Wyrick Student Project – Guidelines for Program Operation

Op5.22 Wyrick Student Project – Guidelines for Program Operation

Section I – Introduction and Purpose

The Wyrick Student Project Fund (the Wyrick Fund) was initiated in 1983 by the students of Southwest Missouri State University (now known as Missouri State University), and authorized by the Southwest Missouri State University Board of Regents (now know as the Missouri State University Board of Governors). The program is named in honor of Dr. Thomas J. Wyrick, whose dedication and hard work inspired Missouri State University students to participate in the improvement of their University through innovative programs and effective student government. The Wyrick Fund is monitored and maintained by the Wyrick Project Fund Commission (Wyrick Commission).

The Wyrick Fund shall provide an annual allowance to finance capital improvement projects on Missouri State University’s campus that ensure the enhanced quality of life of students. Projects must also heighten the caliber of services provided to all the University community. Because of this, the Wyrick Commission has the authority to reject projects that are restricted to a single academic discipline or campus department. The act of developing a viable proposal shall not be for personal gain, but rather to boost involvement while pursuing the betterment of Missouri State University.

Section II – Funding

The Wyrick Student Project Fund is supported by a fee collected from each student enrolled at the Springfield campus of Missouri State University at the rate of three dollars per semester for the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Proposed changes to the fee may be considered each fall and must be first approved by the majority of the Wyrick Commission then approved by the legislative branch of SGA and put to student ballot. To gain final approval, the fee alteration must also be approved by Administrative Council and the Board of Governors.

Section III - Financial Responsibility

The monies in the Wyrick Student Project Fund shall be collected and maintained by the Financial Services department of Missouri State University. The Wyrick Fund monies shall be considered as separate from other monies maintained by the Financial Services department and shall be kept as such.

Funds may be drawn or transferred from the Fund account after all appropriate documentation has been completed in the University’s procurement system at the time of the expenditure, and with the appropriate approval by the Vice President for Student Affairs. The project coordinator, who must be a student, will be responsible for monitoring the activity to assure that no request will lead to an expenditure in excess of the total approved. In addition, the standing Chief Wyrick Commissioner is also responsible for tracking project activity.

Neither the Wyrick Fund nor the Wyrick Student Project Fund Commission may borrow money. However, additions or certain aspects of a project may be funded by separate departments (i.e. ongoing costs). The monies to fund a project must be collected before they can be appropriated to any project.

Section IV - The Wyrick Student Project Fund Commission

  1. Authorization and Purpose
    The Wyrick Student Project Fund Commission shall be established as an executive commission of the Student Government Association. This commission shall administer the Wyrick Fund program following the guidelines in this document.
  2. Membership
    The Wyrick Commission shall consist of the following members:
    1. One student who shall serve as the SGA Chief Wyrick Commissioner and Chairperson
    2. Six students at-large
      1. No more than two students may be from the same academic college.
      2. No more than two students may be from the same class.
      3. Eligible students may be undergraduate or graduate students.
    3. The Vice President for Student Affairs (or appointee)
    4. University Architect and Director of Planning, Design and Construction (or appointee)
    5. Director, Grants and Capital Projects
    6. A representative from the Staff Senate
    7. A representative from the Faculty Senate
    8. The student member of the Board of Governors*
    9. The Student Body President*

      *The student member of the Board of Governors and the Student Body President are standing ex-officio member with no vote.

    These members shall be known as “Wyrick Commissioners.”
  3. Non-Student Member Term of Office
    The newly-elected Student Body President shall ask the Staff Senate and the Faculty Senate each for the name of its representative prior to the end of each spring semester. The Vice President for Student Affairs, the Director, Grants and Capital Projects, and the University Architect and Directior of Planning, Design and Construction shall be standing members of the Wyrick Student Project Fund Commission. Each may name a standing appointee to serve in their absence.
  4. Student Member Selection
    The student representatives shall be selected by the following procedure:

    Following the results of the Spring Student Body Election, the Student Body President-Elect, Student Body Vice-President-Elect, and their Chief of Staff will solicit applications for their Cabinet. On this application, the position of Chief Wyrick Commissioner (the Chairperson of the Wyrick Commission) will be listed. Applicants may have the option of applying for this position. The Student Body President-Elect, the Student Body Vice-President-Elect, and their Chief of Staff have the authority to select the Wyrick Commissioner for the next academic year during this process. The Commissioner must be confirmed by both the Dean of Students and the Vice President for Student Affairs. The selected student will be sworn in as Chief Wyrick Commission along with all of the next academic year’s SGA Cabinet.

