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Bylaws for the Student Government Association

Title I: The Legislative Branch Leadership Council

Be It Enacted by the Mississippi College Leadership Council that:

Section 101: Legislation Referral Process

1. The Vice President of the Student Government Association should refer all adopted legislation to the appropriate parties included in the monthly executive council meeting.

2. The Vice President of the Student Government Association shall make a monthly report to the Leadership Council regarding the status of legislation which has been previously referred to the appropriate parties included in the monthly executive council meeting.

Section 102: Leadership Council Member of the Year

1. During the Spring semester, a Matthew Edwin Bradford Leadership Council Member of the Year shall be selected by majority vote of the Student Leadership Council.

2. Leadership Council Members shall be allowed to speak on behalf of the nominees.

3. The recipient shall be recognized at the annual Awards Ceremony.

4. Voting shall be conducted by secret ballot.

Section 103: Mandatory Service Project

1. All Leadership Council members, Associate Justices, and any other officer whether elected or appointed in the Student Government Association shall be required to participate in a mandatory service day each semester.  

2. Leadership Council Members who do not participate in the mandatory service day of the Student Government Association shall be fined ten dollars. These funds shall be paid to the Student Government Association Scholarship Fund. 

Section 104: Leadership Council Standing Committees

  • The Auxiliary Services committee shall meet regularly to examine all campus services not directly related to academics including, but not limited to, on campus dining, facilities management, and campus vendors. The Committee Chair must provide a monthly status report of committee activity to the Vice President of the Student Government Association as well as the Leadership Council.
  • The MC Experience Committee shall meet regularly to examine the aggregate experience of students at MC. This committee shall recommend improvements to any aspect of student life, excluding physical improvements on Mississippi College's campus. This includes but is not limited to, student programming, student organizations, Clubs & Tribes, athletic teams, and other extracurricular activities. The Committee Chair must provide a monthly status report of committee activity to the Vice President of the Student Government Association as well as the Leadership Council.
  • The Campus Life committee shall meet regularly to examine and discuss day-to-day campus life as a whole. This committee shall recommend improvements for the residence halls and the policies which govern them and any physical improvements to Mississippi College's campus. The Committee Chair must provide a monthly status report of committee activity to the Vice President of the Student Government Association as well as the Leadership Council.
  • The Academic Affairs Committee shall meet regularly to examine and discuss improvements and issues related to all academic matters. This includes but is not limited to, the addition of majors/minors, grading issues, faculty recommendations, and other academic-related issues. The Committee Chair must provide a monthly status report of committee activity to the Vice President of the Student Government Association as well as the Leadership Council.

5. The Documents and Protocol Council shall regularly examine the Bylaws of the Student Government Association of Mississippi College and the Constitution for the Student Government Association of Mississippi College and recommend revisions or Amendments to unify these documents. This council shall be composed of the  President, the Vice-President, the Business Manager, the Chief Justice, an appointed Representative of the Student Leadership Council selected by the SGA Vice President, and an Associate Justice of the Student Judicial Council selected by the Chief Justice. The President of the Student Leadership Council shall serve as chairperson of this council. 

Title II: The Executive Branch

Be it enacted by the Mississippi College Leadership Council that:

Section 101: Presidential Appointments

1. The President shall appoint, with the approval of the Student Leadership Council, a Chief of Staff to serve as a seat on the Executive Council. The Chief of Staff will be selected prior to induction of the Executive Council.

Section 102: Authority of the Chief Justice to Expel Board Members

1. The Chief Justice shall have the authority to expel any member of the Judicial Council who has accumulated two absences from Judicial Council meetings within a semester.

Section 103: Salaries of Student Government Association Officers

1. Salaries of Student Officers shall be as follows:

a. President: $2,000.00 yearly

b. Vice President: $1,600.00 yearly

c. Chief Justice: $1,100 yearly

d. Business Manager: $1,000 yearly

e. Student Government Chief of Staff: $800.00 yearly

2. One half of an individual’s annual salary shall be paid at the end of each semester, except in the case of financial need, in which case an applicant may receive an advance of salary with the approval of the Student Government Association Business Manager and the Vice President for Enrollment Services and Dean of Students of the college. If, for any reason, an officer does not fulfill the duties of his or her office to the termination of the semester during which they received an advancement of salary, he or she shall repay the unearned portion of the salary to the Student Government Association.

