This Constitution is the expression of a self-governing Student Body and is the foundation of its government.
It is the intent of the framers of this Constitution to present an instrument devoid of complexity, which shall represent the framework of student government, which shall represent a means of settlement of all affairs which concern the Student Body or any part thereof, and which shall be interpreted and administered by the Executive Committee of the Student Body to the advancement of the best interests of Washington and Lee University students.
All regularly matriculated students at Washington and Lee University, as determined by the Registrar, shall be members of the Student Body.
The officers of the Student Body shall be a President, a Vice-President, and a Secretary to be chosen by and from the members of the Student Body.
A. The President
B. The Vice-President
C. The Secretary
D. Succession of Officers
A. The name of this committee shall be: “THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE STUDENT BODY OF WASHINGTON AND LEE UNIVERSITY.”
B. The Committee shall be composed of the following members:
C. Any members of the Student Body may seek these offices through student elections, except those studying abroad during any academic term coinciding with the tenure of the position offered for election. Students of the Legal Law Master (LLM) Program may seek office through the 1st Year Law Class.
D. Seven members of the Committee who possess votes shall constitute quorum for non-honor matters. Ten voting members shall constitute a quorum for all honor matters.
E. The President shall try to preside in accordance with Roberts Rules of Order unless the Committee votes by two-thirds majority to observe other procedure.
A. The Executive Committee shall have supreme legislative, executive, and judicial power in all matters pertaining to the Student Body. It shall act as the representative of the Student Body in any situation in which such representation is needed.
B. It shall have jurisdiction in every Honor System case, as provided for by the Board of Trustees. Each case shall be conducted in accordance with the Honor System procedure as stated in The Honor System White Book.
C. It shall see that the Honor System is carefully and thoroughly explained to the entire Student Body and faculty. It shall provide access to all students and faculty members a copy of the Constitution and The Honor System White Book.
D. It shall establish a Voting Regulations Board to superintend Student Body elections
E. It shall pass upon all resignations and may require the resignation of any unsatisfactory officer upon two-thirds vote of members of the Executive Committee
F. It shall have the power to fill vacancies occurring on the Executive Committee, Student Judicial Council, and all other Executive Committee appointed positions.
G. It shall remove any of its members for continual non-attendance and see to the installation of a successor as provided for in Article III, Section D.
H. The President shall temporarily appoint members of the Student Body to help meet any quorum requirements.
I. It shall take charge of the installation of new Executive Committee officers and members.
J. It shall allow any student who desires to appear before it in person, to present for consideration any question of interest or concern.
K. Each year not later than June 1, the incoming President shall appoint standing and special committees and their Chairmen, subject to the approval of the Executive Committee. To these committees shall be entrusted during the coming year the formulation and enforcement of regulations in accord with the nature of the Committee.. Such committees and regulations are subject to the control and approval of the Executive Committee.
L. By direction of the Board of Trustees of Washington and Lee University it shall be the duty of the Executive Committee to appoint each year the student members to all appropriate Faculty Committees, at the time designated by the Board of Trustees.
M. An Executive Session is defined as a session of the Executive Committee that is closed to the public. Individuals who are not presently serving on the Committee can be present only at the express invitation of the Committee.
N. The Executive Committee may, on a vote of two-thirds of a present quorum, decide to enter into Executive Session
A. The freshman class shall elect a president. The Freshman Class President will serve on the Freshmen Leadership Council.
B. With the exception of the Law School representatives to the Executive Committee, who shall be elected in accordance with this Constitution, other elective offices in the Law School shall be defined by the Constitution of the Student Bar Association.
C. The Media Board shall be composed of a representative from each media organization The Media Board will be chaired by a member of the Executive Committee.
All Executive Committee members shall be given the oath of office by the outgoing Executive Committee President within one week after election. Members added to the Committee throughout the year shall be given the oath of office by the current Executive Committee President. The following oath shall be taken:
“I (giving full name) realize the high trust and confidence placed in me by the Student Body of Washington and Lee University, and being fully aware of the remorse of conscience that would attend my failure to perform my duties, do solemnly swear to support the Student Body, and to perform the duties of office to the best of my ability.”
A. A meeting of the Student Body shall be called by the President when necessary, or upon request of two-thirds of the Executive Committee then in office, or upon petition in writing signed by one hundred members of the Student Body.
B. One-half the membership of the Student Body shall constitute a quorum.
C. A two-thirds vote of a quorum by the Student Body, at a meeting which has been duly advertised for three days, as provided for in Article III, Section C, 4, may require the resignation of any unsatisfactory officer named or appointed under this Constitution.
D. A two-thirds vote of a quorum by the Student Body, at a meeting which has been duly advertised for three days, as provided for in Article III, Section C, 4, may rescind any non-honor matter action of the Student Body officers or of the Executive Committee.
The Executive Committee shall establish guidelines for recognizing student organizations. The guidelines for making such determinations shall be made available to the Student Body.
A. With the approval of the Board of Trustees, an activity fee which shall be set by the Executive Committee by a two-thirds vote of those present, shall be payable at the time of registration and will cover the current school year.
B. Central Student Body Fund
C. The University Treasurer
The Executive Committee shall establish guidelines for funding student organizations. The guidelines for making such determinations shall be made available to the Student Body.
A. Any amendments to the Constitution shall be proposed:
B. Any proposed amendment shall be public information for at least one week prior to being voted on, as provided in Article III, Section C, 4.
C. A proposed amendment shall be voted on by secret ballot by the Student Body, of which at least one week’s notice has been given.
D. For adoption, a proposed amendment must receive two-thirds of the ballots cast; provided, however, that at least one-half of the Student Body casts ballots. Balloting on the proposed amendment may extend no longer than three consecutive days.
E. This Constitution is to be reviewed every four years, starting in the 2008-2009 academic year, and continuing 2012-2013, 2016-2017, etc. academic years. A committee, consisting of eight members and one chair, will be appointed by the Executive Committee. This Constitution Review Committee shall gather information through discussions with the Student Body and propose amendments to the Constitution, as provided in this Article.
A. Student Body Officers
B. Class Representative Positions and Freshman Class President
C. Other elections—The Executive Committee shall provide for other elections as become necessary.
D. General Provisions for this Article