SGA approves funding request, votes to approve constitutional amendments

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The Student Government Association meeting was all about voting last night, when the senators voted to approve a funding request and amendments to the constitution.

Senior Cody Milner presented his funding request to the SGA for the Phi Alpha Theta chapter at Oklahoma Christian University, Tau Sigma, to attend the bi-annual national conference in New Orleans, LA Jan. 2-6. The organization requested 35 percent of their total cost of $5,635, which would total $2,000.

According to Milner, five Oklahoma Christian students will be attending the conference, providing the students with networking opportunities, a career fair, museum visit and a chance to hear from historians.

Following the conclusion of the presentation, the SGA voted and approved the request

The SGA also voted on all proposed changes to the constitution, which were all passed. Now, the SGA will present the amendments to the student body and will hold voting for the changes. If two-thirds of the student body approves the amendments, they will take effect next semester.

The following are all proposed changes to the constitution:

Article II, Section II. The duties of the president shall be: to preside at all meetings of the SGA, to create new committees, to appoint in conjunction with the other officers all committee chairs and members except the Activities Committee, to appoint in conjunction with the officers and with two-thirds SGA approval all student representatives to administrative committees, to call special elections, and to serve as the chief executive officer for the SGA, with the authority to call special meetings of the SGA.

Article V, Section I. Executive Body: The executive officers shall have completed a minimum of sixty credit hours, with twenty-four of those hours completed at Oklahoma Christian University, when they take office. The candidates for executive office must have at least a 2.30 2.5 cumulative grade point average when the executive officer elections are held. The executive officers must carry at least twelve credit hours each semester while in office. Candidates for the offices of President and Vice President the executive office must have at least one semester of experience in the SGA before running for office. It can be at any time during his or her years at Oklahoma Christian University. The candidate for office of Treasurer must have completed, with a grade of “C” or better, at least one semester of Accounting or financial training while in college. These requirements must be announced in chapel or electronically during the first week of the spring semester.

Article V, Section II. Class Officers: These officers shall consist of a president, vice president, secretary/treasurer, a male senator, and a female senator. A candidate must be a member of the class that elects him or her. The candidate can run by either credit hour or year classification. A candidate must have a 2.0 2.5 scholastic average for all completed hours. A candidate cannot run above his or her classification unless he or she is within five hours of the minimum requirement upon taking office. Candidates for freshman class officers must be in their first year at Oklahoma Christian University.

Article V, Section III. Apartment and Residence Hall Senators: These senators must have a 2.0 2.5 scholastic average for all completed hours. Dorm and apartment senators must reside in the dorm or apartment complex they were elected to represent and upon moving from that dorm or apartment complex must resign their office.
Article V, Section IV. Off-campus Senator: This senator must have a 2.0 2.5 scholastic average for all completed hours. This senator must live off campus.

Article VII, Section I. Any officer or other senator who is absent from more than three regularly scheduled SGA meetings per semester without a valid reason or proxy has more than two unexcused absences per semester or has more than two proxies shall be automatically removed from the SGA and a replacement shall be elected. Such reasons shall be weighed by a regulatory committee within the SGA comprised of the executive officers of SGA.

Article VII, Section II. Impeachment charges may be drawn against an officer or senator for failure to fulfill his or her duties or for being placed on probation for improper conduct. Impeachment action against an officer or senator may be initiated by petition of one-third of those electing that person or by a unanimous vote of the SGA executive officers and the sponsor of the SGA, except any officers against whom impeachment charges are being drawn, or by simple majority of the SGA.

Article VII, Section V. If the President of ICC or the RA Representative is removed from SGA his or her elective body shall choose a representative to fill his seat.

Article VII, Section VI V. Any officer or other senator not maintaining a 2.0 2.5 GPA for any semester will be removed and a replacement elected. The Sponsor of the SGA shall be responsible for enforcing this clause.

Article IX, Section III. The Activities Committee shall be responsible for planning and conducting all activities sponsored by the SGA aside from activities planned by individual committees. The Activities Committee shall be chaired by the Vice President of the SGA.

Article IX, Section VI. The Spiritual Life Committee shall be responsible for planning and conducting regular campus wide spiritual devotionals events. The Spiritual Life Committee shall be chaired by the SGA Chaplain.

Article IX, Section VII. The Campus Improvement Committee shall be responsible for investigating various diverse tasks as directed by SGA making physical modifications and improvements across campus. The Campus Improvement Committee shall be chaired by a member of the SGA.

Article IX, Section IX. The Campus Spirit Committee will shall be responsible for advertising campus events increasing awareness of and attendance at campus events. These events include: sporting events, fine arts performances, and other campus wide events. The Campus Spirit Committee shall be chaired by a member of SGA.

Article X, Section II. If the amendment is passed, it shall take effect the following semester.

Article X, Section IV. If a by-law is passed, it shall take effect the following semester.

Article XIV, Section I. The student body shall have the powers of initiative and referendum. Either action may be initiated by a petition signed by one-third of regular full-time students.

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