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SGA Constitution

Pratt Institute Student Government Association Constitution

Preamble

We, the students of Pratt Institute, in order to advocate for the best possible student experience at Pratt, do hereby ordain and establish this constitution for the Student Government of Pratt Institute in order to provide a framework through which our efforts for a better institute may be directed.

Article I. Principles of Establishment and Authority

SECTION I. BASIS FOR AUTHORITY

  1. It is recognized that the Student Government Association is a self-governing entity of Pratt Institute in the Department of Student Affairs

SECTION II. ACCEPTANCE OF AUTHORITY

  1. The Student Government Association herby accepts all power granted to it by Pratt Institute. The Student Government Association is responsible for all student concerns.

Article II. Mission Statement

In order to advocate for the best possible student experience at Pratt, SGA is invested with the responsibility, power and authority for the management of our own student life and academic affairs, in cooperation with and responsible to Pratt Institute.

Article III. Purpose and Responsibility

SECTION 1. PURPOSE OF ASSOCIATION

  1. The Student Government is established to implement and coordinate the direct, active, and effective voice of the students in all matters to students.
  2. It is the intent of the Student Government to promote greater communication and cooperation among and between students, faculty, administration, and the Board of Trustees of this Institute.
  3. To best serve the above purpose, the Student Government shall represent the student population on the appropriate decision-making bodies of the Institute.

Article IV. Membership

SECTION 1. ELIGIBILITY

  1. Members may be undergraduate or graduate students in good standing at the Main Campus or Manhattan Campus.
  2. Members must hold a minimum GPA of 2.75.
  3. Members must not be on judicial or social probation.

Article V. Executive Board

SECTION 1. POWERS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. There will be an executive board that will serve as the core of the SGA which will fulfill the SGA’s mission and execute the SGA’s authority. Student government welcomes all student applicants who embody the spirit of an equitable and inclusive institution and strive to actively represent all of Pratt’s student body. 
  2. Each of the eleven members of SGA shall be required to attend weekly meetings as well as maintain two regular office hours per week.
  3. For the 2020 – 2021 academic year, it is agreed that there will be no Pratt Manhattan Campus Representative. The Graduate Student Representative will temporarily oversee the Pratt Manhattan Campus Representative position.

