We, the students of Bucknell University, in order to establish a more perfect University, establish justice, ensure campus tranquility, and promote the general welfare of students, do ordain and establish this Constitution for Bucknell Student Government.
Article I: Charges
-To provide a forum for Bucknell students’ concerns, interests, and opinions.
-To provide a means of communicating those sentiments to the University faculty, staff, and administration.
-To provide activities and services to promote class unity, identity, and spirit, and to justly represent the interests and welfare of class constituencies as a whole.
-To officially recognize student organizations and allocate funding from the Student Activities Fee to them.
-To select all BSG representatives for University committees.
-To represent student interests in all matters involving the general welfare of Bucknell University Students in accordance with BSG’s core values.
Article II: Core Values
-We value the advancement of the student voice to all sectors of the University.
-We value integrity, honesty, and ethical decision-making, and strive to cultivate principled behavior.
-We value a forward thinking populace, which aims for advancement and achievement.
-We value cooperation within the campus community both inside and outside the classroom.
-We value diverse opinions and identities, and strive to cultivate a unified environment that fosters individual growth through collective support.
-We value our roles as members of the campus community and understand the commitment we have made to our fellow Bucknellians.
Article III: QUALIFICATIONS
-Any student enrolled at Bucknell University may attend a BSG Congressional meeting.
-Membership to BSG is open to all full-time Bucknell University undergraduate students.
-Any student wishing to run for an Executive Board office:
-Any student wishing to run for the office of Executive President:
Article IV: Representation
-BSG shall consist of those students elected by the Student Body or appointed by the Congress.
-Elected Executive Board Members shall serve a one-year term based upon the calendar year.
-Senators and Delegates elected during the General Election shall serve a full one-year term based upon the academic calendar set forth by the University.
-Freshmen Senators and Delegates shall serve from the time they are elected until the end of the academic year in which they were elected.
-Appointed Senators shall serve until the end of the academic year in which they were elected.
Article V: MEMBERSHIP
-Executive Board shall consist of the following offices:
-The Congressional Senate shall consist of four class congresses totaling 40 Senators.
Each class congress shall consist of the following members:
-The Congressional House shall consist 20 elected Delegates.
-A Chief Financial Officer appointed by the Executive Board and Accounts Managers
Section I: Elections
-A candidate running for any BSG office must submit a statement of intent to the VP of Operations, which shall be made available to any interested student. If a candidate is running for more than one position, a preference must be indicated within the content of the letter. No candidate may run for more than two offices.
-Running for a BSG Executive Office:
-Running for BSG Congress:
Section II: Vacancies
-Non-executive vacancies may only be filled at the beginning of the spring semester and otherwise should not be filled mid-term.
-If, at the beginning of the spring semester, the number of vacant Senators in a Class Congress is two or fewer, the Class Congress will execute the BSG application procedure to fill vacant seats. A 2/3 vote of the Class Congress is needed to approve a proposed member.
-If the number of vacant Class Congress seats exceeds two, the Executive Board will execute an election by the appropriate voting class.
-If, at the beginning of the spring semester, the number of total vacant House seats is two or fewer, the represented internal committees will undergo an application process to fill the vacated seats in their committee.
-If the number of total vacant House seats is greater than two, the Executive Board will execute an election by the entire student body.
-At the beginning of the spring semester, all vacated internal committee positions will be filled by the new incoming members. A total reassignment of internal committees will not occur.
-If the position of class president is vacated, the Vice-President may accept the position.
-If the position of class Vice-President is vacated, the Secretary/Treasurer may accept the position.
-If a Class Officer position is vacated in the summer prior to the fall BSG Training Session, the runner-up will assume the position. If there is no runner-up, a class-wide election shall be conducted.
-Class Congress executive positions not accepted by the appropriate class executive member will be elected from within the class congress by a majority vote.
-In the case of the Executive President being removed from office, the VP Operations may assume the duties of President and all of its responsibilities if given congressional approval by 2/3 vote.
-In the case of the VP Operations being removed from office, the VP Administration shall assume the duties of VP Operations and all of its responsibilities if given congressional approval by 2/3 vote.
-Executive Board positions not accepted by the appropriate designee or not approved by congress will be elected from within the congress by a majority vote.
-In the event of a VP Administration vacancy the position will be elected from within congress by a majority vote.
