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Proposed Constitutional Changes

Read the proposed constitutional changes below. These will be on the ballot for student vote during the SGA elections period, from April 14-18.

 

Proposed changes to Representative for College Relations Position:

Bylaws:

In Article I: DUTIES OF OFFICERS

Section 17. The Representative for College Relations

Clause 1. The Representative for College Relations shall work to maintain a functional relationship with the Seven Sisters Coalition, the GSSC Executive Board, ESC Executive Board and the CCSC Executive Board

Clause 2. The Representative for College Relations shall serve as a representative to Seven Sisters Coalition Coordinating Board and the coordinator of the Barnard delegation.

Subclause 1. The coordinator should be responsible for the events, activities and cooperation of the Barnard delegation including: selection of student representatives to the Seven Sisters Fall Leadership Conference; participation or a proxy agreement to be the automatic nomination as conference head when Barnard hosts the conference.

Subclause 2. The coordinator of the Barnard delegation should ensure all representatives are added to the Coordinating Board Google group list and shared on all Coalition documents.

Subclause 3. The coordinator of the Barnard delegation should be present at all meetings of the Coordinating Board unless other representatives agree to proxy. The coordinator or proxy shall take notes for the delegation or volunteer to take minutes for the Coordinating Board.

Subclause 4. The coordinator of the Barnard delegation shall organize representatives of the delegation for all Coordinating Board meetings, specifically the transition meeting during April or May following SGA elections.

Subclause 5. The coordinator of the Barnard delegation collaborates with the Exec Board representative to the delegation on spring appointments of representatives before the successor is elected to ensure transitioning during the final Coordinating Board meeting.

Subclause 6. The secretary of the Barnard delegation shall conduct communication from the summer following her election until her successor is elected.

Clause 3. The Representative for College Relations shall be in charge of the regular meetings with the Committee on Inter-collegiate Relations

Clause 4. The Representative for College Relations shall meet regularly with the GSSC Executive Board, ESC Executive Board and the CCSC Executive Board and act as primary liaison for intercouncil programming.

Subclause 1. The Vice President of Campus Life will act as secondary liaison for intercouncil programming and support the Representative for College Relations.

Clause 5. The Representative for College Relations shall be involved with the planning team for the inter-collegiate events such as Basketball Mania, Homecoming, Barnard Night, Treelighting and Glass House Rocks, maintaining necessary collaborations with the Executive Board of SGA

Clause 6. The Representative for College Relations shall sit on the Student Advisory Committee to Athletics and act as a liaison between Barnard and Columbia athletics for athletes and dancers. She shall communicate general student concerns about the Barnard-Columbia Athletic Consortium and athletic facilities.
Clause 7. The Representative for College Relations shall be the primary liaison to Career Development

Clause 8. The Representative for College Relations shall serve as a member of the Representative Council.  

(The clauses and subclauses that are not referred by this proposal for By-laws should remain unchanged)

 

Constitution:

In Article III: THE REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL

Section 3. Committee Clause 1

“Committee on Inter-collegiate Relations” should be added to Barnard College Committees

(The clauses and subclauses that are not referred by this proposal for Constitution changes should remain unchanged)
 

Proposed Changes for Vice President for Campus Life Position

 

Bylaws:

Section 3. The Vice President for Campus Life (VPCL)

Clause 1. The VPCL shall be the point person for all Barnard College programming and Student Life.

Clause 2. The VPCL shall be a voting member of all committees so stated in the Statutes of the College.

Clause 3. The VPCL shall chair the Committee for Campus Life with an appointed co-chair.

Subclause 1. The Campus Life Committee shall work towards the development of community on campus through planning events including, but not limited to Breakfast in Bed, an SGA Day, three to four Town Hall Meetings, and two Fireside Chats per academic year.

Subclause 2. The VP Communications shall assist the VPCL in these endeavors.

Clause 4. The VPCL shall chair the Leadership Awards Dinner Committee, composed of the Class Secretaries.

Clause 5. The VPCL shall meet regularly with the Student Life program advisors. She shall facilitate proposals for potential changes to programs, such as the New Student Orientation Program (NSOP).

Clause 6. The VPCL shall meet with the McIntosh Activities Council when necessary and work with Class Councils to improve campus life programming.

