University of Missouri

47-11: An Act to Establish Articles of Cooperation with MISC

PURPOSE: To establish Articles of Cooperation with the Missouri International Student Council (MISC).

WHEREAS, On November 7 representatives of the African Student Association, AIESEC, Association of Malaysian Students, Bangladesh Student Association, Friendship Association of Chinese Students & Scholars, Japanese Student Association, Taiwanese Student Association, and Thai Student Association signed a Memorandum of Understanding & Agreement of Friendship and Collaboration affirming their membership in the Missouri International Student Council General Assembly, and

WHEREAS, The Memorandum included the following purposes:

• To allow MISC to represent international student organizations
• To formally unite the voices of international student organizations
• To formally recognize the collaboration efforts among international student organizations, and

WHEREAS, The Memorandum formally recognizes MISC as the representative body for international students on campus, and

WHEREAS, MSA maintains formal relationships with other representative bodies including the Graduate Professional Council, Legion of Black Collegians, Residence Halls Association, and Four Front, and

WHEREAS, MISC regularly collaborates with the International Programming Committee of the MSA Department of Student Activities, and

WHEREAS, it is in the best interest of both MSA and MISC to have an established relationship because it ensures continued collaboration between future MSA and MISC administrations, and

WHEREAS, the proposed Articles of Cooperation will ensure consistency in the relationship between MSA and MISC.

THEREFORE, Be it enacted by the Missouri Students Association Senate that the following Articles of Cooperation be entered into MSA’s bylaws and the appropriate section of MISC’s bylaws upon passage by both organizations.


(1) EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE OFFICERS: To ensure communication between the Missouri Students Association (MSA) and the Missouri International Student Council (MISC), representatives of both organizations shall meet at least twice during both the fall and winter semesters to discuss position statements, policy decisions, inter-organizational workings, and the composition of internal and external committees, or any other business. In addition to these meetings, they may meet at any time deemed necessary. By-laws of each organization shall have specific language requiring their officers to attend these meetings.

(2) MINUTES AND LEGISLATION: MSA and MISC shall send copies of the minutes, programming events, and passed legislation of their senate meetings to the presiding officer of the other legislative body. MSA and MISC shall send copies of their agendas for Senate and General Assembly meetings respectively within a week of the meetings. The Director of the Department of Student Activities, Student Services, or Department of Student Communications shall send the President of MISC a list of events, plans, and activities they will put on monthly.


(1) MSA and MISC shall have the ability to appoint liaisons to each respective policy making bodies as deemed appropriate by the executive and legislative officers of both respective organizations.

(2) A permanent liaison position for MISC General Assembly shall be in place for an MSA representative assigned by the MSA Multicultural Issues Committee.


(1) RATIFICATION AND REVIEW: Upon receiving a two-thirds vote in both the MSA Senate and MISC General Assembly, these Articles of Cooperation shall be adopted immediately and will be reviewed for accuracy and relevancy at least every three years or as deemed necessary by the executive and legislative officers of either respective organization.

(2) AMENDMENT PROCEDURE: To change the Articles of Cooperation, both the MSA Senate and the MISC General Assembly must ratify the proposed change by a two-thirds majority vote.

(3) WITHDRAWAL PROCEDURE: Either MSA or MISC may withdraw from these Articles of Cooperation at any time by a two-thirds majority vote by their respective legislative bodies.


(A) DEFINITION: The Student Leadership Advisory Council shall be a coalition of the various student governments on the UMC campus that regularly meet to coordinate activities, programming, and action with the University.

(B) MEMBERSHIP: SLAC shall be composed of, but not limited to, the Presidents or representatives of the following student government organizations:

(12) Missouri International Student Council

Respectfully submitted,

Jonathan Mays
MSA Senate Speaker

Rachel Anderson
MSA President