senate by word or deed may be reprimanded by an advisor of the Student Senate for such action and/or be withdrawn from Student Government with the loss of the scholarship.

D.  The advisors of the Student Senate shall determine the procedures and possibilities of filling unscheduled vacancies of Senate officers during the school year.

SECTION 4: CARRY-OVER MEMBERS

A.  Senate members will be eligible for a maximum of (4) credit hours at one credit hour per semester and will be eligible to receive scholarships for a maximum of four semesters.

SECTION 5: MEETINGS OF THE SENATE

A.  The Senate shall meet at least once per week.

B.  Regular meetings and special meetings shall be held at the convenience of the Senate members, in consultation with a Senate advisor(s).

C.  The President shall have the power to call special meetings, in consultation with a Senate advisor(s).

D.  A quorum in Senate meetings shall consist of one more than half the total membership.

SECTION 6: POWERS OF THE SENATE

A.  The Student Senate shall allocate the anticipated next year’s monies to College organizations each spring semester via budget requests from the various organizations.  Athletics shall be allocated a certain percent of those funds (presently 42-percent) and to change this percentage, proposals must be presented and passed by both the Student Senate and the Administration.

B.  Any change in Activity Fees charged to students each year must be approved by the Student Senate before being presented to the Board of Trustees for approval.

C.  Any non-budgeted item spending involving reserve funds by the Administration shall be planned for in advance and the request presented to the Student Senate for approval at any regular business meeting.  Items that might need to be purchased during the summer shall be presented at the first meeting in May.  Any purchases arising from unforeseen spending during summer months shall be reported to the Student Government when classes resume in September.

D.  The Senate shall govern all Senate social activities, and special student elections.

E.  Any Senate business that pertains to College policy shall be approved by the President of the College and Board of Trustees before it becomes effective.

1.  The President of the College shall have the opportunity to make a decision on the Senate’s proposal, including a decision that it must be taken to the Board of Trustees and action should be taken at the next scheduled Board meeting.

2.  If the President of the College rejects the proposal, the Senate has the right to appeal and may take it to the Board of Trustees for action.

F.  All clubs and organizations shall turn in year-end reports to the Senate every spring stating members’ names, honors received by members, and activities undertaken by the club during the year.

ARTICLE V: OFFICERS

The officers of the Student Senate shall consist of the President, Vice-President of Political Action and Diversity, Vice-President of Community Service, Vice President of Student Activities, Vice-President of Publicity/Public Relations, and Vice President of Student Recruitment and Campus Life.

SECTION I: QUALIFICATIONS TO HOLD OFFICE

A.  The President shall be a full-time student according to the catalog (minimum of 12 semester hours) enrolled for the fall semester in the year for which they are running.

B.  The President shall have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above and maintain a semester grade point average of 2.0 or above during the term of office.

C.  The President shall abide by the College attendance policy.

SECTION 2: ELECTION OF THE PRESIDENT

A.  To qualify for an election as President, the candidate must have successfully completed a minimum of 12 semester hours with a minimum 2.0 G.P.A. or above.

B.  Voting procedures for the following year shall be determined by the advisor(s) of the Student Senate.         

C.  If two or more eligible Student Senate members wish to be next year’s President, the Senate will have an “in-house” election conducted by a secret ballot.  If more than two candidates are nominated, the winner must have a clear majority of the vote (i.e., 51 percent); otherwise, a run-off election is held between the top two candidates. The winner of the election must have a plurality of the vote.          

D.  Candidates shall be determined through nominations from the floor and the election will be held prior to or on the last meeting of the spring semester, as scheduled by the advisor(s) of the Student Senate.

SECTION 3: TERM OF OFFICE

A.  The President shall begin office the day after Commencement and shall terminate office the following Commencement.

SECTION 4: ELECTIONS OF VICE PRESIDENTS.

A.  The four Vice-Presidents (as stipulated above) shall each be elected through an “in-house” secret ballot within the Student Senate, following the election of the President on the same date.

B.  The outgoing President shall conduct the elections proceedings.

C.  The Vice-President of Political Action and other available officers shall conduct the election process.

D.  Student Senate members wishing to run for office must be nominated from the floor, prior to the election.  Self-nominations are accepted.

E.  If more than two candidates are nominated for an office, the winner must have a clear majority of the vote (i.e., 51 percent); otherwise, a run-off election is held between the top two candidates.  The winner of the election must have a plurality of the vote.

SECTION 5: VACANCIES IN THE SENATE

A.  The Vice-President of Political Action shall serve as President in event of a presidential vacancy.

B.  Vacancies in any other officer position shall be filled in accordance to the election process, as determined by the advisor(s) of the Student Senate.

