Student Orgs

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Student Organization Name
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Statement Of Purpose/ Mission
The ACLU is a nationwide nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to preserving, protecting, and defending the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and laws of the United States. The ACLU was founded by a roomful of activists in 1920 outraged by the civil liberties abuses they were witnessing all around them. Now, the ACLU is truly a national organization with over 550,000 members and supporters as well as affiliate or national chapter offices in all fifty states and Puerto Rico. The ACLU has always maintained the position that civil liberties must be respected, even in times of national emergency. The ACLU of Gustavus Adolphus College is an affiliate of the national organization. The ACLU of GAC will work in the St. Peter and Mankato area based on those principles outlined in the Bill of Rights. The ACLU works to defend and advance the civil liberties, civil rights and other fundamental human rights of all people. The ACLU of works in three areas: public education, lobbying, and when necessary, litigation. Public education efforts are aimed primarily at helping the Gustavus campus understand their rights and responsibilities.
CONSTITUTION OF THE ACLU-MN CAMPUS CLUB OF GUSTAVUS ADOLPHUS COLLEGE Article 1: Purpose and Status Section 1(Mission Statement): The primary goal of the Gustavus Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (GAC-ACLU) is to raise awareness of civil liberties issues, and to safeguard those civil liberties both on and off campus. This goal shall be accomplished through events organized by GAC-ACLU and through dialogues with the Gustavus Administration, other campus organizations, and both the regional and national American Civil Liberties Union. Section 2: The Club will represent itself in a way consistent with the mission and views of the ACLU. The Club will not claim to represent the ACLU in any media outlet other than those affiliated with Gustavus; furthermore, the Club will accurately represent the views of the ACLU in any campus media venue and will seek clarification on ACLU views from the ACLU-MN when necessary. Section 3: Upon receiving permission, the Club may send a representative to Affiliate Board meetings, but is not permitted to vote on Board issues. Section 4: The ACLU is a non-partisan organization. The Club will not endorse or oppose particular political parties or candidates and will consult with the ACLU -MN before endorsing or opposing any ballot initiative. Section 5: The Club will submit a new registration form at the beginning of every academic year. The Club will immediately notify the ACLU-MN of any changes in leadership or contact information and will maintain ongoing contact to update him or her regarding status and projects, at least once per school term. Article II: Membership Section 1: Nondiscrimination Clause. Membership shall be open to current students, faculty, and staff of Gustavus. regardless of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or status as a veteran. Section 2: Every Gustavus faculty, student and staff member is eligible to join the club regardless of political preference, with the exception that it poses harm to others. Section 3: Membership will be divided between leadership positions and general members. Only those in leadership position are required to have regular attendance. Section 4: Upon signing the membership list, releasing name, e-mail and year in school, participation is granted. Membership lasts the duration of time at Gustavus but can be terminated any time at the member’s discretion. Membership is not dependent on involvement with the organization, except in the case of leaders. Section 5: Membership may be terminated through request to the Membership Coordinator, whose responsibility involves keeping track of the club’s members as well as contact and distribution information. Equally, members may be reinstated by contacting said coordinator. Article III: Leadership Section 1: Leadership positions are open to all potential members: students, staff and faculty. Section 2: Composition: There are six officers: Director, Associate/Deputy Director, Financial Manager, Events Manager, Communications Manager, and Membership Coordinator. Section 3: Duties and Responsibilities: Director: Generally the founding member of the chapter, this person leads meetings, chooses areas of focus, and should be given the final say when it comes to important chapter decisions. Associate/Deputy Director: A deputy director should be chosen, in case the president is unable to fulfill his or her duties at any given time. It is important for the director and the deputy director to work closely together so that the deputy is completely prepared to take over the director’s position should the need arise. If the director is unavailable, chapter Financial Manager: The financial manager is in charge of drafting the club’s budget and keeping track of funds. These duties are further explained in the “Funding” section of this manual. Events Manager: It is the events manager’s job to coordinate chapter events such as rallies, speak-outs, and any fund-raising activities the group opts to do. Communications Manager: A specific person may be assigned the job of communicating your group’s message to the student body, as well as keeping in touch with your local affiliate. A communications associate must make