Student Handbook

Student Congress Bylaws

Bylaws of the Student Congress of Alma College

Article 1: Voting Representatives

Voting representatives shall consist of one member from each organization officially recognized by Student Congress. The following list contains the current membership for the 2011-2012 academic year.

  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015
  • ACM
  • ACOG
  • Active Minds
  • ACUB
  • AGD
  • ALA
  • Almanian
  • Alpha Phi Omega
  • Alternative Breaks
  • Amnesty International
  • AZD
  • Barrister Society
  • Biology Club
  • Catholic Student Organization
  • Chemistry Club
  • Chinese Club
  • Climbing Club
  • Colleges Against Cancer
  • Democrats
  • Education Club
  • EHS
  • French Club
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • German Club
  • ICCSN
  • IFC
  • Interfaith Council
  • International Club
  • Kappa Iota
  • Kiltie Band
  • Literacy Beyond Borders
  • MacCurdy House
  • MCSU
  • Model UN
  • New Life
  • Panhellenic Council
  • Phi Mu Alpha
  • Phi Sigma Sigma
  • Physics Club
  • Pi Delta Chi
  • Pine River
  • Political Science Club
  • PRIDE
  • Psi Chi
  • Republicans
  • SAE
  • SAI
  • See Spot Run
  • SIFE
  • Sigma Chi
  • Squirrel Club
  • Student Athletic Trainers
  • Students for a Sustainable Future
  • The Scot
  • Theta Chi
  • TKE
  • UHPAC
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Up Til Dawn
  • WQAC
  • Zeta Sigma
Article 2: Student Activity Fee

The Student Activity Fee for the 20011-2012 academic year shall be $250.00.

The Student Activity Fee for the 2012-2013 academic year shall be $260.00.

Article 3: Executive Council Salaries

Officers’ salaries shall be determined by the Student Budget and Finance Committee and approved by a simple majority of the voting body present. Salaries for the 2011-2012 academic year shall be as follows:

  1. The President shall receive $600.00 per year
  2. The Vice President shall receive $500.00 per year
  3. The Secretary and Treasurer shall receive $400.00 per year
Article 4: Organization Binders

All organizations representatives of Student Congress shall each be responsible for a records binder. These binders shall be given to the representative under the ownership of Student Congress and shall be returned to Student Congress in the same condition in which it was received. Penalties for not following this procedure shall be decided by the Budget and Finance Committee. These binders shall include sections for:

  1. Organization Constitution and member list
  2. Student Congress constitution and member list
  3. Organization minutes and notes
  4. Student Congress minutes and notes
  5. Budget and Finance information

This binder shall also be used as the budget binder for each organization and shall be submitted to the Budget and Finance Committee under their discretion (Article VII, Section III).

Article 5: Mid-year Audits/Evaluations and Budget Proposals

In the event that an organization does not hand in the material deemed necessary by the Budget and Finance Committee in a timely manner, the following punishments shall be enacted upon that same organization by the BFC:

  • 10% of the budget shall be cut from the organization’s remaining budget for information regarding mid-year audits that is turned into the BFC up to one week late.
  • 20% of the budget shall be cut from the organization’s remaining budget for information regarding mid-year audits that is turned into the BFC up to two weeks late.
  • If a group chooses to turn in materials after two weeks, the BFC should deem an appropriate punishment.
  • 5% of an organization’s proposed budget (as finalized by the BFC) shall be cut for each day that information regarding that same proposed budget is late to the BFC. This will remain in effect up to 50% of an organization’s budget (or ten days). Upon this the BFC will deem an appropriate punishment.

The preceding are subject to the BFC and they shall bring forth any changes to the Student Congress. In an instance that an organization’s budget is shown to be already used or having the majority spent, the BFC shall assess and administer punishments, as it deems necessary and just.

Article 6: Clothing Policy

Only $200 or 10% of the Student Congress allocated budget (whichever is greater) can be used on organization t-shirt and/or clothing purchases. Clothing must indicate a relationship to Alma College and have a purpose to promote your organization and college as a while. This policy may be revoked at any time. Violation of this policy is punishable by a 10% deduction of the organization’s remaining budget.

Article 7: Food/Drink Policy

Only $200 or 10% of the Student Congress allocated budget (whichever is greater) can be used on organization food/drink purchases. This includes but not limited to: meetings and or any type of organizational gathering. This policy may be revoked at any time. Violation of this policy is punishable by a 10% deduction of the organization’s remaining budget.

Article 8: Amendments to the Bylaws

Amendments to the bylaws shall be approved by a simple majority of Student Congress Representatives. The President shall have the option of calling for a roll call vote if deemed necessary. Any representative may also request a roll call vote.

Revised & Approved October 2011

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