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Student Government Association

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Viterbo University Student Government Association Bylaws

Revised April 2013

This document consists of four articles:
Article I: Funding Guidelines
Article II: Election Guidelines
Article III: Committee Guidelines
Article IV: Miscellaneous

Article I: Funding Guidelines

  1. Source of Funds
    1. The source of funds is the student activity fee paid by each student.
    2. Student organizations may receive additional funding through fundraising or dues.
    3. The purpose of the student activity fee is to fund activities, clubs, and organizations that are of interest to the student body, have an impact on-campus, and are directly related to the purpose of the sponsoring organizations.
  2. Funding Guidelines for Student Clubs, Organizations
    1. Student groups applying for funding must be recognized by Director of Campus Activities and the Vice President for Student Development.
    2. SGA allocates funding only to recognized student organizations in which all members are currently enrolled Viterbo students.
    3. Priority in SGA funding is given for:
      1. Activities and programs that enhance campus life and the out-of-class experience or improve the educational climate of the University.
      2. Individual events, trips, services and programs that will most directly benefit current Viterbo students.
      3. Programs held on the Viterbo University campus.
      4. Programs that are related to the mission of the student organization requesting the funds.
      5. Programs designed for and open to all students and the entire University community.
      6. Events, services and programs that are free-of-charge.
      7. Activities that are in agreement with the Viterbo mission and university policy.
    4. The SGA Finance Committee considers these and other factors when reviewing budget requests: adherence to funding guidelines, necessity of expenditures and availability of funds.
    5. Only in special circumstances, which may include an event where student organizations cannot realistically provide a valuable service to students without charging a fee, will the SGA consider allowing admission charge. The Finance Committee must approve any admission charges prior to the event.
    6. Activities that support or oppose a particular political party or candidate will not be funded.
    7. The Vice President for Student Development must approve all funding decisions made by SGA.
  3. Funding Requests for Student Organizations
    1. The SGA Finance Committee will review and make recommendations to SGA on annual club allocations no later than March 31st for the following year.
    2. The SGA Finance Committee will review and make recommendations to SGA on incidental funding requests throughout the academic year.
    3. Budget requests must be submitted to the SGA Office no less than two (2) weeks prior to an event or program.  Requests may be submitted up to one year in advance of an event or program.
    4. Funding requests shall include:
      1. These items must be included with the student organization’s budget request:
        1. Organization’s name and account number (s).
        2. Contact Person’s name, email address, USPS address, and phone number
        3. Mission Statement
        4. A copy of an accurate and current membership list
        5. Reports on the activities sponsored by the organizations during the previous year
        6. Name of activity or activities
        7. Purpose of activity or activities
        8. Date(s), time(s) and location(s) of activity or activities
        9. An itemized list of estimated expenditures for the activity or activities. Expenditure budget may include fees, speaker or entertainer fees, food/refreshments, advertising/promotion, decorations, tickets, security, transportation, lighting, sound, etc.
    5. Funding for Student Travel and Student Conference Participation
      1. SGA supports club-related travel and conference learning experiences. Priority will be given to travel that provides an opportunity to increase the student organization’s growth, effectiveness and its contributions to the greater Viterbo community.
      2. Travel funded by SGA should be student organization related.
      3. Requests for travel must be made at least four weeks in advance of departure. Exceptions will be made on a case by case basis.
      4. Student organization members are eligible for one fifty dollar ($50) club-related travel scholarship each spring and fall semester for a total of one hundred dollars ($100) each academic year.
      5. Travel and conference funding must be used for registration fees, public transportation, fuel and/or lodging.  Meals and rental cars are typically not funded.  Personal expenditures such as phone, internet and entertainment charges will not be funded.
      6. Each student traveling must abide by terms of the travel policy and submit required information.
  4. Accountability and Bookkeeping
    1. Viterbo student organizations must maintain a Viterbo University agency account with the University Business Office. Allocations will be deposited in the agency account.
    2. The SGA Business Manager will serve as the contact person for business transactions.
    3. Student organizations must use funds in the manner in which they were allocated.
    4. All activities must submit reports on the activities sponsored by the organization during the previous year as a part of their funding requests.
    5. All capital equipment allotted to an activity must be stored in a University facility.
    6. SGA may monitor student organization accounts and may require student organizations to submit documentation detailing their account transactions.
    7. Unused SGA funds will be returned to SGA at the end of each fiscal year.
    8. No organization will enter into a written contract without the written consent of the Vice President for Student Development.
  5. Violations of Funding Guidelines
    1. Violations of this policy shall be determined by SGA, in consultation with the SGA Advisors.
    2. If it is determined that a violation of the SGA Funding Guidelines has occurred, the violator shall be informed of this by the SGA Business Manager.
    3. SGA may place restrictions on current and/or future allocations.
    4. A student organization may appeal the SGA’s decision to the Vice President for Student Development.
  6. Special Subsidies
    1. Discounts for Viterbo University Fine Arts Center Events
      1. Typically, SGA funds discounts for Bright Star Season events at fifty percent (50%) of the ticket cost for main floor or first balcony seats.  Second balcony seats are typically funded at seventy-five percent (75%) of the ticket cost.
      2. Typically, SGA funds discounts for Black Box productions at fifty percent (50%)
      3. The discount for other events is approved on an individual basis by SGA.
      4. SGA approves the discount given each year for the next season.

Article II: Election Guidelines

  1. Election Date
    1. Spring SGA elections must be completed by April 15th.
    2. Regarding fall elections, newly-elected members must be seated by the third meeting of the fall semester.
  2. Campaigns
    1. The dates and times for campaigning will be set by the Election Commission. Campaigning may not occur before or after the designated times.
    2. Campaign materials must be posted in accordance with the University’s posting policy.
    3. These campaign strategies are not permitted:
      1. Posting on walls, windows and doors.
      2. Posting or hanging bed sheets.
      3. Use of voicemail messages.
      4. Use of the University’s electronic mail system to send mass electronic messages.
    4. Candidates may not request endorsements from any student, club, faculty or staff member.
  3. Financing Campaigns
    1. Spending limits
      1. Candidates running for an SGA position may spend no more that one hundred dollars ($100) on the campaign.
      2. Candidates may not solicit campaign contributions.
    2. Reimbursement
      1. There will be no allocation or reimbursement for campaign expenditures
  4. Voting
    1. Voting will be held on the dates specified by the Election Commission and the Vice President for Student Development.
    2. The procedure for elections will be distributed to each candidate.
    3. Each student is entitled to vote only once.
  5. Grievances
    1. The Election Commission will meet each weekday during the campaigning and elections.
    2. Candidates and other students protesting election procedures or results must submit complaints in writing to the Vice President for Student Development no later than one week after the last day of the election. The Vice President will forward the complaint to the Election Commission. The Election Commission will respond in writing to the complaint.

Article III: Committee Guidelines

  1. SGA Committees
    1. Each SGA committee will be comprised of a minimum of three SGA members – a chairperson and two other members.
    2. Committee chairpersons will schedule and coordinate regular meetings and provide subsequent reports.

Article IV:  Miscellaneous

  1. MTU Board
    1. A volunteer SGA member will be a non-elected member of the La Crosse Municipal Transit Utility (MTU) Board.
    2. The SGA member serving as MTU Board representative term typically serves for a minimum of one calendar year.
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