The Legislative branch of Student Government is made up of members of the Student Senate
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All ASRCC Senators shall be responsible for representing 500 students each. The maximum number of senators allowed shall be established by the RCC Student Activities Coordinator(s) at the beginning of each term. A senate term shall begin the first day after the end of the spring semester and last until the last day of the following spring semester.
A Senator shall:
- Be an active member of ASRCC and RCC must be their home college of record;
- Must have completed a minimum of six (6) units at RCC prior to election or appointment;
- Must maintain a minimum of six (6) units during their term, with those six (6) units at RCC:
- Must have a minimum GPA of 2.4 for course work completed at RCC;
- Must attend a parliamentary workshop every semester;
- Must attend a minimum of three (3) senate outreach events per semester.
Duties and Powers
The Riverside City College Senate shall:
Pass legislation, resolutions or recommendations, propose amendments, enact Bylaws, codes and initiate programs, legislation, and Campus activities.
- Be responsible for approval of Campus budgets and line item changes;
- Approve all single expenditures/requisition of student government accounts over $1,500;Appoint a Pro-Temp from its elected membership by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote
- Reconsider and approve any legislation that is vetoed by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of its membership, and enact it as law;
- Confirm by two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of its membership, all special appointments to ASRCC cabinet offices;
- Approve special mid-year appointments to fill vacancies in the senate with a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote;
- Have the power to enact impeachment proceedings with Supreme Court against all elected and appointed ASRCC college officers, with a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of its membership.
- Choose its own chairs and officers from the elected body, per the senate bylaws;
- Meet weekly during the fall and spring semesters (excluding vacations, finals and Dead Week), twice during summer and winter semesters, and may be convened by the Chair or by three-fourths (3/4) of its membership for special meeting;
- Begin their term the first day after the end of the spring semester in which elected (unless special appointment) and remain in office until the last day of the following spring semester.
- Forward to the President and Supreme Court copies of all rules, amendments and resolutions, whether passed normally or by a veto override, and all articles of impeachment;
- Appoint all Senators representing the College to the District student committees, from among City College Senators, with a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote;
- Confirm, by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote, any Presidential and Vice-President nominees as the Senate shall deem acceptable and which meet minimum requirements stated by this Constitution and/or bylaws, when a special election has occurred;
- Decide, by a two-thirds (2/3) vote, all impeachment trials of Supreme Court members and shall issue its written opinion within fifteen (15) days of receiving the articles of impeachment;
- Request that the ASRCC President provide a full or a partial report on the State of the Association; Follow the Ralph M. Brown Act and Robert’s Rules of Order.
Senate elections and vacancies
City College Senators shall be elected by the Student Body using the approval voting method. Seats shall be filled by the candidates receiving, in descending order, the highest number of votes. Vacancies may be filled by Presidential nomination, with approval from Senate, by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of its membership.
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Hello my name is Rakhee Uma and I am your Associated Students Senate
Outreach Chair for the 2014-2015 academic year. I have been active on this
campus in student government since my first semester at RCC, back in fall of
2013. Through my experience in the Board of Commissioners branch, I felt it was
time to strengthen my leadership potential in our Legislative branch. As well
as participating in ASRCC, I am also a part of Alpha Gamma Sigma, our Honors
Society, and currently hold the Executive secretary position. As a senator I
would love to fulfill my purpose and advocate for the students’ wants and
needs. As Outreach Chair, it is my duty to let the student body aware of what
new plans and resources are being implemented on our campus. I am excited and
happy to be elected by all the students for this opportunity, and I promise to
try my very best to make RCC a welcoming place as well as give every student a
fantastic college life experience.
My name is Biridiana Aguilar, and I
am one of your new senators for the 2014-2015 academic year. I have been an
active member of ASRCC since fall of 2013. Although being a Board of
Commissioner was a wonderful experience, I knew that it was time to do increase
my involvement on campus and represent the voice of many students who are
afraid to speak up. As a new senator, I hope to strengthen myself, find ways to
communicate with the students, and make this campus one worth attending.
My name is Tylin Walker and I currently serve as a Student Body Senator on the Outreach Committee for the 2014-2015 academic school year. Besides those duties, I also hold the position of Senate Secretary. My job as a Senator and as Senate Secretary ranges anywhere from the smallest of task to the most daunting of tasks, but every day is definitely rewarding! As a senator, it is my duty to make sure every voice of the student body is heard and advocated for. When I first joined ASRCC, never in a million years did I think my journey would lead me to senate. I found myself joining BOC (Board of Commissioners) when first coming to RCC fall of 2013. It was in BOC that I found my love for secretarial work as the previous BOC Secretary. BOC was definitely fulfilling, but it was time to
expand my services to the students in a more legislative type of way. I then
applied for the position of senate secretary for the 2014-2015 school year and was confirmed, later to be confirmed as a Senator. Now here I am, serving our
campus, its students, and the faculty.
My name is Maribel Saldaña. This will be my third year at Riverside City College. I am a Business major, planning on transferring to California State University, Fullerton. I have been involved in ASRCC as a Senator since Spring of 2012. As a senator this year, I plan on increasing student awareness and work diligently along with fellow colleagues to solve key issues that will assist and enhance student academics.
I am Argie (A.J.) Hill and I am a Senator during the Fall 2013 Semester at Riverside City College. During my past time as a part of the Student Government, I have noticed a need for transparency within the government, including public awareness of its inner workings. Within the Legislative Branch, I support a Senate based on the consensus of its members and a diverse range of ideals representing student interests. Certain measures I have supported in the past were the book rental program, the community garden, funding towards the S.T.E.M. center and a fair budget distribution between clubs and organizations. I will work towards providing a long-term enhancement of funding for participants on campus so they may develop into strong institutions. The allocation of resources will receive high attention from me during the 2013—2014 school year, which I advise all students to be involved. Last year, I served as the Legislative Chair within the Senate and revised our bylaws while overviewing our constitution. Rational legislation towards the needs of students on campus must be endorsed and promoted. Likewise, impartial judicial review must be upheld within the government; I will work towards protecting students who are vulnerable to discrimination on this campus. I have taken the position as a senator in order to make a difference for our school. I will attempt to reach out towards students being involved within the legislative process, promote a rational legislation policy and urging a fair and long-term budget allocation for all students within Riverside City College.
Hello my name is Megan Contreras. I am a senator
and the Legislative Committee Chair for Senate. As Legislative Committee Chair,
it is my duty to review club constitutions and bylaws, keep updated on
legislative issues related to students, make and post agendas for the
committee, and be well versed on the Ralph M. Brown Act as well as Robert's
Rules of order. Outside of Senate, I am an Honors Student as well as a
mathematics major taking a full load of classes. Feel free to contact me if you
have any questions that fall under my duties by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org or
stopping by the ASRCC building and asking for me. I will get back to you as
soon as I can.