3. A member of the Executive Council shall not receive his or her salary for the second semester until that member submits their yearly report to the Business Manager of the Student Government Association.

4. No salary change shall affect an officer serving at the time of its enactment.

Section 104: Payment of Salaries

Salaries shall be paid at the end of each semester on a basis of one half the totals for each semester except in the case of financial need, in which case the applicant may receive an advance of salary with the approval of the Student Government Business Manager and the Vice President for Enrollment Services and Dean of Students of the College.

Section 105: Forfeiture of Salaries

If, for any reason, an officer does not fulfill the duties of his office to the termination of the semester during which he received an advancement of salary, he shall repay the unearned portion of the salary to the Student Government Association.

Section 106: Salary Changes

No salary change shall affect an officer serving at the time of its enactment.

Section 107: Yearly Reports of SGA Executive Council

Each member of the Executive Council of the SGA as defined by the SGA Constitution shall prepare and submit to the outgoing Business Manager of the SGA not later than ten (10) days after his or her tenure of office expires, a typewritten report summarizing the duties expected by that person in their particular office, analyzing problems encountered and solutions used for these problems, and giving any suggestions that he or she feels could contribute to the efficiency and effectiveness of the SGA in succeeding years.

The outgoing SGA Business Manager shall combine the yearly reports submitted to him or her and have a duplicate copy made.

One collection shall be sent to the office of the Associate Vice President for the Student Experience and Dean of Students and the other shall become the property of the Students Government Association to be kept in the SGA Office.

No member of the Executive Council shall be allowed to receive any unpaid portion of his or her salary for the second semester until that person submits the yearly report to the SGA Business Manager.

Section 108: The Student Government Association Budget

The Student Government Association Business Manager shall present a prospective budget to the Leadership Council at the beginning of each semester. The budget shall be treated as a resolution. The Leadership Council may accept, reject, or amend the budget. The Student Government Business Manager will be allowed to participate in these proceedings as a non-voting member of the Leadership Council.

Title III: Class Fund  

Section 101: Class Fund

Each class shall be credited one hundred dollars at the beginning of each semester. A class may hold fundraisers to acquire additional funds. A class may also request additional funds by submitting a proposal for a campus event to the Executive Council. The Executive Council shall grant or deny these requests.

Title IV: Campus Elections

Section 101: Requirements and Procedures

1. To run for an office on the Executive Council an individual must provide the Elections Committee with a petition signed by fifty undergraduate students at or before the mandatory candidates’ meeting. Additionally, the individual must submit a Form of Intent.

2. To run for a  Leadership Council class representative seat an individual must be a member of the academic class he or she seeks to represent and a full-time undergraduate student. He or she must provide the Elections Committee with a petition signed by twenty-five members of his or her academic class at or before the mandatory candidates’ meeting. Additionally, the individual must submit a Form of Intent.

3. Executive Council elections date shall be held no earlier than the first day of March and no later than the last day of March, with discretion by the Elections Commissioner.

4. Elections for representatives of Academic Classes of the Student Leadership Council shall be held within two weeks after Executive Council elections have concluded, with the discretion of the Elections Commissioner.  

5. Academic Representatives of the Student Leadership Council from the schools of Mississippi College shall be appointed by the Deans of their respective schools three weeks after Executive Council elections have concluded. Representatives of Student Organization of the Student Leadership Council shall be appointed by their respective student organizations three weeks after Executive Council elections have concluded. The Elections Commissioner shall communicate with the Deans of the schools of Mississippi College and the student organizations the deadline set by the Elections Commissioner to make their appointments. 

6. All elected Representatives from Academic Classes of the Student Leadership Council and current and newly elected Executive Council officers shall assist the current Election Commissioner in election processes. 

7. Elections shall be conducted both electronically and physically on election dates determined by the Elections Commissioner. Electronic elections shall be available by ballot online. Physical elections processes and locations shall be determined at the discretion of the Elections Commissioner. 