Section III: INJUCTION AND REMOVAL FROM OFFICE
Item I: Injunction
-Any single member or coalition of members of BSG who attempt an act, presentation, or any other activity in the name of BSG that is in violation of the bylaws, or guidelines of BSG can be forced to have that aforementioned event halted in the following manner:
-If a member of Congress is concerned about a situation where the bylaws or constitution is in question, the Judiciary Committee will look into the issue and give a report.
-The Judiciary Committee is responsible to make a recommendation to Congress with respect to the constitutionality of the action in question.
-Congress has the right to reject the decision at hand by the Judiciary Committee: a 2/3 vote is needed to reject the Committee Injunction.
-If Congress approves of the Internal Affairs Committee decision of injunction by not rejecting it, the action in question is deemed unconstitutional and injunction will take place.
Item II: Removal
-Any student of the BSG Congress, BSG Executive Board, or any other member of the Bucknell Student Government who has been charged with violating or not upholding the Constitution, Bylaws, or guidelines of BSG, including attendance infractions may be removed by one of the following procedures:
-A petition bearing the signatures of at least thirty-five percent of the student electorate that has been ratified by a two-thirds majority vote of the members present of the BSG Congress.
-For attendance reasons only, the Executive Board may remove members who have violated the Attendance policy, as stated in the Bylaws of BSG. An appeals process may be moved through the Judiciary committee at the request of the member in question, in which case the Judiciary Committee either affirms or denies the decision of the Executive Board.
-A motion of impeachment that is presented and ratified by three/fourths of all the members of Congress.
-During the debate of the motion, both the member who has presented the motion and the defendant for removal, or a representative designated by the defendant, shall have an opportunity to address the BSG Congress concerning the charges of removal.
-During the presentation, debate, and ratification of the removal motion, the Judiciary Committee Chair shall preside over the proceedings.
Article VI: Congressional VOTING
-A quorum of 2/3 members is required to pass an amendment, bylaw, resolution or procedural motion
-The Executive Board shall not have a vote on legislation arriving to the floor.
-Definition of Amendments, Bylaws, Resolutions & Motions:
-An Amendment shall be any resolution proposing a change to the Constitution.
-A Bylaw shall be a resolution establishing procedures for the implementation of this Constitution.
-A Resolution shall be a suggestion or proposal of an idea and/or concept to BSG.
-A Procedural Motion shall be a formal proposal in accordance with the rules established by the Bylaws.
Section I: Passage
Item I: Amendments
-Proposed amendments must be submitted in writing to Congress, or by means of a petition addressed to the Congress.
-At a subsequent meeting (within two weeks of introduction of the proposal) of the Congress, with at least two-thirds of the voting membership present, a two-thirds vote in the affirmative of the total membership is required to present the amendment for an all-campus vote.
-The proposed amendment shall be presented for an all-campus vote only if it passes the congressional vote. The proposed amendment must pass the campus vote by at least a majority of 60 percent of voters. All ratified amendments shall become effective immediately.
Item II: Bylaws
-A proposal to pass a new Bylaw shall be presented in a regular meeting of Congress, and voted on at the subsequent meeting.
-Bylaws require a 2/3-majority vote of the members of Congress present to be ratified.
Item III: Resolutions
-Passage of a resolution to give BSG’s endorsement to a document, event, funding request, or idea require a 2/3-majority vote of the members of Congress present to be ratified.
Item IV: Motions
–Passage of a procedural motion requires a formal request by a member of Congress, with a seconded request.
Section II: Votes of Confidence
-Any documents that will be published in any major public format (i.e. the Bucknellian, Bucknell Magazine, local newspapers, BSG Website, etc.) and any formal recommendations made to the University must be taken in front of Congress in which a motion can be put forth for a “vote of confidence.” A 2/3 vote of the present members of Congress is necessary for endorsement.
-Whatever the outcome of the “vote of confidence,” the voting numbers, in addition to comments and details from the discussion, must be published and included in the original document.
Section III: Emergency Electronic Voting
-In the event that there needs to be a resolution consideration before the next meeting of the Bucknell Student Government Congress, the Executive Board may declare that an emergency electronic vote needs to take place.
-Upon declaration by the Executive Board of the need for an emergency electronic vote, the Judiciary Committee shall then convene as soon as possible. The Judiciary Committee shall then determine if indeed an “emergency” is present.
