We, the members of the West Allis Student Government Association of the Milwaukee Area Technical College (hereafter referred to as MATC), establish the following bylaws as the Constitution governing our campus as allowed under the Articles of Authorization of the Student Government Association MATC (hereafter referred to as the Articles of Authorization). The West Allis Student Government Association (hereafter referred to as WA-SGA) will operate under these bylaws along with the Articles of Authorization.
Membership of the WA-SGA shall be restricted to students who have met the requirements and have been properly elected by the process outlined by the Articles of Authorization (see: Articles of Authorization, Article III, Section 2).
The duties of all representatives shall be as follows:
To remain in active standing, Student Representatives are allowed two unexcused absences per semester for General Assembly meetings or events as outlined in the Articles of Authorization. Unexcused absences from events will only apply when a Student Representative is scheduled to be at a certain event and does not attend. Excused absences from Student Government General Assembly meetings and events will be at the discretion of the Executive Board (see Art. III).
All Student Representatives who have accumulated more than two unexcused absences will receive a letter of jeopardy signed by the President, Vice President, and Secretary. That student may then go before the General Assembly to plead his/her case. This appeal will be treated as new business and the student’s appeal will require a majority vote of the General Assembly to be accepted. Any further unexcused absences will result in an automatic dismissal from the WA-SGA.
At least one General Assembly meeting must take place every month during fall and spring semesters. Dates and times for these meetings will be set no later than the second General Assembly meeting of any given semester.
Special meetings of the General Assembly may be called by the President at any time. Notification of these meetings will be made at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. The attendance policy (see: WA-SGA Bylaws, Article I, Section 3) will not apply to special meetings.
Special meetings of the Executive Board or Executive Council may be called by any member of the Executive Board with the consent of the President. Notification of these meetings will be made at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. The attendance policy (see: WA-SGA Bylaws, Article I, Section 3) will not apply to special meetings.
Quorum is normally required for conducting all official business, elections, and bylaw changes. As outlined in the Articles of Authorization (see: Articles of Authorization, Article VI, Section 3), the quorum is 51 percent of the General Assembly including the presiding chair. Student Representatives must be present at the time of any voting to count towards the quorum percentage. The WA-SGA advisor does not need to be present for quorum to be achieved. (Quorum is not required for special meetings.)
In exceptional cases, official business may still be conducted without quorum via executive decision of the presiding chairperson.
As outlined in the Articles of Authorization (see: Articles of Authorization, Article IV, Section 1), the WA-SGA will have the following executive positions: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. (The position of Secretary may be divided into Recording Secretary and Corresponding Secretary at the discretion of the General Assembly.) These members will make up the Executive Board.
The line of authority shall be President, Vice President, Secretary/ies, and Treasurer. In the event that the highest ranking officer is not present at a meeting or event, the next in line will act in his/her place.
The Executive Board shall function in an advisory capacity to the President and General Assembly in their policy-making besides fulfilling the other duties outlined in these bylaws and those incumbent on them as members of the WA-SGA.
No member of the Executive Board shall hold office in any other campus organization besides the WA-SGA or the District Student Senate.
Officers shall be nominated and voted upon at the General Assembly in the spring semester for the following school year. If no past Executive Board member returns for the following semester, the senior most member of the Student Government as selected by the WA-SGA advisor will chair any official meetings until new officers are elected.
Officer nominees must be Student Representatives who meet the requirements as outlined in the Articles of Authorization (see: Articles of Authorization, Article V, Section 1.) Nominees must have served a minimum one semester as a Student Representative on the WA-SGA or as a Student Representative at another MATC campus prior to being nominated, unless it is determined that there is no other Student Representative eligible for a specific position or no others accept a nomination.
No person shall hold a specific elected office of the WA-SGA for more than two (2) consecutive semesters. (For example, the President may not run for the President position a third semester; however, he/she may run during later officer elections.)
Officers should be elected at least one week prior to the first scheduled District Student Senate meeting of the semester if time permits. Otherwise, elections are required to take place one week following the first scheduled District Student Senate meeting.
Refer to Articles of Authorization, Article IV, Section 3.
The duties of the President are:
The duties of the Vice President are:
The duties of the Secretary are:
The duties of the treasurer are:
Additional positions may be added to the WA-SGA with a term of up to one year on an as needed basis. (See: Articles of Authorization; Article IV, Section 4.)
The standing committees of the WA-SGA are outlined in the Articles of Authorization, Article IV, Section 5.)
Nominations for chairpersons of all committees will be suggested by the President and General Assembly. To be official, nominees must accept a nomination prior to voting. Nominees will be voted upon by the General Assembly with the majority vote receiving the position.
Chairpersons may create subcommittees and appoint a chairperson with the approval of the President.
The WA-SGA Executive Council shall consist of all current members of the Executive Board together with the Standing Committee Chairpersons and any other positions created by Article IV, Section 5.
The Executive Council will help implement programs enacted by the President.
West Allis, Bylaws, 05/08/13