Academic Catalog

Article X: General Provisions

Sec. 10.1 NO DEFICIT EXPENDITURES. No expenditures shall be allowed that would result in a deficit in any Student Government account.

Sec. 10.2 OATH OF OFFICE. Each officer of Student Government, before entering the execution of his or her office, shall take the Student Government Oath of Office. The Oath of Office shall read, “I _______________ do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of _______________ of The University of Texas at Austin Student Government, and will to the best of my ability preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the Student Government."

Sec. 10.3 PROHIBITION ON SERVING IN TWO ELECTED POSITIONS OR DUPLICITY OF OFFICERS. Two elective offices shall not be held simultaneously by the same person, nor shall two persons simultaneously hold the same elective office.

Sec. 10.4 PROHIBITION OF STUDENT GOVERNMENT ENDORSEMENTS. Student Government, as an entity, may not make any endorsements in any student elections, regardless of whether or not that election falls under the jurisdiction of the Student Government election code.

Sec. 10.5 CONSTITUTIONAL SUPREMACY. This Constitution supersedes all previous constitutions of the Student Government and its ratification nullifies all pending amendments to the current constitution. This Constitution shall take immediate effect when it shall have been ratified by a majority of ballots cast in an election by the members of the student body and approved in accordance with UT System Board of Regents Rule: 50203.

Sec. 10.6 CONSISTENCY OF TRANSITION. All officials elected under the requirements of the previous constitution shall remain in their respective offices if they do exist and shall exercise their corresponding duties and responsibilities as set forth in this Constitution until their terms of office have expired. Any new offices shall be filled at the soonest possible time.

Sec. 10.7 RECOGNITION OF HIGHER CONTROLLING AUTHORITIES. This Constitution and its associated rules, regulations, and amendments are subject to provisions of the rules and regulations of The University of Texas at Austin, the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System, laws of the state of Texas, and laws of the United States of America.

History of the Student Government Constitution Amendments, beginning with Spring 2004 Student Body Referendum
Prepared by Becky Carreon, last updated 4/16/2015

Amended by the Assembly A.B.16 Revising the Constitution, passed 2/10/2004
Approved by Student Body Referendum 1&2 Spring 2004

Amended by the Assembly A.B. 14 Changes to the Internal Rules, Bylaws and Constitution of the Student Government, passed 3/2004
Approved by Student Body Referendum 2 Spring 2005

Amended by the Assembly A.B. 32 Ensuring More Accurate Representation, passed 3/28/2006
Approved by Student Body Referendum Spring 2007

Amended by the Assembly A.B. 18 Changing Constitution-Secretary of the Assembly to Administrative Director passed 02/05/2008
Amended by the Assembly A.B. 14 Amending the Constitution-Modifying the Size of the Assembly and Establishing the University Wide Representatives, passed 10/07/2008
Approved by Student Body Referendum Fall 2008

Amended by the Assembly AB Constitutional Changes, passed 9/22/2009
Approved by Student Body Referendum Fall 2009 1454 (93.92%) yes, 94(6.07%)

Amended by the Assembly AB 17 Student Government Reform, passed 01/25/2011
Approved by Student Body Referendum 02/10/2011

Amended by the Assembly AB 6 Addition of the Assembly Board, passed 03/27/2012
Amended by the Assembly AB 3 Limiting the Definition of First Year Representative to Only Undergraduate Students, passed 11/5/2013
Amended by the Assembly AB 4 Granting Presidential Enactment and Veto Powers over Bills, passed 10/22/2013
Amended by the Assembly AB 5 Establishing University-Wide Membership in Student Government, passed 10/22/2013
Amended by the Assembly AB 6 Creation of At-Large Graduate Student Representative Seats in the Assembly, passed 11/5/2013
Amended by the Assembly AB 7 Clarifying the Extent to which individual Officers of the Student Government May Represent Student Government and/or the Student Body, passed 10/22/2013
Amended by the Assembly AB 8 Clarifying Confirmation Procedures of Justices to the Supreme Court, passed 10/22/2013
Amended by the Assembly AB 9 Updating the Student Government Oath of Office, passed 11/22/2013
Amended by the Assembly AB 10 Recognizing External Controlling Authorities upon Student Government Operations, passed 11/5/2013
Amended by the Assembly AB 11 Establishing the Student Government Code of Rules and Procedures and Abolition of the Internal Rules of Procedure, passed 11/15/13
Amended by the Assembly AB 12 Establishing Protocols of Transparency and Management of Student Government Endowments, passed 11/15/13
Amended by the Assembly AB 14 Establishing a Statistically Proportional Methodology for Apportioning College and School Representation in the Assembly, passed 11/12/2013
Amended by the Assembly AB 15 Clarifying Procedures and Approvals Necessary for Amending the Constitution of Student Government, passed 11/5/2013
Amended by the Assembly AB 17 Abolition of the Bylaws of Student Government and Appropriate Incorporation of the Articles into Other Governing Documents, passed 11/5/2013
Amended by the Assembly AB 23 Final Amendments and Referring All Proposed Amendments to the Student Government Constitution to Popular Referendum, passed 2/11/2014
Approved by Student Referendums 1 and 2, Spring 2014 Campus Wide elections 2/27/2014
Final Approval by UT System 3/3/2015

Amended by the Assembly AB 18 Amending the Student Government Constitution to Create an Advocacy Director, passed 2/20/2018
Amended by the Assembly AB 19 Amending The Constitution of The University of Texas at Austin Student Government to Implement a Single Transferable Voting System, passed 2/20/2018
Approved by Student Referendums, Spring 2019 Campus Wide elections, March 2018
Approved by the Office of the President, 10/26/2018
Modifications to the Student Government and Campus-Wide Election process, approved by the Dean of Students & VPSA, and President Fenves 12/19/2018