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The Constitution of: The Legion of Black Collegians

Preamble:

We, the black students of the University of Missouri, look to gain benefits inherent in the organization of a government for the student, enhance not only the black community, but also the entire University of Missouri community, through developing a lasting appreciation of social, moral, intellectual and, especially, cultural values that will uplift black students and educate all students in all aspects of student life, do hereby establish the Constitution for the Legion of Black Collegians black student government of the University of Missouri.

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Article I. Name

The name of this Student Government shall be the Legion of Black Collegians of the University of Missouri, hereafter referred to as LBC or The Legion.

Article II. Membership

All undergraduate students of the University of Missouri shall be eligible for general membership in the Legion of Black Collegians.

Section 1. Active Status

The attendance of all general assembly meetings, during the current semester, and active participation in an executive committee is required to be considered an active member of the Legion of Black Collegians.

  1. To remain active, a Senator will be required to miss no more than three senate meetings, and it is required to notify the Political Chair twenty-four hours before the meeting.

Section 2. Voting

Active status in the LBC senate is required to obtain voting privileges within Senate.

Article III. Structure

The structure of the Legion of Black Collegians shall consist of an Executive Branch, the Senate, and the General Assembly.

Article IV. Executive Branch

Section 1. Authorization

The executive authority of the Legion of Black Collegians shall be vested in the President, who along with the Executive Branch, shall be elected by the members of the Legion of Black Collegians at the general election in accordance with the provisions established by law. There shall be five Executive committees, to be titled Activities Committee, Political Committee, Communications Committee, Finance Committee, and Freshmen Action Team Committee. They shall receive their direction by law and be headed by chairpersons elected by popular vote, and shall hereafter also be referred to as The Cabinet.

Section 2. Membership

The Executive Branch shall consist of the President, Vice President, Political Chair, Financial Chair, Activities Chair, Communications Chair, Freshman Action Team Chair, Executive Secretary, at the discretion of the President, a Parliamentarian and at the discretion of the President an Ex – Officio Chair.

Section 3. Qualifications of Executive Board Members

  1. All candidates for Executive office must at the date of the general election possess a cumulative grade point average of 2.5, which is to be maintained throughout the term of office or be removed by order of this Constitution.
  2. A candidate for President must have been an active member of the Legion of Black Collegians for at least three semesters prior to the general election or have served as an executive branch member for at least two semesters, unless specially nominated by the advisor.
  3. A candidate for Vice – President must have been an active member of the Legion of Black Collegians for at least two semesters prior to the general election or have served as an executive board member.
  4. A candidate for Political Chair must have been an active member of the Legion of Black Collegians for at least two semesters or have served in a position as vice-chair in any Legion of Black Collegians committee, be abreast of campus issues facing the Legion of Black Collegians and black students, and possess knowledge of other campus governmental bodies.
  5. A candidate for Finance Chair must have been an active member of the Legion of Black Collegians for at least one semester prior to the general election and must possess skills in organization, basic accounting, and moderate knowledge of campus organizational funding.
  6. A candidate for Activities Chair must be an active member of the Legion of Black Collegians for at least one full semester on the Activities Committee
  7. A candidate for Communications Chair must be an active member of the Legion of Black Collegians for at least one full semester on the Communications Committee
  8. A candidate for Freshman Action Team Chair must be an active member of the Legion of Black Collegians for at least one full semester and apart of the Freshman Action Team Committee.
  9. A candidate for Parliamentarian must have been an active member of the Legion of Black Collegians for at least two semesters.
  10. A candidate for Ex – Officio Chair must have been a past member of the Executive Board.

Section 4. Duties and Responsibilities

The Executive Branch shall set the internal policy, broad protocol, and goals of the government. The Cabinet, through chairpersons, shall make regular reports to the Senate. The Cabinet shall have supervision and control over the affairs of the Legion of Black Collegians between meetings of the Senate. All actions by the Cabinet may not be in derogation of any Senate enactment. All actions by the Cabinet must be by a majority vote of the Legion of Black Collegian executives present, and at least two-thirds members of the Cabinet must be present to constitute an official meeting. It shall be the responsibility of the Executive Branch to insure the solidarity in the voice of the constituency before the University and give report at each general assembly meeting.

