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Constitution for the Student Government Association

As the elected and appointed Student Leadership Council, we establish this Constitution for the Student Government Association of Mississippi College, building upon the foundation laid by the previous Constitution, in order to expound upon the existing practices that define our system of governance. The Student Government Association shall serve as a liaison between the students and the administrators, faculty, and staff of Mississippi College by advocating the proposals for advancement made by the Student Leadership Council, in accordance with Leadership Council procedure. The Student Government Association shall also exist to promote student welfare by providing opportunities for extracurricular student interaction and by exercising the authority to make judgments regarding student violations of campus rules.

Article I

Section 1. The name of this governing organization shall be the Student Government Association of Mississippi College.

Section 2. All officially registered undergraduate students of Mississippi College shall be represented by the elected and appointed officials of the Student Government Association.

Section 3. The Student Government Association shall be divided into spheres of power, which shall consist of the Student Leadership Council, the Executive Council, the Student Judicial Council, and respective boards and appointments. These spheres of power shall have both separate and overlapping jurisdiction, according to the provisions of this Constitution. No person may serve simultaneously in more than one office, either elected or appointed, of the Student Government Association.

Article II: Student Leadership Council

Section 1. The legislative powers of the Student Government Association shall be vested in the Student Leadership Council, operating under Robert's Rules of Order.

Section 2. Sixteen Student Leadership Council members shall be the elected representatives from each academic class, and from each class, there shall be four Class Representatives. The Student Leadership Council shall also include six representatives from campus organizations and six representatives from each of the schools at Mississippi College. 

The four representatives from each class shall be responsible for representing their academic class and the entire student body above their own interests and to the best of their ability in all Leadership Council affairs. 

Section 3. Six Student Leadership Council Representatives shall be selected from six Mississippi College student organizations. The selected organizations to be represented in the Student Leadership Council shall represent specific subpopulations of students on campus including but not limited to athletics, diverse people groups, transfer students, international students, Clubs and Tribes, and on-campus faith life. Should these organizations be changed as outlined below, the new organization(s) shall be suggested by the outgoing Executive Council and approved by the Associate VP for the Student Experience, the Director of the Student Engagement, and a two-thirds vote of Student Leadership Council. Each of the selected organizations has the authority to select a representative from within their membership to serve on the Student Leadership Council. A student is eligible for appointment by their respective organization to the Student Leadership Council if he or she has a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.50 at the time of appointment.

The purpose of these representatives is to accurately represent and reflect within the Student Government Association the concerns and interests of their respective subpopulations and student organizations. By doing so, these Representatives of Student Organizations are to encourage dialogue and cooperation between their specific subpopulation, the leadership of the student body, and the student body as a whole. 

These Student Organization Representatives shall have full rights to participate and serve within the Leadership Council. 

To represent student-athletes, a representative from the Student Athletics Advisory Committee (SAAC) shall serve on the Student Leadership Council. 

To represent diverse people groups among the student body, a representative from the Multicultural Student Association (MSA) shall serve on the Student Leadership Council. 

To represent transfer students, a representative from the Mississippi College Alumni Association of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) shall serve on the Student Leadership Council. 

To represent international students, a representative from the International Student Association (ISA) shall serve on the Student Leadership Council. 

To represent the individuals involved in clubs and tribes, a representative from The Council shall serve on the Student Leadership Council. 

To represent on-campus faith life, a representative from on-campus ministries shall serve on the Student Leadership Council. The directors of those on-campus student ministries having offices on campus (Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Baptist Student Union, and Reformed University Fellowship) shall collectively select a student from the leadership of one of these student ministries. To serve on the Student Leadership Council, this selected individual must be approved by the directors of these student ministries.

The organizations represented on the Leadership Council shall be reevaluated following the close of every school year before the first meeting of the Leadership council the following year. The organizations represented should only be altered if the Leadership Council and Executive Council collectively determine that the change will lead to a more holistic and accurate representation of the student body. However, the number of representatives shall never be more or less than 6. Organizational changes must be approved by a two-thirds vote of both the Leadership Council and have approval from the Associate Vice-President for the Student Experience and the Director of Student Engagement. 

