Constitution and By-Laws
The Religious Studies Society
Name of Organization
The name of the organization that this constitution will govern is “The Religious Studies Society”. It shall also be referred to in short as “R.S.S.”.
Purpose and Function
The purpose and function of this organization is to create and sustain a bridge between all interested members of this organization and the relevant interests of the organization, as it pertains to religious studies. At no time shall this organization practice preference, or discrimination, towards any religious belief and/or practice.
The organization shall achieve its purpose and maintain its function through various activities and events. These activities and events will expose members to subjects which are relevant to the club’s interests in matters of religious studies.
If, at the end of any given semester, the organization fails to uphold its purpose and function through designated activities and events, the organization will be terminated.
The membership of the Religious Studies Society shall be open to all interested CSU students and faculty of Religious Studies at California State University, Chico.
Membership of the organization shall be given immediately to persons after the society’s roster is signed by the interested party. At no time shall there be a period of pledging. Member ship must be renewed each semester.
Special membership may be granted to interested parties whom may not be within the guidelines of ARTICLE III, section 1.
This is done by the interested party petitioning (verbally and/or written) the organization’s council of officers.
The petition shall explain the party’s interests and projected gains from his/her membership.
The granting or denial of special membership is then decided upon by at least three executive officers.
Special membership guarantees shall remain full (regular) membership standing, and enjoy all of the rights thereof after signing the society’s roster.
Special members may not hold executive offices, but my hold chairperson positions.
Voting privileges shall be granted only to R.S.S. members who are regularly enrolled CSU, Chico students.
Though special members may not vote on club matters they are expected to contribute to voting debates and discussions. They may also make motions, suggestions, and speak their minds as moved.
Members and prospective members must show sincere and responsible interest in organization.
The Council of the organization shall consist of four officers. Council officers are President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer.
The Council members must be students with either a major or a minor in Religious Studies.
Council members are responsible for maintaining the organization and practicing conduct specified by this constitution.
Council positions and descriptions:
PRESIDENT: He/She is the chief executive officer of The Religious Studies Society. He/She shall be chief spokesman and coordinator in dealing with the university and public at large. He/She shall see that all officers perform their duties faithfully. He/She shall be the official signature of the organization.
VICE-PRESIDENT: The Vice-President shall assume the duties of the President when absent. If the President is relieved from office (either temporarily or permanently) the Vice-President will act as President until the next regularly scheduled election, or the President returns from his/her absence. The Vice-President shall be the chief judicial officer of the organization and maintain the rules and regulations of the constitution.
SECRETARY: The Secretary shall keep minutes of all general meetings and shall organize and manage all organizational paperwork. He/She shall coordinate all communication between the organization and the university. The Secretary shall be directly responsible for sending minutes of the meetings to the Faculty Advisor.
TREASURER: The Treasurer shall be responsible for and co-sign all monetary transactions. He/She shall be responsible for all corresponding bookkeeping. Ideas of fund raising may be given directly to the Treasurer by members.
Council officers shall be elected at the last general meeting of the spring semester for the following year. Nominations for officers will take place at the general meeting prior to the voting meeting. Office terms will run for one year beginning on June first.
All members are eligible to vote for officers. Absentee votes, signed, will be allowed and processed by the Secretary. A simple majority will designate which of the nominees will act as officer.
Committees shall be formed either by the recommendation of the Council or members. At which time a committee is deemed necessary, the Council will appoint a Chairperson. The Chairperson will then be responsible for, and act as a liaison between the community and the Council.
The Chairperson will be determined using a simple consensus of the Council. All members of R.S.S. are eligible to be chairpersons. Members interested in becoming a Chairperson for a particular committee must inform the Secretary prior to the Council’s selection.
There will be a mandatory minimum requirement of one general and one voting meeting per semester.
Members are expected to attend at least one general meeting per semester.
An attempt will be made to contact members at least one week in advance of scheduled general or voting meetings. In addition, notice will be posted the Religious Studies department office. Appointed Chairpersons and committees shall meet as needed and report any necessary information to the Council.
Special meetings may be called at the request of two Council officers or a minimum of six members. The special meetings must be announced to R.S.S. members at least three days prior to the fact and shall conduct only the business for which it was initiated.
Decision Making Process
Unless provided for under this constitution, decisions at all duly called meetings will require a simple majority vote.
Unless provided for under this constitution, no absentee or proxy votes will be allowed when making the decision at hand.
The faculty advisor shall be a professor in the Religious Studies department. The faculty advisor representing this organization shall be governed by university standards.
The faculty advisor shall be appointed and dismissed by a simple majority at a duly called meeting.
The faculty advisor is allowed, and encouraged, to sit in on all meetings (general and Council) and advise as desired.
When, in the course of time, any additions or deletions to this Constitution are necessary, amendments will be allowed.
Sought amendments must be in writing and filed with the Secretary. Upon passage by the organization at a duly called meeting, the amendment will be recognized immediately and processed by the Council.
Passage of an amendment will require a three-quarter majority vote with a minimum quorum of two-thirds of the current members of the R.S.S. Absentee votes signed and dated, will be allowed.
Disbursal of Assets
If this organization, The Religious Studies Society, is disbanded or ceases to exists, all monies minus closing expenses shall be donated to the Religious Studies Department of California State University at Chico.
The Department Chairperson shall gain control of any monies, and distribute them as the department faculty see fit.
No amendment shall be accepted that inhibits or destroys an individual’s thought or choice.
No amendment shall be accepted that dehumanizes or humiliates an individual or individuals.
At no time shall this organization require money fees as a membership requirement.
At no time shall this organization set a maximum limitation of membership.