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ASUCC Constitution

Amended May 2013 by the ASUCC members.

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Preamble

We, the Associated Students of Umpqua Community College, do hereby establish and ordain this constitution as the foundation for the here in described student government. The purpose of the organization shall be to contribute to the education and representation of the individuals composing the student body of Umpqua Community College.


Article I—Name

The name of the organization shall be the Associated Students of Umpqua Community College hereby referred to as the ASUCC.


Article II—Student Leadership Team Mission

The mission of the ASUCC Student Leadership Team shall be to provide representation of student interests, needs and well-being within Umpqua Community College through a model of governance which provides for student support and student engagement. The ASUCC Student Leadership Team supplements and complements formal education at Umpqua Community College; provides the opportunity for individual leadership development and group participation; initiates and coordinates student activities; and fosters cooperative relationships among the students, faculty, staff, administration and community.


Article III—Colors and Mascot

The official school colors shall be green, gold and white. The official school mascot shall be the Riverhawk.

The official school colors and mascot cannot be changed without the input and consent of the ASUCC. The process for collecting input from the ASUCC will be agreed upon by the ASUCC Student Leadership Team and the administration of Umpqua Community College.


Article IV—Membership

For the purpose of general and special elections, the voting membership of the ASUCC shall consist of all students currently enrolled in three (3) or more credits at Umpqua Community College and who are in good academic and financial standing with the college. Students that meet these requirements will have voting rights in all general and special elections held by the ASUCC Student Leadership Team.

The ASUCC Student Leadership Team will represent all students currently enrolled at Umpqua Community College. No student shall be discriminated against on the basis of sex, race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, political affiliation, religion or any other status or characteristic protected by applicable state or federal law.


Article V—The Associated Students of Umpqua Community College Student Leadership Team

The ASUCC Officers and Senators shall be a body of members to be selected by the Associated Students in a general election, or appointed in accordance with this constitution and Bylaws and referred to hereafter as ASUCC Student Leadership Team.


Article VI—Academic Standing for ASUCC Officer, ASUCC Senator and ASUCC Club Representative Positions

Section 1—ASUCC Officers

ASUCC Executive Council officers must meet the following academic requirements for holding office:

  1. Maintain enrollment in a minimum of nine (9) credit hours per quarter (fall, winter and spring) at Umpqua Community College.
  2. Complete a minimum of nine (9) credit hours per quarter. Completed credits shall be defined as a grade of A, B, C, D or P in each class counted toward the nine (9) credit hour requirement. Incomplete grades require a plan of action for completion. The plan of action must be signed by the student and faculty member, and submitted to the ASUCC Advisor no later than the first week of the following quarter. Failure to complete the plan of action may result in termination.
  3. Earn a quarterly grade point average (G.P.A.) of 2.50 for fall, winter and spring quarters.
  4. Maintain a cumulative grade point average (G.P.A.) of 2.50 for all quarters serving in office (summer, fall, winter and spring).

Section 2—ASUCC Senators

ASUCC senators must meet the following academic requirements for holding office:

  1. Maintain enrollment in a minimum of six (6) credit hours per quarter (fall, winter and spring) at Umpqua Community College.
  2. Complete a minimum of six (6) credit hours per quarter. Completed credits shall be defined as a grade of A, B, C, D, S, or P in each class counted toward the six (6) credit hour requirement. Incomplete grades require a plan of action for completion. The plan of action must be signed by the student and faculty member, and submitted to the ASUCC Advisor no later than the first week of the following quarter. Failure to complete the plan of action may result in termination.
  3. Maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 for all quarters serving in office (fall, winter and spring).

Section 3—ASUCC Club Representatives

ASUCC club representatives must meet the following academic requirements for holding office:

  1. Maintain enrollment in a minimum of three (3) credit hours per quarter (fall, winter and spring) when serving.
  2. Maintain any other requirements listed in his or her respective ASUCC Student Organization or ASUCC Student Club constitution and/or bylaws.

Article VII—Nominations

Any member of the student body may file for an ASUCC Student Leadership Team office if the member meets the qualifications stated in the Bylaws of this Constitution.


Article VIII—Election Rules and Regulations

Any student wishing to run for office must file a petition as prescribed by the Bylaws of this Constitution.


