The Student Council serves as the governing body for all students enrolled at the Monterey campus of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. The Student Council shall act as a voice for the student body in meetings and other communication with the faculty and staff of the 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 Institute. It shall strive to facilitate communication and interaction between 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, and the Secretary, the Community Relations Coordinator 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:
All Program Representatives 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 or May will elect the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Community Relations Coordinator and Communications Director. The Fall Election held in September will elect all 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 Vice-President, Secretary, and First-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 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.
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. Refer to the Clubs Policies and Procedures Guide for additional information.
The Student Council Budget Committee will be responsible for determining budget allocations for all student clubs. In addition, any unused portion of the allocation shall revert to the general Student Council fund at the end of the academic year.
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. All amendments must be approved by the Director of Student Services, Dean of Advising, Career, and Student Services, and the Provost.
10. In order to remove an Officer from her/his position, the following procedure must be adhered to:
Amendments to these Bylaws may be proposed in the same manner as the amendments to the Constitution of the Student Council. To become effective, a proposed amendment must be approved by the majority of Officers of the Student Council. 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 Director of Student Services, the Dean of Academic, Career and Student Services, and the Provost.
Revised May/June, 2010