Official AUSA Constitution
Updated and Passed April 4, 2013
We, the members of the Andrews University Student Association, desiring:
to cooperate more closely for our mutual benefit;
to maintain and uphold the purposes and objectives of the University;
to maintain academic freedom, academic responsibility, and student rights;
to improve student social, physical, and spiritual welfare;
to foster the recognition of the rights and responsibilities of student to the school and the community;
to provide a means of training for leadership and service in the cause of God and humanity;
do hereby establish and pledge ourselves to abide by the Constitution of the Andrews University Student Association.
ARTICLE I. NAME, AUTHORITY, AND MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. Name
The name of this organization shall continue to be the Andrews University Student Association, hereinafter referred to alternately as the AUSA and the association.
Section 2. Authority
This organization is ordained by the express authority of the AUSA membership, and shall operate with the explicit consent of the Andrews University Board of Trustees.
Section 3. Membership
All students registered at Andrews University may be voting members of this organization. All undergraduate students taking seven (7) credits or more shall automatically be members. Other undergraduates or graduate students shall have the option of joining by paying the dues established by the AUSA.
Section 4. Bylaws
There shall be Bylaws affixed to this Constitution which shall be adopted by the AUSA Senate. The Bylaws of the AUSA shall be consistent with the spirit of this Constitution.
ARTICLE II. THE ELECTORATE
Section 1. Composition and Authority
The Electorate shall consist of all members of the AUSA, and shall constitute the final authority in all matters of AUSA concern (subject to Article I.2 above). The Electorate shall exercise its authority by election, initiative, referendum, and recall.
Section 2. General Assembly
Meetings of the Assembly may be called by the AUSA President, by the Vice President in the absence of the President, or by petition of ten percent (10%) of the membership.
There shall be at least two (2) Assembly meetings each year. Notice of all meetings must be given two (2) days in advance. Minutes shall be kept by the Secretary with copies for the permanent record, and the agenda shall be determined by the AUSA President. A quorum shall be thirty five percent (35%) of the members.
ARTICLE III. THE LEGISLATIVE
Section 1. Composition
a. The Legislative body of the AUSA shall be the Senate and shall consist of the following voting members:
i. District senators, from residence halls, each senator elected in the fall to represent a clearly-defined district as constituted under the bylaws.
ii. Community senators, elected in the fall, to represent the off-campus members of the AUSA. The number of community senator positions shall be proportional to the ratio of off-campus AUSA members to on-campus AUSA members as determined by the most current available record.
iii. There shall be at least one Senator from each district; each Senator shall have one vote.
b. The Executive Vice President of the Association shall be the President of the Senate, but shall have no vote, unless the Senate be equally divided. The Senate shall choose their officers and also a President pro tempore.
c. Meetings of the AUSA Senate shall be held at least twice each month. Meetings shall be called by the AUSA Executive Vice President, by the AUSA President, or by ten percent (10%) of the AUSA members. The meetings of the AUSA Senate must be announced at least two (2) days prior to the scheduled time. A quorum of the Senate shall be a majority of the voting members.
Section 2. Purpose
The Student Senate shall serve to provide a forum for student representation in discussing issues pertaining to campus life. Student Senate shall act as the channel through which recommendations and proposals may be developed for presentation to the Andrews University Senate and administration for action.
Section 3. Power of the Purse
All bills for the appropriation of revenue shall originate in the Senate.
Section 4. Presidential Veto
Every bill which shall have passed the Senate shall, before it becomes effective, be presented to the President of the Association; if he/she shall approve, he/she shall sign it, but if not, he/she shall return it with his/her objections to the Senate, who shall enter the objections at large in its journal and proceed to reconsider it. If after such reconsideration two-thirds of the Senate shall agree to pass the bill, it shall become effective. But in all cases the votes of the Senators shall be determined by Yeas and Nays, and the names of the persons voting for and against the bill shall be entered in the journal of the Senate. If any bill shall not be returned by the President within seven days after it shall have been presented to him/her, the same shall be effective in like manner as if he/she had signed it, unless the Senate by their adjournment prevent its return, in which case it shall not be effective.
Section 5. Power of Impeachment
The Senate shall have the sole power to try all impeachments. When any member of the Executive is tried, the Executive Vice President shall preside. No person shall be convicted without the concurrence of two-thirds of the members present. Judgment in cases of impeachment shall not extend further than removal from office, and to disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust, or profit under the Association.
Section 6. Other Powers (including, but not limited to)
1. Recommend changes in AU policy to the Uni¬versity, including adjustment of dues.
2. Establish legislation to provide for functioning of this Constitution and AUSA.
3. Ratify Presidential appointments for AUSA officers and Executive Committee chair, subject to appeal to the AUSA Assembly.
