It shall be the purpose of this society to promote excellence in scholarship in the study of sociology, research of social problems, and such other social and intellectual activities that will lead to improvement in the human condition.
Alpha Kappa Delta- Kappa of Minnesota
Gustavus Adolphus College
ARTICLE I - Name
The name of this organization shall be the Alpha Kappa Delta- Kappa of Minnesota of Gustavus Adolphus College.
ARTICLE II - Purpose
The purpose of this organization shall be to:
Section 1. It shall be the purpose of this society to promote excellence in scholarship in the study of sociology, research of social problems, and such other social and intellectual activities that will lead to improvement in the human condition.
Section 2. This organization shall be a non-secret, democratic, international society of scholars dedicated to the ideal of Anthropon Katamanthanein Diakonesein or "to investigate humanity for the purpose of service."
Section3. Provide opportunities to advance the educational endeavors for students of sociology, including career development and grass-roots organizing to facilitate social change.
Section 4. Dissolution. The tax-exempt status of this Society shall be maintained by strict adherence to the following procedures:
A. No part of the income of this Society shall inure to the benefit or be distributed to its members, trustees, officers or other persons, except that the Society shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered in performance of the educational and scientific purposes of this Society.
B. No part of the activities of this Society shall involve the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office. Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Constitution, this Society shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on by an organization exempt from Federal income tax under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 or by an organization, contributions to which are deductible under Section 160 (c) (2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law).
C. In the event of dissolution of this Society, the Officers shall, after making provision for the payment of all liabilities of the Society, dispose of the remaining assets exclusively to such organization or organizations which operate exclusively for educational or scientific purposes and shall at the time qualify as an organization under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or any corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Laws).
ARTICLE III - Affiliation
Section 1 This organization shall operate according to the regulations and policies of Gustavus Adolphus College, and of the Constitution of the Associated Students of Gustavus Adolphus College, and in compliance with all local, state, and federal laws.
Section 2 This organization shall not be affiliated with any regional or national group other than the United Chapters of Alpha Kappa Delta.
ARTICLE IV - Nondiscrimination
Section 1 This organization shall not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or political affiliation.
ARTICLE V - Membership
Section 1 At least one of the Co-Presidents of this Chapter must be a full-fee paying student of Gustavus Adolphus College.
Section 2 All remaining officers and voting members of this organization shall be: fee-paying undergraduate and be at least part time students with 2+ credits
Section 3 All members must abide by the provisions of the constitution and bylaws of this organization.
Section 4 Students enrolled for less than 2 credits at Gustavus Adolphus College, faculty, staff, and community members may be associate members but may not vote or hold office.
Section 5 Students with less than junior standing may act as associate members, if they meet the grade point average admission criteria and are officially declared majors or minors, but they may not achieve honorary or official membership status.
Section 6:This organization will not conspire to engage in hazing, participate in hazing, or commit any act that causes or is likely to cause bodily danger, physical harm, or personal degradation or disgrace resulting in physical or mental harm to any fellow student or person attending the institution.
ARTICLE VI - Removal of Members
Section 1 Grounds for removal: Any member not fulfilling the requirements as outlined in this Constitution Article V, Section 2 or in the Bylaws of this organization to the satisfaction of the voting membership or violating Gustavus Adolphus College policy or the Student Code of Conduct may be removed from membership. A 2/3-majority vote of the total voting membership shall be required for removal of any member.
Section 2 Notice of charges: The motion to remove a member from this organization must be presented in writing to the total voting membership at least 2 weeks before the meeting at which the removal will be voted on.
Section 3 Right to a fair hearing: The member subject to removal shall have the right to present his/her case to the membership at the meeting in which the voting for removal is to take place.
Section 4 Right to appeal: Appeals relating to the removal of members shall be done through the Faculty advisor. Appeals must be made within 2 weeks after the vote for removal has taken place.
Section 5 Form of vote: All voting under this Article shall be done by secret ballot.
ARTICLE VII - Meetings
Section 1 Quorum: To conduct business a simple majority of the total voting membership must be present at the meeting. A simple majority of the total voting membership must be present for all elections.
Section 2 Voting percentages: Motions dealing with constitution amendments and the removal of officers or members will require a 2/3 majority vote of the total voting membership. All other motions will require a simple majority vote of the quorum to pass.
Section 3 Parliamentary authority: The Constitution of this organization shall be the supreme authority in parliamentary procedure at all meetings. The Bylaws of this organization, if and when they exist, shall be the next highest authority. Robert's Rules of Order shall be the procedure used to conduct meetings except where it conflicts with the Constitution or with the Bylaws.
Section 4 Frequency of meetings: This organization shall meet at least 3 times each semester. An officer or a 2/3 majority of the total voting membership may call emergency meetings. Verbal notice of organizational meetings shall be given to all members at least 7 days prior to such meetings. Verbal notice of special or emergency meetings shall be given to all members 7 days in advance.
ARTICLE VIII - Elections
Section 1 Types of elections: General elections will be held to replace officers whose terms are due to expire. Special elections shall be held when an office is vacated in midterm.
Section 2 Nomination of candidates: A candidate for office must be nominated by a voting member during the meeting immediately prior to general elections or special elections.
Section 3 Time of elections: General elections shall be held during a March meeting and special elections shall be held as necessary.
Section 4 Form of vote: Voting under this Article shall be by secret ballot.
