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NEW YORK UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCE

STUDENT COUNCIL CONSTITUTION

(As Amended Through April 2020)

The General Assembly of the College of Arts and Science is the official assembly with the right to represent students in this college, or authorize other persons to do so. The General Assembly’s purpose is to better the quality of life At New York University for the students of the College of Arts and Science. The General Assembly shall coordinate and administer the activities of its officers and committees in accordance with this Constitution.

  1. The Members of the General Assembly

  • Student Council members are defined as General Assembly members and any persons elected or appointed to any of the positions listed in this Article.

    1. Executive Board

      1. The General Assembly Executive Board shall consist of the following officers: President, Vice President, Student Senator, Alternate Student Senator, Secretary, Student Advocacy Chair, Treasurer, Alumni Relations Chair, Curriculum Chair, Chair of Club Council, Public Relations Chair, Community Service Chair, Transfer Student Representative, First-Year Class President, Sophomore Class President, Junior Class President, and Senior Class President.

    2. Appointed Officers

      1. The following members of the Council are appointed by the current Executive Board, subject to a 2/3 overrule by the Council’s General Assembly: Chair of Club Council, Community Service Chair, Public Relations Chair, Transfer Student Representative, and the chairs of all Special Committees created by the Council due to the skills needed to fulfill responsibilities of this position. Of the appointments in this section, only the Special Committee Chairs may be dismissed with a two-week notice.

    3. General Assembly Members

      1. Officers and all other members of the General Assembly shall serve as General Assembly Members. Membership in the General Assembly requires attendance at two consecutive meetings by discretion of the Executive Board.

  1. Eligibility for Office

    1. All students in the College of Arts and Science who are in good standing in accordance to the College of Arts and Science Academic Probation program are eligible to be General Assembly members of the General Assembly and all of its committees.

    2. In order to run for the position of Student Council President, a candidate must have served as a General Assembly member in the College of Arts and Science Student Council for at least two semesters, one of which must have been as an Executive Board officer. The semester in which a person chooses to run can be counted as one of the two.

    3. In order to run for the position of Student Council Vice-President, a candidate must have served as a General Assembly member in the College of Arts and Science Student Council for at least two semesters, one of which must have been as an Executive Board officer or class board member for a full academic year. The semester in which a person chooses to run can be counted as one of the two.

    4. In order to run for the position of Student Council Senator, a candidate must have served as a General Assembly member in the College of Arts and Science Student Council for at least two semesters, one of which must have been as an Executive Board officer. The semester in which a person chooses to run can be counted as one of the two.

    5. In order to run for the position of Student Council Treasurer, a candidate must have served as an elected, appointed, or General Assembly member in the College of Arts and Science Student Council for at least two semester. The semester in which a person chooses to run can be counted as one of the two.

    6. Any registered first-year student may run for First-Year Class President in the Fall Elections. During the Spring General Elections, candidates for Sophomore Class President must have completed 24 credits but have no more than 53 credits, candidates for the Junior Class President must have completed 54 credits but not more than 83 credits, and candidates for Senior Class President must have completed at least 84 credits.

      1. Class standing to these positions at any time other than the Spring General Elections is determined by the student’s credit status at the time of the previous spring semester.

      2. Individual candidates may appeal to the Elections Committee regarding these credit limitations (see V H, 5)

    7. No person may serve as the Council’s Treasurer if they are also the treasurer or serve in a similar capacity in a club that receives a budget from the General Assembly.

    8. In order to apply for the position of Transfer Student Representative, an applicant must be an external transfer student to NYU.

    9. No person may hold two or more officer positions at the same time.

  2. Powers of the Members of the Council

    1. Powers reserved to the Members of the Executive Board:

      1. If the Council as a whole is unable to vote on an issue (for example, time-sensitive issues and the like where the General Assembly does not have the logistic ability to vote), it can be passed by majority vote of the Executive Board.

      2. A member of the Executive Board may make decisions in accordance to their duties as specified in this Constitution. These decisions are subject to overrule by a 2/3 majority vote by the General Assembly.

      3. The amount and type of participation that is required of the committee members of the General Assembly is left to the discretion of each committee chair of the Executive Board.