(1) Powers of the President

The President shall be chief executive of the LBC: all other officers of the executive board shall be responsible to him/her. He/she shall have the power of interim appointment of all government members, agents, and officers established under law, 2/3 majority approval of the Senate. He/she shall set the agenda for LBC. He/She shall represent the Legion of Black Collegians on the One Mizzou Council. He/she shall be vested with the authority to preside over executive board meetings, be the spokesperson for LBC, and the chief liaison between the government and the University, fellow organizations, community and organizations.

(2) Vice President

The Vice-President shall preside over all Senate meetings as Speaker of the Senate, act as chief coordinator of all special committees, aid the President in the discharge of his/her duties, perform all financial inquiries as directed by the President

(3) Political Chair

The Political Chair shall serve as chief advisor to the President and government strategist along the aspects of protocol, media, and the organizational relations. He/she shall be responsible for political and educational events pertaining to African-American students in all areas of human affairs. He/she shall also act as the liaison to the African American Student Leadership of the University as well as the Columbia Community, and insure African representation in cooperating non-minority based organizations such as, but not limited to Missouri Student Association, Forefront, Graduate Programming Committee, and the Resident Hall Association.

(4) Finance Chair

The Finance Chair shall maintain a record of the fiscal affairs of the Legion of Black Collegians and process all vouchers for payment out of Legion of Black Collegians funds. He/she shall serve as the vested disbursement officer and auditor. He/she shall initiate programs for the Legion of Black Collegians in the sphere of economics as it pertains to African – Americans.

(5) Activities Chair

The Activities Chair shall initiate, coordinate, and administer programs and actives for the social, recreational, educational, and cultural life of members of the Legion of Black Collegians.

(7) Communications Chair

The Communications Chair shall have the responsibility for all Legion of Black Collegian publicity and communication. He/she shall also be responsible for the organization of the annual report to the Big 12 Council on Black Student Government, Legion of Black Collegian newsletter, and an annual African-American student yearbook.

(8) Freshman Action Team Chair

Freshman Action Team Chair shall be responsible for heading the Freshman Action Team Committee. He/She is responsible for electing an executive board, assisting and advising the executive board with the planning of events. He/She will focus on inspiring first year students to be involved on campus and success throughout their first year at the university.

(9) Parliamentarian

The parliamentarian shall be appointed by the President and shall exist as a voting Executive Branch member at the discretion of the board. He/she shall be responsible for maintaining order and enacting Roberts Rules of Order in the Senate and Executive meetings.

(10) Executive Secretary

The Executive Secretary shall be responsible for recording all executive board minutes and regulating the recordings of Senate proceedings. The Executive Secretary shall be the official custodian of all books, papers, and documents of the Legion of Black Collegians, all of which are to be made available upon request to any Legion of Black Collegian member. He/she shall be responsible for all organization correspondence from the Legion of Black Collegian Executive Branch to other organizations, University departments and employees, the creation of a master calendar and e-mail listserv, etc.

(11) Ex-Officio Chair

The Ex-Officio chair shall be responsible for advisory and special task roles as deemed necessary by the President and /or advisor. Additionally, this positioned can be utilized at the discretion of the President and/ or advisor each term.

Section 5. Vice-Chairs and Administrative Assistants

All committee chairs must appoint at least one vice –chair no later than the third meeting of the Legislative Branch. The President shall be entitled to appoint persons as administrative assistants as deemed necessary by the Executive Cabinet. Administrative assistants shall serve in specific areas to facilitate governmental efficiency for such time deemed appropriate by the President as so defined here by law.

Section 6. Terms of Office

Members of the Executive Cabinet shall serve one year beginning after the completion of a transitional period of three weeks following the election. This shall be until the election of new executives at the date so stated in this constitution.

  1. Upon the appointment of Parliamentarian/Ex-Officio Chair the term as mentioned in Article IV, Section 6 shall be followed.

