2020 Senior Senator Application
RULE 5: BUSINESS OF THE STUDENT SENATE 5.1 Regular Senate Sessions The Senate shall have regular sessions every Monday of each month except in the event of a university holiday or conflicting Student Government Association event, in which cases the Senate will meet on the following Wednesday.
5.2 Senate Attire To enter the chambers or designated Senate meeting location, Senators must be properly dressed in business professional attire.
A. Female Senator attire includes closed-toe shoes and one of the following clothing combinations: 1. Dress with 2-inch sleeves (no straps)
2. Business pants suit, dress blouse
3. Business skirt suit, dress blouse
4. Dress shirt with 2-inch sleeve, dress pants
5. Dress sweater, dress pants or dress skirt
6. Dress shirt with 2-inch sleeve, dress skirt
Male Senator attire includes dress socks, dress shoes, a belt or suspenders, and one of the following clothing combinations:
1. Dress shirt, slacks, tie, or bowtie
2. Business suit, collared/dress shirt, tie, or bowtie
3. Dress sweater, slacks, tie, or bowtie
Appropriate Senate attire does not include athletic shoes, open toe sandals, thong sandals, jeans, halter tops, crop shirts, midriffs, tank tops, windbreaker style jackets, skirts one inch above the knee, T- Shirts, hats, or non-prescribed sunglasses.
Item bearing paraphernalia or insignias of campus organizations (including, but not limited to: Greek letter organizations, mentoring organizations, dance troupes, modeling troupes, community services organizations, honor societies, and social clubs) shall be limited to wristbands or lapel pins only. Bags bearing logos and insignias of any such organizations shall be permitted in the chambers but shall not be visible on the Senate Deas.
The Senate President and/or Judicial and Rules Chairperson may rule whether a Senator is in violation of these requirements. When directed by the IDSC Chairperson, Senators may wear business casual attire by donating a minimum of $3.00 to the Dollar and a Dream foundation for the last meeting of each month unless otherwise directed by the IDSC Chairperson or Senate President.
Section 1 Composition
The Student Senate shall be composed of:
A. Eight (8) representatives from each of the four (4) academic classes (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior). Freshman and Junior Senators serve two years that is considered to be a one term.
B. Six (6) representatives from the Graduate/Professional Division, with each serving a one (1) year term.
C. Two (2) representatives from the FAMU College of Law, with each serving a one (1) year term.
D. Three-fourths (3/4) of the entire Senate membership must be present to hold an election. A Senate President and Senate Pro-Tempore whom shall be elected from the Senate Body by a majority vote of the entire Senate membership at the time for election as stated in the Senate Rules of Procedure.
E. Student Senate officers and staff whom are elected or appointed as stated in the Senate Rules of Procedure Legislative Authority.
Section 2 Legislative Authority
The Legislative Branch of the Student Government Association shall be the Student Senate. All legislative powers of SGA shall be vested in the Student Senate.
Senate Powers and Duties
The Student Senate shall be empowered to:
1. Enact, by majority vote, constitutional bylaws, to be known as the System of Student Body Statutes, with the exception of bylaws concerning the elections codes, qualifications for office, finance codes, sunshine act, and ethics codes which shall require a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Student Senate.
2. Propose and take all necessary actions on constitutional Amendments.
3.Provide for the compilation, publication and remote access of legislation.
4. Create such committees or agencies, as it deems necessary for proper conduct of its business. The Senate shall appropriate the necessary funds to regularly publish information remotely and as advertisements in the Official Activity and Service (A&S) Fee funded newspaper or any other appropriate official University-sanctioned outlets.
5. Confirm all cabinet and judicial appointments made by the Student Body President and favorable appointments recommended by the Elections and Appointments Committee with a two-thirds (2/3) vote.
6. Initiate impeachment proceedings of Student Government Association officers.
7. Impeach elected and appointed SGA officials.
8. Make all laws that shall be necessary and proper for carrying out the function and powers of the Student Government Association as stated in this Constitution.
9. Request at any regular meeting, by majority vote, and explanation of any action taken by any student Senate member, an officer of an Activity and Service Fee funded Agency, or a member of the Student Government Association taken in his/her official capacity.
