Proposed Student Government Constitutional Amendment Ballot



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Proposed Student Government Constitutional Amendment Ballot

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Proposed Amendment #1:

___ Yes ___ No “In Article I, after “between the faculty”, remove “and the students”, and insert “staff, students, and alumni”.”
Proposed Amendment #2

___ Yes ___ No In Article II, Section 3, Subsection A, insert the word “Winter” before the word “graduation”.


Proposed Amendment #3

___ Yes ___ No In Article II, Section 3, Subsection B, and anywhere thereafter, substitute the words “2.0 GPA” for the grade letter “C”.


Proposed Amendment #4

___ Yes ___ No In Article II, Section 4, Subsection A, under the duties of the President shall be added “8) Shall participate as a Freshman Counselor,” and “9) Shall maintain regular communication with all student organizations.”


Proposed Amendment #5

___ Yes ___ No In Article II, Section 4, Subsection B, C, and D, the added duty will be given to the Vice President of “7) Shall participate as a Freshman Counselor”.


Proposed Amendment #6

___ Yes ___ No In Article II, Section 6 and Section 7 shall now be made into Article III as “Appointed Positions” and numbered as such. All following numbering of articles shall account for the revision.


Proposed Amendment #7

___ Yes ___ No In Article II, Section 6, under the duties of the Parliamentarian shall have inserted after the last sentence the phrase “The Parliamentarian shall also serve as interpreter of the Student Government Constitution and shall issue final clarifications on matters of procedure.” This will now be in Article III, Section 2.
Proposed Amendment #8

___ Yes ___ No In Article III, there will be a new Section 3. Section 3 will state that the position will be named, “Residence Hall Representatives”. There will be one representative appointed from College Park and each Residence Hall to be appointed by the President during the fall elections with a recommendation from the Residence Director.


Proposed Amendment #9

___ Yes ___ No In the Old Constitution, Article III, Article III will now be Article IV in the New Constitution. In Article IV, Section II, the new Subsection E will state, “Special class meetings may be called by the class senators and the President of Student Government.”


Proposed Amendment #10

___ Yes ___ No In the Old Constitution, Article IV, Article IV will now be Article V. In Article IV, Section 1, strike the text of subsections A, B, and C and all following subsections will move up as replacements. Article 5, Section 1 will read, “Section 1. Representation to Student Government:



  1. The class senators shall serve as representatives to the Student Government from their respective classes. The remaining representation to the Student Government shall consist of eight Fairmont State University House of Representatives, four Pierpont Community and Technical College House of Representatives, the number of Fairmont State House of Representatives and Pierpont House of Representatives will change according to total enrollment numbers, two representatives to each of the following: Faculty Senate, Pierpont Community and Technical College Representatives, Faculty Assembly, and one of each of the following: Director of Public Relations, Advisory Council, Board of Advisors, and Fairmont State University Board of Governors, Pierpont Community and Technical College Board of Governors, Pierpont Community and Technical College Faculty Assembly.

  2. These representatives shall be students who, at the time of their election, are carrying not less than 12 semester hours and must have a cumulative 2.0 GPA or above and must maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA or above while in office.

  3. House of Representatives must have completed 24 hours.

Proposed Amendment #11

___ Yes ___ No In Article V, Section 2, Subsection A, insert “staff, alumni,” before “and administration”.
Proposed Amendment #12

___ Yes ___ No In Article V, Section 2, Subsection B strike out “more than two schools days following the meeting missed” and substitute “later than the next scheduled meeting”.


Proposed Amendment #13

___ Yes ___ No In the Old Constitution Article IV, Section 2, Subsection C, please strike out. We will be moving this section to new Article XVII, Section 2. It shall read, “After submission of a petition by a reasonable number of Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community & Technical College students listing grievances against a Student Government member, the Student Government body will consider these grievances and vote to possibly expel the accused member. If a majority vote is in the affirmative, a recall vote will be placed before the entire student body at the earliest reasonable date. If a majority vote for removal, said student shall be removed from office.”


Proposed Amendment #14

___ Yes ___ No In Article V, Section 4 will be added and will be titled, “Faculty Assembly for Pierpont Community and Technical College”.


Proposed Amendment #15

___ Yes ___ No In Article VI, Section 1, substitute “five graduating students to serve” in place of “seniors to”. Substitute “graduating students” for “seniors” in this section. Capitalize “Student Government” and “President”.


Proposed Amendment #16

___ Yes ___ No In Article VI, Section 2, Subsection A, insert “regular Student Government” before “meeting”. Also, insert “of” after “advisor”.


Proposed Amendment #17

___ Yes ___ No In Article VI, Section 2, Subsection C strike out “college” and insert “Fairmont State University or Pierpont Community and Technical College” and being the second sentence with “From the floor,”.

Strike out “for any of the Student Government offices”, “that a nominee to”, and “elections which will be mandatory!”.

Substitute “nominated for any of the positions in Student Government” for the first deletion, and “the elections” for the third.

