The Constitution of the Association of Amherst Students

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PREAMBLE

We, the students of Amherst College , acknowledge our responsibilities to ourselves as individuals, to the community, and to each other, and shall pursue the ideals of all without denying the ideals of one. We shall establish a community in which each individual is accepted and in which each individual participates. Promoting the free interaction and exchange of ideas, we declare our commitment to articulating student voices for advancing action and change. We shall use our collective voice to take an active role in affecting the College's policies and priorities. In affirmation of these principles and to ensure fair representation for all Students we hereby establish the Association of Amherst Students.

COMPOSITION OF THE ASSOCIATION OF AMHERST STUDENTS

All students shall be members of the Association of Amherst Students (AAS) and shall have voting powers in campus elections, by virtue of paying the student activities fee. The AAS shall function by means of three separate branches: the Executive Branch, Judiciary Council, and the Senate. All seats shall be filled by members of the AAS. Each of these branches shall serve a unique role as outlined in the Constitution and Bylaws. The Executive Branch shall be comprised of officers elected by the Student Body. The Judiciary Council shall be comprised of both Senators and members of the AAS. The Senate shall be comprised of Senators elected by each class to represent their views and ultimately those of the entire AAS. While each of these branches is unique in function, they shall also serve to keep a check on one another, to maintain balance of power and a collective Student voice, and to ensure a fair and efficient AAS.

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I. THE SENATE

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II. MEETINGS OF THE STUDENT SENATE

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III. SENATE COMMITTEES

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IV. BUDGETARY COMMITTEE

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V. ELECTIONS COMMITTEE

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VI. EXECUTIVE BRANCH

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VII. THE JUDICIARY COUNCIL

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VIII. RESIGNATIONS AND/OR REMOVALS

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IX. SURVEYS

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X. REFERENDA

Any member of the Student Body may propose referenda for a question or amendment. Only two methods exist for bringing referenda before the Student Body.

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XI. ADOPTION

Upon ratification, this Constitution shall take effect immediately and shall replace all other existing Constitutions, with the following exceptions:

BYLAWS OF THE ASSOCIATION OF AMHERST STUDENTS

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I. EXECUTIVE BRANCH

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II. AAS Budget Percentages

These budgets shall include a breakdown in amount and percentages of the funds to be used for master general, recognized club budget allocation, and discretionary funding. These percentages shall vary by no more than three percentage points from the numbers set in the Constitution. The percentages shall be set as follows:

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III. Master General Fund

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IV. RECOGNIZED CLUB BUDGET ALLOCATION

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V. DISCRETIONARY FUNDING

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VI. CHECK REQUESTS AND PURCHASE ORDERS

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VII. GUIDELINES FOR EVALUATION DURING REVIEW & RECOGNITION

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VIII. COMMITTEE ELECTIONS

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IX. OATH OF OFFICE

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X. AWARDS