Section 1: Executive power. All executive powers of the SGA shall be vested in the Executive Council.

Section 2: Composition. The Executive Council shall be composed of the elected offices of President, Executive Vice President, Executive Secretary, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice President for External Affairs, Vice President for Student Affairs, and Vice President for Financial Affairs. The Executive Council shall also include an appointed Chief of Staff.

Section 3: Eligibility. Eligibility requirements of all candidates intending to run for an executive office must be met prior to the election day.

  1. Members of the student executive branch shall be elected or appointed, as outlined in this Constitution or as outlined in the Code of Laws, from full-time students at The University of Alabama.
  2. All undergraduate students seeking an Executive Office must have an overall GPA from The University of Alabama of not less than 2.30 on a 4.0 scale. Undergraduate candidates must have earned at least 36 credit hours with at least 12 of them from The University of Alabama.
    1. Candidates for Executive Vice-President must be rising seniors with undergraduate graduation scheduled during the academic year of the conclusion of their term of office.
    2. An elected Executive Vice-President that fails to graduate at the end of their term of office will be ineligible from running or serving in another executive office.
  3. All law students seeking an executive office must have a cumulative overall GPA from The University of Alabama of not less than 2.50 on a 4.0 scale and earned at least 12 credits from The University of Alabama.
  4. All graduate students seeking an executive office must have an overall GPA from The University of Alabama of not less than 3.00 on a 4.0 scale. Graduate candidates must have earned at least 9 credit hours from The University of Alabama.
  5. Any graduate or law school candidate whose undergraduate degree was earned from The University of Alabama is exempted from the credit hour requirement, provided his or her undergraduate GPA at The University of Alabama was at least 2.30 on a 4.0 scale and he or she currently has the appropriate graduate or law school GPA. If elected, an SGA executive officer must earn a minimum GPA equal to his or her qualifying GPA each semester he or she is in office.
  6. All elected members of the executive branch shall be elected according to the procedures stated in Article IX.

Section 4: Vacancies. In case of any vacancies which may occur in the executive branch of the SGA, the Executive Council shall nominate a qualified candidate to fill the vacancy. Vacancies in elected offices and members of the Executive Cabinet shall be approved by a majority vote, fifty percent plus one vote, of the Senate. The following procedure shall be used for appointment:

  1. The applications shall be made available to all students at least ten full class days before the qualifications review process is to begin.
  2. The qualifications review for executive officers shall be held by the Executive Council.
  3. Interviews of qualified candidates must be held by the appropriate executive branch official.
  4. The nomination shall be made and presented to the Senate for approval within ten full class days of the qualifications review and interview process.
  5. In the absence of the President and the Executive Vice President, the line of succession shall be Speaker of Senate, Vice President for Financial Affairs, Vice President for Student Affairs, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Executive Secretary.
  6. The new president together with the remaining officers of the Executive Council will interview and appoint individuals to fill any remaining vacant Executive Council positions in accordance with Article IV, Section 4, Subections A-D.

Section 5: Executive Powers and Duties of the President. The President of the Student Government Association shall:

  1. Lead the SGA in achieving the objectives of this Constitution.
  2. Serve as chairperson of the Executive Council.
  3. Appoint the Chief of Staff within ten full class days of the beginning of his or her term of office.
  4. Notify the Senate, in writing, of any vacancies which may occur in the Executive Council or Executive Cabinet, within ten full class days of receiving notice of such vacancy. If the Senate by its adjournment prevents such notice, the notice shall be given at the first meeting of the Senate after its adjournment.
  5. Call special sessions of the Senate when deemed necessary.
  6. Reappoint any appointed officials of the executive branch who serve at the will of the President according to the provisions of Article IV, Section 4.
  7. Form new committees as needed and assign them to the appropriate executive branch officials.
  8. Serve as a member or an ex-officio member of all executive committees.
  9. Deliver the “State of the School Address” each semester.
  10. Possess a limited veto power.
    1. The SGA President shall exercise veto power as he or she sees fit over all Acts of Senate and Bills of Law passed by the Senate.
      1. A veto of Acts of Senate and Bills of Law must be done within five full class days after the President’s receipt of said legislation.
      2. After five full class days following the President’s initial receipt, all Acts of Senate and Bills of Laws will be considered passed with or without the President’s signature unless vetoed.
    2. The SGA President shall not possess the right to exercise a line-item veto over all Acts of Senate and Bills of Law passed by the Senate.
    3. The SGA President shall not possess the right to exercise a veto or line-item veto on Resolutions passed by the Senate.
  11. Serve as chief liaison between the SGA and organizations internal and external to The University of Alabama.
  12. Serve as the student representative to The University of Alabama System Board of Trustees, or if unable to attend, ensure the Executive Vice President is able to attend.
  13. Schedule Executive Council meetings.
  14. Instruct the incoming SGA President on all matters pertaining to the office of President before leaving office.

Section 6: Duties of the Executive Council.

  1. The Executive Council shall:
    1. Enforce this Constitution and any rules or regulations which may be established pursuant to this Constitution, all Acts of Senate and Bills of Law passed by the Senate, and all rulings of the Student Judicial Board.
    2. Nominate the replacements for any vacancies that may occur in any elected office of the executive branch within ten full class days of Senate notification.
    3. Delegate duties to the Vice Presidents as may be necessary in the administration of the responsibilities of their offices.
    4. Acquire quorum of its membership (three-fourths) before conducting business.
  2. The Chief of Staff shall serve as the chief administrative officer for the President by
    1. Advising the President.
    2. Overseeing the Executive Cabinet.
    3. Recommending the creation of executive committees.
    4. Performing duties as the President may assign.
    5. Overseeing presidential projects at the discretion of the SGA President.
    6. Instructing the incoming Chief of Staff on all matters pertaining to the office of Chief of Staff before leaving office.

Section 7: Duties of the Executive Vice President. The Executive Vice President shall:

  1. Assume the office of the President if the office becomes vacant for any reason, or if the President request the Executive Vice President to serve in the President’s absence.
  2. Preside over the Senate prior to the election of the Speaker of the Senate by the members of the Senate.
  3. Preside over meetings of the Senate for ceremonies of the SGA through status as a member ex-officio of the Senate.
  4. Serve as a liaison between the First Year Council and the Faculty Senate by advising the First Year Council and Faculty Senate meetings or, if unable to attend, appoint an officer of the SGA to serve in his or her place.
  5. Aid and oversee Executive Council projects at the discretion of the SGA President.
  6. Perform other such activities as the President may assign.
  7. Cast a vote in the case of a tie in the Senate.
  8. Lead and assist the Vice Presidents of SGA in execution of projects, programs, and initiatives at the discretion of the SGA President.
  9. Propose and execute policies of the SGA that foster healthy relations between students and faculty.
  10. Instruct the incoming Executive Vice President on all matters pertaining to the office of the Executive Vice President before leaving office.

Section 8: Duties of the Executive Secretary. The Executive Secretary shall:

  1. Maintain a permanent record of all executive business.
  2. B. Keep records of all Executive Council meetings and make these records available to sents within three full class days after the meetings. The records of the meetings shall indicate all Executive Council members present at the meetings.
  3. Keep and make available a permanent record of this Constitution, SGA rules and regulations, and the structure of all SGA departments and offices and take responsibility for distributing them to all newly elected officers of the SGA.
  4. Act as historian of the SGA by recording all SGA events.
  5. Make available the “State of the School Address” each semester.
  6. Perform other such duties as the President or Executive Council may assign.
  7. Instruct the incoming Executive Secretary on all matters pertaining to the office of the Executive Secretary before leaving office.

Section 9: Duties of the Vice Presidents. The Vice Presidents of the Student Government Association shall include the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Vice President for External Affairs, the Vice President for Student Affairs, and the Vice President for Financial Affairs.

  1. The Vice President for Academic Affairs shall propose and execute the policies of the SGA in such areas as academic programs, curriculum, instructional support, registration, advising, tutorial programs, exam schedules, and other projects, programs and initiatives related to academic affairs. In carrying out the duties of this office the Vice President for Academic Affairs shall:
    1. Establish appropriate executive branch offices and committees to consider matters relating to academic affairs of The University of Alabama;
    2. Collaborate with the SGA President, office directors, and committees to establish the director selection process;
    3. Maintain consistent communication with the SGA President;
    4. Maintain consistent communication on a monthly basis during the academic year with the staff of his or her office;
    5. Establish or suspend offices and committees as may be required;
    6. Perform the above mentioned duties as well as other such duties at the discretion of the SGA President;
    7. Carry out the requirements of passed Acts of the Senate and Bills of Law;
    8. Instruct the incoming Vice President for Academic Affairs on all matters pertaining to the office of Vice President for Academic Affairs before leaving office.
  2. The Vice President for External Affairs shall propose and execute policies of the SGA in such areas as student concerns and issues in the Alabama Legislature, Tuscaloosa City Council, alumni organizations, national organizations, other colleges and universities, and other projects, programs, and initiatives related to external affairs. In carrying out the duties of this office the Vice President for External Affairs shall:
    1. Establish appropriate executive branch offices and committees to consider matters relating to external affairs of The University of Alabama;
    2. Collaborate with the SGA President, office directors, and committees to decide office sizes and establish the director selection process;
    3. Maintain consistent communication with the SGA President;
    4. Maintain consistent communication on a monthly basis during the academic year with the staff of his or her office
    5. Establish or suspend offices and committees as may be required;
    6. Perform the above mentioned duties as well as other such duties at the discretion of the SGA President;
    7. Carry out the requirements of passed Acts of the Senate and Bills of Law
    8. Instruct the incoming Vice President for External Affairs on all matters pertaining to the office of Vice President for External Affairs before leaving office.
  3. The Vice President for Student Affairs shall propose and execute policies of the SGA in such areas as social policies, recreation and entertainment, athletic events, Homecoming, sprit events, special campus events, and other projects, programs, and initiatives related to student affairs. In carrying out the duties of this office the Vice President for Student Affairs shall:
    1. Establish appropriate executive branch offices and committees to consider matters relating to student affairs of The University of Alabama;
    2. Collaborate with the SGA President, office directors, and committees to decide office sizes and establish the director selection process;
    3. Maintain consistent communication with the SGA President;
    4. Maintain consistent communication on a monthly basis during the academic year with the staff of his or her office
    5. Establish or suspend offices and committees as may be required;
    6. Perform the above mentioned duties as well as other such duties at the discretion of the SGA President;
    7. Carry out the requirements of passed Acts of the Senate and Bills of Law.
    8. Instruct the incoming Vice President for Student Affairs on all matters pertaining to the office of Vice President for Student Affairs before leaving office.
  4. The Vice President for Financial Affairs shall propose and execute policies of the SGA in areas of financial management such as financial aid (student loans, scholarships, employment, work study programs, insurance), tuition, SGA expenses, and other projects, programs, and initiatives related to student affairs. In carrying out the duties of this office the Vice President for Financial Affairs shall:
    1. Select the Treasurer, as outlined in Article IV, Section 10, subsection B, based upon application, merit, and qualifications, with confirmation by the Executive Council and a majority Senate vote;
    2. Establish and serve as Chairperson of the Financial Affairs Committee;
      1. The Financial Affairs committee shall meet at least monthly during the academic year to allocate funds as deemed appropriate in accordance with the Financial Affairs Committee’s established rules and regulations.
      2. The Financial Affairs Committee shall be composed of the Vice President for Financial Affairs, who chairs the committee; the SGA Treasurer; five members of the Senate Committee on Finance; three members from the coordinating body of student organizations; and two members from the heads of student organizations selected by the University of Alabama’s Vice President for Student Affairs in conjunction with the administration of The University of Alabama.
        1. Quorum constitutes two-thirds of the committee’s membership and shall be required in order to conduct business.
        2. The Vice President for Financial Affairs shall exercise voting privileges on the Financial Affairs Committee when the voting of the regular members of the Financial Affairs Committee results in a tie. The SGA Treasurer shall serve as a non-voting member ex-officio on the Financial Affairs Committee.
      3. The Vice President for Financial Affairs must present the proposed allocations to the Senate for approval within two Senate sessions following the Financial Affairs Committee meeting.
    3. Oversee all financial transactions of the Student Government Association;
    4. Collect and disburse funds of the SGA using accounting standards that are accepted and practiced by The University of Alabama System and keep a permanent record that is available to any student of The University of Alabama;
    5. Render an account of current finances to the Senate quarterly and upon request;
    6. Compile and post on the SGA website a financial statement of all SGA operations at least once monthly during the fall and spring semesters;
    7. Prepare the SGA budget annually and present such budget to the Senate;
      1. The budget must be presented to the SGA Senate by fifteen calendar days prior to the new fiscal year.
    8. Aid SGA offices in preparing budgets;
    9. Establish the appropriate offices to consider matters relating to financial affairs of The University of Alabama and suspend offices as may be required with the approval of the Executive Council;
    10. Maintain consistent communication with the SGA President;
    11. Maintain consistent communication on a monthly basis during the academic year with the staff of his or her office;
    12. Present records to the incoming SGA President and Vice President for Financial Affairs at the end of each administration;
    13. Oversee disbursement of money from the SGA Emergency Loan Fund;
    14. Advise and manage the Treasurer in the fulfillment of his or her duties;
    15. Perform other such duties as the Executive Council may assign;
    16. Instruct the incoming officers on all matters pertaining to the office of Vice President for Financial Affairs before leaving office.

Section 10: Executive Cabinet. The President shall create appointed positions within the Executive Branch that serve the President in the administration and facilitation of the duties of his or her office. These appointed positions shall be created in the Executive title of the SGA Code of Laws. The Treasurer and the Attorney General shall be permanent Executive Cabinet positions.

  1. The Chief of Staff shall oversee the Executive Cabinet.
  2. The Treasurer shall serve as a member on the Executive Cabinet that assists the Vice President for Financial Affairs in achieving the duties of his or her office. The Treasurer shall be enumerated with the following duties at the discretion of the Vice President for Financial Affairs. The Treasurer shall:
    1. Organize and file all paperwork that comes through the financial affairs office;
    2. Assist in processing all paperwork;
    3. Serve as a secretary during Financial Affairs Committee meetings;
    4. Appear and speak on behalf of the Vice President for Financial Affairs in his or her absence;
    5. Assist in the planning and execution of fund raising events;
    6. Record allocations of SGA funds and give advice on SGA expenditures;
    7. Succeed the Vice President for Financial Affairs if the Vice President for Financial Affairs vacates his or her office;
    8. Possess other duties as delegated in this Constitution and the Code of Laws.
  3. The Attorney General shall serve as a member of the Executive Cabinet. The Attorney General shall:
    1. Be responsible for the upkeep of the SGA Constitution and any rules or regulations which may be established pursuant to this Constitution;
    2. Write executive orders at the discretion of the SGA President;
    3. Clearly communicate the duties of office to SGA officials;
    4. Advise the Executive Council on lawful procedure;
    5. Issue legal opinions on matters pertaining to this Constitution and any rules or regulations which may be established pursuant to this Constitution;
    6. Advise SGA officials on the requirements outlined in the SGA Code of Laws;
    7. Possess other duties delegated in this Constitution and the SGA Code ofLaws;
    8. Be nominated through letters of recommendation submitted by faculty and staff members at The University of Alabama.
      1. Candidates shall be interviewed by an inter-governmental committee composed of the SGA President, Chief of Staff, and the Chief Justice of the Student Judicial Board.
      2. The committee shall recommend a candidate to be appointed Attorney General. The Senate shall either confirm or reject the committee’s recommended candidate by a majority vote (fifty percent plus one vote).