Article IX—Removal from Office

Any ASUCC officer, senator, or club representative may be dismissed from office for the following:

  1. Failure to maintain the responsibilities, duties and/or minimum qualifications of his/her office.
  2. Failure to follow the policies and procedures outlined in any of the ASUCC documents and applicable UCC documents.
  3. Abuse of power of office.
  4. If found by the UCC Vice President for Student Development to have committed a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.

Removal of an ASUCC officer, senator or club representative from a position may be initiated through a recall, through action taken by the ASUCC Student Leadership Team, or result from the performance review process. The process for succession, recall, academic and performance probation, suspension and dismissal will be defined in the ASUCC Bylaws.

Section 1—Vacancies in the ASUCC Executive Council

The ASUCC Council shall fill vacancies occurring in the ASUCC Executive Council during the quarter through appointment.

  1. In case of a vacancy in the office of the ASUCC President, the ASUCC Vice President shall assume the duties and the office of ASUCC President until the vacancy is filled. In case of vacancies occurring in both offices simultaneously, the ASUCC Student Leadership Team shall have the option to appoint new officers from within the ASUCC Student Leadership Team or hold a special election.
  2. The ASUCC Vice President or designee shall announce the vacancy when it occurs, and the vacated position shall immediately be opened for appointment.
  3. The ASUCC Vice President or designee may open the position internally for appointments. If there is no internal interest in the position or no candidate is selected to fill the position, the ASUCC Vice President or designee may open the position for any qualified applicants.
  4. Applications for filling a vacancy on the ASUCC Executive Council shall be accepted by the ASUCC Vice President or designee for two (2) calendar weeks after the date a vacancy has been announced.
  5. The ASUCC Vice President or designee and the ASUCC Advisor shall perform the initial screening for academic requirements defined in the ASUCC Constitution.
  6. All replacements shall be selected by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the ASUCC Student Leadership Team.

Article X—Associated Student Executive Council

Section 1—The Structure

  1. The ASUCC Executive Council shall consist of the President, Executive Vice President, Vice President of Student Activities, Public Relations Officer, Secretary/Business Manager.
  2. There shall be an advisor serving in an ex officio capacity.
  3. Each member of the ASUCC Executive Council shall have one vote.
  4. There shall be no absentee or proxy voting.
  5. The ASUCC Executive Council shall meet weekly during the academic year, with the exception of vacations, holidays and finals week.
  6. The ASUCC Executive Council shall meet once per term for a planning session.
  7. The ASUCC President may call for a meeting at any time deemed necessary.
  8. Committee chair person(s) shall attend in order to give a report from their committee.

Article XI—ASUCC Student Leadership Team

Section 1—The Structure

  1. The ASUCC Student Leadership Team shall consist of the President, Executive Vice President, Vice President of Student Activities, Public Relations Officer, Secretary/Business Manager, Senators, and Club Representatives.
  2. There shall be an advisor serving in an ex officio capacity.
  3. Each member of the ASUCC Student Leadership Team shall have one vote.
  4. There shall be no absentee or proxy voting.
  5. The ASUCC Student Leadership Team shall meet weekly during the academic year, with the exception of vacations, holidays and finals week.
  6. The ASUCC Student Leadership Team shall meet once per term for a planning session.

Section 2—The Powers

  1. The ASUCC Student Leadership Team shall review the qualifications of persons nominated for membership on the ASUCC Student Leadership Team.
  2. The ASUCC Student Leadership Team shall have the power to initiate amendments to the Constitution, to amend or alter the Bylaws and create new policies concerning ASUCC.
  3. The ASUCC Student Leadership Team shall have the power to determine the policies and activities and have general management of the ASUCC.
  4. The ASUCC Student Leadership Team shall have the power to call special and general elections.
  5. The ASUCC Student Leadership Team shall require all officers and members of ASUCC Student Leadership Team to comply with the provisions of this Constitution and Bylaws.
  6. The ASUCC Student Leadership Team shall have the power to remove from office any ASUCC Student Leadership Team member who is not fulfilling the responsibility of their office.
  7. The ASUCC Student Leadership Team shall have the power to take action necessary to carry out the functions of the Student Leadership Team, which do not conflict with the Constitution and its Bylaws.
  8. The ASUCC Student Leadership Team shall have the power and authority to approve all clubs and organizations and their constitutions.
  9. The ASUCC Student Leadership Team shall make recommendations to the college administration concerning the welfare of the students.
  10. The ASUCC Student Leadership Team shall have the power to appoint a Student Senator to the offices of Public Relations Officer or Secretary/Business Manager in the event of a vacancy of those positions.
  11. The ASUCC Student Leadership Team shall have the power to motivate and organize students on any issue concerning the ASUCC.
  12. The President shall have the power to call an executive session.
  13. Any action by the President may be overridden by a two thirds vote of all ASUCC Student Leadership Team members at or before the next regular ASUCC Student Leadership Team meeting.
  14. Executive officers may evaluate any ASUCC Student Leadership Team positions as deemed appropriate by the ASUCC Student Leadership Team.