8. Within these guidelines, the Elections Commissioner shall designate the dates for all elections.

Section 102: Campaign Regulations

The candidates for Student Government Association offices must ensure that their campaigns observe the following regulations:

1. No campaigning shall be allowed until the time designated by the Elections Commissioner and announced at the mandatory candidates’ meeting.

2. No campaign shall spend more than five hundred dollars. At a time designated by the Elections Commissioner, candidates must submit receipts for all campaign-related purchases to the Elections Committee.

3. Material distribution is prohibited except for clothing, buttons, hats, and paper which conveys campaign messages.

4. No signs shall be affixed to a wooden or painted surface.

5. No campaign shall attack the character of one’s opponent.

6. All officers of the Executive Council and officers of the Leadership Council shall assist the Elections Commissioner in electoral processes, either physical or electronic. No candidate running for office shall not assist in electoral processes. 

7. No candidate shall be allowed access to alter the ballot.

8. After the Elections Committee certifies a winner in a specific race, signs and all other public forms of campaigning for that race shall be taken down within twenty-four hours.

9. Any violations of this section shall be reported to the Elections Committee and adjudicated by the Judicial Council.

Section 103: Oversight of Elections

The Elections Committee shall have the authority to conduct all Student Government Association elections. The Committee’s duties and privileges include the following:

1. To publicize the offices for which students can run, the date of elections, and the deadline by which petitions must be turned in to the committee.

2. To hold a mandatory candidates’ meeting in which the candidates are notified of the laws which govern elections. The outgoing members of the Executive Council must attend the mandatory candidates meeting for individuals who are running for Executive Council.

3. To require candidates to sign a document by which they promise to abide by the laws concerning elections, promise to accept as final any ruling which the Judicial Council may make concerning their campaign, agree to run for a specific office, and certify that they meet the stated qualifications to run for that office.

4. To ensure that each candidate meets the stated qualifications to run for office.

5. To ensure that campaign material is taken down within twenty-four hours after an election.

6. To open the polls at 7:00 A.M. and to close the polls at 7:00 P.M.

7.  To count the votes after the polls have closed, and to publicize a certified statement of the election results, signed by the Elections Commissioner and each acting member of the Elections Committee.

8.  To enforce all elections laws by reporting violation of those laws to the Judicial council, describing the alleged violations, and recommending appropriate punishment.

9. To temporarily prohibit any campaign practice the Committee deems to violate election laws, until the Judicial Council hears the case.

10. To archive the complete election returns.

Section 104: Enforcement of Elections Laws

The Judicial Council shall have the authority to adjudicate all elections. The Council’s duties and privileges pertaining to elections include the following:

1. To convene immediately when the Elections Committee reports a violation of the elections laws.

2. To determine the responsibility of the accused party.

3. To determine appropriate punishment for any violations. This may include fines that may not exceed one hundred dollars, removal from the ballot, or other appropriate punishment.

4. To determine whether the results of an election are valid in the case of a contested election. In extreme cases, the Judicial Council may disqualify the results of an election and call for a new election and bar the accused party from renewing his or her candidacy.

5. A decision reached by the Judicial Council to disqualify the results of an election, remove the charged candidate from the ballot, and call for a new election may be appealed by accused students or complainants within one (1) school day of notification of the decision to an Appellate Body consisting of the Associate VP of the Student Experience and/or Dean of Students. Such appeals shall be in writing and shall be delivered to the Elections Commissioner or his or her designee. If an appeal is upheld by the Appellate Body, the body may reinstate the aforementioned party’s candidacy, but the candidate may have other sanctions placed upon their newly renewed candidature by the Chief Justice (loss of campaign privileges or other appropriate punishment). This upholding must take place within one (1) academic day of the Appellate Body’s receiving of the appeal.

Section 105: Judicial Council and Elections Committee

1. The Elections Committee shall be comprised of the Chief of Staff, and the Student Government Association Chief Justice.

2. No member of the Elections Committee shall publicly support any campaign.

3. The Chief Justice shall not publicly support any campaign.

4. If a member of the Judicial Council is on the ballot, they shall recuse themselves in any case that pertains to elections.

5. No member of the Elections Committee or of the Judicial Council shall be allowed to recuse him or herself from the oversight or adjudication of an election unless his or her name is on the ballot.

