Student Senate

Student Senate is the governing body of the enrolled students at NDSCS.

So what does that mean? The Student Senate is here to serve you, the students. Along with the authority to regulate student social activities and extracurricular activities, the Senate offers many services to the student body and to student groups through the funding received in student fees every year. The Senate meets Tuesdays at 5 p.m. in the Student Senate Room of the Student Center.

Contact a Senator for:

  • Discretionary Funding
  • Fund Raising on Campus
  • Chartering new Student Organizations
  • Input into College decisions

Get Involved in Student Senate

The Student Senate includes representatives from the instructional divisions at NDSCS. Students are encouraged to get involved with student government and other club activities. Contact a Senator or Student Senate advisor to learn how you can get involved.

The Student Government Constitution and Policy Sheet are available at the Student Life Office, 101 Student Center. The North Dakota State College of Science Student Senate is a member of the North Dakota Student Association.

NDSCS Senate Member Photos


President: Nikolas Kukert


Vice President: Ashlie Challner


Recorder: Michelle Lenk


Nicole Matson


Morgan Julius


Kale Steffenson


Nicole Rilla


Sara Holcomb


Shelby Regimbal


Allie Arcoria


Cody Johnson


Christian Roise

Student Senate Application

Fundraising Application

Discretionary Funding

Petition to Organize

Club Constitution & Bylaws Template

NDSCS Senate Members

NameHometownProgramMailboxEmail/Phone
Nikolas Kukert
President
Kent, MNArchitectural Drafting & EstimatingNDSCS Box 2394nikolas.kukert@my.ndscs.edu
218-443-1015
Ashlie Challner
Vice President
Estevan, SKDental HygieneNDSCS Box 1891ashlie.challner@my.ndscs.edu
701-403-2288
Michelle Lenk
Recorder
Breckenridge, MNWeb Design/Web DeveloperNDSCS Box 1831michelle.lenk@my.ndscs.edu
701-640-1757
Nicole MatsonMinneapolis, MNLiberal ArtsNDSCS Box 1575nicolemariematson@yahoo.com
651-231-1619
Morgan JuliusHutchinson, MN Liberal ArtsNDSCS Box 2092morgan.julius@my.ndscs.edu
952-380-7762
Kale SteffensonBeulah, NDElectrical TechnologyNDSCS Box 1373kale.m.steffenson@gmail.com
573-303-2816
Nicole RillaBattle Lake, MNDental HygieneNDSCS Box 893nicole.rilla@my.ndscs.edu
218-371-7089
Sara HolcombWahpeton, NDBusiness Managementsara.l.holcomb@my.ndscs.edu
701-640-5481
Shelby RegimbalGrand Forks, NDArchitectural Drafting & EstimatingNDSCS Box 828shelby.regimbal@my.ndscs.edu
701-739-3099
Allie ArcoriaOhioSocial WorkNDSCS Box 1808alexandria.c.arcoria@my.ndscs.edu
701-640-7451
Cody JohnsonJamestown, NDAutobodyNDSCS Box 2505 monkye1994@gmail.com
701-320-4753
Christian RoiseBarnesville, MNBusiness Administrationchipr25@gmail.com
701-799-3533
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NDSCS Student Senate Constitution

Constitution of the Student Body

We, the students of the North Dakota State College of Science, desire to establish this constitution and bylaws in order that we will have an effective and organized method of exercising the authority which is inherent in or delegated to the student body of the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, North Dakota, hereinafter called the student body.

ARTICLE I
Purpose
The purpose of this organization shall be to further the cause of a unified student body, to promote spirit and to stimulate worthwhile campus activity growth.

ARTICLE II
Membership
All bona fide students of the North Dakota State College of Science who pay the student activity fee, as officially established by proper authority, and are in good standing with respect to all college regulations, shall be considered members of the student body.

ARTICLE III
Governing Body
Section 1 - The governing group of the student body shall be called the Student Senate.
Section 2 - The members of the Student Senate shall be elected by the student body. The Student Senate shall be comprised of at least two first year students, two second year students, two students from the Arts, Science and Business Division and two students from the Technologies and Services Division or any combination thereof.
Section 3 - The officers shall consist of a President, a Vice-President/North Dakota Student Association Head Delegate, a Secretary/Treasurer.
Section 4 - The officers named and implied in Section 3 of this Article shall be elected by the members of the Student Senate on the final regular spring meeting.
Section 5 - Election procedures to be followed are set up in Article I of the attached bylaws.
Section 6 - The Student Senate shall be responsible for furthering college spirit and encouraging worthwhile campus activities of the student body.

