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Appropriation SR 1055: In Support of The Millennium Conference

September 30, 2010 1 comment
Agenda Item: In Support of The Millennium Conference
Committee: Finance Committee
Sponsors: Cristina Loreto, At Large Senator; Daniel Gonzalez, College of Arts and Sciences Senator;
Date: October 4, 2010
In Support of The Millennium Conference
WHEREAS, Student Government Association promotes overall programming that is beneficial to students in order to better represent and spread
knowledge within and beyond FIU;
WHEREAS, The Millennium Conference brings together 1,000 student leaders and leading advocates for sustainable international development;
WHEREAS, The event provides workshops to those in attendance to further develop the attendees, such as Education/Awareness, Skill-building,
Connection, Support, and Catalyze a Movement;
WHEREAS, The event occurred from September 17-19th and took place at Columbia University, NY;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Student Government Council – Modesto A. Maidique Campus will appropriate $292.40 to Sarah
Conklin for airfare to the Millennium Conference in Columbia
University, NY.
In favor: ; Opposed: ; Abstentions:; Status: Voided by technicality.

Student Advocacy Committee Meeting Minutes: September 30, 2010

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Florida International University • Student Government Association • Modesto A. Maidique Campus
STUDENT ADVOCACY COMMITTEE
MEETING MINUTES
September 30, 2010

I. Welcome and Call to Order at 3:55
II. Roll Call

a. Amanda Jimenez

b. Patrick O’Keefe

c. Samir Patel

d. Carlos Rodriguez

III. General Discussion

A. Governing Councils

i. Samir emailed SPC and got reply. He spoke to their secretary.

ii. Carlos spoke to Ed briefly about RHA

iii. Amanda is waiting for reply from BSU

iv. Patrick emailed CSO waiting for reply

B.Senate Requirements

i. Everyone must turn in 2 reports per semester due on October 15 and December 10. First report must include 2 dean meetings, some information on surveys, and attendance for SAC meetings

C.Senators Initiatives

i. Clean and Safe- Macarena and Patrick

ii. Housing- Housing decals are being stolen

iii. Patrick met with Dean Robertson- Admissions and undergrad education-special program to raise admissions

IV. New Business

A.Senate Bills

i. Block Tuition

a. Waiting on more information before moving forward

ii. IFC at Orientation

V. Meeting Adjourned at 4:55

 

Council Bill SR 1052: To approve the Council for Student Organizations Constitution

September 30, 2010 1 comment

Agenda Item:  To approve the Council for Student Organizations Constitution Date: October 4, 2010

Committee: Of  the Whole

Sponsors: Cristina Loreto, At Large Senator; Kevin Gonzalez, College of Business Administration Senator; Aman Mohammed Muqeet, Graduate School Senator;

To approve the Council for Student Organizations Constitution

SECTION I. Short Title

This bill may be cited as the “Council of Student Organizations Constitution Approval Act 2010-2011”

SECTION II. Approving the CSO Constitution

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY

Council for Student Organizations

Modesto A. Maidique Campus

CONSTITUTION

Article I.         Name of Organization

Section 1. Name

  1. The name of this organization shall officially be known as Council for Student Organizations also referred to in this document as CSO.

Article II.        Affiliation with other groups

Section 1. Student Government Council Modesto A. Maidique Campus

  1. This organization is a governing council created by the Student Government Council Modesto A. Maidique Campus (SGC-MMC) in the spring of 2008. As such, it will report to the SGC-MMC on a weekly basis.

Article III.      Mission, Purpose, Functions of the Organization

Section 1. Mission

  1. The mission of the Florida International University Council for Student Organizations is to govern, represent and support the University’s undergraduate and graduate student organizations and honor societies.

Section 2. Purpose

  1. The purpose of the Florida International University Council for Student Organizations is to complement academic programs of study by enhancing all of the students’ overall educational experience through the development of, exposure to, and participation in Academic, Cultural, professional, Service, Social and Recreational activities, among others.

Section 3. Functions

  1. Set forth the goals and objectives of CSO and present to the membership at the first general meeting.
  2. Plan and implement policy changes.
  3. Will consult with the Student Government Council – Modesto A. Maidique Campus along with the CSO advisor.
  4. Allocate funds to organizations that meet the requirements.
  5. Review all special allocation funding requests from recognized organizations under CSO.
  6. Review all requests from new organizations seeking recognition and grant recognition to those that meet CSO and Campus Life policies.
  7. Encourage interdisciplinary collaboration between the different communities.
  8. Foment student involvement and leadership.