Section 7. Vacancies

  1. In the event of a vacancy in the Presidency, the Vice-President shall become president effective immediately.
  2. Upon the ascendancy of the Vice-President to President, the new President shall appoint a Vice-President after a period of open petitioning, not less than four days, but not exceeding ten days following official public announcement, and subject to Senate confirmation.
  3. In the event that both the Presidency and Vice-President are vacant, the Political Chair shall serve as interim President and the Finance Chair will serve as interim Vice-President until the next Senate meeting at which time the Senate shall elect a President, by first taking nominations.
  4. Chair vacancies are to be filled by the ascendancy of the vice-chair. In the case that such cannot take place; the President shall make permanent appointment following the confirmation by majority vote of the Executive Branch.

Section 8. Removal From Office

  1. Any Executive Branch official responsible for a violation of Legion of Black Collegian law shall attain cause for removal from office.

1.1 Petition

  • Petition for the removal of members of the Executive Cabinet shall be indicted for dishonesty or nonperformance of duty by a petition signed by one-third of the Senate. Such a petition shall include the name(s) of the officer(s) charged and shall state specific reasons for the charges, including citations from sections of the Constitution, and bylaws alleged to have been violated by the said officer(s). The accused officer(s) shall receive a copy of the said petition.

1.2 Impeachment

  • The impeachment shall be presided over by the senior officer in the chain of command or by another officer appointed by the senior officer to act in his/her absence. The main sponsor(s) of the petition shall present his/her case before the Senate first, then the indicted officer(s) shall present his/her case. The main sponsor(s) shall then submit to any question asked by Senators, followed by any questions directed to the accused officer(s). The Senate shall then move into debate. Following debate, the two parties shall summarize their arguments, first the main sponsor(s) of the impeachment, and then the accused officer(s).

1.3 Motion

  • The motion shall pass by a ¾ vote of those senators present and voting. Upon passage of the motion, the presiding officer shall pronounce the officer(s) named in the petition to be removed.

1.4 Any time limits or other procedural guidelines that may appear in the Senate rules shall also apply in the consideration of the removal of the removal of the officer(s)

  1. Removal of officers shall be held applicable to all officers of the Executive Cabinet, but shall not apply to committee member in the various committees.

1.1 Presidential Privilege

  • If in the opinion of the President, any officer of the Executive Cabinet is not performing his/her duty, or is conducting himself in an unsatisfactory manner in the performance of his duty, the President shall deliver to the office a letter specifying the nature of the offense.
  1. Appeals

Copies of all letters, petitions, etc., incident to the removal procedure are to be filed with the Executive Secretary. Should an officer, after his/her removal, allege a violation of due process, an independent committee appointed by the senior officer in the chain of command shall review the documentation and any testimony it deems appropriate to determine whether or not such violations occurred. The independent committee has the authority to order the process started anew should a violation of procedure be found.

Article V. Legislative Branch

Section 1. Authority

All powers necessary and incidental to the administration of business, the affairs of the Legion of Black Collegians, the determination of its policies and recommendations shall be vested in the Legislative Branch as provided in this Constitution.

Section 2. Membership

The Legislative Branch shall consist of undergraduate students of the University of Missouri who meet the requirements of the Legion of Black Collegians Constitution at the time of their election and throughout their terms on the Executive Cabinet. The Senate Secretary shall have the authority to demand proof of compliance with the law.

  1. Representatives
    1. Authorization
      All University of Missouri National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations , umbrella organizations, and residence hall floors that are officially recognized by the university shall be entitled to elect or appoint at least one (1) Representative.
    2. Election
      All Representatives elected from unites in Article V, Section 2, subsection A-1.1 of this constitution shall be elected in the fall semester of each academic year.
  2. Senators
    1. Authorization
      Any member of the Legion of Black Collegians shall be entitled to be a Senator provided that the total number of Senators does not exceed double the amount of seats the Representatives of the umbrella organizations hold.
    2. Election
      Each candidate for Senator shall place his or her name in nomination at the first Legion of Black Collegians Congress meeting of the semester. Under the discretion of the Executive Cabinet, the election will take place, after each candidate has been given the opportunity to speak before the Legislative Branch 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 Legislative Branch present. Senators must be elected to the Senate no later than the third meeting of the semester.

