Constitution of the Associated Students of Green River College (ASGRC)
This constitution of the Associated Students of Green River College has been adopted for the purpose of fostering and developing student responsibility, interest, and participation in the activities and programs of the GRC, and is dedicated to the furtherance of general student welfare.
The name of this organization shall be the Associated Students of Green River College and the organization hereafter may be designated as GRC.
The objectives of this organization shall be to provide the opportunity for student organization, for the growth of the academic and social life of the students, and to further student relations with faculty and community.
All students of GRC shall become members of this organization with the privilege of holding office and voting in the election process. Full-time students may vote in all elections and hold any office, commensurate to their class standing. Part-time students can hold the office of Senator, and shall be permitted to vote for these offices. Part-time students cannot hold the offices of President and Vice President, but shall vote for these offices. Students registered for ten or more units of college class work at GRC shall be considered full-time students.
GRC ELECTED AND SELECTED OFFICERS
Section 1 - Membership
The ASGRC President and Vice President candidates shall be selected by an Ad hoc Election Committee and voted into office by the student body. Selected officers will be: PUBLIC RELATIONS – Chairperson, FINANCE COMMITTEE – Chairperson, BY-LAWS – Chairperson, and JUDICIAL BOARD – Chairperson (Chief Justice). There will be an additional twelve senators selected by the Executive Committee, and the Director of Student Life to serve on these committees.
Section 2 - Term of Office
The terms of elected and selected officers shall be for one academic year.
Section 3 - Vacancy in Office
The Vice President of the GRC shall become President in case the Office of President is vacated. In the case of a vacancy in the Office of Vice-President, the President shall appoint a new Vice President subject to the approval by 2/3’s of the GRC Senate vote, within two weeks after the vacancy occurs. In the event of both offices being vacated. An Ad hoc Election Committee will select from the pool of Senators to fill these positions within two weeks of vacancies.
Section 4 - Presidential Powers
The powers of the President shall be to determine general executive policy; to appoint committees and boards, subject to the approval of the Student Senate; to appoint administrative assistants; to appoint students for faculty, administrative, and trustee committees with consent of the Student Senate; to fill all appointive officers positions with the consent of the Student Senate; to sign or veto all legislation passed by the Student Senate within ten academic days of passage or they shall automatically take effect; to make and to sign contracts for GRC, with the consent of the Director of Student Life; and to perform all duties necessary to carry out executive policy related to student interests.
Section 5 - Vice Presidential Powers
The Vice President shall be the chairperson of the Student Senate; does not vote unless the Senate is equally divided; serve as a student representative to the All College Council; shall insure all legislation passed by Student Senate is conveyed to the GRC President within two academic days of passage and perform all duties necessary to carry out legislative policy related to student interests.
Section 6 - Presidential and Vice-Presidential Duties
The GRC President and Vice-President will present a collaborative state of the year address to the student body. The state of the year address will be presented within three weeks of the start of Spring quarter, in an open public format. The GRC President and Vice President will also assist in the selection process of senators stated in Article IV, Section 1 of the GRC Constitution.
Section 1 - The Appointed Officers
The Appointed Officers of the GRC shall be defined and set forth in the by-laws.
Section 2 - Duties and Terms
The duties and terms of appointed officers shall be defined and set forth in the by-laws.
Section 1 - Jurisdiction
The GRC Student Senate shall serve as the legislative body of the GRC.
Section 2 - Membership
The GRC Vice President shall be the presiding officer of the Senate, but shall have no vote unless the Senate is equally divided. The GRC President shall be an ex-officio member. Voting members shall be the Finance Committee Chairperson, Public Relations Committee Chairperson, Judicial Board Committee Chairperson (Chief Justice), and By-Laws Committee Chairperson, three Finance Committee Senators, three Public Relations Committee Senators, three Judicial Board Committee Senators, and three By-Laws Committee Senators, the Director of Student Life or his/her designee shall serve as an ex-officio member in an advisory capacity.
Section 3 - Senate Powers and Duties
The powers of the Student Senate shall be to review and approve general policy concerning activities of the GRC; to make recommendations to the GRC President and Vice President; to recommend constitutional amendments and approve by-laws for this association; to review and authorize expenditures of GRC funds; to ratify all appointments to GRC standing committees or boards; and to override the President's veto with a 2/3's vote of those voting.
Section 4 – Quorum
For purposes of legislative active membership, a quorum shall consist of 2/3s of the current Student Senate.