Article IV.       Composition & Powers

Section 1. Executive Board

  1. Composition. The Executive Board shall consist of:
    1. President
    2. Vice-President
    3. Secretary
    4. Treasurer
    5. Finance Coordinator
    6. Integrated Marketing Communications Director
    7. Events Coordinator
    8. Registration Chair
  1. Powers
    1. Work with Campus Life to approve and recognize student organizations.
    2. Allocate CSO funds to student organizations.
    3. Establish inter-club activities.
    4. May exercise emergency powers in urgent matters or during intervals when CSO general membership is not meeting regularly. The Board must have a quorum (4/5) to approve decisions which must be ratified at the next general meeting of CSO by simple majority of the present voting representatives.
    5. Will have the power to call a meeting as needed.

Section 2. General Membership

  1. Composition
    1. The general membership consists of one CSO Representative per organizations or society.
    2. Powers
      1. Represent their organization or society in CSO General Meetings and in their specific Community Meetings.
      2. Request meeting with CSO officer and/or Advisor to report instances when organization’s constitution is not being respected, or if there are violations to FIU policy.***

Section 3. Temporary Committees

  1. Special temporary committees can be created to work on specific issues for a determined period of time. The CSO President can create these committees and appoint their individual committee chairs and members. Appointments must be confirmed by a simple majority of the voting Executive Board Members.

Article V.        Membership Requirements

Section 1. Executive Board

 In order to be part of the CSO Executive Board, each student must meet the following requirements:

  1. President:
    1. Must have been part of the CSO Executive Board for at least 1 year prior to running for the position. In the case there is no candidate that meets this requirement, refer to vacancies.
    2. Must be a student at FIU and enrolled in at least 9 credit hours for undergraduate students and at least 6 credit hours for graduate students, excluding summer semesters, and at least 50% at Modesto A. Maidique Campus.
    3. Student must have a 2.50 cumulative grade point average.
    4. Must be officially affiliated with a club, organization or society.
    5. Must be thoroughly knowledgeable of the FIU SGA Constitution and Statutes, the FIU CSO Constitution and Bylaws, the FIU CSO Point System, the communication system utilized by CSO, and Robert’s Rules of Order.
    6. Be available to meet at designated meeting times (refer to Bylaws).
    7. May not be under any academic or disciplinary sanction as detailed in the Student Code of Conduct to run for and hold office.
  1. Vice-President:
    1. Must be a student at FIU and enrolled in at least 9 credit hours for undergraduate students and at least 6 credit hours for graduate students, excluding summer semesters, and at least 50% at Modesto A. Maidique Campus.
    2. Student must have a 2.50 cumulative grade point average.
    3. Must be officially affiliated with a club, organization or society.
    4. Must be thoroughly knowledgeable of the FIU SGA Constitution and Statutes, the FIU CSO Constitution and Bylaws, the FIU CSO Point System, the communication system utilized by CSO, and Robert’s Rules of Order.
    5. Be available to meet at designated meeting times (refer to Bylaws).
    6. May not be under any academic or disciplinary sanction as detailed in the Student Code of Conduct to run for and hold office.
  1. Secretary:
    1. Must be a student at FIU and enrolled in at least 9 credit hours for undergraduate students and at least 6 credit hours for graduate students, excluding summer semesters, and at least 50% at Modesto A. Maidique Campus.
    2. Student must have a 2.50 cumulative grade point average.
    3. Must be officially affiliated with a club, organization or society.
    4. Must be thoroughly knowledgeable of the FIU SGA Constitution and Statutes, the FIU CSO Constitution and Bylaws, the FIU CSO Point System, the communication system utilized by CSO, and Robert’s Rules of Order.
    5. Be available to meet at designated meeting times (refer to Bylaws).
    6. May not be under any academic or disciplinary sanction as detailed in the Student Code of Conduct to run for and hold office.
  1. Treasurer
    1. Must be a student at FIU and enrolled in at least 9 credit hours for undergraduate students and at least 6 credit hours for graduate students, excluding summer semesters, and at least 50% at Modesto A. Maidique Campus.
    2. Student must have a 2.50 cumulative grade point average.
    3. Must be officially affiliated with a club, organization or society.
    4. Must be thoroughly knowledgeable of the FIU SGA Constitution and Statutes, the FIU CSO Constitution and Bylaws, the FIU CSO Point System, the communication system utilized by CSO, and Robert’s Rules of Order.
    5. Be available to meet at designated meeting times (refer to Bylaws).
    6. May not be under any academic or disciplinary sanction as detailed in the Student Code of Conduct to run for and hold office.
  1. Finance Coordinator
    1. Must be a student at FIU and enrolled in at least 9 credit hours for undergraduate students and at least 6 credit hours for graduate students, excluding summer semesters, and at least 50% at Modesto A. Maidique Campus.
    2. Student must have a 2.50 cumulative grade point average.
    3. Must be officially affiliated with a club, organization or society.
    4. Must be thoroughly knowledgeable of the FIU SGA Constitution and Statutes, the FIU CSO Constitution and Bylaws, the FIU CSO Point System, the communication system utilized by CSO, and Robert’s Rules of Order.
    5. Be available to meet at designated meeting times (refer to Bylaws).
    6. May not be under any academic or disciplinary sanction as detailed in the Student Code of Conduct to run for and hold office.
  1. Integrated Marketing Communications Director:
    1. Must be a student at FIU and enrolled in at least 9 credit hours for undergraduate students and at least 6 credit hours for graduate students, excluding summer semesters, and at least 50% at Modesto A. Maidique Campus.
    2. Student must have a 2.50 cumulative grade point average.
    3. Must be officially affiliated with a club, organization or society.
    4. Must be thoroughly knowledgeable of the FIU SGA Constitution and Statutes, the FIU CSO Constitution and Bylaws, the FIU CSO Point System, the communication system utilized by CSO, and Robert’s Rules of Order.
    5. Be available to meet at designated meeting times (refer to Bylaws).
    6. May not be under any academic or disciplinary sanction as detailed in the Student Code of Conduct to run for and hold office.
    7. Must be knowledgeable of Advertising, Public Relations and Marketing Strategies.
  1. Events Coordinator:
    1. Must be a student at FIU and enrolled in at least 9 credit hours for undergraduate students and at least 6 credit hours for graduate students, excluding summer semesters, and at least 50% at Modesto A. Maidique Campus.
    2. Student must have a 2.50 cumulative grade point average.
    3. Must be officially affiliated with a club, organization or society.
    4. Must be thoroughly knowledgeable of the FIU SGA Constitution and Statutes, the FIU CSO Constitution and Bylaws, the FIU CSO Point System, the communication system utilized by CSO, and Robert’s Rules of Order.
    5. Be available to meet at designated meeting times (refer to Bylaws).
    6. May not be under any academic or disciplinary sanction as detailed in the Student Code of Conduct to run for and hold office.
    7. Preferably, candidate should have some experience in planning events.
  1. Registration Chair:
    1. Must be a student at FIU and enrolled in at least 9 credit hours for undergraduate students and at least 6 credit hours for graduate students, excluding summer semesters, and at least 50% at Modesto A. Maidique Campus.
    2. Student must have a 2.50 cumulative grade point average.
    3. Must be officially affiliated with a club, organization or society.
    4. Must be thoroughly knowledgeable of the FIU SGA Constitution and Statutes, the FIU CSO Constitution and Bylaws, the FIU CSO Point System, the communication system utilized by CSO, and Robert’s Rules of Order.
    5. Be available to meet at designated meeting times (refer to Bylaws).
    6. May not be under any academic or disciplinary sanction as detailed in the Student Code of Conduct to run for and hold office.