Section 3. Powers of the Legislative Branch

The Legislative Branch shall have the power to make constitutional amendments and alterations, carry out the constitutional purpose of the Legion of Black Collegians, allocate the Legion of Black Collegian’s student activity fee revenue, and all other revenues consistent with and subject to the approval of the appropriate university official, and pass statements, which affect or are concern of the Legion of Black Collegians.

  1. The Legion of Black Collegian Legislative Brach statements issues or ideas possessed by members of the Legislative Branch shall be drafted and by documentation be dispersed by the Senate Secretary to the particular committees. Committees are to discuss issues designated by the Chair. Then documents dispersed by the Senate Secretary to the committees are discussed and debated, each committee is to state a committee position on each piece documentation. At the Congress meeting, the author of the documentation shall state his proposal, following which; the Legislative Branch shall debate the issue. A plurality vote on the documentation is to then proceed, upon passing; the documentation becomes a statement of the Legislative Branch. All statements passed by the Legislative Branch shall be reported at the General Assembly.

Section 4. Vacancies

Any Senator or Representative who resigns or is removed from office shall have his/her seat declared vacant. In accordance with Section V, Section 2, A 1.1, hall floors, social fraternities and sororities, shall be entitled to elect a new representative. Vacant Senator seats will be filled at a special order of the day at the first Legion of Black Collegians Congress meeting following the declaration of vacancy.

Section 5. Removal From Office

A senator or representative may be removed for not meeting the qualification of the Legislative Branch, or violation of the attendance policy.

Section 6. Sessions and Meetings

  1. The Legion of Black Collegian Congress Sessions
    Each session of the Congress shall begin on the last Wednesday in the last week of August and shall end on the first Wednesday in May. Congress Sessions shall be assigned consecutively beginning with the first session of the fall semester. Committee meetings shall be the alternating Wednesdays between the sessions of Senate.
  2. Regular Meetings
    1. The Legion of Black Collegians Legislative Branch shall hold regular meetings every other Wednesday during the fall and spring semesters that the Executive Cabinet shall preside over.
    2. Quorum of the Legion of Black Collegians Legislative Branch shall be 40% of the membership, which shall be determined following all senatorial elections and applications tallied by the senate secretary, and shall be necessary to transact any business except for adjournment.
    3. All Senators and Representatives must register with the senate secretary prior to voting at any Congress meeting.
    4. A Senator may give his/her power to any member of the Legion of Black Collegians who meets the qualifications of holding a Legion of Black Collegian seat in the Legislative Branch in accordance with Article V, Section 2, A & B 1.1, but who is not a senator, representative, nor an ex-officio member of the Legion of Black Collegians.
  3. Special Meetings
    1. Special meetings may be called by the Speaker of the Senate or the Legion of Collegians President, upon 20% of the Legion of Black Collegians Legislative Branch membership.
  4. Senate Rules
    1. The Legion of Black Collegians Legislative Branch may enact its own rules of procedure by a 2/3 vote of the Senators and Representatives present that will last through the entire Legion of Black Collegians Congress session in which they were adopted.
    2. The Legion of Black Collegians Legislative Branch may veto to suspend its own rules of procedure by a 2/3 vote of the Senators and Representatives present. The suspension will expire upon adjournment.
    3. The Legion of Black Collegians Legislative Branch shall be conducted in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order.

Section 7. Officers of the Legislative Branch

All officers of the Legion of Black Collegians Legislative Branch must be Senators or Representatives, except for the Speaker, the Congress Secretary, and the Parliamentarian.

