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The Council of Student Leaders is a representative body of Winthrop student leaders and other concerned students serving as a vehicle that provides students a significant role in institutional decision-making and self-governance.
Name and Purpose
Section I. The organization shall be known as the Council of Student Leaders, herein referred to as the Council.
Section II. The purposes of the Council shall be to:
Section I. Automatic Members on the Council of Student Leaders will consist of the following persons:
All appointed members to the Council will serve a one year term expiring on the day of May commencement.
In the event that an organization becomes inactive on the Council or becomes defunct by failing to hold regularly scheduled meetings, the organization will be removed from the roster. The organization will have the opportunity to re-petition before the Council to become active again.
Annual seats on the Council of Student Leaders may be granted to other student organizations or individual students who submit a petition in writing to the President of the Council that must be approved by two-thirds of the current Council. All annual seats may be rescinded by a two-thirds plus one vote of the current Council. Annual members to the Council of Student Leaders will be selected for a one-year term. Service begins the day after May commencement, or at time of selection, and ends the day of May commencement of that academic year. The number of annual members shall not exceed the number of automatic members.
Section III. Good Standing
Officers and Duties
Section I. The campus-wide elected officers of the Council of Student Leaders shall be the President and the Vice-President.
Section II. The elected or appointed officers must have earned 24 Winthrop course hours at the time they take office and be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the University. Each officer must have and maintain at least a 2.75 Winthrop cumulative GPA.
Section III. All registered students of Winthrop University are eligible to vote. The President and Vice President shall be elected by a majority vote, to serve a one year term, beginning July 1, and ending June 30 of the following year. Elections must be held in accordance to the CSL General Election Procedures Guide (GEPG). If the outgoing President is unable to serve after May Commencement, the President-elect will take over immediately following May commencement. The CSL GEPG can be amended upon an affirmative vote of 2/3 of the Council, and approval by the Vice President for Student Life.
Section IV. If the President and Vice-President elect previously served on the Council, their position on the committee will be filled at the earliest convenience.
Section V. Duties of Officers
Section I. For a binding vote to take place, either a majority of members in good standing must be present, or the Council must be informed of the meeting at which a vote will take place at least a week in advance.
Section I. The President and the Student Life advisor shall approve all expenditures of the Council of Student Leaders under $500.00. All expenditures over $500.00 shall be approved by a majority vote of the Council. If a majority vote of the Council is not feasible due to the date the expenditure is to be made, or some other unavoidable circumstance, the President, the Vice-President, and the advisor to the Council must approve the expenditure. These expenditures will be reported at the next regularly scheduled meeting.
Section I. The Vice President of Student Life will appoint an advisor(s) from the professional staff within the Division of Student Life; and, if desired, an advisor from the faculty. The Advisors' role is to provide information, support, and appropriate assistance while insuring an institutional purpose and memory for the actions of the Council.
Section I. The Council of Student Leaders shall meet according to need, but not less than every three weeks during the regular Fall and Spring semesters. The time of all regular meetings will be decided at the initial meeting of each new regular semester. The President will be responsible for calling special meetings of the Council as needed and setting meeting dues and times.
Section II. All meetings are open and non-members are welcome to attend all meetings to address the Council as appropriate.
Graduating Class Representation
Section I. The Council will select from among its annual current members a graduating senior (at either Fall or Spring commencement) who will represent that class for all future alumni and university events after commencement.
Section II. The representative will be the President of the Student Alumni Council if he or she is graduating. If not graduating, the Council's President will take this position. If the Council's President is not graduating, the Council will select by majority vote a graduating senior from among its membership in good standing.
Ratifying and Amending the Constitution
Section I. This Constitution shall be ratified upon adoption by the Board of Trustees of Winthrop University.
Section II. All amendments to this Constitution must be proposed in writing to the President before a regularly scheduled meeting, and must be approved by a two-thirds vote of the Council members present at the next regularly scheduled meeting. All amendments shall be presented to the Vice President of Student Life for information and consideration. Any amendment contrary to the official policies or prerogatives of the University under the State authority of the Board of Trustees will be disallowed.
Final Print- August 23, 2002
Approved by the Winthrop University Board of Trustees- November 8, 2002
Amended by CSL and approved by VPSL- April 21, 2003
Amended by CSL and approved by VPSL- April 27, 2007
Amended by CSL and approved by VPSL- February 11, 2011
Amended by CSL on January 5, 2013 and approved by VPSL- February 8, 2013
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