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CONSTITUTION OF THE STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION

Articles I - V

Article I. Name

The name of the association shall be the Student Government Association (SGA) of Smith College.

Article II. Purpose

The purpose of this association shall be to encourage active cooperation in the work of self-governance, to enact and enforce laws according to the Grant of Powers, and to ensure the representation of the views and perspectives of the student body in the governance of the college.

Article III. Membership

All undergraduate students of Smith College are members of the SGA.

Article IV. Cabinet

SECTION 1. PURPOSE

  1. To act as a direct link between students and the administration.
    1. To keep students informed as to college initiatives and administrative changes.
    2. To ensure that the administration and faculty are aware of student opinions, concerns and suggestions.
  2. To work in conjunction with the student senate.
    1. To accomplish initiatives.
    2. To increase the accessibility of information for all members of the association.
  3. To support events, groups, and individuals who are benefiting the Smith College community.
  4. To ensure the financial stability of the SGA.
  5. To support all SGA committees.
  6. To be a pro-active force on campus, aware of and responsive to student concerns.

SECTION 2. MEMBERS

The cabinet of the SGA shall consist of sixteen members.

  1. The president of the SGA, who shall serve as chair;
  2. The vice-president of the SGA;
  3. The secretary of the SGA;
  4. The treasurer of the SGA;
  5. The head of the House Presidents' Association;
  6. The chair of the Curriculum Committee;
  7. The chair of the Organization Resources Committee;
  8. The chair of the Committee on Elections and Appointments;
  9. The chair of the Academic Honor Board;
  10. The chair of the College Judicial Board;
  11. The chair of the Social Justeice and Equity Committee;
  12. The senior class president;
  13. The junior class president;
  14. The sophomore class president;
  15. The first-year class president;
  16. An Ada Comstock Scholars co-president.

SECTION 3. IMPEACHMENT

  1. The SGA Cabinet can impeach any of its members by a two-thirds majority vote of the respective organization following an investigation and public hearing conducted by the Committee on Elections and Appointments. Any member of the constituency may initiate proceedings by gaining the support of 25 percent of that constituency, in the form of a signed petition. Possible grounds for impeachment are suspension, dismissal, permanent separation, negligence, dereliction of duty, and other infractions deemed sufficient by any member of the association.

Article V. Student Senate

SECTION 1. PURPOSE

  1. To enact legislation within the framework of the Grant of Powers.
  2. To provide a forum for all members of the association to voice opinions and concerns.
  3. To keep all students informed about the activities of the SGA.
  4. To approve the funding of, support, and review all organizations of the SGA.
  5. To annually review the financial matters of all organizations requesting funding in their charter.
  6. To work in conjunction with the cabinet:
    1. To accomplish initiatives.
    2. To increase accessibility to information for all members of the association.
  7. To be a pro-active force on campus, soliciting and addressing student concerns.

SECTION 2. MEMBERS

  1. The vice-president of the SGA, who shall serve as chair;
  2. The secretary of the senate;
  3. The parliamentarian of the senate;
  4. The vice-chairs of the Organization Resources Committee;
  5. The chair of the Committee on Elections and Appointments;
  6. The senators which will include:
    1. House senators;
    2. Off-campus senators;
    3. Class vice-presidents;
    4. The Ada Comstock Scholars' Senate Liaison;
    5. Cabinet organization senators (the House Presidents' Association may elect a representative at their discretion);
    6. The entire campus community as non-voting members.

SECTION 3. IMPEACHMENT

  1. The senate can impeach any of its members by a two-thirds majority vote of its members. Any member of the senate may initiate an impeachment vote. Possible grounds for impeachment are suspension, dismissal, permanent separation, negligence, dereliction of duty, and other infractions deemed sufficient by any member of the senate. Additionally, all Senators are held accountable to the impeachment clause as outlined in their individual House Constitutions.

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