 

Section 2. General Membership

  1. In order to be part of the CSO general membership:
    1. Must be a graduate or undergraduate student enrolled at FIU with 50% or more of his/her classes at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus.
    2. Must have been elected as CSO Representative by his/her organization.
    3. May not be under any academic or disciplinary sanction as detailed in the Student Code of Conduct to be part of the CSO General Membership.
    4. Must be thoroughly knowledgeable of the FIU SGA Constitution and Statutes, the FIU CSO Constitution and Bylaws, the FIU CSO Point System, the communication system utilized by CSO, and Robert’s Rules of Order.
    5. Be available to meet at designated meeting times with his/her organization.

Section 3. Temporary Committees

  1. In order to be part of a CSO Temporary Committee, each student must meet the requirements stated in the CSO Policies and Procedures.

Article VI.   Duties

Section 1. Executive Board

  1. President
    1. Preside over the Council Executive Board meetings, Executive Board meetings and General meetings. Make all necessary arrangements for those meetings, including setting the agenda and conducting the business of the meeting in accordance with the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order and all provisions of the CSO Constitution and Bylaws.
    2. Use veto power responsibility keeping in mind the best interests of the Council in the case it becomes absolutely necessary.
    3. Represent the interests of the Council to the administration, faculty and the Student Governing Council – Modesto A. Maidique Campus.
    4. Attend and prepare a report for all weekly SGA Cabinet meetings, including monthly President’s Roundtable meetings.
    5. Attend and prepare a report for weekly meetings with Council Advisor.
    6. Create temporary committees and appoint their individual committee chairs and members.
    7. Recommend legislation in the Executive Board meeting and Executive Board meeting.
    8. Execute all other duties as prescribed in the CSO Constitution and Bylaws.
    9. Set and maintain a minimum of 5 weekly in-office hours

10.  Maintain clear and constant communication with all executive board members, community delegates and CSO advisor.

11.  Maintain a minimum 2.50 Grade Point Average while in office.

12.  Be available upon request.

13.  Organize transition period training for new officers. Provide paperwork records and End-of-Year CSO Council Evaluation to the new Executive Board members.

14.  Together with the CSO Treasurer, the President is responsible for compiling the annual budget request and presenting it to the Student Government Council – Modesto A. Maidique Campus.