    The Chief Wyrick Commissioner may select their six student members with approval of the Student Body President. The Chief Wyrick Commissioner may select half (up to three) of their student commissioners without the use of a formal application in order to aid with Wyrick matters that need to be addressed before the academic year commences. On the SGA Senate session of the academic year, the Wyrick Commission must solicit applications for the remainder of the commission. Application will be reviewed and Commissioners will be selected by the Chief Wyrick Commissioner and the Student Body President. It is the duty of the Chief Wyrick Commissioner and the Student Body President to ensure the Wyrick Commission has no vacancies by October 1st. The selected commissions must be approved by the majority of Senate seats filled.
  5. Student Member Eligibility
    Student members of the Wyrick Commission must be a full time (at least 12 credit hours for undergraduate or 9 credit hours for graduate) student at Missouri State University’s Springfield campus. Commissioners must be available to meet for all Wyrick Commission meetings and affiliated events. Commissioners need not be present at SGA Senate meetings but are encouraged to attend.
  6. Term Lengths for All Commission Members
    Members of the Wyrick Commission have terms that last the approximant length of an academic year. Terms may begin as early as May 1st of the previous academic year. Terms may last until the last day of classes for the academic year in the Spring semester. There are no term limits for members of the Wyrick Commission. It is not necessary for all seats to be filled during the summer semester, but all seats must be filled by October 1st of the fall semester.
  7. Student Member Vacancies
    Vacancies in the student membership of the Wyrick Commission shall be filled in the following manner:

    Applications will be solicited in a similar manner as laid out by Section IV Subsection D. It is the responsibility of the Student Body President and the Chief Wyrick Commissioner to ensure that the commission has no vacancies.

    If the Chief Wyrick Commissioner seat is vacant, the current Student Body President, the Student Body Vice President, and their Chief of Staff will select a new Chief Wyrick Commissioner. If deemed appropriate by the Student Body President, the Vice-Chairperson of the Wyrick Commission, who will serve as the interim Chief Wyrick Commission (see Section V, Subsection B), may be made the standing Chief Wyrick Commission via Executive Order. If not, a formal application process that mirrors regular Cabinet appointments must be followed.
  8. Commissioner Removal from Office
    Removal of student members shall follow similar procedures as set forth by the SGA Constitution for members of the executive branch. Suggestions for removal of administrative, faculty, or staff members of the Wyrick Commission may be submitted by the Chief Wyrick Commissioner, the Student Body President, or the Vice President for Student Affairs. These shall be reviewed by the University President.

Section V - Wyrick Commission Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Chairperson's (Chief Wyrick Commissioner’s) Responsibilities
    The Chief Wyrick Commissioner shall be responsible for the proper functioning of the Commission as outlined in this document, the submission of all Commission reports, and the holding of all necessary meetings and hearings of the Commission. The Chief Wyrick Commissioner primary responsibility during meetings and hearings of the Commission shall be to moderate the proceedings.

    The Chief Wyrick Commissioner shall name a Secretary and Vice Chair from among the student members of the Commission and submit the name of those individuals to the Student Body President.
  2. Vice-Chairperson's Responsibilities
    The Vice-Chairperson shall assume the duties of the Chairperson in the absence of the Chairperson. The Vice-Chairperson may also assume the Chief Wyrick Commissioner’s roll in SGA during an absence. If the Chief Wyrick Commissioner resigns or is removed from office, the Vice-Chairperson will become the interim Chief Wyrick Commissioner until a new Chief Wyrick Commissioner is selected. This interim role may only be held for a maximum of 6 weeks. No legislative action is necessary in making the Vice-Chairperson the Interim Chief Wyrick Commissioner (see Section IV, Subsection G).
  3. Secretary's Responsibilities
    The Secretary of the Wyrick Commission shall record minutes at each meeting and hearing of the Commission and, with the assistance of the Chairperson, maintain a file of those minutes in the Student Government Association's office. In addition, a file of the minutes shall be maintained in the Office of Student Affairs and at the Duane G. Meyer Library. The minutes shall also be made available on the Missouri State Student Government Association website. The Secretary shall also be responsible for distributing the minutes of the last meeting to all Commission members no later than the next meeting. In addition, the Secretary shall be responsible for publicizing all meetings and deadlines as indicated in Section X of this document.
  4. Meetings
    The Wyrick Commission must meet at least once every two months during the academic year and may meet once during the summer, as needed. Individuals may participate via a conference call or webcam.
  5. Quorum
    The Chairperson must be present at all Wyrick Commission meetings (or the Vice-Chairperson in the absence of the Chairperson). In addition, at least three non-student members or designees and at least half of the current at-large student members must be present to achieve quorum. If the group convenes after due notice has been given, and a quorum is not present, the meeting shall be construed to comply with the requirement outlined in Section V, Subsection D.
  6. Voting
    Each member of the Wyrick Commission, excluding the Chairperson, the Student Body President, and the student member of the Board of Governors, shall have one vote in the decisions of the Commission. The Chairperson shall vote only in the case of a tie.
  7. Commission Reports
    1. Report from the Director, Grants and Capital Projects
      The Director, Grants and Capital Projects shall submit a written monthly report on the status of the Fund to the Vice President for Student Affairs and present the report to the Commission. The report must include the amount in the Wyrick Fund and any change in that amount since the last such report. All expenditures must be itemized in the report detailing the purpose of the debit.
    2. Report to the Student Senate and the Student Body President
      The Chief Wyrick Commissioner must report to the Student Senate at every Senate meeting and must report to the Student Body President on a weekly basis during the fall and spring semesters. The reports must include a summary of the Commission's activities. Upon request, all active members and the current balance of the Wyrick Fund must be shared. The Chief Wyrick Commissioner must have a weekly one-on-one meeting with the Student Body President.

Section VI - Contingency Fund

A Wyrick Student Project Contingency Fund (Contingency Fund) shall be maintained. Each year, as of March 31, the Contingency Fund shall be established at a level of $60,000 through transfers to or from the Wyrick Student Project Fund. Investment income earned from all Wyrick Student Project funds shall accumulate in the Contingency Fund. The Contingency Fund is to be used to meet cost overruns for projects that are in progress during the year. Any fees to be paid to consultants for feasibility studies of projects should be paid from the Contingency Fund. No more than $500 may be utilized from the Contingency Fund without the approval of the Wyrick Commission. No more than $50,000 may be used from this fund to meet project cost overruns in any given year.

Section VII - Project Proposals

  1. Project Sponsors
    Proposals for expenditures from the Wyrick Fund may be submitted only by Missouri State University students of the Springfield campus. The Missouri State University student(s) submitting each project shall be defined as the sponsor(s) of that project. If there are multiple sponsors, one student shall be designated as the project coordinator. In addition, one student shall be designated the project manager (detailed in Section IX, Subsection D), who may aid in the oversight for project implementation if the proposal is approved by the student body and the Board of Governors. It is suggested that the student still be present to oversee project implementation in the following academic year.The role of project manager and project sponsor may be filled by the same student.
  2. Proposal Guidelines
    All proposals must conform to the requirements outlined in this document.
    1. Preliminary Research
      Students should determine the feasibility of their ideas and begin formulating a preliminary cost estimate once a project has been decided. The compliance of these ideas with the University's master plan and evidence that the project possesses the potential to enhance the quality of service to all members of the University community should be of the upmost importance when considering a capital project. Students interested in submitting project proposals are expected to work with the University Architect (in lieu of the Office of Design & Construction) and the Vice President for Student Affairs to accomplish these tasks.
    2. Research Responsibility
      The project sponsor(s) shall be responsible for the preparation of their proposals including the compilation of research information. The sources of all research should be documented in the proposal by the project sponsor(s). One of the purposes of the Wyrick Student Project Fund is to provide an educational opportunity to the student drafting the proposal. Thus, the Commission reserves the right to reject any proposal in the event it is determined that the project sponsor(s) was not primarily responsible for the preparation of the proposal and its research.
    3. Proposal
      A preliminary project proposal must be presented to the Commission during the week before the Thanksgiving holiday containing a description of the proposal, location, purpose, cost estimates and any other details which would give the Commission a better understanding of the project. This serves to get students in touch with the Wyrick Commission and appropriate administrators before the official proposal deadline. It also allows the Commission to assess the initial eligibility and feasibility of a proposal before the entire proposal has been constructed. This preliminary proposal should be approximately one to two pages in length. It is the Wyrick Commissioner’s responsibility to set up a time and location for students to present to the commission. If a student is unable to submit a preliminary proposal, the student must schedule a meeting with the Wyrick Commission to discuss their proposal idea in order to be eligible to submit a proposal.

