Published 8 Mar 2021
Updated 17 Mar 2021 (Updated names of Vice Presidents in the infographic)

Stipend Referendum

The 7th Yale-NUS Student Government (“7th StuGov”), committed to resolving in a democratic manner the question of whether the future and/or current elected members of StuGov should receive a stipend, following consultations with the College Administration, Student Body, and StuGov members, hereby sponsors this referendum ballot on the allocation of a stipend for voting by the Student Body.

Summary of Points

  • The Dean of Students’ Office (“DOS”) will allocate a sum at the start of each financial year to StuGov, to be disbursed at the end of the StuGov’s term in the form of a stipend.
  • At the start of the term of each StuGov, DOS will sign a public agreement with the StuGov President to disburse the stipend at the end of the StuGov’s term. The sum will be confirmed after the college’s budget allocation is finalised by April and will not be amended after that.
  • Only elected members of StuGov will be eligible for the stipend.
  • This stipend will not affect or count towards the 16hr/week part-time work quota for international students.
  • All elected members of StuGov will be guaranteed the allocation of a stipend. However, should a challenge arise based on the grounds for impeachment per Article IX: Procedures of the Yale-NUS Student Government Constitution, the investigation and decision on eligibility of the member in question shall be pursued by the Student Judiciary.
  • Voting on the referendum will follow the Plurality Rule. The procedures of this referendum will be separate and distinct from the AY20/21 StuGov Elections, and will be disseminated by the AY20/21 Elections Committee.
  • The Student Body, consisting of all currently matriculated students of Yale-NUS College, excluding Exchange students enrolled in Yale-NUS this semester, are eligible to vote. This will include all current members of the 7th StuGov.
  • There will be 3 questions in the referendum ballot, each subject to an independent vote and count.
    • Question 1: “In principle, should future iterations of the Yale-NUS Student Government, from AY21/22 onwards, receive a stipend from the College?”
    • Question 2: “If the option for “Yes” in Question 1 passes the post, what structure should the allocation of a stipend follow?”
    • Question 3: “If the option for “Yes” in Question 1 passes the post, should the current 7th Yale-NUS Student Government (term started from 21 April, 2020) be eligible for the full sum under Structure 1 (“Fixed Stipend”), and pro-rated as detailed in Appendix II?”
  • The stipend will be differentiated by “ExCo” and “Directorship/Class Representative” offices, per the chart below:

  • There will be 2 proposed structures for a stipend to be voted on in Question 2. Structure 1 (“Fixed Stipend”) and Structure 2 (“Claim-By-Hour Stipend”) will allocate a maximum of S$1632 to each ExCo office, and S$1224 to each Class Representative and Directorship office.
  • For StuGov members elected via a by-election, and members who voluntarily resign before the full duration of a term, the stipend amount to which they are eligible will be pro-rated to (Structure 1)/counted by (Structure 2) the number of academic weeks they are in office.

7th StuGov Opinion Statement

While each member is free to express their opinions regarding the stipend, the 7th StuGov as a body will not be making any statements in favor nor against the stipend. While we are the authors of this document, we do not wish to further influence the decision that is to be made by the Student Body. We fully encourage the community to host a healthy debate on the issue, and to participate in the referendum vote.

Background Information

In May 2020, after the 7th StuGov was elected into office, the President and three Vice-Presidents (VP Internal Administration, Student Activities, and Student Life) of the preceding 6th StuGov were informed by DOS that a sum amounting to a maximum of S$2000 and S$1600 respectively will be transferred to them in the form of a stipend. The 7th StuGov and the Octant went public with this information on 10 September 2020, and the Dean of Students released a detailed email titled “Student Government Stipend” on 12 September 2020.

Since May 2020, there has been no transfer of any sum to a member of the 7th StuGov, and since 12 September 2020, DOS has placed a hold on the payment of a stipend to any iteration of StuGov until the community can be engaged in thoughtful and respectful dialogue. While there is precedence for student associations in North America and Europe to be compensated with a stipend during their term, it is a novel concept for student unions in Singapore.

