Section 1: Grounds for Removal. All elected and appointed position holders of the SGA shall be subject to removal from office for any one or more of the following reasons:

  1. Incompetence, malfeasance, or misfeasance in office;
  2. Failure, at the time of election, to possess the academic qualifications for office;
  3. Willful violation of any express provision of this Constitution;
  4. Abandonment of office or, in the case of a Senator, change of school or college;
    1. If a senator changes the school or college he or she is representing, removal from office is automatic;
  5. Failure, for any other cause, to perform the duties of office;
  6. Failure to maintain academic standing at a level consistent with the minimum GPA required of candidates for the position in question;

Section 2: Procedure for Removal

  1. Initiating proceedings.
    1. Any student wishing to remove any elected or appointed position holder of the SGA shall file a petition for impeachment and removal with the Secretary of the Senate setting forth in writing one or more of the grounds found in Section 1 of this Article that the stated position holder within SGA has violated.
    2. This petition must include the signatures of ninety-nine additional students wishing to remove the stated position holder within SGA.
    3. All signatures on the petition must be confirmed as students at The University of Alabama.
  2. Preliminary investigation.
    1. Upon filing of a petition with the Secretary of the Senate, a panel composed of the Attorney General and two Student Judicial Board Justices elected by the members in good standing of the Student Judicial Board shall review the claim or claims stated in the petition for impeachment and removal.
    2. If a petition for impeachment and removal has been filed against the Attorney General, then the Attorney General shall be ineligible from serving on the panel.
    3. In the event that the Attorney General is ineligible or recluses him or herself from serving on the panel, the Executive Council will vote on a representative from the executive branch to serve on the panel.
    4. If a petition for impeachment and removal has been filed against a member of the Student Judicial Board, then the accused Justice or Justices shall be ineligible from serving on the panel and from voting on the Justices to serve on the panel.
  3. Panel decision.
    1. If the panel finds that the claims stated in the petition for impeachment and removal meet the grounds for removal found in this Constitution, then they shall vote to send the petition for impeachment and removal to the Senate for a formal impeachment hearing by the body of the Senate.
    2. The panel shall make a decision no later than ten full class days after receiving the petition for impeachment and removal from the Secretary of the Senate.
  4. Senate impeachment and removal procedure.
    1. The Senate shall consider the claims for impeachment and removal during the three regularly scheduled consecutive Senate sessions immediately following the release of the panel’s decision.
    2. The Attorney General or the designate of the executive branch on the panel shall notify all accused position holders and the filer of the petition for impeachment and removal of the dates, times and procedure for the Senate impeachment and removal procedure.
    3. A Senator who is accused in the petition for impeachment and removal shall not vote in the Senate impeachment and removal process.
    4. In the first Senate session following the release of the panel’s decision, the Senate shall formally hear the claims for impeachment and removal through a presentation of the facts and evidence.
    5. In the second Senate session following the release of the panel’s decision, the accused position holder or holders, the filer of the petition, and any necessary witnesses shall appear before the Senate to answer questions.
    6. The accused and the filer of the petition shall be allowed to make brief statements to state their case at the end of this Senate session.
    7. In the third Senate session following the release of the panel’s decision, the Senate shall vote to impeach and remove the accused position holder or holders from their office.
      1. A three-fifths majority of the full membership of the Senate must vote to impeach and remove in order for the position holder to be removed from office; however, the Senate must only have quorum to hold proceedings.
      2. If the Senate lacks quorum, then the Senate shall stand in recess until quorum is reached. Immediately upon reaching quorum, the Senate must vote on the impeachment and removal of the accused position holder or holders.
      3. A three-fifths majority of the full membership of the Senate is thirty of the fifty members of the Senate for the impeachment and removal process.
      4. If three-fifths of the full membership of the Senate votes to impeach and remove the accused position holder from office, then the accused position holder or holders shall immediately lose their SGA office and all the rights and privileges afforded that office.