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THE STUDENT SENATE OF

THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE


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Constitution

Preamble

The Student Senate of the University of New Hampshire (the Student Senate) shall serve
as an advocate for all undergraduate students(student body), deriving its power from the consent
of the governed, and is developed on the principle that all undergraduate students of the
University of New Hampshire (students) have the right to participate in University governance. ,
and is developed on the principle that all undergraduate students of the University of New
Hampshire have the right to participate in University governance. Such participation encourages
the development of student expertise in University affairs and places significant responsibility on
students for their involvement with the policies, rules, and regulations that which affect the
quality of education and the experience of students at the University of New Hampshire (the
University).

The Student Senate of the University of New Hampshire shall be organized into a central
governing body, having appropriate officers, councils, and committees as described in this
document.

In order to ensure an its impact and influence on University the governance of the
University, the purpose of the this Student Senate shall be exist to:
A. Provide a representative and inclusive governance structure of governance for the
undergraduate Student Body;
B. Establish and maintain an effective means of communication among the various
facets of student governance, student organizations, the University of New Hampshire
administration, faculty, staff, and community, and the Town of Durham;
C. Serve as an advocate and a resource for the Student Body;
D. Be a resource for the Student Body, individually and collectively;
E.D. Initiate and administer programs and services for the undergraduate Student Body
and the University of New Hampshire;
F.E. Participate in the decision-making process for of establishing University policies;
and to monitor their implementation;
G.F. Provide opportunities for the development of student leadership in governance


through a system of coordinated councils and committees;
H.G. Review, report, and recommend changes to the Student Rights, Rules, and
Responsibilities (SRRR) handbook;
I.H. Ensure that the University Conduct System guards and protects the rights and
interests of all students at the University of New Hampshire;
J.I. Develop, implement, and monitor the use budget and budget use of the Student
Activity Fee;
K.J. Monitor the development of all mandatory fees through appropriate committees;
L.K. Annually review all mandatory fees and make a recommendation to the
University President prior to the budget submission to the University System of New
Hampshire (USNH) Board of Trustees;
M.L. Provide regular open meetings open to for the Student Body, for the purpose of
student governance.

Article I: Authority and Responsibility

Section I: Representation of the Student Body

A. The Student Senate of the University of New Hampshire, the Student Body President, and the
Student Body Vice President shall be the legitimate representative voices of the
undergraduate student body.

Section II: Representation of the Student Senate

A. The Student Senate Speaker shall be the legitimate representative voice of the Student
Senate.

Section III: Powers of the Student Senate


A. The Student Senate shall:
1. haveHave access to information or documents it may need to achieve its objectives,
within the confines of the lawapplicable Federal, State, and Local laws.
2. Student Senate shall Rrecommend Student Senators, or undergraduate other students, as
representative members to allof any of the University standing committees. In addition
the Student Senate may require a Student Senator who is a member of any standing such
committee to be a member of, or to report to, one of the designated Student Senate
Councils.
3. Student Senate shall beBe notified of major proposals that which affect all matters
pertaining to academic and student affairs that which are under the control of the
University Administration (Administration) and such proposals shall be submitted to the
Student Senate at least two weeks prior to making a decision to approve or disapprove
ofupon such proposals. The Administration shall submit such proposals in good faith to
the Student Senate, and if a two week time period is not practical, shall inform the
Student Body President, Student Body Vice President, and the Student Senate Speaker
shall be notified.
4. Student Senate shall beBe notified of any changes to University policy proposed by the
USNH Board of Trustees that directly affect all matters pertaining to academic and
student affairs.


5. Student Senate shall haveHave input in all University matters which affect matters of
academic and student affairs that which are under the control of the Administration.
6. The Student Senate of the University of New Hampshire, the Student Body President,
and the Student Body Vice President shall be the legitimate representative voices of the
undergraduate student body.
7. The Student Senate Speaker shall be the legitimate representative voice of the Student
Senate.
8.6.Student Senate shall haveHave jurisdiction in all matters of all Student Senate councils,
Student Senate committees, and Student Activity Fee Organizations.
9.7.Faculty Senate shall keep the Student SenateBe kept informed about of the agenda and
proceedings of Faculty Senate meetings.
10.8. Student Senate shall rReview all changes to academic policy prior to action by the
Faculty Senate.
11.9. Student Senate shall aAnnually review all mandatory fees and make a
recommendation to the University President prior to the budget submission to the
University System of New Hampshire (USNH) Board of Trustees.
12.10. Student Senate shall approve or disapproveReview any recommended changes or
additions to the SRRR and University policy on matters affecting academic and student
affairs that which are within the jurisdiction of the Office of Student and Academic
Services or under the jurisdiction of other principal administrators of the University
administration. If there are instances whereIn the event that the Student Senate and a
principal such administrator cannot reach an agreement on any recommended changes,
the recommendation of the Student Senate and the recommendation of the principalsuch
administrator will shall be jointly communicated to the University President for action.
13.11. Student Senate shall have the right and responsibility to iInitiate and propose
changes to University policy that which affect the undergraduate Student Body.
14.12. Student Senate shall wWork in conjunction with the student government from
UNH Manchester.
15.13. Student Senate shall oOperate under the Student Senate Constitution, and the
Student Senate Bylaws, Student Senate Standard Operating Procedures, and the Student
Activity Fee Committee BylawsStandard Operating Procedures..

