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Brookhaven Student Government

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Constitution and Bylaws


Constitution


Preamble


We, the students of Brookhaven College, part of the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD), in order to form an organized representative association, uphold the rights of students, develop high standards of honor and civic responsibility and promote cooperation between the student body, the faculty, and the administration, do hereby establish this Constitution.

Article I – Name


The name of the herein-established organization shall be the Student Government Association of Brookhaven College (BHC). Be it further that the Student Government Association shall also be referred to as the SGA.

Article II – Purpose


The purpose of the SGA shall include the following:

  1. To promote the knowledge of and respect for a free and democratic society.
  2. To act as the liaison between the students and administration, faculty, and staff of   Brookhaven College and the DCCCD and to mediate issues and concerns between the students, faculty, and administration.
  3. To represent the students of BHC at the college, community, state, and national levels.
  4. To offer practical services to the student body.
  5. To provide a forum to express student issues and concerns with the administration, faculty,   and staff.
  6. To promote and support student activities and student involvement at Brookhaven College.
  7. To promote and support significant college wide programs and activities.
  8. To represent all Brookhaven College students on college wide events and committees

Article III – Membership and Qualifications

Section I: Qualifications for Members of the Student Government Association
All currently enrolled students are considered part of the Brookhaven College Student Body and as such are considered voting members with the right and privilege to elect from among their peers qualified candidates to represent them as elected officials within SGA.

Section II: Qualifications for Officers
To be eligible to run for an elected position in the Student Government Association, a student must be currently enrolled for a minimum of six (6) credit hours per term with a minimum 2.5 GPA at the time of election and must maintain that status during their term of office. Students seeking an Executive Board position must have a minimum 2.75 GPA. High school or transfer GPA for first term students may be considered. Letters of recommendation from counselors or professors may be required.

Article IV-Authority

Section I: General Authority

Section II: Specific Authority
DCCCD Board of Trustees, the Chancellor of the DCCCD, the College President, and the College Administration recognize the SGA as the official representative student organization at Brookhaven College.

Section III: Operating Authority
The SGA Executive Board, Senate, and House of Representatives are the elected representatives of the Brookhaven College student body. They are bound by this Constitution and the rules and regulations of the college and the DCCCD. Roberts Rules of Order shall govern any matter not superseded by this Constitution.

Article V- Admission and Induction

Section I: Oath of Office
All SGA elected officials shall take an oath of office before assuming their respective positions.

Section II: Oath for Senate and House of Representatives
The oath for those elected to the Senate and House of Representatives shall be “I (state your full name) agree to uphold the SGA Constitution and the rules, regulations and policies of Brookhaven College, and to the best of my ability, carry out all duties and responsibilities as an elected officer of the SGA.”

Section III: Oath for the Executive Board Officers
The oath for those elected to serve as officers of the Executive Board shall be “I (state your name) agree to uphold the SGA Constitution and the rules, regulations and policies of Brookhaven College and to the best of my ability, carry out all duties and responsibilities as an elected executive board officer of the SGA.”

Section IV: Administering the Oath
The incumbent SGA President or the SGA Advisor will swear in new officers.

Article VI- SGA Representation and Leadership

Section I: Leadership
The official leadership of the SGA shall consist of the Executive Board, the Senate and the House of Representatives. These leaders are also herein authorized to conduct the business of the SGA on behalf of the student body. The Executive Board shall act on behalf of SGA in accordance with this Constitution and the purpose of the SGA as stated in Article II. Definitions and responsibilities of each position are stated in the SGA Bylaws.

Section II: Executive Board
The Executive Board shall be responsible for enforcing any rules and regulations in the Bylaws pertaining to the conduct and the duties of members of the Senate and the House of Representatives while in office. The Executive Board will also carry out decisions of the Senate and the House of Representatives and the general business of the SGA. The Executive Board has the authority to set the agenda for General SGA meetings by which the Senate and the House of Representatives will vote as well as all other duties and responsibilities detailed in the Bylaws.