Section 106: Voting

1. Public polls shall be held in a location determined by the elections commissioner. Students shall also be allowed to vote via their personal student account.

2. The polls shall be opened at 7:00 A.M. and be closed at 7:00 P.M. on the day of an election.

3. An elected member of the Student Government Association, the Chief of Staff/Elections Commissioner shall oversee the polls at all times. Individuals who are on the ballot are excluded from overseeing the polls.

4. Only full-time undergraduate students may vote in Student Government Association Elections. Only members of a class may elect the Leadership Council members of that class and the Homecoming Maid of that class. The Elections Committee may employ any reasonable means to ensure that students do not vote in the elections of a class which is not their own.

5. All voting shall be by secret ballot.

Section 107: Vote Counting Procedures

1. Election to a singular office shall require a majority vote. If no candidate in an election receives more than half of the votes cast, a run-off election shall be held between the two candidates receiving the most votes in the general election. The run-off shall be held within two academic days of the general election. Except in the case of the proceedings of campaign violation under the purview of the Judicial Council. 

2. In the case of the Leadership Council Academic Class Representatives, the four candidates receiving the most votes shall be elected to the Leadership Council. A run-off election shall occur only in the event of a tie for fourth place. The run-off shall be held within two academic days of the general election.

3. Election to a homecoming court position shall require a majority vote. If no candidate in an election receives more than half of the votes cast, a run-off election shall be held between the two candidates receiving the most votes in the general election. The run-off shall be held within two academic days of the general election. Except in the case of the proceedings of campaign violation under the purview of the judicial Council. 

4. Election to the position of Mr. and Miss Mississippi College shall require a majority vote. If no candidate in an election receives more than half of the votes case, a run-off election shall be held between the two candidates receiving the most votes in the general election. The run-off shall be held within two academic days of the general election. Except in the case of the proceedings of campaign violation under the purview of the judicial Council. 

5. Any candidate may challenge the results of an election within fourteen days after the election’s results have been publicized.

Section 108: Homecoming Court Elections

1. The Elections Committee shall conduct the homecoming court elections. The Judicial Council shall have the authority to adjudicate all homecoming elections.

2. Homecoming Court elections shall be held during the Fall semester. The Homecoming Queen elections shall precede the Homecoming Maid elections. The Elections Commissioner shall designate the dates for homecoming court elections.

3. The Elections Committee shall accept nominations for homecoming court positions and publicize the nomination process. All full-time students shall be given a reasonable opportunity to submit nominations.

4. To be placed on the ballot for Homecoming Court and Homecoming Queen elections, a person must receive two nominations. Self-nominations shall not constitute a nomination.

5. The Homecoming Queen must be an academic member of the senior class of Mississippi College.

6. The Maid of Honor shall be the runner-up in the election of the Homecoming Queen.

7. Homecoming Maids must be academic members of their respective classes.

8. Campaigning for Homecoming Court positions is strictly prohibited.

9. Candidates for homecoming court positions shall be exempt from the mandatory meeting outlined in Title IV, Section 102 (1) of the Student Government Association Student Code. The Student Government Association Election Committee shall be held responsible for notifying all Homecoming position candidates of the applicable regulations.

Section 109: Mr. and Miss Mississippi College Elections

1. The Elections Committee shall conduct the Mr. and Miss Mississippi College elections. The Judicial Council shall have the authority to adjudicate Mr. and Miss Mississippi College elections.

2. Mr. and Miss Mississippi College elections shall be held during the Fall semester, after all Homecoming court elections have been completed. The Elections Commissioner shall designate the date for the Mr. and Miss Mississippi College election.

3. The Elections Committee shall accept nominations for Mr. and Miss Mississippi College and publicize the nomination process. All full-time students shall be given a reasonable opportunity to submit nominations.

4. To be placed on the ballot for Mr. and Miss Mississippi College election, a person must receive two nominations. Self-nominations shall not constitute a nomination. Further, in order to accept nomination and be placed on the ballot, a person must provide the Elections Commissioner with the Mr. and Miss Mississippi College Form of Intent, which will be published to the student body prior to elections.

5. The elections for Mr. and Ms MC shall strictly be honorary elections. Candidates must be nominated by persons other than themselves. No individual shall campaign for these positions after being nominated. 

