The Constitution

September 27, 2013


The name of this organization shall be: SIU Herpetology Enthusiasts of Southern Illinois

ARTICLE II – Objectives

The objectives of the organization shall be:

a) To promote interest and education of conservation, preservation, appreciation and ecology of herpetofauna.

b) To provide fellowship among faculty and students.

c) To represent student needs and wants in regard to wildlife observation, identification, and research techniques.

d) To provide a forum for the presentation of innovative ideas to benefit the University community.

ARTICLE III – Membership

1) Any student at Southern Illinois University is eligible to be an active member who is a student in good academic standing with the University and may hold office.

2) Non-students may act as associate members, but may not vote or hold office.

ARTICLE IV – Officers

1) Election of Officers 36

a) Officers: The officers of this organization are president, vice president, records officer, and treasure.

b) Election Process: Officers will be elected by written ballot, with each active member casting a vote. A majority of votes will constitute a victory.

c) Time of Election: Election of officers will take place during the 3rd week of the Spring semester to apprentice the former officers.

d) Term of Office: Officers will assume office for the period of one year.

2) Removal of Officers

a) Officers are subject to removal for malfeasance in office.

b) Removal procedures will be initiated at the request of five active members.

c) A hearing will be conducted at a regular meeting for the presentation of evidence from all concerned parties.

d) A 2/3rds vote of active members voting at the end of the hearing is necessary to remove any officer.

ARTICLE V – Amendments

1) This constitution and by-laws may be amended by a 2/3-majority vote of those voting, a quorum being present.

2) Voting on amendments must be conducted after a minimum notice of 2 weeks.

ARTICLE VI – Not-for-profit Statement

This is not-for-profit organization.

ARTICLE VII – Statement of Non-discrimination

This organization shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, disability, and status as a Vietnam era or disabled Veteran.

ARTICLE VIII – Financial Obligation

A majority of voting members of this organization may determine reasonable dues and fees assessed to each member at the beginning of each semester.

ARTICLE IX – Statement of Non-Hazing

This organization will not conspire to engage in hazing, or commit any act that causes or is likely to cause bodily danger, physical harm, or personal degradation or disgrace resulting in physical or mental harm to any fellow student or person attending the institution.

ARTICLE X – Statement of Compliance with University/Campus Regulations 37

This organization shall comply with all university and campus policies and regulations and local, state, and federal laws.

ARTICLE XI – Robert’s Rules of Order

Procedures not covered herein shall be governed by Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised


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