SECTION 6:  DUTIES OF THE OFFICERS

A.  The President shall serve as Student Body President, represent the College to the community, preside at all Senate meetings, have the power to call special meetings, and see to the proper execution of all motions proposed by the Senate.  He or she has no voting privileges of Senate matters except when the Senate has a tied vote. In addition, the President shall meet with the Student Senate advisor(s) and other officers periodically, speak at graduation commencement, and attend major campus events or delegates to another officer to attend major events.   

B.  In the absence of the President the order of succession shall be as follows: Vice President of Political Action and Diversity, Vice President of Community Service, Vice President of Student Activities, Vice President of Publicity/Public Relations, and Vice President of Student Recruitment and Campus Life. In the absence of the President the officers (in said order) shall preside at the Student Senate meeting and carry on duties of the President.

C.  The Vice-President of Political Action and Diversity shall oversee the Political Action and Diversity Committee and conduct the election for student senate offices, organize voter registration drives and other political events on campus, direct lobbying activities, maintain order and parliamentary procedures in Student Senate meetings, and address issues of student rights and responsibilities on campus.

D.  The Vice-President of Community Service shall oversee the Community Service Committee, manage community service activities, develop campus beautification/infrastructure improvement projects and recommendations, and seek alliances with other campus organizations for joint community service projects.

E.  Vice President of Student Activities shall oversee the Student Activities Committee and shall plan, promote, and organize activities for the student body such as dances and game nights, karaoke contests, homecoming activities and other campus events;  plan, promote, and organize special activities for Student Senate members; and consult with various staff members in the Student Activities office to provide assistance and support for other student activities on campus.

F.  Vice President of Publicity/Public Relations shall oversee the Publicity and Public Relations Committee, and shall plan and implement publicity for upcoming campus activities and projects, submitting regular updates and articles to campus and local news media outlets, update Student Senate social networking websites and bulletin boards, and plan and implementing strategies for improving the public image of Iowa Central Community College and the Student Senate

G.  The Vice President of Student Recruitment and Campus Life shall oversee the Student Recruitment and Campus Life Committee, manage member recruitment activities among current and prospective Iowa Central students, and address campus issues of concern to students, including resident housing and food service.

ARTICLE VI: AMENDMENTS TO THE STUDENT SENATE CONSTITUTION

SECTION 1: AMENDMENT PROPOSALS

A.  Amendment proposals to this constitution may be presented in the following ways:

1.  By a Senate member at any regularly scheduled Senate meeting.  To pass this type of amendment proposal requires a two-thirds vote of Senate members present.

B.  There shall be a waiting period of at least one week from the time the amendment proposal is presented to the Senate and the Senate’s action on the amendment proposed.

C.  The person proposing the amendment shall act as spokesman for the proposals throughout the proceedings for shall work in conjunction with the Political Action Committee for such change.

D.  If the Senate approved the amendment proposal, the proposal is considered accepted by the Student Body of Iowa Central and shall be presented to the Vice-President of Enrollment Management and Student Development as well as the President of the College.

E.  If the Senate does not approve the amendment proposal, it shall be defeated and may not be presented for at least one semester after a no-pass decision.

SECTION 2: ADMINISTRATION APPROVAL

A.  The President of Iowa Central Community College, after being presented the student-approved amendment proposal, shall take action according to 6e, of Article IV.

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STUDENT GOVERNMENT CONSTITUTION
Adopted April 12, 1988. Revised May 20, 2011.

STIPEND FOR STUDENT SENATE PRESIDENT

A.  The Iowa Central Student Government President shall be awarded up to a $500 per semester stipend for each semester of his or her term in office allocated by and from the budget of the Coordinator of Student Activities, as recommended by the advisor(s) of the Student Senate. Any member of the Student Senate may talk to the Student Senate advisor(s) and ask for a special meeting of the Senate to vote on disbursement of a stipend if the President is not performing or is not deserving of the full stipend.  Said meeting shall be held within two weeks prior to disbursement and a simple majority of members present is needed to lower the amount of stipend by written ballot.  The President shall not take part in the vote.  The advisor(s) decides on tie votes.

B.  The stipend for each of the four Vice Presidents shall be awarded up to $400 per semester for each semester of his/her term in office at the discretion of the advisor(s).

C.  Student Senators shall receive up to $300 per semester at the discretion of the advisor(s).

D.  Students receiving scholarships must maintain a semester 2.0 G.P.A. and a cumulative 2.0 GPA.  To receive a scholarship, students must be enrolled in and successfully complete at least 12 credit hours (full-time student status).  The scholarship will be granted within a month after the semester has ended in order to authorize student grades and credit loads.  Also, the amount of the scholarship will also be determined by whether or not there are any outstanding fees owed to Iowa Central by the individual student.