During the 2014-15 Senate Session the following Amendments to the Constitution were ratified by the Senate:
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE GRADUATE STUDENT COUNCIL ADDS A PROVISION TO THE CONSTITUTION SECTION 9 THAT,
- IF A SENATOR IS ABSENT FOR THE INAUGURAL (FIRST) MEETING, AND UNABLE TO PROVIDE A FORMAL NOTICE TO THE GSC SECRETARY WITHIN THREE (3) DAYS OF THE FIRST SENATE MEETING WITH A VALID EXCUSE FOR HIS/HER ABSENCE, AND ALSO UNABLE TO ATTEND THE SECOND SENATE MEETING OF THE TERM, THAT SENATOR SHALL NOT BE ALLOWED TO KEEP THE SEAT IN THE GSC SENATE.
- IF A SENATOR IS ABSENT FOR TWO CONSECUTIVE MEETINGS OR ANY THREE PREVIOUS MEETINGS IN THE SAME TERM (ACADEMIC YEAR), AND UNABLE TO PROVIDE AN ALTERNATE OR A FORMAL NOTICE TO THE GSCS SECRETARY WITHIN THREE (3) DAYS OF EACH SENATE MEETING WITH A VALID EXCUSE FOR HIS/HER ABSENT, THAT SENATOR SHALL NOT BE ALLOWED TO KEEP THE SEAT IN THE GSC SENATE.
WITHIN A WEEK AFTER THE SENATE MEETING THAT THE SENATOR UNABLE TO MEET ATTENDANCE CRITERIA mentioned in above A & B, the action is followed by GSC Secretary informing the department about the expulsion of their senator representative to allow them electing a replacement. If a replacement senator did not elected/nominated from department within two weeks of the notice of the senator expulsion, their senate seat shall keep vacant for the remaining of the term.
VALID EXCUSES FOR ABSENCE shall be considered as academic, research, professional reasons or valid personal excuses such as illness, unforeseen weather condition, accident, serious injury, injury with disability, death or death/serious condition of a relative, etc.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE GRADUATE STUDENT COUNCIL ADDS A PROVISION TO THE CONSTITUTION SECTION 4 THAT,
Section 4A of the Constitution, shall be removed and Section 4B shall become 4A and so on and so forth for all of section 4.
Section 6A of the Constitution, shall be removed and Section 6B shall become 6A and so on and so forth for all of section 6.
Additionally, the concept of ‘quorum’ as currently used for voting shall be replaced with the concept of ‘majority vote.’
Finally, subsection B (which will be changed to A upon passing of this amendment) of section 4 states that a majority vote is 50% plus 1 of persons we shall add the stipulation of ‘persons present at the meeting’ generating the statement, ‘A “majority vote” shall be defined as collecting 50% of all votes cast plus one (1) vote of persons present at the given meeting.'”