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The Constitution is the Official Governing Document of the ASUW. It is futher supplemented by the ASUW Bylaws.

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[The First ASUW Consitution (Approved 1964) and Articles of Incorporation (1906)]


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ASSOCIATED STUDENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON CONSTITUTION

PREAMBLE

We, the Associated Students of the University of Washington, in order to initiate and coordinate student activities; to promote student interests; to provide the opportunity to develop individual leadership qualities and an understanding of group action; to supplement and complement formal education on the University of Washington campus; to represent student interests, needs, and welfare within the University community; to provide for the expressionof student opinion and interests to the community at large on issues affectingstudent life; and to provide a physical and social environment in which to achieve the above objectives in accordance with the educational and cultural standards of the University, do affirm and establish this Constitution of the Associated Students of the University of Washington.

Contents

ARTICLE I: NAME

The name of the Association under this constitution shall be "The Associated Students of the University of Washington" (ASUW).

ARTICLE II: ARTICLES AND REGULATIONS TAKING PRECEDENCE

Since the government of the University of Washington is vested in a Board of Regents, the Board of Regents has delegated to the President of the University authority to formulate rules incident to the management of student affairs, all action taken by the ASUW shall be consistent with University rules as well as with all provisions in the Articles of Incorporation of the ASUW.

ARTICLE III: MEMBERSHIP

All regularly enrolled students of the University of Washington who have paid supporting fees established by the Board of Regents, and who so voluntarily choose, shall be members of the Association. Only members of the ASUW shall be entitled to vote in any Association election, to represent the Association or to hold any office controlled by the Association.

ARTICLE IV: MANAGEMENT AND CONTROL

SECTION 1: BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The management and control of the ASUW shall be vested in a Board of Directors (BOD), which shall employ necessary staff and shall maintain student administration as hereinafter provided.

SECTION 2: UNIVERSITY AUTHORITY

The members of the ASUW recognize that the ASUW is an integral part of the University of Washington, that the ASUW exercises power delegated to it by the University, and that the President of the University, acting for the Board of Regents, therefore has the right of final approval of or disapproval of all actions of the ASUW and its governing body and agents or agencies.

ARTICLE V: OFFICERS OF THE ASUW

SECTION 1: OFFICERS OF THE ASSOCIATION

The executive officers of the Association shall be a President, a Vice President, a Finance & Budget Director, and a Personnel Director. The President, with the assistance of the other officers, shall exercise the executive functions of the Association. He/she shall call and conduct meetings of the Board of Directors and shall act as the official representative of the Association.

SECTION 2: VACANCIES

A. If the ASUW Presidency becomes vacant, the ASUW Vice President shall automatically succeed the office of the President.
B. Should the ASUW Vice Presidency become vacant, the BOD shall call for and consider applications and shall appoint to the office a student who shall then complete the term of office.
C. Should both the ASUW Presidency and Vice Presidency become vacant simultaneously, the BOD Chair Pro-Tempore shall fulfill the duties of both until an election can be held to complete the unexpired terms.
D. In the event the office of the Finance & Budget Director or the office of Personnel Director becomes vacant, the BOD shall appoint an interim Director who is a member of the ASUW and is eligible for the position until a replacement has been hired as delineated in the Bylaws.

ARTICLE VI: THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

SECTION 1: MEMBERSHIP

A. There shall be eleven (11) student members as follows:
1. ASUW President;
2. ASUW Vice President;
3. Six (6) representatives-at-large as delineated in the Bylaws of the BOD;
4. One Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) representative;
5. ASUW Budget Director shall be an ex-officio member of the BOD without vote; and
6. ASUW Personnel Director shall be an ex-officio member of the BOD without vote; and
7. One ASUW Student Senate representative shall be an ex-officio member of the BOD without vote.
B. The Director of Student Activities shall be an ex-officio member of the BOD without vote.
C. An official representative of the University Administration, designated by the President of the University, shall be an ex-officio member of the BOD without vote.

SECTION 2: OFFICERS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

A. The ASUW President shall be the Chair of the BOD, and the ASUW Vice President shall be the Vice-Chair.
B. At the first regular meeting of Fall Quarter the BOD shall elect an at-large member of the BOD to serve as Chair Pro-Tempore.

SECTION 3: ELIGIBILITY

Rules of eligibility for candidacy for election to and holding of ASUW and BOD positions shall be established by the BOD in its Bylaws, and shall be consistent with University rules. Any officer of the ASUW or member of the BOD, who, under the rules of the University or the ASUW, becomes ineligible for such office, shall, upon determination of such fact and without further action, cease to hold such office. The vacancy shall be filled as provided.

