ASBC Constitution Amendments

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Here are the proposed amendments to the Associated Studdents of Bellevue College constitution for you to read. For any clarifications or questions, feel free to contact us.

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ASSOCIATED STUDENTS OF BELLEVUE COLLEGE CONSTITUTION

COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT VIII

Bellevue College

Bellevue, Washington 98007

Overview

We, the Associated Students of Bellevue College do ordain and establish the Constitution stated below to insure that we as students of Bellevue College are suitably represented and exercise our rights to participate in decisions concerning our education at Bellevue College; to represent the students’ needs and desires under this Constitution and within its jurisdiction.

All students of Bellevue College, upon paying tuition fees, shall be members of this organization and subject to the Student Code of Bellevue College (ASBC).

(Follow the this link to read the constitution)

Constitutional Changes

During the Summer and Fall quarters of the 2017-18 academic year, we, the current ASBC Board of Director/ASG, discovered that there was not a good system in place for ensuring the success of our student government in making and implementing change on behalf of our constituency, the Associated Students of Bellevue College. There was a lot of ambiguity about our positions and a student government’s place on the Bellevue College campus. We then decided to dedicate our term to implementing internal changes and processes that would ensure the success of future ASBC Board members and teams. What this meant for us is that we needed to dive deep in analyzing our own positions and what a Student Government should have the power to do at any institution.

During this process we discovered that due to past record keeping challenges and Constitutional changes not being taken through the proper channels and documented properly, we had to revert back to an ASBC Constitution that was more than a decade old, after which there had been 2 revisions; the newest of which we had previously been operating under.

The changes that we are now asking the ASBC to vote on are a combination of revisions that previous teams had made and what we found are the most appropriate for our students, campus and institution in 2018 and going forward.

Please Vote Yes or No on the following proposed seven (7) amendments as a whole.

Proposed Amendment #1

ARTICLE 4: EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

Section 1: Membership

Current: The Executive Directors of the Associated Students of Bellevue College shall consist of the President, Vice President for Student Affairs and Pluralism, and Vice President for Finance and Communication.

Revision: The Executive Directors of the Associated Students of Bellevue College shall be elected by a simple majority of the Associated Students of Bellevue College and shall consist of the President and the Vice President.

Rationale: This change is being proposed in order to simplify the structure of ASG, and streamline processes. The function of the Vice President of Finance and Communication shall be served by the introduction of a Treasurer.

After attending many conferences for Student Governments and researching the effectiveness of our current organizational structure, we found that it was not functional to have more than one VP, as the VP of Finance and Communication essentially operated as a Treasurer and the VP of Student Affairs and Pluralism shared responsibilities with our Environmental and Social Responsibility Rep. We have emphasized pluralism and student affairs responsibilities in our new Social Responsibility Representative position, changed the VP of Finance and Communication to Treasurer and created a more comprehensive VP position that operates as more of a liaison between the President and the Representatives to ensure the success of the Board of Directors by assisting in managing team projects and responsibilities.

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Proposed Amendment #2

ARTICLE 5: BOARD OF DIRECTORS

a)

Section 1: Membership

Current: The membership of the Associated Students of Bellevue College Board of Directors shall be elected by a simple majority of the Associated Students of Bellevue College and shall consist of the Executive Directors, four Representatives.

Revised: The membership of the Associated Students of Bellevue College Board of Directors shall consist of the Executive Directors, and at least four (4) Representatives/Members.

Rationale: This change is being proposed in order to reflect the current position makeup of the Associated Student Government, which has five representative positions and a non-representative member, not four representatives. The wording at least four has been chosen in order to provide flexibility for future ASG administrations to change the structure of ASG, while providing a basis of stability a minimum number of position provides.

The change that removes “shall be elected by a simple majority of the Associated Students of Bellevue College and” was a revision that was attempted in 2016 that ensures that there are positions like the representative positions that can be hired, rather than elected, which allows for an interview process to ensure candidates are qualified for the specific duties their positions is required to accomplish.

The Treasurer has been added to take over the responsibilities of the Vice President of Finance and Communications.

b)

Section 2: Authority

Addition: The Board of Directors shall have the authority to and be responsible for the charter of ASBC clubs and programs.

Rationale: This paragraph was under Judicial authorities when it has been functioning as a responsibility of the Events Representative (previously Campus Life and Events Representative) the Board of Directors. This was also a revision that was attempted in 2016.

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Proposed Amendment #3

Current:

ARTICLE 6: JUDICIAL BOARD

Section 1: Membership The Judicial Board of the Associated Students of Bellevue College shall consist of the Chief Justice who will be elected by a simple majority of the Associated Students of Bellevue College; And two Associate Justices. The Chief Justice will serve as Chairman of the Judicial Board.

Section 2: Authority The Judicial Board has the authority to veto/suspend any act passed or procedure by the Board of Directors that appears to be in conflict with the ASBC By-laws, constitution or policies and procedures that govern student rights. The Judicial Board must return their veto with noted objections by the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Directors who shall proceed to reconsider it. If after such consideration, two-thirds of the Board of Directors agrees to pass the legislation, it shall be enacted.

The Judicial Board shall have the authority to and be responsible for the charter of ASBC clubs, organizations or associations.

Revision:

ARTICLE 6: JUDICIAL OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE

The Judicial Oversight of the ASBC shall be held in accordance with conditions set forth in the ASBC By-Laws.

