Student Body Constitution
Approved April 13, 2013
We, the students of Reed College, adopt this Constitution in order to establish our government, that we might better contribute to the maintenance and growth of the Reed Community. We commit ourselves to respect, encourage, and support one another in our academic and community lives.
Student Body Membership
Any student currently enrolled at Reed College and paying Student Body Fees shall be considered a member of the Reed College Student Body and, except as explicitly stated within this constitution, or within the Faculty Code, shall be entitled to all the rights and privileges and charged with the maintenance of all responsibilities of a member of the Reed College Student Body.
The Student Body Senate
II. Section 1
II. Section 2
Composition and Size
II. Section 3
II. Section 4.
Former Student Body Presidents, except for those who have been recalled by the procedures of Article IV, shall be ex-officio non-voting members of the Senate while they remain members of the Student Body.
II. Section 5
The Senate shall hold open meetings not less than once every two weeks during the regular academic year.
II. Section 6
Decision by the Senate shall be by majority vote of at least a quorum of the Senate, unless a supermajority is called for by the Community Constitution, the Student Body Constitution, or the Student Body Senate Bylaws.
III. Section 1
All Reed College Student Body elections shall be held by secret ballot and shall take place in accordance with the Reed College Student Body Senate Bylaws and the Reed College Student Body Elections Code.
III. Section 2
A quorum of the Student Body in all regular elections, initiatives, referenda, and balloting on amendments to the Reed College Community Constitution and Reed College Student Body Constitution shall be defined as twenty-five percent of the Student Body as defined in Article I of this Constitution, except as otherwise specified in the Reed College Community Constitution, the Reed College Student Body Senate Bylaws, or the Reed College Student Body Elections Code.
III. Section 3
The elected representatives of the Reed College Student Body are the President, the Vice-President, the Senators, and the Quest Editorial Board. The Presidential, Vice-Presidential, and Senatorial terms shall be one year. The Quest Editorial Board shall serve a term of one semester.
IV. Section 1
All elected officials of the Student Body may be recalled in the following manner:
Boards and Committees
V. Section 1
The Senate shall have the power to create and dissolve such standing and temporary boards or committees as are required to investigate the necessity for legislation, administer new functions of the Senate or Community, or aid the Senate in the discharge of its responsibilities.
V. Section 2
The Senate shall have the power to join with the Faculty and Administration of Reed College to create and dissolve such standing and temporary joint boards or committees as are considered advantageous for the functioning of the College and the community.
V. Section 3
All committees and boards created as set forth in sections 1 and 2 shall report to the Senate at the behest of the Senate.
VI. Section 1
Student Judicial Board
VI. Section 2
The Appeals Board
VI. Section 3
The Honor Council
The Student Senate shall nominate the student members of the Honor Council as specified in the Reed College Community Constitution.
VII. Section 1
The Quest shall exist as the independent newspaper of the Student Body, staffed and edited by members of the Student Body.
VII. Section 2
The Quest shall be edited by one or more editors selected in accordance with the procedures set forth in the Quest Bylaws.
Referendum and Initiative
VIII. Section 1
Subject to the provisions of the Community Constitution, legislation may be approved by a majority of the Student Body voting on any legislation, bylaw, or amendment to the Student Body Constitution referred to it by the Senate at any regular or general election.
VIII. Section 2
The Student Body has the right to propose any item for referendum by submitting a petition to the Student Body President with the signatures of at least twenty percent of the enrolled Student Body and an explanation of the item to be proposed for referendum.
IX. Section 1
The members of the Student Body may amend this constitution in the manner described in Article VIII of this document, subject to approval by the Faculty, President, and Board of Trustees, as set forth in the Reed College Community Constitution.
IX. Section 2
The Senate may propose amendments to this constitution which must be approved by a majority of the Student Body voting in a valid election, the Faculty, the President, and the Board of Trustees, as set forth in the Reed College Community Constitution.
This constitution shall become the instrument of the Reed College Student Body insofar as it is consonant with the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws of the Reed Institute, the Constitution and Bylaws of the Faculty of Reed College, and the Reed College Community Constitution. This constitution shall take effect immediately upon its approval by a majority of the Student Body and a majority of the resident Faculty, a quorum existing in each case, approval by the President and the Board of Trustees, and the election of the Senate.