The Constitution of the Butler University Student Sociology
Article I. Name
The name of the organization is the Student Sociology
Association (SSA). The SSA also serves as the Butler University
Chapter of the John Weidner Foundation for Altruism.
Article II. Objective
The objective of the SSA is to further the understanding of
sociology, criminal justice, social work and altruism among members
and in the larger community.
Article III. Membership
Membership is open to students interested in Sociology, Criminal
Justice, Social Work, Social Policy and related fields. Members are
required to pay yearly dues in order to be active members.
Membership consideration will be in compliance with the
nondiscrimination policy of Butler University.
Article IV. Voting
Section A. A quorum will be a majority of all active members
present, after informing the members as to when meetings will be
held, and what issues will be discussed and voted upon. Proxy votes
are not allowed.
Section B. Voting privileges will be revoked when:
- The member has accumulated 3 excused and 1 unexcused absences
or 2 unexcused absences
- The member has failed to or has not made arrangements to pay
Section C. Voting privileges can be regained when:
- The member has come to 3 consecutive meetings
- The member has paid his dues
Article V. Officers
Section A. The SSA shall have a President, Vice-President,
Secretary, Treasurer, Public Relations Officer and Faculty Advisor.
These officers constitute the Executive Committee. The Secretary
and Treasurer offices may be held by one person.
Section B. All officers must be active members of the SSA.
Section C. The term of office shall be from April to April.
Section D. Elections shall be held yearly. At least two weeks
notice shall be given prior to the date of election. Nominations
shall be received from the floor and election will be by a simple
majority of active members.
Section E. An officer may be removed from membership for a
legitimate reason by a two thirds vote of the Executive Committee.
A removed officer may appeal to the general active membership and
may be reinstated by two thirds vote of the general active
Section F. Any officer vacancy shall be filled by appointment by
a majority of the remaining Executive Committee members, with
ratification by the general active membership at the next
Article VI. Duties of Officers
Section A. President. The President shall be the chief executive
officer and will conduct meetings, coordinate the functions of the
other officers and assure planning is complete for SSA
Section B. Vice-President. The Vice President shall assume the
duties of the President in the President's absence; shall be the
Parliamentarian and shall assure that SSA operates within the
limits of its Constitution.
Section C. Secretary. The Secretary shall be responsible for
keeping the minutes of regular and executive committee meetings.
The Secretary will post a copy of the minutes on the SSA bulletin
board and provide a copy for the SSA file. The Secretary shall keep
attendance at all meetings.
Section D. Treasurer. The Treasurer shall keep a current record
of all financial transactions of the SSA; shall make a report at
each meeting; shall make a quarterly report containing a list of
all receipts and disbursements; shall prepare a budget; and shall
furnish a copy of reports to the SSA file.
Section E. Advisor. The Advisor shall assist the SSA in all
areas of operations; shall be aware of the SSA's procedures and
regulations and assist SSA in adhering to them; shall be a
non-voting member of the Executive Committee; shall attend all
Section F. Public Relations Officer. The Public Relations
Officer shall endeavor to see that the accomplishments of the SSA
receive public notice in such outlets as the Butler Collegian,
Indianapolis Star, local radio and local television.
Article VII. Notice of Meeting
Section A. The time and location of the regularly scheduled
meetings shall be determined by the Executive Committee and shall
be at least twice monthly.
Section B. At least 7 days notice shall be given for each
Section C. Special meetings or emergency meetings may be called
at any time by the Executive Committee but attendance will not be
Section D. Each meeting shall include an order of business,
reading of the minutes and enumeration of attendance.
Article VIII. Parliamentary Procedure
Section A. Robert's Rules of Order, revised, shall be followed
Section B. Parliamentary rules may be suspended by two-thirds of
the active members present.
Article IX. Revision of the Constitution
The Constitution of SSA shall be examined for revision once
every two years at the order of the President.