University of Missouri

52-36: An Act to Amend Chapter I of the Bylaws

Missouri Students Association

University of Missouri

Bill 52-36 

AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER I OF THE BYLAWS 

PURPOSE: To move the Readership program from DSS to DSC.

WHEREAS, the Readership program currently resides under DSS;AND

WHEREAS, the program would be able to come to its true fruition under the guidance of DSC and its online and marketing teams;AND

WHEREAS, one of the main purposes of the DSC is to link programs and events to students via technology;AND

WHEREAS, the majority of the readership programs are now going viral;AND

WHEREAS, the current placement under DSS is not allowing the readership program to reach its true capabilities.

THEREFORE BE IT ENACTED BY THE MISSOURI STUDENTS ASSOCIATION that the Readership program be moved under the DSC;AND

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER ENACTED BY THE MISSOURI STUDENTS ASSOCIATION that the Director of the DSC will watch over and grow the current readership program and that Chapter I of the Bylaws be amended to reflect this:

 

Bylaws of the Missouri Students Association

Chapter I

1.00 CHAPTER ONE DEFINED – All duties, powers, and departments of the executive branch shall be placed in this chapter of the bylaws.

1.10 PRESIDENT – The President shall serve as the head of the executive branch and provide direction for the association.

(A) TERM OF OFFICE – The President shall serve a one year term beginning during the first Senate meeting in January following the general election.  The President is required to be present on campus to fulfill their duties whenever classes are in session, including the summer session.  Failure to fulfill the duties prescribed above shall result in the termination of pay for the period in which the President was absent.

(B) REQUIREMENTS – The President shall have been a member of the association for more than two semesters in total.  The President shall maintain a 2.2 cumulative GPA for the duration of his/her term.  The President may not hold simultaneous offices within the association.

(C) DUTIES, RESPONSIBILITIES, AND POWERS OF THE PRESIDENT – Duties, responsibilities, and powers of the President shall be listed below.

(1) It shall be the duty of the President to follow the constitution and bylaws of the association at all times.

(2) It shall be the duty of the President to oversee operation of the executive branch.

(3) It shall be the duty of the President to report on the operation of the executive branch to the Senate at every Senate meeting.

(4) The President shall have the power to appoint and remove the directors of executive departments and to appoint new directors if those positions become vacant.  All appointments shall be subject to the approval of the Senate Operations Committee and then full Senate (Chapter II).

(5) The President shall have the power to appoint a new Vice President in the event that the position becomes vacant.  Any such appointment shall be subject to the approval of the Senate Operations Committee and then full Senate (Chapter II).

(6) Any executive power not specifically denied to the President, nor specifically assigned to another individual or group in the constitution, rules of the Senate, or bylaws, shall be reserved to the President.

1.20 VICE PRESIDENT – The Vice President shall serve as the assistant head of the executive branch and shall provide direction for the association.

(A) TERM OF OFFICE – The Vice President shall serve a one year term beginning during the first Senate meeting in January following the general election.  The Vice President is required to be present on campus to fulfill their duties whenever classes are in session, including the summer session.  Failure to fulfill the duties prescribed above shall result in the termination of pay for the period in which the Vice President was absent.

(B) REQUIREMENTS – The Vice President shall have been a member of the association for more than two semesters in total.  The Vice President shall maintain a 2.2 cumulative GPA for the duration of his/her term.  The Vice President may not hold simultaneous offices within the association.

(C) DUTIES, RESPONSIBILITIES, AND POWERS OF THE VICE PRESIDENT – Duties, responsibilities, and powers of the Vice President shall be listed below.

(1) It shall be the duty of the Vice President to follow the constitution and bylaws of the association at all times.

(2) It shall be the duty of the Vice President to assist the President in the fulfillment of his or her duties and responsibilities.

(3) It shall be the duty of the Vice President to create and maintain a budget for the Association.

(4) In the event of a vacancy in the Presidency, the Vice President shall become the President.

1.30 PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTMENTS – It shall be the responsibility of the President to make the following appointments.
(A) JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS – the President shall appoint student(s) to become Justice(s) in the event of a vacancy in the Student Court.  Any such appointment shall be subject to the approval of the Senate Operations Committee and then full Senate (Chapter II).

(B) PRESIDENTIAL ASSISTANT APPOINTMENT – The President shall appoint a person as an assistant to the President who shall serve in a capacity of Chief of Staff.  Any such appointment shall be subject to the approval of the Senate Operations Committee and then full Senate (Chapter II).

(1) REQUIREMENTS – The Chief of Staff shall maintain a 2.2 cumulative GPA for the duration of his/her term.  The Chief of Staff may not hold simultaneous offices within the association.

