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Constitutional Referendum

Would you like to both amend the MSA Constitution to divide the 50 academic senator seats into two categories of academic senator seats and university-wide seats? This change would provide greater opportunities to participate in student government while retaining the representation of the academic colleges. The changes to Article V, Paragraph B, Sections 2, 3, and 4, and Article VII, Paragraph C of the MSA Constitution will be as such:

 

‘(2) Selection of Senators For the purpose of selection of Senators, the Senate body shall be 81 representatives.

  1. a) 50 will be divided by percent of total enrollment of each Undergraduate Degree Program. 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. b) 20 seats will be defined as at-large senators and be elected at a full Senate meeting of the term. Of those at-large seats, a minimum of 6 seats will be designated to students of freshman standing as defined by the University of Missouri-Columbia.
  3. c) 10 seats will be defined as organizational senators and will serve for a semester-long term, with the terms beginning at the start of the fall and spring semesters. These seats will be divided between the following organizations: Four Front, Interfraternity Council, Legion of Black Collegians, Missouri International Student Council, Multicultural Greek Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Panhellenic Association, Residence Halls Association, Freshman Council and Student Athlete Advisory Committee. These organizations will determine their own selection process for their MSA Senator. The seat held by Freshman Council shall be elected in an atlarge process by the full Senate during the spring semester.
  4. d) Upon election, the Speaker of the Senate will receive one seat in accordance with the bylaws of the association.

(3) Representation

  1. a) In accordance with the provisions in the bylaws, representation is defined by the electoral groups in section two subsections (a), (b), and (c).

(4) Qualifications of Senators

  1. a) 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. b) Senators representing the electoral group in section two subsection (b) must be enrolled undergraduate students as defined by the University of Missouri-Columbia.’

 

Shall be amended to read as follows:

(Changes are below in bold.)

‘(2) Selection of Senators For the purpose of selection of Senators, the Senate body shall be 81 representatives.

  1. A portion will be divided by percent of total enrollment of each Undergraduate Degree Program. 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. A portion will be defined as university senators and will be elected from the entire undergraduate population at the University of Missouri – Columbia.
  3. 20 seats will be defined as at-large senators and will be elected at a full Senate meeting of the term. Of those at-large seats, a minimum of 6 seats will be designated to students of freshman standing as defined by the University of Missouri-Columbia.
  4. 10 seats will be defined as organizational senators and will serve for a semester-long term, with the terms beginning at the start of the fall and spring semesters. These seats will be divided between the following organizations: Four Front, Interfraternity Council, Legion of Black Collegians, Missouri International Student Council, Multicultural Greek Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Panhellenic Association, Residence Halls Association, Freshman Council and Student Athlete Advisory Committee. These organizations will determine their own selection process for their MSA Senator. The seat held by Freshman Council shall be elected in an atlarge process by the full Senate during the spring semester.
  5. Upon election, the Speaker of the Senate will receive one seat in accordance with the bylaws of the association.

(3) Representation

  1. a) In accordance with the provisions in the bylaws, representation is defined by the electoral groups in section two subsections (a), (b), (c), and (d).

(4) Qualifications of Senators

  1. a) 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. b) Senators representing the electoral group in section two subsection (b) must be enrolled undergraduate students as defined by the University of Missouri-Columbia.
  3. c) Senators representing the electoral group in section two subsection (c) must be enrolled undergraduate students as defined by the University of Missouri-Columbia.’

 

AND

 

‘The President, Vice-President, and academic college Senators shall serve a regular term of one calendar year subject to the qualifications of this constitution and the laws. All inferior positions of the executive branch shall serve a term corresponding to the term of office of the President who appointed them except that any such officer may be removed for cause by the President under procedures established by law.’

Shall be amended as follows:

‘The President, Vice-President, academic college Senators, and university Senators shall serve a regular term of one calendar year subject to the qualifications of this constitution and the laws. All inferior positions of the executive branch shall serve a term corresponding to the term of office of the President who appointed them except that any such officer may be removed for cause by the President under procedures established by law.’