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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