6. Mr. and Miss Mississippi College must have completed a minimum of eighty-four hours of credit at the time of nomination.

7. The students elected as Mr. and Miss Mississippi College must work in collaboration with the Student Government Association to promote on-campus involvement opportunities, service and/or charity opportunities, and campus athletic events throughout their tenure as Mr. or Miss Mississippi College.

Title V: Traffic Regulations

Be It Enacted by the Mississippi College Student Leadership Council that:

Section 101: Control of Traffic

All regulations concerning traffic control in relation to the students at large, shall be made by the Office of Public Safety in consultation with the Student Government Association.

Section 102: Enforcement

The regulations concerning traffic control and parking shall be enforced by the proper authority. The Office of Public Safety has been granted the authority to issue citations, to ask for and receive from civil authorities any assistance needed and to initiate local action against violators.

Section 103: Moving Violations

The following shall be moving violations of the Mississippi College traffic regulations on the campus and while entering or leaving the campus, punishable by the fines described in Title V, Section 106 of the Bylaws of the Student Government Association:

1. Reckless Driving - This shall include driving in such a way as to endanger persons or property.

2. Speeding - The posted speed limit on the MC campus shall be 10 miles per hour.

3. Entering One-Way Street Wrong - This shall include traveling on a one-way street in the wrong direction or pulling into a one-way street in the wrong direction for parking purposes.

4. Running a stop sign.

5. Failure to yield right of way at a yield sign.

6. Causing an Accident: This shall cover all accidents that might occur, no respect given to severity.

Section 104: Parking Violations

The following shall be parking violations of the Mississippi College traffic regulations, punishable by the fines described in Title V, Section 106 of the Bylaws of the Student Government Association:

1. Failure to Register: All motor vehicles brought on campus by faculty, staff, day students, residence hall students, night students, food service workers, and physical plant workers must be properly registered with the proper authorities unless otherwise authorized under the provision of this legislation. The fines for this violation, if paid within twenty-four (24) hours after the issuance of said citation, shall be applied to the cost of registration. If a period of 24 hours passes before action is taken, the fines are to be forfeited, and the cost of registration will be required in full. Campus Security will issue temporary stickers at no charge to students who have previously registered a motor vehicle at Mississippi College. The student desiring such a sticker for an additional motor vehicle brought on the campus should take his decal number to the Office of Public Safety in order to secure the temporary sticker.

2. Improper Decal: Only one Mississippi College decal is to be displayed at a time. The displayed decal shall be for the current academic term. The decal is to be displayed in one of the following locations: (a) left lower corner of the rear window, (b) left rear bumper, (c) on a metal plate attached to automobile tag.

3. Wrong Lot: This shall apply to anyone who parks in a parking lot not specifically designated for the decal classification registered to their vehicle.

4. Over Line: This shall include double parking and taking more than allotted space.

5. Blocking Traffic: This shall include parking in undesignated areas at any time that are for automobile movement or that cause the normal flow of traffic to be disrupted.

6. Tow-Away Zone: All tow-away zones shall be properly designated by yellow marking or by “tow-away” signs. Vehicles may be towed at the owner's expense.

7. Restricted or Improper Parking: This shall include parking on any sidewalk, blocking a crosswalk, handicap ramp, or grass area.

8. Overtime Parking: A limit of ten (10) minutes shall be placed on all loading zones. Violators can be ticketed once every hour past that ten-minute limit, up to five tickets in five hours, and/or be towed.

9. Visitor Parking: No registered student, faculty, or staff at Mississippi College shall park in a visitor’s parking place on weekdays between the hours of 7:00 A.M. through 7:00 P.M.

10. Fire Zone: All the fire zones designated by red curb paint. To adhere to safety codes and for the protection of the campus population, no parking will be permitted in these areas at any time. These areas should not be violated at any time on weekdays, weekends or holidays.

11. Handicap Spaces: All handicap spaces are designated by blue curb paint. Only vehicles displaying a valid handicapped sticker issued by an appropriate state agency may park in these spaces. These spaces should not be violated at any time on weekdays, weekends or holidays.