Section 4. Besides serving as full representatives of the Student Leadership Council, the duties of the Student Leadership Council Representatives of Student Organizations shall be as follows: 

  • To attend convened meetings of the Student Leadership Council. 
  • To serve on his or her respective committee. 
  • To attend mandatory SGA Service day(s) and workshops. 
  • To keep in mind the specific interests of their respective sub-populations within the student body when acting within their capacity as full members of the Student Leadership Council. 
  • To provide written Reports of Progress on happenings occurring within Student Leadership Council meetings and committee meetings to their respective student organization at intervals determined by the leadership of their organization. These reports must be shared with the SGA Business Manager as well. These reports shall be written in memorandum format. 
  • To provide written reports of the concerns of their respective student organization and subpopulation of the student body to the Student Leadership Council at intervals determined by the Executive Council. These reports shall be written in memorandum format. 

Section 5. Six Student Leadership Council Representatives shall be Student Academic Representatives selected from the six schools of Mississippi College: the School of Business, the School of Christian Studies and the Arts, the School of Education, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, the School of Nursing, and the School of Science and Mathematics. The dean of each school has the authority to select a representative from within their membership to serve on the Student Leadership Council. A student is eligible for appointment by the dean to the Student Leadership Council if he or she has a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.50 at the time of appointment.

The purpose of these representatives is to accurately represent and reflect within the Student Government Association the concerns and interests of their respective schools. By doing so, these Academic Representatives are to encourage dialogue and cooperation between their specific school, the leadership of the student body, and the student body as a whole. 

These Student Academic Representatives shall have full rights to participate and serve within the Leadership Council. 

Section 6. Besides serving as full representatives of the Student Leadership Council, the duties of Academic Student Leadership Council Representatives of the schools of Mississippi College shall be as follows:

  • Attend convened meetings of the Student Leadership Council.
  • To serve on his or her respective committee.
  • To attend the mandatory SGA service day each semester and the Student Council Workshops.
  • Conduct monthly meetings with the dean of their respective school or the chair of a department within the school as needed.
  • Representatives shall be responsible for gaining an understanding of the perspectives of all student groups in their respective school by communicating with students from each department.
  • Representatives must present a report written in memorandum format at the end of the school year outlining conducted business within that position and future endeavors for their respective school.
  • To provide written Reports of Progress in memorandum format at intervals determined by the Executive Council on happenings occurring within Student Leadership Council meetings and committee meetings to their respective dean. These reports must be shared with the SGA Business Manager as well.
  • To provide written reports in memorandum format of the concerns of their respective school and departments to the Student Leadership Council at intervals determined by the Executive Council.

Section 7. The four elected class representative form and academic class (freshmen, sophomore, junior, and senior representatives) shall draft a report among themselves at the end of the academic year reporting the progress within their academic class. This report shall be written in memorandum format and shall be submitted to the Leadership Council and the Executive Council. 

Section 8. Student Leadership Council class representatives shall be elected annually. A student is eligible for election to the Student Leadership Council if he or she has a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.50 at the time of the election.  

Section 9. The Student Leadership Council shall elect an officer annually during the fall semester. The Student Leadership Council shall nominate a candidate and elect a Chaplain. The Vice President of the Student Government Association and the Business Manager of the Student Government Association shall hold office in the Student Leadership Council.

1. The Vice President of the Student Government Association shall be the President of the Student  Leadership Council. He or she shall preside over Student Leadership Council meetings and shall be responsible for the management of the Student  Leadership Council committees and for all discretionary decisions which shall arise relating to the internal functioning of the Student Leadership Council and also those relating to Student  Leadership Council relations with other campus organizations. He or she shall cast the deciding vote in the instance of a tie vote during a Student Leadership Council meeting. The President of the Student  Leadership Council shall have the authority to expel any Leadership Council member who has accumulated two absences from Student Leadership Council meetings within a semester. He or she shall fill any vacancy in the Student  Leadership Council, following the order of votes received by candidates on the ballot in the previous election. In the event that nο Leadership Council member can be appointed by means of the previous election ballot, the President of the Student Leadership Council shall appoint a representative, with the approval of the Student Leadership Council, to fill the vacancy from the appropriate academic class. If the Vice-President is unable to preside over a meeting of the Leadership Council, the chain of SGA officers who would stand in his or her place shall be in the following order: SGA President, the SGA Business Manager, and the SGA Chief Justice. 