      4. Members of the Executive Board have the financial powers described in VI A, 1.

    2. Voting

      1. All members of the Student Council officers that attend the General Assembly member requirements may vote in the Student Council General Assembly meetings.

      2. All General Assembly Members having Voting Rights. Members must maintain General Assembly Member status in order to maintain these Rights.

      3. A General Assembly Member who accumulates two unexcused absences will lose Voting Rights. Voting rights may be regained by once again obtaining General Assembly Member status.

      4. An Executive Board member who is absent from four Student Council meetings, including General Assembly meetings and Executive Board meetings in one semester will be put on probation. Attendance status will be recorded and reviewed by the Secretary. Reinstatement of their status will be decided by 2/3 vote of confidence by the General Assembly two weeks after the officer’s probation.

      5. In the event that a Student Council member is unable to perform their duties for more than three weeks, the President can appoint an acting official to take their place. The acting official shall be responsible for all the duties and responsibilities of the absent member. The acting official may be granted official status subject to a vote of confidence by the General Assembly two weeks following their appointment. Any member who is unable to perform their duties for more than one semester must resign their position.

      6. The President may vote only as specified in the latest edition of Robert’s Rules of Order

    3. Sanctioned Powers

      1. In the event that new procedures are needed which are not specifically address in this Constitution, the President can issue an executive order. After its issuance, the President must inform the Council as to the nature of the executive order at the next Student Council General Assembly meeting.

      2. An executive order will remain in place until the term of the issuing President is over, or if the Council votes by a 2/3 majority to overrule it.

      3. If the President issues an executive order and no Student Council member moves to overrule the executive order within two weeks of its issuance, the Student Advocacy Chair must open the General Assembly Floor to discuss the validity of the executive order.

      4. The President and Senator shall serve as the student representatives to the Faculty of Arts and Science (FAS) Committee on Student Discipline. The Vice President shall be the alternate representative for the President; the Alternate Senator shall be the alternate representative for the Senator, and the Student Advocacy Chair shall be the alternate representative for the Alternate Senator.

  3. Executive and Representative Duties

    1. President

      1. The President shall be the official voice and representative of the College of Arts and Science Student Council, as well as the liaison between the College’s students and administration

      2. The President shall serve as an advocate for student issues, making themself available to the students so that they may voice their opinions about how to improve the quality of life and academic excellence in the College.

      3. The President shall work in conjunction with school administration and faculty to operate as a visible and legitimate student government.

      4. The President shall be the College of Arts and Science Student Council representative to the Student Government Assembly (SGA) and Presidents Council (PC). They are responsible for attending all relevant SGA and PC meetings which are required to be held on Thursdays from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM.

      5. The President shall be the College of Arts and Science Student Council representative on the PC’s Undergraduate Affairs Committee.

      6. The President shall call and chair all meetings of the Student Council.

      7. The President may designate a chairperson pro tempore, who must be a Student Council member, to chair a Student Council meeting in the absence of both the President and the Vice-President.

      8. The President may request any person, who is not a Student Council member, to leave the room if they are disruptive. The President may be overruled in this matter by a 2/3 vote of the General Assembly.

      9. The President may take account of the General Assembly when quorum is not reached at three consecutive meetings, or if a majority of the membership resigns. The President shall appoint replacements, subject to a majority vote of those students present.

      10. The President shall make all administrative decisions toward the orderly operation of the General Assembly and may issue executive orders in accordance with III C, 1.

      11. The President shall sit as a non-voting ex-officio member of all Council committees.

      12. The President shall meet regularly with the Dean of the College of Arts and Science to discuss and align the direction of the Council and the School.

      13. The President, alongside the Senator and Vice President, is required to plan and execute a semesterly Town Hall where they update the CAS student body about the General Assembly’s initiatives and answer any questions posed by the body.

    2. Vice-President

      1. The Vice-President shall assume the office and duties of the President, under terms of VII, 3.

      2. The Vice-President shall chair the Elections Committee in accordance with V H. Under normal circumstances as chairperson of that committee, the Vice-President would be excluded from holding another elected position on the General Assembly after the conclusion of his or her term. If the Vice-President foresees that they will run in another Student Council election, the Vice-President must request the Council to nominate an Acting Election Director as early in his/her term as possible.