SECTION II. OFFICERS

  1. There shall be twelve board members of the SGA including the following:
    1. President
      1. It is the primary function of the President to see the smooth operation of the Government and its office.The President shall preside over weekly SGA meetings as chief member of the SGA.The President shall be responsible for directing the appropriate Chairs’ projects presented to the SGA.The President shall help and advise other SGA members when needed.The President shall report to the Head of School.The President shall report to the Director of Student Activities.The President shall report to the Vice President of Student Affairs.The President shall have the power to create ad hoc chairs.
    2. Chair of Academics Affairs
      1. The Chair of Academics Affairs is concerned with issues of communication between departments; degree programs; accreditation of departments; transfer credits; exchange programs; department curriculum; academic probation; academic advisement; and academic equipment upkeep.The Chair of Academic Affairs shall meet with the Provost.The Chair of Academic Affairs shall meet with the Deans.The Chair of Academic Affairs shall attend the Deans’ meetings.The Chair of Academic Affairs shall attend the Board of Trustees – Academic Affairs committee meetings.The Chair of Academic Affairs shall be responsible for transfer credits, exchange programs, academic equipment, and academic advisement.
    3. Chair of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 
      1. The Chair of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is concerned with issues regarding creating a welcoming environment at Pratt for students from differing backgrounds, ethnicities, cultures, genders, sexualities, races, socioeconomic status, religious background, and ability.The Chair of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion shall serve on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council. The Chair of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion shall serve as the Chair for the CEI Affinity Club Advisory Board. There will be an expectation the Chair actively participates with affinity groups and bases their initiatives on the advice of the aforementioned groups.The Chair of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will be responsible for student concerns with the Learning Access Center, Counseling Services, and Title IX if the concern stems from any possible bias within the process. The Chair of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion shall be in contact with the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and meet regularly with its Supervisor.For ideal candidates, the Chair must have an active understanding of the intersections present in ‘point a’ and/or experience the concerns that this position aims to address, particularly students most impacted by systems of oppression in an institutional setting.
    4. Chair of Student Life
      1. Falling under the jurisdiction of Chair of Student Life are matters concerning commuters, student activities, the student union, clubs and organizations co – curricular services including athletics; counseling and health services; judicial affairs; international student affairs; food services; bookstore; and the library.The Chair of Student Life shall attend the Board of Trustees meeting concerning the Student Life Committee.The Chair of Student Life shall attend to clubs, student activities, commuter issues, athletics, counseling and health services, judicial affairs, international student affairs, bookstore, and the library.The Chair of Student Life allocates the Student Activities Fee fund in conjunction with SGA to student groups, clubs, organizations, the program board, and co-sponsored events.The Chair of Student Life shall meet with the Assistant Director of Student Activities.The Chair of Student Life shall oversee the club and organization budget allocations and distribution.
    5. Chair of Facilities
      1. Falling under the jurisdiction of this Chair are matters of the upkeep of campus and non – residential buildings and grounds; security of facilities; infrastructure; disabled student access; and equipment.The Chair of Facilities meets with the Vice President of Finance, the head of Facilities, and Security.The Chair of Facilities shall attend the Buildings and Grounds Facilities meetings of the Board of Trustees.The Chair of Facilities shall be responsible for disabled student access and equipment, the library, and the conditions in shops and studios.
    6. Chair of Campus and Community Development
      1. Falling under the jurisdiction of the Chair of Campus and Community Development are matters of the residence halls, the surrounding communities, and the mailroom.The Chair of Campus and Community Development shall meet with the Director of Residential Life and ensure a communication between Residential Life and SGA.The Chair of Campus and Community Development shall ensure that a SGA member or SGA representative attend Hall Council meetings.The Chair of Campus and Community Development shall attend the Food Committee meetings.The Chair of Campus and Community Development shall be responsible for all issues pertaining to the mailroom.
    7. Chair of Sustainability
      1. Falling under the Chair of Sustainability will be all matters addressing student concerns of sustainability on campus.The Chair of Sustainability will advocate for correct sustainability practices on campus.The Chair of Sustainability will attend coalition meetings.The Chair of Sustainability will meet with the Academic Director of Sustainability and Facilities Coordinator of Sustainability at least once a year or as often as necessary.
    8. Graduate Student Representative
      1. The Graduate Student Representative is a graduate student at Pratt Institute who addresses the concerns of the graduate community.The Graduate Student Representative shall attend meetings of graduate student organizations.The Graduate Student Representative shall meet with representatives of graduate student organizations.
    9. Pratt Manhattan Campus Representative
      1. The PMC representative serves as a link between the two campuses.Undergraduate and Graduate students are eligible for this position.The PMC representatives shall meet with administrators as needed to address specific PMC concerns.The PMC representative will be responsible for disseminating any and all advertisements to the PMC campus.The PMC representative shall have office hours at the PMC campus.
    10. First Year Student Representative
      1. The First Year Student Representative will work for the betterment of the Foundation year for all current Freshman students.The First Year Student Representative will be in communication with all Foundation programs.The First Year Student Representative will be responsible for convening a committee of Freshman, at least one from every program in order to report Freshman related issues.The First Year Student Representative is required to attend at least one of every Residence Hall Council meetings throughout the semester.Because the First Year Student Representative is a first year student, the student will work closely with the Chair of Academics for assistance.The First Year Student Representative will be required to attend the Connections Course in the Spring semester.The First Year Student Representative is for first year students only.
    11. Chair of Communications
      1. The Chair of Communications shall be responsible for the dissemination of all publications and advertisements coming from the SGA.The Chair of Communications shall attend all meetings to collect information for advertising.The Chair of Communications will be in charge of keeping various SGA websites up to date with news and information provided by the SGA.The Chair of Communications is responsible for taking minutes at all meetings as well as archiving them digitally.
    12. International Student RepresentativeFalling under the jurisdiction of the International Student Representative are matters related to the unique needs and concerns of Pratt’s international student community.
      1. The International Student Representative should meet regularly with other international student organization leaders (such as PISA, CSSA, SASA, etc).The International Student Representative should meet at least once a month or as often as necessary with the Director of the Office of International Affairs. (OIA).The International Student Representative is responsible for disseminating information to international students as needed and soliciting information from international students regularly as to unique needs and concerns.The student is encouraged to establish a council with relations to the OIA and to sit in on meetings related to the Global Education strategic pillar.The International Student Representative should work with other members of the SGA (including but not limited to the Student Life, Academics, Campus Community Development, Diversity Equity and Inclusion Chair. That may involve attending the DEI Council meeting, Student Affairs Committee, etc.) to advocate for the representation of international students in campus and academia settings.The position must be held by a registered international student.

Article VI. Member Discipline and Removal

SECTION I. ABSENCE/JOB PROBATION

  1. If a member has three unexcused absences in a semester from weekly meetings, or misses three weeks of office hours in one semester, he or she will be considered on job- probation.
  2. A member on job-probation is required to meet with the Student Government Association’s advisor in order make a decision regarding their continuation in the position. If the member in question is found to be unsuited for the position, a vote will be put to the rest of the members of the SGA.
  3. An unexcused absence is defined as a member missing a meeting without notification of the Director of Student Activities or the President.

SECTION II. REMOVAL FROM OFFICE

  1. Any of the student government members will be immediately removed from office for any of the following reasons:
    1. being placed on academic probation as determined by the Registrar’s office
    2. being placed on disciplinary probation as determined by the Office of Vice President of Student Life
    3.  If placed on probation, and found unsuited by the SGA advisor, a two-thirds majority vote will decide upon their removal.

Article VII. Budget and Finances

SECTION I.

  1. The Student Government Association will be allotted a budget to use for service to the community and for events.

Article VIII. Advisor

SECTION I. JOB DESCRIPTION

  1. The Student Government Association will be under the direct supervision of the Director of Student Activities.
  2. It will be the job of the advisor to sit in on weekly meetings and assist with Government work when needed.
  3. The advisor of the Student Government Association is a non-voting entity in the Student Government Association.

Article IX. Amendments

SECTION I. PROPOSAL

  1. Amendments may be brought to the Student Government Association at any time during the school year during a weekly meeting.

SECTION II. VOTING

  1. Voting on an amendment may not occur sooner than two weeks for time to deliberate.
  2. Voting may happen during a weekly meeting and can pass with two-thirds majority.
  3. The President of the Student Government Association will be excluded from any voting.