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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Constitution Commission

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Constitution Commission

Meetings: At Call of Commission Chair : (Election of Chair Pending as of 10/30/13.)


6 Appointed from MSSA 2 From Other Constituencies Total = 8
  • Fred de Ruiter (Appointed 9/16/15)
  • Rebecca Wegscheid (Appointed 9/16/15)
  • PJ Piotrwski (Appointed 9/16/15)
  • David Cowan (University Presidential Appointee)
  • John Bulcock (University Presidential Appointee)

According to the Constitution

The Constitution Commission shall have ultimate authority for the interpretation of this Constitution and its Bylaws, and the internal articles of operations and procedures of the Student Senate and its committees. Rulings of the Constitution Commission are final and not subject to appeal. The Commission is external to the Senate. The Senate can make recommendations and refer a dispute to the Commission but cannot force its will on the Commission. The Commission shall, when necessary, consider and draft amendments to this Constitution for the consideration by students, consider and draft amendments to the Bylaws for consideration by the Student Senate, hear appeals concerning their interpretation, and render interpretations as requested. The Commission shall be notified of proposed Bylaw amendments prior to any consideration by the Senate.

Any MSSA member may request an interpretation from the Commission. The Commission shall take a separate vote on whether to accept jurisdiction before proceeding to deal with the Constitutional ramifications of a disputed action or request for interpretation. Under no circumstances shall a member of the Commission be asked to provide, nor shall any Commission member volunteer, an interpretation during a Senate meeting, prior to the Commission making a ruling on the issue.

Voting membership of the Commission shall consist of six students appointed by the President and two representatives appointed by the University President. The chairperson shall be elected by the entire membership and from among its student representatives.