Constitution 
 

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Article I                 Preamble

Section 1.        Mission and Vision

A.    The mission of ASuop is to serve students; to increase student involvement; to serve as an official channel for the free exchange of ideas and opinions among students, faculty, staff, and the administration; and to provide services and student activities across campus in order to enrich the social, cultural, and educational aspects of University life.

B.    The vision of ASuop is to become recognized as a diverse student government that represents and advocates on behalf of the student body; develops an environment where students can learn and exercise responsible leadership; promotes close channels of communication and broadens the students’ experiences beyond the classroom.

Article II                Membership

Section 1.        Members:

A.    {C}All undergraduate, graduate and first professional students, who have paid the prescribed student body fee shall be members of the ASuop and shall be guaranteed all rights and privileges afforded thereof.  ASuop acknowledges the diversity of its members, and recognizes that members of the School of Pharmacy and any other First Professional Degree programs, as well as participants in UOP’s graduate programs, have different needs than ASuop’s undergraduate members.

Section 2.        Honorary Life Members:

A.    {C}Any person, firm, or corporation may be nominated by the ASuop President or Senate and elected to Honorary Life Membership of ASuop by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the seated Senate, in recognition and appreciation of unselfish service and assistance rendered to the ASuop in the advancement and expansion of its objectives and purposes, and in the attainment of the ideas and functions of the ASuop.  ASuop officials may be nominated by the ASuop Senate for superior performance and/or contributions to the ASuop and/or the University of the Pacific.  Honorary Life Members shall be afforded the same rights and privileges as members with the exception of the right to participate in student elections or hold office.

Article III              Government

Section 1.        Right to Self Govern

A.    {C}The ASuop shall have the right to govern itself in all ASuop activities.  The authority of self-government is delegated to ASuop by the President of the University and the University of the Pacific Board of Regents.

B.    ASuop shall be responsible to the University of the Pacific in its operations.

Section 2.        Abridgments:

A.    No branch of the ASuop or any other organization subject to its jurisdiction shall adopt any policy or pass any statute or other law which directly or indirectly abridges the freedoms of speech, assembly, press, or religion of any individual; nor shall any of the same organizations practice or sanction the practice of any discrimination including, but not limited to, race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, handicap, age, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Section 3.        Authority:

A.    The authority of the ASuop shall be vested in the ASuop Executive and Legislative Branches as defined in this Constitution.

Article IV              Executive Branch

Section 1.        General

A.    The Executive Branch is responsible for carrying out and implementing the policies of ASuop.

B.    Membership:

1.     {C}Executive Board (referring to President, Vice President, Attorney General, Treasurer)

2.     Cabinet

3.     {C}Ex-officio non-voting members:  Senate President Pro-Tempore, ASuop Advisor

C.    {C}Meetings:  The ASuop President shall convene an Executive Branch meeting at least every other week of the academic year, excluding holidays, and school vacations.

1.     The Executive Branch shall provide for its rules and procedures consistent with this Constitution.

2.     Meetings of the Executive Branch shall be open, and all persons permitted to attend unless an executive session is in progress.

D.    All persons shall be guaranteed the right to speak before the Executive Branch, subject to its procedural rules.

E.    {C} Quorum:  A quorum in the Executive Branch shall consist of one-half (1/2) of the seated members, in addition to the Chair, and is required in order to take action.

F.     Authority:

1.     The Executive Branch shall have the authority to:

a.     Recommend the ASuop annual budget to the senate by a majority vote.

Section 2.        Executive Board

A.    President

1.     The ASuop President shall be the head spokesperson and chief student officer for the members of the Associated Students of the University of the Pacific.

2.     {C}Function:  The ASuop President shall:

a.     {C}Serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the Associated Students and shall administer all affairs of the Associated Students consistent with this Constitution. 

b.     Serve as the elected representative of the Associated Students to the Administration of the University, the President's Office, the Board of Regents, the State of California, and the general public.

c.     Be responsible to the students for the proper conduct and efficient administration of all Associated Students activities and operations.