      3. The Vice-President can be a non-voting ex-officio member of all other committees.

      4. The Vice-President shall be the Alternate College of Arts and Science Student Council Representative to the SGA/PC if the President cannot do so.

      5. The Vice-President shall have other duties as assigned by the President.

      6. The Vice-President is responsible for overseeing Class Presidents and Class Boards

      7. The Vice-President shall be the All-University Games Captain unless they appoint someone to assume those responsibilities.

      8. The Vice-President, alongside the Senator and President, is required to plan and execute a semesterly Town Hall where they update the CAS student body about the General Assembly’s initiatives and answer any questions posed by the body.

    3. Treasurer

      1. The Treasurer shall perform the duties described in V F.

      2. The Treasurer shall oversee and be responsible for the direct disbursement of funds that are allocated to the General Assembly. However, they may not authorize the transfer of Council money to an outside organization without the General Assembly’s approval.

      3. The Treasurer shall maintain a comprehensive set of records for all collections and disbursements. The committee budgets shall be made available to the public through a request form on the official Student Council website.

      4. The Treasurer must also make account information available to any student who requests them, Student Council member or otherwise.

    4. Student Senator

      1. The Student Senator shall represent the students and the College of Arts and Science Student Council at all meetings of the University Senate, such as the University Senate, the Student Senators Council (SSC), and the Student Government Assembly (SGA).

      2. As the official voice within the University Senate for the College of Arts and Science, the Student Senator shall have the power to represent their view on the issue with consideration of the student opinion. Measures must be taken to ensure that the student opinion is being gathered and the final decision rests with the elected Senator. They shall determine the dominant view of the students by utilizing forms of outreach (i.e. Council discussions, surveys, informal conversations).

      3. The Student Senator shall also keep the student body informed of all University and Council initiatives and events.

      4. The Senator, alongside the President and Vice-President, is required to plan and execute a semesterly Town Hall where they update the CAS student body about the General Assembly’s initiatives and answer any questions posed by the body.

      5. The Student Senator shall report to the Student Council on relevant matters and events that occurred or were discussed at University Senate and Student Senators Council meetings.

      6. The Student Senator shall also be required to bring up issues at University Senate and Student Senators Council meetings if the General Assembly so desires.

      7. The Student Senator shall assume whatever duties or positions assigned by the University Senate.

      8. The Student Senator is required to sit on the Advocacy Committee of the General Assembly.

      9. The Senator shall appoint an alternate to a University Senate, Student Senators Council or SGA meeting if the Alternate Senator and Advocacy Chair are unavailable.

    5. Alternate Student Senator

      1. The Alternate Student Senator shall represent the students of the College of Arts and Science and the General Assembly as the Student Senator when the Student Senator cannot do so. While the Alternate Senator is serving as the Student Senator they will be held to the same standards described in IV D.

      2. The Alternate Student Senator may attend any University Senate or Student Government Assembly meeting as an observer and may replace the Senator for the remainder of the meeting, if the latter is obliged to leave.

      3. The Alternate Student Senator is entitled to formal notices and copies of the Student Senators Council minutes upon request to the Student Senators Council

      4. The Alternate Student Senator shall be eligible for regular assignments from the committees of either the Student Senators Council or Student Government Assembly, except if membership is otherwise restricted.

      5. The Alternate Student Senator shall have other duties as assigned by the Student Senator and Student Council President.

      6. The Alternate Student Senator is required to sit on the Advocacy committee.

      7. The Alternate Student Senator is also required to sit on at least one SSC or University Senate committee.

    6. Secretary

      1. The Secretary shall chair the Programming Committee (see V C).

      2. The Secretary shall record and keep the names of all members present at both General Assembly and Executive Board meetings, whether quorum was attained, and agendas of all meetings. These records shall be made public and published on the General Assembly website, as shall copies of this Constitution and all of its Amendments.

      3. As Chair of the Programming Committee, they are responsible for planning CAS Formal as well as at least one other semesterly event.

    7. Student Advocacy Chair

      1. The Student Advocacy Chair shall serve as the Alternate Senator if the Alternate Senator cannot do so.

      2. The Student Advocacy Chair shall chair the Advocacy Committee (see V B).

      3. The Student Advocacy Chair shall act as a liaison in all grievances between students and the faculty and administration or may designate a member of the Advocacy Committee to do so.

