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Constitution

Article I.  Name

 The name of this organization shall be the Collegiate Association of Unreasonable Social Entrepreneurs, the abbreviation for which shall be CAUSE.

Article II.  Mission and Objectives 

Mission: The CAUSE student organization aims to provide every person with the inspiration, the skills, the experiences, and the networks needed to make a social impact through innovation and entrepreneurial pursuits. 

Objectives:

Advocacy/Awareness: To raise awareness of social entrepreneurship and the integration of enterprising activities, promoting partnerships and joint-events with social enterprise organizations across the NIU campus and beyond, and facilitating networking opportunities with social entrepreneurs. 

Community Engagement: To provide ‘hands-on' skills to members by facilitating engagements and partnerships with social enterprise organizations. 

Human Capital Development: To promote career skills and opportunities for NIU students in the social enterprise sector by facilitating relevant skills workshops and connecting students with recruitment contacts. 

Article III.  Membership 

Any student, faculty, staff who can agree with the policies and procedures of Northern Illinois University shall be eligible to become a member. The organization's activities will be open to the public but such members may not be elected to any offices nor may they be responsible for any activities that involve the use of the organization's funds. The organization may partner with other persons or organizations. 

Article IV.  Executive Board/Officers/Faculty Advisor 

Section 1:  Definition of the Executive Board 

The Executive Board will consist of the President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and any created cabinet positions. 

Section 2:  Duties of the Executive Board Officers

President:

·Oversee all programs within the organization

·Conduct and preside over all executive board meetings

·Maintain communication with all board members and work closely with the executive board

·Establish and define organization goals and program objectives at the beginning of the term

·Outline roles and communicate expectations to board members

·Be knowledgeable of all partnerships with other schools and external organizations

·Create and appoint committees and cabinet positions

·The office shall be open to any student active member of the organization

 

Vice President:

·Conduct and preside over all executive board meetings in the absence of the President

·Assist the President with the responsibilities of the organization

·Maintain communication with all board members and work closely with the executive board

·Be familiar with the partnerships formed with other schools and external organizations

·The office shall be open to any student active member of the organization

 

Treasurer:

·Keep and maintain the organization's financial records

·Be responsible for any financial transaction

·Keep and make available to board members a record of all monies received

·The office shall be open to any student active member of the organization

 

Secretary:

·Handle club correspondences as necessary

·Keep all members informed of organization activities

·Keep a contact list of members as well as a contact list of partnerships made with external organizations and other schools

·Record the minutes of board meetings

·The office shall be open to any student active member of the organization 

Section 3:  Faculty Advisor

Faculty Advisor

·The advisor shall provide guidance and resources wherever appropriate

·The office shall be open to any faculty active member of the organization 

Section 4:  Qualifications for any Executive Board Member

An executive board member must be in good standing with Northern Illinois University and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. 

Article V.  Elections and Appointments

 Section 1:  Nominations

A.    Eligibility

1.      Any current student member is eligible for nomination of an executive board position as long as he or she meets the qualifications listed under the position of nomination and meets the qualifications listed in article IV section 4. 

B.     Procedure

1.      Nominations will take place at the first general meeting in April.

2.      A current student may nominate himself or herself for an executive board position. 

Section 2:  Voting 

A.    Eligibility

1.      Active student members in good standing with Northern Illinois University. 

B.     Procedure

1.      Elections will take place at the follow meeting after nominations.

2.      Each candidate will give a speech while the other candidates wait outside of the meeting location. Parameters of the speech will be determined by the President. Questions will be asked following the speech by members. The same questions must be asked to all candidates for each position. Once the candidates finish their speeches, they will all join each other outside of the meeting location. A discussion will take place after all speeches if opened by members. A secret ballad will be cast to determine who gains the position. A majority vote will determine who is elected into the position.

C.     Tie Voting Outcomes

1.      In case of a tie in voting, the faculty adviser will cast a vote to determine who is elected to a position. 

Section 3: Creation and Appointments for Cabinet Positions           

A.    Creation of Cabinet Positions

1.      The President has the power to create a cabinet position on the executive board. This creation of the position must be reviewed by the executive board. The executive board must vote in favor of the position at 50% plus 1.

B.     President’s Appointments

1.      The President has the power to appoint members to cabinet positions. The president must show that the candidate has the qualifications necessary to obtain the position to the executive board. The executive board must vote in favor of the position at 50% plus 1. 

Article VI. Removal from Office/ Membership 

Three members must petition to impeach from office or remove from membership. Notification of impeachment or removal with reasons for impeachment or removal must be given to the officer or member in question a week prior to a hearing. The hearing with consist of general member meeting. At the hearing, both sides will plead their case before the general members. Parameters will be determined by the President. A vote of 2/3 will remove the officer or member in question. 

Article VII.  Meetings 

Section 1:  Procedure 

A.    Definition of Meeting

1.      Quorum is the number (as a majority) of members of the organization that when duly assembled is legally competent to transact business. Quorum is 50% of active student members plus one.

2.      The location and time of any meetings will be determined by the executive board. Input from the active organization members will be taken into consideration.

3.      The President will delegate the meetings and its procedures. 

Section 2:  Behavior & Etiquette 

Any organization meeting will be run using the latest Robert’s Rules of Order. If the president deems someone’s behavior inappropriate, he or she will be removed from the meeting.

 

Article VIII. Approval of Expenditures           

Expenditures of the organization must be approved by the executive board at 50% plus 1. The President and Treasurer must sign off on all checks. 

Article IX.  Amendments 

Section 1:  Procedure 

Potential amendments to the constitution can be proposed by any group member at a general member meeting and require a 3/4 majority vote in order to be ratified. Potential amendments to the bylaws can be proposed by any group member at general member meeting and require a 2/3 majority vote in order to be ratified.
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