The Student Council serves as the governing body for all students enrolled at the Monterey campus of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. The Student Council shall act as a voice for the student body in meetings and other communication with the faculty and staff of the Middlebury Institute. Further, the Student Council shall reflect the interests of the student body consistent with the purpose of the Student Council (see Article II). The Student Council shall be composed of students from various programs as defined in Article III.
The purpose of the Student Council is to represent and address the needs and interests of the student body at the Middlebury Institute. It shall strive to facilitate communication and interaction between the Middlebury Institute students, faculty, staff, and the surrounding community, and shall sponsor various educational and social activities, which will further this purpose.
The Executive Officers of the Student Council shall be the President, the Vice-President, the Treasurer, the Secretary, the Social Activities Director, and the Communications Director who shall serve a term of two consecutive (Fall and Spring) semesters. Other officers of the Student Council shall include The First and Second-Year Program Representatives of:
1. Bachelor of Arts in International Studies
2. Master of Arts in International Environmental Policy
3. Master of Arts in International Trade and Economic Diplomacy
4. Master of Arts in Non-Proliferation and Terrorism Studies
5. Master of Public Administration
6. Master of Arts in International Policy and Development
7. Master of Business Administration
8. Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages/Teaching Foreign Languages
9. Master of Arts in Translation and Interpretation
10. Master of Arts in Translation and Localization Management
11. Masters of Arts in International Education Management
All Program Representatives, with the exclusion of the IEM Degree, shall serve a term of at least two consecutive (Fall and Spring) semesters.
All Chairs of any Standing or Ad-Hoc Committee shall also be officers of the Student Council. Committee chairs are selected through presidential appointment.
All Executive Officers and Officers of the Student Council, with the exception of the President and Chairs of Ad-Hoc Committees, shall have full voting privileges on all Student Council affairs. In the case of a tie vote, the President must cast the deciding vote. Should a Standing Committee Chair also hold another Officer position, said Officer shall be obligated to vote representing the office he/she was elected to. The Officer may have another member of the Standing Committee place a vote, who must be physically present in meetings, to represent the Committee.
Each of the Executive Officers and the Program Representatives of the Student Council shall be elected to office in two separate elections. The spring election held in April will elect the Executive Officers of the student council (President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Social Activities Director and the Communications Director). The Fall Election held in September will elect all First and Second Year Program Representatives and any other seats that remain vacant following the spring election.
The Student Council shall create and administer various committees consistent with the purpose of the Student Council. The President shall appoint the Chairperson of each of the Standing Committees, with the exception of the Budget Committee, Academic Affairs Committee, and the Academic Policy, Standards and Instruction Committee (APSIC), at the first Student Council meeting after the fall term election of the First and Second-Year Program Representatives.
The President may appoint any member of the Student Body to the position of Standing/Ad-Hoc Committee Chair, with the exception of the Budget, Academic Affairs and APSIC Committees, as previously mentioned. A Chair may or may not be a student currently serving on the Student Council as a Member, with the exception of Executive Officers.
Any vacant Standing/Ad-Hoc Committee Chairs will be selected in the spring by the newly elected Student Council President for the following academic year. The Student Council President with the incumbent Committee Chair may screen potential candidates as they see fit.
1. Each Student Body member shall have the opportunity to indicate her/his interest on which committee s/he would like to serve. However, membership of each committee shall be determined by the respective Chairpersons of the Standing Committees.
2. Standing Committees shall be composed of at least one Member of the Student Council, including the Chairperson. Membership on these committees is open to any member of the Student Body. A list of committee openings shall be announced to solicit participation from the Student Body by the Chairperson of each committee. Standing Committee membership and composition shall be at the full discretion of that particular Committee Chair.
3. Each Standing Committee shall present monthly and annual accounts of the activities of the Committee to the Student Council and the Student Body.
4. The Standing Committees are as follows:
|a. Academic Affairs Committee and Academic Policy, Standards and Instruction Committee (APSIC): The Academic Affairs Committee and APSIC shall be responsible for receiving and addressing complaints by members of the Student Body regarding academic activities at the Middlebury Institute. The Committee will work as a liaison between students and faculty regarding academic issues. The Vice-President of the Student Council chairs this Committee, which shall be comprised of representatives from each of the two schools.
b. Budget Committee: The Budget Committee shall prepare an annual budget for the Student Council and seek approval of this budget from the Student Council. This committee shall also review and approve budget submissions by Student Clubs. The Student Council Treasurer chairs the Committee, and is the only Executive Officer to serve in this capacity.
c. Election Committee: The Election Committee shall organize and administer all regular and special Student Body elections. Officers and members of the Student Body running for a Student Council position cannot serve on the Committee.
d. Social Activities Committee: The Social Activities Committee shall organize such extracurricular activities as directed by the Student Council and in close association with the Office of Student Services. These include but are not limited to: special events, and recreational activities. The Student Council Social Activities Director chairs this committee.
e. Green Committee: The committee shall work to help the Institute meet its commitments as a signatory of the Talloires Declaration. The Green Committee shall be committed to increasing awareness of environmental issues, thereby creating a conscious community at the Institute that strives to minimize and improve our environmental impact on the planet.
f. MIISconnected Committee: The MIISconnected Committee shall take the lead in planning initiatives and/or events that promotes and strengthens the relationship and communication between the student body, faculty, staff and the administration. At minimum, one Executive Officer must serve on this committee.
5. Ad Hoc Committees can also be established for special Student Body initiatives when necessary and are dissolved when their purpose has been achieved.
The Student Council shall fund various student clubs that are approved by the Office of Student Services. All clubs must go through the official application and approval process and must follow all policies and procedures outlined by the Office of Student Services. The Student Council Budget Committee will be responsible for determining budget allocations for student club events.
There are two ways to propose amendments to the Constitution. Amendments to this Constitution can be prepared by at least two officers of the Student Council OR submitted in a petition by the student body to the Student Council President. To become effective, a proposed amendment must be approved by a 2/3 vote of all officers of the Student Council. Any modification of this Constitution must be made known to the Student Body in a timely manner. The Assistant Dean of Student Services and the Dean of Advising, Career and Student Services must approve all amendments.
Amendments to these Bylaws may be proposed in the same manner as the amendments to the Constitution of the Student Council. To become effective, the majority of Officers of the Student Council must approve a proposed amendment. Any modification of Bylaws must be made known to the Student Body in a timely manner. All amendments and modifications must also be approved by the Assistant Dean of Student Service and the Dean of Advising, Career and Student Services.
Revised May 5, 2015