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THE PSYCHOLOGY ALLIANCE

[FORMERLY THE PSYCHOLOGY CLUB]

CONSTITUTION

EFFECTIVE: October 1, 2004


ARTICLE I: NAME

The name of this organization is the Psychology Alliance. The name of this document is the Constitution of Psychology Alliance.

ARTICLE II: PURPOSE AND SCOPE

  • Section 1 – Purpose of the Organization

·        [1.1] The purpose of Psychology Alliance is as follows:

·        [1.1.1] To further interest in the field of psychology.

·        [1.1.2] To inform psychology majors and psychology minors about the aforementioned field as it pertains to schools and careers.

·        [1.1.3] To involve such students with Rowan University.

·        [1.1.4] To enhance the education of such students as a result.

  • Section 2 – Purpose of the Constitution

·        [2.1] The purpose of this constitution is to create and define the organizational structure for Psychology Alliance. The constitution shall also contain all policies of an integral nature to the operation of Psychology Alliance.

·        [2.2] Psychology Alliance may not have any policies that contradict the constitution.

ARTICLE III: MEMBERSHIP

  • Section 1 – Eligibility

·        [1.1] An individual is eligible to be a member of Psychology Alliance if he or she is eligible to participate in a student organization as detailed in the policies of Rowan University.

·        [1.2] Eligibility shall not be affected in any way by sex, race, creed, or sexual orientation.

  • Section 2 – Dues

·        [2.1] Members of Psychology Alliance may not be charged dues other than the Student Activity Fee or any other fee stipulated by Rowan University as a requirement for membership.

  • Section 3 – Duration

·        [3.1] An eligible individual remains a member of Psychology Alliance if he or she meets the following requirements:

·        [3.1.1] He or she attends more than half of the monthly meetings scheduled over the duration of one semester.

·        [3.1.2] He or she attends one or more service projects scheduled over the duration of one semester.

·        [3.2] Failure to meet the aforementioned requirements will result in expulsion as outlined in Article VI of this constitution unless the Executive Board is provided a valid excuse.

·        [3.2.1] A valid excuse will be defined as such on a case-by-case basis by the Executive Board.

  • Section 4 – Rights of Members

·        [4.1] All members have the following rights under membership:

·        [4.1.1] To be treated as individuals without discrimination.

·        [4.1.2] To have input on the activities of this organization.

·        [4.1.3] To have their complaints heard and recognized.

·        [4.1.4] To be properly informed of all meetings and/or service projects.

·        [4.1.5] To have competent leadership.

·        [4.2] Any member who feels as if their rights as outlined by this constitution have not been met has the additional right to take appropriate action against the Executive Board.

·        Section 5 – Meetings

·        [5.1] The Executive Board of Psychology Alliance will meet discreetly no less than twice each semester.

·        [5.2] Members and officers will meet together on the last or second-to-last Monday of every month in the Fall and Spring semesters.



ARTICLE IV: EXECUTIVE BOARD
  • Section 1 – Duties

·        [1.1] The duties of the officers are as follows:

·        [1.1.1] The President will preside at all meetings of Psychology Alliance and the Executive Board. He or she will delegate responsibilities as needed to the other officers of the Executive Board. The President will keep regular contact with the advisor of Psychology Alliance. He or she will also be responsible for coordinating all service projects and maintain that the organization’s policies adhere to the regulations set forth by the SGA. A Co-President shares in these responsibilities and will furthermore preside at all meetings of Psychology Alliance and the Executive Board in the absence of the other President.

·        [1.1.2] The Vice President of Secretarial Services will maintain a record of attendance at every function of Psychology Alliance taking place in the duration of their term. He or she will be responsible for taking minutes of monthly meetings, typing them, and then duplicating them for SGA purposes and for the benefit of making them available to members who failed to attend those meetings.

·        [1.1.3] The Vice President of Finance will be the caretaker of all funds regarding Psychology Alliance. He or she will maintain a record of the incoming and outgoing funds and be furthermore accountable for the handling of such funds in adherence to SGA policies. Any action taken by the Treasurer will be performed with the consent and approval of the President and the advisor of Psychology Alliance.

·        [1.1.4] The Public Relations Coordinator will be responsible for all dealings with and information given to the public. He or she shall post and distribute flyers announcing every meeting of and any other event that will take place in relation to Psychology Alliance two weeks prior to that event. The Public Relations Coordinator will maintain the organization’s website. There may be one or two individuals holding this position. Any action taken by the Public Relations Coordinator will be performed with the consent and approval of the President and the advisor of Psychology Alliance.

  • Section 2 – Notes

·        [2.1] Although *highly* recommended, a Co-Presidency is not required. Should a Co-Presidency not exist, the Vice-President’s duties will be determined by the President and Vice President accordingly.

·        [2.2] Duties of an SGA Representative shall be fulfilled by an officer determined by majority vote of the Executive Board.

ARTICLE V: ELECTIONS AND VACANCIES

  • Section 1 – Term

·        [1.1] The Term of the Executive Board shall run from the beginning to the end of each school year.

  • Section 2 – Election Process

·        [2.1] Elections will be held during the second meeting of spring semester.

·        [2.1.1] The elected shall shadow the officer of their position until the following semester when their own term begins.

·        [2.2] The election official(s) will accept nominations from the general membership. These nominations can be seconded by another member. A person may be nominated for more than one office.

·        [2.3] Elections must take place by secret ballot.

·        [2.4] Office in the Executive Board will be determined by majority vote of the general membership.

·        [2.5] The position of Public Relations Coordinator will be determined by majority vote of the Executive Board.

ARTICLE VI: REMOVAL AND EXPULSION

  • Section 1 – Removal from Psychology Alliance or the Executive Board

·        [1.1] No member should be removed from office or the organization unless they fail to perform their duties as outlined in this constitution.

·        [1.2] No member should be removed from office or the organization without prior notification.

·        [1.3] No member should be removed from office or the organization without having been given means appropriate to defend their status.

·        [1.4] Removal from office or the organization will be decided by majority vote of the Executive Board.

·        [1.5] Psychology Alliance shall set policy regarding appropriate reasons for expulsion.

ARTICLE VII: AMENDMENTS

  • Section 1 – Proposal

·        [1.1] Proposed amendments to this constitution shall be submitted in writing to both the President(s) and the advisor(s) for consideration.

·        [1.2] Acceptance of the amendment will be determined by majority vote of the Executive Board, with the final decision given with regard to the advisor’s consideration.

  • Section 2 – Implementation

·        [2.1] Accepted amendments shall be implemented immediately.

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