SECTION 4: ELECTION OF OFFICERS AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEMBERS

A. The ASUW President, Vice President, and BOD members-at-large shall be elected the seventh week of Spring Quarter and shall take office the last day of Spring Quarter.
B. Each BOD member-at-large shall be elected to fill one of the six delineated directorships defined in ASUW Bylaws, Article I, Section 5 and shall declare which directorship they are a candidate for when filing for office.
C. The GPSS representative shall be elected within his/her constituency and shall take office as prescribed in the GPSS Bylaws.
D. In the event of an irregularity in elections which results in the nullification of one or more of the electoral races by the BOD, a re-running of said positions shall be made within one month of the ASUW General Election.
E. The ASUW Student Senate representative shall be elected within his/her constituency and shall take office as prescribed in the ASUW Student Senate Bylaws. The ASUW Student Senate representative will be non-voting and will not be a member of the Executive Committee.

SECTION 5: HIRING OF DIRECTORS

The Budget and Personnel Directors shall be hired according to the Personnel hiring policies as delineated in the Personnel Bylaws and shall take office the last day of Spring Quarter.

SECTION 6: VACANCIES

A. In the event of a vacancy in a BOD position (except as otherwise provided herein), the BOD shall call for and consider applications and shall appoint to the office a student who is eligible for the position who shall complete the term of office.
B. In the event of vacancy in any position held by a representative to the BOD of an organization, the vacancy shall be filled by a representative appointed by that organization, who shall complete the term of office.

SECTION 7: RECALL AND DISMISSAL OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEMBERS

A. Recall of Board of Directors Member.
1. A special election to dismiss a Board member shall occur if one of the following occurs:
a. A petition for recall of BOD members shall require the signatures and permanent student file numbers of at least 5 percent of the ASUW membership.
b. A Student Senate Order for a recall of BOD members shall require the approval of 3/4ths of the voting membership of the Student Senate. The Student Senate Order for a recall will then go to the BOD for consideration, and shall pass unless overridden by a 2/3 vote of the BOD membership.
c. The Board may take appropriate action, including, but not limited to, freezing pay, reprimand, censure, or calling for a special election to recall the member. It shall require a 2/3 vote of the membership of the Board of Directors to call for a special recall election.
B. Special Election
Upon receipt by the BOD of a petition for recall, duly certified by the Registrar to contain the names and permanent student file numbers of at least 5 percent of the ASUW membership, a Student Senate Order for recall, or a 2/3 vote of the BOD, it shall be the duty of the BOD to hold a special election for recall. No other issue than the recall shall be presented to the voters at said election.
C. Recall
The BOD member shall be recalled by majority vote, provided that the total number voting amounts to at least 3/4 of the total vote cast for the office at the election in which the BOD member was elected. The vacancy thus created shall be filled immediately as provided.
D. Dismissal of Directors
Dismissal of either the Budget Director or the Personnel Director shall be handled in accordance with Personnel Bylaws.

SECTION 8: FUNCTIONS AND POWERS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The BOD shall have general supervision and control over all ASUW activities. It shall govern either directly or through its appointed agencies, the following:

A. Exercise of final legislative, executive, and judicial powers of the Association, subject to the exercise of such powers ultimately resident in the membership of the Association;
B. Enactment of the Bylaws and Rules necessary for the regulation of the affairs of the Association, and the BOD, under this Constitution;
C. Recommendation of the appointment and removal of all salaried officers, employees, and agents of the ASUW;
D. Approval of all appointments made by the chair of the BOD;
E. Approval of the budget and expenditures of the ASUW. The BOD shall have final authority to budget, disburse and withhold funds, or to authorize entry into contractual or financial relationships, on behalf of the Association;
F. Publication of an annual ASUW Financial Statement;
G. Empower committees or members of the employed staff to act in specified areas without BOD approval of those acts;
H. The right of final approval or disapproval of all legislative, executive, or judicial acts of its committees or agents;
I. Establishment of rules for the approval of student organizations by the ASUW and granting of approval according to such rules;
J. Expression of opinion and interests of members of the Association to the community at large on issues affecting student life; and
K. Exercise, directly or through its agents, student leadership and representation in publications, athletics, student organizations, Union Building program and management, University Book Store management, student welfare, student housing, educational affairs, and other critical issues of student life.

SECTION 9: MEETINGS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

A. Regular meetings of the BOD shall be held at least once each calendar month throughout the regular school year.
B. Special meetings of the BOD may be called by the chair upon at least 24 hours notice to BOD members and members of the news media as required by the Open Public Meetings Act.
C. A quorum shall be a majority of the voting members of the BOD as of the current date. There shall be no voting by proxy.