(C) SECRETARY OF AUXILIARIES – The President shall appoint a person as an assistant to the President who shall serve in a capacity of Auxiliary liaison.  Any such appointment shall be subject to the approval of the Senate Operations Committee and then full Senate (Chapter II).

(1) REQUIREMENTS – The Secretary of Auxiliaries shall maintain a 2.2 cumulative GPA for the duration of his/her term.  The Secretary of Auxiliaries may not hold simultaneous offices within the association.

(D) DIRECTOR APPOINTMENTS – The President shall appoint one student to each of the executive Departments to serve as Director.  Any such appointment shall be subject to the approval of the Senate Operations Committee and then full Senate (Chapter II).

(1) REQUIREMENTS – The Directors shall maintain a 2.2 cumulative GPA for the duration of their term.  The Directors may not hold simultaneous offices within the association.

(2) SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS – The Director of Student Activities must have been a member of the Department of Student Activities for at least one complete semester before becoming eligible to be hired.

(E) LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY OFFICER – The President shall appoint a person as an assistant to the President who shall serve in a capacity of Legislative Advocacy Officer. Any such appointment shall be subject to the approval of the Senate Operations Committee and full Senate (Chapter II). The President, Chief Justice and Senate Speaker shall jointly appoint the first appointment with the approval of the Senate Operations Committee and full Senate.

1.35 VICE PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTMENTS – It shall be the responsibility of the Vice President to make the following appointments.

(A) CHANCELLOR STANDING COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS – The Vice President shall appoint students to the various Chancellors’ Standing Committees during the month of August.

1.40 EXECUTIVE CABINET – The Executive Cabinet, under the direction of the President shall maintain proper operation of the Executive branch.

(A) MEMBERSHIP – The Executive Cabinet shall consist of the President, Vice President, Chief of Staff, Secretary of Auxiliaries, Legislative Advocacy Officerand the directors of each Executive Department.

(B) DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES – The Executive Cabinet shall set the internal policy, goals, and duties of the Executive Branch.

1.50 EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS – There shall be three executive departments titled: the Department of Student Activities,the Department of Student Services, and the Department of Student Communications.

(A) STRUCTURE – the structure of each department shall be as follows.

(1) DIRECTOR – The Director shall serve as the head of the department.  The Director shall supervise and coordinate the department as to achieve the goals set by the executive cabinet.

(2) ASSISTANT DIRECTOR – The Assistant Director shall assist the Director in all matters relevant to the department.

(3) COMMITTEE CHAIR – Each department shall have a Committee Chair for each committee under the department.  Committee chairs shall preside at committee meetings and functions.  The Committee chair may appoint a Vice Chair to serve as an assistant.

(B) DUTIES, RESPONSIBILITIES, AND POWERS – Duties, responsibilities, and powers of the departments shall be listed below.

(1) The Director shall have the power to appoint and remove committee chairs as he/she sees fit.

(2) The Director shall have the power to transfer funds within the department.

(3) It is the responsibility of the Director to create, maintain, and manage a budget for the department.

1.60 DEPARTMENT OF STUDENT ACTIVITIES – It shall be the duty of the Department of Student Activities to provide and administer programs for the social, recreational, cultural, and education life to the students of the University.

(A) COMMITTEES – The following committees shall be a part of the Department of Student Activities.  Committee Chairs within the Department of Student Activities must have been a member of the Department of Student Activities for at least one complete semester before becoming eligible to be hired.

(1) SPEAKERS – The Speakers Committee brings educational, enriching, and interesting speakers to campus in attempt to attract a variety of students. Speakers that the committee brings include actors, journalists, celebrities, cultural icons and more. Each guest lecturer is chosen based on their appeal to students, relevance to contemporary issues and embodiment of the University of Missouri’s ideals of Respect, Responsibility, Discovery and Excellence.

(2) BLACK PROGRAMMING – The Black Programming Committee produces shows and activities that appeal to the cultural and popular interests of the African American student population, and for the cultural enrichment of the student population as a whole.

(3) SPECIAL EVENTS – The Special Events Committee is responsible for programming comedians, novelty events around campus, and student competitions.

(4) COLLEGE MUSIC – The College Music Committee is responsible for bringing concerts to campus and planning other such music related activities.

(5) INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMMING – The International Programming Committee produces shows and activities that appeal to the international student population, and for the cultural enrichment of the student population as a whole.

(6) FILMS – The Films Committee is in charge of planning an annual film series that features Hollywood movies, independent films, documentaries and foreign films.

(B) SUMMER PROGRAMS – During the summer sessions the Department of Student Activities shall host a variety of events and programs to provide services to student of the University who enroll in summer courses.

(C) AUXILIARIES – The Department of Student Activities shall coordinate with MSA/GPC Auxiliaries to promote events to students of the University.