  1. Speaker of the Senate
    1. The Speaker of the Congress shall be the Legion of Black Collegians Vice-President.
    2. The Speaker of the Congress shall preside over the Legion of Black Collegians Congress, appoint all senate officers listed in this law, administer Statements of the Senate, and perform any other duties as may be provided for by law or will of the Legion of Black Collegians President.
    3. The Speaker of the Congress shall be removed as provided by Article 8, Section 8 of this Constitution.
  2. Secretary of Congress
    1. The Secretary of Congress shall be appointed by the Legion of Black Collegians Executive Secretary, and must be approved by the Executive Cabinet. The Secretary of Congress shall issue credentials to all Senators and Representatives, keep attendance at all Legion of Black Collegians Congress Meetings, prepare and distribute Legion of Black Collegians Legislative Branch information packets, handle Legion of Black Collegians Legislative Branch Correspondence, and perform other such duties as may be provided for by law and/ or the Legion of Black Collegian Executive Secretary.
    2. The Secretary of Congress shall be appointed only upon the discretionary approval of the President. If the Secretary of Congress is not appointed then the Executive Secretary will assume the duties and responsibilities of the Secretary of Congress.
  3. Assistant Secretary of Congress
    1. The Speaker of the Congress shall appoint the assistant of the Secretary of Congress.
  4. Sergeant-at-Arms
    1. The Speaker of the Congress shall appoint the Sergeant-at-Arms. He/she shall maintain order and decorum at all Congress meetings. He/she shall retain the discretion to reprimand or remove any Senator, Representative, or guest.
    2. If a Parliamentarian is appointed by the President, then he/she will act as the Sergeant-at-Arms.

Section 8. Ad Hoc Committees

All Ad Hoc committees shall be created by the Legion of Black Collegian Legislative Branch and shall meet to discuss business relating to their charge, committees shall be given charge not to exceed the end of the Legion of Black Collegian Congress session during which they are created.

  1. These committees can include but are not limited to, the Freshman Action Team, 10 Demands Special Committee, etc.

Section 9. Disruption of Congress

  1. Disruption of the Congress shall be defined as acting in any way that prevents the orderly transaction of business, or assaulting any member of the Legislative Branch.
  2. Disruption of the Congress is prohibited. Any member violating this law may be removed from the Congress floor and/or subject to loss of membership.

Article VI. Judicial Branch

  1. Authority
    1. The authority of the Judicial Branch of the Legion of Black Collegians shall be entrusted to a court comprised of students.
    2. The Judicial Branch shall have authority to hear cases that are controversial under the constitution or by-laws of the Legion of Black Collegians.
      1. Membership
        The Judicial Branch of the Legion of Black Collegians shall consist of the members that are active in the Political Committee of the Legion of Black Collegians.

        1. The Judicial Branch shall consist of no more than 10 members, and they will serve on the Judicial Branch for an academic school year.
        2. There shall be one Chief Justice designated by the Political Chair and he/she shall preside over the court, administer the Judicial Branch, and designate another justice to preside in his/her absence.
      2. Quorum
        1. A quorum of the Judicial Branch shall be 2/3 and will be necessary for official business

Article VII. Umbrella Organizations

Umbrella Organizations under the Legion of Black Collegians are defined as those organizations including, but not limited to, all black academic and social organizations that are officially recognized by the University of Missouri. The Legion of Black Collegians is to act as the official governing body of these organizations.

  1. No Umbrella Organization shall schedule an event or meeting during the Legion of Collegian Congress Meeting.
  2. Each Organization shall have a Representative that is an active member of the Legion of Black Collegians.
  3. The Umbrella Organizations shall participate in the Black Leadership Alliance. If an Umbrella Organization is not present they will not be able to receive any funding from the Legion of Black Collegians for the academic year until that organization meets with the Political Chair for a make-up meeting.
    1. Active Organization
      Each Umbrella Organization has to register with the Legion of Black Collegians at the beginning of each academic year. Proof of university recognition must be provided in order to register with the Legion of Black Collegians.

      1. In order to maintain active status in the Legion of black Collegians a Representative from each organization must be appointed and must be an active Representative in the Legislative Branch of the Legion of Black Collegians as outlined in Article 2, Section 1. If the Representative is unavailable to attend a Legion of Black Collegians meeting, then a suitable alternate should be sent in his/her place.
      2. A Representative of an Umbrella Organization may not represent any other organization or themselves.
    2. Failure to comply with the Legion of Black Collegians Laws
      Each Umbrella Organization has to comply with Legion of Black Collegian Law. Failure to do so will result in sanctions from the Legion of Black Collegians.