Article XII—The ASUCC Student Leadership Team Meeting

The ASUCC Student Leadership Team shall meet weekly during the academic year (fall, winter and spring), with the exception of holidays, finals weeks and quarter breaks. The ASUCC Student Leadership Team Meeting will be held at 12:00 pm every Monday in the UCC Board Room. If the UCC Board Room is occupied, then the ASUCC President, as the chair, must find a new meeting location and notify all ASUCC Student Leadership Team members immediately.

ASUCC Student Leadership Team quorum is defined as three (3) ASUCC Executive Council officers and five (5) other voting members who may be ASUCC senators or ASUCC club representatives. Once quorum is established, the ASUCC Student Leadership Team can vote on substantive business. Any substantive business voted on in the absence of quorum will be invalid. There will be no absentee or proxy voted allowed.

The ASUCC Student Leadership Team shall use as its parliamentary guide the latest edition of Robert’s Rules of Order. If in conflict, the ASUCC Constitution and Bylaws shall supersede the Parliamentary Guide.


Article XIII—Responsibilities and Purpose of ASUCC Student Organizations, ASUCC Student Clubs and ASUCC Student Interest Groups

ASUCC Student Organizations, ASUCC Student Clubs and ASUCC Student Interest Groups will give Umpqua Community College students the opportunity to combine various aspects of their academic and/or vocational learning into personal action. In an ASUCC Student Organization, ASUCC Student Club or ASUCC Student Interest Group, students have the chance to apply their skills and knowledge in a community environment. Students will work together to set goals, develop plans to achieve those goals and carry out their plans, while building and maintaining working relationships in the process. Students will be given the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and become involved in the campus community.

No student can be denied participation in an ASUCC Student Organization, ASUCC Student Club or ASUCC Student Interest Group. ASUCC Student Organizations, ASUCC Student Clubs and ASUCC Student Interest Groups must follow the equal opportunity statement set forth by Umpqua Community College. Participation does not imply membership. Membership shall be defined by the ASUCC Student Organization, ASUCC Student Club and ASUCC Student Interest Group.


Article XIV—ASUCC Standing Committees

Section 1—Purpose

ASUCC Committees will investigate, report and propose actions to the ASUCC Student Leadership Team for a final vote.

Section 2—ASUCC Activities Committee

  1. The ASUCC Activities Committee shall be comprised of ASUCC Activities Officer, chair, non-voting member and three (3) additional ASUCC Student Leadership Team members or ASUCC members, voting members, as appointed by the ASUCC Activities Officer.
  2. It shall be the responsibility of the ASUCC Activities Committee to organize and manage ASUCC events.
  3. Meetings, quorum and voting will be defined in the ASUCC Bylaws.

Section 3—ASUCC Constitution and Bylaws Review Committee

  1. The ASUCC Constitution and Bylaws Review Committee shall be comprised ASUCC President, chair, non-voting member, three (3) additional ASUCC Student Leadership Team members, voting members, as appointed by the ASUCC President, and the ASUCC Advisor, advisory member, non-voting member.
  2. It shall be the responsibility of the ASUCC Constitution and Bylaws Review Committee to review and propose possible changes to the ASUCC Constitution and Bylaws. All proposals must be presented to the ASUCC Student Leadership Team for final approval.
  3. Meetings, quorum and voting will be defined in the ASUCC Bylaws.