-An “emergency” is when a resolution needs to be considered by BSG Congress before the next official meeting of BSG Congress, where there are no other alternatives other than having an electronic vote before the next meeting, where the resolution in question is extremely important to the general welfare of the student body, where it is predicted that there will not be many dissenting votes from Congress, and where it is in the best interest of the organization to proceed with this “emergency” electronic vote.
-If the Judiciary Committee does believe that the resolution is so dire that it needs to be considered by the Congress as soon as possible, albeit with limited debate, then they can declare that the emergency electronic vote is permitted. If the Judiciary Committee does not declare that the vote is permitted, then the emergency electronic vote shall not take place.
-Upon declaration from the Judiciary Committee that the vote is allowed, the Parliamentarian of BSG shall then send an e-mail to all members of BSG Congress, expressing to them that they should hold an electronic discussion among BSG Congress’ members.
-No earlier than 5 hours afterwards can an electronic vote be sent out to Congress. The Judiciary Committee can add hours for debate.
-At least 2/3 of the BSG Congress (quorum) must respond to the vote (not necessarily debate) in order for the vote on said resolution to be valid.
-The Judiciary Committee should establish all other rules for this emergency electronic vote. If the Judiciary Committee establishes that there is too much dissent or questions for debate that should be addressed before the whole Congress, the Judiciary Committee can eliminate the emergency electronic vote.
-A Bylaw or Constitutional Amendment change cannot be an emergency electronic vote.
Article I: Structure
-Congress shall consist of the following entities:
Section I: Congressional Senate
-The Congressional senate shall consist of one Class Congress for each undergraduate class totaling 40 Senators.
-The purpose of the Class Congress is to identify and address the issues that pertain to each class year.
-The Class Congress is responsible for promoting class unity and upholding traditions.
-Membership of Class Congresses is made up of Representatives from each respective class elected before each academic year.
-Each Class Congress shall consist of 10 elected student members (Senators) to represent and voice the opinions of the class.
-Of the elected members, there shall be a President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, and senators.
Section II: Congressional House
-The Congressional House shall consist of the elected delegates for each internal Congressional Committee totaling 20 Delegates.
Section III: Internal Committees
-There shall be eight (8) BSG Congressional Committees:
-Membership of Congressional Committees is made up of Senators appointed at the beginning of each academic year by the BSG VP of Operations, with the oversight from the Executive Board, and is made up of the delegates elected by the student body.
-Committees should not be rearranged mid-semester. In the event that two members wish to change committees, they may make and equal exchange. An exchange may not occur between a Senator and a vacant position. Delegates may not make an exchange under any circumstances.
-Quorum for an internal committee is constituted by 2/3 of the members of that committee present.
-Any resolution/bylaw change originating in an internal committee must pass through the committee with a majority vote of the members present. This vote must be presented to Congress before Congress votes on the resolution/bylaw.
Item I: Committee Chairs
-The Executive Board will make a recommendation to the congress on who they think should be chair.
-During the first congressional meeting of the fall semester, the Executive Board will present their slate for these positions to the congress.
-Congress will vote on each recommendation line-by-line during said meeting. Before each vote, the floor will be open to any members who wish to oppose the Executive Board’s recommendation.
-If there are opposing members, an election, rather than an approval vote, will be held between the recommended candidate and the opposing candidate(s), where the majority elected member will hold the position of chair.
-If there are no opposing members to the recommendation and congress does not approve the recommendation, all positions will be filled, and the remaining position(s) will be revisited, allowing the floor to reopen for nominations or interested members.
-Anytime throughout the semester, the committee may request to hold a removal vote of the entire congress for their chair, where a 2/3 vote of the congress will result in removal. A new chair from the committee can then be voted in by a majority vote of the committee.
Item II: Academic Affairs Committee
-Shall consist of 4 delegates and 5 Senators
-The purpose of this committee is to handle issues related to faculty, classes, scheduling, curricula, student-professor relationships, and other academically related topics.
Item III: Advocacy Committee
-Shall consist of 4 Delegates and 6 Senators
-The purpose of this committee is to cover the evaluation, assessment, and improvement of every aspect of student life that is not academically related.
-The Chair of this committee is at all times a liaison between BSG and the student body.
-The Chair of this committee shall also serve as a Representative for the Committee on Campus and Student Life (CCSL).
Item IV: Community Affairs Committee
-Shall consist of 3 delegates and 6 Senators
-The purpose of this committee is to handle issues related to town-gown relations and organizing social events and community service projects for the Congress. The purpose of this committee is to strengthen relationships between the students and the Lewisburg community, thereby improving overall town-gown relations.
