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 Mondays at 6 p.m. in the Student Leadership Room of the Hektner Student Center.
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 Bylaws are listed below. The North Dakota State College of Science Student Senate is a member of the North Dakota Student Association.
All registered students of the North Dakota State College of Science are members of the student body. The governing body of the enrolled students is the Student Senate. The Student Senate is the voice of the student body in all campus affairs.
The Student Senate, with advisor's approval, has the authority to regulate all student social activities and all extracurricular activities except choral, drama and athletic events. Allocated operational funds are provided from student fees, and the Student Senate and Campus Activities Board have complete control over their expenditures under the guidance of the advisors.
The Student Senate meets regularly to discuss agenda items, formulate policies and make decisions regarding students concerns, programs and, in collaboration with the Campus Activities Board, activities.
The Student Senate shall form sub-committees and appoint chairpersons to such committees as necessary. The Student Senate enlists the assistance and cooperation of all student organizations to help implement these programs and activities.
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 to 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 hereinafter called the student body.
The purpose of this organization is to govern the student clubs and organization and to represent the student body both locally with campus administration and on the state level with the North Dakota Student Association.
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.
Section 1 - The governing group of the student body shall be called the Student Senate.
Section 2 - The Student Senate shall be comprised of 14 total students, at least two first year students, two second year students, one North Dakota State College of Science Fargo student, 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, an Administrative Assistant, and a Treasurer.
Section 4 - The officers named and implied in Section 3 of this Article shall be elected by the members of the Student Senate.
Section 5 - The members of the Student Senate shall be elected by the student body. 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.
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.
Section 4 – Advisors shall determine the disbursement of scholarship compensation.
Section 1 - Amendments to this constitution shall beapproved by a majority vote of the Student Senate membership, along with notice to the college Management Team.
Section 2 – The bylaws of this organization shall be amended by a two-thirds vote of the Student Senate membership.
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.
Elections of members to the Student Senate and of Senate officers are conducted according to the following provisions:
Section 1 - Candidates are required to have at least a 2.0 semester and cumulative grade point average (GPA) to be eligible for the Student Senate. Prospective member who do not have a GPA from any College may use their 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 their updated grades.
Section 2 - Prospective students who are inquiring to become a senator shall prepare to lead the student body and be an active member in the Student Senate including:
Section 3 - Only members who plan to attend the North Dakota State College of Science for the entire academic school year are eligible to become a member of the Student Senate.
Section 4 - 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 5 – Senators elected in the spring will serve for the remainder of the academic year at a prorated scholarship compensation until the next academic school year, and for as long as they wish to serve while attending NDSCS for subsequent years.
Section 6 - 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 7 - Notice of Student Senate elections shall be marketed through various avenues at least two weeks prior to the date of the election.
Section 8 – In the event that the number of applicants is equal to or less than the number of open positions, interviews shall be conducted by a special committee of the Senate with the applicants, and new members shall be appointed at the recommendation of the committee.
Section 9 - Elections for Senate officers shall be held on a regularly scheduled spring semester meeting.
Qualifications for officers of the Student Senate
Section 1 - All officers must be duly elected members of the Student Senate.
Section 2 – Officers shall be elected by the Student Senate.
Section 3 - Be knowledgeable and/or willing to learn Robert’s Rules of Order.
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 prior to the meeting time except in special circumstances decided by the Senate.
Section 2 - The President of the Student Senate shall:
Section 3 - The Vice-President/ North Dakota Student Association Head Delegate shall:
Section 4 - The Administrative Assistant shall:
Section 5 – The Treasurer shall:
Section 6 - The Senators shall:
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 Leadership room in the North Dakota State College of Science 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, within an academic year, without just cause, may be removed by a vote of the majority of the Student Senate. Three “tardies” or “early leaves” for any meeting shall result in 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.
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 North Dakota State College of Science Student Senate clothing to each regular meeting and when the President and Advisor deem it appropriate.
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, involve the entire student body or are open to the entire student body. The Student Senate recognizes all North Dakota State College of Science 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 North Dakota State College of Science.
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:
Section 6 – The Student Senate shall have the power to dissolve inactive clubs.
Section 7 - Discretionary Funding
1. Discretionary funding is used for:
2. The process to distribute funds to clubs and organizations is as follows:
3. Funding other organizations:
Section 8 - Student Senate shall provide funds to student clubs and organizations of the College for Service Learning Projects. A maximum reimbursement for student clubs and organizations shall be $150.00 per academic year (Senate’s discretion may be used in determining reimbursement amounts depending on project scope and campus/community impact).
The most current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised shall be the parliamentary authority on all matters not covered in the North Dakota State College of Science Constitution and Bylaws.
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