15.  Oversee all E-Board members to ensure that each member is on task.

  1. Vice-President
    1. Represent President in case President must be absent. Meet with President and update President afterwards.
    2. Maintain point system for recognition and funding of recognized organizations and societies.
    3. Set deadlines for point information submission.
    4. Assist the President with the duties when required.
    5. Review all point report submissions to allocate points within one-week of each month’s point deadlines.
    6. Keep a monthly record of all points and make available for organizations to review within a week of the points deadline.
    7. Work with President to carry out workshops to educate members about CSO points system and point submission process.
    8. Create points PowerPoint presentation for president’s orientation.
    9. Maintain contact with CLS liaison for philanthropy/community service projects and ENGAGE series workshop attendance sheets.

10.  Maintain contact with MPAS liaison for all workshop attendance sheets.

11.  Take attendance at general meetings.

12.  Update all point forms and “How to” point submission forms when necessary.

13.  Must attend all Executive Board and General meeting unless it is excused by the President and Advisor.

14.  Will execute all other duties as prescribed in the Constitution and Bylaws.

15.  Set and maintain a minimum of 5 weekly in-office hours, (Directly notifying the President, 48 hours in advanced about any issues regarding office schedule).

16.  Maintain clear and constant communication with all executive board members and advisor.

17.  Maintain a minimum 2.50 Grade Point Average while in office,

18.  Be available upon request.

19.  Organize transition period training for new officers. Provide paperwork records and End-of-Year CSO Council Evaluation to the new Executive Board members.

  1. Secretary
    1. Record minutes at all general and executive board meetings.
    2. Post all general meeting minutes within 48 hours of the meeting and provide a copy to the SGA Vice-President.
    3. Send all executive board meeting minutes to the CSO officers and adviser within 48 hours of the executive board meetings.
    4. Establish and maintain all council files and archives.
    5. Collect and manage all officer and advisor information for organizations each semester in an excel sheet.
    6. Collect all important CSO news, point opportunities, and other announcements from campus into the Weekly Bulletin and send to all CSO contacts every Monday.
    7. Collect and update all organization officer and advisor contact information in general email account.
    8. Review all Change of Officer and Change and Advisor forms and make necessary updates in contact lists.
    9. Respond to all general emails in a timely manner (within 2 business days of email sent).

10.  Tag/Star/Forward emails for the appropriate E-Board officer and maintain email inbox.

11.  Create office flyers if necessary.

12.  Create polls/surveys and report results to E-Board.

13.  File all office paperwork appropriately.

14.  Carry out official assignments given by the President.

15.  Must attend all Executive Board and General meetings unless it is excused by the President and Advisor.

16.  Execute all other duties as prescribed in the Constitution and Policies and Guidelines.

17.  Set and maintain a minimum of 5 weekly in-office hours. (Directly notifying the President, 48 hours in advanced about any issues regarding office schedule).

18.  Maintain a minimum 2.50 Grade Point Average while in office,

19.  Be available upon request.

20.  Organize transition period training for new officers. Provide paperwork records and End-of-Year CSO Council Evaluation to the new Executive Board members.

  1. Treasurer
    1. Responsible for working together with the President to compile the annual budget request and present it to the Student Government Council – Modesto A. Maidique Campus.
    2. Handle all accounts and keep the records of all the budget allocations.
    3. Maintain CSO budget and all allocations. Create a separate excel sheet of all council’s expenditures, organization allocations, and special allocations.
    4. Check with the balance sheet from A&S account and make sure all expenditures are accounted for and if any mistakes are made, contact A&S.
    5. Work with the CSO Vice President and Registration Chair to allocate basic funding to organizations that have satisfied the points system requirements and registration requirements each semester.
    6. Work with A&S to prepare a funding presentation for President’s Orientation.
    7. Notify organizations of all funding updates and/or deadlines.
    8. Update funding forms when necessary.
    9. Work with President to carry out workshops to educate members about funding.

10.  Carry out official assignments given by the President.

11.  Must attend all Executive Board and Executive Board and General meetings unless it is excused by the President and Advisor.

12.  Meet with CSO Advisor and CSO President to present monthly variance reports.

13.  Present monthly expense report at the Community Delegate/Executive Board meeting.

14.  Will execute all other duties as prescribed in the Constitution and Bylaws.

15.  Set and maintain a minimum of 5 weekly in-office hours. (Directly notifying the President, 48 hours in advanced about any issues regarding office schedule).

16.  Maintain clear and constant communication with all executive board members and advisor.

17.  Maintain a minimum 2.50 Grade Point Average while in office.

18.  Be available upon request.

19.  Organize transition period training for new officers. Provide paperwork records and End-of-Year CSO Council Evaluation to the new Executive Board members.