Section 4—ASUCC Student Leadership Team Review Committee

  1. The ASUCC Student Leadership Team Review Committee shall be comprised of the UCC Vice President for Student Development or designee, chair, non-voting member and five (5) students-at-large, voting members, selected by the UCC Vice President for Student Development and confirmed by the ASUCC Advisor, who shall have little or no prior knowledge and no bias for or against the action or issue, as determined by the UCC Vice President for Student Development.
  2. It shall be the responsibility of the ASUCC Student Leadership Team Review Committee to review, upon request, and modify if necessary, any action taken against an ASUCC officer, senator or club representative.
  3. Meetings, quorum, voting and policies and procedures will be defined in the ASUCC Bylaws.

Section 5—ASUCC Elections Committee

  1. Membership: The ASUCC Elections Committee shall be comprised of the ASUCC Vice President or ASUCC Elections Chair, non-voting member. Should the ASUCC Vice President be a candidate for any ASUCC Executive Council position, an ASUCC Executive Council member not running for office will assume the position of ASUCC Elections Chair. The Elections Chair will appoint five (5) students, who may not be candidates for any ASUCC Executive Council position or be serving as campaign managers for a candidate.
  2. It shall be the responsibility of the ASUCC Elections Committee to make decisions on elections procedures, assist the ASUCC Vice President or ASUCC Elections Chair in running all regular and special elections.
  3. Meetings, quorum, voting and policies and procedures will be defined in the ASUCC Bylaws

Article XV—Finances

The ASUCC Student Leadership Team shall have the ability to propose student activities fees and shall have autonomy to govern the use of the fees. Any proposals of student activities fees must originate in the ASUCC Student Leadership Team. The proposed student activities fees shall take effect when they have been passed by the ASUCC Student Leadership Team with a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote and have been ratified by a two-thirds (2/3) majority of the votes cast by the ASUCC during any general or special election after having been posted for two (2) weeks by the ASUCC Student Leadership Team.

All ASUCC Student Leadership Team finances shall be subject to the policies, regulations and procedures set forth by the ASUCC Student Leadership Team, Umpqua Community College and the State of Oregon.


Article XVI—Initiative/Referendum/Recall

Section 1—Initiative

  1. By means of a petition signed by 10 percent of the ASUCC student body a special election shall be held for initiative measures.

Section 2—Referendum

  1. A special petition, signed by 20 percent of the ASUCC student body, shall refer to a special election any measure passed by the ASUCC.

Section 3—Recall

  1. A member of ASUCC Student Leadership Team, by petition of 20 percent of the ASUCC student body, shall be referred to a special election for the purpose of recall.

Section 4—Regulations

  1. All petitions circulated for signatures must first by cleared for ambiguity by the Public Relations Officer.
  2. The Public Relations Officer shall assign a ballot title and cause a special election to be held upon the issue within 15 days from the date the petitions are filed and the signatures approved.
  3. The election results must be posted within two days after the election by the Public Relations Officer.
  4. The ASUCC Student Leadership Team shall act in accordance with the outcome of the election.

Article XVII—Ratification and Amendment

Section 1—Ratification

This Constitution shall take effect when it has been passed by the ASUCC Student Leadership Team and has been ratified by a two-thirds (2/3) majority of the votes cast by the ASUCC student body in any general or special election.

Section 2—Amendments

Amendments may originate in ASUCC Student Leadership Team meetings, where two-thirds (2/3) of the voting members must favor the proposed change, or they may originate by a petition from three hundred (300) students currently enrolled at Umpqua Community College.

The proposed amendment shall, after having been posted for at least two (2) weeks, be presented by ballot to the ASUCC, where it must receive two-thirds (2/3) majority of all votes cast in any general or special election in order to become an amendment to this Constitution.


Article XVIII—Bylaws

The Bylaws shall interpret the Constitution and shall be added, amended or deleted as necessary, by the ASUCC Student Leadership Team. Bylaws may originate in any ASUCC Student Leadership Team meeting by a two-thirds (2/3) majority of the voting members or may originate from the ASUCC Constitution and Bylaws Review Committee. Any Bylaws that originate from the ASUCC Constitution and Bylaws Review Committee must be brought to the ASUCC Student Leadership Team for final approval. Changes to the Bylaws require a two-thirds (2/3) majority of the voting members of the ASUCC Student Leadership Team before they can be adopted.

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