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Constitution--CSSA @ The University of Akron

 

 

ARTICLE I: OF THE NAME

The name of the association shall be " Chinese Student and Scholar Association" and will be hereafter acronymized as and referred to as "CSSA"

ARTICLE II: OF THE PURPOSE

  1. To promote communication, friendship and academic exchange among its members.
  2. To provide help and services to its members, especially those who are new to UA
  3. To promote friendship, mutual understanding and culture exchange between its members and other members of the UA community.

ARTICLE III: OF THE MEMBERSHIP

Membership:

SECTION 1: Membership can be acquired by every UA Chinese student/scholar and his/her spouse if he/she applies for his/her membership via e-mail or other written means.
SECTION 2: Membership may also be acquired by other member of UA community, if such a person attends CSSA activities and applies for/her his membership.

Voting Membership:

SECTION 3: All CSSA members who are full-time UA Chinese students/scholars have the right to vote on any issues pertaining to CSSA.

ARTICLE IV: OF THE STRUCTURE

SECTION 1: CSSA will be represented in any event by the executive board. The CSSA board shall consist of: President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary.
SECTION 2: The President, the Vice President and the Treasurer shall be elected at the general election meeting of CSSA members.
SECTION 3: The tenure of the President, the Vice President and the Treasure shall not exceed one year.
SECTION 4: Additional board members shall be appointed by the President. The total number of executive board members shall not exceed ten.
SECTION 5: An appointed officer may resign at the President's approval. The resignation must be submitted at least 10 days in advance. The President reserves the right to remove an appointed officer from his/her position if he/she fails to fulfill his/her obligations. The President shall be responsible for filling the vacancy within one month.
SECTION 6: An elected officer may resign at his/her will. The resignation must be submitted at least 10 days in advance. The president shall be responsible for holding a special electoral meeting to elect a replacement for the leaving officer. The removal of any elected officer must be proposed in writing by no less than 30 CSSA members. The President shall be responsible for reviewing the proposal. In the case of impeachment of the President, an executive board member shall be appointed by the executive board to review the proposal. If the proposed removal or impeachment is approved, a general voting shall be called within two weeks. The proposed removal or impeachment shall be passed or ejected by the majority rule. If the proposed removal is passed , a special electoral meeting shall be called within two weeks to elect a replacement for the removed or impeached officer. Election rules are established in ARTICLE VI.
SECTION 7: Only full-time UA Chinese students/scholars are eligible for the office of President, Vice President or Treasurer.

ARTICLE V: OF THE DUTIES OF ELECTED OFFICERS

President:

shall be responsible for initiating, coordinating and executing all the activities of CSSA, and for appointing non-elected officers and subcommittee members.

Vice President:

shall act as an associate to the President in all activities and shall act in the capacity of the President when the President is absent.

Treasurer:

shall be responsible for keeping all records of CSSA's financial activities and reporting the financial status of CSSA to the executive board.

ARTICLE VI: OF THE ELECTIONS

SECTION 1: The general election shall be held at the end of each school year and shall be announced no later than two weeks prior to the election date.
SECTION 2: The outgoing President shall preside over the general election meeting.
SECTION 3: No voting shall be carried out unless no less than one third of the CSSA voting-members (ARTICLE III, SECTION 3) are present.
SECTION 4: Winners shall be decided by the majority rule.

ARTICLE VII: OF THE FUNDING

The sources of CSSA's funding shall be:

  • Ticket sales in CSSA organized activities
  • Grants and donations

ARTICLE VIII: OF THE AMENDMENTS

The executive board shall have the sole authority to interpret the constitution of CSSA. Any amendments to the constitution shall be proposed by the executive board to CSSA members. The president shall be responsible for calling a general voting two weeks after the proposal of the amendment(s). The authorization of the rejection of the amendment(s) shall be determined by the majority rule.

CSSA AGREES TO ABIDE BY THE RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE OFFICE OF STUDENT DEVELOPMENT (OSD), AND ITS EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE. THIS CONSTITUTION, ITS BYLAWS AND THE AMENDMENTS TO IT SHALL BE SUBJECT TO THE REVIEW BY THE OSD EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE TO INSURE THAT THEY ARE IN ACCORDANCE WITH ALL OSD RULES AND REGULATIONS.