The Student Government Association (SGA) is searching for students willing to serve on the recently created judicial board.
The judicial board will help streamline legislation that the SGA would like to pass. The judicial board is being established for two reasons. First, the legislative body of student government has never had an authority concerning legislation’s adherence to the constitution and bylaws.
Secondly, there has been little oversight or checks and balances in the SGA senate and the Cabinet. The board will now serve as a deliberative body whenever a case of alleged misconduct arises.
Daniel Sherman, junior business management major from Abilene and director of student engagement and recruitment for SGA, said the creation of the judicial board will only improve any creation of legislation in the future.
“It will further solidify the SGA’s commitment to serving students,” Sherman said.
In previous years, issues would be resolved by a debate over the bill followed by a vote. Now, the judicial board can be called upon by any member of the senate who wants a bill or resolution to be reviewed with concern to its constitutionality.
The judicial board will have the power to enforce appropriate measures if any misconduct can be proven true. The SGA constitution gives the board power to interpret authoritative documents, reject illegal legislation and prohibit executive action that it deems illegal.
Tsion Amare, senior social work major from Dallas and vice president of the SGA, said the students on the board will serve until graduation.
“We need students that are willing to serve during their full time at ACU,” Amare said.
The job of being a judicial board member has several responsibilities. For example, the board is to review legislation for compliance with authoritative documents and they will participate on the Behavioral Review Board of ACU.
SGA is looking for three justices, one chief justice and two associate justices for the Board. The members will be appointed by the president and confirmed by Senate majority.