Governing Documents


The Governing Documents of the University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA) define how the UPUA functions as an organization. The primary way to approve or amend The Constitution, The Bylaws and Operational Code, and the Elections Code, a policy must be passed by a two-thirds (2/3rds) majority of those present and voting in the General Assembly. Amendments to the Constitution may also come from a Referendum by the Undergraduate Student Body. Referenda are proposed by petitions signed by three percent (3%) of the full-time undergraduate population and approved by a simple majority of those voting when at least fifteen percent (15%) of all eligible undergraduate students vote.


The UPUA Constitution


The UPUA Constitution provides the basis for the UPUA’s authority by the student body & the Board of Trustees. It also establishes the UPUA’s guiding principles, basic structure, and other relevant rules.


The UPUA Bylaws and Operational Code


The Bylaws and Operational Code is a supplement to the the University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA) Constitution. Its purpose is to clarify matters not expressly covered by the Constitution.


The UPUA Elections Code


Each year the Assembly approves an Elections Code for the upcoming election. The purpose of The Elections Code is to ensure fair and efficient election for the University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA). The Code derives its authority from the UPUA Constitution and Bylaws, and is enforced wholly within the provisions of these documents.