Senate Rules of Procedure

  1. Roberts Rules
    1. Robert’s rules will be used to mediate disputes not provided for in this document, the SGA Mandates, or the SGA Constitution. 
  2. Order of Business.
    1. The general order of business shall be:
      1. Roll Call
      2. Prayer
      3. Reports from Committees
      4. Propositions and Motions
      5. Action on Executive Appointments Requiring Senate Confirmation
      6. Introduction and First Reading of Senate Measures
      7. Second Reading of Senate Measures and vote
      8. Other Business of the Senate
      9. Announcements
    2. Messages from the President may be heard at anytime
  3. Motions
    1. When a question is under debate, only the following motions shall be made:
      1. To adjourn
      2. To recess
      3. To postpone to a certain day
      4. To refer to a committee
      5. To amend
      6. To postpone indefinitely
      7. To withdraw a motion
      8. To vote
      9. To refer to the committee of the whole
  4. Formal Debate
    1. At the will of the presiding officer formal debate rules may be implemented including:
      1. No member shall speak more than once on
        any question until every member wishing to speak has spoken.

        1. Any member may yield their spot under this rule to another member. 
      2. In speaking, a member must confine remarks to the question under debate and shall avoid personalities. A member may refer to the actions of a committee if such actions are relevant to the
        debate, but a member shall not impugn the motives of another Senator. 
  5. Mandates
    1. A quorum of members must be present to pass a mandate
    2. Mandates must be read twice before the full Senate before a vote can be taken 
      1. Unless it is an emergency mandate.
        1. An emergency mandate can be voted on immediately on introduction. 
        2. Designating a mandate as an emergency mandate is at the discretion of the EVP or the majority vote of the Committee of the Whole. 
  6. Bills
    1. A bill can be presented to the Senate by any Senator, the Executive Vice President, or the President.  
    2. The Bill will be assigned a committee by the Senate presiding officer. 
    3. The committee will debate, amend, and a vote to take the bill to the full senate.
      1. By simple majority vote a bill can be taken to full senate without a committee vote. 
    4. The bill will be read twice before the full senate, during which time it can be debated and amended, and a simple majority vote will render the bill passed. 
    5. If it is vetoed the bills will be returned to the full senate. 
    6. A bill must be read in the committee of the whole before being assigned to a committee.
      1. A committee outside of the Committee of the Whole cannot vote on a bill that has not yet had its first reading in the Senate.
  7. Officers of the Senate
    1. Executive Vice President
      1. The Executive Vice President shall serve as the Ketua, the presiding officer, of the Senate and see to its smooth running and decorum. 
        1. The Ketua shall be knowledgeable of Robert’s Rule, these Rules of Procedure,  SGA regulations, and the workings of Corban as an institution and shall be expected to advise the Senators accordingly. 
      2. The Ketua will defer matters and bills to be deliberated by a committee before vote by a full senate. 
    2. Senate Scrivener
      1. The Scrivener shall be charged will maintaining all required records of the Senate. 
      2. The Scrivener shall be appointed by a simple majority vote. 
  8. Committees
    1. COMMITTEE STRUCTURE
      1. The Senate shall elect from its membership to the position of Chair on the various committees by simple majority vote.  
        1. The Chairs shall set for their committees a time of meeting, agenda, and in turn, appoint the other Senate members to serve as Committee members. 
      2. Every Senator must serve on at least one committee. With no limits on the number of Committees, they can serve on.
      3. A minimum of 3 senators must serve on each committee unless provided. 
      4. The President and Executive Vice President are both Ex Officio members of all committees and may sit in on deliberations but do not have voting privileges nor count to quorum requirements. 
    2. List of committees
      1. THE STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS COMMITTEE
        1. The Student Organizations Committee shall study and review, on a comprehensive basis, matters relating to the SGA policy on clubs and student endeavors, and report thereon from time to time.
        2. Meet as needed.
      2. THE COMMUNICATION COMMITTEE
        1. The Communications Committee shall study and review, on a comprehensive basis, matters relating to communication, marketing, and media on campus, and report thereon from time to time.
        2. Meet as needed.
      3. STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
        1. The Student Affairs Committee shall study and review, on a comprehensive basis, matters relating to Student academic, social, and general student interests, and report thereon from time to time.
        2. Meet as needed.
      4. ADMIN POLICY COMMITTEE
        1. The Admin Policy Committee shall study and review, on a comprehensive basis, matters related to Student, Faculty, and Administration Relations. 
        2. The Admin Policy Committee shall from time to time, review the Student Handbook from a Student’s perspective.
        3. Meet as needed. 
      5. COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
        1. The whole senate assembled. 
    3. Special Committees
      1. THE FINANCE COMMITTEE
        1. The Finance Committee shall meet regularly with their Cabinet counterpart.
        2. Duties of the Finance Committee:
          1. Have control of the finances and physical assets of the SGA Leadership. 
          2. Work with the President and review the President’s budget before it is presented for a vote by the full Senate.
          3. Consider all requests for unbudgeted funds or budget transfers.
          4. Meet as needed.
      2. THE ELECTION COMMITTEE
        1. A minimum of three (3) Senate members, not pursuing reelection, will serve on the Election Committee including the Committee Chair.  
          1. For Senate Elections the Chair shall be the Executive Vice President
          2. For Executive Elections, the Chair shall be a member of the Senate.  
        2. If three (3) Senate members are not available, the Committee Chair will appoint other students to meet the minimum membership number of three (3). 
        3. Coordinate and see to the constitutionality of all SGA elections. 
      3. The decisions on special committees can be overturned by simple ⅔ majority vote. 
  9.  Quorum
    1. 50% plus one of membership plus one will constitute a quorum acceptable for doing business. 
  10. Impeachment of Senators
    1. A senator can be removed from office by an absolute ⅘ vote.
  11. Amendment of Rules
    1. All rules may be amended by a simple majority vote.
  12.   Responsibilities
    1. Commuter Senators, once a week, as an act of service to their community, will divide between themselves the responsibility of cleaning up the commuter lounge microwave room.