      1. After the first violation an official written warning will be issued to the Umbrella Organization and placed on file for future considerations.
      2. After the second violation an Umbrella Organization will have to meet with the Executive Board Review Committee, consisting of the: President, Vice-President, and Finance Chair, who will decide based on their discretion what action to take.
      3. After the third violation the organization will be prohibited from receiving co-sponsorship money from the Legion of Black Collegians as well as from having active Representatives within the Legion of Black Collegians.

Article VIII. Black Leadership Alliance

The Black Leadership Alliance is to serve as a leadership roundtable of the current presidents of the Legion of Black Collegians Umbrella Organizations and Executive Cabinet. The Black Leadership Alliance is a discussion of problems and issues that are facing the umbrella organizations and suggested actions for the Legion of Black Collegians to take to alleviate the problems that will occur once per semester or at the discretion of the Political Chair.

Section 2. Membership

The Black Leadership Alliance shall consist of the presiding officers of the Legion of Black Collegians and the presiding officer of the Legion of Black Collegian Umbrella Organizations as well as the Political Chair and Finance Chair of the Legion of Black Collegians.

Section 3. Meetings

The Legion of Black Collegians shall preside at all Black Leadership Alliance meetings. The Black Leadership Alliance shall convene once a month during the fall and spring semester at the appointed time that is agreed upon by the Black Leadership Alliance members.

Section 4. Procedure

The Black Leadership Alliance is to serve the primary purpose of informing and recommending to the Legion of Black Collegians. It shall not be a policy-making body. All decisions, proposals, and ideas are to be facilitated through the governments divisions of the Executive Cabinet and/ or Legislative Branch as directed by this Constitution.

Article IX. Nominations and Elections

Article X. Legion of Black Collegian Funds

The President, Vice-President, and Finance Chair shall draw up the annual working budget for the Legislative Branch’s approval. The operative revenues of all divisions of this government shall be included in this budget, which must be passed by 2/3rds majority vote of the Senators and Representatives present and voting by the third Congress meeting of the fall semester.

  1. Those funds transferred to and from the Legion of Black Collegians Umbrella Organizations and other campus departments shall be defined as “joint monies”, the handling of which shall be defined by collective agreement in the form of a documented proclamation to be renewed each year at the first Black Leadership Alliance Meeting of the fall semester by all umbrella organizations seeking potential co-programming or co-sponsorship.
    1. Each Legion of Black Collegians Umbrella Organization seeking to co-program or co-sponsorship must attend the first Black Leadership Alliance meeting where co-programming and co-sponsorship procedures for the upcoming year will be outlined.
    2. Umbrella Organizations that seek to co-program or with the Legion of Black Collegians or be co-sponsored by the Legion of Black Collegian must have an active representative as outlined in Article II, Section 1 in order to co-program with the Legion of Black Collegians.
    3. Any event that is co-programmed or co-sponsored by the Legion of Black Collegian must have the Legion of Black Collegians logo or a representation in kind of the Legion of Black Collegians. Any co-programmed or co-sponsored event that does not have this representation will be subject to removal of Legion of Black Collegians funds.
    4. All monies designated as Legion of Black Collegian funds are considered public property of the undergraduate students of the University of Missouri, which has been entrusted to the Legion of Black Collegians for budgeting and allocation in their best interest.
    5. The Legion of Black Collegian reserves and retains complete authority and responsibility for all Legion of Black Collegians funds and hereby delegates this authority to its duly elected and appointed officers in accordance with this Constitution.

Section 2. Penalties

Any officer of the Legion of Black Collegians who shall knowingly violate the funding laws of this Constitution or those outlined by the University o Missouri, or who shall attempt to defraud the Legion Black Collegians shall be subject to impeachment, removal from office, trial in the appropriate local/or state court, as well as other action deemed appropriate. Any officer found guilty of violating this law shall lose voting privileges in Legion of Black Collegians elections and will be prohibited from holding office or trust under the Legion of Black Collegians indefinitely.