Clause 7. The VPCL shall be the primary liaison to the Alumnae Affairs office

Clause 8. The VPCL shall act as a secondary liaison for intercouncil programming and support the Representative for College Relations who is the primary liaison for intercouncil programming.

Clause 9. The VPCL shall serve as a member of the Representative Council.

 

Rep for Student Interests Position

Bylaws:

Section 16. The Representative for Transfer, International and Commuter Interests

Clause 1. The Representative for Transfer, International and Commuter Interests should guarantee that the interests of various student groups, such as transfer students, commuters, international students, and Double Degree students are attended to by making herself accessible to these communities’ organizations and representatives.

Clause 2. The Representative for Transfer, International and Commuter Interests shall work with the New Student Orientation Program to represent these student groups.

Clause 3. The Representative for Transfer, International and Commuter Interests shall work with Residential Life and the Transfer Time Program.

Clause 4. The Representative for Transfer, International and Commuter Interests shall work with the Dean for International and Intercultural Student Programs as a liaison between those students and the administration.

Clause 5. The Representative for Transfer, International and Commuter Interests shall chair the Committee for Transfer, Internal and Commuter Interests.

Clause 6. The Representative for Transfer, International and Commuter Interests shall serve as a member of the Representative Council.

 

 

 

Representative for Diversity Position

 

Bylaws:

In Article I: DUTIES OF OFFICERS

Section 11 should be changed to

Section 11. The Representative for Inclusion and Equity

   Clause 1. The Representative for Inclusion and Equity shall work to promote open discussion, foster community dialogues, support and develop policies, programs, and practices that engage the community in building an inclusive campus climate.

   Clause 2. The Representative for Inclusion and Equity shall serve as a liaison between students and administrators on issues related to inclusion and equity.

   Clause 3. The Representative for Inclusion and Equity shall co-chair the Committee on Inclusion and Equity.

   The Representative for Inclusion and Equity shall serve as a member of the Representative Council.

Section 15 Clause 4 should be entirely taken out of the by-laws

 

Constitution:

In Article III:  THE REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL, THE EXECUTIVE BOARD, AND COMMITTEES  

Section 1, Clause 2, “Representative for Diversity” should be changed to  “Representative for Inclusion and Equity.”

Section 3, Clause 1, number 9, “Committee on Diversity” should be changed to “Committee on Inclusion and Equity."

 

Filling a vacancy in an exec position

Constitution:

Article VI: VACANCIES

Section 1.

A vacancy in the SGA occurs when a position has not been filled by election or appointment, or when an officer or committee member is removed from her position, resigns, does not keep up her academic standing, or is no longer registered at and attending Barnard College.

Section 2. The Appointments Committee

The Appointments Committee shall recommend students for appointment to fill vacancies other than the President of the SGA and the presidents of each class council.

Clause 1. The Appointments Committee shall consist of up to five appointed student members sought from the round of Applications at the end of the spring semester for the following year. They shall consist of students who do not hold an elected position, with the exception of the VP Student Government. If the position is not filled during spring appointments, those positions shall be filled during the Fall Appointments Process during the academic year of their service.

Clause 2. The VP Student Government shall chair the Appointments Committee. The appointed members shall remain anonymous to the entire student body and other members of SGA.

Clause 3. The Appointments Committee shall read all committee member and co-chair applications anonymously. Applications for Representative Council positions shall be read anonymously, and in the case of multiple applications, the committee shall make recommendations for two applicants to make a presentation at the Representative Council meeting.

Clause 4. Recommendations for the Representative Council shall be approved by a 2/3rd hand ballot.

Section 3.

In the case of a vacancy in the office of the President of SGA, the VPSG shall assume the responsibilities of the President. A new VPSG will be appointed.

Section 4.

In the case of a vacancy in any other Executive Board office, the President shall assume the responsibilities of that officer until someone is appointed.

Clause 1. In the case of a vacancy in any other Executive Board office, the members of the Executive Board shall make a recommendation to fill the vacancy.

Clause 2. The VPSGA shall ensure that the appointments committee can make their recommendation independently of the Executive Board’s recommendation. The appointments committee’s recommendation will be made before the Executive Board’s recommendation.

Section 5.

In the case of a vacancy in the office of the President of any class council, the Vice President of the respective council shall assume the responsibility of the President. A new Vice President will be appointed.

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