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RadVets Constitution - Ratified March 14, 2011
ARTICLE I: NAMESECTION 1: The name of this chapter shall be the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine RadVets.
ARTICLE II: OBJECTIVESThe objectives of the Chapter shall be:
SECTION 1: To endeavor to improve the stature and increase the knowledge of students of veterinary medicine interested in the field of veterinary diagnostic imaging.
SECTION 2: To elevate the standards of veterinary diagnostic imaging.
SECTION 3: To emphasize the importance of imaging in any field of veterinary medicine.
SECTION 4: To promote understanding and good will among its members.
SECTION 5: To stimulate interest, activity, and advancement in the field of veterinary imaging.
SECTION 6: To encourage cooperation, participation, and membership in the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
SECTION 7: ALL POWER CLAUSE: To do everything and anything reasonably and lawfully necessary, proper, suitable or convenient for the achievement of the above stated, or for any of them, or for the furtherance of the said purposes.
ARTICLE III: MEMBERSHIPSECTION 1: There shall be one class of membership in this chapter: ACTIVE.
1a. Active members shall be students at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, interested in the general field of veterinary diagnostic imaging.SECTION 2: Candidates for membership must be of the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association. The dues for the current year shall be paid to the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association until the deadline determined by their executive council. After this date, dues shall be paid directly to the treasurer of the Chapter. Approval will be granted to all students in the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine who are satisfactory scholastic standing (i.e. not on probation). The dues shall be returned in the event the applicant is not eligible.
SECTION 3: Dues and assessments of the Chapter for active members shall be five (5) dollars per capita.
SECTION 4: The fiscal year of this Chapter shall be the academic school year (fall and spring semesters).
SECTION 5: The Code of Ethics of the American Veterinary Medical Association shall be the code of behavior for this Chapter.
ARTICLE IV: OFFICERSSECTION 1: The officers of the Chapter shall be a president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer. Class representatives from the first, second, and third year class will be elected as well.
1a. President shall preside at all meetings, shall have all such powers as may be reasonably construed as belonging to the chief executive of the Chapter. He/she shall be responsible for the duties of the Program Chairman. He/she will also conduct elections and review bylaws as deemed necessary.
1b. Vice-President shall assist the officers in the Chapter in whatever manner the President directs. He/she will preside at meetings in the absence of the President.
1c. Secretary shall keep the minutes of each meeting of the Chapter or its executive board, shall keep general records of Chapter activities, shall make a calendar of Chapter events and activities available to its members, and shall be responsible for public announcement of activities to the Chapter.
1d. Treasurer shall keep bills and expenses, shall submit a financial statement at each business meeting, shall maintain Chapter accounts and dispense funds from those accounts with the approval of the Executive board of the Chapter, shall submit an annual financial report to the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
1e. Class representative shall be responsible for conveying information concerning events and activities to his/her class and acting as a liaison between the Chapter and his/her class.
1f. There shall be an Executive Board of this Chapter. The executive board shall consist of the president, vice- president, secretary, treasurer, one representative from each class, chairmen of any committees appointed by the officers, and at least one faculty advisor. The Executive Board shall be responsible for the major administrative policies governing the affairs of the Chapter and shall devise and mature measures for the Chapter growth and development. It shall fill vacancies in office as is essential to the conduct of the affairs of the Chapter when such vacancies occur between elections.
1g. Elected positions may be combined if there are no nominees for an office.
1h. An officer, at the end of his/her term, may return to any previously elected position.
1i. Faculty advisors for the Chapter shall be nominated and selected by the members. The Executive Board shall evaluate advisors annually. At the time of the evaluation, it will be determined if a new advisor is needed and if the current advisor shall remain.
2a. The term of office of the president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, and representative from each class to the Executive Board shall be from the close of the last business meeting of the academic year in which they are elected to the close of the last business meeting of the following academic year. They shall be elected by a simple majority of a ballot vote by the members.
2b. The election shall be held prior to the last business meeting of the Chapter in an academic year. A slate of candidates selected by the active membership for the offices of the president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, class representatives, and chairman of standing committees as necessary shall be considered along with additional nominations from the floor.
2c. Election of class representatives shall be voted upon by members of that class only. Incoming first year students will select their class representative at the beginning of the fall semester.
2d. The office of the president and vice president may be retained without re-election for a maximum of two years provided that there are no objections from the Executive Board and that the member is able to fulfill their duties for the full length of both terms and is willing to do so.
ARTICLE V: MEETINGSSECTION 1: The regular meetings of the Executive Board shall be held once per semester during the academic year at a time and place designated by the Executive Board. Special meetings may be called by the President and shall be called by him/her upon recommendation of a majority of the Executive Board. Such meetings shall be announced to the membership not less than seven (7) days prior to the stated time of the meeting.
SECTION 2: A quorum for the transaction of business at a duly called meeting shall consist of 25% of the active Chapter present and eligible to vote.
SECTION 3: A quorum for the Executive Board shall consist of a majority, exclusive of the President.
SECTION 4: A business meeting shall be conducted as a part of every regular meeting of the Chapter.
ARTICLE VI: PARLIMENTARY AUTHORITYSECTION 1: Robertís Rules of Order, Revised, shall govern the conduct of the meetings when not covered by the Bylaws or a higher law.
SECTION 2: A rule of proceeding may be suspended by a majority vote of those active members present and voting at a meeting.
ARTICLE VII: DISSOLUTIONSECTION 1: The Chapter may be dissolved on thirty (30) days notice by majority vote at a meeting or by letter ballot. Such dissolution shall be effective ninety (90) days after such a vote is taken, provided all outstanding obligations of the Chapter have been satisfied.
SECTION 2: In case of dissolution of this Chapter, its assets shall be dedicated to the local Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
ARTICLE VIII: AMENDING BYLAWSSECTION 1: Amendments to the bylaws shall be presented by a member of the Chapter in writing and read at a regular meeting. The proposed amendment shall be read again and voted upon at the next regular meeting. A 2/3 majority of the members present and voting at the meeting shall be required to ratify the proposed amendment.
SECTION 2: All amendments to these bylaws shall be subject to the approval of the student government.
SECTION 3: Any article of these bylaws or part thereof that is in direct violation of the Student Government constitution of bylaws shall be null and void and declared unconstitutional by the President of the Student Government. Any differences of contention between the Chapter and the President of the Student Government shall be brought before the Legislature, whose decision shall be final.