SECTION 10: BUDGET APPROVAL

A. The ASUW Finance and Budget Committee shall make its budget recommendations in a manner to be specified in the BOD Bylaws.
B. The BOD shall approve the budget recommendations of the Finance and Budget Committee for the upcoming year before their term of office expires.
C. In the case of disapproval, the BOD shall refer the item(s) disapproved back to the Finance and Budget Committee for re-evaluation before taking final action.
D. It shall be the responsibility of the BOD to determine the priorities upon which the Finance and Budget Committee shall make its decisions.


ARTICLE VII: BYLAWS

SECTION 1: PURPOSE

The BOD and the various ASUW committees may enact Bylaws for the following purposes:

A. Specify policies and procedures of the ASUW not otherwise enumerated in the ASUW Constitution; and
B. Specify the powers, functions, duties, and responsibilities of the ASUW officials not otherwise enumerated in the ASUW Constitution.

SECTION 2: ENACTMENT OF BYLAWS

The Bylaws of the ASUW, and any amendments to them, shall require a majority vote of the BOD.

SECTION 3: BYLAWS OF ASUW COMMITTEES

Each committee established in this Constitution or by the BOD may formulate its own Bylaws. All Bylaws must be approved by a 2/3 vote of the committee and a majority of the BOD before becoming effective.

ARTICLE VIII: THE STUDENT SENATE

SECTION 1: STRUCTURE

A. The Student Senate is the opinion making body of the ASUW.
B. The Student Senate shall consist of a membership, as defined by the ASUW Constitution and Student Senate Membership List, collectively charged with representing the membership of the ASUW.
C. The Student Senate shall have Student Senate Officers charged with ensuring the operation of the Student Senate and representing the Student Senate. Any Student Senate Officer who receives payment for services rendered to the ASUW shall be in compliance with the ASUW Personnel Policies.
D. The Student Senate shall have committees charged with considering proposed legislation. Each committee shall have a Committee Chair charged with providing expertise in their specific committee and facilitating fair, productive discussion of legislation.
E. The Student Senate shall have liaisons charged with representing the Student Senate in a defined capacity to a specific group.
F. The Student Senate Session shall begin the first week of Autumn Quarter and end the last week of Spring Quarter in the same academic year.
G. The Student Senate shall have an online source, accessible to all members of the ASUW, housing all Student Senate Bylaws and Rules and past and present legislation.

SECTION 2: MEMBERSHIP

A. Seat Allocation
1. ASUW Senators, who are charged as ASUW representatives to represent either the membership at large, a specifically identified constituency, or the office in which they serve:
a. A Chair, who shall only be elected by the membership of the Student Senate, and who may only vote in the case of a tie;
b. Any ASUW member who has been elected by the Student Senate to serve as an Officer of the Student Senate shall be charged with representing students at large;
c. ASUW President, or proxy;
d. One representative from each of the ASUW commissions; and,
e. Two GPSS Representatives
2. Living Group Senators, who are charged to represent the ASUW membership in accordance with the geographic setting of the ASUW. Every member of the ASUW is guaranteed representation through a Living Group Senator:
a. 44 representatives of Residence Halls shall be selected by the Residence Hall Student Association (RHSA) with an emphasis on ensuring all residence hall students are represented;
b. 44 representatives of fraternities or sororities shall be selected by the Interfraternity Council and the Panhellenic Association (IFC/PanHell) with an emphasis on ensuring all IFC/PanHell students are represented, and;
c. 56 representatives shall be Commuters, defined as individuals who are not recognized as belonging to either RHSA or IFC/PanHell. These representatives must provide a yearly Commuter Representation Statement and who shall be appointed by the ASUW, absent a Student Senate recognized Commuter Union, within the following region based upon their living area as defined yearly by the ASUW:
i. 24 seats for Local Commuters;
ii. 8 seats for North Commuters;
iii. 8 seats for South Commuters;
iv. 8 seats for East Commuters; and
v. 8 seats for West Commuters.
3. Registered Student Organization (RSO) Senators, who are charged to represent the ASUW Membership in accordance with the registered student organization that they choose to participate in. RSOs representing student's interests and concerns are granted a seat to advocate on behalf of those interests. There are two methods for a RSO to gain Student Senate Membership.
a. One representative from RSOs listed on the Student Senate Membership List who are in compliance with the RSO Senate Membership Requirements.
i. All Registered Student Organizations listed on the Student Senate Membership List must complete a process delineated in the Student Senate Bylaws each year that must include, but is not limited to, the following requirements:
a. Must be registered with the Student Activities Office as an RSO for a minimum of one year;
b. Must provide a minimum of 30 signatures of ASUW members who have not signed for any other RSO seeking Senate membership during that Student Senate Session and who desire to be represented by the respective RSO;
c. Must provide an RSO Representation Statement approved by the RSO; and
d. No RSO constituting a living group shall be granted an RSO Senate Seat.
b. Representatives from each of the following RSOs who shall have dedicated seats and be exempt from the RSO requirements. As enumerated in Article VIII, Section 2, A 3.
i. One seat for the Black Student Union;
ii. One seat for First Nations;
iii. One seat for the Asian American Student Union;
iv. One seat for MEChA Student Organization;
v. One seat for the Student Advisory Board;
vi. One seat for the IFC;
vii. One seat for Panhellenic; and
viii. One seat for RHSA.
4. Non Voting Representatives
a. Two members of the Board of Directors shall be ex-officio members without vote who shall represent the entire Board of Directors; and
b. One representative of the Student Activities Office shall be a member without vote.
B. Membership Requirements
1. All Student Senate Seats, including those outlined in this article, shall be listed in a Student Senate Membership List.
2. All ASUW appointments to the Student Senate shall be administered by the Vice-President and a Student Senate Officer in accordance with the Open Selection Process.
3. ASUW, RSO and Living Group Senators may provide a proxy in the absence of their designated Senator, provided the proxy is in compliance with the Student Senate Bylaws and any rules imposed by the group represented.
a. The term of office shall last until the end of Spring Quarter unless otherwise specified.
4. Any representative not in compliance with the ASUW Constitution, ASUW Bylaws or Rules may be denied their vote in Student Senate and any other right or privilege granted to members of Student Senate. Such action shall be implemented in accordance with the Student Senate Bylaws.

