The Gustavus Secular Student Alliance aims to represent the non-religious students on campus. As an organization at a Lutheran college, it is important to provide the opportunity for secular students to engage in open-minded conversation and form relationships with students of similar passions and beliefs. The group will create dialogue about secular thought, help grow a strong and visible non-religious community, and develop a safe and accepting environment for secular students on campus. Members of the group will spread awareness about non-religion, serve the wider community, work to dispel myths about non-religious stereotypes.
Article 1 (name): The official name of the organization is the "Gustavus Secular Student Alliance."
Article 2 (purpose): The Gustavus Secular Student Alliance aims to represent the non-religious students on campus. As an organization at a Lutheran college, it is important to provide the opportunity for secular students to engage in open-minded conversation and form relationships with students of similar passions and beliefs. The group will create dialogue about secular thought, help grow a strong and visible non-religious community, and develop a safe and accepting environment for secular students on campus. Members of the group will spread awareness about non-religion, serve the wider community, work to dispel myths about non-religious stereotypes. In addition, the group will provide weekly meeting times, depending on member availability.
Article 3 (membership):
Section 1: Membership in this group is open to all students--theists or non-theists. Members will not be discriminated against for any reason and will not be subdivided into categories.
Section 2: Members are always accepted, but must attend at least 3 meetings a semester in order to have a vote in any group decisions (officer elections, by-laws, and amendments) and the ability to nominate officers, propose amendments, and propose by-laws. Members must also be present at the meeting in which a vote is being taken in order to cast a vote.
Article 4 (officers):
Section 1: The following positions shall exist in the Gustavus Secular Student Alliance: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. All officers must be regular attendees of meetings and students in good standing with Gustavus Adolphus College. The President must have been a part of the group for at least a semester before assuming his or her position. If no member meets these requirements, they may be waived by a majority vote of those present.
Section 2: The duties of each officer are as follows:
President--The president shall organize and lead meetings, be the spokesperson for the group, work with the advisor and other officers to create yearly goals, and provide email/Facebook reminders for meetings and events.
Vice President--The Vice President shall assume all the duties of the President in his or her absence, assist in the development of yearly goals, and assist the President as needed.
Secretary--The Secretary shall keep a written record of the major/important events of each meeting, seek out new members through advertising on campus, and assist in the development of yearly goals.
Treasurer--The Treasurer shall oversee the funds of the group by keeping an accurate record of them, assist in the development of yearly goals, and assist the Secretary as needed.
Section 3: Candidates for officer positions will be nominated by April and elected at the conclusion of each Spring semester. A voting date will be decided upon by majority vote. At this meeting, candidates for all officer positions will give a brief speech on why they desire the position and what they intend to add to it. Following speeches, a vote will be taken via secret ballot--the candidate with the most votes winning each position.
Section 4: The term of office for all officers is June-May of the following year. If a vacancy occurs before the end of Spring semester, nominations and a vote will take place at the next meeting. If no nominations occur, the President may appoint someone to temporarily fill the position.
Section 5: The Gustavus Secular Student Alliance, by a 2/3 vote of all members present may remove (on good cause) an officer from his or her position. A request for removal may be presented by any member to the President, who will bring it forward at the next meeting.
Section 6: The Officers shall meet at the beginning of each month to set meeting dates, discuss yearly goals, and plan group events. If the group becomes sufficiently large, an "Event Coordinator" position may be added, its responsibilities being to plan and organize group events. Until such a position is deemed necessary, all officers shall work together to plan and organize group events. Officers may create special committees as needed for special decisions or events.
Article 5 (meetings):
Section 1: Meetings will be held at least once a month during the academic year. The officers will poll all members electronically at the beginning of each semester to find the best times for meetings. The President will se the agenda for meetings with input from all other members.
Section 2: Decisions are made by voting--brought to the floor by a motion and a second. A majority vote makes the decision.
Section 3: Any member may call for a special meeting involving an important or urgent matter. At least 3 days notice must be given for such a meeting.
Article 6 (finances): Finances will initially not be much needed--given the group emphasis on simply meeting and bringing non-religious people together. However, when they are needed, they will be raised by a fundraiser of the group's choice. Upon the group's disbandment, all remaining funds will go to the Gustavus Student Senate.
Article 7 (by-laws): By-laws may be proposed by and member in good standing and will be reviewed each September. The Officers will submit by-laws to all members in writing before they are voted on at the next meeting. They shall be passed by majority vote.
Article 8 (amendments):
Section 1: All members in good standing may propose amendments to this Constitution. They will be received by the officers and submitted in writing to all members at least 2 weeks before they are to be voted on. A 2/3 majority vote of the members present shall pass amendments
Date of ratification:
We're affiliated with the Secular Student Alliance and will be submitting a formal agreement shortly.