Constitutional Referendum 2014-b
Rationale for the Proposed Constitutional Amendment
LUCC’s General Council has voted to send Constitutional Referendum 2014-b to the students and faculty. If 2/3 of voting students and 2/3 of voting faculty approve this referendum, the LUCC Constitution will be amended as written in Constitutional Referendum 2014-b. The full text of the referendum can be found below. Voting on the referendum will stay open on Voyager until the end of the term.
Referendum 2014-b was proposed to increase student’s ability to be involved with LUCC. Currently, a student must be on campus for Fall, Winter, and Spring term to be eligible to be a student representative on the General Council. LUCC feels this requirement – by preventing any student who is intending to study abroad at some point during the school year – unnecessarily restricts students ability to be involved with LUCC. While there is some benefit to having the same student representatives for all the terms of a year, we do not believe that benefit justifies excluding such a large portion of our campus from being able to be a student representative.
Referendum 2014-b allows individuals to run for student representative positions as a member of a slate of up to three students. Students may submit a slate of up to three students, with one student listed for each term of the academic year. For example, a student who is studying abroad Spring Term can run with another student who will be here Spring Term on a slate with the first student being the representative for Fall and Winter term and the second student being the representative for Spring term.
Again, we believe the proposed change to the constitution will improve student’s ability to participate in LUCC as student representatives, to the benefit of the larger Lawrence community.
Full Text of the Proposed Constitutional Amendment
WHEREAS Article Two in the LUCC constitution currently fails to allow students to participate in LUCC if they are unable to stay on campus for all three terms and inhibits the ability for spring elections to take place;
WE, THE STUDENTS AND FACULTY OF THE LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY COUNCIL, move to take referendum on changes to Article Two (“Members”) of the LUCC Constitution so that it reads as follows:
The Council consists of sixteen student representatives, three faculty representatives, and a president and vice president elected from the student body.
The student body, that is degree candidates registered for Lawrence credit during the term of an election, elects representatives from among its members in slates where a student is appointed for each term in the school year in any combination of up to three students. Candidates for election must be in good academic standing.
The university faculty, as defined by the by-laws of Lawrence University, elects three representatives from its members at the time that the faculty Committee on Governance presents its annual report to the faculty.
Faculty representatives assume office immediately following their election. Student representatives assume office in accordance with their elected slates.
A representative is recalled by a petition to the council of two-thirds of the constituency represented or by a unanimous roll call vote by the council, excluding the representative in question.
If a slate of student representatives cannot be fulfilled, special elections will be held to fill the vacant term or terms in the slate.
Unless already members of the council, the president-elect and vice president-elect serve as nonvoting members.