-The Committee Chair represents BSG in Lewisburg Borough Council meetings and is also responsible for attending University committee meetings on downtown relations. Furthermore, he/she must report back to the Committee, to the Executive Committee, and to Congress.
Item V: Diversity Affairs Committee
-Shall consist of 3 Delegates and 6 Senators
-The purpose of this committee is to unite members of Bucknell’s diverse communities and BSG to create a forum charged with identifying key diversity related needs on campus. The committee will further the Plan for Bucknell’s pledge to enhance diversity in all its forms through the co-sponsorship of programs and initiatives that will raise awareness for the various elements that exist on campus which make us diverse.
-The Committee Chair shall be a liaison between BSG, the Multicultural Student Services Office, the Office of LGBT Awareness, the Office of International Education, and the Women’s Resource Center.
-The Chair is responsible for notifying congress of issues and events which are prominent amongst Bucknell’s diverse communities.
-Presidents or designated appointees of clubs falling under the “Diversity” category may be non-voting members of the committee
-The committee chair also has the power to invite any related members of Bucknell’s faculty and staff to participate. Any committee members who are not elected to BSG will have no voting power in Congress.
Item VI: Finance Committee
-Membership of the committee shall be as follows:
-Executive Board of BSG (voting), with the CFO acting as the chairperson (voting member only in case of tie)
-Bucknell Student Government Senior Accounts Manager
-Three Senators (voting) appointed by the Vice President of Operations
-Six Appointed Members (voting) appointed by the CFO through an application process
-Bucknell Student Government Junior Accounts Manager (alternate)
-Purpose of the committee shall be as follows:
-To formulate, direct, execute, and publish the student budget.
-To hear and decide all special requests made by student organization.
-To require all organizations which receive funds from the BSG reserve to keep books or accounts of all funds.
-To act as the authority for allocating the student budget.
-To order an audit of any student organization receiving money from the BSG Finance Committee.
-To appoint an Auditing Committee, under the jurisdiction of the CFO of BSG, to carry out the audits required by the BSG Finance Committee. A representative of the organization may be present during the audit.
-Aside from its regular spring meeting for the formulation of Student Organization Budgets, the committee shall hold regularly scheduled meetings to hear special requests, and to discuss organizational use of the BSG reserve. The Chairperson, at his/her discretion, shall call meetings at least twice monthly.
-The By-Laws and Guidelines of the BSG Appropriations Committee shall determine all operating procedures not herein stipulated or determined by Congress.
-To call before the committee the treasurer and other representatives of groups that receive funds from the BSG reserve, if it so desires.
-Any congressional request in excess of $3000 shall first have recommendation from the Finance committee. The committee requesting the funds should then consider the recommendation of the Finance committee. The committee may then decide to proceed or not proceed with the request for the funds.
-All vacancies on this committee must be filled within two weeks. If a Senate position is vacated, it must be filled by a Senator who is reassigned from their designated internal committee by the Vice President of Operations. If an appointed position is vacated, it must be filled by a new appointee.
Item VII: Judiciary Committee
-Shall consist of the Executive Committee members
-The purpose of this committee is to focus on the internal functions of BSG, providing ongoing interpretation, maintenance, and improvement of all BSG documents.
-This Committee shall strive to follow the constitution in conjunction with its original intent and language.
-The Committee is also responsible for initiating Injunction procedures as stated in Article V, Section III of the Constitution, as well as Recall and Removal procedures, should the need arise.
-In the event of an attendance based dismissal, an appeals process may move through the Judiciary Committee, who shall affirm or deny the judgment of the Executive Board, passing the final verdict in accordance the Constitution
-The committee is responsible for ensuring that all members of BSG are in full compliance with the BSG Constitution, Bylaws, and Robert’s Rules of Order at all times.
Item VIII: Public Affairs Committee
-Shall consist of 3 Delegates and 7 Senators and the VP of Administration
-The purpose of this committee is to act as the informational link between BSG and the student body.
-The Committee Chair is responsible for publicizing, along with the VP-Operations, all BSG elections.
-Publishing BSG events and initiatives via media outlets such as table tents, the ELC LCD screen, etc.