  1. Integrated Marketing Communications Director
    1. Develop marketing materials, as well as well as marketing strategies to enhance interest in membership as well as attendance to events. Manage any Public Relations matters (crisis or campaigns) as well as Advertising. In sum, use Integrated Marketing Communication strategies.
    2. Maintain the glass display cases in Graham Center for the Council for Student Organizations.
    3. Update CSO website weekly –update any changes any officer has for the website, update calendar, announcements, etc.
    4. Update OrgSync CSO Portal weekly—update news, calendar, events, meetings, etc.
    5. Coordinate and participate in presentation programs for incoming freshmen and transfers.
    6. Seek information of events that are going on on-campus and work with Secretary to advertise them.
    7. Work with Campus Life Publications office to create flyers for club fair and all other CSO Events.
    8. Work with Events Director to suggest on-campus events to the E-Board to be chosen for “CSO Favorites”
    9. Seek important on-campus events that promote CSO’s mission and work with the Secretary to get the event information out to our Council members

10.  Be available to organizations to help and find resources to promote their events.

11.  Work with Campus Life Grad Student to work on monthly organization newsletters.

12.  Check all organization’s portals and allocate the Website Development point. Provide point allocations to the Vice-President.

13.  Carry out official assignments given by the President and Vice-President.

14.  Will execute all other duties as prescribed in the Constitution and Bylaws.

15.  Maintain a minimum 2.50 Grade Point Average while in office.

16.  Be available upon request.

17.  Set and maintain a minimum of 5 weekly office hours. (Directly notifying the Vice President, 48 hours in advanced about any issues regarding office schedule).

18.  Maintain clear and constant communication with all executive board members and advisor. Must meet frequently with Executive Board members and Advisor.

19.  Must be part of university wide committees and involvement events (see Bylaws).

  1. Events Director
    1. Plan and carry out club fair each semester.
    2. Plan and carry out a CSO Meet & Greet/Social event each semester.
    3. Reserve all rooms and necessary AV equipment for meetings and other council events.
    4. Suggest to E-Board events to choose as “CSO Favorites.”
    5. Seek important on-campus events that promote CSO’s mission and work with the IMCD advertise these events to our general Council members.
    6. Plan and carry out end-of-the-year banquet.
    7. Maintain contact information of all vendors used for club fair, banquet, and other CSO events for future reference in Orgsync.
    8. Will execute all other duties as prescribed in the Constitution and Bylaws.
    9. Set and maintain a minimum of 5 weekly in-office hours. (Directly notifying the President, 48 hours in advanced about any issues regarding office schedule).

10.  Maintain clear and constant communication with all executive board members and advisor.

11.  Maintain a minimum 2.50 Grade Point Average while in office.

12.  Be available upon request.

13.  Organize transition period training for new officers. Provide paperwork records and End-of-Year CSO Council Evaluation to the new Executive Board members.

  1. Registration Chair
    1. Work with the CSO officers and adviser to set semesterly organization registration requirements.
    2. Work with CSO officers and adviser to distribute information about registration requirements to all organizations.
    3. Maintain organization registration records semesterly. Update and maintain the registration excel sheet/checklist of all organizations’ registration requirements and share with the CSO officers and adviser.
    4. Review and add all registration packet submissions to the registration checklist.
    5. Must review all submitted registration forms for errors.
    6. Update and maintain all registration forms.
    7. During the non-peak registration period, work with the Vice President on point allocations.
    8. Will execute all other duties as prescribed in the Constitution and Bylaws.
    9. Set and maintain a minimum of 5 weekly in-office hours. (Directly notifying the President, 48 hours in advanced about any issues regarding office schedule).

10.  Maintain clear and constant communication with all executive board members and advisor.

11.  Maintain a minimum 2.50 Grade Point Average while in office.

12.  Be available upon request.

13.  Organize transition period training for new officers. Provide paperwork records and End-of-Year CSO Council Evaluation to the new Executive Board members.

 

  1. Finance Coordinator
    1. Manage all aspects of the Special Allocation process and present the requests to the executive board for voting.
    2. Maintain and update the Special Allocation Request Forms and “How to” document for special allocations when necessary.
    3. Set deadlines for special allocation request form submissions.
    4. Follow up with all special allocation requests, including approvals, disapprovals, or pending requests.
    5. Work with treasurer to send organization recognition and funding letters.
    6. Be available to assist organizations with the special allocation requests.
    7. Work with treasurer to present funding information at orientation and any workshops on funding.
    8. File all special allocation requests and keep an excel sheet record of all requests reviewed.  Provide a copy to A&S Office and upload a weekly summary of all special allocation request approvals.
    9. Be available as the point of contact with the A&S office for special allocations.

10.  Will execute all other duties as prescribed in the Constitution and Bylaws.

11.  Set and maintain a minimum of 5 weekly in-office hours. (Directly notifying the President, 48 hours in advanced about any issues regarding office schedule).

