The Catholic University of America

 

Description of Executive Board and Honor Board Positions

 

SBA President

The SBA President is the Chief Executive of the SBA Executive Board.

The President shall:

                        i.                    Preside over all Executive Board meetings as Chairman, except in cases when an alternative presiding officer has been duly designated;

                        ii.                  Serve as the chief executive officer of the SBA;

                        iii.                Act as the primary student advocate and student body representative;

                        iv.                 Be a voting member of the Executive Board elected in accordance with SBA election procedures at the General Election;

                          v.                 Prepare an agenda for all SBA and Executive Board meetings;

                        vi.                Act as liaison to the President of the University, the Dean of the Law School and the Dean of Student and External Affairs;

                    vii.            Represent the SBA at all activities and functions and provide for additional or substitute representation when necessary;

                        viii.                  Appoint all other internal and external positions;

                          ix.                   Designate as mandatory for members of the Executive Board events deemed important to the functioning of this SBA;

                          x.                      Serve as an ex-officio member of all SBA committees;

                          xi.                   Advise the SBA Vice Presidents as to their duties;

                         xii.                   Direct the work of the SBA Executive Board;

                        xiii.                   Coordinate the activities and programs of the registered student organizations;

                        xiv.                   Serve as a student representative to the Law School’s faculty committee;

                        xv.                     Authorize by signature any and all SBA legislation;

                        xvi.                  Possess the ability to exercise a veto over any question before the SBA Executive Board; and

                        xvii.                Appoint an ABA Representative

 

VP of Academic Affairs

The VPAA shall:

                                    a.                   Be a voting member of the Executive Board elected in accordance with SBA election procedures at the General Election;

                                    b.                  Preside at all SBA and Executive Board meetings in the President’s absence;

                                    c.                   Serve as Vice-Chairman to all boards and committees in which the President serves as Chairman;

                                    d.                    Coordinate student representation on faculty committees;

                                    e.                   Along with the SBA President, represent the student body as voting members before the general faculty meetings;

                                    f.                   Appoint two students to sit on each faculty committee where students may sit in accordance with the Faculty Representation Committee procedures in Article VI;

                                    g.                  Be responsible for maintaining adequate communications between the student representatives and their faculty chairpersons and the student body;

                                    h.                  Act as an alternate representative in the case that any representative cannot attend a particular meeting or function of their faculty committee;

                                    i.                      Report to the student body of the law school on the matters addressed by the faculty during the semester;

                                    j.                       Coordinate the issuance of individual faculty committee reports to the student body; and

                                    k.                  Meet regularly with the SBA President and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the purposes of maintaining effective student representation before faculty committees and the academic development of the law school.

 

VP of Financial Affairs

The VPFA shall:

                                    a.                   Be a voting member of the Executive Board and shall be elected in accordance with SBA election procedures at the General Election;

                                    b.                  Form, in consultation with the SBA President, a Budget Committee.

                              (1)      The Budget Committee shall be comprised of, at a minimum, the VPFA, the President, and the VPSA.

                              (2)      The VPFA and President may appoint such others to the Budget Committee as he or she sees fit.

                              (3)      The VPFA shall chair the Budget Committee.

                              (4)   The Budget Committee shall decide all budget-related issues by a simple majority vote.  Each member of the Budget Committee has an equal vote. 

                                    c.                   Act as liaison to the Associate Dean for Financial and Administrative Matters;

                                    d.                  Maintain accurate records of the finances of the SBA;

                                    e.                     Issue monthly reports to the SBA Executive Board on the financial state of the SBA; and

                                    f.       Determine, in conjunction with the Community Service (Co-) Chair(s), requirements and procedures controlling the disbursement and revocation of student organization funds, subject to the approval of the budget committee.

 

VP of Student Affairs

The VPSA shall:

                                    a.                   Be a voting member of the Executive Board elected by the student body in accordance with SBA election procedures at the General Election;

                                    b.                  Serve as the Chief Facilitator and Chairperson of all elected and appointed class representatives;

                                    c.                   Administer, in consultation with the SBA President and the Office of Student Life, event planning and a social activities calendar;

                                    d.                  Be responsible for the fair and efficient allocation of office resources;

                                    e.                   Conduct, in consultation with the SBA President and the Elections Chair, all student elections to the SBA Executive Board;

                                    f.                     Be responsible for representing the concerns of all law students to the Executive Board and the law school administration;

                                    g.                  Coordinate, in consultation with the VPFA and SBA President, student activities and social events;

                                    h.          Appoint a Barristers’ Ball Committee and Chairperson and Co-Chairs and other event committees and chairs as necessary; and

                                    i.                    Act as a liaison with the Office of Student Life.

 

Director of Communications

The Director of Communications shall:

                                    a.         Be a voting member of the Executive Board elected by the student body in accordance with SBA election procedures at the General Election;

                                    b.         Update the SBA website and Facebook page at least weekly, or at the request of a member of the Executive Board;

                                    c.         Act as a liaison to the Office of Public Affairs;

                                    d.         Maintain the minutes at the meetings of the Executive Board and Student Organization Senate;

                                    e.         Administer the SBA’s public and external communications;

                                    f.          Publish the SBA calendar not less than once a month;

                                    g.         Publicize SBA events, meetings, and social gatherings; and

                                    h.         Facilitate any and all communications between the student body and the SBA Executive Board.

 

Class Representatives

            The Class Representatives shall advocate on behalf of their respective classes; send weekly update emails; host class events.

 

Honor Board Member

            The Council on Professional Conduct will consist of six student members who will investigate and adjudicate cases presented to the Council and will hereinafter be called the Honor Board, three student education members, one student honor representative from each first-year day and first-year evening section, and two nonvoting faculty advisers. A student may not serve concurrently as a member of the Honor Board, the adjudicative body of the Council, and as an elected member of the Board of the Student Bar Association.

 

Evening Law Student Association (ELSA)

o   President

The President of ELSA is generally responsible for all of the actions taken by the organization.  Specifically the President is responsible for:

o   Setting the direction of the organization after consulting with other officers;

o   Bringing the special needs of evening students to the attention of the faculty, staff and Student Bar Association;

o   Facilitating problem solving by individual students;

o   Calling for and conducting annual and special elections;

o   Serving on the Student Bar Association Executive Board and appointing a second representative from ELSA to the Student Bar Association Executive Board; and

o   Approving all spending, directly or indirectly, of the organization.

 

o   Vice President

The Vice President of ELSA is generally responsible for supporting the President and assisting in general programming. The Vice-President becomes President if the President is removed or unable for any reason to complete their term of office. The Vice President will act as the secondary ELSA representative to the Student Bar Association Executive Board.

 

o   Treasurer

The ELSA Treasurer is responsible for producing the annual budget request in conjunction with the President, and tracking the finances of ELSA.  The Treasurer is eligible to be appointed by the President as the substitute ELSA representative to the Student Bar Association Executive Board.

 

o   Secretary

The ELSA Secretary is responsible for keeping meeting minutes, producing and sending the ELSA Weekly Update, and running the Mentor/Mentee Program with the Vice President of ELSA.  The Secretary is eligible to be appointed by the President as the substitute ELSA representative to the Student Bar Association Executive Board.

 

o   Community Service Chair

The ELSA Community Service Chair serves as a liaison to charities and community organizations that may benefit from our help. The Community Service Chair is a relatively new position, and thus has the flexibility to create/define many of the duties and responsibilities involving charitable events throughout the year. The Community Service Chair's responsibility largely involves communication with St. Ann's and organizing the spring service day.