Referendum Questions

Question 1

“In principle, should future iterations of the Yale-NUS Student Government, after the AY20/21 Elections, receive a stipend from the College?”

Select one of the responses:

  1. Yes – Future iterations of StuGov, from AY21/22 onwards, should receive a stipend.
  2. No – Future iterations of StuGov, from AY21/22 onwards, should not receive a stipend.

Question 2

“If the option for “Yes” in Q1 passes the post, what structure should the allocation of a stipend follow?”

Select one of the responses:

  1. Structure 1: ‘Fixed Stipend’ – Eligible members will receive a fixed stipend amount at the end of their term, pro-rated to the number of academic weeks they serve in office.
    ExCo offices: S$1632/term [pro-rate: S$48/academic week]
    Directorship offices: S$1224/term [pro-rate: S$36/academic week]
    Class Representative offices: S$1224/term [pro-rate: S$36/academic week]
  2. Structure 2: ‘Claim-By-Hour Stipend’ – Eligible members will be able to file a weekly claim for the “active work” they execute, at a rate of $6/hr, and capped to a maximum number of hours per week regardless of the total time spent on “active work”.
    ExCo offices: capped at 8hrs/week, maximum sum of S$1632/term
    Directorship offices: capped at 6hrs/week, maximum sum of S$1224/term
    Class Representative offices: capped at 6hrs/week, maximum sum of S$1224/term
  3. Abstain

Question 3

“If the option for “Yes” in Q1 passes the post, should the current 7th Yale-NUS Student Government (term started from 21 April, 2020) be eligible for the full sum under Structure 1 (“Fixed Stipend”), and pro-rated as detailed in Appendix II?”

Select one of the responses:

  1. Yes – Eligible members of the 7th StuGov, listed in Appendix II, should receive the “Fixed Stipend” amount per Question 2.
  2. No – Eligible members of the 7th StuGov, listed in Appendix II, should not receive the “Fixed Stipend” amount per Question 2.
  3. Abstain

FAQ

Why is the stipend proposed here provided by the College offices, and not funded through other models (eg. union fees)?

While we did consider the possibility of funding the stipend through union fees, StuGov is unlike other Student Unions in Singapore, and does not have the administrative mechanisms to collect and manage fees directly from students.

How does the stipend affect the Student Government’s relationship with the College administration? (Conflict of interest, etc.)

Under the proposed constitutional amendments, there are two clauses which functions to guarantee the sum of the stipend from DOS at the start of StuGov’s term, and to ensure that this amount is not adjusted based on fear or favour at the time of disbursement towards the end of the term. 

Article X, Section 9, Clause 1c.: “At the start of each Government term, the President is to come to an agreement with the Dean of Students Office to guarantee the total sum of the stipend, and that the sum will not be altered at the time of disbursement owing to issues relating of performance or preference, unless decided upon by the Judiciary,” 

Article X, Section 9, Clause 5: “Should the Judiciary, upon reviewing the report outlined in Article IV, Section 5, Clause 2h, or finding an elected member guilty of misconduct and/or warranting impeachment as outlined in the procedures and definitions of Article IX, with the exception of Section 7 on voluntary resignations, may file a notice to the President and Dean of Students Office to withhold the stipend from said member.” 

The stipend is granted on an automatic approval basis, and can only be adjusted based on 1) a shorter elected term in office, on basis of appointment/by-election/resignation, and 2) veto-ed by the Student Judiciary. The DOS has agreed to abide by this procedure, and is understanding towards preventing a conflict of interest from arising out of the stipend’s mechanisms. 

Will StuGov members be able to claim a stipend, as well as Student Associate pay, if they hold both a StuGov and SA position which overlaps?

Under the new structure which will take effect from AY21/22, there will be new constitutional clauses which will prevent StuGov members from holding SA positions which overlap with their duties. For example, the Director of Residential Life will not be able to hold the positions of DXT or Housing SA, and the Vice-President overseeing their portfolios will be similarly prohibited. This clause will apply regardless of whether a stipend is approved via the referendum.