12.  Maintain clear and constant communication with all executive board members and advisor.

13.  Maintain a minimum 2.50 Grade Point Average while in office.

14.  Be available upon request.

15.  Organize transition period training for new officers. Provide paperwork records and End-of-Year CSO Council Evaluation to the new Executive Board members.

Section 2. General Membership

  1. See Article V, Section 1.

Article VII.     Removal

Section 1. Executive Board

  1. The basis for removal of any member of the CSO Executive Board shall be malfeasance, misfeasance, and/or nonfeasance by recommendation of Executive Board members and/or CSO Advisor, and may be done by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the voting members present.
    1. Nonfeasance is defined as a failure to act when under an obligation to do so; a refusal (without sufficient excuse) to do that which it is your legal duty to do
    2. Malfeasance is defined as the performance by a public official of an act that is legally unjustified, harmful, or contrary to law; wrongdoing (used esp. of an act in violation of a public trust).
    3. Misfeasance is defined as the wrongful performance of a normally lawful act; the wrongful and injurious exercise of lawful authority.
  1. Any member of the Executive Board who misses or accumulates three unexcused absences during a semester may be removed by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the voting members present.

Section 2. General Membership

  1. The basis for removal of any CSO Representative shall be malfeasance, misfeasance, and/or nonfeasance by recommendation of other CSO Representative, the Executive Board members and/or CSO Advisor, and may be done by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the voting members present.
    1. Nonfeasance is defined as a failure to act when under an obligation to do so; a refusal (without sufficient excuse) to do that which it is your legal duty to do
    2. Malfeasance is defined as the performance by a public official of an act that is legally unjustified, harmful, or contrary to law; wrongdoing (used esp. of an act in violation of a public trust).
    3. Misfeasance is defined as the wrongful performance of a normally lawful act; the wrongful and injurious exercise of lawful authority.
  1. Any CSO Representative who misses or accumulates three unexcused absences during a semester may be removed by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the voting members present.

Article VIII.   Vacancies

Section 1. Executive Board

  1. President
    1. If a vacancy occurs in the position of President then the Vice President automatically becomes the

President until special elections can be held.

  1. All other Executive Board positions. When a vacancy occurs in any of the other Executive Board position an application process will be open for two weeks, a Special Election will be held, and last until the next official elections.

Section 2. General Membership

  1. The recognized organizations under the council are responsible for the vacancy of their respective CSO Representative and should refer to the general membership requirements to appoint the vacancy. See Article V, Section 2.

Article IX.      Meetings

Section 1. Types of Meetings

  1. Executive Board
    1. Frequency
      1. The Executive Board and Executive Cabinet shall meet at a fixed designated time each week.
      2. Quorum
        1. In order for business to be conducted in Executive Board meetings, 4/5 of all the Executive Board members must be present in the Executive Board Meeting.
  1. General Meetings
    1. Frequency
      1. All organizations and societies will meet once a month through their CSO Representative with CSO.
  1. President’s Meeting
    1. Frequency
      1. All organization and society presidents will be required to attend one President’s Orientation at the beginning of each semester that will serve as their orientation. In case the president cannot attend another Executive Board member of the organization can attend the President’s Orientation.
  1. Organization Meetings
    1. Frequency
      1. All organizations and societies will be required to hold a meeting once a month within their own membership.

Article X.        Elections

Section 1. Elections

  1. Executive Board
    1. Candidates must meet the minimum requirements for the position they apply.
    2. Elections for the Executive Board will take place at the last CSO general meeting during the spring semester.
    3. All elections shall be decided by a majority of those voting delegates present, provided there is             quorum.
    4. All CSO positions are elected for one year, with the terms beginning the first day of the summer semester A and ending May 15.
    5. During the period between the Spring Executive Board election and the first day of the Summer Semester, the CSO Executive Board shall be comprised of those members who comprised it prior to the election and those who have been newly elected. This shall be a period of orientation for the new members and transition between the old and new Executive Board.

Section 2. Special Elections

  1. Procedure
    1. Special Elections will be held to elect Executive Board members if a position becomes vacant after the Elections.
    2. Applications must be available for a period of two weeks prior to Special Elections.
    3. If more than two candidates run, and none of them receives a simple majority (50% plus 1 vote), a run-off round must be held between the two candidates with the most votes.