Item IX: Student Organizational Review Board (ORB)
-Shall consist of 3 Delegates and 3 Senators
-The chair of this committee shall be the VP of Operations
-The purpose of this committee is to act as the liaison between student organizations and BSG
-This committee shall oversee the recognition and budget appointment of all student organizations
-Shall work for the betterment and efficiency of all student organizations
-Specific rules and duties are outlines by the appropriations guidelines
Section IV: Executive Board
-Vice-President of Operations
-Vice-President of Administration
Section V: Executive Committee
-The Executive Committee, an advisory body, also serving as the Judiciary Committee, shall consist of the following members:
-The members of the Executive Board
-The Internal Committee chairs
-The President of each Class Congress
-Any others invited by the Committee
Section VI: Standing Committees
-Standing Committees are self-operating, and their budgets and programming decisions shall be determined internally by the members of that Committee in conjunction with their advisor.
-Changes to the bylaws or other governing materials of BSG standing committees are subject to the approval of the BSG Congress. Changes are required to receive a simple majority vote from Congress to take effect
-Typical annual grants that benefit the entire campus community are given to the Concert and Lectureship Committees.
Item I: Concert Committee
-The Bucknell Concert Committee is a student committee with the primary goal of bringing well known, high profile bands and artists to campus each semester.
Item II: Lectureship Committee
-The Bucknell Student Lectureship Committee encourages high quality engaging speakers to come to Bucknell University and provide the Bucknell community access to speakers concerning a wide array of topics.
Article II: DUTIES
Section I: Senators
Section II: Class Officers
Item I: Class President
Item II: Class Vice-President
Item III: Class Secretary/Treasurer
Section III: Delegates
-Delegates shall sit on and serve as voting members of the BSG Congress and one other Congressional Committee.
-Delegates are elected to one of the Congressional Committees at the beginning of their term by the student body.
-Delegates may not change committees midway through their term.
-Although Delegates are responsible first to their respective Internal Committee, they shall also represent the interests of the student body as a whole.
-Delegates shall uphold and adhere to the BSG Attendance Policy.
-Delegates shall present themselves in a professional manner when representing BSG at any external committee meeting.
-Certain meetings may call for business casual attire. In general, acceptable business casual attire includes shirts with collars, short or long-sleeved tops, and neatly pressed dark-colored slacks or khaki pants. Women may wear skirts that are no shorter than knee-length when standing. Unacceptable clothing typically includes jeans, workout attire, T-shirts or tank tops, nightclub attire, torn or stained clothing, and sandals.
Section IV: Committee Chairs
-Scheduling meetings in concordance with the bylaws of BSG.
-Setting a committee agenda and running meetings.
-Distributing committee work among its members.
-Sitting on the Executive Committee.
-Giving reports of committee activity, accomplishments, and results of inquiry to the Executive Board and Congress at each respective meeting.
Section V: Executive Board
Item I: President
Item II: Vice-President of Operations
Item III: Vice-President of Administration
Section VI: Compensated Positions
Item I: Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Article III: Elections
Section I: Dates
Item I: Early Fall Elections
-Shall take place no later than the third week of the first semester.
-Results shall be presented no later than 24 hours after the polls close.
-Shall consist of First-Year Senate and House elections.
Item II: Late Fall Elections
Item III: Spring Elections
Section II: Postings
-Dates of the elections shall be posted via email and announced through proper media venues.
-Candidates’ names appearing on each ballot must be posted via email and announced through the proper media venues.
Section III: Results
-The candidate receiving the most votes shall be elected into the position for which they previously preferenced.
-Candidates may run for no more than two positions per election. However, candidates may not run for two executive level positions in any one election.
-In the case that a candidate runs for two positions and receives the most votes for both, he/she shall be placed in the position which they preferenced within their statement of intent.
-In the case where there is more than one opening for the same office, the corresponding number of candidates with the highest total votes shall be elected into those positions.
-In the case of a tie for any one position, a runoff will be held for the two candidates where the electorate votes. The resulting winner of this vote shall be placed into the corresponding position.
Article IV: Meetings
Section I: Attendance
Section II: Debate
-Upon presentation of a resolution from a committee or class, Congress will be able to address said presenter with questions regarding the resolution.
-After all questions have been addressed; there can be a motion for a period of at least two minutes to caucus with fellow members.
-Upon completion of caucusing, the President shall reconvene the Congress. Debate on the resolution shall then occur, with all members given sufficient time in order to express their thoughts.
-Upon completion of debate, which shall not be limited, motions may arise to table, deny, amend, or approve said resolution.
Section III: Congress Agenda
The weekly BSG Congress Meeting Agenda will be presented in the following format:
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