      4. The Student Advocacy Chair is the Student Council’s Parliamentarian and Constitutionalist.

      5. The Student Advocacy Chair is required to sit on at least one all-university committee.

      6. The Student Advocacy Chair shall implement or sustain long term projects or initiatives throughout their term related to the focus of their committee.

    8. Public Relations Chair

      1. The Public Relations Chair shall chair the Public Relations Committee (see V A).

      2. The Public Relations Chair shall act as Council historian, maintaining visual records of all Council events and initiatives.

      3. The Public Relations Chair shall be responsible for making and distributing all of the General Assembly’s marketing material to the student body.

      4. The Public Relations Chair must maintain all Council social media platforms and official website.

      5. The Public Relations Chair must accurately inform the student body of Council events and initiatives via our newsletter and website as stated in V A, 4.

    9. Class Presidents

      1. Each Class President shall be responsible for representing the views and addressing any problems of their own class to the General Assembly.

      2. Each Class President is responsible for hosting three class-specific events per year following the 3 pillars of CAS: College Life, Academic Inquiry, and Service, as well as a Kickoff event in the Fall Semester, and a Stressbuster event at the end of the Fall and Spring semester, for a total of 6 events.

      3. Each Class President shall work with their specific class board to program and execute events.

      4. The Sophomore Class President must attend the Leadership Development Series.

    10. Alumni Relations Chair

      1. The Alumni Relations Chair shall serve as the chairperson of the Alumni Relations Committee, as specified in V D.

      2. The Alumni Relations Chair shall work in conjunction with the College of Arts and Science Alumni Association.

    11. Curriculum Chair

      1. The Curriculum Chair shall serve as the chairperson of the Curriculum Committee, as specified in V E.

      2. The Curriculum Chair shall act as the liaison between the administration and the student body in all areas concerning the curriculum with the College of Arts and Science.

      3. The Curriculum Chair shall serve as the Student Council representative to the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee. They are responsible for presenting a report to the General Assembly on the policy changes enacted by the body directly following a meeting of the UCC.

      4. The Curriculum Chair shall implement or sustain long term projects or initiatives throughout their term related to the focus of their committee.

    12. Chair of CAS Club Council

      1. The Chair of CAS Club Council shall oversee all College of Arts and Science clubs, serving as a liaison between the General Assembly and the clubs it oversees.

      2. The Chair of CAS Club Council shall receive applications for new CAS clubs and bring them to E-Board.

      3. The Chair of CAS Club Council will plan a CAS specific Club Fest at the beginning of the Fall Semester.

      4. All co-sponsorship and contingency funding requests will be received by the Chair of CAS Club Council and directed to the Student Council advisor for discussion.

      5. The Chair of CAS Club Council shall be responsible for receiving room requests from CAS clubs.

    13. Community Service Chair

      1. The Community Service Chair shall be appointed, as specified in I C.

      2. The Community Service Chair shall serve as the chairperson of the Community Service Committee, as specified in V G.

      3. The Community Service Chair shall be responsible for Council fundraising activities.

    14. Transfer Student Representative

      1. The Transfer Student Representative shall be appointed, as specified in I C.

      2. The Transfer Student Representative shall chair a Committee for transfer students of the CAS Student Council General Assembly.

      3. The Transfer Student Representative shall serve as a member of the Transfer Student Association.

      4. The Transfer Student Representative shall implement or sustain long term projects or initiatives throughout their term related to the focus of their committee.

    15. CAS Student Council Advisor

      1. The CAS Student Council Advisor shall support and guide the General Assembly in all matters they choose to pursue in the forthcoming academic year.

      2. The CAS Student Council Advisor shall ensure that the Council adheres to all relevant university policies.

      3. The ultimate decision making and execution process is left to the discretion of the elected Executive Board Officers, and General Assembly members.

      4. The advisor shall also advocate for the Student Council and their mission in all discussions held between the advisor and other members of the faculty and administration.

    16. General Responsibilities

      1. All Executive Board members are suggested to serve on an SGA Committee of their choosing.

      2. All Executive Board members shall remain current with university and school-wide issues.

      3. All Executive Board members shall attend all events sponsored by the College of Arts and Science Student Council unless there is an aforementioned class or work conflict.

