We, the students of Palomar College in order to promote intellectual and social growth, personal and academic freedom,student interests and general welfare, and foster a spirit of campus unity do ordain and establish this Constitution and assume the responsibilities of self-government.
Article I – Name
Section 1 The name of this organization shall be the Associated Students of Palomar College, hereafter referred to as the A.S.P.C.
Article II – Membership
Section 1 All students registered at College are members of the A.S.P.C. and shall be accorded the right to vote in college-wide elections of the Associated Students.
Article III – Structure
Section 1 The presiding body of the A.S.P.C. shall be the Associated Student Government, hereafter referred to the ASG. Section 2 The officers elected by a college wide election wherein all students will be encouraged to vote in a manner prescribed in theBylaws shall be the President and the Vice President. All other officers of the Associated Student Government will beelected/appointed in a manner prescribed in the Bylaws. Section 3 All voting ASG members, in good standing, shall have an equal vote on all business presented to the ASG. The President will vote only to break ties. Section 4 The manner of selection of all ASG members is described in the Bylaws of this Constitution.
Article IV – Qualifications
Section 1 Each ASG member must be a member of the A.S.P.C. must maintain a course load of at least seven (7) units with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 and enroll in the Leadership Class. Section 2 Each ASG member must maintain office hours, attend meetings, serve on committees, and carry out the duties of their officeas prescribed in the Bylaws. Section 3 If an ASG member fails to comply with the requirements of this article, the President will declare the office held by thatmember vacant subject to confirmation by a majority vote of the ASG, a quorum being present.
Article V – Bylaws/Initiative/Referendum/Recall
Section 1 The ASG may adopt such Bylaws, as it considers desirable. Bylaws must be adopted or rescinded by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the ASG, a quorum being present. Bylaws become effective five (5) school days after adoption unless a different date is provided for in the Bylaws. Section 2 The ASG will include in the Bylaws procedures for Recall, Initiative, Referendums, and Impeachment.
Article VI – Meetings
Section 1 The ASG shall establish and publish a schedule of regular weekly meetings. Special meetings may be called by the President or by a majority of the ASG, in accordance with procedures established in the Bylaws. Section 2 The ASG will adhere to Robert’s Rules of Order, unless otherwise specified in the Constitution. No business may be conducted without the presence of a quorum. The number of ASG members needed to establish quorum is stated in the Bylaws. Section 3 Meetings may be closed to discuss personnel and litigation issues by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the ASG, a quorum being present. Only voting members of the ASG and the Advisor to the ASG may attend closed meetings. The reason for the closed meeting shall be stated in the motion calling for the closed meeting. No action may be taken in closed meetings.
Article VII – Appointments/Vacancies/Elections/Succession
Section 1 Appointments to committees of the ASG shall be made by the President subject to confirmation by a majority vote of theASG, unless otherwise stated in the Bylaws, a quorum being present. Section 2 All vacant offices of the ASG shall be filled in accordance with the Bylaws. Section 3 Elections shall be held in accordance with the Election Code as described in the Bylaws. Section 4 In the event of the death, disqualification, resignation, recall, or impeachment of the President, the Executive Vice-President shall succeed to the office of the Presidency. The order of succession of the Vice-President shall be determined in the Bylaws.
Article VIII – Budget and Finance
Section 1 The budget and financial procedures of the ASG will be in accordance with Palomar college District policies as described inthe Bylaws.
Article IX – Student Rights
Section 1 The Associated Student Government, nor any group or agency acting on its behalf, may not take action restricting an individual’s right to freedom of speech, freedom of expression, freedom of press, freedom of assembly, of the right to privacy,provided that those exercising their rights are not violating the same equal rights of others. Section 2 No rights or powers bestowed by this organization’s Constitution or Bylaws shall be exercised so as to abridge theconstitutionally granted rights of others. Section 3 All persons shall be considered equally before the ASG’s Constitution and Bylaws and no rights, or privileges may be denied to any individual on the basis of, but not limited to, race, color, sex, ethnicity, marital, or parental status, disabilities, age, religion,political affiliation or persuasion, status as a veteran, or sexual orientation. In addition, the ASG shall not take any action to favor or disfavor any of the aforementioned groups. Section 4 All documents of the ASG shall be available to the public. The ASG shall not keep any documentation secret or unavailable toany individual. All documents must be available for viewing at any reasonable time by any individual.
Article X – Amendments/Ratification
Section 1 Amendments to this Constitution may be proposed by a resolution adopted by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the ASG or by a petition signed by a number of students equal to at least three percent (3%) of the San Marcos campus total Fall enrollment. A proposal shall be submitted to the voters as provided for by the Election Code and stands approved if a two-thirds (2/3) majority of the votes cast stand in favor of the proposed amendments. As amended by Referendum, 5 May 2006