Article XI.      Organization Recognition

Section 1. General Requirements

  1. A. Recognition Requirements
  2. Each organization is required to have at least ten (10) general members who are currently enrolled students at FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus.
  3. Each organization is required to have at least three (3) executive board members; President, Treasurer and CSO Representative who are currently enrolled students at FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus.
  4. Each organization is required to have at least one (1) FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus faculty or staff as their organization’s advisor.
  5. All required forms must be submitted by the deadline set by the CSO executive board.
  6. Specific requirements for student organizations, honor societies and graduate student organizations are found in the CSO Policies and Guidelines.
  7. Each organization must maintain no less than 10 points per semester, as described in the CSO Points Systems. Failure to do so will result in inactivity for the following semester. This affects the organization’s funding, not recognition.
  1. Advisor Requirements
  2. Each organization is required to have at least one (1) FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus employee or faculty as their organization’s advisor.
  3. Advisor must complete yearly Advisor’s Training.
  4. Advisor must ensure that the organization’s members respect and enforce the organization’s constitution, as well as the CSO constitution and all other FIU policies.
  5. Advisor must attend at least 1 of the organization’s executive board meetings per month and at least one general club meeting per semester.

Article XII.     Anti-Hazing Compliance

Section 1. Agreement

  1. This organization prohibits its members, both individually and collectively from committing any acts of hazing as defined herein:
    1. “Hazing”, means any action or situation, which recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of initiation or admission into or affiliation with this organization. Such term shall include, but not be limited to, any brutality of a physical nature, such as whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics, exposure to the elements, forced consumption of food, liquor, drug, or other forced activity which adversely affects the mental health or dignity of the individual to extreme mental stress, such as sleep deprivation, forced exclusion from social contact, forced conduct which could result in extreme embarrassment, or any other forced activity which could adversely affect the mental or physical health, the safety and dignity of the individual. For the purpose of this section, any activity as described above upon which the initiation or admission into or affiliation with this organization is directly or indirectly conditioned shall be presumed to be a “forced activity”, the willingness of an individual to participate in such activity notwithstanding.
      1. CSO agrees to abide by the Florida State Statute #240.262 regarding hazing.

Article XIII.   Amendments

  1. Amendment Process
    1. This Constitution may be amended at any Executive Board meeting provided that there is quorum and that two thirds (2/3) of the present CSO Representatives vote in the affirmative.
    2. A copy of the proposed amendment must be presented to each CSO Representative at least one week prior to the CSO General/Executive Board meeting.
      1. If no notice has been given a week in advanced, the amendment process will then require a three fourths affirmative vote of the present CSO Representatives.
      2. This Constitution may also be amended by the SGC-MMC Senate with a majority vote.

In favor: 20; Opposed: ; Abstentions:; Status: Approved.

Council Bill SR 1053: To approve the Council for Student Organizations Orientation Manual

September 30, 2010 1 comment

Agenda Item: To approve the Council for Student Organizations Orientation Manual Date: October 4, 2010

Committee: Of  the Whole

Sponsors: Cristina Loreto, At Large Senator; Kevin Gonzalez, College of Business Administration Senator; Aman Mohammed, Graduate School Senator;

To approve the Council for Student Organizations Orientation Manual

SECTION I. Short Title

This bill may be cited as the “Council of Student Organizations Orientation Manual 2010-2011”

SECTION II. Approving the CSO Orientation Manual and Points System

The CSO Orientation Manual Document shall be approved, and with it, the points system as required by the FY2010-2011 Budget.

FIU CSO Fall 2010 Orientation Manual

In favor: 21; Opposed: 0; Abstentions: 0; Status: Passed.

Resolution SR 1054: In support of the Fraternity recruitment efforts of the chapters at Florida International University

September 30, 2010 3 comments
Agenda Item: In Support of the Fraternity recruitment efforts of the chapters at Florida International University
Date: October 4, 2010
Committee: Student Advocacy
Sponsors: Patrick O’Keefe, Lower Division Senator; Kevin Gonzalez, College of Business Administration Senator; Amanda Jimenez, Lower Division Senator 

In support of the Fraternity recruitment efforts of the chapters at Florida International University

WHEREAS, The purpose of the Student Government Association is to foster student life, embrace global diversity, as well as represent and address students’ needs at the community, state, federal, and international level;
WHEREAS, The responsibility of the Interfraternity Council of Florida International University is to promote and perpetuate the best interests of Greek letter social fraternities therein, to encourage the most complete intellectual, emotional, physical, and social development of the members of the fraternities, to ensure that the fraternities chartered by The Florida International University establish high standards and lofty pursuits, and to foster cooperation among said fraternities, University authorities and the community;
WHEREAS, In Summer 2009, the overall recruitment numbers of the FIU Interfraternity Council were 113;
WHEREAS, In Summer 2010, the overall recruitment numbers of the FIU Interfraternity Council were 63, showing a 45% decline;
WHEREAS, The purpose of the orientation office is to assist newly admitted students start their college careers by receiving a comprehensive introduction to FIU and assist students in getting the most out of the college experience;
WHEREAS, The policy of the orientation office that does not allow fraternities to participate in the involvement fair at the recreation center drastically hinders the ability of fraternities to recruit;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Student Government Council- Modesto A. Maidique Campus supports the removal of restrictive policies by the Orientation Office that hinder recruitment in order to continue producing many leaders in the FIU community.
In favor: ; Opposed: ; Abstentions:; Status: Retracted.

