Rice University’s Student Newspaper — Since 1916

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 — Houston, TX

Constitution Changes

By Rice Thresher Staff     12/3/13 6:00pm

  • Replaces separate constitution and bylaws with single document organized by topic

Article I: Name and Purpose

  • Preserves the mission of the SA



Article II: Membership and Organization

  • Clarifies the role of different groups and organizations within the SA

Article III: Definitions

  • Defines key terms

Article IV: Legislative

  • Clarifies legislative procedures and expands prior notice requirements

Article V: Executive

  • Updates officer responsibilities to align with actual practice

Article VI: Judicial

  • Establishes judicial procedures, jurisdiction and possible outcomes

Article VII: Committees

  • Simplifies types of committees to be either permanent standing committees or temporary special committees

Article VIII: Organizations

  • Removes procedural barriers in club approval process

Article IX: Subsidiary Organizations

  • Expands autonomy for subsidiary organizations and establishes clear procedures for governance

Article X: Finances and Blanket Tax

  • Clarifies blanket tax review process and improves fairness

Article XI: Initiatives and Referenda

  • Clarifies procedures for initiatives and referenda and ensures procedure works in practice with special elections for time-sensitive matters

Article XII: Elections

  • Clarifies election procedures, ensure transparency, ensure rules apply both to candidates and to initiatives/referenda

Article XIII: Legislative

  • Outlines general practices for good conduct and prevention of conflict of interest

Article XIV: Amendments

  • Establishes clear procedure for amendments and ratification (including grace period to make changes in dependent and subsidiary organizations' constitutions to meet any new requirements)



More from The Rice Thresher

NEWS 9/21/22 12:29am
Six computers, two iPads stolen from north campus

Rice University experienced a series of thefts this past week. Six laptops and two iPads were stolen from a Duncan College suite and Duncan Hall respectively, according to the Rice University Police Department in a campus-wide email sent out last Wednesday morning.

NEWS 9/21/22 12:27am
Inflation nation: Campus grapples with rising costs

As prices for various goods and services continue to rise nationally, student-run businesses and Rice departments such as Housing & Dining and Facilities Engineering & Planning are among those on campus implementing changes to handle this inflationary spike, while also working to keep prices reasonable for students. 


Comments

Please note All comments are eligible for publication by The Rice Thresher.