3.     {C}Authority:  The ASuop President shall be empowered to delegate and administer the affairs of the Associated Students and implement all measures adopted by the Senate.  He/she shall coordinate relations with other student groups and with the University Administration.  More specifically, he/she shall have the right and duty to:

a.     Recommend legislation to the Senate.

b.     {C}Create special committees.  Policy governing the operations of special executive committees, boards, and commissions shall be at the discretion of the President.  All such groups shall conduct meetings in accordance with ASuop guidelines, and only business pertinent to the affairs of the Associated Students shall be discussed.

 

c.     {C}Policy governing the operations of regular executive committees, boards, and commissions and ASuop service operations shall be at the discretion of the President.  All such groups shall conduct meetings in accordance with ASuop guidelines, and only business pertinent to the affairs of the Associated Students shall be discussed.

d.     Approve or veto all measures adopted by the Senate or the Finance Board in their entirety, or in part, as described

(i) Within ten (10) working days after passage of legislation, the ASuop President must give written notice to the Senate of veto on any measures.  If the ASuop President does not veto within the ten- (10) working days, the measure will become effective.

e.     Appoint other major Associated Students Government Officers including, but not limited to, Executive Officers and the Cabinet with majority ratification by the seated Senate.

f.      Call for a special meeting of the Legislative Branch and/or Executive Branch.

g.     Upon receipt of an initiative, referendum or recall petition, call for a special election and direct the Elections Coordinator to conduct said election.

h.     {C}Chair the Executive Branch.  Shall have a vote on all matters before the Executive Branch, except in the formulation of the annual Associated Students budget.

i.      Publish the agenda for each Executive Branch meeting in accordance with open meeting procedures.

j.      Establish the annual goals and objectives for all Associated Student officers in reporting relationship with the administration within sixty (60) days of assuming office.

B.    ASuop Vice President

1.     {C}The ASuop Vice President shall act in the place of the ASuop President in his/her absence, incapacity, or resignation.  He/she shall assist the ASuop President.

2.     {C}Function:  The ASuop Vice President shall serve as:

a.     Chair and voting member of the Senate.

3.     {C}Authority:  ASuop Vice President shall be empowered to:

a.     Call special meetings of the Senate.

b.     Publish the agenda for each Senate meeting in accordance with open meeting procedures.

c.     Assist the ASuop President in establishing the annual goals and objectives for all Associated Student officers within sixty (60) days of assuming office.

C.    {C}ASuop Treasurer 

1.     {C}The ASuop Treasurer shall be responsible for the monitoring of all ASuop funds.  He/she will serve as a fiscal advisor to any ASuop organization that requests assistance.

2.     Function:

a.     To serve as internal auditor for all ASuop budgetary matters.

b.     To prepare the annual budget for presentation.

3.     {C}Authority:  The ASuop Treasurer shall be empowered to:

a.     Draft the ASuop annual budget and present it to the Executive Branch.

b.     Present the budget as recommended by the Executive Branch to the Legislative Branch.

c.     Receive and process all budget requests.

d.     {C}Make requested line item changes that fall under $200 without the approval of the Finance Board or Senate.  A 2/3 vote from Finance Board or a 50% +1 decision from Senate may repeal these line item changes.

e.     Freeze the accounts of ASuop funded organization in accordance with Article XVIII of this Constitution.

f.      Process all “red flagged” budget requests within five working days of receipt.

D.    Attorney General

1.     The ASuop Attorney General shall be an advisor on all compliance and legislative matters.

2.     {C}Function:  The ASuop Attorney General shall serve as:

a.     {C}Administrator of all legislation, rules, and code for all ASuop officers, officials and employees. 

b.     Attorney on behalf of the Associated Students before the Student Judicial Board.

c.     Parliamentarian for the Senate and the Cabinet.

3.     {C}Authority:  The ASuop Attorney General has the authority to:

a.     {C}Represent ASuop before the Judicial Board. 

b.     Review all Constituent School By-laws, by-law amendments, and organizational charters for the Associated Students.

c.     In agreement with the ASuop Treasurer, jointly freeze the accounts of an ASuop funded organization in accordance with this constitution. (The ASuop President and Advisor shall be notified immediately of any frozen funds.)