Article VI, Section 2, Subsection C shall be read as following

Any current full-time student of Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community and Technical College which meets the requirements set forth in this constitution shall be entitled to nomination. From the floor, any current Student Government member nominated for any of the positions in Student Government must have attended four regular Student Government meetings prior to the elections. If the candidate does not attend these meetings their nomination is declined. Unless under the discretion of the Election committee.


Proposed Amendment #18

___ Yes ___ No In Article V, Section 2, Subsection E, substitute “Student Government positions” for “student body offices”.


Proposed Amendment #19

___ Yes ___ No In Article V, Section 2, Subsection F, strike “executive officers” and substitute “Election Committees”.


Proposed Amendment #20

___ Yes ___ No In Article V, Section 3, Subsection A add at the end “; and electronic or paper ballot.”

Proposed Amendment #21

___ Yes ___ No In Article V, Section 3, Subsection E, it should be stated as “ in the event of paper balloting, upon completion of the election, The election committee will go to a designated area to open the ballot boxes. The election committee will count the ballots with the use of the scantron counter.”


Proposed Amendment #22

___ Yes ___ No Between Article V, Section 3, Subsections E and F, insert a new subsection and have all following subsections lettered accordingly. This section shall read, “In the event of electronic balloting, the Information Technology Department shall maintain the electronic ballot and shall submit the results to the Student Government Election Committee. The Election Committee shall supervise the voting locations.


Proposed Amendment #23

___ Yes ___ No In Article VI, Section 3, Subsection H, remove “shall verify the results and place them upon the bulletin board” and substitute with the phrase “shall verify the results and publicize them widely.”


Proposed Amendment #24

___ Yes ___ No In the new Article V, Section 3, Subsection J, it shall read, “Only in the event of a paper balloted election, Lists of names of students doing student teaching, and students away from school serving in a representative capacity shall be obtained from the faculty director of such student groups. Students doing such activity shall be entitled to cast their vote prior to general election. No other absentee voting shall be permitted. Unless under the discretion of the Election committee.”


Proposed Amendment #25

___ Yes ___ No In the new Article VI, Section 3, Subsection L, it shall read, “All students of Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community & Technical College shall be eligible to vote for all candidates running for office in Student Government as in clarification of specific ballots for individual class rank and institution.

Proposed Amendment #26

___ Yes ___ No In Article V, Section 4, Subsection A, after the first sentence insert the line “Fairmont State University students from any class rank can hold a senatorial office. Pierpont Community and Technical College students can only hold a Freshman or Sophomore rank. All Freshmen Elections will be held in the fall.”


Proposed Amendment #27

___ Yes ___ No In Article VI, Section 4, Subsection A, strike out “elevation” and substitute “election”.


Proposed Amendment #28

___ Yes ___ No In Article VI, Section 4, Subsection B, after the first sentence, insert the phrase, “Freshman Senators, upon election into Student Government, must attend the Freshmen Senators meeting with the Vice President.”

Proposed Amendment #29

___ Yes ___ No In Article VI, Section 4, insert two more subsections. The first reading, “All Pierpont Community and Technical College Student Government positions will be elected in the fall, except for the occasions of when a Pierpont Technical and Community College student runs for an executive office, Pierpont Community and Technical College Faculty Assembly position, or Pierpont Community and Technical College Board of Governors.” The second shall read, “Any position not filled in the spring will be made available for occupation the following fall.”


Proposed Amendment #30

___ Yes ___ No In Article VI, Section 5, Section 5 will be struck from the Constitution and all following numberings will change accordingly.


Proposed Amendment #31

___ Yes ___ No In Article VI, Section 8 will be added and it shall state, “The Election Rules and Procedures shall contain all other specific matters not included in the Student Government Constitution and shall serve as reference for enforcement of proper procedure.”


Proposed Amendment #32

___ Yes ___ No In Article VIX, Section 2, Subsection A, “all recognized campus organizations (organizations registered with the office of Student Activities.)” shall be altered to “all recognized organizations of Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community and Technical College.”


Proposed Amendment #33

___ Yes ___ No In Article IX, Section 3, strike the wording and substitute, “The officers of this council shall be the Advisory Council members elected during Student Government elections. Those officers will include the Advisory Council Representative and the Executive Officers of Student Government.”


Proposed Amendment #34

___ Yes ___ No In Article VIX, Section 4, substitute, “Spring” for “September”.


Proposed Amendment #35

___ Yes ___ No In Article VIX, Section 6, remove all information about the Co-Chairperson and the Secretary’s responsibilities.

Proposed Amendment #36

___ Yes ___ No In the new Article X, Section 1, Subsection A, remove all text after the comma and substitute “during the free time set aside by the Registar of the University and College, unless otherwise directed.”


Proposed Amendment #37

___ Yes ___ No In the new Article XI, Section 1, Subsection B, it will now state that 2/3 of the members must not be Freshmen.


Proposed Amendment #38

___ Yes ___ No In the old Article X, Section 1, strike out Subsection C and reletter accordingly.

Proposed Amendment #39

___ Yes ___ No in Article XI, Section 2 Subsection A, add “and constitution” after “a written petition”.


Proposed Amendment #40

___ Yes ___ No In Article XI, Section 2, Subsection C, add “available” before the word “meeting”.


Proposed Amendment #41

___ Yes ___ No In Article XI, strike Section 3 and renumber accordingly. Section 3 has been stated in Article XI, Section 1.


