ASNMU Constitution

Table of Contents

Preamble
Article I - Legislative Branch
Article II - Executive Branch
Article III
Article IV - Judicial Branch
Article V

Article I - Legislative Branch

1. Legislative Assembly

The legislative powers of the Associated Students of Northern Michigan University shall be vested in the Assembly.

2. Membership

The Assembly of the Associated Students of Northern Michigan University shall consist of representatives based on the following criteria:

Academic Representatives

  • One representative per academic college
  • One General university programs representatives

Additionally, for each 1,000 students enrolled in the above College and General Program areas, one additional representative will be added for that College or General Program.

Population numbers will be gathered and used from the Fall semester of the current academic year during which the Associated Students of Northern Michigan University elections are held.

In the event of a decimal fraction for representation, using the formula outlined above, the number will always be rounded down.

Residence Representatives

  • One Representative shall be elected to represent students residing in Quad I and II (Gant, Spalding, Halverson, Payne, Van Antwerp and Hunt Halls.)
  • One Representative shall be elected to represent students residing in on-campus apartments.
  • One Representative shall be elected to represent students residing in Magers, West, Meyland, and Spooner Halls.
  • One Representative shall be elected to represent students in off campus housing.

Additionally, for each 850 students residing in the above living areas, one additional representative will be added for that residence.
Population numbers will be gathered and used from the Fall Semester of the current academic year during which the Associated Students of Northern Michigan University elections are held.
In the event of a decimal fraction for representation, using the formula outlined above, the number will always be rounded down.

Chair of the Assembly

The General Assembly is required during the first official session to elect a Chair of the Assembly.  The President of the Associated Students of Northern Michigan University must also approve the Chair.

3. Vacancies

A vacancy shall occur when a member informs the Assembly in writing of his/her resignation or is removed from office.  Vacancies shall be filled through an application and interview process, followed by approval of three-fourths of the Assembly.

4. Rules and Procedures of the Assembly

A. Quorum: A quorum consisting of a majority of the Assembly's voting members shall be necessary to conduct all formal business.  Vacant positions shall not be considered a part of the total voting membership for purposes of establishing a quorum and other voting requirements.

B. Parliamentary Authority: The rules contained in Robert's Rules of Order (Newly Revised) shall govern the Assembly in cases in which they are inconsistent with this Constitution and its Bylaws.

C. Minutes: Minutes shall be taken at all Assembly proceedings.  These minutes shall be considered public and available upon request.

D. Meetings: Meetings of the Assembly shall be held no less than every other week during the Fall and Winter Semesters when classes are in regular session.

E. Voting: Each Representative shall have one vote with the exception of the Chair of the Assembly who shall be a non-voting member of the Assembly.  In the event of a tie, the Chair of the Assembly shall vote.

F. Presidential Privilege: The President of the Associated Students of Northern Michigan University is entitled to a time period of no less than five minutes at the beginning of the Assembly's meeting to address the Representatives.

5. Committees

The Assembly shall assume authority on behalf of the student body to establish standing and special committees, as it deems necessary.  These committees may be abolished by a two-thirds vote of the Assembly.

Committee for Appointments

At its first regularly scheduled meeting of the Fall Semester, the Assembly shall choose from among its voting members, four representatives to sit with the Vice-President on a Committee for Appointments.  This committee shall recommend students to fill all appointed positions and vacant positions under the Associated Students of Northern Michigan University.  Students recommended for appointment shall require majority vote approval of the Assembly.

Elections Committee

An Elections Committee shall be formed annually to handle all Associated Students of Northern Michigan University student body elections and referendum.

Student Affairs Committee

All representatives serving from residential constituencies shall sit on the Student Affairs Committee.

Academic Affairs Committee

All representatives serving from Academic Colleges and the General University Programs shall sit on the Academic Affairs Committee.

Student Finance Committee

The Student Finance Committee is a permanent standing committee of the Associated Students of Northern Michigan University and will be chaired by the Treasurer of the Associated Students of Northern Michigan University in accordance with Article II, section 3 of this Constitution.

Other Standing Committees

The members of all standing committees under the Associated Students of Northern Michigan University must be approved by majority vote of the Assembly.  Each standing committee may interview candidates to fill vacancies on their respective committees and present their recommendations to the Assembly for approval.

The Associated Students of Northern Michigan University Assembly and Executive Council shall establish new committees, as it deems necessary.

6. Authority of the Assembly and its Members

Representatives

A. The Assembly shall assume authority on behalf of the student body for developing legislation.  In the development of such legislation, each representative shall attempt to take into consideration the wishes of his/her constituents.

B. The Assembly may recommend to the Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees by three-fourths approval, a revision of the student activity fee, to be assessed upon all students enrolled at the Marquette campus, provided the student body has approved a  referendum concerning the fee.  This fee shall be collected as specified in the Bylaws.

C. The Assembly may override a presidential veto by a three-fourths majority vote, providing the vote to overturn occurs within two weeks of the original veto by the President.

D. The Assembly shall have the power to regulate and conduct all Associated Students of Northern Michigan University elections.

E. The Assembly may call a general assembly of the Associated Students of Northern Michigan University.

F. The Assembly shall have the power to insure the existence of a student judiciary system and to periodically evaluate its effectiveness in reference to Constitutional, Bylaw, and student government review.

7. Chair of the Assembly

The Chair of the Assembly facilitates the Assembly's meetings by ensuring that proper procedures are followed.