1.70 DEPARTMENT OF STUDENT SERVICES – It shall be the duty of the Department of Student Services to provide programs and resources to improve the overall wellbeing of the students of the University.

(A) COMMITTEES – The following committees shall be a part of the Department of Student Services.

(1) SPECIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE – The Special Services Committee shall work on the creation and start-up of new programs or services that improve the experience of students.

(2) CAMPUS SAFETY COMMITTEE – The Campus Safety Committee shall host the annual campus safety walk, and provide any other services deemed necessary for the improvement of campus safety.

(B) AUXILIARIES – The Department of Student Services shall coordinate with MSA/GPC Auxiliaries to promote services to students of the University.

1.80 DEPARTMENT OF STUDENT COMMUNICATIONS – It shall be the duty of the Department of Student Communications to educate and inform the students of the University of activities and events of the Missouri Students Association.  The Department of Student Communications shall also serve as a means of outreach for the Missouri Students Association.

(A) COMMITTEES – The following committees shall be a part of the Department of Student Communications.

(1) PUBLICITY AND PROMOTIONS COMMITTEE –The Publicity and Promotions Committee shall advertise events and issues relevant to the Association.

(2) PUBLIC RELATIONS COMMITTEE – The Public Relations Committee shall be responsible for providing campus and community media information about the business and events of the Association.

(3) SPECIAL PROJECTS COMMITTEE – The Special Projects Committee shall work with the Publicity and Promotions Committee to inform the student body of MSA business and events and receive input from students about these actions and activities.

(4) OUTREACH COMMITTEE – The Outreach Committee shall be responsible for the following duties.

(i) MSA Outreach is responsible for the recruitment of new members for the Missouri Students Association. Duties include but are not limited to tabling at Summer Welcome and elsewhere, and information sessions to occur no less than once per semester.

(ii) Student Organization Relations-MSA Outreach is responsible for contacting, establishing, and maintaining relationships with student organizations.

(iii) Student Feedback-MSA Outreach is responsible for gathering student feedback through various mediums in collaboration with the Senate Campus and Community Relations Committee.

(iv) Appointment- The MSA Outreach Chair will be appointed by the President, Director of Student Communications and Senate Speaker with advice of the former MSA Outreach Chair and approval of the Senate Operations Committee.

(v) Executive Board of Outreach-The Outreach Chair may appoint a vice-chair(s), secretary, scheduler, and as many liaisons for different organizations, departments, etc. as he/she sees necessary.

 (B) READERSHIP PROGRAM – The Director of Student Communications, or his/her designate, shall be responsible for the overall operation of the Mizzou Readership Program.

1.90 REMOVAL OF EXECUTIVE OFFICERS – This process shall stand as the removal process for all executive officers.

(A) REMOVAL OF THE PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT – The President and Vice President shall be indicted for dishonesty or nonperformance of duty by a resolution in the form of a petition signed by twenty percent of the total Senate membership.  Such petition must include the name(s) of the officer(s) charged and shall state specific reasons for the charges, including citations from sections of the Constitution and bylaws alleged to have been violated.

(1) TRIAL – The impeachment trail shall be operated as prescribed in Rule 18.

(2) SUCCESSION – In the event that the President is removed the Vice President shall assume the duties of the President and shall appoint a replacement for the Vice Presidency.  Any such appointment shall be subject to the approval of the Senate Operations Committee and then Full Senate (Chapter II).  In the event that the Vice President is removed the President shall appoint a replacement for the Vice Presidency. Any such appointment shall be subject to the approval of the Senate Operations Committee and then Full Senate (Chapter II).  In the event that both the President and Vice President are removed the Senate Speaker shall assume the duties of the President and shall appoint a replacement for the Vice Presidency.  Any such appointment shall be subject to the approval of the Senate Operations Committee and then Full Senate (Chapter II).

(B) REMOVAL OF ALL OTHER EXECUTIVE OFFICERS – If the President believes that any officer of the executive branch is not performing to his/her duty, or is conducting himself/herself in an unsatisfactory manner in the performance of his duty, the President shall deliver a letter specifying the nature of the offense to the officer and the justification for removal.

(1) TRIAL – The accused officer shall have three academic days to make a formal written reply to the President either accepting the justification for removal or rejecting it.  The President may then decide to remove the officer or reverse his/her decision.  Appeals to the President’s decision must be made to the Student Court.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Mason Schara, Executive Chief of Staff

Nick Droege, President

Zach Beattie, Vice President

Jake Sloan, Senate Speaker

Joey Greenstein, DSA Director

Sean Joy, DSS Director

Jimmy Hibsch,  DSC Director

Sam Green, Legislative Advoacy Officer

Mahir Kahn, Secretary of Auxilaries

Ben Levin, MSA Senator                                           

Gunnar Johanson, MSA Senator

Matt Kalish, Senate Clerk