Dr. Judy Allen
Constitution and Bylaws
Article I: Name
Student Organization of Sociology, also referred to in short as S.O.S.
Article II: Purpose
The Student Organization of Sociology is an organization dedicated to promoting awareness of and interest in the study of Sociology and its related issues and sub-studies (i.e. Gender Studies, Gerontology, Criminology, Deviance, etc.). This will be accomplished through the holding of planned events, guest speakers, and regularly scheduled meetings throughout the year, with some emphasis on community service and involvement, as well as academic achievement and enhancement.
Article III: Membership
This organization is open to all Kennesaw State University students, faculty, staff, and alumnae. It will not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, color, handicap, disability, veteran status, national origin, or ancestry. The only requirements for membership are the payment of dues (see Article VIII) and the maintenance of the status of academic good standing. Membership renewal occurs on a yearly or semester basis, and is accomplished by paying appropriate dues with payment being made in the Fall of each year. Members may terminate their membership at any time by no paying dues and/or ceasing to attend meetings. Forced member removal will result when a member fails to recognize and abide by the principles and policies that are specifically stated in the Constitution and Bylaws. The organization will ensure that its membership will not practice any physically, psychologically, or emotionally abusive hazing related behaviors-either intentionally or unintentionally.
Article IV: Officers, Duties, and Requirements
The governing body of this organization will consist of an advisory board of four members: a President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary. The Faculty Advisorís responsibilities will consist of, and include, approving monetary expenditures with the co-advisors, overseeing all of the organizationís operations, and aiding in communication with the University when and if needed. The Presidentís responsibilities will consist of the oversight of the general operations of the organization, enrollment, activities planning, scheduling and calling of meetings, and the determination of agendas. The Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary will be responsible for approving all actions and decisions made by the Faculty Advisor and President. The Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary will also aid in the planning and implementation of all operations and activities. The Faculty Advisor must be a member of the Kennesaw State University Faculty who is dedicated to promoting the Constitution, Bylaws, purposes, and goals of this organization. The President and other officers must have a desire to serve in their respective positions and must be dedicated to promoting the Constitution, Bylaws, purposes, and goals of this organization. Each elected official must exhibit leadership qualities necessary to effectively and efficiently serve in their respected positions will be made by the body of the organization on a case by case basis. All officers must be Kennesaw State University students who are in good academic standing.
Article V: Meetings
Formal meetings will be held once per month in addition to any specifically planned events/trips/etc. The Faculty Advisor and President are the only individuals authorized to call a meeting unless otherwise specified due to extenuating circumstances. Should such extenuating circumstances arise, a Vice-President may be appointed to call and hold a formal meeting. A quorum is not required at any meeting. The Faculty Advisor or the President will call meetings to order, and the total elapsed meeting time will be kept track of by the Secretary. Meetings will be held in an orderly fashion, but open communication will not be discouraged. One person will hold the floor until it is yielded to another person. The President and Faculty Advisor are authorized to adjourn any meeting when they deem necessary (all agenda topics covered, meeting becomes out-of-hand, etc.).
Article VI: Elections and Officer Replacement/Removal
Officers will be elected in a way that adheres as closely as possible to a standard Democratic election. Elections will take place in the Spring of each year before classes adjourn for the summer. At the election meeting, the floor will be made open for the nominations. The nominations will be recorded and the nominee will be asked to accept or decline the nomination. The elections will then be held for each respective position and its respective position and its respective nominees utilizing a majority vote system. All positions (except that Faculty Advisor position) will be limited to a one-year term. Forced officer removal is necessary when any student officer fails to maintain academic good standing and or fails to uphold and follow the Constitution and Bylaws of the organization. In this instance, an emergency meeting will be held at which time a majority vote will be taken to determine whether or not the officer to remain in his or her position. In the event the officer is removed, nominations and elections will be held at the emergency meeting to replace the open officer position. If the President has been removed, elections will be held to determine which other officer will take over the Presidentís duties. Nominations and elections will be held for the open Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary positions. The President reserves the right to overturn any decision after consultation with all officers, except when there is a 2/3-majority vote of all members.
Article VII: Finances
The organization will charge yearly dues in the amount of $10 (ten dollars) per semester or $15 (fifteen dollars) per year. The collected dues will be used to fund organization events and activities.
Article VIII: Advisor
The faculty advisor is a non-voting member of this organization. The process of removing the Faculty Advisor will be handled solely by the officers. After the officers have convened, a majority vote will be taken to determine whether or not the Faculty Advisor will be removed. Removal is constituted by the Advisorís lack of interest in continuing to serve in his or her position and/or failure to uphold and promote the Constitution, Bylaws, goals, and ideals of the organization.
Article IX: Amendments/Revisions
Any member of the organization may take Proposals for Amendments/Revisions to the Constitution and Bylaws. They are voted on at a full formal meeting of the organization. Proposals made at a meeting are voted on at the following meeting and are determined using the same process as used in the elections. A 2/3-majority vote of all members is required to pass said Amendments and Revisions.
Article X: SABAC Enabling Clause
The Student Organization of Sociology agrees to abide by the policies of Kennesaw State University, in addition to all federal, state, and local laws. This Constitution, its accompanying Bylaws, and any revisions or amendments made to either must be approved by the Student and Budget Advisory Committee (SABAC) prior to implementation.
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