We, the Black Students of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, having found
the Rensselaer community unresponsive to the needs of minorities, do hereby
establish the Black Students Alliance, hereinafter to as the Alliance.
Article I - Purpose
The Alliance shall exist to allow the participation of all people in the promotion of Black Cultural, intellectual and social interest at Rensselaer and in the surrounding community. Above all the alliance shall serve:
Article II - Membership
Membership shall be open to all members of the Rensselaer Union and other interested persons. The classifications of members shall be:
Student membership shall begin at the request of the individual with payment of dues and shall terminate at either the quest of the individual of at which time the dues payment becomes overdue. The standards for non-student and honorary members will be set by the Executive Board. Membership shall normally last for one semester or for one year, except in the case of honorary members whose membership will last for life.
All members shall be guaranteed the privilege of voting with the exception of non-student and honorary members, who shall be restricted from voting for constitutional amendments and elected officials.
No more than ten (10) persons may initiate membership into the Alliance at one general membership meeting. This restriction maybe waived by a simple majority vote of the members present.
Any member, with the exception of officers and representatives maybe denied membership privileges except for voting by a 2/3 vote of the entire membership at a general membership for just cause. Officers and representatives must be impeached and then removed from office before they maybe denied Alliance privileges.
Article III - Organization
The Black Students Alliance shall consist of the general membership, the Executive Board elected officers and representatives, and those legally created committees, both standing and temporary.
The Executive Board shall consist of the President, Vice-President Treasurer, Secretary, Historian, Parliamentarian, Black Cultural Center Facilities Coordinator, and one Class Council representative
The Executive Board shall:
All powers of the Alliance shall ultimately reside with the general membership.
Article IV - Officers and Representatives
The elected officers of the Black Students Alliance shall be the President Vice-President, Treasure, Secretary, Historian, Parliamentarian, and Class Representatives. The Black Cultural Center Facilities Coordinator and UPAC-BSA chairperson shall have appointed positions on the Board. The duties and responsibilities of the officers of the Alliance shall include but not be limited to the following:
The President shall:
The Vice-President Shall:
The Treasurer shall:
The Secretary shall:
The Black Cultural Center Facilities Coordinator shall:
The Historian shall:
The Parliamentarian shall:
The duties of representatives shall include, but not be limited to meeting
with their constituents in order to ascertain interests and concerns of
the general membership
on behalf of the Executive Board Representatives shall keep members informed of all activities of the Alliance.
Article V - Removal from Office
The decision to impeach officers or class representatives maybe made by a petition signed by a simple majority of his/her constituency or by a 2/3 vote of the Executive Board Removal from office notice ~ vote of the general membership at the end of trial requires held at a general membership meeting. The Vice-President shall preside over the trial proceedings of the President The President shall preside overall others.
Vacancy in any office or representative position shall be filled by
elections held at the next scheduled general membership meeting or at the
soonest possible convenience.
Article VI - Elections
In order to run for office or representative position, the candidate must have been an active member of the Alliance, have dues paid in full, and must not be on academic probation. Graduate and Underclassmen representatives, however, need not be members at the time of their nomination.
Nominations and general elections shall take place at general membership meetings. Nominations may be made and seconded from the floor by any member, including non-students and honoraries.
The term of office shall be one year beginning within one week of general
The term shall end with designation or removal, or with election of a new officer at the end of the term.
Nominations and elections shall be in the last half of the spring semester,
except for freshman representatives whose elections shall be held sometime
within the first half of the fall semester. The Executive Board shall supervise
and set the time and place for nominations and elections.
Elections shall be by a simple majority of those voting. In the event of a tie a re-vote will take place at a date set by the incumbent Executive Board.
Voting for officer and representatives shall be restricted to active
No individual may hold mm than one elected position an individual may
run for more than one position, but not more than two positions.
Article VII - Meetings
The Alliance shall have at least four general membership meetings each
semester. Quorum for general membership meetings and Executive Board meetings
shall be a simple majority of the total membership
Article VIII - Financial
The dues schedule and the amount levied shall be determined by the Executive
Board with the minimum amount set by the Executive Board of the Union.
Article IX - Committee
Standing committees may be created by the Executive Board or by the general membership. The Executive Bead shall define the domain of committee affairs and the duties and powers of all committees. The Executive Board shall appoint chairpersons and set all rules or regulations for committee operations.
Temporary committees may be created by the Executive Board and the general membership. The chairpersons shall be appointed by the Executive Bead.
All committees shall keep the Vice-President regularly informed of all
Article X - Approval and Amendments
Approval of this constitution shall require adoption by a 2/3 vote of
the general membership and shall become effective upon ratification of
the Executive Baud of the
Union. It shall supersede all previous constitutions of the Black Students Alliance.
Before amendments to this constitution may become effective, they must
be submitted in writing to the Resident and either 1) passed by a ~ vote
of the Executive Board and approved by a 2/3 vote of the total membership,
or 2) be approved by a 2/3 vote of the general membership at two separate
meetings. Amendments shall be presented for approval by the Executive Board
of the Union.
The office, Chairman, Co-Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary, and Parliamentarian,
serving during 1976-77 prior to the adoption of this constitution, shall
take on the respective duties of President, Vice-President Treasurer, Secretary,
and Facilities Coordinator once this amendment is passed. The same shall
apply to the 1976-77 membership and representatives.
The positions of class representatives will hereby be excluded tim the
Executive Board and will form a separate Class Council. This Council shall
consist of two representatives from each undergraduate class, and the will
elect one elect to serve on the Executive Board.