10. Approve and allocate the Activity and Service Fee Fiscal Budget of SGA as provided by Florida Statute ( F.S. 1009.24), and the Student Body Statues.
11. Establish its meeting times and rules of proceedings, in accordance with this Constitution and the Senate Rules of Procedure.
12. Establish means through which the Student Body can actively participate in the formulation of policies affecting the students of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.
13. Override a veto by the SGA President by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Student Senate.
14. Override a line-item veto by the SGA president of the A&S budget with a two -thirds (2/3) vote of the Student Senate. These line items shall be addressed individually.
15. Investigate the use of Activity and Service Fees by any department or agency of the University.
16. Pass resolution with a majority vote, as it deems necessary and proper express the will or opinion of the Student body.
Recognized Standing Committees: By the first meeting of the Senate in the fall semester, the Senate President shall recognize the following standing committee:
The Judicial and Rules Committee (J&R):
1.Purposes To debate, amend, revise, ratify, pass and/or reject measures pertaining to the Constitution, Statutes, and the Rules of Procedure and work in conjunction with the Constitutional Convention of the SGA.
2.To serve as the official investigative body of the Senate as it relates to alleged documented improprieties of Student Government officials, students, and all others protected by the governing documents of the Student Senate (pursuant to Chapter Law 2002- 188) and to recommend measures to the Senate to rectify any improprieties.
3. To investigate improprieties within the Student Senate, as it relates to individual Senators fulfilling their official responsibilities and duties; and make recommendations to the Student Senate for the removal of Senators from their respective position(s).
4.To ensure that all business relating to the Student Government Association and the Student Body, do not violate federal, state, and local laws, city ordinates or university policies. To broaden the awareness of the Student Body to the rules and rights that affect their matriculation.
5. To consider nominees who have passed through the Elections and Appointments Committee for judgeship on both the Student Supreme Court and Traffic Court and present a recommendation to the Student Senate.
The Elections and Appointments Committee (E&A):
1. To debate, amend, revise, pass and/or reject measures pertaining to the Election Codes section of the Student Body Statutes in conjunction with the Electoral Commissioner.
2. To recommend favorable Presidential and Senate appointments to the Student Senate.
3. To advertise all vacated Senate positions occurring during the period of regular sessions within ten (10) business days of the vacancy. The committee will then have five (5) business days after the completion of the advertisement period to recommend a candidate for the vacated Senate position.
4. To interview all applicants for Presidential appointments and vacated Senate seats.
5. To serve as ex-officio, non-voting, members of the Electoral Commission.
6. To broaden the awareness of the student body as to voting and election information university-wide and nationally.
All Elections and Appointments Committee members are required to remain on committee throughout the duration of all election seasons. If a member is a Candidate/Ticket, he/she must submit a letter of temporary resignation from the committee to the Senate President and the Committee Chairperson two weeks prior to the declaration of candidacy of that particular ticket.
Please read and sign the following statement: "I hereby authorize the Student Senate Elections and Appointments Committee to confirm with the University Registrar, only, that I am presently enrolled as a student at FAMU in good standing and that I currently have the constitutionally
The Organization and Finance Committee (OFC):
1. To debate, amend, revise, pass, and/or reject measures pertaining to the Finance Codes section of the System of Student Body Statutes in conjunction with the Student Government Association Comptroller.
2. To handle budget revisions in conjunction with the Student Government Association Comptroller.
3. To approve all Appropriation Bills before being presented on the Senate floor.
4. To present a weekly account balance of the Senate Unallocated Account to the Senate upon request of any Senator.
5. To provide proper knowledge of funded agencies accounts.
6. To host a mandatory A&S Fee Workshop during the Fall and Spring Semester for registered organizations on campus.
The Student Relations Committee (SRC):
1. To debate, amend and/or revise all resolutions.
2. To adhere to the needs and concerns of the students of Florida A&M University.
3. To plan, organize, and execute projects and activities in order to increase pride and awareness amongst the student body.
4. To screen and present Lobbying and Speakers Forum at regular Senate meetings.
5. To work in conjunction with the SGA Presidential cabinet on various projects and initiatives, that will benefit the student body as a whole.