Committees


 

Standing Committees

 

Appropriations | Governmental Affairs | Legal Affairs | Rules | Senate Involvement | Student Affairs | Web

 

Divisions and Committees

 

Student Interests Division | Student Services Division | Internal Affairs/Support Division


Appropriations

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The duties, as defined by the Code-of-Laws, for the Appropriations Committee are:

306.1 The Appropriations Committee of the Senate shall be responsible for receiving and voting on requests of appropriation funds from recognized university student organizations.

306.2 The Appropriations Committee must approve any appropriations request referred to it by a majority vote and prepare the bill or resolution in accordance with Chapter 302.1.1 before introducing it to the Senate.

306.3 The Appropriations Committee shall consist of five senators: one chair and four members.

306.4 The Appropriations Committee Chair will establish a meeting time of the appropriations committee, serve as the presiding officer of the Appropriations Committee, prepare all appropriation bills in accordance with Chapter 302.1.1, and maintain a journal of attendance for all Appropriations Committee members.

306.5 Any member of the Appropriations Committee, to include the Chair, having more than three unexcused absences in one semester or more than five unexcused absences in one term shall be expelled.

306.6 Automatically excused absences will include illness (verified by a Doctor’s excuse) and deaths in the family. All other absences are subject to the review of the Rules Committee.

306.7 The Appropriations Committee Chair will be elected by majority vote of the Senate from the candidates nominated by the Treasurer.




Governmental Affairs

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The duties, as defined by the Code-of-Laws, for the Governmental Affairs Committee are:

 

308.1 The Governmental Affairs Committee shall have the sole responsibility of helping with Higher Education Day planning and will participate in STARS Partnership events.

 

308.2 The Governmental  Affairs Committee will be under the direct supervision of the Attorney General.

 

308.2.1 The Committee will be comprised of four (4) members; a committee chair and three Senators.

 

 


Legal Affairs

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The duties, as defined by the Code-of-Laws, for the Legal Affairs Committee are:

307.1 The Legal Affairs Committee shall have the sole responsibility for drafting additions or changes to the Student Government Association Constitution or the Code-of- Laws. Any senator may submit a bill or resolution to the Legal Affairs Committee and the committee must draft that bill or resolution in the correct format, according to Title III, Chapter 302.1, before it is advanced out of the committee. The committee must report any bill or resolution out of committee with a majority vote; otherwise the bill or resolution will die in committee. A senator may also submit their bill or resolution to the Senate in accordance with Title III, Chapter 302.

307.2 The Legal Affairs Committee will be made up of five (5) senators: one chair and four members.

307.3 The Legal Affairs Committee Chair shall establish a meeting time of the committee, notify each member 48 hours in advance of meeting time, serve as the presiding officer of the committee and maintain a journal of attendance for the committee.

307.4 Any senator of the Legal Affairs Committee, including the Chair, having more than three unexcused absences in one semester or more than five absences in one term shall be expelled.

307.5 Automatically excused absences will include illness (verified by a Doctor’s excuse) and deaths in the family. All other absences are subject to the review of the Rules Committee.

307.6 The Chair of the Legal Affairs Committee is responsible for recording all additions or changes to the SGA Constitution or Code-of-Laws on the master copy of the SGA Constitution and Code-of-Laws and reproducing the new SGA Constitution and Code-of- Laws for the Senate.




Rules

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The duties, as defined by the Code-of-Laws, for the Rules Committee are:

305.1 The Rules Committee of the Senate shall be responsible for enforcing Senate rules and regulations concerning senator’s attendance and committee requirements.

305.2 If senators wish to have absences excused, they will report to the Rules Committee within seven (7) days. Automatically excused absences will include illness (verified by a Doctor’s excuse) and deaths in the family.

305.3 All other absences will be reviewed by the Rules Committee, upon request, for consideration.

305.4 Decisions of the Rules Committee can be appealed to the Chief Justice.




Senate Involvement

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The duties, as defined by the Code-of-Laws, for the Senate Involvement Committee are:

309.1 The Senate Involvement Committee will have the sole responsibility for determining whether or not a senator receives their stipend.

