Announcing the MCSA Election for the 2010-2011 Academic Year!
The following positions will be up for election:
- President/Vice President Ticket (Elect one pair)
- Campus Assembly Representative (17 seats)
- All-University Student Senate (2 seats)
- Consultative Committee Member (1 seat)
To indicate your intent to run for an MCSA position prepare the following information along with a 150-word petition (250-word for Pres/VP) of reason in a separate word document and submit as an attachment via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 4:30pm.
- Position you're running for
- 2010-11 Class Standing
- Previous Semesters in MCSA
Late submissions will not be considered.
- March 23 - Petitions of Reason are due to email@example.com.
- March 25 - Petitions of Reason will be run in the University Register
- March 30 - Debates will be held and @ 7pm in the Science Auditorium
- April 6 - Debates will be held and @ 7pm in the Science Auditorium
- April 7 - Elections will be held from 9am - 6:30pm in the Student Center*
*Students will need to present a U-card or photo-ID to be eligible to vote.
The President serves as the University of Minnesota-Morris (UMM) student body president, central leader and organizer of the Morris Campus Student Association (MCSA) and presiding officer of the association’s executive committee. The MCSA President serves as a member of the MCSA and serves as the official representative and spokesperson of MCSA. The President runs for election in coordination with and on the same ballot as a Vice Presidential candidate. The ticket must be duly elected and subsequently assumes office on the third Sunday in April of semester in which the election is held. Once in office the President is responsible for enforcing and upholding the MCSA Constitution, maintaining communications with administration, alumni, and other friends of the University and carrying out such other duties and responsibilities as delegated by the MCSA Forum. The President is further responsible for formulating policies relating to MCSA for ratification, coordinating all task forces and committees of MCSA relating to campus relations and appointing three members of the cabinet in consultation with the Vice President. The MCSA President and Vice President are further responsible for appointing three inter- university positions including that of the Student Senate Consultative Committee member, Student Legislative Coalition Coordinator and Student Representative to the Board of Regents. The MCSA President is the premier advocate for students on the UMM campus in all spheres of campus governance and otherwise.
A candidate seeking the position of MCSA Vice President runs for election in coordination with and on the same ballot as a Presidential candidate. Upon being duly elected, the ticket assumes office the third Sunday in April. The Vice President maintains in coordination with the President he responsibility of enforcing and upholding the MCSA Constitution. The Vice President serves as the presiding officer of MCSA Forum, chairing meetings of the Forum and voting only in the case of a tie. The Vice President carries out other duties and responsibilities as delegated by the Forum, coordinates all task forces and special committees relating to inter-university relations and provides consultation to the President for matters concerning appointments.
Campus Assembly Student Representative
Campus Assembly Student Representatives serve the University of Minnesota – Morris (UMM) student body as advocates to the central campus-wide governance forum, the UMM Campus Assembly. The UMM Campus Assembly is composed of faculty, student and staff representatives and is chaired by the UMM Chancellor. Student representatives attend regularly scheduled UMM Campus Assembly meetings as well as UMM Campus Assembly committee meetings. Student representatives also serve as members of the Morris Campus Student Association (MCSA) Forum. The MCSA Forum meets weekly and discusses, identifies solutions to and organizes around student problems, concerns and issues. The MCSA Forum is rooted in values of student advocacy, representation and organization. The Forum shall take action on proposals given to Forum by the MCSA Executive Committee, and on proposals initiated by members during Forum. As members of the MCSA Forum, student representatives collectively along with officers and student organization representatives have the power to reverse any action of the MCSA Executive Committee, to approve the annual budget of the MCSA and to confirm or reject nominees from the President and/or MCSA Executive Committee.
Student Senators serve the University of Minnesota system as members of both the Student and University Senate. These two bodies along with the Faculty Senate serve in coordination with the Board of Regents as the central policy governance systems within the University of Minnesota. Student Senators are elected from each college within the University of Minnesota. Representation is proportional to population and senators are expected to serve as representatives from their respective colleges while being conscious of their status as students within the University of Minnesota system at large. Two student senators are elected from both the Crookston and Morris campuses. Student Senators are required to attend five full Student Senate and University Senate meetings in the course of an academic year. Student Senators serve as advocates for the students of the University of Minnesota and provide student input and consultation on matters of University governance, policy and operations. As stated in the University Senate constitution, “In general, the responsibility of the Student Senate shall include but not be limited to matters in the area of student government, student organizations, and student publications. The Student Senate shall also exercise an advisory role on matters of student behavior and student academic integrity.”
Consultative Committee Member
The UMM Consultative Committee is made up of elected members representing faculty, staff, and students. The charge of the committee is to discuss with appropriate members of the campus community special problems related to instruction, research, personnel, service functions, student affairs, and finances. The committee is to facilitate communication among all campus constituencies. Student members of the Consultative Committee are also reserved a seat on the MCSA forum.