Student Government

The University of Chicago

Constitutional Review Committee (Con Rev)

Please direct questions to the Parliamentarian (parliamentarian@uchicago.edu)

Con Rev is an ad-hoc committee dedicated to reviewing and updating Student Government's Governing Documents, and to ensuring consistency in how the governing documents are applied. The biggest step in this effort will be a ballot initiative at the end of winter quarter to amend the Student Government Constitution.

Referendum Results:

We are delighted to announce the results of the Constitutional Referendum:

Turnout: Undergraduate - 626; Graduate - 604; Total - 1230

Question 1 (Extended Status): Yes - 992 (86.6%); No - 154 (13.4%); Abstain - 84

Question 2 (Omnibus amendments): Yes - 786 (83.4%); No - 156 (16.6%); Abstain - 288

Both questions required 60% to pass. Since the threshold is met, the Constitution will be amended accordingly.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What is the timeline of the currently pending Constitutional Referendum?
    • Monday, February 6th: The referendum was announced via email to the Student Association. 
    • Monday, February 27th: The ballot link was emailed to the Student Association and voting opened at 10:00 am.
    • Wednesday, March 1st: Voting closed at 4:00 pm and the results have been announced.
  • Why are we doing a comprehensive review of the governing documents?
    • SG has governing documents that govern its disparate parts: the College Council, the Graduate Council, and the Assembly (for joint sessions of College and Graduate Council). It also has codes to govern SG's varied funding processes, which together disburse over $2.2 million per annum. 
    • Over the last 15 years, these various documents have been updated and amended by SG's various bodies, and have at times fallen out of step with each other. In a home, if you don't vacuum a carpet, you'll eventually have dust bunnies. Similarly, occasional housekeeping work needs to be done to the Governing Documents to ensure their consistency, and to ensure that they are still achieving their respective purposes for the student body.
  • What substantive changes are being proposed in the forthcoming constitutional referendum?
    • Currently, the Constitution does not include those on Extended-College status in the definition of who a student is. We are proposing including the majority of those on Extended-College status in the Student Association because they pay a student life fee, which funds SG's operations. This will enfranchise those students in future elections, and allow them to serve in SG.
    • The Constitution, in several places, gives authority to the "Executive Slate." However, the Constitution fails to specifically define who is a member of the Executive Slate. We are propose codifying the slate of candidates elected to the executive branch--the President, the Vice President for Administration, and the Vice President for Student Affairs--as the Executive Slate. 
  • Are other changes being proposed to the Constitution?
    • Yes. The other changes being proposed are technical in nature and are intended to replace ambiguous language.
  • How does a constitutional referendum work?
    • Step 1: The Assembly must vote by 2/3, or a petition from 5% of the Student Association must be collected to initiate the referendum
      • In the case of this referendum, the Assembly voted to initiate it during their meeting on January 30th, 2017.
    • Step 2: The Elections and Rules Committee (E&R) must notify the student body via email of a forthcoming referendum with a full text version of the referendum, and information about when it will be held. E&R will be required to hold the referendum at least three weeks after notice goes out.
      • Notice was provided via university-wide email by the Chair of E&R on February 6th, 2017.
    • Step 3: In order to pass, the referendum must garner the support of at least 3/5 of students voting.
      • Voting is currently being conducted online via Blueprint just like regular SG Elections are. The ballot link was sent out via university-wide email by the E&R Chair on February 27th, 2017. Click here to access the ballot.

Governing Documents:

Current versions of the governing documents are available on the Governing Documents page.

CAT Charter (1998) - Expired

CAT Charter (2017) - Assistant Vice President Hayes signed CAT's new Charter into effect on Friday, January 26th, 2017.

Constitution (2010) - Replaced by the 2017 version approved in the Winter 2017 referendum; we leave it here for your perusal.

Constitution (2017) - Current as the result of the Winter 2017 Referendum.

Assembly By-Laws (Former) - These By-Laws were in effect until February 20th, 2017. They are no longer in use, but you may peruse them for comparison. 

Assembly By-Laws (Current) - The Assembly approved Con Rev's proposed changes to the Assembly By-Laws at their meeting on February 20th, 2017. These are the By-Laws currently in use. 

College Council By-Laws (Former) - These By-Laws were in effect until February 14th, 2017. They are no longer in use, but you may peruse them for comparison. 

College Council By-Laws (Current) - College Council approved Con Rev's proposed changes to the CC By-Laws at their meeting on February 14th, 2017. These are the By-Laws currently in use.

Graduate Council By-Laws (Current) - A revised version is forthcoming.

SG Funding Code (2013) - This funding code is now no longer in use; the Assembly replaced it on February 21st, 2017. It remains for your perusal.

SG Funding Code (2017) - The Assembly approved Con Rev's proposed changes to the Funding Code on February 21st, 2017. This is the current code. 

PCC Charter (2004) - At this time, Con Rev does not plan to amend PCC's Charter

Meeting Minutes:

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Thursday, January 5th, 2017 - Con Rev held a town hall meeting for those interested in learning more about the process of amending the Constitution, and to hear feedback from stakeholders in the CAT Charter. The presentation delivered at the meeting will serve as its minutes.

Thursday, January 19th, 2017 - Con Rev conducted its final markup of the SG Funding Code. Our changes recommended to the Assembly serve as our minutes.

Thursday, January 26th, 2017 - Con Rev conducted its final markup of the SG Assembly By-Laws. Our changes recommended to Assembly serve as our minutes. 

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 - Con Rev conducted its final markup of the College Council By-Laws. Our changes recommended to College Council serve as our minutes.