309.2 The Senate Involvement Committee will be made up of one representing senator from each college.

309.2.1 The Senate Pro Tem will head the Senate Involvement Committee.

309.2.2 Each college is responsible for selecting one senator from said college to represent that college in the committee.

309.2.3 Each college will be responsible for selecting its representative by the fourth business meeting.

309.3 The Senate Involvement Committee will grade each senator on office hours, general involvement, and project involvement.

309.3.1 Office hours are defined by how many office hours a senator completes in a given semester.

309.3.2 General Involvement is defined as follows: membership in SGA committees, participation in SGA sponsored or co-sponsored events, and representing SGA in other campus activities, including but not limited to Get Acquainted Day, blood drives, Convocation, and any other activities or projects approved by the Senate Pro-Tem.

309.3.3 Project Involvement as defined by Title VIII, Chapter 801.

309.4 The Senate Involvement Committee can penalize a senator's stipend with a three-fourths vote of the committee.

309.4.1 Each member of the committee holds one vote.

309.4.2 The Senate Pro-Tem holds one vote which can only be cast to break a tie.

309.5 The senate can override a decision of the committees with a two-thirds majority.




Student Affairs

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The duties, as defined by the Code-of-Laws, for the Student Affairs Committee are:

 

310.1 The Student Affairs Committee shall have the sole responsibility to be familiar with the needs of students, to occasionally hold hearings on student needs, and offer suggestions to the university administration or the vice president of student affairs when requested or required and to offer suggestions to the administration or the Vice President of Student Affairs when requested or required.

 

310.2 The Student Affairs Committee will plan Spirit Day and Coordinate the Mr. and Miss Jaguar elections.

 

 


 

Web

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The duties, as defined by the Code-of-Laws, for the Web Committee are:

 

312.1 The Web Committee shall have the responsibility to maintain and develop the Student Government Association website and web media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, etc.

 

312.2 The Web Committee will be under direct supervision of the Vice President.

 

312.2.1 The Web Committee will be comprised of at least four (5) members; a committee chair and four Senators.

 

312.3 The Web Committee shall maintain the network and computer hardware within the Student Government Association office as well as advise the President on new technological purchases.

 

 


 

Student Interests Division

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Athletic Development Committee - this committee works to provide a variety of athletic opportunities for all students. This committee also works to encourage all USA students to support and promote all aspects of Jaguar athletics.


Interpresidents Council Committee - this committee functions as a forum for the presidents of all organizations to discuss issues and to seek solutions to their individual problems.


Multicultural Affairs Committee - this committee deals with the concerns and needs of all minority students on campus.

Social Development Committee - this committee works toward the betterment of the social life of the students.




Student Services Division

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Jaguars Involved In Volunteer Efforts (J.I.V.E.) - this committee streamlines and publicizes all volunteer and service opportunities both on campus and in the community not only to every organization, but also to all students. In addition, J.I.V.E. organizes campus wide community service events. J.I.V.E. provides community service opportunities to all organizations and students. It makes USA's outreach to the Mobile community more of a group effort, being a unifying force for the university.


Non-Traditional Students Committee - this committee attends to the special needs, problems, and interests of non-traditional and night students.

University Safety and Improvements Committee - this committee works to improve the conditions of the campus through projects the committee feels are needed.




Internal Affairs / Support Division

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Elections Committee - this committee coordinates the SGA and Homecoming elections and in this capacity, recruits candidates and enforces election regulations regarding campaigns. The committee helps to formulate election procedures and regulations, tabulates ballots, publishes results of election, and has the authority to assess and adopt new election processes.

Governmental Affairs Committee - this committee works with Higher Education Partnership and STARS Organizations.


Public Relations/Advertising Committee - this committee considers methods of advertising to promote the SGA and its committees by designing, developing, and printing posters, banners, newspaper ads, and other media.

Recruitment Committee - this committee gives incoming students their first impression of SGA, working to promote SGA at orientation, Move-In Day, and Get Acquainted Day.

Web Communications Committee - this committee introduces new internet technology and opportunities to SGA. The committee creatively maintains SGA's website by working with USA Web Services to update the site's information.