By Syeda Sameeha, News Reporter
After weeks of discussion and revisions, SGA approved its new constitution with 11 votes at its March 8 meeting.
Instead of having 21 Senators in the SGA Senate as discussed in draft meetings, there will be a total of 18 senators to each represent a different department on campus.
According to the approved constitution, “There may be more than one senator assigned to a senator role based on the function of their position, in which case they will both hold the specific title.”
The Senator positions consist of: Senator for Information Technology, Senator for Residents, Senator for Commuter Students, Senator for Graduates, Senator for Academic Affairs, Senator for Student Services, Senator for Community Services, Senator for Student Affairs, Senator for Diversity and Inclusion, Senator for Clubs and Organizations, and Senator for Undergraduates.
This approved constitution also keeps the legislature section which was in much discussion in revision meetings.
This part of the constitution states that all recognized clubs and organizations on campus must have a representative that attends “a general body meeting of the month” in order to receive funding from SGA. The schedule for these meetings will be decided by the SGA board.
While there are repercussions for failure to follow the attendance policies for these meetings such as not receiving funds, there is a one month grace period for all clubs before a legislator repercussion will take place as stated by the constitution.
All updates of this approved constitution including the Senate and Legislature Sections will take into effect, in Fall Semester 2018, except election processes.
In an interview, SGA Executive Vice President Madiha Ahmed said this revised constitution will help in restructuring SGA.
“Through this constitution, the goal is to restructure SGA as a whole to be more collaborative, transparent, and effective,” said Ahmed.
Ahmed also added, “We worked on revising the constitution in order for it to be a self sufficient document for future SGAs to use without running into issues like personal interpretation.”