12. Designated Spaces: These parking spaces include any parking space specifically reserved for an individual, including, but not limited to, the University President, University Vice Presidents, the University CFO, the Residence Life Professional Staff. These spaces should not be violated at any time on weekdays, weekends or holidays.

13. Other Restricted Areas: This includes, but is not limited to, any spaces that are marked off by the Office of Public Safety, marked off by caution tape, and any designated construction zones on campus. These spaces should not be violated at any time on weekdays, weekends or holidays.

Section 105: Additional Evening and Weekend Parking for Students

The term “evening” shall be defined as 5:00 P.M. each weeknight until 7:00 A.M. on the following morning. The term “weekend” shall be defined as 5:00 P.M. on Friday afternoon until 7:00 A.M. on the following Monday morning. The following parking guidelines shall allow for additional parking for students during evenings and on weekends:

1. Each weekday evening, from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 A.M., all Commuter and Faculty/Staff parking lots shall be open to all parking decal classifications.

2. Each weekday evening, from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 A.M., all Visitor designated parking spots shall be open to all parking decal classifications.

3. On the weekends, from Friday at 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 A.M. on Monday, all parking lots on campus shall be open to all parking decal classifications.

4. On the weekends, from Friday at 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 A.M. on Monday, all Visitor designated parking spots shall be open to all parking decal classifications.

5. Under no circumstances should any of the following be violated at any time on weekdays, weekends or holidays: Fire zones, handicap spaces, loading zones for no more than ten minutes, and designated spaces and/or other restricted areas. These violations are described in Title V, Section 104 (10-13) of the Bylaws for the Student Government Association.

Section 106: Fines

Any person found to be in violation with any of the preceding traffic regulations shall be fined according to the following schedule:

1.     Reckless Driving: $25.00

2.     Speeding: $25.00

3.     Entering One-Way Street Wrong: $25.00

4.     Running Stop Sign: $25.00

5.     No Registration or Improper Registration: $25.00 

1.     Ticket will be voided if student buys decal within 2 weeks of receiving ticket

6.     Wrong Lot: $25.00

7.     Failure to yield at a yield sign: $25.00

8.     Blocking Traffic: $25.00

9.     Tow-Away Zone: $50.00

10.  Restricted or Improper Parking: $25.00

11.  Faculty/Staff Zone: $25.00

12.  Double Parking /Over Line: $25.00

13.  Causing an Accident: $25.00

14.  Overtime Parking: $25.00, 1st citation $10.00 each additional

15.  Visitor Parking: $25.00

16.  Restricted Areas: $25.00

17.  Fire Zone: $75.00 and/or tire lock

18.  Handicap spaces: $100.00 and/or tire lock

19.  Designated spaces: $50.00 and/or tire lock

20.  Relocation/Tow Fee: $50.00

21.  Tire Lock Fee: $50.00

All fines shall be paid to the Mississippi College Business Office within ten days after the citation has been issued. These time limits do not include Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.

Section 107: Filing an Appeal

Drivers who are issued citations may appeal in writing to The Judicial Council. This appeal must be made within one hundred twenty (120) hours from the time the citation was issued, not including Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, in order for the appeal to be valid.

How to Appeal a Traffic Citation:

1. File an appeal online at www.mc.edu/safety/appeal within one hundred twenty (120) hours of the time the citation was issued.

2. The Judicial Council will consider all traffic appeals within a two-week period from the time the appeal is submitted. You will be notified via email from the SGA Chief Justice of the final decision of the Judicial Council on your appeal.

3. As stipulated in Point 4 of Section 5 of Article III of the SGA Constitution, the SGA Chief Justice will provide a hearing to any student seeking an appeal from the first Student Judicial Council hearing. Those students seeking an appeal of the first Student Judicial Council hearing will contact the SGA Chief Justice within one week of receiving the final decision of the Judicial Council from the SGA Chief Justice or forego their right to appeal to the SGA Chief Justice. The date and time of this appeal hearing will be set at the discretion of the SGA Chief Justice in agreement with the student seeking an appeal. Should the student seeking an appeal fail to appear at the hearing deciding upon by him or her and the SGA Chief Justice, he or she may be found in contempt of the Student Judicial Council and may be fined up to but not exceeding $10.00.    