SECTION 3: POWERS AND FUNCTIONS OF THE STUDENT SENATE

A. The Student Senate may submit policy recommendations to the Board of Directors for consideration and approval in the form of a Senate Bill. Senate Bills shall be introduced by the Senate Representative to the BOD and must be considered within two weeks of introduction. A Senate Bill, having been approved bythe Board of Directors, shall have the same authority as a Board of Directors Bill.
B. The Student Senate may consider and approve Resolutions of Student Opinion.
1. No other ASUW body may formulate official ASUW student opinion. All members of the ASUW have the right to propose resolutions to the Student Senate for consideration.
2. Resolutions approved by the Student Senate shall be constituted as the official opinion of the ASUW, unless acted upon in one of the following ways within two BOD meetings:
a. Referral back to Student Senate
i. The Board of Directors may, should it determine the Student Senate has not given adequate consideration of a resolution, refer a resolution back to the Student Senate within the time frame allowed for a BOD veto with a majority of the BOD voting membership. The Student Senate shall consider the resolution along with the BOD's concerns and may choose to pass, fail, or amend the resolution based upon those concerns. The BOD may not refer a resolution back to Student Senate more than twice.
b. Amendments to Student Senate Resolution
i. The Board of Directors may make amendments to resolutions by a vote of 2/3 of the voting membership. 2/3 of the voting membership of the BOD is required to pass the resolution as amended.
c. Veto of a Student Senate Resolution
i. A veto of a resolution requires 2/3 of the voting membership of the BOD.
ii. Any action taken by the Board of Directors altering or vetoing a resolution of student opinion may be overridden by 2/3rds of the active voting membership of the Student Senate. Amendments may only be overridden within two Senate meetings of their adoption by the Board of Directors. A veto may only be overridden during the Student Senate Session the resolution was considered.
iii. Should there be less than two BOD meetings remaining before the end of the Student Senate Session, any resolution not vetoed at the final BOD meeting shall constitute the official opinion of the ASUW.
C. The Student Senate shall have at least one voting liaison to every ASUW Delineated and Standing Committee and any BOD Task Force. The Student Senate shall not have a liaison to the Governance Committee and the Elections Administration Committee. A Senator may serve, but the Student Senate is not guaranteed a liaison to any ASUW Personnel Hiring Committee. The Student Senate shall have one voting liaison to the Services and Activities Fee Committee and Student Technology Fee Committee each (As one of the ASUW Representatives). The Student Senate may send liaisons to serve on additional University Committees, as allowed by the ASUW Bylaws.
D. The Student Senate may order a recall for BOD members with the approval of 3/4 of its voting membership. The BOD member in question shall be granted the opportunity to address the Student Senate before the final vote is taken. The Student Senate order for a recall will then go to the BOD for consideration, and an election will be scheduled unless the Senate order is overridden by a 2/3 vote of the BOD membership. The recall shall be conducted via special election at the earliest possible date
E. The Student Senate may propose initiative amendments to the ASUW Constitution. Any amendment proposed by the Student Senate must be reviewed by the Judicial Committee to ensure proper phrasing. Proposed initiative amendments approved by ¾ of the Student Senate voting membership and reviewed by Judicial shall be placed on the ballot in the next General Election.
F. The Student Senate may make Requests for Information of any BOD member with a voting threshold as specified in the Student Senate Bylaws.
G. The Student Senate shall approve the ASUW Legislative Agenda in conjunction with the Board of Directors. The Legislative Agenda most recently approved by both the Student Senate and the BOD will be active until both the Student Senate and the BOD approve a new Legislative Agenda.
H. The Student Senate shall be governed by the ASUW Constitution, the ASUW Bylaws, the Student Senate Bylaws, and the Student Senate Rules. The Student Senate alone shall be responsible for establishing and enforcing its Bylaws and Rules. Bylaws of the Student Senate shall be adopted by 2/3rds of its voting membership. Rules of the Student Senate shall be adopted by a majority of its voting membership. Any funds spent by the Student Senate shall be in accordance with the Finance and Budget Bylaws. Amendments to the ASUW Bylaws which directly affect the Student Senate require consultation with the Student Senate. In the event that the Senate does not comply with its Bylaws, the BOD may engage the Judicial Committee to form complaints, policies, and corrective measures.

