Constitutional Act 1
The Legion of Black Collegians
University of Missouri-Columbia
Constitutional Act to Change Membership Qualifications of the Legion of Black Collegians Senate
October 14, 2010
Purpose: To allow better representation of students in the Legion of Black Collegians Senate as well as increase senatorial participation among the Legion.
Whereas, students are unaware of the powers invested in them as senators and
Whereas, structure in senate is needed in order to lawfully handle Legion of Black Collegian business, increase retention, and to further educate senators on the role they play in the Legion and
Whereas, the process of senatorial elections as currently stated in the Constitution are without clarity, and lack proper screening procedures for senators and
Whereas, students, executive board and senators, wish to see Senators held more accountable and hold more responsibility in their role of senators .
THEFOREFORE BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGION OF BLACK COLLEGIANS SENATE for the betterment of the Senate and betterment of the student body at large, Article V. Section 2 be amended as follows:
SECTION 2. MEMBERSHIP
The Senate shall consist of undergraduate students of the University of Missouri-Columbia who meet the requirements of the LBC Constitution at the time of their election and throughout their terms on the Executive Board. The Senate Secretary shall have the authority to demand proof of compliance with this law.
A. Residence Halls, National Pan-Hellenic Fraternities and Sororities of MU, and umbrella organizations including but not limited to all African-American academic and social organizations that are officially recognized by the university.
All MU National Pan-Hellenic fraternities and sororities, umbrella organizations, are entitled to appoint one (1) senator. All classes of the university (freshman, sophomore, junior and senior) are required to have at least one (1), yet nor more than three (3) senators.
All Senators selected from the unites in Article V, Section 2, subsection A-1.1 of this constitution shall be selected in the fall semester of each academic year and thereafter as vacancies occur.
Students interested in a senator seat shall apply and adhere to interviews with members of the executive board, including but not limited to the Vice President.
B. Off-Campus Senators
All students living in any housing not listed in Article V, Section 2, subsection A-1.1 of this constitution shall be entitled to a seat in accordance with Article V, Section 2, subsection B-1.2.
All Senators authorized in Article V, section 2, subsection A-1.2 of this constitution shall be considered elected for the current senate term after having submitted a senate application to the senate secretary and having been selected by the Speaker of Senate.
C. Senators-at Large
Any LBC member shall be entitled to be a senator at-large provided that the total number of senators-at-large does not exceed 5% of the undergraduate enrollment.
Each candidate for senator-at-large shall place his or her name in nomination at the second LBC Senate meeting of the semester. Under the discretion of the Executive Board, the election will take place, after each candidate has been given the opportunity to speak before the Senate for no longer than one (1) minute. There shall be no campaign spending. A senator shall be elected by plurality of the vote of the Senators present. Senators-at-large must be elected to the Senate no later than the third meeting of the semester.