Section 5 – Meetings
The Student Senate shall meet twice each week of the academic year except the finals week of each quarter.
GRC SENATE COMMITTEES
Section 1-Public Relations Committee
The Public Relations Committee shall consist of a Public Relations Committee Chairperson and three committee members. These members shall be selected as stated in Article IV, Section 1 of the GRC Constitution. The Public Relations Committee shall comply with Article VI, Section 1 of GRC By-Laws. The Public Relations Committee shall also be responsible for the duties stated in Article IV, Section 6, Sub-Section 1c.
Section 2-Finance Committee
The Finance Committee shall consist of a Finance Committee Chairperson and three committee members. These members shall be selected as stated in Article IV, Section 1 of the GRC Constitution. The Finance Committee duties shall comply with Article IV, Section 6, Sub-Section 1a in the GRC By-Laws and shall also comply and enforce the policies of the GRC Financial Code.
Section 3-By-Laws Committee
The By-Laws Committee shall consist of a By-Laws Committee Chairperson and three committee members. These members shall be selected as stated in Article IV, Section 1 of the GRC Constitution. The By-Laws Committee shall comply and be responsible for the duties stated in Article IV, Section 6, Sub-Section 1b and Article IV, Section 7 in the GRC By-Laws.
Section 4-Judicial Board Committee
The Judicial Board Committee shall consist of a Judicial Board Chairperson, herein referred to as Chief Justice and three committee members. These members shall be selected as stated Article IV, Section 1 of the GRC Constitution. The Judicial Board Committee shall be responsible for all duties reflected in Article IV, Section 6, Sub-Section 1d and Article VII in the GRC By-Laws.
RULES OF ORDER
All GRC Student Senate meetings shall be governed by Robert's Rules of Order, Revised.
Section 1 - Jurisdiction
By-Laws of the GRC shall be made and amended by 2/3 vote of the Student Senate.
Section 2 - Notification of Intent
Any proposed By-laws or amendments to By-Laws must be presented in writing to each member of the Senate and read to Student Senate seven (7) calendar days before it can be voted upon. proposed By-laws and/or amendments shall be advertised around campus seven (7) calendar days prior to the By-Law or amendment being voted upon. Locations of By-Law changes will include bulletin boards in Student Programs, and other readily-seen-by-the-student-body settings. By-Laws require approval of 2/3 of the Student Senate.
Constitutional amendments may be initiated by a petition from the student body or by action of 2/3's of the Senate. In the case of legislative action, the suggested amendment shall be submitted to each senator in writing and read in a Senate meeting which must precede the meeting at which it is voted upon by at least seven calendar days. The Constitution shall be amended by approval of a simple majority of students voting in a regular or special election, provided written notice of such amendment has been published and posted for ten instructional days before each election. In addition to this, the student senate will be required to provide information sessions at a set time where the Judicial Board Committee members and the Executive Committee will be present to explain the changes to the constitution. No voting will take place at such meetings.
INITIATIVE, REFERENDUM, AND RECALL
Section 1 – Initiative
A constitutional amendment or legislative action may be demanded by a petition signed by 5% of the Student Body.
Section 2 - Referendum
A referendum action of any legislative action may be demanded by a petition signed by 5% of the Student Body.
Section 3 - Recall
Any elected official may be subject to recall upon petition signed by 5% of the Student Body.
Section 4 - Adoption
Upon receiving a petition for an initiative, referendum, or recall measure, the Senate must call a special election in not more than 15 academic days. Initiative, referendum, or recall measures require a 51% favorable majority to pass in a special election.
Section 1 - Student Interpretation
The interpretation of this constitution shall be the responsibility of the Judicial Board Committee and its By-Laws shall be the responsibility of the By-Laws Committee, subject ultimately to approval by the Board of Trustees of Green River College.
Section 2 - Guidelines for Interpretation
Any interpretation of this constitution shall be made with the view of its basic principles which are to increase and foster student responsibility, interest, and participation in the activities and programs of the Associated Students of Green River College.
This constitution shall become effective upon approval of the Student Body by a 51% simple majority vote of the ballots cast at a special election in which 5% of the student body cast ballots. This constitution upon adoption shall supersede all preceding GRC Constitutions. This constitution shall become effective immediately upon adoption of the Student Body. This constitution will be presented by the President of the college. The final authority for approval of this constitution shall rest with the Board of Trustees of Green River College.