The new Student Constitution, which was created by student government and the Graduate and Professional Student Federation, will go into effect after student government's inauguration Tuesday — nearly two months after students voted to split student government into separate undergraduate and graduate bodies.
Under the new constitution there will be an undergraduate student government president, a GPSF president and a student body president.
For the 2017-18 year, Elizabeth Adkins will serve as the USG president and the student body president.
"A candidate for Student Body President shall also be able to stand as a candidate for Undergraduate Student Government President or Graduate and Professional Student Federation President," the constitution says.
The student body president will sit on the Board of Trustees and will serve as the non-voting chairperson of the Joint Governance Council — keep reading to see what that is. They are also required to attend meetings of both the USG Senate and the GPSF Senate.
The constitution requires the student body president to publish monthly reports and gain approval from both governing bodies before making remarks to the Board of Trustees. Their updates to the board must include at least a third about graduate and professional students.
Joint Governance Council
The constitution outlines a new, third body in student government — the Joint Governance Council. The council, which will consist of undergraduates and graduates, will be led by the Student Body President and will hear reports from the Undergraduate Student Government and GPSF.