Constitution and By-Laws of the Cameron American Indian Student Association
The CAMERON AMERICAN INDIAN STUDENT ASSOCIATION do hereby establish the following constitution and by-laws revised January 23, 2007 for the purpose of:
1. The advancement of our students socially, culturally, and academically.
2. The perpetuating of the customs of our members.
3. Adhering to the rules and laws of our University, those of our state, and country.
4. Establishing an identity beneficial to the Cameron American Indian Student Organization.
5. The promoting of friendship, goodwill, and cooperation with fellow students and organizations.
The organization comprised of Cameron students will be named the Cameron American Indian Student Organization.
OFFICERS AND QUALIFICATIONS
A. The officers of the organization shall be as follows: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Student Government Representative, Parliamentarian, and Public Relations Officer.
B. The body shall be known as the Executive Board.
C. The President and the Vice-President of this organization must be a full-time Student during his/her term of office.
D. Secretary, Treasurer, Parliamentarian, and Public Relations Officers must possess the necessary skills to execute their duties.
POWER AND DUTIES OF OFFICERS
A. Elections of officers will be held biannually at the beginning of each academic semester.
B. Candidates will be nominated from the floor.
C. Officers will be elected by a majority vote of the members present and will serve for one semester.
VACANCIES AND REMOVALS
A. A vacancy is declared if the officer resigns, is removed from office or is no longer a member in good standing as defined by the by-laws. (See Article X, Section XXX).
B. Should the office of the President become vacant before the expiration of his/her term, the vice-president shall assume the duties and responsibilities of the office and serve out the term of office.
C. If both office of the president and vice-president become vacant the Parliamentarian will assume the President’s duties until a special election can be held to fill the vacancies.
D. All resignations shall be submitted to the Executive Board.
Section II. Impeachment
A. Impeachment charges may be reported to the membership in good standing.
B. A majority vote is required to initiate impeachment charges.
C. The accused officer has the right to protest impeachment proceedings and defend him/herself against said charges.
D. The sponsor(s) will designate an officer to preside over impeachment proceedings with club members acting as jurors.
E. A unanimous vote of membership in good standing is required to remove the officer from office.
F. In the event that the President of the organization is formally accused the Vice-President will assume the President’s responsibilities. (See Article VI, Section I, Subsection B.)
A. Meetings will be held monthly during each semester.
B. Special meetings will be held by the president as he/she deems necessary.
A. Members shall attend meetings regularly.
B. Excessive absences are subject to penalties as stated in the by-laws. (Article X, Section XX.)
A. A fee of three dollars will be paid by the members to the Treasurer for each semester.
B. Fees will be due by the eighth week of each semester.
C. A fee of five dollars will be paid by the member to the Treasurer for each academic year.
A. Proposed amendments to the constitution may be brought up by a member in good standing.
B. An amendment must pass by a majority vote of the membership.
C. Proposed amendments should be submitted in writing before a ballot vote.
A member is in good standing when:
1. All dues are paid.
2. There is 50% participation in organizational activities.
3. Has less than three organizational meeting absences per semester.
Penalties: If the member misses more than three organizational meetings then the member is not in good standing. If the member is an officer, then the officer will be replaced by the Executive Board.
The club may increase membership dues to make any special assessments that the organization may need to carry out its activities with the approval of majority vote of the members.
All deposits or payments of all notes, checks, or drafts require two signatures, one to be the Treasurer and the other to be the President or Vice-President.
All Expenditures will be approved beforehand by the sponsor before any expenses involving monies can be initiated.
This constitution and by-laws become effective upon majority approval of the membership and the sponsor(s).