Constitution of the Linguistics Student Organization
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Article 1: Name
The name of the organization shall be the Linguistics Student Organization (LSO).
Article 2: Preamble
The LSO takes as its main goals the representation of the student body to the faculty and the coordination of functions that will help graduate students in their studies and prepare graduate students for their future. This collection of articles establishes a student government that will selflessly pursue the ideals of all without denying the ideals of one, that will be responsive without being repressive or restrictive, and that will insure that we, the linguistics students of the University of Wisconsin--Madison, are fairly recognized and represented.
Article 3: Object
The object of the LSO shall be:
Article 4: Declaration of Rights
Section 1: Nondiscrimination
The LSO shall not discriminate.
Section 2: Open Meetings and Free Access
Every regular meeting of an LSO body shall be announced to all members by e-mail at least five days prior to the commencement of the meeting. Special meetings may be called, as appropriate, to discuss specific issues that arise. In this case, at least two days notice shall be given. At any meeting of an LSO body, all discussion shall be held and all action of any kind, formal or informal, shall be initiated, deliberated upon and acted upon only in session open to all LSO members. All LSO bodies shall make available all records for inspection and copying by members of the LSO. Note: faculty committees are not LSO bodies.
Section 3: Initiative
The members of the LSO shall have the right of initiative to adopt, amend or rescind any law of the LSO, or to allocate or prohibit the allocation of any funds to the control of the LSO. The proposed initiative measure shall be submitted to an election. The change must be passed by a two-thirds vote of the members present.
Article 5: Membership
Section 1: Members
All students in the linguistics department are automatically members. Any other interested students may become members by submission of a written request to a co-president. Members of the LSO during the Spring semester shall remain members of the LSO through the summer. All members receive one vote in any paper ballot taken. All members present at a meeting at which a vote is taken receive one vote, also.
Section 2: Loss of membership
Members not enrolled in the current academic period shall lose membership in the LSO upon the first class day after the late enrollment deadline. Members who withdraw or are expelled from the University shall lose membership immediately. Members withdrawing from the University shall regain membership immediately upon registration for classes in any subsequent semester.
Article 6: General Council
Section 1: Composition
The General Council shall consist of 2 co-presidents, plus all representatives to the faculty committees, as well as the heads of the student committees. One student will be selected as a representative for each faculty committee. One student will be selected as representative for each faculty committee. Currently, these are the Degree Programs Committee, the Phonetics Lab Committee, and the Colloquium Committee. The student committees are the Fund Raising Committee, the Student Relations Committee, the Working Papers Committee, and the Information Technology Committee.
Section 2: Terms
Representatives shall serve for one year. Terms for all Representatives shall begin June 1st.
Section 3: Vacancies
For a vote to take place to fill a vacancy in the GC, a quorum must be present (at least half of the GC). The decision must pass by a 2/3 vote of both the GC and the total number of LSO members present, with all LSO members present at the meeting receiving a vote. The person appointed shall serve until the next election, at which time a Representative shall be elected to hold the seat for the remainder of the term.
Section 4: Meetings
Section 5: Powers and Duties
Article 7: GC Member Duties
Section 1: General
All elected members are expected to:
Section 2: (Co-)president(s)
Section 3: Treasurer
Section 4: Scribe
Section 5: Colloquia
Section 6: Working papers
Section 7: Fundraising
Section 8: Degree Programs Committee (and Curriculum and Instruction)
Section 9: Phonetics Lab
Section 10: Information Technology
Section 11: Student Relations
Section 12: Faculty Committees
The GC shall send representatives to such faculty meetings as exist and allow participation of student representatives.
Section 13: Special Committees
The GC may establish other committees as may from time to time be necessary to achieve the object of the LSO. The GC shall appoint at least one GC representative to convene the special committee. Any LSO member may become a member of a special committee.
Article 8: Elections
Section 1: Schedule
Both nominations shall be held in April.
Section 2: Procedures
Seats shall be filled by the candidate(s) who gain a plurality of votes. Ties shall be broken by the existing GC using a random method.
Section 3: Ballot
Candidates for positions of the LSO shall be listed solely by name on all ballots. Ballots shall not be marked in such a manner that the identity of the person casting the ballot may be identified.
Article 9: Initiative, Referendum and Recall
Section 1: Subjects
Initiatives, referenda and recalls may be submitted to an election only upon petition of LSO members or resolution of an LSO body.
Section 2: Procedures
The GC shall submit the proposed initiative, referendum or recall measure to LSO members at a separate meeting, provided that the petition or resolution is filed with a Co-president at least two weeks prior to the election. The Co-president shall bring the proposed initiative, referendum or recall measure to the attention of LSO members by reasonable methods.
Section 3: Adoption
A majority vote of those casting votes on the measure shall adopt the initiative, referendum or recall measure.
Section 4: Effect
Article 10: Summer Operations
Section 1: Definition
The Summer Session shall begin on June 1 and end two weeks before the first day of classes in the Fall semester.
Section 2: Limitations
During the Summer Session, officers may not be impeached, Rules may not be amended, elections may not be held, and no more than ten percent of anonymous funds may be allocated.
Section 3: Summer GC
Any GC Representative may give written notice to a co-president of his or her intent not to serve during the Summer Session. At the end of the Summer Session, the Representative who gave notice may reclaim his or her seat. One-third of the GC, excluding vacancies, shall constitute a quorum during the Summer Session.
Article 11: Amendment
Section 1: Election
A proposal to amend this Constitution shall be submitted to an election by members of the LSO upon the filing with a co-president of a request signed by at least three GC members. The co-presidents shall submit the proposed amendment to an election in accordance with the procedures provided for initiatives and referenda.
Section 2: Amendment
A majority vote of those casting votes on an amendment to this Constitution shall adopt the amendment. The amendment shall take effect immediately upon adoption.
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