ARTICLE IX - Officers
Section 1 Elected Officers: The officers of this organization will be:
C. Correspondence Officer.
E. Anthropology Liaison
F. Risk Manager (This position may be occupied by any of the Chapter Officiers in conjunction with their other Chapter resposibilities.)
Section 2 Qualifications: Members of this chapter:
A. must be a Gustavus Adolphus College student.
B. must be enrolled full time at GAC.
C. must be an officially declared sociology/anthropology major, or the anthropology /sociology minor with at least four courses completed in sociology/anthropology.
D. must have and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3.
In addition, the Co-Presidents of this chapter:
E. must be in good academic and judicial standing at the time of election and during the entire term of office.
F. must maintain a minimum of 3.3 cumulative GPA.
Section 3 Term of office: An officer shall serve for 1 year from his/her swearing-in, or until his/her successor is appointed or elected.
Section 4 Duties: The duties of the officers shall be as follows:
A. The Presidents: The duties outlined will alternate between the two presidents; the faculty advisor will resolve any dispute in the allocation of duties.
1. shall be the chief executive officers of the organization and shall preside over meetings.
2. shall submit the names of all officers of the organization to the Office of Campus Activities at Gustavus Adolphus College not more than 2 weeks after the beginning of each semester and within 10 days of any election.
3. shall submit additional information, as it is required to the Office of Campus Activities at Gustavus Adolphus College.
4. shall assist the Advisor and the Treasurer in preparation of requests for funding from the Associated Students of Gustavus Adolphus College, and shall sign said requests.
5. shall fulfill other duties as outlined in the organization's bylaws.
6. shall be responsible for writing the Bylaws of this organization and for presenting them for approval to the total voting membership at the February meeting.
7. shall fulfill other duties as outlined in the organization's bylaws.
B. The Correspondence Officer:
1. shall keep records of all meetings and report minutes to the membership
2. shall keep the membership records
3. shall write other correspondence as directed by the president
4. shall fulfill other duties as outlined in the organization’s bylaws.
C. The Treasure:
1. shall be the financial officer of the organization.
2. shall report an accounting of revenues and expenses upon request at any organizational meeting.
3. shall prepare, at the end of each school year, all financial records for audit.
4. shall assist the Advisor and the President in preparation of requests for funding from the Associated Students of Gustavus Adolphus College, and shall sign said requests.
5. shall fulfill other duties as outlined in the organization's bylaws.
E. Duties for additional officers will be outlined in the Bylaws of this organization.
ARTICLE X - Removal of Officers
Section 1 Grounds for removal: Any officer not fulfilling his/her duties as outlined in this Constitution Article IX, Section 4 or in the Bylaws of this organization to the satisfaction of the voting membership or who has violated a College policy or the Student Code of Conduct, may be removed from office. A 2/3-majority vote of the total voting membership shall be required for removal of any officer.
Section 2 Notice of charges: The motion to remove an officer from his/her position must be presented in writing to the officer in question and the total voting membership at least 2 weeks before the meeting at which the removal will be voted on.
Section 3 Right to a fair hearing: The officer subject to removal shall have the right to present his/her case to the membership at the meeting in which the voting for removal is to take place.
Section 4 Right to appeal: Appeals relating to the removal of officers shall be done through the [ Whatever Students Body Serves as the Judiciary]. Appeals must be made within 2 weeks after the vote for removal has taken place.
Section 5 Form of vote: All elections under this Article shall be done by secret ballot.
ARTICLE XI - Advisor
Section 1 Selection: This organization shall annually designate an Advisor(s) at the time of the regular organization elections. Said Advisor(s) shall have no voting privileges.
Section 2 Duties: The Advisor(s) shall assist the Officers in preparation of requests for funding from the Associated Students of Gustavus Adolphus College, and shall sign said requests. The Advisor(s) shall consult with the officers about the organization's activities in compliance with College Policies.
ARTICLE XII - Financial Support
The finances of this organization will come from fund raising projects, individual contributions, dues, the Associated Students of Gustavus Adolphus College, and/or from Gustavus Adolphus College, when appropriate. The price and payment guidelines for membership dues will be specified in the bylaws of this organization.
ARTICLE XIII - Committees
Section 1 An Officer shall have the authority to appoint any special committees that will meet the needs of the organization.
ARTICLE XIV - Bylaws
Section 1 Provision for-bylaws:
A. This organization may approve bylaws for the specific operation of the organization.
B. No bylaw shall be adopted that is contrary to the provisions of this Constitution.
Section 2 Vote Required:
A. The organization may adopt, amend or rescind any bylaw by a simple majority vote of the membership.
B. Any proposed bylaw must be publicized in writing to the members at least 1 week 1 prior to the meeting at which it is to be voted upon.
ARTICLE XV - Amendments
Section 1 A proposal to amend this Constitution must be presented to the total voting membership in the form of a written motion at least 7 days before it is to be voted on.
Section 2 A proposed amendment must be adopted by a 2/3 vote of the total voting membership in accordance with Article VII, Section 2 and amendments to this Constitution must be approved by the Associated Students of Gustavus Adolphus College to become effective.
** The rules of Gustavus Adolphus College will take precedence over the rules of AKD
Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD) is the International Sociology Honor Society. [A scanned copy of the Chapter Charter has been emailed to Brittany Salsman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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