Students for Cannabis Policy Reform

April 8th, 2010

Students for Cannabis Policy Reform

Article I- Name
The official name of this organization will be Students for Cannabis Policy Reform

Article II- Purpose
The purpose of this organization is to lobby and influence, by legal means, local representatives and lawmakers to reform the laws and policies regarding the Cannabis Sativa plant. Emphasis will also be put on informing the public of the advantages or benefits of such policy reform.

Article III- Membership
Unless otherwise specifically authorized by the University, membership in this organization is open to all DePaul students who are in good standing with the University (have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above). Unless otherwise specifically authorized by the University, membership will not be restricted on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, parental status, housing status, source of income, or military status. As a member, one is required to attend organization meetings regularly and actively support organization projects. Membership may be revoked by excluding one from the roster.

Article IV- Officers
Election of officers will require a majority vote from the general membership. If a candidate fails to receive a majority of votes, a run off election will be held between the top two candidates that received the most votes. Members interested in becoming an officer must meet the following academic requirement: Officers must maintain a cumulative 2.5 GPA to hold office. The term of office will be for one full year (fall until fall). Together, the officers shall comprise of the Executive Committee/Board of the organization. The Executive Committee/Board shall meet in addition to regular organization meetings. The Executive Committee/Board shall appoint such committees that are needed to carry out organization goals. The officers and individual duties shall be:

A. President
Preside over all meetings
Represent organization on campus
Ensure that the organization is operating in conformity with the standards set forth by the Office of Student Life
Cosign organization checks
Maintain communication with organization advisor

B. Vice-President
Preside over meetings in the absence of the President
Schedule meetings/events with appropriate University offices
Coordinate organization promotion and publicity of events

C. Secretary
Maintain an accurate record of all organization meetings and post for members
Maintain membership directory
Correspond when necessary with University administration and other recognized organizations

D. Treasurer
Maintain accurate record of organization transactions
Collect dues if required
Develop organization budget and present to membership for ¾ vote
Cosign organization checks
Arrange fundraising opportunities for the organization
Solicits additional funding if needed from the Office of Student Life in conjunction with thePresident

Officers may be removed from office by a vote. The officer is permitted to speak before the Executive Committee and the general membership about the charges made concerning his/her performance. The officer is not permitted to participate in the deliberation of the Executive Committee regarding the charges.

Article V- Elections
Section 1 – Election of officers shall be held in October, overseen by the president who will announce specific dates and candidates at least one month prior to elections.

Section 2 – If a position is vacant, general members may request that position and acquire it unless an officer has a reasonable objection.

Section 3 –  A private ballot will be given to all organization members. 60% of members must agree on a candidate unless a “tie” occurs, in which case officers will debate amongst each other and have a second exclusive vote.

Article VI- Advisor
The Advisor shall be a full-time faculty or staff member at DePaul University. The Advisor will assume those responsibilities as outlined in this constitution and/or found in the Student Life Handbook. The advisor will be selected by a majority vote of the Executive Committee and then presented to the general membership for a second majority vote of approval. Advisors not fulfilling the responsibilities detailed in the “Advisor Handbook” or not abiding by the organization’s purpose may be removed from the position by a majority vote of the Executive Committee.

Article VII- Meetings
The organization shall hold regular weekly meetings during the academic term except when holidays, examination periods or other events make meeting impractical. Organization meeting day/time will be determined in the beginning of each semester by a vote of the general membership. Attendance at organization meetings is expected. If a member must miss a meeting, correspondence with the secretary is appreciated. A quorum as necessary for all votes where a quorum is required shall consist of a simple majority of the membership plus one officer. Robert’s Rules of Order (newly revised) shall govern all meetings.

Article VIII- Finance
The organization may establish reasonable dues that must be paid by all members in order to remain a member in good standing. The amount of the dues will be determined in the beginning of the academic year by the Executive Committee and presented to the general membership for a vote. Dues must be paid by week three of the fall quarter. The treasurer shall maintain all financial records and shall countersign with the president for all organization transactions.

Article IX- Amendments
Amendments to this constitution must be submitted in writing at a regular meeting of the organization. Said amendment(s) will be voted on at a subsequent meeting. In order to adopt the amendment, a vote of 2/3 of the general membership is necessary.

Article X- Ratification
This constitution shall become effective upon approval by a yes vote by ¾ of the organization’s members.

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