Article XI. Legion of Black Collegian Advisor

Advisor of the Legion of Black Collegians shall be the decision of each newly elected Legion of Black Collegians Executive Cabinet., in May after the General Elections. The Advisor should be chosen from the following areas: Director of the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center, a faculty member, or department head.

Section 1. Duties

The Legion of Black Collegians Advisor shall act as an information resource for the Legion of Black Collegians, providing ideas and suggestion about all topics relevant to the purpose and goals of the Legion of Black Collegians.

  1. The Legion of Black Collegians representation and decision making authority shall be granted to the Advisor in the absence and/or unavailability of the Legion of Black Collegians Executive Cabinet in the situation of immediacy or emergency.
  2. The Legion of Black Collegians Advisor shall monitor all Legion of Black Collegians funding and budget oversight.

Section 2. Role Violation

Any such violation of the duties as so defined in Article IX, Section 2 of this constitution shall subject the advisor to removal by unanimous Executive Cabinet petition and 2/3rds Legislative Branch vote as deemed appropriate to the benefit of the Legion of Black Collegians.

Section 3. Review

The Legion of Black Collegians Advisor shall be subject to annual review to take place in the third week of February of each year. It shall be the decision of the Executive Cabinet to discuss the progress of the advisor and to make recommendations for Legislative action. In the event that the Executive Cabinet finds the advisor to be adversarial to the business of the Legion of Black Collegians, a Congressional statement shall then be drafted making the various recommended course of action, which shall be passed by a majority vote of the Legislative Branch.

Article XII. Ratification and Amendment

The Constitution of the Legion of Black Collegians shall be ratified by majority vote of the Executive Cabinet. There shall be no amendment to this constitution other than by way of constitutional convention, which shall constitute at least 2/3rds of the active members of the Legislative Branch present at the session that the amendments are presented at.

Section 1. Procedure

Public Announcements to the constituency through electronic mailing must take place at least three and no more than five days before the set date of ratification.

  1. Proceedings are to be carried out as directed by Article V, Section 6, D – 1.3

Section 2. Constitutional By-Laws

Recommendations for by-laws must be established in the form of a Congressional Statement proposing constitutional review. The statement must pass by the Legislative Branch with a majority at which time it shall be referred to committee by the Speaker of the Senate for review of its constitutional area. The statement must pass by 2/3rds committee majority and be returned to the Legislative Branch for the first reading in the form of a proposed constitutional amendment. Following first reading, the proposal shall be directed by the Speaker to the Political Committee by him/her so established within twelve (12)-calendar days prior. The Political Committee shall review and make changes in conjunction with the statement’s author and resubmit the revised proposal to the Legislative Branch for a second reading, at which time debate of the proposal shall be opened to the Legislative Branch. The Speaker shall then refer the proposal back to the Political Committee for release to the Legislative Branch for third reading and vote. The proposal must then pass by 2/3rds vote of eligible senators and representatives that are present. Proceedings shall follow as directed in Article XII of this Constitution.

Section 3. Bi-Annual Review

The Legion of Black Collegians Constitution shall by Political Committee, be reviewed every two years beginning two years prior to ratification. All recommendations made by the Political Committee shall be made before the Legislative Branch. At which time suggestions for action shall be taken and executed in the manner as so established by law.

Article XIII. Effective Dates

This constitution shall be considered in full force and effect upon a Congress majority vote of meeting quorum, and certified by the Political Committee. The old constitution shall remain in effect until the ratification and certification of the new constitution. All laws of the Legion of Black Collegians made unconstitutional by the passage of this amendment shall not be challenged in any Legion of Black Collegian division by order of this constitution beyond the date of ratification.

Article XIV. Non-discrimination Act

The Legion of Black Collegians will not discriminate on the basis of sex, religion, race, national or ethnic origin, mental or physical handicaps, sexual orientation, and or age.