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Senators fail to meet GPA requirement

Published: Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Updated: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 23:02

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Kenneth Medley

Five members of the East Tennessee State University Student Government Association, including three senators, failed to meet the semester GPA requirement set forth in the SGA constitution.

The SGA constitution requires that all SGA members maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA and 2.25 semester GPA.

The SGA was still able to conduct business Tuesday, despite having three senators in attendance who were not constitutionally qualified to represent the student body.

The SGA made arrangements for this by taking into account the number of individuals who did not qualify to vote, docking the total number of votes by that amount and listing those not counted as abstentions.

Sally Lee, adviser to SGA and associate vice president for student affairs, said that the requirement was incorporated into the constitution when the SGA was predominantly comprised of honors scholars.

“When you’ve got a group in here that’s all making 3.8s all the time, a 2.2 sounds like, ‘Oh, no problem, everybody will always make that,’” Lee said.

A resolution to deal with the GPA problem has been submitted to internal affairs committee. The committee will analyze the piece of legislation and report back to the senate.

After which, the SGA senate will vote on the piece of legislation.

“So, part of the problem is there’s no method for enforcing it. I mean ... what do I do?” Lee said. “Go around and tap somebody on the shoulder and say, ‘Don’t come back next week?’ And then, there’s no appeal process. So, it will be interesting to see what the committee does.”

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