      Project Proposals must be written according to the following outline:
      1. Identification of Project Sponsors
        1. Name(s) of project sponsor(s)
        2. Campus and permanent addresses and telephone numbers of project sponsor(s)
        3. Faculty/Staff advisor(s)
        4. Project coordinator
      2. Description of Proposed Project
        1. General description of proposal
        2. Proposed location for the object of the proposal
        3. Alternative and/or additional uses
        4. Drawbacks and/or additional problems
        5. Necessary modifications to existing structures, including but not limited to the following areas
          1. Lighting
          2. Electrical
          3. Special environment
          4. Special furniture requirements
          5. Building modifications
          6. Additional changes necessary for adoption of the project
      3. Estimated Cost of the Project
        1. Provision of alternatives in order of preference
        2. Provision of complete breakdown of costs
          1. Indication of costs for each alternative
          2. Indication of minimum and maximum costs
        3. Provision for any ongoing costs (i.e., maintenance, repairs, etc.).
      4. Estimated Completion Time of Project
      5. Estimated Life of the Project
      6. Justification of Project—explanation of how the proposed project will benefit the students of Missouri State University and/or the University community and demonstration of its potential impact.
      7. Administrative Support—Signed letter(s) of support from appropriate administrator(s), as necessary. The letter(s) of support should detail any ongoing commitments, maintenance, support, or costs associated with the proposal that will be assumed by the University.

      Any additional information or documentation necessary to the proposal must be included as is appropriate.
    4. Availability of Funds
      No project shall be accepted which assumes an estimated cost greater than the uncommitted funds available in the Wyrick Fund at the time of the April Election.
    5. Ongoing Costs
      Proposals for projects which may require future or ongoing costs if implemented must propose the means by which these costs will be met. A proposal may provide for the University to assume any further financial responsibility for a project provided that written documentation is provided to the Wyrick Commission from the appropriate University official stating which budget will be utilized to cover such costs. Acceptance of such a project proposal by the Board of Governors shall be construed as acceptance of that financial responsibility. However, written documentation from the appropriate University official stating which budget shall be utilized to cover such costs must be provided to the Commission. The original proposal must be signed by the dean or director of the appropriate unit, as well as the vice president to whom they reports. This will confirm that there will be sufficient departmental reserves allocated to support the ongoing costs for hourly help, maintenance, and operating expenses. The signature by the Vice President will confirm to the Board of Governors that money is available and that the project will not require support from any other unit, above the allocation provided by the Wyrick Fund.
    6. Proposal Submission Deadline
      Project proposals must be submitted to the Commission no later than the last day of classes during the fall semester. (This excludes finals week.) This deadline shall be announced in the same manner as all Commission meetings.
  3. Independence of Projects
    All projects must be funded entirely by the Wyrick Fund, excepting those expenditures described in Section VII, Subsection B, Paragraph 5, of this document. The resources of the Fund may be appropriated only to student-sponsored projects approved by the Commission, the administration of the University, the Missouri State University Board of Governors, and the student body through a student election and only by the procedures outlined in this document.
  4. Conflict of Interest
    No member of the Wyrick Commission or the Executive or Judicial Branches of the Student Government Association shall sponsor a project proposal or publicly support any one project proposal over another.