Rationale: This is another revision that was made in 2016 and had been operated until this year’s Board realized that we needed to revert back to the 2007 version of the ASBC Constitution due to lack of proper documentation and follow of processes of previous teams, back in February. We decided to also change the title to a Judicial Oversight Committee, as we have adjusted our bylaws to create a committee that allows for the participation of students who are not on the Board, as students-at-large, in order to ensure that our constituency is not only informed, but represented in all matter concerning them.

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Proposed Amendment #4

a)

ARTICLE 7: FINANCES

Section 1: S&A Committee

Current: The student members of the Services and Activities Fee Budget Committee shall be composed of the ASBC Vice President for Finance and Communication, the ASBC President and two (2) students-at-large.

Revision: The student members of the Services and Activities Fee Budget Committee shall be composed of the ASBC Treasurer, the ASBC President, and two (2) students-at-large.

Rationale: This change is being proposed to reflect the position changes being proposed in previous amendments.

b)

Section 3: S&A Fund Allocation

Current: Any program that has been previously funded as part of the Services and Activities Fee Budget is required to submit a request for contingency funds to the Services and Activities Fee Budget Committee before any funds can be allocated.

Revision: Any program that has been previously funded as part of the Services and Activities Fee Budget is required to submit a comprehensive request for funds to the Services and Activities Fee Budget Committee for the next academic year before any funds can be allocated.

Rationale: The revisions here are simply to ensure the comprehension of this section by not only the institution, the Board of Directors and the ASBC by making clear what said programs must accomplish in order to be considered for S&A allocations.

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Proposed Amendment #5

ARTICLE 8: ELECTIONS

Current: Elections shall be held in accordance with conditions set forth in the Associated Students of Bellevue College By-Laws.

Revisions: Elections and/or hiring shall be held in accordance with conditions set forth in the Associated Students of Bellevue College By-Laws

Rationale: This revision is intended to allow for the option of hiring, as well as elections, as set forth by the bylaws that have been voting on and ratified by the ASBC Board of Directors and can be changed and ratified by future ASG’s.

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Proposed Amendment #6

ARTICLE 9: VACANCIES

Section 2: Presidential Vacancy

Current: If a Presidential vacancy occurs, the Board of Directors shall have the power to appoint one of the remaining Executive Directors, in order of succession as stated in the ASBC By-laws, as President.

Revision: If a Presidential vacancy occurs, the Board of Directors shall have the power to appoint the Vice President as President.

Rationale: This section is updated in accordance with the changes in the Executive Board as outlined in previous amendments.

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Proposed Amendment #7

ARTICLE 12: AMENDMENT

Current: Amendments to the Constitution may be proposed by the Justice Board and initiated by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Board of Directors and ratified by a majority vote of the students voting in a regular or special election.

Revisions: Amendments to the Constitution may be proposed by any board member(s) and initiated by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Board of Directors and ratified by a majority vote of the students voting in a regular or special election.

Rationale: This revision reflects the elimination of the Justice Board and ensure that any member of the Board of Directors, who are also members of the newly formed Judicial Oversight Committee, may propose changes to the Constitution to the Board of Directors for a vote.


Proposed Amendment #8

a)

ARTICLE 5: BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Section 1: Membership

Current: The membership of the Associated Students of Bellevue College Board of Directors shall consist of the Executive Directors, and at least four (4) Representatives/Members.

Revisions: The membership of the Associated Students of Bellevue College Board of Directors shall consist of the Executive Directors, and at least four (4) Representatives/Members to be appointed by a hiring committee as set forth by the ASBC Bylaws.

b)

ARTICLE 7: FINANCES

Section 1: S&A Committee

Current: The student members of the Services and Activities Fee Budget Committee shall be composed of the ASBC Treasurer, the ASBC President, and two (2) students-at-large.

Revisions: The student members of the Services and Activities Fee Budget Committee shall be composed of the ASBC Treasurer, the ASBC President, and two (2) students-at-large to be appointed in accordance with conditions set forth in the ASBC By-Laws.

Rationale: These revisions were recommended by the Board of Trustees during our first read on Wednesday, June 6th, 2018 in order to be consistent with the remainder of the Constitution.


Proposed Amendment #9

ARTICLE 8: ELECTIONS

Current: ARTICLE 8: ELECTIONS

Revisions: ARTICLE 8: ELECTIONS & HIRING

Rationale: Also recommended by the Board of Trustees during the Wednesday, June 6th meeting in order to reflect changes made to this section in previous amendments.


Proposed Amendment #10

a)

ARTICLE 12: AMENDMENTS

Current: Amendments to the Constitution may be proposed by any board member(s) and initiated by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Board of Directors and ratified by a majority vote of the students voting in a regular or special election.

Revisions: Amendments to the Constitution may be proposed by any board member(s) and initiated by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Board of Directors and ratified by a simple majority of the Associated Students of Bellevue College in a regular or special election.

b)

ARTICLE 13: IMPLEMENTATION

Current: This Constitution shall be implemented upon its adoption by a majority vote of the students voting in a regular or special election and upon approval of the Bellevue College District VIII Board of Trustees.

Revisions: This Constitution shall be implemented upon its adoption by a simple majority of the Associated Students of Bellevue College in a regular or special election and upon approval of the Bellevue College District VIII Board of Trustees.

Rationale: These revisions were also recommended by the Board of Trustees during our first read on Wednesday, June 6th, 2018 in order to be consistent with the remainder of the Constitution.

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