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CONSTITUTION

Article I. Name

The name of this organization shall be the College of Veterinary Medicine Graduate Student Association. It shall be hereinafter referred to as CVM-GSA.

Article II. Purpose

The purpose of the CVM-GSA shall be the following:

  • To represent the graduate students in the College of Veterinary Medicine in any matter that may affect the welfare of the graduate students.
  • To represent the graduate students in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University Graduate Student Association (UGSA) and the Graduate School.
  • To provide information of interest or of importance regarding the graduate programs in the College of Veterinary Medicine to the graduate students.
  • To provide a forum for discussion of problems and other matters of importance to the graduate students in the College of Veterinary Medicine.
  • To promote interaction and fellowship among graduate students in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Article III. Membership

All graduate students enrolled in the following graduate programs in the College of Veterinary Medicine shall be members of the CVM-GSA.

  • Master/PhD Students in Comparative Biomedical Sciences (CBS)
    • Cell Biology
    • Infectious Disease
    • Pharmacology
    • Population Medicine
    • Pathology
  • Master/PhD Students in Immunology
  • Master/PhD Students in Physiology
  • Masters of Specialized Veterinary Medicine
  • Masters of Veterinary Public Health
  • Master/PhD Students in Fisheries & Wildlife Sciences

All graduate students pursuing their Master/PhD research under the supervision of any CVM faculty member.

Article IV. Offices and Officer Responsibilities in CVM-GSA

Section 1. Offices of CVM-GSA

The permanent offices of the CVM-GSA shall be:

  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary

Section 2. Requirements of Officers

  • Must be currently enrolled in a North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine graduate program.
  • Must be in good academic standing with North Carolina State University.

Section 3. Election of Officers

  • Regular elections shall be held in August every year at a regular meeting. Announcement of the election shall be given at the previous regular meeting by the presiding officer. Newly elected officers shall assume office at the conclusion of the regular August meeting.
  • Officers shall be nominated and elected by verbal ballot from members of the CVM-GSA during the regular August meeting. Elections shall be determined by the majority of votes cast.
  • Officers shall serve a term of one year and must be re-elected to remain in office thereafter.
  • Special elections shall be held whenever a permanent office becomes vacant and/or a temporary office is created. The presiding officer shall announce the vacancy during a regular meeting and elections shall follow at the next regular meeting.

Section 4. Duties of Officers

  • President shall:
    • Call and preside over CVM-GSA meetings.
    • Call CVM-GSA elections and special elections whenever necessary.
    • Represent the CVM-GSA at all College of Veterinary Medicine functions.
    • Appoint CVM-GSA committees and their chairpersons when necessary.
    • Keep the constitution and all CVM-GSA paperwork updated, available to all CVM-GSA members, and in accordance with the UGSA policies.
  • Vice-President shall:
    • Call and preside over CVM-GSA meetings at the request or in the absence of the President.
    • Represent the CVM-GSA at all College of Veterinary Medicine functions at the request or in the absence of the President.
    • Serve as a liaison with every CVM-GSA committee chairperson when a committee is appointed by the President.
  • Treasurer shall:
    • Keep the financial records of the CVM-GSA.
  • Secretary shall:
    • Record minutes during each regular CVM-GSA meeting.

Section 5. Removal of Officers

  • An officer may resign by submitting a written notification to the remaining officers at the regular meeting prior to the date of resignation.
  • An officer may be removed from office by a majority vote once a motion has been made for removal of the officer.

Article V. UGSA Representatives and Alternates

Section 1. Requirements of UGSA Representatives and Alternates

  • Must be currently enrolled in a North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine graduate program.
  • Must be in good academic standing with North Carolina State University.

Section 2. Election of UGSA Representatives and Alternates

  • Appointment of Representatives and Alternates shall be decided at the regular August meeting every year by the CVM-GSA. One Representative and one Alternate shall be appointed. Newly elected Representatives and Alternates shall assume responsibilities at the conclusion of the regular August meeting.
  • Representatives and Alternates shall serve a term of one year and must be re-elected to remain in position thereafter.

Section 3. Vacancies in the Positions of UGSA Representatives and Alternates

  • If a Representative resigns or is removed from office and if there is an Alternate, the Alternate shall assume the office of Representative.
  • If a Representative resigns or is removed from office and there is no Alternate, the President shall appoint a new Representative and Alternate to fill the vacated positions.
  • If an Alternate resigns or is removed from office, the President shall appoint a new Alternate to fill the vacated position.

Section 4. Duties of UGSA Representatives and Alternates

  • Must belong to the UGSA Representatives listserv.
  • Must belong to a UGSA standing committee.
  • Must attend all UGSA monthly meetings.

Article VI. Faculty Advisor

  • The Faculty Advisor shall oversee all proceedings of the CVM-GSA.
  • The Faculty Advisor must be a faculty member in one or more of the graduate programs at the College of Veterinary Medicine.
  • The Faculty Advisor shall be nominated and voted on by members of the CVM-GSA at the regular August meeting every year. The Faculty Advisor shall serve a term of one year and must be re-elected to remain in position thereafter.

Article VII. Meetings

Regular meetings shall be held at least once a month during the school year. Meetings shall be open to all graduate students of North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine and to guests. The date of the next meeting shall be announced at each meeting.

Article VIII. Committees

Committees shall be defined when necessary by the President and approved by a majority of votes of those in attendance at a regular meeting.

Article IX. Amendments

Amendments to this Constitution shall be presented by any member of the CVM-GSA at a regular meeting. The proposed amendment shall be discussed and a final reading of the proposed amendment shall be given. The amendment to the Constitution shall be passed by a majority of votes of those in attendance.

All amendments to the CVM-GSA Constitution shall be subject to the approval of the University Student Government.

(Amended September 22, 2007)
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