4. If you are notified that your appeal has been either denied or only reduced by the Judicial Council, pay the remaining balance of the citation to the Mississippi College Business Office.

Section 108: Excessive Tickets

A person issued an excess of five tickets for any traffic violations regardless of ticket payment or classification shall be subject to disciplinary action by the Judicial Council. They will be required to appear before the MC Judicial Council and the SGA Chief Justice at said council’s discretion. Failure to appear on a scheduled date will result in disciplinary action by the Judicial Council. Students may be fined up to, but not over $25.00 for each offense and placed on traffic probation. This is specified as follows:

1. That the Office of Public Safety be required to report to the Judicial Council any person who has received their sixth ticket for disciplinary action.

2. That any student receiving ten tickets during a given semester shall have all parking privileges on the MC campus revoked for the remainder of that semester; such student shall be reported by the Office of Public Safety to the Judicial Council for this action. If a student is caught parking a vehicle on campus after their parking privileges are revoked, the vehicle driven by that student will be towed at the student’s expense.

3. That the fine and/or disciplinary action be paid or taken care of within 10 days, if the action is not taken care of, the person shall be subject to further disciplinary action by the Judicial Court.

4. That the Judicial Council be responsible for following up the disciplinary action that they hand out.

Section 109: Use of Traffic Money for SGA Scholarships

The use of traffic Fine Money for SGA Scholarships shall be as follows:

1. Each year two-thirds or $600, whichever is greater, of the monies in the traffic fine account as of April 30, shall be used in awarding SGA Scholarships.

2. This money shall be used to award scholarships according to the procedures established by the Student Government Association.

Section 110: Transfer from Traffic Fine Fund to SGA General Account

1. An amount of $1,100.00 shall be transferred each year beginning with the 1991-92 school session from the traffic fund to the regular SGA account to replace money used to pay the salary of the Chief Justice of the Judicial Council.

2. An additional amount of one thousand dollars ($1,000) shall be transferred from the Traffic Fund account to the SGA General Account at the beginning of the year, or at the rate of $500 per semester. 

Section 111: The Establishment of Traffic Fine Money held in Emergency Reserve for the Student Government Association

1. A reserve shall be maintained of $1,000 at the end of each school year.

2. Money in this reserve may be used only in case of a financial emergency of the Student Government Association.

3. The Dean of Students and the Associate Vice-President for the Student Experience shall determine the validity for the withdrawal from this reserve.

Section 112: Permanent Administrator of the Traffic Fine Fund

The Vice President for Administration of Mississippi College shall be the permanent administrator of the Traffic Fines Fund.

Section 113: SGA Business Manager Responsible for the Records and Reports of the Traffic Fine Fund

The Business Manager of the SGA shall be able to obtain an accurate complete account of the Traffic Fine Fund.

Title VI: Student Organizations

Be it Enacted by the Mississippi College Students Leadership Council that:

Section 101: Objectives

Any club organized at Mississippi College must be in keeping with the College’s objective of intellectual excellence in an atmosphere of spiritual maturity. Student organizations are expected to contribute to the student’s development in one of four different ways:

1. Complementing classroom instruction or enhancing academic learning;

2. Developing social interaction;

3. Providing for a profitable use of leisure time;

4. Encouraging better values and higher standards;

Section 102: Formal Requirements

To be approved at Mississippi College an organization must fulfill one or more of the following requirements:

1. Be closely related to all academic discipline.

2. Be affiliated with a nationally recognized service club organization.

3. Be sponsored by a church or group of churches representing the religious affiliation of a significant number of Mississippi College Students.

4. Be a social club devoted primarily to promoting fellowship and social graces among Mississippi College Students.

Section 103: Prior Endorsement Necessary

The proposed organization should have prior endorsement as follows:

1. An academic club must have the approval of the chairperson of the academic division to which the club relates and the approval of the Provost.

