As of this November, UNC's Undergraduate Senate passed a referendum creating the body's first finished constitution since the 2017 split between the undergraduate and graduate and professional student governments.
Andrew Gary, speaker of the Undergraduate Senate, said the Undergraduate Student Government never completed writing their constitution after the division.
“This means that for the past six years, we haven't had a finished undergraduate constitution, which has been a real problem because it means that we have been basically making up how student government works on an ad hoc basis,” he said.
The referendum was part of the Nov. 3 fall general election ballot, which also featured elections of candidates running for the Undergraduate Senate, and it passed Nov. 5.
The objective of the new constitution, which had a 95 percent approval rate, is to slightly restructure how the student government operates, Callan Baruch, Ethics Committee chair of the Undergraduate Senate, said.
In the spring and summer of 2023, Gary and four other members of student government wrote a draft of the new constitution.
Since serving as Rules and Judiciary Committee chair last year, Gary has prioritized streamlining student government, Max Pollack, a current UNC undergraduate senator, said.
“Passing this new constitution was a big part of that,” he added.