  4. Council’s Committees

    1. Public Relations Committee

      1. The Public Relations Chair shall chair the Public Relations Committee (see IV H, 1).

      2. The Public Relations Committee shall ensure that the student body is kept informed of the initiatives and events of the General Assembly.

      3. The Public Relations Committee shall work with every executive board officer (see IV H, 2).

      4. The Public Relations Committee is responsible for helping with the making and distribution of all Student Council marketing materials.

    2. Advocacy Committee

      1. The Student Advocacy Chair shall chair the Advocacy Committee (see IV G, 2).

      2. The members of the Advocacy Committee shall defend and promote the rights of the General Assembly and the students of the College of Arts and Science.

      3. The members of the Advocacy Committee shall serve as representatives to the administration or faculty as assigned by the Student Advocacy Chair.

      4. The Advocacy Committee is charged with planning at least two events per year, with the goal to inform students of University or College policies and to amplify the student voice. At least one of these events must be an Upstander.

    3. Programming Committee

      1. The Secretary shall chair the Programming Committee (see IV F, 1).

      2. The Programming Committee is charged with planning larger Student Council events that are not associated with any other Student Council committee. These include at minimum an Annual CAS Formal and at least one other semesterly event. Other programming is up to the discretion of the Programming Chair.

    4. Alumni Relations Committee

      1. The Alumni Relations Chair shall chair the Alumni Relations Committee (see IV J, 1).

      2. The Alumni Relations Committee shall be responsible for enhancing the relationship between current students of the College of Arts and Science and the College’s alumni.

      3. The Alumni Relations Committee is charged with planning at minimum two events during the year, one of which is the annual Spring Alumni-Student Banquet.

      4. The Alumni Relations Committee shall implement or sustain long term projects or initiatives throughout their term related to the focus of their committee.

    5. Curriculum Committee

      1. The Curriculum Chair will chair the Curriculum Committee (IV K, 1).

      2. The Curriculum Chair is charged with planning at minimum two events during the year, one of which is the annual Fall Student-Faculty Banquet. The Curriculum Chair also must plan an annual Declaration Day.

    6. Community Service Committee

      1. The Community Service Chair will chair the Community Service Committee (IV N, 2).

      2. The Community Service Chair is charged with planning at least 2 community service and 2 fundraising events per year for the student body as well as the General Assembly members of the General Assembly.

      3. The Community Service Committee shall be responsible for Council fundraising activities.

      4. The Community Service Chair shall implement or sustain long term projects or initiatives throughout their term related to the focus of their committee.

    7. Special Committees

      1. The General Assembly may form Special Committees to handle issues not dealt with by other committees, which arise from the needs of the students.

      2. Special Committees shall be initiated by a majority vote of the General Assembly and chaired through Presidential Appointment in accordance with I C, 1.

    8. The Election Committee

      1. The Vice-President shall be the chairperson of the Election Committee and the Election Director, except when the Council nominates an Alternate Election Director so that the Vice-President may run in future Student Council elections (see IV B, 2).

      2. The remaining members shall be all graduating seniors or someone who is not rerunning for the following election.

      3. The Election Committee exists for the purpose of running Student Council elections, and shall have complete charge of said elections, subject to 2/3 overrule by the General Assembly.

      4. The Election Committee is the body that has the power to make decisions regarding a vote on the ratification of an amendment to the election code.

      5. The Election Committee shall begin convening at the beginning of the year for Fall Elections as necessary or at the beginning of Spring Semester for Spring Elections.

  5. Financial Allocation Procedures

    1. General

      1. Disbursements and authorizations require the signatures of the Treasurer and the President, and final approval of the General Assembly advisor.

      2. Allocations of funds via co-sponsorship to recognized student organizations require approval by a majority vote of Council.

      3. The General Assembly may audit the books of any recognized student organization within its domain.

      4. Reimbursement to clubs who have spent their money within the proper guidelines should be accomplished with all due promptness.

      5. Allocations to external organizations not recognized require approval by a majority vote of the General Assembly.

      6. No loans may be granted to any external organization.

      7. A complete annual statement, covering the previous fiscal year, shall be submitted by the Treasurer to the newly elected President and Treasurer and shall be placed in the files of the General Assembly.