The Executive Board shall consist of the following:

A. President
B. Vice President
C. Parliamentarian
D. Secretary
E. Treasurer
F. Advisor

Section III: The Senate
The Senators shall carry out all prescribed and assigned duties and responsibilities assigned to them by the Executive Board. The Senators will adhere to the Constitution and the purpose of the SGA as stated in Article II. All other responsibilities are expressed in the Bylaws.

The Senate shall consist of a minimum of three elected officials.

Section IV: House of Representatives
The House of Representatives are elected as “members at large” and as club representatives. They are responsible for assisting the Executive Board and Senators in carrying out their duties. Representatives will adhere to the Constitution and the purpose of SGA as stated in Article II. All other responsibilities are expressed in the Bylaws.

There is no limit to the number of seats available in the House of Representatives.

Section V: General SGA Committees/Councils and Purpose
Unless otherwise stated, all chairpersons of a committee are to be nominated and must be approved by a majority of the SGA.

1. Constitution Revisions Committee

2. Jurisprudence Committee

3. Club Funding Committee

Article VII-General Elections and Terms of Office

Section I: General Elections

Section II: Terms of Office

Article VIII-General Meetings and Attendance

Section I: Meetings

Section II: Quorum

Section III: Voting

Section IV: Attendance

Section V: Proxy

Article IX-Inactivation or Removal from Office

Section I: Officer Inactivation

Section II: Removal from Office

Section III: Appeals

Article X-SGA Constitution Amendment and Revisions Process

Section I: Amendments

Section II: Revisions

Article XI-Ratification

Section I: Ratification

Article XII-Implementation

Upon ratification of this constitution as stated in Article XI, the document will immediately become effective as the constitution of the Student Government Association of Brookhaven College, superseding the Constitution currently in effect.

Ratification Date: November 1, 2012
Witnessed by: Tonychris Nnaka, SGA President
Witnessed by: James Daniels, SGA Vice President
Witnessed by: Yasaman Contractor, SGA Advisor

 

Bylaws


Article I - Membership

Article II - Elected Officials Duties


Section I: Specific Duties of the Executive Board
Executive Board Members of the Student Government Association shall adhere to Article II of the Constitution as well as the DCCCD Student Code of Conduct. Executive Board Members are required to attend all general SGA meetings and Executive Board meetings and fulfill any Constitutional responsibilities not mentioned in the following outline. Section II: Senators
Senators are elected officials seeking to fulfill the mission and purpose of SGA as stated in Article II of the Constitution. Senators are required to attend general meetings of the SGA. Section III: House of Representatives
The House of Representatives consists of Representatives who are elected as “members at large” during the fall election campaign. In addition, Club Representatives are elected by an officially recognized student club or organization to represent the interests of that club or organization. Representatives are officials seeking to fulfill the mission and purpose of SGA as stated in Article II of the Constitution. Representatives are required to attend all general meetings of the SGA.

Article III - Committees


Section I: Standing Committees
Standing committees are those committees stated in Article VI, Section V of the SGA Constitution.

Section II: The President may establish committees as deemed necessary.
Areas of need may include Student Affairs-Admissions, Advising, Testing, Financial Aid, and Student Life; Student Clubs & Organizations; Community Involvement-Outreach, Recruitment and Service Learning; Marketing and Advertising; Student Services-Bookstore, Food Service; Academics; and Campus, Local and State Issues.

Article IV - Special Event & Travel Funding


Student Clubs and Organizations


Section I: Process

Article V – Amendments


Amendments to these Bylaws may be made according to the same rules and regulations pertaining to the SGA Constitution as stated in Article X and XI.

Article VI - Parliamentary Procedure

Ratification Date: November 1, 2012
Witnessed by: Tonychris Nnaka, SGA President
Witnessed by: James Daniels, SGA Vice President
Witnessed by: Yasaman Contractor, SGA Advisor