Why is there a difference in the stipend amount for ExCo and Directorship/Class Representative positions?

In AY20/21 Semester 1, StuGov conducted an internal review on all positions, their responsibilities, and the hours worked by each office-holder. On average across the term, each ExCo member spent between 8-12hrs/week, Directors spent between 3-6hrs/week, and Class Representatives spent between 3-4hrs/week. This number may fluctuate significantly between weeks and offices. 

StuGov is currently in the midst of restructuring to ensure that all ExCo positions hold responsibilities which average between 8-12hrs/week, and Directors/Class Representatives will work between 4-6hrs/week. Because of the difference in scope, time and weight of responsibilities outlined by the Constitution, all members of StuGov are in agreement that a principle of difference can be applied.

How are the calculations for the stipend amount made?

In calculating the sum, we started with the following principles:

  • The hourly rate of the stipend should not exceed that of any student associate role on campus, which at present, is minimally S$10/hr 
  • The sum of the stipend per term should be sufficiently substantial, at a minimum of S$1000
  • The difference in amount between ExCo and Directorship/Class Representative offices should not be too significant. 
  • All elected members of StuGov should be eligible for a stipend

With these principles, we applied an hourly rate of S$6 to the lower number of hours for ExCo positions (8hrs), and to the higher number of hours for Directors/Class Representatives (6hrs). Working with the current structure (Appendix II), the stipend was calculated as follows:

  • 6 Exco offices (S$6/hr * 8hr/week * 34 academic weeks = S$1662 * 5 = S$9792)
  • 12 Dir/Class Rep offices (S$6/hr * 6hr/week * 34 academic weeks = S$1224 * 12 = S$14,688)

Total sum of stipend for StuGov under the AY20/21 structure = S$24,480

What are the checks-and-balance on the stipend?

The Student Judiciary, consisting of up to 7 volunteers selected by the Elections Committee, is the independent body which oversees the constitutionality of StuGov and its members. This includes the responsibilities of each member outlined in the Constitution. Therefore, the Student Judiciary has a right to investigate any member suspected of misconduct or failure in executing their duties, and may publicly publish the results of this investigation if requested. 

Moreover, the stipend may be viewed as an added formalisation of StuGov’s responsibilities. The student body has the right to scrutinise the incumbent members on their work and conduct, and to file an appeal to the Student Judiciary to investigate any member if necessary.

Timeline

Week 7: Draft publicised for inputs + call for feedback/focus group

Week 9: Information session on Stipend Referendum

Week 10: Referendum document is finalised

Week 11/12: Referendum vote alongside StuGov elections

Appendix I: Proposed Restructuring

Appendix II: Eligible Members (7th StuGov)

If the “Yes” vote for Question 3 passes the post, 7th StuGov members will receive the corresponding amounts as detailed below. The following calculations are assuming that the incumbent will step down at the end of Sem 2, Week 13.

Only members of the Executive and Senate can be counted as elected members; hence the Judiciary is not eligible for the stipend.