Proposed Amendment #42

___ Yes ___ No In Article XII, Section 1, remove “committee” and substitute with “Executive Officers of Student Government”


Proposed Amendment #43

___ Yes ___ No In Article XII, Section 1, remove the rest of the sentence following “activity fee” and the following sentence; place in the sentence, “Shortly before financial decisions are enacted, Student Government shall approve or vote requests by student organizations for co-sponsorship funding appropriations.”


Proposed Amendment #44

___ Yes ___ No Article XII, Section 2, add to the end “all Student Government records are to be filed with the Advisor of Student Government.

Proposed Amendment #45

___ Yes ___ No Article XII, Section 4, it shall now be read as, “The Treasurer of the Student Government shall require reports from all organizations expending Student Government funds. Upon receipt of such report, the Treasurer shall make them known to the entire body of Student Government. It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to maintain and update all reports.”


Proposed Amendment #46

___ Yes ___ No In Article XIII, Section 1, after “regular meeting remove “of said Government”. Also remove “the President will cause”, “to, and “according to the decision of the Government members present”. Replace “to” with “shall”. Make amendment” plural. Before “majority” add “two-thirds”. Strike “proposed” and end the sentence. Replace “President” with “Secretary”. After “shall” remove the reset of the text and substitute “make widely available the text of the proposed amendments to the student body.” Article XIII, Section 1 should read, “Any amendments to this Constitution shall be presented to the Student Government through the Secretary of the Student Government at the next regular meeting. When such a proposed amendment is presented by the Secretary, it will be read before the session and then ask for the issue to be tabled until the next regular meeting of the Student Government. At the next regular meeting of the Government, the proposed amendments shall be read for a second time and voted on. If after due consideration by the members of the Government present, a two-thirds majority of them approve of said amendments proposed, the Secretary of the Student Government shall read and cause a typewritten or printed copy of this proposed amendment to be posted on the bulletin boards in all main buildings and kept there until the next regular meeting of the Student Government shall make widely available the text of the proposed amendments of the student body.

Proposed Amendment #47

___ Yes ___ No In Article XIV, replace the title “Board of Regents” with “Advisory Council of Student Representatives”.

Proposed Amendment #48

___ Yes ___ No In Article XIC, remove “elect” and substitute “appoint” and “West Virginia Board of Regents Student Advisory Council” with “Statewide Advisory Council of Student Representative”. Remove “elected” and substitute “appointed by the President”. Also, remove “a resident” and replace with “an inhabitant”.


Proposed Amendment #49

___ Yes ___ No In Article XV, Section 2, remove the text of Subsection A and replace with “Members shall be the Executive Officers of Student Government.”


Proposed Amendment #50

___ Yes ___ No In the old Article XV, strike Section 3 and renumber appropriately. The old Section 3 states the qualifications of the Executive Officers.


Proposed Amendment #51

___ Yes ___ No In Article XV, Section 4, Subsection C, Sub-Subsection 3, remove the text and it shall be read the following, “The chairperson and volunteers must be present at all scheduled activities and remain for the duration of the activities. In case of an absence, he/she must find a replacement by using the Student Government Directory, and then notify the chairperson of the absence and replacement. If a replacement cannot be found, sufficient notice is required to the chairperson. For the replacement, both parties must supply written documentation of absence and willingness to replace the absentee. A committee absence will follow traditional Student Government absentee policies.”


Proposed Amendment #52

___ Yes ___ No In Article V, Section 2, Subsection B, the Executive Committee shall determine the validity of the excuse by majority vote by ballot of the members present at a regular constituted meeting. Automatic expulsion shall be a result of three unexcused absences. Three unexcused tardies will result in one unexcused absence.

Proposed Amendment #53

___ Yes ___ No In Article XVI, make “Grievance Policy” the header.


Proposed Amendment #54

___ Yes ___ No In Article XVI, Section 1, Subsection A, replace “Committee” with “Officers”.


Proposed Amendment #55

___ Yes ___ No In Article XVI, Section 1, Subsection B, make “isn’t” “is not”. Strike “the aggrieved”.

Proposed Amendment #56

___ Yes ___ No In Article XVI, make Section 2 a Subsection D of Section 1. It shall be read the following, “If this order of grievance is exhausted and satisfaction is not met the aggrieved may request for a meeting with the Vice-President for Student Affairs to present in-writing said grievance.


Proposed Amendment #57

___ Yes ___ No In Article XVIII, remove the date and all text after “taking”. Substitute the word “immediately”. If said proposed amendments are passed into law, these amendments will take immediate action.


Proposed Amendments #58

___ Yes ___ No In Article XVIII, Section 2, remove “of” and substitute “and in accordance with”.


Proposed Amendments for Fairmont State University & Pierpont Community and Technical College’s Student Government By-Laws
Proposed Amendment #1

___ Yes ___ No In the By-Laws, Article I, add to the end of the text the lines “If a quorum of Student Government members is found to be lacking, the body shall bring them to the floor.”


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