2. The Business Manager of the Student Government Association shall be the Clerk of the Student Leadership Council. He or she shall attend all Student Leadership Council meetings and shall maintain a record of minutes, including a record of attendance and roll call voting. 

3. The Chaplain of the Student Leadership Council shall lead the Student Leadership Council in prayer at the beginning of each Student Leadership Council meeting.

Section 10. The duties of the Student Leadership Council shall be as follows:

1. The Student Leadership Council shall meet on a biweekly basis during the academic year, as scheduled by the President of the Student Leadership Council.

2. Student Leadership Council members shall draft proposed legislation and either approve or reject each piece of legislation or resolution brought before the Student Leadership Council. Should the President of the Student Government Association veto a piece of legislation approved by the Student Leadership Council, they shall have the power to override this veto by a two-thirds vote of those members present and voting. Should the Student Leadership Council exercise this power and override a presidential veto, the piece of legislation in question shall immediately go into effect.

3. Student Leadership Council members shall be required to attend every meeting of the Student Leadership Council. A Student Leadership Council member shall be allowed two absences per semester. If a Student Leadership Council member accumulates a third absence within one semester, the President of the Student Leadership Council shall have the authority to expel him or her for the duration of the term. Should a Leadership Council member vacate his or her seat before the completion of his or her term, he or she shall communicate this decision in person to the President of the Leadership Council. Failure to do so shall result in forfeiture of the right to run for the Student Leadership Council the following academic year.

4. Student Leadership Council members shall be required to attend every meeting of their respective committee, as determined by the Committee chairman. Two absences from a committee meeting shall constitute one absence from a biweekly Leadership Council meeting.

5. The Student Leadership Council shall approve or reject appointments of the President of the Student Government Association and the President of the Student Leadership Council. Approval of any such appointment, whether to a position within the Student Leadership Council or to a position outside the Leadership Council, shall require a two-thirds vote of those Leadership Council members present and voting.

6. The Student Leadership Council shall amend, approve, or reject the Student Government Association budget at the beginning of each semester.

7. The Student Leadership Council shall have the authority to impeach any elected or appointed official for gross negligence of duty. An individual Leadership Council member or a group of Leadership Council members may bring written charges of impeachment, to be presented in a meeting of the Student Leadership Council, against any elected or appointed official of the Student Government Association. Should the Student Leadership Council, by a majority vote of those members present and voting, move to entertain the impeachment charges, the official in question shall be considered impeached, and the proceedings shall move directly into a trial, to be held at the following meeting of the Student Leadership Council. The President of the Student Leadership Council shall preside over the trial, and conviction will require a three-fourths vote of the Student Leadership Council. In the case of the impeachment of the President of the Student Government Association or of the Vice President of the Student Government Association, the Chief Justice of the Student Government Association shall preside over the trial.

8. If convicted by the Student Leadership Council, an elected or appointed official of the Student Government Association shall be expelled from the Student Government Association and shall forfeit his or her right to hold any future Student Government Association office.

9. If one who is studying abroad desires to run for Student Leadership Council, they may do so if they return to Mississippi College the following academic year. Students who wish to run for a Class Representative seat in the Leadership Council and are unable to return in time for elections may send a representative to the meeting with a signed petition, so as long as all eligibility requirements are met.

Section 11. A simple majority of the membership of the Student Leadership Council shall constitute a quorum for conducting all business.

Article III: Executive Council

The Executive Council shall consist of four elected positions and one appointed position and shall function as a unit, within the Student Government Association, to facilitate the implementation of legislation and resolutions approved by the Leadership Council and the President of the Student Government Association, and within the student body, to promote extracurricular student interaction. All members of the Executive Council shall be vested with the power and charged with the obligation to execute their roles, in regards to both the council and the student body, in accordance with the specifications of the Constitution for the Student Government Association of Mississippi College. Members of the Executive Council shall have overlapping powers, as specified in their respective sections of the Constitution, and they shall execute these powers both in their individual capacities and as members of an overarching governing body. Executive Council members must be in good judicial standing with the institution.