E.    Term of Office:

1.     The ASuop President, ASuop Vice President, and Attorney General shall be elected during spring semester for a term beginning on the first Monday in May and shall last until the next President assumes office.

2.     The ASuop Treasurer shall be appointed by the ASuop President, and ratified by a majority vote of the seated Senate within sixty (60) school days following his / her appointment. His / her term shall begin upon the first day of the summer, and end on the last day of the academic year for which he / she is appointed.

Section 3.        Cabinet

A.    The function of the Cabinet shall be to work as an extension of the Presidency.

B.    {C}Membership     

1.     ASuop Presidential Commissioners.

C.    Term of Office: The ASuop Cabinet shall be appointed by the ASuop President for confirmation by a majority vote of the seated Senate within sixty (60) days following assuming office, and shall continue in office until the last day of the academic year for which they are appointed.

Article V               Legislative Branch

Section 1.        General Senate

A.    {C}The legislative authority of ASuop shall be vested in the Senate.  The Senate shall be empowered to determine general policies of ASuop.

B.    {C}Membership:  The Senate shall consist of the following elected officers of the student body:

1.     Vice-President of ASuop, Chair, ex-officio, voting member.

a.     The Vice President may only vote to break a tie.

2.     One (1) voting member from each of the academic schools or colleges that ASuop members are enrolled in.

3.     Three (3) Senators-at-Large, voting members.

a.     Senators-at-Large shall represent the whole campus, and, at the discretion of the President, be assigned to councils as a means for the Senate to keep direct ties to other campus organizations.

(i)     The President shall assign the three Senators-at-Large to three campus organizations as designated by the Senate by the 2nd week of the academic year.

4.     Remaining Executive Board, ex-officio, non-voting members.

5.     ASuop Advisor, ex-officio, non-voting member.

C.    Authority: The Senate shall have the power specifically, but not limited to:

1.     Ratify appointments made by the ASuop President to the Executive Branch, as well as, the positions of Elections Coordinator, with a majority vote of the seated Senate. Create Senate special committees.

2.     Remove for due cause any officer ratified by the Senate with a majority vote of the seated Senate.

3.     Override a presidential veto by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the seated Senate.

4.     Ratify by a majority vote of the seated Senate appointments made by the Selection Committee.

5.     {C}Remove for due cause a Senator by a two-thirds (2/3) affirmative vote of the seated Senate.  Impeach a President or Vice President by a two-thirds (2/3) affirmative vote of the seated Senate in accordance with this Constitution

D.    Meetings:

1.     Regular meetings of the Senate shall be held at least every other week of the academic year, excluding holidays and school vacations.

a.     {C}Any regular meeting may be canceled by two-thirds (2/3) vote of the seated Senate.  Special meetings may be called at the will of the ASuop President, ASuop Vice President, or by a petition of a majority of the seated Senators.

b.     Notice of special meetings must be presented to each Senate member no less than five (5) calendar days before the special meeting is to convene, including weekends and holidays.

c.     Meetings of the Senate shall be open, and all persons permitted to attend unless an executive session is in progress.

d.     All persons shall be guaranteed the right of speaking before the Senate, subject to its procedural rules.

E.    A quorum in the Senate shall consist of one half (1/2) of the seated Senate in addition to the Chair.

F.     The Senate shall provide for its rules and procedures consistent with this Constitution.

G.    {C}Term of Office: Elections shall be held in the Spring Semester.  The term of office for elected officials shall extend from May 1 through April 30 of the following academic year.

Section 2.        Senate Officers

A.    President Pro-Tempore

1.     The Senate President Pro-Tempore shall be a liaison between the legislative and executive branches and shall assist the Vice President.

2.     Function:

a.     Shall be a member of all Senate Standing Sub-committees and shall chair the senate selection committee.

b.     Serve as vice chair of the Senate.

c.     Chair all hearings regarding removal of officers in accordance with this Constitution.

d.     He/she shall serve three (3) office hours weekly and assist the Vice President as deemed necessary

3.     Authority:

a.     The Senate President Pro-Tempore’s authority shall stem from the Senate.