ARTICLE IV
Advisors
Section 1 - The Student Senate shall have such advisors as the President of the college shall deem necessary.
Section 2 - The advisors shall attend regularly scheduled meetings of the Student Senate in order to enlighten the members with regard to the college's official positions.
Section 3 - Advisors shall not vote.

ARTICLE V
Amendments
Section 1 - Amendments to this constitution are approved by a majority of the Student Senate membership and the college Management Team.
Section 2 - Bylaws of this organization shall be amended by a two-thirds vote of the Student Senate membership.

ARTICLE VI
Effectiveness
Section 1 - This constitution shall replace and repeal any and all previous constitutions made by this student body.
Section 2 - This constitution and bylaws shall go into effect immediately following approval by the Student Senate membership and the college Management Team.
 

NDSCS Student Senate Bylaws

North Dakota State College of Science Student Senate Bylaws

ARTICLE I
Election Procedures
Elections of members to the Student Senate are conducted according to the following provisions:
Section 1 - Candidates are required to have at least a 2.5 semester and cumulative grade point average to be eligible for the Student Senate. Prospective member who do not have a GPA from any College may use there transfer GPA; any students in their first semester of college may use their high school GPA. Members must maintain a 2.0 GPA to remain in office. Senators who receive an incomplete grade form a previous semester will have 2 weeks starting at the beginning of the current semester to rectify and submit grades.
Section 2 Prospective students who are inquiring to become a senator shall prepare to lead the student body and be active member in the student senate including:

  1. Participate in the community projects
  2. Attend meetings
  3. Be an active speaker and listener
  4. Talk to students across campus
  5. Be able to represent not only yourself but the school on the state/national level
  6. Give reports when involved in committees

Section 2 - Only members who plan to attend the North Dakota State College of Science for the entire academic school year are eligible.
Section 3 - Each candidate for the Student Senate must file a petition for candidacy signed by at least 25 qualified voters, the Associate Registrar of Enrollment Services and the Executive Director of Student Services and Residential Life. Petitions must be submitted to the advisor of Student Senate by the stated deadline.
Section 4 - Senators will be elected in the spring to serve for the remainder of the academic year elected without a scholarship compensation until the next academic school year, and for as long as they wish to serve while attending NDSCS for subsequent years.
Section 5 - In the event a member of the Student Senate does not return to college, withdraws from college, resigns, or is asked to leave, the Student Senate shall have the option to nominate willing candidates and vote in a new senator to fill the vacant position by a majority vote, or elect to continue on without filling the vacancy with the option to vote in a candidate later on in the school year.
Section 6 - Notice of Student Senate elections shall be marketed through various avenues at least two weeks prior to date of election.

ARTICLE II
Qualifications for officers of the Student Senate
Section 1 - All officers must be duly elected members of the Student Senate by the student body and voted in by Senate
Section 2 - Special assignments such as representation on college committees shall be filled by appointment by the Senate President with Senate approval.
Section 3 - Be knowledgeable and or willing to learn Robert’s Rules of Order.

ARTICLE III
Powers and duties of officers and members of the Student Senate
Section 1 - All officers and members of the Student Senate shall attend all meetings unless the advisor and/or president has excused the absence one week prior except in special circumstances decided by the Senate.
Section 2 - The President of the Student Senate shall:

  1. Call and preside over all meetings of the Student Senate.
  2. Have power to call for special reports from members.
  3. Have the power to assign duties.
  4. Has no vote except to cast the tie breaking vote of the senate
  5. Act as the official representative of the Student Senate at meetings and functions of the college, student body and community or appoint a member of the Student Senate to take his/her place as an official representative.
  6. Attend the Management Team meetings or appoint a member of the Senate to attend in your place.
  7. Prepare an agenda with help from the Vice President and Recorder for each regular meeting by the Friday of the previous week for regular meetings to make it available for Student Senate members
  8. Call for special meetings when needed at the Presidents Discretion
  9. Shall be provided with one copy of the Robert’s Rule of Order book, and provide each student senate member with a copy of the Robert’s Rule of Order Sparknotes guide. 
  10. Be responsible for notifying all members of special meetings.

Section 3 - The Vice-President/NDSA Head Delegate shall:

  1. Call and preside over Student Senate meetings in the temporary absence of the President.
  2. Become President in the event that the President is no longer a member or choose to defer to hold the new president election.
  3. Serve as the NDSCS Head Delegate representative to the NDSA.
  4. If the Vice-President cannot attend an NDSA meeting they shall appoint a representative to attend said meeting.