Executive

Position Name Eligibility
President Nur Hazeem Bin Abdul Nasser Full amount – S$1632
(Elected 21 April 2020)
Vice President of Internal Administration Chan Shawn Kit Full amount – S$1632
(Elected 21 April 2020)
Vice President of Student Activities Gabriele Ramanauskaite (Gabi) Full amount – S$1632
(Elected 21 April 2020)
Vice President of Student Life Tee Ming En Joshua Pro-rated amount – S$480
(Elected 5 February 2021 – 10 academic weeks in office)
Secretary Bernard Boey Khai Chen Full amount – S$1632
(Elected 21 April 2020)
Director of Finance Lee Koon Wen Pro-rated amount – S$612
(Elected 21 April 2020, Resigned 6 Jan 2021 – 17 academic weeks in office)
Director of Finance Syed Muhammad Maaz Pro-rated amount – S$360
(Elected 5 February 2021 – 10 academic weeks in office)
Director of Enterprise Denyse Tan Jia Wei Pro-rated amount – S$360
(Elected 5 February 2021 – 10 academic weeks in office)
Director of Athletics Chua Ying Shuen Kelly Pro-rated amount – S$360
(Elected 5 February 2021 – 10 academic weeks in office)
Director of Student Organisations Engie P Wong Full amount, split equally with co-Director – S$612
(Elected 21 April 2020)
Director of Student Organisations Tan Si Min, Odele Full amount, split equally with co-Director – S$612
(Elected 21 April 2020)
Director of Events Kristen Lauren Oliveiro Pro-rated amount, split equally with co-Director – S$306
(Elected 21 April 2020, Resigned 6 Jan 2021 – 17 academic weeks in office)
Director of Events Marc Riven Reyes Herrera Pro-rated amount, split equally with co-Director – S$306
(Elected 21 April 2020, Resigned 6 Jan 2021 – 17 academic weeks in office)
Director of Diversity and Inclusion Muhammad Naeem Shehryar Full amount – S$1224
(Elected 21 April 2020)
Director of Academics Alexander Michael Reaves Full amount – S$1224
(Elected 21 April 2020)
Director of Wellness and Residential Life Liao Yen-Wen (Ivy) Full amount, split equally with co-Director – S$612
(Elected 21 April 2020)
Director of Wellness and Residential Life Ayyappan Madhumitha (Madhu) Full amount, split equally with co-Director – S$612
(Elected 21 April 2020)

Senate

Position Name Eligibility
Speaker Ng Jun Jie Pro-rated amount – S$864
(Elected 18 September 2020, Resigned 1 March 2021 – 18 academic weeks in office)
Class of 2021 Representative Larissa Joy Lee Cheng Wen Pro-rated amount – S$900
(Elected 18 September 2020 – 25 academic weeks in office)
Acting Class of 2022 Representative Tan Hong Kai Not eligible
(Appointed 8 October 2020, Resigned 6 Jan 2021)
Class of 2023 Representative Bryan Timothy Pro-rated amount – S$900
(Elected 18 September 2020 – 25 academic weeks in office)
Class of 2024 Representative Joleen Teo Sze Min Pro-rated amount, split equally with co-Class Representative – S$180
(Elected 5 February 2021 – 10 academic weeks in office)
Deputy Class of 2024 Representative Loke Shi Wei, Dylan  Pro-rated amount, split equally with co-Class Representative – S$180
(Elected 5 February 2021 – 10 academic weeks in office)
Acting Deputy Class of 2022 Representative Gyuyong Choi (Q) Not eligible
(Appointed 8 October 2020, Resigned 6 Jan 2021)

Executive

President
Nur Hazeem Bin Abdul Nasser
Full amount – S$1632
(Elected 21 April 2020)

Vice President of Internal Administration
Chan Shawn Kit
Full amount – S$1632
(Elected 21 April 2020)

Vice President of Student Activities
Gabriele Ramanauskaite (Gabi)
Full amount – S$1632
(Elected 21 April 2020)

Vice President of Student Life
Tee Ming En Joshua
Pro-rated amount – S$480
(Elected 5 February 2021 – 10 academic weeks in office)

Secretary
Bernard Boey Khai Chen
Full amount – S$1632
(Elected 21 April 2020)

Director of Finance
Lee Koon Wen
Pro-rated amount – S$612
(Elected 21 April 2020, Resigned 6 Jan 2021 – 17 academic weeks in office)

Director of Finance
Syed Muhammad Maaz
Pro-rated amount – S$360
(Elected 5 February 2021 – 10 academic weeks in office)

Director of Enterprise
Denyse Tan Jia Wei
Pro-rated amount – S$360
(Elected 5 February 2021 – 10 academic weeks in office)

Director of Athletics
Chua Ying Shuen Kelly
Pro-rated amount – S$360
(Elected 5 February 2021 – 10 academic weeks in office)

Director of Student Organisations
Engie P Wong
Full amount, split equally with co-Director – S$612
(Elected 21 April 2020)