ARTICLE IX: COMMISSIONS OF THE ASUW

SECTION 1: PURPOSE

Commissions of the ASUW exist for the purpose of representing students and organizations that have faced historical or social discrimination. The Commissions will also provide services and programming of benefit to those represented by the Commissions and creating exposure for the rest of the campus community.

SECTION 2: CREATION

Prior to the creation of any new commission, a Task Force must be created and be composed of relevant stakeholders to evaluate the need for and benefit of the proposed commission. The Task Force will present its findings to the Joint Commissions Committee, the Student Senate, and the Board of Directors within seven schools weeks of its creation. Upon completion of the Task Force, an ASUW Commission shall be created only by a ¾ vote of the Board of Directors. This will be accomplished by a Board of Directors Bill. The Student Senate may also initiate such an action through the drafting of a Senate Bill.

SECTION 3: ELIMINATION

Prior to the elimination of any commission, a Task Force must be created and be composed of relevant stakeholders to consider and evaluate the mission and purpose of the Commission. The Task Force will present its findings to Joint Commissions Committee, the Student Senate, and the Board of Directors within seven school weeks of its creation. Upon completion of the Task Force, an ASUW Commission shall be eliminated only by a ¾ vote of the Board of Directors. This will be accomplished by a Board of Directors Bill. The Student Senate may also initiate such an action through the drafting of a Senate Bill.

SECTION 4: GOVERNANCE

A. All ASUW Commissions must be in compliance with both the ASUW Constitution and the ASUW Bylaws.
B. Commissions of the ASUW may create their own bylaws through a process set forth in the ASUW Bylaws.

ARTICLE X: COMMITTEES OF THE ASUW

SECTION 1: THREE TYPES OF ASUW COMMITTEES

A. Delineated.
1. Criteria: named and defined within the ASUW Constitution.
2. Current committees within this jurisdiction:
a. Judicial;
b. Elections Administration;
c. Legislative Steering;
d. Finance & Budget;
e. Governance;
f. Personnel;
g. Publicity & Programming.
B. Standing.
1. Criteria.
a. Meets on a continuous and constant basis.
b. Fulfills an ongoing need or requirement.
2. Privileges.
a. BOD liaison.
b. Necessary support to fulfill its function.
C. Task Forces.
1. Criteria.
a. Short-term function.
b. Organized by the BOD.
c. Limited mandate and scope.
2. Privileges as delineated in the Bylaws.