Section 1. The executive powers of the Student Government Association shall be vested in the President of the Student Government Association, who shall be assisted by the following four officials: Vice President,  Business Manager, Chief Justice, and Chief of Staff. These five members shall comprise the Executive Council, and the President shall be the head of this council.

Section 2. The President of the Student Government Association shall be elected annually. A student is eligible for election to the presidency if he or she has a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 at the time of the election. The president must have completed a minimum of eighty-four hours of credit by the end of the semester during which he or she takes office. The president must also have served a minimum of one term, or two full semesters, as a member of any branch of the Student Government Association before taking office.

The duties and privileges of this office shall be as follows:

1. To serve as the functional head of the Executive Council.

2. To serve the other four members of the Executive Council by endeavoring to aid them with their specified duties.

3. To appoint within 60 days of taking office, with the approval of the Leadership Council all members of the Presidential Cabinet. The president may remove any member of the Presidential Cabinet for just cause without the consent of the Leadership Council.

4. To appoint the Chief of Staff of the Student Government Association. The president-elect shall appoint his or her chief of staff during the month of April, and the  Leadership Council, either in a regular or special meeting, shall approve or reject this appointment.

5. To attend the biweekly meetings of the Leadership Council.

6. To address the  Leadership Council at his or her pleasure, with the exception that he or she shall not be allowed to address the  Leadership Council once the body has begun discussion on an item of business and before the body has concluded discussion.

7. To review all legislation, both legislation and resolutions, approved, either passed or adopted, by the  Leadership Council, and to respond to these by either signing or vetoing these pieces of legislation in their entirety. Should the president neither sign nor veto a piece of legislation within fourteen days of its approval by the  Leadership Council the piece of legislation in question shall go into effect. Should the President choose to veto a piece of legislation, he or she must submit a written report of his or her action to the  Leadership Council at the following regular meeting.

8. To faithfully implement any legislation, which has been approved by the  Leadership Council and which he or she has signed, involving the execution of power within his or her sphere, as delineated in the Constitution.

9. To serve both the student body and the Leadership Council by calling any special meetings of either group, as he or she deems necessary.

10. To serve as a visible representative of both the student body and the Student Government Association by complying with requests from the administration to represent Mississippi College at school and public events.

11. To work both dates of the Student Council Leadership Workshop in the Fall.

12. To attend and assist in leading the SGA service days in the fall and spring semesters.

13. To establish and publicize set office hours of at least one hour per week.

14. To have the authority to expel any member of the Executive Council who has accumulated two absences from Executive Council meetings within a semester.

Section 3. The Vice President of the Student Government Association shall be elected annually. A student is eligible for election to the vice presidency if he or she has a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 at the time of the election. The vice president must have completed a minimum of fifty-four hours of credit by the end of the semester during which he or she takes office. The vice president must also have served a minimum of one term, or two full semesters, as a member of the  Leadership Council before taking office.

The duties and privileges of this office shall be as follows:

1. To serve in the capacity of President of the Student Government Association in the absence of the president or in the event that the office of president should become vacant.

2. To preside over the Leadership Council.

3. To act as a liaison between the  Leadership Council and the administration. This shall include the submission to the appropriate parties included in the biweekly executive council meeting, all of the legislation that has passed the Student Leadership Council and has been signed by the Student Government Association President.

4. To provide a monthly update on legislation that has been presented to administration.

5. To preside over the trial of an impeached official of the Student Government Association, save the instance that the impeached official is he or she or is the President of the Student Government Association.

6. To oversee and assist the Business Manager in keeping an accurate and complete archive of the records of the proceedings of the  Leadership Council, for the year of his or her term, including the cataloguing of all approved legislation and minutes.

7. To work both dates of the Student Council Leadership Workshop in the Fall.

8. To organize and lead the SGA service days in the fall and spring semesters.

9. To establish and publicize set office hours of at least one hour per week.

Section 4. The Business Manager of the Student Government Association shall be elected annually. A student is eligible for election to the Business Manager office if he or she has a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 at the time of the election. The Business Manager must have completed a minimum of fifty-four hours of credit by the end of the semester during which he or she takes office. He or she must have served in the  Leadership Council for at least one term, or two semesters. He or she must have a working knowledge of office productivity software. He or she must also be responsible for or delegate all graphic design needs of the Executive Council.

