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The College Body Constitution

As of the 2019-2020 Assembly of the College Body
Last Amended on April 28, 2019

Article I: Name

Article II: Terms of Membership

Article III: Wesleyan Student Assembly

Article IV: Composition of the Wesleyan Student Assembly

Article V: Officers and Committee Chairs

Article VI: Amendment of the Constitution

Article VII: Bylaws of the WSA (“Bylaws”)

Article VIII: Official Constitution

Article I: Name

  1. The name of this organization shall be the Wesleyan Student Assembly (WSA).

Article II: Terms of Membership

  1. Every student recognized by the University as an enrolled, degree-seeking undergraduate that pays into the Student Activities Fee shall be considered a member of the College Body and is eligible to hold a seat on the WSA.

Article III: Wesleyan Student Assembly

  1. The WSA shall act as the legislative and deliberative organization of the College Body.
  2. The WSA shall be responsible for:
  1. Identifying and representing student interests to the Wesleyan community
  2. Serving as a forum for the consideration, development, and promotion of university policies consistent with student interest
  3. Overseeing the allocation of the Student Activities Fee, which can only be changed through a two-thirds majority of the college body voting in a referendum
  4. Transacting other business on behalf of the College Body
  1. Furthermore, the WSA shall not discriminate against anyone for any reason, including but not limited to the following: race, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, color, age, national or ethnic origin, or disability in the execution of its responsibilities under this constitution or in the administration of its policies and programs.

Article IV: Composition of the Wesleyan Student Assembly

  1. The WSA shall include a General Assembly (GA), which includes 36 Senators who are elected by the student body for a year term and whom shall serve on one standing committee. Senators may serve as a Chair or Member of a subcommittee or Working Group, vote on WSA Resolutions, and are eligible to attend Board of Trustee meetings as student representatives. 
  2. The purpose of the GA is to create, debate and vote on Resolutions; ensure the WSA is initiating and following through on meaningful projects and maintain the WSA’s institutional stability and memory; and represent the student voice to the Board of Trustees and administration.
  3. Two (2) members shall be elected to the GA at the end of the spring semester to serve terms commencing upon the final GA meeting of the spring semester that year and ending upon the final GA meeting of the spring semester of the following calendar year.
  1. The freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior classes shall elect one (1) President, who is a rising member of one of the three youngest classes
  2. The freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior classes shall elect one (1) Vice President, who is a rising member of one of the three youngest classes.
  1. At the end of the spring semester, Senators shall be elected to the GA to serve terms commencing upon the final GA meeting of the spring semester and ending upon the final GA meeting of the spring semester of the following calendar year.
  1. Eight seats shall be reserved for incoming freshmen in the next academic year.
  2. Non-freshman class years will have at least five (5) seats reserved. The remaining seats will be allocated proportionally based on the number of candidates to the other class years.
  3. In the case that there are fewer than five (5) candidates in a class year, any seats that would be unfilled at the end of the elections may be allocated proportionally based on the number of candidates to the other class years.
  1. At the beginning of the fall semester, eight (8) freshmen shall be elected to the GA to serve terms commencing upon their election and ending upon the final GA meeting of the spring semester of the following calendar year.
  1. Any additional unfilled seats shall be considered at-large and elected at the same time to the same terms indicated in this section.
  1. Senators shall be elected to the WSA at the end of the fall semester to serve terms commencing upon the first meeting of the spring semester and ending at the final meeting of the fall semester of the following academic year to fill all seats made available through vacancies that may occur.
  1. If any seat on the WSA is vacated within three weeks preceding a previously scheduled election, their seat may, at the discretion of the Chief of Staff, be left vacant until filled in the election.