Section VIII - Process for Project Proposal Approval

  1. Solicitation of Project Proposals
    The Wyrick Commission is responsible for soliciting project proposals during each fall semester. These efforts should start by the third week of the semester and must include notices in The Missouri State University Standard or similar publication, as well as other forms of campus publicity.
  2. Wyrick Commission Review and Modification of Proposals
    After receiving the projects, the Wyrick Commission must review the projects and determine if all requirements have been met by the project sponsors. If any project proposal is unacceptable as submitted, but the Commission believes the proposal would be acceptable if modified, then the Commission may return the proposal to its sponsor(s) for modification. The proposal may be modified during this time only to the extent that it addresses the concerns of the Commission. Extensive modifications to the proposal will not be accepted after the deadline stated in Section VII, Subsection b, Paragraph 6. The modified proposal shall be submitted to the Commission during a time period of no more than two weeks following return to the sponsor(s). The Commission reserves the right to return the proposal to the sponsor(s) multiple times to address concerns, as necessary.
  3. Submission of Project Proposals to the University Administration
    Once the Wyrick Commission has reviewed the proposal and deemed the project acceptable, the Commission shall submit all acceptable project proposals to the Office of Planning, Design & Construction for further study. The Office of Planning, Design & Construction shall verify or adjust the cost estimate and determine the feasibility of each project. The Office of Planning, Design & Construction shall incorporate a ten percent cost overrun cushion into the cost estimates for all Wyrick Fund proposals.
  4. Return of Reviewed Projects to the Wyrick Commission
    The Office of Design & Construction shall return all reviewed project proposals to the Wyrick Commission no later than March 1, unless a delay is approved by a majority of the Commission. If the Commission approves a delay in the March 1 submission deadline, the Commission may revise subsequent deadlines as well.
  5. Wyrick Commission Report to the President of the University
    The Commission must submit a written report to the President of the University no later than the second week of March recommending up to ten project proposals for placement on the April ballot. The report must include the Commission's justification for recommending or rejecting each project and copies of the final project proposals. The report shall be forwarded to the Student Body President and must be posted on the official SGA bulletin board or other such place as designated by the Student Body Vice President.
  6. Public Hearing Prior to Rejection of Proposal
    The Commission shall hold at least one public hearing before eliminating any project proposal from the approval process. The date, time and place of this hearing shall be announced in the specified manner for all meetings of the Commission, as stated in Section X. The sponsor of any project under consideration for disqualification or elimination must be given written notice of the hearing at least three days in advance. No proposal shall be rejected due to the absence of the proposal sponsor(s) resulting from lack of notification of meeting places or times.
  7. Approval of Recommended Proposals
    The President of the University must approve the Commission's recommendation before the recommended projects may be placed on the ballot. This approval should be announced to the Commission by April 1.
  8. Explanation for Rejection
    If a project is rejected by any element of the University administration, a written explanation shall accompany the rejection. The Wyrick Commission shall forward a copy of this written explanation to the project sponsors.
  9. Project Proposal Elections
    1. General Requirements
      An SGA-administered Wyrick Student Project Fund election shall be held each April in accordance with SGA election by-laws and in conjunction with the Student Government Association general and run-off elections. Project proposals for the expenditure of Wyrick Student Project Fund monies shall be voted upon by the student body of Missouri State University at these elections.
    2. Eligibility of Voters
      All students at the Springfield campus of Missouri State University are eligible to vote.
    3. Ballot Requirements
      The general ballot shall include all proposals that were approved both by the President of the University and the Wyrick Commission, as stated in Section VIII, Subsection G.
    4. Requirements for Instructions for Voting
      Detailed descriptions about each proposal must be included on the electronic ballot.. This information shall contain the cost of each of the proposals and a summary of what they propose to do. The total amount of money in the Wyrick Student project Fund for that year shall also be explicitly stated as well as an explanation of the ranking system which will determine in what order proposals will receive funding (outlined in Section VIII, Subsection I, Paragraph 6). These descriptions shall be displayed in such a manner that only eye contact is required to read them. Accommodations for students with disabilities will be provided.
    5. Voting
      Each student at the Springfield campus shall be permitted to vote "yes", "no", or “abstain” for each proposal listed on the ballot. A "no" vote for each proposal shall be construed as a vote to hold over all monies in the Wyrick Fund until next year. A vote to “abstain” will not count as a “yes” or “no” vote.
    6. Tabulation of Votes and Funding Mechanism
      The "yes" and "no" votes shall be counted from each ballot cast. If a proposal receives more "yes" votes than "no" votes, then it will be ranked for funding. The proposal that receives the most "yes" votes will receive funding first, followed by the proposal that receives the second greatest amount of "yes" votes, etc., until funds for that year are expended. A project must be wholly funded in its passed form and cannot be partially funded with remaining funds. In the case that two or more proposals receive the same number of "yes" votes, the decision for which proposal receives funding, and in what order, is left to the Commission. In the case that a proposal receives an equal number of "yes" and "no" votes, then that proposal will fail.
  10. Board of Governors Approval of Project Proposals
    After the results of the final Wyrick Student Project Fund election have been validated by the Campus Judicial Board in accordance with the SGA Election Bylaws, the Wyrick Commission shall submit the winning proposals to the Board of Governors for approval at their next regularly scheduled meeting.

    Should the Board of Governors deny approval to any project, the Student Governor shall deliver a written explanation for the denial to the Chief Wyrick Commissioner. The Commission shall promptly send a copy of the explanation to the student sponsor(s) of the proposal.