Section 4 - The Recorder shall:
1. Keep accurate minutes of all official Student Senate meetings and have them available by the Friday of the current week.
2. Be responsible for handling correspondence between the Student Senate and outside sources.

  • This shall include maintaining the information on the NDSCS website and other social media sources accurate and current.

3. Be responsible for keeping a permanent record of previous agendas, meeting minutes, special committee minutes, and other documents for the student senate.
4. Call and preside over Student Senate meetings in the temporary absence of other officers.
5. Call and preside over Student Senate meetings in the permanent absence of the President and Vice-President or choose to defer to hold the new president election
6. Coordinate all financial transactions and reporting of the financial condition of the Student Senate with the advisors.
7. Prepare an annual budget and a budget for each semester with the advisor.

Section 6 - The Senators shall:

  1. Conduct themselves respectfully and professionally as leaders and representatives of the North Dakota State College of Science and student body, while on campus, away from campus, or online.
  2. Report any student concerns to the Senate.
  3. Be an active participant in Student Senate programs and activities.
  4. Attend at least three North Dakota Student Association meetings they must attend at least one meeting within 2 months of being elected with the exception of those Senators elected in the spring semester.
  5. Be a member of at least 1 standing committee within a month of being elected.
  6. Complete a committee report before the following meeting and present it to the senate.

ARTICLE IV
Meeting Time, Place and Attendance
Section 1 - The Student Senate shall meet at least once a week on the day and time most convenient for the members and advisors.
Section 2 - The Student Senate shall meet in the Student Senate office in the NDSCS Student Center unless otherwise specified.
Section 3 - All members are expected to attend all meetings. Any member who fails to perform his/her assigned duties, is absent for more than three regular meetings, sub-committee meetings, or a combination thereof without just cause, shall be removed by vote of the majority of the members present. Also, three “tardies” to any meeting shall result in a one absence of a meeting.
Section 4 - Members of the student body may attend in reasonable numbers. Persons representing special interest groups may appear before the Student Senate to present their proposals if it is in the best interests of the College, provided they are listed on the agenda in advance.
Section 5 - A quorum shall be necessary to transact any business. A quorum shall consist of a majority of the Student Senate membership and an advisor.
Section 6 Senators shall wear appropriate clothing when representing the college. Student Senators should wear NDSCS Student Senate clothing when the President and Advisor deem it appropriate.

ARTICLE V
Additional Powers of the Student Senate:

Section 1 - The Student Senate shall have the power to regulate all student activities which are sponsored by student organizations and which involve the entire student body or which are open to the entire student body. The Student Senate recognizes all NDSCS policies as official regulations governing student activities.
Section 2. - The Student Senate shall voice its opinions on matters of day to day operations of the school to official presiding bodies.
Section 3 - In the event that situations arise which are not specifically described or allowed for in this Constitution and Bylaws, the Student Senate shall have the power to act in the best interests of the student body so long as this action is not contradictory to policies of NDSCS.
Section 4 - One Student Senate member shall have open communication with the Faculty Senate once a month.
Section 5 - Students interested in establishing a student club/organization are required to be recognized by the Student Senate and should complete the following:

  1. Attend a regular meeting of the Student Senate to state the purpose of the organization and to receive authorization to carry out organization procedures.
  2. Obtain a copy of the "Petition to Organize and Establish an Organization" and a copy of the model constitution from the Club Activities Chairperson, Student Senate.
  3. Obtain signatures of at least fifteen students interested in forming the proposed organization and in becoming members.
  4. Obtain the written consent of one full-time faculty member to serve as faculty advisor.
  5. Have a representative of the proposed organization present the signed petition and ten copies of the proposed constitution to the Club Activities Chairperson, Student Senate.
  6. Await notification of approval of the constitution before scheduling the first official meeting. (A two-week waiting period is required after submitting the constitution to enable the Student Senate to study the petition and the constitution).

Section 6 - Discretionary Funding
1. Discretionary funding is used for:

  • Monetary requests by clubs and organizations;
  • Student awards banquet;
  • Broadcast Music Inc., annual dues;
  • All joint activities that involve Senate.

2. The Process to distribute funds to clubs and organizations:

  • Add up number of members in all clubs.
  • Determine dollar amount to be awarded.
  • Divide award by total membership (this number is a per student figure).
  • Multiply by the number of individuals attending the activity.
  • Compare to 50% of the request.
  • May use other factors when needed.

3. Funding other organizations:

  • Student Senate reserves the right to fund and participate in CAB and other campus organizations for student activities.

ARTICLE VI
PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY
The most current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised shall be the parliamentary authority on all matters not covered in the NDSCS Constitution and Bylaws.

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