Article II: Composition

Section I: Representation

A. The Student Senate shall represent every undergraduate student enrolled at UNH Durham.
Each Student Senator shall be assigned to one of the following constituencies:.
B. Commuter
1. First Year
2. Non-Resident
3. Resident
Greek
1. Resident
B.C. Student SenatorsCommuter, Greek, and Resident SenatorsSenators shall be assigned by a
ratio of one (1) Student Senator to every one hundred (100) undergraduate students, with
each constituency designated a minimum of one (1) senator.

Section II: Members of the Student Senate

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A. Voting Members of Student Senate The following shall be voting members of the Student
Senate:
1. Student Senate Speaker
2. Student Body President
3. Student Body Vice President
4. Student Senators
a. First Year
b. Non-Resident
c. Resident
Commuter Senators
a. First Year Senators
b. Nonresident Greek Senators
c. Resident Senators

B. The following shall be Ex-Officio Non-Voting Members of the Student Senate:
1. Student Senate Parliamentarian
2. Student Senate Executive Officer
3. Student Senate Business Manager
4. Student Senate Public Relations Manager
5. Student Activity Fee Committee Chairperson
6. Student Senate Council Chairpersons
7. Student Trustee/University System Student Board Representative
8. Student Senate Greek Affairs OfficerLiaison
9. Student Senate Commuter Affairs OfficerLiaison
10. Student Activity Fee Chief Chief Organizational Financial Officers
11. Organization Resource Office Director

Section III: Members of the Executive Board

A. The following shall be Voting Members of the Student Senate Executive Board:
a.1. First Year Senators
2. Officers of the Student Senate
a. Student Senate Speaker
b. Student Senate Parliamentarian
c. Student Senate Executive Officer
d. Student Senate Business Manager
e. Student Senate Public Relations Manager
f. Student Activity Fee Committee Chairperson
g. Historian
3. Presidents Cabinet
a. Student Body President
b. Student Body Vice President
c. Student Senate Council Chairpersons
d. Student Senate Greek Affairs OfficerLiaison
e. Student Senate Commuter Affairs OfficerLiaison
4. Student Trustee/ University System Student Board Representative
B. The following shall be Ex-Officio Non-Voting Members of the Student Senate Executive
Board:
1. Student Activity Fee Chief ChiefOrganizational Financial Officers
2. Organization Resource Office Director
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Article III: Student Senate Standing Councils

A. The Student Senate shall hold the following standing councils:
A.1. Academic and Student Policy Council
B.2. Community Development Council
C.3. Campus Structure Council
D.4. External Affairs Council
5. Health and Wellness Council
E.6. Judicial Affairs Council

Article IV: Student Senate Standing Committees

A. The Student Senate shall hold the following standing committees:
A.1. Commuter Affairs Committee
B.2. Election Committee
C.3. Financial Affairs Committee
D.4. Greek Affairs Committee
E.5. Judiciary Committee
6. Student Activity Fee Committee
F. Student Activity Fee Committee Appeals Board
G. Summer Oversight Committee

Article V: Summer Operations

Section I: Operations

A. The Student Body President and the Student Body Vice President shall be responsible for the
operation of the Student Senate during the summer academic break.

Section II: Committees
A. The Student Senate shall have the following standing committees for the duration of the
summer academic break:
1. Summer Quorum
2. Summer Oversight Committee


Article VI: Amendments

A. Proposed amendments to the Student Senate Constitution shall be submitted to the Student
Senate Judiciary Committee for approval before presentation to the Student Senate.
B. Constitutional amendmentsAmendments to this Constitution shall be presented to the Student
Senate at least one meeting prior to the one in which the vote on the such amendments is
takenshall be takentake place, with the exceptions of spelling, grammatical, or formatting
changes, which may be presented and voted upon during the same meeting.
C. Constitutional Aamendments to this Constitution shall require the two-thirds (2/3)three-
quarters (3/4) approval of the Student Senate.
D. Amendments to the Constitution of the Student Senate shall require the approval of the
University President. Recommended changes shall be jointly signed and communicated by
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the Student Senate Speaker, Student Body President, and the Vice President for Student and
Academic Services to the President.
E. Dates of approved amendments to the Constitution shall be appended to the end of this
document under the following headings:
1. Approved by UNH Student Senate on
2. Ratified by University President on


Approval of the University of New Hampshire Student Senate Constitution

Approved by UNH Student Senate on: April 22, 2012

Ratified by University President on: April 30, 2012