The Governance of the Students of the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
Approved by SAC 11/18/98
Approved by JSC 1/23/98
In order to create a more representative and responsive student government, one that would have greater power given its increased
validity as the voice of the student body at The Cooper Union for the
Advancement of Science and Art, we form our student government as defined in the following articles.
ARTICLE ONE-- STUDENT COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVES
Section I-- Election of Student Representatives
- One student representative will be elected to represent each
section, each year, and, where appropriate, each major. A student
representative will be said to have been elected with plurality when a
majority of the constituency has participated in the election.
- If the replacement of a Student Council representative becomes
necessary, the members of the Student Council of the particular school
shall decide whether to hold a new election, to ask the runnerup in the
previous election to serve as a replacement, or to appoint
someone to fill the seat, using their own judgement as to which method
will best serve the interests of the constituency to be represented and
the Student Council as a whole.
- Failure to provide sufficient candidates in any election may result
in non-representation for that particular constituency.
- The Joint Student Council will consist of the following Student
|Year||Architecture Student Council||Art Student
Council||Engineering Student Council|
|1||3 reps by section||4
reps by Section||4 or 5 reps by
|2||3 reps at large||4
reps at Large||5 reps by major|
|3||3 reps at large||4
reps at large||5 reps by major|
|4||3 reps at large||4
reps at large||5 reps by major|
|5 or Graduate||3 reps at
large||Not applicable||1 Master's candidate at
|Total||15 reps||16 reps
||20 or 21 reps|
Section II-- Responsibilities of Student Representatives
- Student Council Representatives, by majority vote, select the number
of representatives and alternates within their school to serve on faculty
and student committees, as specified under the governance for the
particular committee. Each of the individual Student Councils may
decide, on a case by case basis, how to fill positions on nongovernance
- Student Council Representatives within each school, by majority
vote, select two administrative chairpersons.
- Student Council Representatives hold monthly meetings as a group to
discuss issues and determine a plan of action to resolve problems.
- Student Council Representatives may request emergency meetings if
the co-chairs agree or if 2/3 of the other student council
representatives vote to hold such a meeting.
- Student Council Representatives hold an open forum at least one time
per semester where students of their school can voice opinions and concerns.
- Each student council representative is responsible for maintaining
an on-going dialogue with his or her constituency.
- Student Council Representatives are responsible for reporting and
representing student needs and concerns to the appropriate administrators.
ARTICLE TWO-- ROLE OF ADMINISTRATIVE CHAIRPERSONS
Section I-- Special Duties of Administrative Chairpersons
- Administrative Chairpersons will also serve as the Student
Representatives to the Faculty Administrative Committee of the
Administrative Chairperson's particular school.
- Administrative Chairpersons will prepare the agenda for the meetings
of the Joint Student Council and the individual schools' Student Councils.
Items for the agenda may be submitted by any Student Representative.
- Administrative Chairpersons will notify Student Representatives of
meetings, chair the meetings, and assure that minutes are recorded for
- Administrative Chairpersons will direct problems until such problems
are resolved and ensure that recommendations are followed.
- Administrative Chairpersons will assess the relevance of emergency
meeting requests and give approval.
- Following the recommendations of their particular Student Council,
Administrative Chairpersons will decide when to take cross-school issues
to the Joint Student Council.
- Administrative Chairpersons will call a meeting of the Administrative
Chairpersons of all three schools if it appears necessary to schedule an
emergency meeting of the Joint Student Council to resolve an issue.
- Administrative Chairpersons are responsible for keeping the Student
Representatives informed about the status of any particular issue or
- Administrative Chairpersons are responsible for overseeing the
performance of all responsibilities by the individual student
- At the end of each year, the Administrative Chairpersons of each
school, after consulting the Student Representatives on their particular
school's Student Council in a given year, should prepare a two page
summary report of the year's accomplishments, unfinished
agenda, and any advice they wish to share with subsequent Student
ARTICLE THREE-- STANDING COMMITTEE REPRESENTATIVES
Section I--Definition of Standing Committees
- Included in this category are any committees that have been
established under the faculty governances of the four faculties or any
committees established as part of any accreditation visit to the Cooper
Union, including, but not limited to Middle States, ABET, NASAD, and
NAAB, or any committee established by the administration whose mission
states that student representatives must be elected by the Joint Student
Council. Such committees may vary from year to year and by school.
Section II-- Election to Standing Committees
- The elected student representatives shall elect from their own ranks
representatives and alternates to each standing committee, as specified
by the rules of each particular committee.
Section III-- Responsibilities
- Student representatives serving on standing committees must attend
each scheduled meeting of the committee. If this should prove
impossible, the student representative must arrange to be replaced by his
or her alternate. All appropriate material, including
notes of previous meetings and agenda for the meeting, must be handed by
the student representative to the alternate.
- Student representatives serving on standing committees must remember
that they have been elected or appointed to the committee to represent
student opinion. Thus, they should raise and seek resolutions of student
concerns as appropriate to the purview of the particular committee.
- Student representatives serving on standing committees should be
prepared to make a presentation about the meetings of their committee to
their individual Student Council or to the Joint Student Council, when
appropriate. A copy of the minutes of the meetings of a standing
committee should be given to the administrative chairpersons and placed in
the record of the Student Council.
- At the end of the year, student representatives serving on standing
committees should submit to their administrative chairpersons a brief
report of the committee's proceedings
for the year, its accomplishments and unfinished agenda.
ARTICLE FOUR-- JOINT STUDENT COUNCIL
Section I-- Membership
- Each student elected to serve as a Student Council Representative to
his or her particular school shall also serve as a Joint Student Council
- The Joint Student Council shall address issues of common concern to
all Cooper Union students.
- The Joint Student Council reaches decisions by consensus.
Section III-- Responsibilities of the Joint Student Council
- The Joint Student Council shall call a meeting of all its members
at least once every semester. These meetings shall be open to all
students. Students who wish to raise issues must request that the matter
be included as an agenda item.
ARTICLE FIVE-- ACCOUNTABILITY
- Students who choose to serve as representatives must be prepared to
give the time and effort needed to fulfill the duties of the office.
- Attendance at Council, Joint Council, and committee meetings is
- In the event that a Student Representative fails to fulfill
responsibilities, including the responsibility of attending meetings,
that representative may be dismissed by a
two thirds vote of the appropriate Student Council and be replaced by an
alternate. The Administrative Chairpersons shall inform the constituency
of such a change in writing.
- If the Student Council as a whole is not performing, any student may
request a referendum for a no-confidence vote by submitting a petition
signed by 1/3 of the student body.