Contemporary Arts Society

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Updated 9.18.2013
Contemporary Arts Society
Student Organization Constitution
Article I: Organization Name
The name of the organization shall be Contemporary Arts Society.
Article II: Purpose Statement
It shall be the purpose of the Contemporary Arts Society to educate students with the
methodologies, practices, and approaches of contemporary artists and art historians. This
education requires field research in appropriate museums and libraries, seminars led by invited
art historians and artists, and travel to participate in international exhibitions and panels.
Moreover, members of the organization will be encouraged to share this research with the
faculty, staff, and student body of Wichita State University, the local community, and fellow
universities.
Article III: Membership and Eligibility Criteria
The WSU Policy States:
8.10 Statement of Nondiscrimination in Educational Programs and Activities. It is the policy of
Wichita State University to prohibit discrimination in educational programs and activities
because of race, color, religion, gender, age, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation,
political affiliation, disabled/Vietnam-era veteran status or physical or mental disability.
Section A: Membership is open to enrolled WSU who:
1. Students who are fascinated with art as a visual language and seek to ameliorate their
comprehension of the methodologies of the visual arts.
2. Students who participate in at least 85% of Contemporary Arts Society meetings and
organizational functions.
3. Students who pay the annual fee of $10.00 to support the research and funding of
organization functions such as museums, artists/art historians, and educational events.
Section B: Membership is open to any non-WSU student who:
1. Participants who are fascinated with art as a visual language and seek to ameliorate their
comprehension of the methodologies of the visual arts.
2. Participants who contribute in at least 85% of Contemporary Arts Society meetings and
organizational functions.
3. Participants who pay the annual fee of ten dollars to support the research and funding of
organization functions such as museums, artists/art historians, and educational events.
Section C: Dues and collection procedures
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1. The fiscal year of the organization, shall be from July 1st to June 30th.
2. The amount of annual dues shall be determined each year by the elected President and Vice
President.
3. Dues shall not exceed $20.00 per year.
4. The disbursement of dues shall not be based on race, creed, religion, sex or national origin.
Section D: A member may be removed for:
1. The organization and its members agree to adhere to city, state, and federal laws, to the
Student Code of Conduct, Student Government Association and the RSO Handbook – any
member found violating this may be removed from the organization.
2. Any member who neglects to fulfill the responsibilities of membership of the Contemporary
Arts Society will be removed from the organization.
Section E: Removal of membership procedures:
1. Any member may have their membership revoked by two-thirds vote of the Executive Board.
Any member removed may appeal to the general membership. Said members shall be
considered reinstated with two-thirds approval to the members.
Article IV: Voting
Section A: A quorum will be at minimum, five members of the Contemporary Arts Society.
Section B: Each member in good standing may vote.
Section C: Proxy voting is allowed by the following process of written documentation of the
absent member.
Article V: Officers
Section A: The Contemporary Arts Society shall have a President, Vice President and/or
Treasurer, and an Advisor. These officers comprise the Executive Committee or Board.
Section B: All officers must be members of Contemporary Arts Society and currently enrolled
within Wichita State University.
Section C: The Advisor must be a full time faculty or staff member within Wichita State
University.
Section D: The term of office shall follow the academic school year, with terms beginning
August 18, 2013 until May 16, 2012. Subsequent terms will continue to follow the academic
year.
Section E: Election of officers shall be held in May prior to the end of elected terms. At least
two weeks’ notice shall be given before the election meeting. Nominations shall be initiated
from the floor and elections done by ballot. The person receiving the majority vote will be
elected.
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Section F: Any officer may be removed from membership by a two-thirds vote of the Executive
Board. Any officer removed may appeal to the general membership. Said officer shall be
considered reinstated with two-thirds approval of the members.
Section G: Any vacancy which may occur in an office shall be filled by appointment by the
President pending ratification at the next group business meeting.
Article VI: Duties of Officers
Section A: The President
1. The President shall be the chief executive officer; and
2. The President shall appoint all committee chairpersons; and
3. The President, with approval of the executive board, directs the budget; and
4. Vacancies in offices will be filled by appointment of the President with approval of the
general membership; and
5. The President will be responsible for scheduling programs.
Section B: The Vice President
1. The Vice President shall be the parliamentarian for the organization; and
2. The Vice President shall assume the duties for the President should the office become vacant,
or in the absence of the President; and
3. The Vice President will keep and have available current copies of the constitution and
bylaws; and
4. The Vice President shall maintain a complete and accurate account of attendance and
membership status.
5. The Vice President will perform other duties as directed by the President.
Section C: Treasurer
1. The Treasurer shall keep a current record of all financial transactions; and
2. The Treasurer shall develop quarterly reports containing a list of all receipts and
disbursements and distribute them among the membership; and
3. The Treasurer will be responsible for checking the accuracy of all bills and invoices and
paying them correctly and on time; and
4. The Treasurer will perform other duties as directed by the President.
Section D: The Advisor
1. The Advisor shall assist the group in execution of roles and responsibilities; and
2. The Advisor shall provide feedback to the organization regarding its operation and
functioning; and
3. The Advisor shall serve as a resource; and
4. The Advisor should provide advice upon request, and also should share knowledge and
expertise; and
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5. The Advisor shall be a full time faculty or staff member of Wichita State University; and
6. The Advisor will be a nonvoting member of the organization.
Article VII: Group Committee Structure
Section A: The following committees (other than executive board) shall be appointed by the
President subject to ratification by the organization during a regular business meeting. The
committees and their duties are:
1. Fundraising
1. Develop a schedule of fundraising events and activities for the fiscal year.
2. Research methods and necessary materials for raising funds.
3. Provide details of this research to the executive board and general members.
2. Event Planning
1. Develop a schedule of events with the goal of increasing and retaining membership.
2. Research costs for hosting events, and the cost of travel for possible trips.
3. Provide details of this research to the executive board and general members.
Article VII: Notice of Meetings
Section A: The Contemporary Arts Society Guidelines shall be followed by the organization in
all cases involving parliamentary procedure when it does not conflict with the constitution.
As of September 18, 2013, meetings are to be held on the first and third Thursday of every
month.
Section B: The rules may be suspended by two-thirds vote of the present membership.
Ratification Date:________________________________________________
Current President Signature:________________________________________
Advisor Signature:_______________________________________________
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