Director of Student Organisations
Tan Si Min, Odele
Full amount, split equally with co-Director – S$612
(Elected 21 April 2020)

Director of Events
Kristen Lauren Oliveiro
Pro-rated amount, split equally with co-Director – S$306
(Elected 21 April 2020, Resigned 6 Jan 2021 – 17 academic weeks in office)

Director of Events
Marc Riven Reyes Herrera
Pro-rated amount, split equally with co-Director – S$306
(Elected 21 April 2020, Resigned 6 Jan 2021 – 17 academic weeks in office)

Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Muhammad Naeem Shehryar
Full amount – S$1224
(Elected 21 April 2020)

Director of Academics
Alexander Michael Reaves
Full amount – S$1224
(Elected 21 April 2020)

Director of Wellness and Residential Life
Liao Yen-Wen (Ivy)
Full amount, split equally with co-Director – S$612
(Elected 21 April 2020)

Director of Wellness and Residential Life
Ayyappan Madhumitha (Madhu)
Full amount, split equally with co-Director – S$612
(Elected 21 April 2020)

Senate

Speaker
Ng Jun Jie
Pro-rated amount – S$864
(Elected 18 September 2020, Resigned 1 March 2021 – 18 academic weeks in office)

Class of 2021 Representative
Larissa Joy Lee Cheng Wen
Pro-rated amount – S$900
(Elected 18 September 2020 – 25 academic weeks in office)

Acting Class of 2022 Representative
Tan Hong Kai
Not eligible
(Appointed 8 October 2020, Resigned 6 Jan 2021)

Class of 2023 Representative
Bryan Timothy
Pro-rated amount – S$900
(Elected 18 September 2020 – 25 academic weeks in office)

Class of 2024 Representative
Joleen Teo Sze Min
Pro-rated amount, split equally with co-Class Representative – S$180
(Elected 5 February 2021 – 10 academic weeks in office)

Deputy Class of 2024 Representative
Loke Shi Wei, Dylan
Pro-rated amount, split equally with co-Class Representative – S$180
(Elected 5 February 2021 – 10 academic weeks in office)

Acting Deputy Class of 2022 Representative
Gyuyong Choi (Q)
Not eligible
(Appointed 8 October 2020, Resigned 6 Jan 2021)

Proposed Constitutional Amendments

If a stipend for StuGov is implemented via this referendum, the following articles will be added and/or amended in the Yale-NUS Student Government Constitution (“Constitution”)

Bold underlined sections are additions 

Italics are editorial comments

Article II: Structure

Section 3: Elected Members and Stipend Eligibility

The members of Student Government shall be defined accordingly:

  1. Elected members comprise office holders in the Student Senate, defined in Article II, Section 2, Clause 1; and office holders in the Executive Board, defined in Article II, Section 2, Clause 2. Furthermore, these members must have entered into their office through the election procedure outlined in Article VII, barring the appointment procedures of Section 3, Clause 5 and 6, of the same Article. 
    1. Elected members will be eligible for the provisions of the stipend according to their office, outlined in Article X, Section 9.
    2. Elected members who enter office via a by-election procedure outlined in Article VII, Section 5, will be eligible for the provisions of the stipend, pro-rated to the number of academic weeks they fully serve in office. 
  2. Appointed members comprise office holders in the Student Senate, defined in Article II, Section 2, Clause 1; and office holders in the Executive Board, defined in Article II, Section 2, Clause 2. Furthermore, these members must have entered into their office through the appointment procedures of Section 3, Clause 5 or 6. 
    1. Appointed members will be ineligible for the provisions of the stipend during their term.
    2. However, should an appointed member be elected into office at a later date, they will be eligible for the terms outlined in Article X, Section 9, with the starting date of their term taken to be following their successful election. 
  3. The terms of this Section can be subject to constitution amendments outlined in Article X, Section 3. 