The duties and privileges of this office shall be as follows:

1. To serve as the Clerk of the  Leadership Council and, in this capacity, to maintain an accurate record of the minutes, including attendance and roll call voting. As the Clerk of the Leadership Council the Business Manager shall be required to submit the written record of the minutes of each  Leadership Council meeting for correction and approval by the  Leadership Council. 

2. To preserve and publish an accurate and complete archive of the records of the proceedings of the  Leadership Council, for the year of his or her term, including the cataloguing of all approved legislation and resolutions.

3. To conduct all official correspondence – social media, campus email, Student Government Association website maintenance, and other means of outreach to campus – of the Student Government Association.

4. To be responsible for all funds of the Student Government Association and to maintain records of all receipts, pay orders, and disbursements of the Student Government Association’s funds.

5. To work alongside athletics in raising support for Mississippi College's philanthropy.

6. To work alongside the  Leadership Council to manage and delegate funds from the Campus Improvement Fund and the Campus Organization Fund throughout their term.

7. To report progress of fundraising for Mississippi College Student Government Association’s philanthropy and management of said accounts to the  Leadership Council at least twice a semester.

8. To present a prospective budget to the Leadership Council at the beginning of each semester, as described in Title II, Section 110 of the Bylaws for the Student Government Association.

9. To publicize all Student Government Association elections and campus activities.

10. To work both dates of the Student Council Leadership Workshop in the Fall.

11. To attend and assist in leading the SGA service days in the fall and spring semesters.

12. To establish and publicize set office hours of at least one hour per week.

13. To handle all catering for events that the Executive Council hosts.

Section 5. In addition to carrying out their executive functions, the Chief Justice of the Student Government Association shall also serve the student body by carrying out his or her respective judicial functions in the Student Government Association. The Chief Justice of the Student Government Association shall be elected annually. A student is eligible for election to the Chief Justice position if he or she has a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 at the time of the election. The Chief Justice must have completed a minimum of eighty-four hours of credit by the end of the semester during which he or she takes office. The Chief Justice must also have served a minimum of one term, or two full semesters, on the Student Judicial Council before taking office.

The duties and privileges of this position shall be as follows:

 1. To bring cases to the Student Judicial Council, to preside over all meetings and hearings of the Student Judicial Council, and to convene meetings and hearings of the Student Judicial Council. 

2. To annually appoint via application Associate Justices to the Student Judicial Council that are approved by the Student Leadership Council, the Dean of Student Experience, and the Director of Public Safety. 

3. To attend a hearing for any student in violation of Mississippi College rules, and, in the event that this student is found guilty as charged, to recommend disciplinary action to the appropriate authorities.

4. To provide a hearing for any student wishing to appeal his or her case from the first Student Judicial Council hearing and to issue a final decision in such cases unless such a decision is overruled by a majority vote of a quorum of Associate Justices. 

5. To make a deciding vote in cases decided on by the Student Judicial Council in the event of a tie among a quorum of the Associate Justices. 

6. To preside over the trial in the event that the President of the Student Government Association or the Vice President of the Student Government is impeached.

7. To administer the oath of office to the Executive Council-elect.

8. To plan and oversee all election events including, but not limited to, the Executive Council debates, the coordination of candidates attending Club and Tribe meetings, and working alongside the Elections Commissioner in planning the Executive Council election day.

9. To attend both dates of the Student Council workshop in the Fall.

10. To attend and assist in leading the SGA service days in the fall and spring semesters.

11. To attend the biweekly meetings of the Student Leadership Council.

12. To meet monthly with the Director of Public Safety at the discretion of the Chief Justice.

13. To establish and publicize set office hours of at least one hour per week.

Section 6. The Chief of Staff shall be appointed annually by the President. A student is eligible for appointment to the Chief of Staff position if he or she has a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 at the time of appointment. The Chief of Staff must have completed a minimum of fifty-four hours of credit by the end of the semester during which he or she takes office. By nature of this position, the duties assigned change with every administration and adjust with the needs of the individual Presidents and Executive Councils. However, the Chief of Staff will always have the following responsibilities:

1. To assist the President in whatever capacity he or she requires for the efficient execution of his or her duties.

2. To oversee and ensure the tasks designated to the Presidential Cabinet and organize a monthly meeting with the members of the cabinet as well as the President.

