The Student Association of
Black Hills State University
We, the students of Black Hills State University, in order to provide an effective student government, establish this Constitution with the following goals:
1. The Student Senate shall be the voice of the entire student population.
2. The Student Senate shall foster productive communication among students, administration, faculty, and staff.
3. The Student Senate shall work in cooperation with student organizations, administration, faculty, and staff.
4. The Student Senate shall ensure student’s representation in decisions affecting the quality of student life and education for all students of Black Hills State University.
5. The Student Senate shall take a leadership role in educating the students of Black Hills State University in the importance of participating in the governing of their campus.
Article I: Student Association
Section 1 – Name
The name of this organization shall be the Student Association of Black Hills State University.
Section 2 – Membership
All current students who have paid the activity fee of Black Hills State University shall be a member of the Student Association.
Section 3 – Representative Body
The representative body of the Student Association shall be the Student Senate, hereafter referred to as the Senate.
Article II: Qualification of a Student Senator
Prior to assuming office, and during their term of office, Student Senators shall have the following qualifications:
A. Must be working toward a major or minor in the college that he/she is representing, with the exception of Freshman Senators, the RHA Senator, and the Student Senator representing part-time students.
B. Shall be a Student Association member and maintain said status throughout their term(s) of office.
C. All Student Senators must have been enrolled at BHSU for the two (2) consecutive semesters immediately prior to the semester of which they will take office; excluding Freshmen Senators, the RHA Senator or the International Senator if he or she is of freshman status.
D. Have completed at least twelve (12) credit hours at BHSU in the semester prior to seeking a seat on the Senate. Freshmen Senators, the RHA Senator or the International Senator if he or she is of freshman status, need only be current full-time students. The Part-Time Senator must have completed at least six (6) credit hours at BHSU in the semester prior to seeking a seat on the Senate.
E. Are currently enrolled in at least twelve (12) credit hours. The Student Senator representing part-time students must be currently enrolled in six (6) but no more than eleven (11) credit hours.
F. Have a 2.5 cumulative GPA. The Freshmen Senators, the RHA Senator, or the International Senators if he or she is of freshman status, must obtain the required GPA by the first available posting of semester grades after attaining office.
G. Elected and appointed Student Senators shall serve a term that concludes when the new administration is sworn in (per Article III, Section F of this Constitution). If any obligations preclude a Student Senator from fulfilling all the requirements, the said Student Senator must submit his/her resignation in writing.
Article III: Elections
A. The Executive Officers of the Student Association shall be President, Vice President, and Office Administrator.
B. Candidates must have a certified petition bearing twenty-five (25) valid signatures of Student Association members. For a signature to be valid the Student Association members shall sign only one (1) petition per office per election. Petitions must be presented to the Elections Committee no later than one (1) week prior to the election.
C. The Elections Committee will construct the ballot and procedure necessary for all campus wide elections.
D. Candidates for Presidential and Vice Presidential offices must run as a joint ticket.
E. Office Administrator runs independently of all other executive offices.
F. Election of the Executive Officers and Student Senators shall be held during the first (1) full week in April. Executive Officers and Student Senators shall be sworn into office the first meeting following their election.
G. Freshman Senators shall be elected in the fall semester of each academic year, no later than the second (2) week of October. The RHA Senator shall be an on-campus resident and shall be nominated by RHA, then approved by the Senate on or before the second Student Association meeting of October. If RHA fails to nominate an individual who meets the qualifications of a student senator (per Article II of this Constitution) by the first Student Association meeting of October, the said seat shall be forfeited for the academic year. The International Senator Shall be nominated by International Student Organization, Then approved by the Senate on or before the second Student Association meeting of October. If ISO fails to nominate an individual who meets the qualifications of a student senator (per Article II of this Constitution) by the first Student Association meeting of October, the said seat shall be forfeited for the academic year.
H. The Senate shall approve of the following items: ballots, election dates, qualifications of candidates, and final approval of all candidates.
Article IV: Duties and Responsibilities
A. The Senate shall appropriate funding and provide support for the Student Association. Appropriations shall have two-thirds (2/3) majority to pass. Voting on appropriation issues shall be done in a roll call manner. Said voting record shall be maintained by the Office Administrator and shall be available, upon request, in a timely manner to any member of the Student Association.
B. The Senate shall hold weekly meetings and emergency meetings when necessary.
C. Student Senators must attend all meetings and may not accumulate more than one (1) unexcused absence, or disciplinary action will take place.
D. The constitutions of campus organizations must be approved by a two-thirds (2/3) vote.
E. The rules contained in Robert’s Rules of Order Revised shall govern the Senate in all cases.
F. The Executive Officers shall be paid the following:
a. The President shall receive two (2) $750.00 stipends per academic year; receiving one (1) $750.00 stipend at the start of each semester.
b. The Vice President shall receive two (2) $650.00 stipends per academic year; receiving one (1) $650.00 stipend at the start of each semester.
c. The Office Administrator shall receive two (2) $650.00 stipends per academic year; receiving one (1) $650.00 stipend at the start of each semester.
d. In the event an executive resigns or is removed from office, they will be required to reimburse the Student Senate for the appropriate amount of money based on the number of weeks left unfulfilled in their term. The amount shall be $28.85 per week for the President, $25.00 per week for the Vice President, Executive Secretary, and Minister of Finance. The advisor will put a hold on the records of the resigned/removed officer until the Senate is properly reimbursed. If an Executive Officer should start their term anytime after the second Senate meeting, their stipend shall be prorated according to the time they start the said position. Student Senators will not receive a regular stipend like the Executive Officers.
Article V: Amending the Constitution
Amendments to this Constitution must be proposed by a two-thirds (2/3) Senate vote of approval or a petition bearing the signatures of ten percent (10%) of the Student Association membership. Seventy-five percent (75%) of the votes cast by the Student Association is necessary for the amendment to pass.
This constitution was ratified on March 21, 2011.