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Would you like to approve the following changes to the MSA Constitution? These changes would establish the position of Treasurer to oversee the budget, further define the duties of the Vice President, alter the Department of Student Communication, change the allocation of Senate seats, revise the requirements for impeachment, overriding vetoes, and passing the MSA budget, change the name of the Association, and further define the Board of Elections Commissioners. The changes to Article IV.C.2, Article IV.D, Article V.B.2, Article V.F, Article V.G, Article VI.C, and Article VIII of the MSA Constitution will be as such:

Article I. Preamble

We, the students of the University of Missouri-Columbia, in order to gain the benefits inherent in the organization of a government for the students, further the interests of the students within the University and the general community, encourage the greatest level of cooperation and communication with faculty and administration, and to assist in all manners consistent with the policies and regulations of the University in the pursuit of excellence in all aspects of student life, do hereby establish this Constitution for the Missouri Students Association, as the undergraduate student government of the University of Missouri-Columbia.

 

Article II. Membership

All undergraduate students of the University of Missouri-Columbia shall be members of the Missouri Students Association, hereinafter referred to as the Association.

 

‘Paragraph C. Duties of Executive Officers

  • President

It shall be the duty of the President to preside at general meetings of the Association, to enhance the provisions of the constitution and bylaws; and to perform such other duties as are associated with the office of the President.

  • Vice-President

It shall be the duty of the Vice-President to aid the President in the discharge of their duties and perform the duties of the presidency should that office become vacant. The Vice President is also responsible for the oversight of student representatives to the various Chancellor’s Standing Committees, and for updating the Association as appropriate on such committees.

 

Paragraph D. Organization of the Executive Branch

  • Director of Student Services

The Director of Student Services shall be a permanent member of the executive branch and shall be responsible for services provided to students, including MSA auxiliaries, and aid the President in the discharge of their duties or which are provided for by law.

  • Programming Director

The Programming Director shall be a permanent member of the executive branch and shall administer programs to promote and contribute to a well-rounded social, recreational, cultural, and educational life for all members of the Association.

  • Communications Director

The Communications Director shall be a permanent member of the executive branch appointed by the MSA President and shall be responsible for all public relations and publicity necessary for the successful operation of all branches of the Association.

  • Treasurer

The Treasurer will be a permanent member of the executive branch appointed by the MSA President and shall perform all financial transactions as authorized by law and by the appropriate University officials and keep all financial records of the Association.

 

Paragraph B. Organization

  • Membership

The Senate shall consist of Senators elected according to the provisions of this paragraph and by law.

  • Selection of Senators

For the purpose of selection of Senators, the Senate body shall be 81 seats

  1. 50 will be divided by percent of total enrollment of each Undergraduate Degree Program and decrease every year following a time table outlined. The total undergraduate enrollment as defined by the University of Missouri – Columbia will be determined on the 21st day of the winter semester. These seats shall be defined as academic college senators.
  2. 21 seats will be defined as at-large senators and be elected at a full Senate meeting of the term. A minimum of 6 at-large seats will designated to students of freshman standing as defined by the University of Missouri-Columbia
  3. 9 seats will be defined as Joint Session seats. One will be allotted to each non-MSA undergraduate member organization of Joint Session. Each Joint Session member organization will determine their own selection process for their MSA Senator.
    1. These senators will be exempt from attendance policies regarding committee
    2. These senators while able to vote in elections cannot serve in a cabinet capacity
  4. Upon election, the Speaker of the Senate will receive one seat in accordance with the bylaws of the association.
  • Representation
  1. In accordance with the provisions in the bylaws, representation is defined by the electoral groups in section two subsections (a), (b), and (c).
  • Qualifications of Senators
  1. Senators representing electoral groups defined in section two subsection (a) must be members of the academic college they represent in accordance with the enrollment as defined by the University of Missouri-Columbia at the time of their election.
  2. Senators representing the electoral group in section two subsection (b) must be enrolled undergraduate students as defined by the University of Missouri-Columbia.

 

Paragraph F. Veto

Any bylaw or appropriation passed by the necessary votes in the Senate shall be sent to the President and if they approve they shall sign it within ten days. If they do not approve they shall return it to the Senate the next meeting along with their objections and it shall immediately stand reconsidered and if passed by a two-thirds majority vote of full Senate membership, it shall become valid over the President’s veto. If the President shall fail to sign or veto a by law or appropriation within ten days, it shall become valid automatically.

 

Paragraph G. Removal of Officers

  • Executive Office

The President and Vice-President of the Association shall be indicted for dishonesty or nonperformance of duty by a petition signed by twenty percent of the total qualified Senate membership and convicted and removed from office upon the passage of a resolution to that effect by a three-fourths majority vote of full Senate membership.

  • Inferior Officers

All inferior officers of the executive branch and all justices of the Student Court shall be indicted for dishonesty or nonperformance of duty by a petition signed by twenty percent of the total qualified Senate membership and convicted and remove from office upon the passage of a resolution to that effect by a two thirds vote of those Senators present and voting on the issue.

  • Procedure

Any resolution outlined in section one or two of this paragraph must be presented along with the indictment petition for the first reading at any regularly scheduled Senate meeting and must be voted on at the following Senate meeting. An officer against whom such an indictment has been presented must be allowed to make a defense before the Senate and before any committee considering the issue before the vote on any resolution is taken.’

 

Article VI. Judicial Branch

Paragraph C. Board of Election Commissioners

  • Purpose

The Board of Elections Commissioners (BEC) shall serve as an independent entity of the association that shall certify the results of all elections and referenda.

  • Membership

The Chair of the BEC shall be appointed jointly by the President, Senate Speaker, and Chief Justice. Once selected, it is the duty of the Chair to oversee the responsibilities of the BEC and create a team as necessary.

  • Responsibilities
    1. The BEC shall be responsible to ensure the proper execution of the election and the responsibility to uphold all election laws.

 

Would you like to change the wording regarding student referendums and fees in order to ensure graduate and professional students have a voice when discussing general student fee increases? The changes to Article X, Paragraph A of the MSA Constitution will be as such:

Article VIII. Annual Budget

The annual Association budget shall be drawn up for Senate approval by the President and Vice President, and other representatives as may be provided for by law. The operative revenues of all branches of the Association shall be included in this budget which must be passed by a three fifths majority vote of the full Senate membership before the commencement of the fiscal year beginning July first.

 

 

(1) Laws, Resolutions, and Appropriations

By petition of ten percent of the members of the student body or by two-thirds majority vote of those senators present and voting, any law, resolution or appropriation passed by either student legislature or any proposed issue must be placed before the members of the student body for acceptance or rejection. A simple majority of the members voting on such an issue shall be required for passage of the issue.

 

(2) Undergraduate Student Fees

By petition of ten percent of the members of the undergraduate student body or by two-thirds majority vote of those senators present and voting, any bill that adds or increases an undergraduate fee must be placed before the members of the student body for acceptance or rejection. A three fifths majority of the members voting on such an issue shall be required for passage of the issue. This subsection shall not pertain to fees that directly affect graduate and/or professional students.

 

(3) General Student Fees

 By petition of ten percent of the members of the general study body (undergraduate and graduate/professional students) or by passage through student governments as established by law, any bill that adds or increases a fee directly impacting both undergraduate and graduate/professional students must be placed before the members of the student body for acceptance or rejection. A three fifths majority of the members voting on such as issue shall be required for passage of the issue. This subsection shall not pertain to fees that directly affect only undergraduate students.’