Article IV: Executive Board

  1. The VPIA shall: 
    1. Ensure government finances are managed appropriately;
    2. Hold responsibility for the welfare of all members of the Government;
    3. Respond to external requests for the attendance of members of the Government to external functions representing the Government;
    4. Coordinate between all Directors to manage logistical burdens;
    5. Hold ultimate responsibility for Student Government spaces and logistical items;
    6. Communicate with the Executive Vice President of Administration of Yale-NUS College and other administrators as needed;
    7. Plan a Government retreat after the Senate’s election;
    8. Submit to the Dean of Students’ Office and the Judiciary Board, at the end of each Student Government’s term, a report to file for the disbursement of the stipend outlined in Article X, Section 9, for the appropriate members of the Government.

Article VII: Judiciary

Section 5: Duties

The Judiciary shall scrutinise the affairs of the Senate and Executive Board, provide checks and balances on the Senate’s and Executive Board’s affairs, enforce constitutional stipulations and regulations, and adjudicate disputes involving the Senate and Executive Board. The Judiciary shall: 

  1. Arbitrate disputes within the Senate and Executive Board, between the Senate/Executive Board and student organisations, and between the Senate/Executive Board and student body; 
  2. Consider requests made by the Speaker or President to review the conduct of any member of the Senate or Executive Board;
  3. Scrutinise all general meetings of the Senate. When the Judiciary in its totality cannot be present at such a meeting, at least one of its members shall attend the meeting;
  4. Present 2 public reports to the student body on the conduct of the Senate and Executive Board, with special regard for their adherence to the stipulations of the Constitution. One report shall be released at the end of Semester 1 and one at the end of Semester 2. Additional reports may be presented at any time should the Judiciary feel the Senate’s or Executive Board’s conduct renders it necessary; 
  5. Adjudicate cases of student complaints against members of the Senate or Executive Board; 
  6. Accurately and comprehensively document all special procedures, especially impeachment and hearing procedures; 
  7. Develop guidelines for submission of complaints on Senate or Executive Board members, requests for reviews of either body, and the arbitration of disputes as in Article VI, Section 5, Clause 1; 
  8. Take minutes of its proceedings, and publish such minutes, unless otherwise specified; 
  9. Make minutes from all its meetings publicly accessible to all members of the student body; 
  10. Review legislation enacted by the Senate in order to ensure that it is consistent with the Constitution; 
  11. Provide and publicise its opinion on any amendment proposed and/or made to the constitution. Such comments will be non-binding;
  12. Review the report submitted by the Vice President of Internal Administration on the disbursement of a stipend, and initiate or investigate any challenges made against an elected member and their eligibility for the stipend, following the procedures outlined in Article X, Section 9.

Article X: Procedures (If Structure 1 - Fixed Stipend)

The following section will be implemented if the “Yes” vote for Question 1, and “Structure 1 – ‘Fixed Stipend’ ” vote for Question 2, passes the post.

Section 9: Procedures for the Management and Disbursement of the Stipend

This section outlines the procedures, value, and terms applicable to the disbursement of a stipend for elected members of Government, defined in Article II, Section 3. 