SECTION 2: JUDICIAL COMMITTEE

A. Membership.
1. There shall be seven voting student members as follows:
a. One student from the Board of Directors, who shall serve as Chair;
b. Four students at large selected for two year terms, to be staggered so that no more than two full term appointments are made each year;
c. ASUW President or proxy; and
d. One member of the Student Senate.
2. A liaison from Student Legal Services shall serve as a member without vote.
3. A representative of the Student Activities Office shall be an ex-officio member without vote.
B. Functions and Limitations.
1. Definitions.
a. A recommendation is a decision made by the Judicial Committee that suggests a particular course of action to the BOD.
b. A judgment is a decision made by the Judicial Committee that mandates a particular course of action to the BOD.
2. Recommendations.
a. Review proposed revisions of the Constitution of the ASUW and Bylaws of the Board of Directors and make recommendations to the BOD.
b. Review proposed Bylaws or amendments to the Bylaws of ASUW agencies or commissions and make recommendations to the BOD.
c. Interpret the Constitution of the ASUW and all governing Bylaws and make recommendations to the BOD.
3. Judgments.
a. Determine if actions or decisions of the BOD are in violation of the ASUW Constitution or the Bylaws.
b. Determine if actions or decisions of the ASUW agencies or committees are in violation of the ASUW Constitution or the governing Bylaws.
c. Determine whether ASUW candidates have violated campaign regulations; and levy fines as delineated in the Bylaws of the Judicial Committee.
4. General Policies.
a. The Judicial Committee shall determine the classification of any and all ballot measures and shall review ballot titles and recommend changes if necessary.
b. The Judicial Committee shall determine standards for the form of petitions and referenda.
c. The Judicial Committee shall ensure the compliance of all involved parties and individuals with election policies and regulations.
d. The Judicial Committee shall verify that all actions and decisions of the ASUW comply with RCW, the Articles of Incorporation, the Constitution, and the Bylaws.
C. Procedures.
1. Procedures for submitting legislation to the Judicial Committee for Recommendation.
a. The BOD may refer any legislation to the Judicial Committee when the document involves interpretation of the Constitution and/or the Bylaws.
b. The BOD will refer any legislation to the Judicial Committee that involves amending or replacing the ASUW Constitution or the Bylaws.
c. Any student who is not a member of the Judicial Committee may submit legislation to the Judicial Committee for recommendation.
2. Procedures for submitting legislation to the Judicial Committee for judgment.
a. The BOD may refer any legislation to the Judicial Committee when the document involves interpretation of the Constitution and/or the Bylaws.
b. Legislation approved by the BOD or any ASUW Entity or committee may be submitted to the Judicial Committee by any student who is not a member of the Judicial Committee to verify that it complies with all precedent documents.
D. Limitations.
1. No member of the Judicial Committee may initiate or endorse any action requesting review by the Judicial Committee.
2. Any member of the Judicial Committee who intends to endorse or participate in any ASUW election campaigning must resign their Judicial position by the first day of Spring quarter. If this does not take place, he/she or the candidate or ballot measure that he/she endorses will be considered ineligible for that election. This provision does not apply to the at-large Board of Directors member serving as chair or the ASUW President, whose seats are incapable of being resigned; it does, however, apply to any proxy assigned by the ASUW President.
3. The BOD member(s) and ASUW President (or his/her proxy) who sit on the Judicial Committee will not be present during discussion and judgment of elections violations.
4. At-large members may not serve on any other ASUW committee during their appointment period.
5. The BOD may reject a judgment of the Judicial Committee with a 3/4 majority of the voting membership of the BOD.

SECTION 3: ELECTIONS ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE

A. Selection of Elections Administration Committee (EAC).

The EAC Chair shall be hired, following the hiring process, by the Personnel Committee. The volunteer members of the Committee shall be appointed through the open selection process as delineated in the ASUW Bylaws.

B. Functions of the Elections Administration Committee (EAC).

The EAC shall conduct elections as delineated in the EAC Bylaws.

SECTION 4: LEGISLATIVE STEERING COMMITTEE

A. Membership.
1. There shall be 11 voting student members as follows:
a. ASUW President;
b. ASUW Director of Operations;
c. Two ASUW BOD members serving as liaisons to the Student Senate;
d. Student Senate Vice-Chair;
f. Two Student Senate representatives; and
g. Four students chosen through the Open Selection Process.
2. Non-voting members.
a. OGR Assistant Director, who shall serve as chair;
b. OGR staff members;
c. GPSS Representative;
d. SAO advisor.
3. A representative of the Student Activities Office shall be a member without vote.
B. Functions of the Committee
The Legislative Steering Committee shall:
1. Write and propose an annual Legislative agenda to be passed by both the Student Senate and the BOD. The Legislative Agenda most recently approved by both the Student Senate and the BOD will be active until both the Student Senate and the BOD approve a new Legislative Agenda.
2. Make recommendations to the Student Senate and BOD on current legislation affecting higher education;
3. Coordinate the lobbying efforts of the ASUW within state, university, and ASUW guidelines;
4. Interact with state and national student organizations dealing with issues of higher education; and
5. Complete other projects as delegated by the BOD.

SECTION 5: FINANCE AND BUDGET COMMITTEE

A. Membership.
1. There shall be nine student members as follows:
a. ASUW Budget Director, who shall act as chair;
b. ASUW President or proxy;
c. One BOD member at-large, who shall also serve as a member of the Personnel Committee;
d. Four students chosen at-large; and
e. Two members of the Student Senate.
2. A representative of the Student Activities Office shall be a member without vote.
B. Functions of the Committee.

The Finance and Budget Committee shall:

1. Prepare and submit to the Board of Directors an annual budget which shall include an allocation of funding for the activities of the ASUW; ASUW Constitution 2006-2007 16
2. Make decisions on all ASUW expenditures not provided for in the annual budget. These decisions are subject to repeal, amendment, or postponement by the BOD;
3. All decisions of the Finance and Budget Committee are unofficial until six school days have passed, in which time the BOD must have met at least once;
4. Report to the BOD all business carried out by the committee at the next BOD meeting following the decisions of the Committee. This shall be done by the Director or his/her representative;
5. Recommend admission fees to ASUW events;
6. Make recommendations on salaries, salary ranges, and contracts;
7. Provide through the Comptroller of the University for an annual audit of accounts of the ASUW; and
8. Prepare and submit a financial report each quarter to the Board of Directors.