Section IX - Project Implementation

  1. Project Proposal Priority
    After approval by the Board of Governors, the project proposals shall be assigned a priority depending upon the number of votes each received in the final election. The project receiving the greatest number of votes shall be assigned the highest priority and the project receiving the least number of votes shall be assigned a lower or the lowest priority.
  2. Implementation of Projects According to Priority Status
    Projects shall be implemented according to the priority status of each. Bids shall be taken and accepted in accordance with Missouri State University bidding procedures. No project may be implemented if enough funds do not exist in the Wyrick Student Project Fund (excluding the Contingency Fund) to cover the entire cost of the project except as prescribed in Section IX, Subsection E, Paragraph l.
  3. Proper and Timely Initiation of Projects
    Once the projects have been voted on, recommended by the president and approved by the Board of Governors they are ready for initiation. Budgeted funds will be reserved for each project and implementation shall begin within 120 days of Board of Governors approval. A project is considered started upon the release of a purchase requisition or the awarding of a contract for work on that project. No project will be allowed to commit or spend for goods, services, or renovation, an amount in excess of the total funding ceiling approved. Failure to begin the project within the 120 days will void the approval and require that the process for requesting funds be reinstated in a subsequent year, unless an exception has been approved by the Wyrick Commission. The beginning of the project shall be considered as a Project Request form being effectively submitted to the Office of Planning, Design & Contruction.
  4. Project Manager
    The individual listed as the project manager in the proposal will aid in managing the project budget along with the standing Chief Wyrick Commissioner, preparing documents through the purchasing system, and reporting to the Wyrick Commission upon completion of the project. The Vice President for Student Affairs or a designee will work closely with this student throughout the process and retain signatory authority throughout the process. Staff in the Office of Design & Construction will also be assigned to monitor each project.
  5. Project Revision and Cost Overruns
    1. Appropriation Deficiency Prior to Project Commencement
      In the event that no project bid is received for an amount less than or equal to the estimated cost of the project as appropriated by the student body and approved by the Board of Governors, the Wyrick Commission must decide whether to modify the proposal to allow for adequate cost savings or to terminate the project due to inadequate funds. The Commission may elect to propose that the Student Senate appropriate up to an additional $5000 from the Contingency Fund to allow commencement of the project. If these funds are not available in the Contingency Fund, they may be used from the Wyrick Fund with the approval of the commission and the Student Senate.
    2. Non-Cost Project Revisions
      After proposal elections, the project manager may propose changes to the project proposal. These changes may be implemented if they do not entail cost increases and if the Wyrick Commission approves the changes. The Commission shall not approve changes that substantially alter the original intent or purpose of the project.
    3. Cost Overruns Due to Unforeseen Circumstances
      In the event that, due to extraordinary and unforeseen circumstances, the cost of completing a project exceeds the amount stipulated in the contract for completion of that project, and the contractor is not liable for those cost overruns, the Contingency Fund may be used to meet these additional costs (in accordance with Section VI). In the event that these additional costs are so great that the amount in the Contingency Fund is inadequate, the Wyrick Commission shall recommend to the Student Senate that the project be returned to a student vote unless the administration will cover the remaining costs of the project. The approval of the Student Senate shall be required in order to return any project to a student vote.

Section X - Sunshine Rule

All meetings and hearings held by the Wyrick Commission shall be open and announced at least one week in advance by posting the date, time and location of the meeting or hearing on the SGA bulletin board or such place designated by the Student Body Vice President. In addition, a notice must be printed in The Missouri State University Standard or similar publication, prior to any meeting or hearing. A notice may also be placed on the Student Government Association website. All books and records of the Wyrick Commission and the Wyrick Student Project Fund are open to the students of Missouri State University.

Section XI - Amendment of Guidelines

Amendments or changes to these guidelines shall be ratified in the same manner as amendments to the SGA Constitution. Purely stylistic changes and updates may be enacted by the Wyrick Commission with the approval of the Student Senate.

Section XII - Ratification

These guidelines shall be fully ratified after passage by a two-thirds majority of the Student Senate seats filled, a majority of the votes cast in a student body referendum, and the approval of the Missouri State University President.

Section XIII - Enabling Clause

These guidelines shall go into effect immediately following their adoption by the student body and by the President of the university. These guidelines shall take precedence over all former Wyrick Commission guidelines. These guidelines shall not be construed as retroactive. Any Commissioner in office at the time of adoption of these guidelines shall serve the remainder of the stated term of office in accordance with these guidelines.

These guidelines are approved as amended:

November 18, 1999 by the Wyrick Student Project Fund Commission
February 8, 2000 by the Student Senate of Missouri State University
April 12, 2000 by the Student Body of Missouri State University
May 15, 2000 by Dr. John H. Keiser, President of the University
May 15, 2008 by Dr. Michael T. Nietzel, President of the University