Student Advisory Council Constitution
Article I: Name
The name of this organization will be The College of Natural Science Student Advisory Council of Michigan State University (known throughout this document as SAC).
Article II: Purpose
The purpose of the SAC is to advise the Dean on issues concerning Undergraduate and Graduate students within the College of Natural Science and to promote the interests of these students.
Article III: Membership
The membership of SAC shall consist of both voting and non-voting members. The student membership of SAC is restricted to full-time undergraduate students and half time or full-time graduate students in good academic standing within a degree-granting program in the College of Natural Science.
Section III.a: Voting Members
Each voting member shall have one vote.
Section III.a.1: Regular Student Membership
The regular student membership of SAC is not to exceed one graduate and/or one undergraduate student from each degree-granting program.
Section III.a.2: Faculty Members
The Faculty Advisory Council shall choose two faculty members to sit on SAC.
Section III.b: Ex-Officio Membership
The Ex-Officio members of SAC shall not vote.
Section III.b.1: Additional Student Membership
Any student representative elected from the College of Natural Science to any University Governing Body or committee shall have ex-officio membership in SAC. A student representative selected by Lyman Briggs College shall also have ex-officio membership in SAC.
Section III.b.2: Dean's Representatives
The Dean and his/her associates involved with student affairs are ex-officio members.
Section IV.a: Term of Service
Members of SAC shall be selected for an academic year, beginning with the first meeting of the Fall semester and ending with the last meeting of the Spring semester. The selection of members to SAC must be completed before the second meeting of the semester or no later than September 30 (whichever is later). Additionally, members selected in the middle of the year will serve until the end of that academic year.
Section IV.b: Selection Process
In the Spring of each year the Dean's Office shall notify the offices that administrate each degree-granting program and request that a member be selected. The exact process is up to the program, but it is recommended that this be through some democratic process involving the students of the degree-granting program.
Article V: Meetings
Meetings shall be held once a month during the Fall and Spring semesters. The first meeting shall be held before the end of the third full week of classes. Special meetings may be called by the Dean upon his/her initiative and/or by the request of the majority of the student members and/or by the Agenda Committee. Robert/s Rules of Order shall be the final authority on matters not addressed in this document.
Article VI: Officers
Officers shall be elected from among the voting members of SAC. The officers of SAC shall be an Undergraduate Chairperson, a Graduate Chairperson, and a Secretary.
Section VI.a: Chairpersons
The Undergraduate and Graduate Chairpersons will share the responsibility of overseeing SAC and chairing the meetings (and should be selected from the Undergraduate and Graduate students respectively).
Section VI.b: Secretary
The Secretary is to keep minutes of all meetings as well as to attend to the preparation and distribution of the minutes and agenda. The Secretary shall also keep records of meeting attendance and oversee the attendance policy described in Article X.
Article VII: Elections
The election of officers to any position is by majority vote. At the close of nominations, all unopposed candidates stand elected. A secret ballot shall be used for all other elections. The Dean or his/her designate shall preside over the first meeting until the Undergraduate and Graduate Chairpersons can be elected.
Article VIII: Standing Committees
There shall be an Agenda Committee consisting of the Dean's designee and the SAC Officers. The Chairpersons shall alternate chairing the Agenda Committee meeting and the Secretary shall record the proceedings. Any other committees deemed necessary by current affairs shall be established at the discretion of SAC.
Article IX: Appointments
The SAC shall establish methods for appointing student representatives from the College of Natural Science to any other committee or council requiring a student representative. This provision will not apply in cases for which selection criteria are described under the All-University By-Laws. Elections shall follow the procedure outlined in Article VII.
Article X: Absence
The SAC shall consider any member who misses at least three regularly scheduled meetings without prior excuse has decided to forfeit his/her membership. After two absences the Secretary shall notify the member of the attendance problem; after the third meeting is missed the Dean's Office shall, at the request of SAC, ask the Department for a replacement member. In a case of extenuating circumstances, exceptions can be made by SAC.
Article XI: Ratification and Amendments
Amendments to this document shall be made by presenting a proposed amendment to SAC, followed by majority approval at the next regularly scheduled meeting.
Last revised: 04/07/10
Original document and early revisions done sometime before FS94.
A second revision was worked out during the 1997-98 school year with major revisions and rewriting including work on the composition of the committee and absences.
Further revisions approved at the 9/10/08 meeting of DSAC.
Revision to change name from Dean’s Student Advisory Council (DSAC) to Student Advisory Council (SAC) approved at the 4/7/10 meeting of SAC.