sure the group is promoted properly and adequately, and that ties between the college chapter and the local affiliate remain strong. A communications associate should take the time to update their affiliate on their chapter’s upcoming events and current focus and activities once every other month. Of utmost importance is their familiarity with the ACLU’s position on certain issues, and with the ACLU’s protocol when it comes to communicating this stance. Membership Coordinator: A membership coordinator will keep track of the chapter’s members. It is their job to keep the members’ contact info up-to-date, and they may be in charge of helping the members to become official card-carrying members of the ACLU by distributing information and collecting funds. The membership coordinator may work closely with the communications associate to promote the college chapter to potential new members. *Under certain circumstances, one member may fill more than one leadership position. If said person is unable to complete the responsibilities of each position leaders may further divide them up. Section 4: Term of Office: Leaders must serve for the entire academic year of which they are elected Section 5: Removal: In the case of the removal of a leader, a complaint may be filed to the faculty advisor, or ACLU-MN coordinator, who will help take steps to remedy the situation. Section 6: Vacancy: In the case of the president’s temporary or permanent absence, the vice president will take succession. The other leaders will be elected based on a 2/3 vote by members present at the designated meeting to make this decision. Section 7: The Primary and Secondary leaders of the Club are expected to become members of the ACLU and should encourage membership among other Club leaders, members, and attendees at events. Article VI: Elections Section 1: Nomination: Those seeking leadership may be nominated at a designated time during the weekly meeting. If desired, members may have to option to nominate their self. Section 2: Eligibility: Those desiring to vote and present at a designated meeting will be able to. Section 3: Voting: Voting will occur in the form of a secret ballot. There will be a 2/3 majority vote in order to decide future leaders. Elections will be held during a specific meeting time as determined by the officers. Section 4: Installation: In the case of electing leaders for the next year, they may assume office each year in the last month of school. By doing this leaders will have the chance to get experience and advice from current leaders. In the case of those elected as a result of an unexpected leave with the year, status as an officer begins the moment that they are elected. Article VI: Meetings Section 1: Time and Place: Meetings will be determined by GAC-ACLU leaders and advertised via normal means of communication such as email, facebook, posters, etc. Location will vary depending on availability and type of facilities required for meeting’s activities. Section 2: Every meeting’s agenda will depend on ACLU issues being discussed and/or debated and type of activities the leaders have scheduled for the meeting. No specific agenda is required to qualify the meeting as official. Section 3: No certain number of member is required to conduct an official meeting. Article VII: Finances Section 1: There will be no fees to join the GAC-ACLU Club and no general member or leader will be required to contribute financially to the group. It is the choice of all student, faculty, and staff to donate or not to donate financially to the ACLU-MN or national organizations. Section 2: Fundraising: The Club will not solicit funds from individual donors and will notify GAC-ACLU of monetary gifts or offers of gifts. Plans for fundraising will first be cleared with ACLU-MN. Section 3: Budget: Any funding will be provided by the Gustavus Campus Activities Board (CAB). Proper procedures according to CAB requirements must be adhered to. Budgeting plans are to be negotiated and agreed upon by the GAC-ACLU leaders and ACLU-MN authorities. Section 4: Financing events: The Club will submit a well-organized budget proposal to ACLU-MN at least one month in advance to request funds from ACLU-MN for programming. Section 5: In the event that the Club establishes a bank account, this account will not be established in the name of the ACLU, ACLU-MN, or the ACLU Campus Club, but will rather be established in the name of the Civil Liberties Club or other similar title. School-designated procedures for establishing an account will be followed. Article VIII: Amendments Section 1: Initiation: A leader may propose and amendment in written form to the committee. Section 2: Voting: Once a month, amendments, along with other leadership issues, will be discussed and voted upon by club leaders. A 2/3 majority passes the amendment.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Minnesota here by acknowledges that the ACLU chapter at Gustavus Adolphus College is officially affiliated with the local and national ACLU of Minnesota will serve as a resource for the GAC chapter. The college chapter can request a representative to attend a campus group meeting as well as partner with ACLU-MN to sponsor a program or event.
Application Type
RoleOrganization TitleFull NameE-mail
AdvisorACLU-GACCarlos Mejia
PresidentACLU-GACTia Gustafson
Risk ManagerACLU-GACCameron
SecretaryACLU-GACAnnie Galloway
MemberACLU-GACKatie Feterl
MemberACLU-GACMackenzie Brill
Vice PresidentACLU-GACMax

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