2. A service club must have the approval of the Director of Student Engagement.

3. A religious organization must have the approval of the Office of Christian  Life.

4. A social club must have the approval of the Director of Student Engagement.

Section 104: Petition for Charter

Having gained the endorsement of the proper authority, those proposing to form a new club shall present to the Director of Student Engagement a petition for a charter, submitting such pertinent information as the following:

1. Name of organization and sponsoring group.

2. Nature and purpose of organization.

3. Membership standards.

4. Costs of initiation and annual dues including data regarding requirements for participation in national conventions.

5. Probable maximum enrollment.

6. Data regarding regular meetings to be held during the school year.

7. Provisions for sponsor or sponsors to be named.

8. Tentative Constitution.

Director of Student Engagement shall forward the petition to both the MC Experience Committee and the Student Government Association for approval of chartering. Approval of both the Leadership Council and the MC Experience Committee will be required before a charter may be granted. In the event of an appeal, the Student Government Association must in writing provide specific revisions to the organization’s charter.

Section 105: Organization Changes

After a petition is approved, any changes in the organization must receive prior approval of the MC Experience Committee. Each organization shall abide by Leadership Council regulations relative to maintaining its charter.

Section 106: Official Student Activities Calendar

The Student Activities Calendar is to be set by the Office of Student Experience and shall be recognized as the official school calendar for all planned activities of all chartered organizations.

Section 107: Procedures for Planning Activities

All planned activities of all chartered organizations, upon approval of the appropriate administrative head, must be placed on the Student Activities Calendar. Items should be submitted at least 14 days prior to the event. Student organizations not complying with this policy may be refused the services of college facilities.

Section 108: Student Organizations

All student organizations at Mississippi College must complete and return a re-chartering form to the Office of Student Experience each Spring in order to function as a chartered body at Mississippi College for the following year. Failure to comply with this regulation shall result in a revocation of that group’s charter until this form is completed and returned.

Title VII: Scholarships

Section 101: SGA Scholarships

1. An SGA Campus Leaders Scholarship shall be established.

2. All scholarships shall be worth $500 per semester.

3. All money from this scholarship shall be obtained from the traffic fine account. If the money in the traffic fine account is not at or does not exceed the amount of $5,000.00, then the SGA Campus Leaders Scholarship will not be awarded that academic year. 

4. The SGA Campus Leaders Scholarship is open to any undergraduate student who displays strong leadership qualities. An application for this scholarship will be annually drafted by the outgoing Executive Council. This application will be made available to all undergraduate students who will be undergraduates the next academic year at Mississippi College. 

5. The selection shall be conducted by a committee consisting of the outgoing SGA President and the SGA sponsors. 

6. The committee shall make its selections by one week prior to the first day of final examinations for the spring semester.

7. Past and potential service of applicants shall be considered by the committee as criteria for this scholarship along with leadership qualities exhibited in an area of the student body. 

8. The scholarship shall be awarded for the next academic year.

9. $4,000 of the available funds for the scholarship shall be reserved for recipients for the “SGA Scholarship for Outstanding Service Award.”

10. Students serving on the SGA Executive Council may receive the SGA scholarship regardless of the institutional scholarship cap. If the amount in the traffic fine account is not at or does not exceed $5,000.00, then the remainder of traffic fine funds after consider the $4,000.00 reserved for the “SGA Scholarship for Outstanding Service Award shall be evenly distributed among the Executive Council members as a scholarship. 

Section 102: SGA Scholarship for Outstanding Service

1. An “SGA Scholarship for Outstanding Service” award shall be established.

2. This scholarship shall only be awarded if the traffic fine account has a balance of $4,000.00. If the traffic fine account does not have this balance, then the money shall be incorporated into the SGA budget for the next academic year. 

3. This scholarship award shall be given to four students who have made significant contributions to the student body of Mississippi College during the current academic year. No elected or appointed officials of the Student Government Association shall be eligible to receive this award. Only students who are returning to Mississippi College as an undergraduate for the upcoming fall semester shall be eligible to receive the award.

4. The award shall be presented at the yearly Honors Convocation in the form of a scholarship, the value of which shall be $500 per semester.

5. Nomination and selection shall be conducted by the Mississippi College Leadership Council. The nomination process shall function as the normal legislative process as the Leadership Council does, with the exception of voting procedure.

6. Voting shall be conducted by secret ballot. Each member of the Leadership Council shall vote for up to four nominees featured on the ballot. The four nominees receiving the most votes shall win the award.

7. Funding for this scholarship award shall be derived from the traffic fine account.