  1. The stipend is a recognition of the services rendered by the Student Government, unique to other student bodies in the College, and serves as compensation for its elected members in fulfilling the duties outlined in this Constitution;
    1. The value of the stipends outlined in this section are the maximum amount which may be disbursed to a member at the end of their term regardless of any special services they render, notwithstanding an amendment to this Constitution,
    2. Should elected members fulfil their duties to the satisfaction of this Constitution and the Judiciary, they will automatically be eligible to the full sum of the stipend they are entitled to under this section, 
    3. At the start of each Government term, the President is to come to an agreement with the Dean of Students Office to guarantee the total sum of the stipend, and that the sum will not be altered at the time of disbursement owing to issues relating of performance or preference, unless decided upon by the Judiciary, 
    4. The total sum of the stipend shall be dispensed at the end of the elected member’s term, following a “fixed structure” outlined in Clause 2 of this article;
  2. The value of the stipend for the ‘Exco’ is as follows: 
    1. Each office of the ‘ExCo’ shall receive a fixed amount of S$1632 at the end of their term, pro-rated to the number of academic weeks they serve in office,
    2. The elected members defined as ‘ExCo’ are as follows:
      1. The President,
      2. The Vice-Presidents of the Executive Board,
      3. The Speaker of the Senate, 
      4. The Secretary;
    3. In the event that more than one individual shares the office as elected members, the fixed amount of S$1632 will be distributed equally between them, 
    4. In the event that an ‘ExCo’ member is elected via a by-election, the terms of Article II, Section 3, Clause 1b will apply to them, and will receive a pro-rated amount of S$48/academic week they serve fully in office;
      1. This principle applies as well for elected members who voluntarily resign according to the procedures and definitions of Article IX, Section 7,
      2. Should both Clause 2c and 2d come into effect, the principle of pro-rate will apply individually to each member, and the period that there are more than one individual sharing the office, the pro-rated amount will be distributed equally between them,
      3. The final amount of this arrangement for the office at the end of the Government’s term should not exceed S$1632.
  3. The value of the stipend for the ‘Directors’ and ‘Class Senators’ are as follows:
    1. Each office of the ‘Directors’ and ‘Class Senators’ shall receive a fixed amount of S$1224 at the end of their term, pro-rated to the number of academic weeks they serve in office,
    2. The elected members defined as ‘Directors’ and ‘Class Senators’ are as follows:
      1. The Directors of the Executive Board
      2. The Class Senators of the Senate
    3. In the event that more than one individual shares the office as elected members, the fixed amount of S$1224 will be distributed equally between them, 
    4. In the event that a ‘Director’ or ‘Class Senator’ are elected via a by-election, the terms of Article II, Section 3, Clause 1b will apply to them, and will receive a pro-rated amount of S$36/academic week they serve fully in office;
      1. This principle applies as well for elected members who voluntarily resign according to the procedures and definitions of Article IX, Section 7,
      2. Should both Clause 3c and 3d come into effect, the principle of pro-rate will apply individually to each member, and the period that there are more than one individual sharing the office, the pro-rated amount will be distributed equally between them,
      3. The final amount of this arrangement for the office at the end of the Government’s term should not exceed S$1224.
  4. Elected members who are eligible for the stipend cannot refuse the amount disbursed to them,
    1. After disbursement, elected members can exercise their own discretion on the use of the stipend.
  5. Should the Judiciary, upon reviewing the report outlined in Article IV, Section 5, Clause 2h, or finding an elected member guilty of misconduct and/or warranting impeachment as outlined in the procedures and definitions of Article IX, with the exception of Section 7 on voluntary resignations, may file a notice to the President and Dean of Students Office to withhold the stipend from said member.
  6. The terms of this Section can be subject to constitution amendments outlined in Article X, Section 3.

Article X: Procedures (If Structure 2 - Claim-By-Hour Stipend)

The following section will be implemented if the “Yes” vote for Question 1, and “Structure 2 – Claim-By-Hour Stipend’ ” vote for Question 2, passes the post.

Section 9: Procedures for the Management and Disbursement of the Stipend

This section outlines the procedures, value, and terms applicable to the disbursement of a stipend for elected members of Government, defined in Article II, Section 3. 

