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EM:P07-01 Minimum Academic Qualifications for Student Office Holders

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Month/Year Posted: 
02-2007
Policy Number: 
EM:P07-01

Effective spring 2007, the following provisions will apply to all undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students seeking and holding student government offices and appointments. In addition, at the end of fall semester 2007 this policy will be revisited to consider increasing the undergraduate minimum GPA requirement to 2.5 for major student government officers. Authority is provided in the Chancellor’s Office policy, Minimum Academic Qualifications for Student Office Holders (1997).

Given the representative, fiduciary, legal, and other long-range policy making responsibilities of student office holders, it is the policy of Humboldt State University that student office holders have an obligation to demonstrate academic involvement, achievement, and progress.

All student office holders must be matriculated (regularly enrolled in a degree-seeking program) at HSU, must maintain a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) each term as described below, must be in good standing, and must not be on probation of any kind. These requirements apply to all elected and appointed positions of Associated Students of HSU, including student representatives to system-wide and university committees and the University Center Board of Directors, as well as student representative offices within recognized campus clubs and organizations.

These requirements are minimum qualifications. Organizations may establish additional requirements provided that the requirements do not discriminate on the basis of race, age, religion, gender (unless exempt under Title IX, Section 901a), disability, sexual orientation, or national origin.

REQUIREMENTS:

Major Student Government Offices

Major student government offices include members of the student governing board (e.g., Associated Students); University Center Board of Directors, or others with fiduciary responsibilities (e.g., other campus auxiliaries); and campus representatives to the California State Student Association (CSSA) and/or all statewide committees.

Incumbent Requirements

Undergraduate students must earn a minimum of nine (9) semester units of credit per term while holding office. Undergraduate students must also maintain a minimum HSU cumulative and semester GPA of 2.3.

Post-baccalaureate students must earn six (6) semester units of credit per term and be enrolled and making satisfactory progress in a degree program while holding office. Post-baccalaureate students must also maintain a post-baccalaureate minimum HSU cumulative and semester GPA of 3.0.

Undergraduate students are allowed to earn a maximum of 170 cumulative semester units required for a specific baccalaureate degree objective. Post-baccalaureate students are allowed to earn a maximum of 50 cumulative units required for the graduate or credential objective.

Students holding over the maximum number of cumulative units will no longer be eligible to hold office.

Candidate Requirements

Undergraduate candidates must maintain a minimum of nine (9) semester units of credit per term and have a minimum HSU cumulative and semester GPA of 2.3, while running for or being appointed to office. Major student government office candidates must have successfully completed at least 12 semester units at HSU in the twelve months preceding the semester in which the election is held or appointment takes place.

Post-baccalaureate students must maintain six (6) semester units of credit per term, have a post-baccalaureate minimum HSU cumulative and semester GPA of 3.0, and be enrolled and making satisfactory progress in a degree/credential program while running for office.

Undergraduate students are allowed to earn a maximum of 150 cumulative semester units required for a specific baccalaureate degree objective. Post-baccalaureate students are allowed to earn a maximum of 50 cumulative units required for the graduate or credential objective.

Students holding over the maximum number of cumulative units will not be eligible to run for office.

Minor Representative Officers

Minor representative officers are defined by the campus, and may include officers in student clubs and organizations or representatives to various university committees.

Incumbent Requirements

Undergraduate students must earn a minimum of seven (7) semester units of credit per term while holding office. Undergraduate students must also maintain a minimum HSU cumulative and semester GPA of 2.0.

Post-baccalaureate students must earn five (5) semester units of credit per term and be enrolled and making satisfactory progress in a degree program while holding office. Post-baccalaureate students must also maintain a post-baccalaureate minimum HSU cumulative and semester GPA of 3.0.

Undergraduate students are allowed to earn a maximum of 164 cumulative semester units required for a specific baccalaureate degree objective. Post-baccalaureate students are allowed to earn a maximum of 50 cumulative units required for the graduate or credential objective.

Students holding over the maximum number of cumulative units will no longer be eligible to hold office.

Candidate Requirements

Undergraduate candidates must maintain a minimum of seven (7) semester units of credit per term and have a minimum HSU cumulative and semester GPA of 2.0, while running for office.

Post-baccalaureate students must maintain five (5) semester units of credit per term, have a post-baccalaureate minimum HSU cumulative and semester GPA of 3.0, and be enrolled and making satisfactory progress in a graduate degree/credential program while running for office.

Undergraduate students are allowed to earn a maximum of 150 cumulative semester units required for a specific baccalaureate degree objective. Post-baccalaureate students are allowed to earn a maximum of 50 cumulative units required for the graduate or credential objective.

Students holding over the maximum number of cumulative units will not be eligible to run for office.

Exceptions

Under extraordinary circumstances the campus Vice President for Student Affairs may make an exception to the requirements for unit load, maximum allowable units, residency and GPA.

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