3. To serve as the Election Commissioner throughout each election process.

4.  To oversee and plan the annual SGA Alumni Homecoming Reception.

5. To attend and assist in leading the SGA service days in the fall and spring semesters.

6. To attend both dates of the Student Council workshop in the Fall.

7. To establish and publicize set office hours of at least one hour per week.

8. To attend the biweekly meetings of the Student Leadership Council.

9. To facilitate the assignments and duties of Mr. and Miss MC.

10. To serve as the Elections Commissioner of the Student Government Association (SGA Bylaws, Title IV, Section 103).

Section 7. In the event that any Executive Council office is vacated, the President of the Student Government Association shall call a special election to fill the office in question. Should a vacancy arise in the office of President of the Student Government Association, the Vice President of the Student Government Association shall assume the office and responsibilities of the presidency for the remainder of the term. The new president shall immediately call a special election to fill the office of vice president.

Section 8. In the event that any Executive Council office is not filled by election, the newly elected President of the Student Government Association shall fill the office in question with the approval of his or her Executive Council.

Section 9. In the event that the office of President of the Student Government Association is not filled by election, the current Executive Council shall provide no less than three and no more than five nominations to fill the office of President. The nominees are then voted on by the Student Leadership Council.

Section 10. Those elected to the Executive Council shall take office on the Monday before final exams, following their election and shall serve for one year.

Article IV: Judicial Council

Section 1. The judicial powers of the Student Government Association shall be vested in the Student Judicial Council.

Section 2. The Student Judicial Council shall be comprised of ten student Associate Justices appointed annually. The term of an Associate Justice shall be one academic year (two semesters) from the time of their appointment. There shall be two Associate Justices from each class, and at any one time, the Judicial Council must contain three males and three females.  

1.  Student Associate Justices shall be appointed annually by the SGA Chief Justice. To serve on the Judicial Council, these individuals must be approved by the Dean of Student Experience, the Director of Public Safety, and the Student Leadership Council. The Associate Justices of the Judicial Council are to be appointed and approved by the appropriate authorities no later than the third week after the start of the academic year in which they serve. 

2. Any Associate Justice must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.50 at the time of his or her appointment, and he or she must maintain a grade point average of at least 2.50 throughout the time of his or her service. 

3. Associate Justices shall annually elect among themselves a Reporter of the Judicial Council who will be responsible for keeping record of all decisions and votes of the Judicial Council. The Reporter of the Judicial Council shall make all information of the Judicial Council’s decisions available to the other members of the Judicial Council and all other officers within the Student Government Association. The Reporter must have served at least one term on the Judicial Council. If none of the newly appointed Associate Justices have previously served on the Judicial Council, the office of Reporter shall be reserved for one of the Associate Justices who are either a junior or senior. 

4. Associate Justices shall annually draft rules of procedure for the meetings of the Judicial Council. These rules of procedure must be approved by the SGA Chief Justice. The Reporter of the Judicial Council shall make these rules of procedure available to the other Associate Justices and to all other officers within the Student Government Association. 

5. Any Associate Justice can be expelled from the Judicial council should he or she be found guilty of abusing the powers of his or her office by the SGA Chief Justice or the Student Leadership Council. Before removing any member of the Judicial Council, the SGA Chief Justice must have a majority approval of this action by a quorum of Associate Justices. 

6. If any Associate Justice is expelled from the Judicial Council or if a seat on the Judicial Council is vacated, the SGA Chief Justice shall appoint another Associate Justice to this seat in accordance with policies regarding the appointment and approval of Associate Justices enumerated in the Student Government Association Constitution. 

Section 3. Judicial Council meetings and hearings shall be convened at the discretion of the SGA Chief Justice; however, these meetings and hearings must accord with policies regarding the time limits detailed in the process of appealing a traffic citation found within the Bylaws of the Student Government Association. The SGA Chief Justice shall reserve the right to convene an emergency hearing of the Judicial Council should he or she deem it necessary. 

