University of Missouri

46-6: An Act to Update Judicial Bylaws for the New Student Court

Purpose: To add broad guidelines for the upcoming campus-wide Senate elections.

WHEREAS, In February 2006 the Department of Student Life created a new Student Court to handle the responsibilities of the former MSA Academic Integrity Judicial Board and Parking and Transportation Review Panel, and

WHEREAS, The tasks of the Office of Advocates are now handled directly by Department of Student Life Office of Judicial Services Coordinator Donnell Young.

THEREFORE, Be it enacted by the Missouri Students Association Senate that Chapter 3 (Judicial Branch) of the bylaws be amended:

3.15 PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION REVIEW PANEL
(A) AUTHORIZATION—The Parking and Transportation Review Panel (PTRP) shall be an inferior court to the Student Court, and shall address all parking and transportation issues referred to the Student Court.
(B) MEMBERSHIP—The Parking and Transportation Review Panel will consist of seven members appointed by the Associate Chief Justice of the Student Court after a period of open application and interviews. The Associate Chief Justice shall oversee the PTRP. It will be the duty of the Associate Chief Justice to write all opinions of the panel, supervise and coordinate meetings of the PTRP, ensure the timely consideration of all PTRP business and perform any other duties the Student Court shall deem desirable or as directed by law. Members of the Panel shall serve during good behavior for as long as they are continually enrolled as members of the Association. All appointments to the Panel shall be reviewed and approved by the Senate Operations Committee.
(C) QUORUM—At least three members of the Panel, or a number specified by the referring agency, must be present to conduct business.
(D) TRAINING—The Associate Chief Justice and referring agencies, shall train new members of the panel in Parking and Transportation regulations and issues.
(E) APPEALS—The Student Court shall not hear appeals from the PTRP. Any such appeals shall be handled by established university judicial procedures.
3.17 ACADEMIC INTEGRITY JUDICIAL BOARD
(A) AUTHORIZATION—The Academic Integrity Judicial Board shall be an inferior court to the Student Court, and shall address all academic integrity issues referred to the Student Court by the Vice Provost of the University.
(B) MEMBERSHIP—The Academic Integrity Judicial Board will consist of seven members appointed by the Chief Justice of the Student Court after a period of open application and interviews. The Chief Justice shall appoint a member of the Student Court to serve as the Chair of the board. Members of the board shall serve during good behavior for as long as they are continually enrolled as members of the Association. All appointments to the Academic Integrity Judicial Board shall be reviewed and approved by the Senate Operations Committee.
(C) DUTIES OF THE CHAIR—The Chair of the Academic Integrity Judicial Board, with the aid of the Chief Justice, shall supervise and coordinate meetings of the board, ensure timely consideration of all business, write all necessary opinions of the board, and perform any other duties as the Student Court or referring agency shall deem desirable or as directed by law.
(D) QUORUM—At least three members of the board, or a number specified by the referring agency, must be present to conduct business.
(E) TRAINING—The Chair of the board, in coordination with the Chief Justice and referring agencies, shall train new members of the board in academic integrity regulations and issues.
(F) APPEALS—The Student Court shall not hear appeals from the Academic Integrity Judicial Board. Any such appeals shall be handled by established University judicial procedures.

3.90 OFFICE OF ADVOCATES
(A) OFFICE OF STUDENT ADVOCATES
(1) ORGANIZATION—The Office of the Student Advocates shall consist of one Lead Student Advocate and other Student Advocates as requested by the Lead Student Advocate with a majority approval of the Student Court.
(2) DUTIES—The Office of the Student Advocate shall be a resource for all members of the Association. A Student Advocate may assist any decision rendering body of the Missouri Students Association by investigating allegations of Association members and organizations. A Student Advocate also may be provided for any Association member, faculty or staff person that desires advice or counseling during Student Court hearings.
(3) APPOINTMENTS—The Chief Justice shall recommend the Lead Student Advocate after a period of petitioning and interviews to the President for appointment with majority approval by the Missouri Students Association Senate.
(4) TERMS OF OFFICE—The Lead Student Advocate shall serve during good behavior for as long as they remain a member of the Association.
(5) OFFICE STAFF—The Lead Student Advocate shall appoint their own staff, not including other Student Advocates, as they deem necessary.
(B) OFFICE OF COMMUNITY ADVOCATES
(1) ORGANIZATION—The Office of the Community Advocates shall consist of one Lead Community Advocate and other Community Advocates as requested by the Lead Community Advocate with a majority approval of the Student Court.
(2) DUTIES—The Office of the Community Advocates shall be a resource of the Judicial Branch of the Missouri Students Association. A Community Advocate may assist any decision rendering body of the Missouri Students Association by investigating allegations of Association members and organizations.
(3) APPOINTMENTS—The Chief Justice shall recommend the Lead Community Advocate after a period of petitioning and interviews to the President for appointment with majority approval by the Missouri Students Association Senate.
(4) TERMS OF OFFICE—The Lead Community Advocate shall serve during good behavior for as long as they remain a member of the Association.
(5) OFFICE STAFF—The Lead Community Advocate shall appoint their own staff, not including other Community Advocates, as they deem necessary.

3.50 (B). 1. if the accusation is made against an organization which receives MSA or SOAC funding, the Chief Justice of the Court may order a temporary freeze on the budget of that organization until such as a decision on the case is rendered.

Respectfully Submitted,

Jonathan Mays Michelle Compton
Operations Chair Board of Elections Commissioners Chair