  1. The stipend is a recognition of the services rendered by the Student Government, unique to other student bodies in the College, and serves as compensation for its elected members in fulfilling the duties outlined in this Constitution;
    1. The value of the stipends outlined in this section are the maximum amount which may be disbursed to a member at the end of their term regardless of any special services they render, notwithstanding an amendment to this Constitution,
    2. Should elected members fulfil their duties to the satisfaction of this Constitution and the Judiciary, they will automatically be eligible to the full sum of the stipend they are entitled to under this section, 
    3. At the start of each Government term, the President is to come to an agreement with the Dean of Students Office to guarantee the total sum of the stipend, and that the sum will not be altered at the time of disbursement owing to issues relating of performance or preference, unless decided upon by the Judiciary, 
    4. The total sum of the stipend shall be dispensed at the end of the elected member’s term, following a “claim-by-hour structure” outlined in Clause 2 of this article;
  2.  The value of the stipend for the ‘Exco’ is as follows:
    1. Each office of the ‘ExCo’ shall be eligible to claim a maximum of 8hrs/academic week they serve in office, at a rate of S$6/hr of ‘active work’, at the end of their term, up to a maximum sum of S$1632 at the end of their term,
      1. Each elected member shall be responsible in submitting a claim sheet to the Vice President of Internal Administration at the end of each academic week, detailing their claim amount and ‘active work’.
    2. The elected members defined as ‘ExCo’ are as follows:
      1. The President,
      2. The Vice-Presidents of the Executive Board,
      3. The Speaker of the Senate, 
      4. The Secretary;
    3. In the event that more than one individual shares the office as elected members, the total claimable hours of 8hrs/academic week will be distributed equally between them, without effect on the per hour pay rate of S$6 they are each able to claim,
    4. In the event that an ‘ExCo’ member is elected via a by-election, the terms of Article II, Section 3, Clause 1b will apply to them, and will only be able to claim for the duration that they serve as elected members in office;
      1. This principle applies as well for elected members who voluntarily resign according to the procedures and definitions of Article IX, Section 7,
      2. Should both Clause 2c and 2d come into effect, the principle of claim based on the duration they are elected into office will apply individually to each member, and the period that there are more than one individual sharing the office, the per hour claim amount will be distributed equally between them,
      3. The final amount of this arrangement for the office at the end of the Government’s term should not exceed S$1632.
  3. The value of the stipend for the ‘Directors’ and ‘Class Senators’ are as follows:
    1. Each office of the ‘Directors’ and ‘Class Senators’ shall be eligible to claim a maximum of 6hrs/academic week they serve in office, at a rate of S$6/hr of ‘active work’, at the end of their term, up to a maximum sum of S$1224 at the end of their term,
    2. The elected members defined as ‘Directors’ and ‘Class Senators’ are as follows:
      1. The Directors of the Executive Board
      2. The Class Senators of the Senate
    3. In the event that more than one individual shares the office as elected members, the total claimable hours of 6hrs/academic week will be distributed equally between them, without effect on the per hour pay rate of S$6 they are each able to claim,
    4. In the event that an ‘ExCo’ member is elected via a by-election, the terms of Article II, Section 3, Clause 1b will apply to them, and will only be able to claim for the duration that they serve as elected members in office;
      1. This principle applies as well for elected members who voluntarily resign according to the procedures and definitions of Article IX, Section 7,
      2. Should both Clause 2c and 2d come into effect, the principle of claim based on the duration they are elected into office will apply individually to each member, and the period that there are more than one individual sharing the office, the per hour claim amount will be distributed equally between them,
      3. The final amount of this arrangement for the office at the end of the Government’s term should not exceed S$1224.
  4. Elected members who are eligible for the stipend cannot refuse the amount disbursed to them,
    1. After disbursement, elected members can exercise their own discretion on the use of the stipend. 
    2. It is mandatory upon all elected members to file their ‘active work’ honestly and truthfully, the record of which is to be submitted to the Vice-President of Internal Administration. 
  5. Should the Judiciary, upon reviewing the report outlined in Article IV, Section 5, Clause 2h, or finding an elected member guilty of misconduct and/or warranting impeachment as outlined in the procedures and definitions of Article IX, with the exception of Section 7 on voluntary resignations, may file a notice to the President and Dean of Students Office to withhold the stipend from said member.
  6. The terms of this Section can be subject to constitution amendments outlined in Article X, Section 3. 

Article XI: Definitions

Section 3: List of Definitions

The following List of Definitions provides the meanings of terms used in this Constitution. The terms are arranged in alphabetical order. 

academic weeks

Refers to Weeks 1 through Week 16 on the Yale-NUS College Academic Calendar, including Recess Week, Reading Week, and Exam Weeks. Each semester consists of 17 academic weeks, and a full academic year of 34 academic weeks. The academic week will start on the Monday of the new week, and last till Sunday.

active work

Refers to time spent attending meetings, executing events, administrative work, and conducting policy/proposal formulation