ARTICLE I: The Association

Section I: Composition and Purpose

Subsection A: The name of this association shall be the Self-Government Association of the Undergraduate School of Bryn Mawr College, hereafter known as SGA. The purpose of SGA shall be the governance of the undergraduate student body.

Subsection B: The President and the Dean of the College shall entrust to the SGA Assembly through its Honor Code the exclusive management of all matters concerning the conduct of students in their college life which do not fall under the exclusive jurisdiction of the authorities of the College, the Faculty, Residential Life, or the Hall Advisers of the halls of residence.

Subsection C: Any candidate for a Bryn Mawr A.B. degree and any undergraduate who resides on the Bryn Mawr campus shall be a member of SGA. Members of SGA shall have voting rights in campus wide elections, dorm elections and at Plenary. In order to be voting members of SGA, all candidates for a Bryn Mawr A.B. degree shall pay tuition or the appropriate percentage determined by financial aid.

Subsection D: Upon the recommendation of two current members of SGA and approval of the Assembly, honorary life membership may be conferred upon any past member of SGA who has rendered notable service to Bryn Mawr College. Honorary members shall have none of the obligations but all of the privileges of membership in SGA except those of making motions, voting, and holding office.

Section II: Authority

Subsection A: All Association members have the right and responsibility to vote in all general and dorm elections as outlined in Article VIII and Article VII, Section I.

Subsection B: All Association members have the right and responsibility to attend Plenary.

Subsection C: Plenary shall be held twice during each academic year (once each semester) in accordance with Article VI, Section X. Plenary quorum shall be one-third of the undergraduate student body. At Plenary, a simple majority of those present is required to pass all proposals, amendments to the Constitution, and resolutions.

Subsection D: All Association members have the right to submit resolutions for Plenary.

Subsection E: Plenary Resolutions may include, but are not limited to, efforts to amend the Constitution, recommendations to the Administration, ratification of school policy, overriding of decisions made in Representative Council and creation or amendment of campus-wide policies in accordance with Article I, Section I, Subsection B.

Subsection F: In addition to Plenary, any proposed amendment to the Constitution may be referred to SGA for a campus-wide vote. Each member of SGA shall be informed two times of the proposed amendment. Proposed amendments to the Constitution shall be adopted upon a two-thirds vote within two weeks of the first publication of said amendment(s), provided a minimum of two-thirds of SGA votes.

Subsection G: A time limit of 3 hours will be maintained for reaching quorum at every Plenary. If quorum is attained and later lost, a time limit of 30 minutes will be established to regain quorum. After these 30 minutes have elapsed the waiting period will cease. If quorum has not been reached the attendees will be dismissed. If quorum has been reached plenary will proceed. If quorum is lost again, plenary must end. There will be no subsequent waiting period.

Subsection H: If quorum is not reached at the Fall Plenary, then resolutions will be tabled until the next Plenary occurs to be brought forth again at the resolution writers’ discretion. Plenary will not have been held that Fall semester.

Subsection I: If, before quorum is lost, any resolutions have been presented and voted upon, the results of those votes stand. All other resolutions may be tabled until the next Plenary occurs to be brought forth again at the resolution writers’ discretion. Plenary will have been held at that time.

Subsection J: If quorum is reached at the Spring Plenary, the Constitution is reaffirmed, and then quorum is lost, Plenary has been held. All remaining resolutions will be tabled until the next Plenary occurs to be brought forth again at the resolution writers’ discretion.

Subsection K: If quorum is reached at the Spring Plenary, the Constitution is reaffirmed, and then quorum is lost, Plenary has been held. All remaining resolutions will be tabled until the next Plenary occurs to be brought forth again at the resolution writers’ discretion.

Subsection L: If quorum is not reached for Spring Plenary or the Digital Reaffirmation, then the newly elected SGA Executive Board, SGA Executive Board Emeritae/i/a, Plenary Committee and Representative Council will decide how to proceed. Consequences, which are up to the discretion of these parties as well as the Dean of the Undergraduate College, may include but are not limited to the following: all SGA reimbursements and payments for purchases after the Digital Reaffirmation will not occur, the dissolution of academic and social practices as described in the Bryn Mawr College Honor Code, and the disbandment of the SGA Representative Council.

Comments are closed.