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ASWSU Constitution

Preamble

We, the students of Washington State University Global Campus, in order to create a productive and well-rounded student experience, initiate and coordinate student activities; specifically represent and advocate for the unique and particular interests, needs, and welfare of students in Washington State University’s Global Campus on issues affecting student life; and to supplement and enrich the formal education of these degree programs delivered at a distance, unite in the following articles

Article I – Name

  1. The name of this student body shall be the Associated Students of Washington State University Global, hereafter known as the ASWSUG.
  2. The recognized governing entity of the ASWSUG shall be known as the ASWSUG Executive Board.

Article II – Membership

  1. All undergraduate and graduate students seeking a degree (enrolled in credit classes) coordinated by Washington State University’s (WSU) Global Campus shall be members of ASWSUG. Participation in activities sponsored by the ASWSUG Executive Board is voluntary.
  2. Students upon completion, termination, or other separation from WSU Global Campus lose all rights as ASWSUG members.
  3. Notice of Non-Discrimination a. All programs and opportunities within ASWSUG shall abide by WSU Executive Policy 15. No student shall be denied participation or membership based on their membership, or perceived membership, in a protected class, as listed in the WSU Executive Policy 15.

Article III – Authority

  1. The ASWSUG Executive Board is the sole representative governing body for the students of WSU Global.
  2. The ASWSUG Executive Board shall have the authority to legislate, promote, and regulate the affairs of the ASWSUG.

Article IV – Executive Board

  1. Membership
    1. The Executive Board Officers of the ASWSUG Executive Board shall be the President, Vice President, Director of Finance, Director of Legislative Affairs, Director of Resources, Equity and Inclusion, Director of Marketing and Innovation, Director of Communication and Compliance, Director of Academic Affairs, and Director of Student Events and Programming. They shall constitute the Executive Officers.
    2. The Student Involvement Manager, or their equivalent, shall be the advisor to the ASWSUG Executive Board, whose duties are to assist students regarding administrative procedures and policies and provide overall program direction. The advisor shall have no vote.
  2. Authority
    1. The members of the ASWSUG shall exercise self-governance through the Executive Board.
    2. The ASWSUG Executive Board shall have the authority and be responsible for implementing and enacting all matters of legislation.
  3. Selection
    1. Executive Board Officers will be placed in office through a Selection Process as outlined in the bylaws.
  4. Responsibilities and Duties a. The responsibilities and duties of the ASWSUG Executive Board shall be specified in the Bylaws.
  5. Terms of Office
    1. Members of the ASWSUG Executive Board must be S&A fee-paying WSU Global Campus students enrolled in at least 6 credits during the academic year in which they hold office.
    2. The ASWSUG Executive Board Officers shall hold the position for the time period specified in the bylaws.
    3. Members shall follow other terms of office in accordance with conditions set forth in the Bylaws.
  6. Removal from Office
    1. Probation, suspension, and dismissal procedures shall be conducted in accordance with conditions set forth in the Bylaws.
  7. Resignation
    1. Resignation procedures shall be conducted in accordance with conditions set forth in the Bylaws.
  8. Vacancies
    1. Vacancies shall be filled in accordance with the conditions set forth in the Bylaws.
  9. Appointments
    1. Appointments shall be conducted in accordance with conditions set forth in the Bylaws.

Article V – Meetings

  1. All meetings of the ASWSUG Executive Board shall be open and public.
  2. The ASWSUG Executive Board is subject to the Washington Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA, RCW 42.30) and shall comply with that statute.
  3. Quorum
    1. A quorum for all ASWSUG Executive Board actions shall be 2/3 of the seated membership of the ASWSUG Executive Board.

Article VI – Committees

  1. The ASWSUG shall have standing and ad-hoc committees, as outlined in the bylaws.
  2. The membership and responsibilities of ASWSUG committees shall be determined in accordance with the conditions set forth in the Bylaws.

Article VII – Finances

  1. The ASWSUG Executive Board’s use of funds must adhere to S&A Fee Spending Guidelines.
  2. Approved expenditures will be monitored by the Director of Finance and presented at the ASWSUG Executive Board meetings.
  3. The Director of Finance, in conjunction with the President and the AOI Director of Administrative Services, shall hold authority over the ASWSUG budget.
  4. The annual ASWSUG budget proposal shall be created by the Director of Finance and presented to the ASWSUG Executive Board before its submission to the S&A Fee Committee.

Article VIII – Constitutional Interpretation

  1. The Judicial Board of the ASWSUG, after consultation with WSU Global administration, shall reserve the right to interpret this document and its bylaws.
    1. The Judicial Board membership and procedures shall be in accordance with conditions set forth in the bylaws.
    2. Such interpretation shall be made in writing and kept as an official record.

Article IX – Initiatives and Referendum

Initiative and referendum procedures shall be held in accordance with conditions set forth in the Bylaws.

Article X – Amendments

  1. Amendments to this document or its bylaws shall be initiated by ASWSUG Executive Board action.
  2. Constitutional amendments must be advertised to the student body in various means.
  3. Students must be provided a mechanism to provide feedback on proposed amendments, which shall be open for at least two weeks.
  4. Amendments must be approved by a three-fourths (3/4) majority vote of the seated Executive Board Officers at an ASWSUG Executive Board meeting.
    1. Once approved by the ASWSUG Executive Board, they must be sent for final approval by the Director of Student Services and the Global Campus Chancellor.
  5. Approved amendments must be sent to the ASWSUG Judicial Board and President of the ASWSUG Executive Board within 10 school days of final approval.

Article XI – Ratification

  1. Ratification of this document shall be made by a 2/3 majority vote of the seated members of the ASWSUG governing body.
  2. After ratification, the document will be presented to the Global Campus Chancellor via the Director of Student Services, for approval as the official Constitution of the ASWSUG.

Article XII – Parliamentary Authority

The rules of Parliamentary Procedure as contained in Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised, shall be a guideline for the ASWSUG Executive Board and ASWSUG committees in all cases to which they are applicable and not inconsistent with the ASWSUG Constitution and Bylaws.

Article XIII – Bylaws

  1. The Bylaws shall be the lawful means by which the provisions of the Constitution shall be implemented.
  2. Any amendments to the bylaws shall be adopted by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the seated membership of the ASWSUG Executive Board.