      8. When proposing the annual budget at the beginning of the fall semester, the Treasurer shall take into account an allotment of funds for Senior Week. No more than 10% of Student Council’s annual budget may be allocated to that program.

    2. Club Status and Funding

      1. All potential clubs must fill out the required forms for club recognition and submit them to the Chair of Club Council. Official club status can only be granted by a majority vote of the Executive Board.

      2. Once granted club status, all clubs must fill out the forms required by the Chair of CAS Club Council in order to receive a budget.

      3. Once all required forms are handed in, the President, Treasurer, and Chair of CAS Club Council shall review these forms and may grant a budget to the organization.

      4. The amount awarded to an official College of Arts and Science club will be left to the discretion of the President, Treasurer, and Chair of CAS Club Council and will be decided upon on the following factors: 1) proposed activities for the year, 2) number of years in existence, 3) past year’s performance, 4) and anything else they decide to consider.

      5. An official notification will be presented to the club. This notification can be given to the Center for Student Life (CSL) as the official document needed to register with the Center.

      6. A College of Arts and Science club need not register with the Center for Student Life (CSL).

    3. Club Contingency Funding

      1. The clubs requesting contingency funding must already be registered with the General Assembly as an official College of Arts and Science club.

      2. These clubs can petition for contingency funding if they have either exhausted their whole budget, or are planning a new an unanticipated event.

    4. Co-sponsorships

      1. The organization requesting co-sponsorship funds must be recognized by either Student Council or the Center for Student Life (CSL).

      2. The organization must follow all specified co-sponsorship guidelines in order to attain funding from Student Council.

  6. Miscellaneous Student Council Codes

    1. General

      1. Student Council defines active voting membership during the Fall and Spring as voting members of that semester, and during the Summer and Winter as non-graduated voting members of the prior academic semester.

      2. The resignation of a Student Council officer shall be required in writing. This letter of resignation must be submitted personally to the President, who will notify the General Assembly at the next regular meeting, at which time the office becomes vacant.

      3. The Vice-President shall assume the office and duties of the President should the office become vacant before the end of the elected term. However, two weeks after the Vice-President has assumed office, the General Assembly must have a vote of confidence. This vote of confidence shall be by ballot. If it does not pass, the Acting President shall become the Vice-President once again and a new Acting President shall be appointed from amongst the membership by nominations. That Acting President shall again face a vote of confidence after two weeks in exactly the same terms as their predecessor.

      4. The outcome of votes of confidence may not be reconsidered or rescinded.

  7. Elections

    1. General

      1. The CAS Student Council will follow the university-wide election code.

      2. The person occupying the post of the Vice-President is the Election director for the Spring and Fall General Elections. All remaining members of the Election Committee are chosen in accordance with IV B, 2.

      3. All College of Arts and Science students may vote. All elected Student Council officers shall be elected by the entire eligible student body (i.e. will attend NYU during the period the elections are running for) of the College, except for Class Presidents, who are to be elected by their respective classes.

      4. The newly elected Student Council shall take office after the final meeting of the spring semester.

      5. The General Assembly, Student Council Election, and Student Council Election Director have exclusive control of the General Assembly elections.

    2. Spring General Elections

      1. If the General Assembly fails to hold an election in the spring, all non-graduating members of the General Assembly shall then make up the total membership of the General Assembly. A quorum of these members shall be necessary to call a meeting to order. The remaining Student Council shall conduct an election within the first four weeks of the fall term.

      2. The Election Director, in consultation with the Election Committee, shall present an Election Plan with accompanying rules for the Spring General Elections. This plan should follow the precedent of the previous year, unless the Election Committee finds sufficient reason to alter them.

      3. The Spring General Elections for SGA voting members, which includes the President and Student Senator, should follow the All-University timeline.

      4. The Election Committee shall make a final list comprised of the names of the newly-elected officials. At the completion of this report, the Election Committee is dissolved.

    3. Fall General Elections

      1. The Election Director, in consultation with the Election Committee, shall present an Election Plan with accompanying rules for the Fall Elections. This plan should follow the precedent of the Spring General Elections, unless the Election Committee finds sufficient reason to alter them.