SECTION 6: GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE

A. Membership.

1. The following shall be voting members:
a. ASUW President or proxy;
b. Director of Faculty, Administration, and Academic Affairs;
c. Student Senate Vice Chair; and
d. All students appointed as ASUW representatives to University committees, faculty councils, and community committees.
2. The following shall be non-voting members:
a. ASUW Vice President, who shall act as Chair;
b. A representative of the Graduate and Professional Student Senate; and
c. A representative of the Student Activities Office.

B. Functions.

1. Write and propose an annual ASUW University Agenda to be passed by both the Student Senate and the BOD. The ASUW University Agenda serves as a directive for ASUW representatives to University committees, faculty councils, and community committees.
a. The ASUW University Agenda most recently approved by both the Student Senate and the BOD will be active until both the Student Senate and the BOD approve a new ASUW University Agenda.
2. Make recommendations to the Student Senate and BOD on current issues in external committees affecting students.
3. Coordinate the advocacy efforts of ASUW representatives on University committees, faculty councils, and community committees.
4. Governance Committee members shall submit regular reports to the Vice President detailing the activities of the committee on which they serve. These reports shall be submitted for review by the Vice President and the general public via the Governance Blog. Governance members shall submit one report for each committee meeting attended.
5. Complete other projects as delegated by the BOD.

C. No action or agenda at a Governance Committee general meeting shall be considered valid unless at least one-fourth of the current voting members are present at the meeting. Positions currently vacant will not count against quorum.

SECTION 7: PERSONNEL COMMITTEE

A. Membership.
1. There shall be nine student members as follows:
a. ASUW Personnel Director, who shall act as Chair;
b. ASUW President or proxy;
c. One BOD member at-large, who shall also serve as a member of the Finance and Budget Committee;
d. One member of the Student Senate;
e. One ASUW employee; and
f. Four students selected at-large. During Spring quarter only, two additional students at-large shall serve, bringing the membership of the Personnel Committee to eleven.
2. A representative of the Student Activities Office shall be member without vote.
B. Functions

The functions of the Personnel Committee shall be to:

1. Recommend salary guidelines to the Finance and Budget Committee for submission to the Board of Directors;
2. Recommend ASUW personnel policies to the Board of Directors; and
3. Serve as a grievance committee to the Board of Directors for all personnel grievances brought by the ASUW.

SECTION 8: PUBLICITY AND PROGRAMMING COMMITTEE

A. Membership.
1. There shall be nine student members as follows:
a. One at-large member of the BOD, who shall serve as chair;
b. ASUW President or proxy;
c. One member of the Finance and Budget Committee;
d. One member of the Student Senate; and
e. Five students chosen at-large.
2. A representative of the Student Activities Office shall be a member without vote.
3. Any additional students wanting to join the committee shall be members without vote.
B. Functions.
1. Manage the publicity of all ASUW activities including but not limited to:
a. Recruitment of all volunteer and paid positions within the ASUW; and
b. Programs and events for which other provisions have not been made.
2. Manage all ASUW programs and events originating within an ASUW committee or the BOD.
3. Manage or help manage all other ASUW events and programs upon request from the sponsors.
4. Carry out other functions as delineated in the Publicity and Programming Bylaws, or as delegated by the BOD.

ARTICLE XI: GOVERNMENT OF ASUW COMMITTEES

SECTION 1: APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS

Student members of all committees established in this Constitution or by the BOD, unless otherwise provided in this document or by the BOD, shall be appointed by the ASUW President, with the approval of the BOD. The ASUW President shall be an ex-officio member with vote of all ASUW committees. A representative of the Student Activities Office shall be an ex-officio member without vote on all ASUW Committees. Membership on all committees shall last until the end of Spring quarter unless otherwise provided. All ASUW boards, bureaus, panels, commissions, and the like shall be considered committees for the purposes of this Article.

SECTION 2: POWERS

A. No action of any committee shall be final until it has been approved by the BOD, except in cases where the BOD has delegated specific authority to the committee.
B. Any individual member or group of members, of the Association shall have the right to appeal directly tothe BOD from the decisions of any committee of the ASUW.

ARTICLE XII: LEGISLATIVE POWERS

SECTION 1: LEGISLATIVE POWERS

The Legislative powers of the Association shall be vested in the Board of Directors, except those powers specifically delegated to the Student Senate, subject only to the right of the members of the Association to propose legislation, not inconsistent with the provisions of the Constitution, and to enact or reject the same.