4. Approve all fund-raising projects and club requests for funds.
5. Approve AUSA operating budget and any other funds withdrawn from treasury.
6. Approve AUSA officers’ stipends and adjustment for failure to perform duties as designated in their respective contracts.
7. Investigate over-expenditures or improper use of funds within any office.
8. Establish committees and provide for their membership.
9. Amend and revise working policies and bylaws attached to this constitution.
10. Operate under provisions covered in the bylaws.
ARTICLE IV. THE EXECUTIVE
Section 1. Composition
The Executive Officers shall be the President, Executive Vice President, Social Vice President, Religious Vice President, Financial Vice President, Secretary, and Parliamentarian. The President, Executive Vice President, Social Vice President, and Religious Vice President shall be elected by a majority vote of the Assembly in the spring. The Financial Vice President and Secretary shall be appointed by the President. The Parliamentarian shall be appointed by the President upon consultation with the Vice President. All appointments to offices shall be subject to Senate ratification.
Section 2. Chief Executive Officer
The chief executive officer of the AUSA is and shall continue to be the duly elected President, chief representative and spokesman of the AUSA, and shall have full executive authority and responsibility for the operation of the AUSA, shall protect the rights of AU students and who shall be assisted in the regimentation of this duty by the Executive Vice President. Executive officers shall hold office for one year from the end of Spring semester.
Section 3. Disability
In case of the removal of the President from office, or of his/her death, resignation, or inability to discharge the powers and duties of the said office, the same shall devolve on the Executive Vice President. The Senate shall provide an acting officer in the case that either the offices of the President and Vice President be empty; such an officer shall act accordingly until the disability be removed or a replacement president be elected.
Section 4. Impeachment
The President, Executive Vice President, and all other executive officers of the Association shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, bribery, theft, any criminal acts or violations of university handbook policy. The President may request the resignation of an executive officer, elected or appointed, for failure to perform duties as designated in their respective contracts, bylaws, or otherwise; the Officer may either resign or appeal to the Senate as an impeachment trial. (Article III, Section V)
Section 5. Compensation
The executive officers shall, at stated times, receive for their services a compensation which shall neither be increased nor diminished during their continuance in office, and shall not receive within that period any other emolument from the Association.
Section 6. Contracts
All executive officers, elected and appointed shall sign and submit a contract outlining and agreeing to the duties of their position by graduation of the year they are elected/appointed.
Section 7. Oath of Office
The President, before he/she enters on the execution of his/her office, shall take the following oath to be administered by the Executive Vice President. “I, __________, as the chief representative and spokesperson of the Andrews University Student Association, do hereby promise to uphold its Constitution and Bylaws, and will, to the best of my ability, perform the duties of the office of President.”
ARTICLE V. INTERPRETATION
The AUSA Senate shall arbitrate any question of interpretation of the Constitution or Bylaws of the AUSA. Its interpretation shall be final. Questions of interpretation may be referred to the Andrews University Senate by any AUSA officer or by a petition bearing at least fifty (50) signatures of AUSA members.
ARTICLE VI. THE PRESS
The Association recognizes the validity of the free press and supports those media which expand and distribute, to the Association membership at large, useful information in a responsible, ethical, and conscientious fashion.
ARTICLE VII. ADVISORS
Section 1. Faculty Advisors
There shall be faculty advisors appointed by the University President upon recommendation by the AUSA Cabinet to serve as liaison officers between the AUSA and: the faculty, administrative officers, and University committees. In addition, such advisors offer the AUSA and its committees guidance and assistance in their specific areas of concern.
Section 2. Veto Power of the General AUSA Advisor
The general AUSA advisor may exercise a suspending veto over any action of the AUSA, its Cabinet, its Senate, or its Assembly, which is deemed in conflict with the best interests of the University. In all other circumstances the option of veto shall be solely the prerogative of the AUSA President. The advisor may impose the veto by notifying the chair of the affected body within two (2) school days after the action was taken. If an action of the AUSA is vetoed, a majority vote of the Senate shall be required to appeal the matter to the Andrews University Senate for presentation by the advisor and the AUSA President for deliberation and a recommended decision. The final decision shall rest with the University President.
ARTICLE VIII. AMENDMENTS AND REVIEW
Section 1. Amendments
Nonsubstantive amendments (those changing language, not intent, meaning, or purpose) to the Constitution may be made by a two-thirds majority of Senate. Substantive amendments to this Constitution shall be: presented to Senate for a two-thirds vote of approval, or have affixed a petition bearing signatures of twenty percent of AUSA members; submitted to the Andrews University Senate for approval or recommendations; upon approval, be ratified by a two-thirds majority vote of those students voting in a duly announced election.
Section 2. Review
The constitution shall be regularly reviewed at least once every five (5) years, and bylaws shall be regularly reviewed at least once every two (2) years for organizational effectiveness and compliance