Article V: Officers and Committee Chairs

  1. The officers of the WSA shall be the President, the Vice President, the Chief of Staff, and the Treasurer. All officers of the WSA shall be members of the Leadership Board, act as student representatives to the Board of Trustees, and oversee the WSA Office, WSA Office staff, and evaluation of the WSA Office Coordinator.
  1. The President shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the WSA and shall be the Chair of the Leadership Board.
  2. The Vice President shall be an assistant to the President of the WSA and assume that office should the President be unable to fulfill their duties. The Vice President shall be Vice Chair of the Leadership Board and Chair of the Student Representatives to the Board Committee.
  3. The Chief of Staff shall be the Chief Communications Officer of the WSA, Chair of the WSA General Assembly, and Chair of the Constitutional Review Committee. When chairing meetings of the General Assembly, they shall not be permitted to vote on any matter before the Assembly except in the event of a tie, or to make a tie, in which cases they shall cast the deciding vote.
  1. The Constitutional Review Committee shall be an auxiliary standing committee of the WSA, and shall be tasked with:
  1. Carrying out constitutional review, referring to such changes to the Constitution that bring it up to present operating standards, but not to formulate any changes that alter present operating standards.
  2. Meeting at least once during the spring semester before Spring Break and at least once after Spring Break to review the WSA Governing Documents.
  3. Drafting a resolution providing the rationale for and including the changes made to the Bylaws and Constitution, to be appended to the Governing Documents and stored in the University archives.
  1. Constitutional Review Disclaimer:
  1. Any member of the College Body or WSA may propose constitutional review legislation to the Constitutional Review Committee at any time during the year.
  1. The Treasurer shall be the Chief Financial Officer of the WSA and Chair of the Student Budget Committee.
  2. If any member of the Leadership Board is scheduled to have their term expire at the end of the fall semester, then their term will automatically be extended to the end of the Spring semester, and one seat will be removed from this election for each member of the Leadership Board covered under this article.
  1. The non-officer committee chairs of the WSA include the Academic Affairs Committee Chair, the Community Committee Chair, and the Student Life Committee Chair. All non-officer committee Chairs of the WSA shall be members of the Leadership Board and act as student representatives to the Board of Trustees.
  2. Internal elections held at the final GA meeting of the spring term will determine the composition of the following academic year’s Leadership Board, to be held in a manner at the discretion of the presiding officer. All outgoing Assembly members are invited to serve as ex officio members for the purposes of internal elections. These ex officio members shall have voice but no vote. A student is eligible to run for a Leadership Board position if their term extends at least through the end of the fall semester.
  1. The final GA meeting must be held after spring elections are complete. Students will begin their tenure as officers or Chairs upon the first GA meeting of the newly elected GA held at the end of the spring semester, and their terms will end upon the last meeting of the spring semester of the subsequent year.
  2. All other interim positions shall be internally elected at the last WSA meeting of the academic year per the recommendation of the Leadership Board.
  1. At the first meeting of the fall semester, every Leadership Board member must present activities conducted since the last WSA meeting of the spring semester.

Article VI: Amendment of the Constitution

  1. The WSA may, by a vote of at least one-third of the entire GA, move to amend the Constitution through a referendum of the College Body.
  2. Ten percent of the College Body may petition to amend the Constitution.
  3. The Constitution, after a successful motion or petition to amend, shall be amended by a two-thirds vote of the College Body voting.
  1. If possible, the vote shall take place as a referendum attached to the election that historically has had the highest turnout for that semester.
  1. The Constitutional Review Committee may, by a vote of three-quarters of the entire GA, initiate an attempt to amend the Constitution in order to enact constitutional review changes.
  1. If approved, the Chief of Staff will send out the proposed amendments to the College Body, and;
  1. if within one (1) week they do not receive a petition contesting the changes from a member of the College Body with at least twenty-five (25) signatures from members of the College Body, the proposed changes will be enacted.
  1. If they do receive a petition of contestation with at least twenty-five (25) signatures within one (1) week, the proposed changes will go to a referendum.

Article VII: Bylaws of the WSA (“Bylaws”)

  1. The Bylaws establish procedures for holding elections, organizing meetings, quorum requirements, membership structure, and processes for other essential operations of the WSA.
  2. The Bylaws shall be amended based on the following process:
  1. The Bylaws shall be amendable by a two-thirds vote of the entire GA or by a two-thirds vote of the College Body voting.
  2. Any Resolution or motion by the GA to amend the Bylaws cannot be voted on at the same meeting as the resolution is presented. This clause may be overridden by a unanimous vote of those present.

Article VIII: Official Constitution

  1. An official copy of the College Body Constitution shall be kept in the WSA Office. A copy of the Constitution as it stands at the completion of each academic year shall be submitted by the Chief of Staff to the University archives and made available on the WSA website.
  2. A digital copy of the Constitution will also be published on the WSA website in PDF format.