wiki/ PsasConstitution

This document is finalized. If you would like to propose alterations, you'll have to follow the procedure for constitutional amendments. Be aware of the requirements imposed on this document by the Constitution Guidelines and related materials for a PsuStudentClub.

The original draft was produced from the SOC's Sample Constitution by Jamey Sharp, who says:

I think the sample constitution was written to be intentionally vague, so as to limit only the most awful problems without enforcing much structure on groups that might not need it. That struck me as a good fit for our group, so I changed fairly little.

This constitution says that only currently-enrolled students are eligible to be "voting members". (Which rules me out!) I'm under the impression that's necessary for a group operating with student fees. I feel it's harmless, though, since I think the only interesting things these members get to vote on are how to spend student fee money, and personally I'm alright with students controlling the money they paid in tuition anyway. But I would appreciate opinions if there's some aspect you think should be changed.

Article I: Name of Organization

The name of this organization shall be the Portland State Aerospace Society.

Article II: Affiliations

Portland State Aerospace Society is PSU's student branch chapter of the Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society (AESS) of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Article III: Purpose

The purpose of this organization is to unite students, faculty, and the community at large in the common interests of research and education in the field of aerospace engineering.

Article IV: Licenses

All works produced by the Portland State Aerospace Society, including but not limited to programs, documentation, and hardware schematics, must be released under a license compatible with the GNU General Public License, version 2, and must be made available to the general public.

Article V: Members

Section 1. Any currently registered student at PSU may become a voting member of this organization. Any student wishing to become a member of this organization may do so by providing the organization President (or his or her delegate) with the student's name and current contact information, such as mailing address, email, or phone number. Once this information is received, the student shall become a member with the same privileges which are held by all members. A student maintains voting member status as long as the student meets the eligibility requirements set forth in this document.

Section 2. All voting members of the Portland State Aerospace Society must be currently enrolled students at Portland State University and must pay student fees.

Section 3. Any person who does not meet the eligibility requirements but wishes to be active with the group may participate as a non-voting member.

Section 4. Membership shall not be denied to any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, and disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran status.

Article VI: Elections/Officers

Section 1. Election process may be determined by a majority vote of members present at any meeting.

Section 2. The position of President is required to be filled to execute those duties assigned to that position by this document. Any other positions may be named, and all positions may be filled, using the election process as established in Section 1.

Section 3. Only voting members are eligible to be officers of the Portland State Aerospace Society.

Section 4. Officers shall not be on disciplinary probation or have a cumulative GPA below 2.5.

Article VII: Meetings

Section 1. Administrative meetings may be called by the President (or his or her delegate) and will be held as needed.

Section 2. Quorum consists of four or more members.

Article VIII: Referendum, recall and impeachment procedures

Referendum, recall and impeachment procedures may be formed when a majority of the members deem it necessary. At such time, these procedures will be enacted by amending the constitution to include them.

Article IX: Amendments

This constitution may be amended by a two-thirds majority vote of all membership.

Article X: Ratification

This constitution is ratified on the 3rd day of October, 2005 by the charter members below: