|Student Government Senate|
|Chair (Vice President)||Tyler Pierce|
|President Pro Tempore||Peter Ryan, Jr.|
|Non voting members||15|
|Last election||October 10, 2014|
|Location||Campus Center (building 03) Bamboo Room|
|Time||1:00PM - 3:00PM|
|consistency||Weekly; every Friday|
The Student Government Senate is one of the three Governance Groups apart of Rochester Institute of Technology. Student senate is the official legislative assembly for Student Government. The members of the Student Senate are charged with addressing issues and concerns of the student body. All senate meetings are open, and are publicized to the RIT Community, with the exception of a closed session deemed appropriate by the chair.
Meetings are once a week, every Friday from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM, excluding university recess, winter intersession, and summer term. Senate meetings are guided by Robert's Rules of Order, and are organized by the Student Government Charter, and the SG Bylaws.
Similar to the United States Senate, the chair of the Student Government Senate is the Vice President of Student Government for that academic year. The Vice President is responsible for bringing business to the table. In the absence of the Vice President, the President Pro Tempore would fill in as chair of senate. During senate, the Vice President is assisted by the Student Government staff assistant to take minutes, and document all voting counts/quorum.
As a tradition, there is a gavel from the previous Student Directorate that is passed down to each Vice President every year to use in delegation for the meeting.
Student Government Senate currently seats 35 members at the table. Each member of the Executive branch, and the Legislative branch sit at the table. Each Major Student Organization selects one person to sit at the table and represent their organization as well. There is also non-voting reps from each of the two other governance groups Academic Senate, and Staff Council.
All members of the Student Government cabinet are required to sit in at senate, however none of them have a vote on business. The president has the power to veto all senate legislation. If legislation is not vetoed within six working days, it shall be considered approved. The Vice President shall vote at senate in the instance of a tie.
The legislative branch consists of all academic and community senators. There are currently 14 senators, 10 of which are academic senators, and 4 of them are community senators. All senators have one vote each at senate. At the beginning of every academic year, senate must also elect a President Pro Tempore from the current group of senators.
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