The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is a pre-professional membership association for students interested in the study of communication sciences and disorders. Founded in 1972, NSSLHA is the national organization for graduate and undergraduate students interested in the study of normal and disordered human communication. NSSLHA is the only official national student association recognized by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). NSSLHA has approximately 13,000 members with chapters at more than 300 colleges & universities.
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The name of this organization shall be The National Speech-Language and Hearing Association also known as N.S.S.L.H.A.
Article II: Purpose
The purpose of this organization shall be to further expand the knowledge and professional experiences of students studying to be speech-language pathologists and/or audiologists.
Article III: Membership
Section I: Membership shall be open to undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.
Section II: Active members shall be members that attend a minimum of two meetings per semester. They must also participate in a minimum of two outside events. This may include: fundraisers, service activities, and/or events that are put on for the Department Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic.
Section III: Dues for membership are $15.00 per semester. This includes membership and the chapter T-shirt. These fees only include local membership of the organization. National membership must be applied for through www.nsslha.org.
Article IV: Officers
Section I: Only active members shall be eligible for office within the organization.
Section II: The terms of office for all elected officials shall be two consecutive semesters beginning on commencement day and ending on commencement day of the following year.
Section III: The title of the elected officials shall be: President, Executive Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Historian.
Section IV: The duties of the elected officers:
1. Shall preside over all meetings.
2. Shall set the date for the next meeting when the normal schedule conflicts within the school schedule.
3. Shall appoint members to chair committees, such as publicity, field trips, organizations, guest speakers.
4. Shall cast the deciding vote if there is a tie in normal voting procedure. If the president is in the running election, she/he shall assign a designated officer to cast the deciding vote.
b. Executive Vice President:
1. Shall preside over all meetings in the absence of the President.
2. Shall act as advisor to all committees.
3. Shall have the right to vote except when acting as President.
1. Shall preside over all meetings in the absence of the President and Vice President.
2. Shall have the right to vote except when acting as President.
3. Shall keep accurate minutes of all meetings and shall keep all
necessary records and maintain them.
4. Shall be responsible for presenting a copy of all minutes to all
members and the Faculty Advisor.
5. Shall handle all club correspondence
6. Shall keep a list of all active members
1. Shall preside over all meetings in the absence of President, Vice
President and Secretary
2. Shall have the right to vote except when acting as President
3. Shall be in charge of all club/ organization finances
4. Shall keep an accurate account of all finances and shall give a
report at every meeting.
Section V: Election of Officers
1. Active members only shall be nominated for office
2. To be eligible to seek or hold office, a student must be enrolled for 12 semester hours or more (or be certified a full-time student if a graduate student), have an overall average of 2.5 CUM GPA and 2.5 previous semester GPA or if a first semester freshman, elected to an office in a student organization, attain a 2.5 or better CUM GPA average at SLU in order to continue to hold office
3. To be elected, it is necessary for a member to be nominated, and thereupon receive majority approval of those members present and voting
4. The dates of election shall be set by the current slate of officers
5. All voting will be by secret ballot
6. A member may be nominated to all positions but may only hold one position by election
7. If there are any office vacancies during the year with exception of President, new elections shall be held at the next publicized meeting to fill the position. In the case of Presidency, the Vice President will succeed and an election will be held for the position of Vice President.
Article V: Faculty Advisor
Section I: Shall be a member of the faculty or staff and shall serve in an advisory capacity to the organization
Article VI: Meetings and Voting
Section I: Meetings will be held monthly unless otherwise noted by the officer board and/or advisor.
Section II: Emergency meetings will be called when deemed necessary, by a majority of the officers.
Section III: A simple majority of those present and voting is required to pass a proposal.
Article VIII: Impeachment
Section I: An officer may be removed from his or her position due to negligence of duty, inefficiency in office or any other action which is considered detrimental to the name or purpose of the organization. An officer may be removed from office by a two-thirds vote of the active membership, present and voting, at a meeting of the organization
Article IX: Amendments
Section 1: Amendments must be submitted in writing at meeting prior to the vote.
Section 2: A two-thirds vote is required
Article X: By-Laws
Section 1: All such laws and amendments shall be tabled for a period of at least one week to permit official notice of the proposal
Section 2: A two-thirds vote is required