      2. The Fall Elections shall take place within six weeks of the start of the fall term.

      3. The Election Director shall make a final report to the Student Council containing the results of the Fall General Elections.

  8. Impeachment

    1. Internal Removal

      1. Other than an external removal described in B of this Article, the General Assembly shall have the sole power of impeachment and conviction of one of its members.

      2. All members of the Executive Board may be subject to impeachment and may be removed for conviction of gross and deliberate dereliction of duties assigned to that office in other articles or section of this Constitution, abuse of power or office held, deliberate misuse of Council money or facilities for personal gain, or violations of New York University regulations. The impeachment of a member of the Executive Board is only applicable to members holding an elected or appointed position.

      3. Both the accuser(s) and the accused party or parties shall present their case before the General Assembly. The President shall act as the moderator unless they are either the accused or accuser. In this scenario, the Vice-President shall preside. When a member is suspected of being guilty on grounds which might conceivably lead to impeachment and conviction of that member, the General Assembly may by 2/3 vote refer the case to the student representatives of the Faculty Committee on Discipline. This vote must be cast by ballot and may not be rescinded or reconsidered. If the vote carries, the matter must be referred to the student representatives of the Faculty Committee on Discipline. No one shall interfere, or cause any of this matter to be removed from the jurisdiction of this committee. If the General Assembly member suspected is the President, their case cannot be referred to the student representatives of the Faculty Committee on Discipline and must be heard in accordance to 4 of this Article.

      4. If the case is not or cannot be referred both the accuser(s) and the accused party or parties shall present their case before the General Assembly.

      5. Conviction of the accused and adoption of the penalty is achieved if 2/3 of the members of the General Assembly vote in the affirmative.

      6. Once convicted, the maximum penalty invoked by the Council shall not exceed removal from office.

    2. External Removal

      1. The students of the College of Arts and Science shall have the power of recalling a Council member for: abuse of power or office held, gross and deliberate dereliction of duties assigned to that office in other articles and sections of this Constitution, deliberate misuse of the Council money or facilities for personal gain, or violations of New York University regulations.

      2. A petition to recall must contain the name and the office of the Council member to be recalled, specific charges against the member named above, and the signatures, printed names, student identification numbers, and net IDs of 15% of the College of Arts and Science student body. A petition to indict the President requires 20% of the student body.

      3. The completed petition must be handed to the Secretary who must verify the petition within fourteen days of its reception.

      4. No petition of recall may be submitted against a Student Council member until that member has held office for thirty days that the University is in session.

  9. Meeting Procedure

    1. Committee Meetings Procedural Codes

      1. The committee chairperson shall lead all meetings of the committee.

      2. All committee chairpersons shall speak for and represent their committees whenever necessary.

      3. A quorum for a committee is a majority of the fixed membership of that committee.

      4. All members of a committee, including the chairperson, can vote in their respective committees.

      5. When a committee decides to write or sign a letter of support that letter/resolution/etc. must be presented at a General Assembly meeting and approved by a majority of the General Assembly.

    2. Student Council Meeting Procedure

      1. Quorum must be established in order for the General Assembly to call an issue to a vote.

      2. The General Assembly must have at least one meeting every two weeks excluding summer session, winter break, and spring vacation.

      3. The General Assembly Meetings shall conduct business according to the latest edition of Robert’s Rules of Order. But this Constitution shall take precedent in any conflict with Robert’s Rules of Order.

  10. Amendments

    1. General

      1. The General Assembly, whenever 2/3 of the fixed membership shall deem it necessary and appropriate, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution.

      2. The Proposed Amendment(s) shall be temporarily in effect once they are approved by the General Assembly. However these Amendments must be voted on by the student body at the next regularly called election.

      3. The General Assembly may, by 2/3 vote, choose to hold a special election during the year for the purpose of ratifying said Amendment(s).

      4. The Amendment(s) shall be made clearly visible such that anyone wishing to read the items up for approval shall have the opportunity to do so. In addition, both the affirmative and negative expressions of opinion will be provided as choices in the voting process.

      5. All appropriate sections of the Election Committee’s plan shall be utilized in regard to setting up a fair and impartial vote on the ratification of the Amendment(s).