SECTION 2: INITIATIVE AND REFERENDUM

A. Petition for Initiative

The BOD shall provide for an initiative vote whenever a petition for a legislative act, duly certified by the Registrar to contain the signatures and permanent student file numbers of at least five percent of the current members of the Association, shall be presented to it.

B. Referendum.

Whenever a two-thirds vote of the BOD approves the presentation of a referendum measure to the Association, the BOD shall provide a referendum vote.

C. Initiative or Referendum Vote.

Such initiative or referendum shall be submitted to the members of the Association at the next regular election or at a special election called earlier by the BOD. In no case shall less than twenty school days elapse between the proposal of such petition or referendum and the election. The initiated or referred measure shall be adopted if a majority of those voting on the measure vote in favor of it, whereupon the measure shall become effective immediately.

D. Laws Binding Until Repealed.

Any initiative or referendum adopted by a majority of the members of the Association voting on the measure in such an election, shall be binding upon the Association, its officers, and the BOD until repealed. Such laws may be repealed or rescinded by a constitutional amendment or a subsequent initiative or referendum election.

ARTICLE XIII: CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

SECTION 1: PROPOSAL OF AMENDMENTS

Amendments to the ASUW constitution must follow the procedures outlined herein.

A. A proposed amendment to this Constitution shall be placed on the ballot if adopted by a majority of the voting membership of the BOD.
B. A proposed amendment to this Constitution shall be placed on the ballot upon receipt by the BOD of a petition requesting such action, duly certified by the Registrar to contain the signatures and permanent student file numbers of at least five percent of the current members of the Association.
C. A proposed amendment to this Constitution shall be placed on the ballot upon approval by at least ¾ of the Student Senate voting membership.
D. The ballot question must be placed on all petitions before signatures are gathered.
E. The wording of all ballot questions must be referred to the Judicial Committee and approved by the BOD before the signatures are gathered.

SECTION 2: ADOPTION OF AMENDMENTS

Proposed amendments to this Constitution shall be submitted to the members of the Association at the next regular election, or at a special election called earlier by the BOD. In no case shall less than 20 school days elapse between the proposal of such amendment and the election. The amendment shall be adopted if a majority of those voting on the amendment vote in favor of it, whereupon the amendment shall become effective immediately.


ARTICLE XIV: MEETINGS OF THE ASUW CORPORATION

SECTION 1: BOARD OF DIRECTORS

A. The BOD, by majority vote, may call a meeting of the members of the ASUW Corporation.
B. The meeting shall take place within twenty calendar days of the passage of the motion.

SECTION 2: PETITION

A. Upon receipt by the BOD of a petition requesting such action, duly certified by the Registrar to contain the signatures and permanent student file numbers of at least five percent of the current members of the Association, the BOD shall call a meeting of the ASUW Corporation.
B. The meeting shall take place within twenty calendar days of the submittal of the petition to the BOD.

SECTION 3: MEETING

All amendments to the ASUW Articles of Incorporation shall become effective upon approval by a two-thirds majority of the members present at the meeting at which time a majority of the members of the BOD and the ASUW President shall sign the amendments and submit them to the Secretary of the State of Washington with the required fee.

SECTION 4: QUORUM

No action taken at a general meeting of the Association shall be valid unless at least three percent of the current members of the Association are present at such meeting.

SECTION 5: AGENDA OF GENERAL MEETING

A. The agenda for a general meeting of the Association shall be published in the student newspaper at least one week prior to the day on which the general meeting is to be held.
B. No action taken at a general meeting of the Association shall be valid unless it relates to the subject matter of an item on the agenda.
C. Any proposed item or items to be placed on the agenda for a general meeting of the Association must be limited to the purpose and function of the ASUW as defined in Article II of the ASUW Articles of Incorporation.
D. Items shall be placed on the agenda upon receipt by the President of the Association of a written agenda request at least ten days prior to the day on which the general meeting of the Association is to be held.

ARTICLE XV: GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL STUDENT SENATE

SECTION 1: SEPARATION FROM THE ASUW

The Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) shall be separate from the ASUW, and shall be a totally autonomous political unit subject to funding by the Board of Regents.

ARTICLE XVI: ASSOCIATION PROPERTY

The ASUW may acquire, own, hold, manage, control, mortgage, pledge, rent, lease, use, sell, dispose of, or otherwise deal in and occupy property of any kind and nature wherever situated or located, for the purposes and in the manner provided by the Articles of Incorporation and this Constitution.

Last updated:

October 6th 2004 by Sheridan M. Gray;

May 15th, 2006 by Karl D. Smith;

May 19, 2007 by Laura Baird

October 30, 2009 by Ehsan Aleaziz

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