1. Judicial Council meetings and hearings shall be closed to the public. Any party involved in the decision of the Judicial Council reserves the right to be present at a Judicial Council meeting or hearing. A party shall maintain the right to defend himself or herself should he or she be accused of any action in which the Judicial Council is deciding. 

2. Judicial Council meetings and hearings shall operate under rules of procedure drafted by the Associate Justices and approved by the SGA Chief Justice. 

3. No Associate Justices shall miss more than two meetings of the Judicial Council in any given academic semester. 

4. Decisions of the Judicial Council shall be made via majority vote among a quorum of Associate Justices. In the event of a tie, the SGA Chief Justice shall make the deciding vote. 

5. Except in the event of a tie among the Associate Justices, the SGA Chief Justice shall not have a voice in the decisions of the Judicial Council unless otherwise enumerated within the Student Government Associations Constitution and Bylaws. 

Section 4. The duties of the Judicial Council shall be as follows: 

1.  The Judicial Council shall determine matters of interpretation of the Student Government Association Constitution and the Student Government Association Bylaws. Cases involving the constitutionality of any action of the Student Government Association or of any officer of the Student Government Association shall be heard and decided on by the Judicial Council. 

2. The Judicial Council shall enforce rules and procedures involving campaign violations as detailed in the Student Government Association Bylaws. Cases involving campaign violations shall be heard and decided on by the Judicial Council. 

3. The Judicial Council shall enforce rules and procedures involving appeals of vehicle and parking violations made to the Judicial Council as detailed within the Bylaws of the Student Government Association. Cases involving appeals of vehicle and parking violations shall be heard and decided on by the Judicial Council. 

4. The Judicial Council shall serve as an appeal board for all student organizations of Mississippi College. Cases involving the appeal of a student from the decision of the Judiciary Board of his or her student organization shall be heard and decided on by the Judicial Council in accordance with the governing documents and rules of that student organization and the Student Government Association Constitution and Bylaws

5. The Judicial Council shall review the constitutionality of all decisions of the SGA Chief Justice made in an appeal to the Chief Justice from the hearing of the first Student Judicial Council. The Associate Justices via a majority of a quorum may rule that the decision of the SGA Chief Justice is unconstitutional.

6. The Judicial Council shall assist the SGA Chief Justice in his or her duties. 

7. Associate Justices shall participate in mandatory SGA service events and functions.  

Section 5. A majority of Associate Justices present shall constitute a quorum at any Judicial Council meeting or hearing. 

Article V: Amendments to the Constitution

Section 1. Any amendment to the Constitution for the Student Government Association of Mississippi College, in order to be ratified, shall necessitate a three-fourths vote of the members of the Student Leadership Council present and voting. Once approved by the Student Leadership Council, the amendment shall go before the student body for approval, and ratification shall require three-fifths of the votes cast by the student body. Any amendment approved by the Student Leadership Council must go before the student body within thirty academic days of its approval by the Student Leadership Council.

Section 2. Amendments to the Constitution for the Student Government Association of Mississippi College, to be voted upon by the student body, shall be made publicly available prior to the vote and posted at the polling location on the day of the vote.

Section 3. Any amendment to the Constitution for the Student Government Association of Mississippi College, once ratified, shall take effect immediately.

Section 4. Amendments to the Constitution for the Student Government Association of Mississippi College shall not affect any person who took office under the Constitution prior to the amending in question.

Article VI: Hierarchy of Documents

Section 1. The Constitution for the Student Government Association of Mississippi College shall take precedence over the Bylaws for the Student Government Association of Mississippi College and any past or future legislation approved by the Student Leadership Council.

Article VII: Ratification of the Constitution

Section 1. This Constitution for the Student Government Association of Mississippi College shall be approved by a three-fourths vote of the members of the Student Leadership Council present and voting. Once approved by the Student Leadership Council, this Constitution shall go before the student body for approval, and ratification shall require three-fifths of the votes cast by the student body.

Section 2. This Constitution for the Student Government Association of Mississippi College shall be posted in a public area prior to the ratification vote of the student body and at the polling location on the day of the vote.

Section 3. This Constitution for the Student Government Association of Mississippi College shall, once ratified, take effect 1 May 2019 A.D.

March 2020 Proposed Changes, Approved by Student Leadership Council and ratified by the student body.