FIU In The News: 30 September 2010

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FIU in the News

Cuba to drill for oil in water deeper than failed BP well

‎MiamiHerald.com – Lesley Clark – Sara Kennedy

… said Jorge Pinon, an energy expert and visiting research fellow at the Cuban Research Institute atFlorida International University. …

FIU resumes $18 gourmet lunches; some chefs continue Miami Spice menu

‎MiamiHerald.com

Florida International University’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management has resumed its discount gourmet lunches. …

Governor Charlie Crist Reappoints James G. Schwade, MD to Florida …

‎PR Newswire (press release)

… appointments as Clinical Professor in the Department of Radiology and Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Florida International University. …

A pesar de la crisis Miami parece florecer
El Nuevo Herald

‘Mucha gente se está mudando a Miami”, dijo Darío González, investigador del Centro Metropolitano de laUniversidad Internacional de la Florida

Berger: Judging the Harvest Fair wine competition

‎Santa Rosa Press Democrat – Dan Berger

… a wine instructor from Florida International University; Marguerite Thomas, who writes wine columns for an internet site; Ellen Landis, …

Preventing Youth Crime

‎Human Nature magazine – Christopher Windham

… Ron Huberman, CEO of the Chicago Public Schools; former NBA player and current head basketball coach at Florida International University Isaiah Thomas, …

Til Death Do Us Part? ‘Art of Surviving 2010’ at Florida

‎Campus Progress

… Sorority Inc. Gamma Pi Chapter as they host their 5th annual charity fund-raiser “The Art of Surviving Banquet” at Florida International University. …

Cuba poised for offshore drilling?

‎istockAnalyst.com (press release)

Pinon, who is also a visiting research fellow at the Cuban Research Institute at Miami’s Florida International University, said that a submersible oil …

A tall order for BP’s incoming CEO

‎Marketplace – Janet Babin

Jorge Pinon is a former BP executive now at Florida International University. JORGE PINON: Boy I can come up with a very new fancy organization, …


Cuba ready to drill for oil deeper than BP

‎MiamiHerald.com – Lesley Clark – Sara Kennedy

But FIU’s Piñon, who argued in a paper in May that US-Cuba policy would “foreclose the ability to respond effectively” to an oil disaster, …

Food & Wine Calendar

‎MiamiHerald.com

FIU Hospitality Online Auction: Travel package, entertainment experiences and more to benefit Florida International University School of Hospitality and …

Median stimulus spending check is $139479 in South Florida

‎Sun-Sentinel – Douglas Hanks

A professor at Florida International University won $60000 to research a rise in litigious Peruvians during the 18th …

Cuba perforará en el Golfo a más profundidad que BP

El Nuevo Herald

La compañía española Repsol, que perforó un pozo de exploración en el 2004 frente a las costas de La Habana, ha sido contratada para perforar el primero de varios pozos de exploración con una plataforma semisumergible que deberá llegar a Cuba a fines de este año, dijo Jorge Piñón, experto en energía y catedrático invitado en el Cuban Research Institute de la Universidad Internacional de la Florida (FIU)…

Athletics

Without benefit of time, FIU’s young defensive line develops on …

‎MiamiHerald.com – Adam H. Beasley

The young defensive linemen FIU coach Mario Cristobal has been forced to rely upon have shown signs of bigger things to come. FIUcoach Mario Cristobal …

Willis Wright will play more at Pitt for FIU

‎MiamiHerald.com

Wright, a 6-1, 200-pound speedster out of Miami Springs, played on special teams in FIU’s 42-28 loss to Maryland, but has yet to catch his first collegiate …

Poll: Which call was worse in the Maryland-FIU game?

‎Washington Post – Eric Prisbell

On second and 10 from the Maryland 25, FIU quarterback Wes Carroll threw incomplete down field to Jon Faucher. Tate collided with Faucher to break up the …

Pitt Will Face Test In Florida International

‎SB Nation Pittsburgh – Anson Whaley

FIU is 0-3, but have been in each of their games into the fourth quarter. … Based on FIU’s track record and the game being a home game for the Panthers, …

Winless Watch, Week 5

‎ESPN (blog) – Andrea Adelson

FIU (0-3). Streak: L 5. This week: at Pittsburgh. Chances: 10 percent. FIU has certainly not embarrassed itself in its extremely difficult start to the …

Chris Mullin emerges as a possible replacement for Donnie Walsh as …

‎New York Daily News – Frank Isola

Thomas, the coach at Florida International University, had to resign the post sixdays later because the two titles violated NBA by-laws. …

Men’s and Women’s Golf Recap

‎The Rotunda – Jacob Biggs

According to longwoodlancers.com, the women finished ninth among 17 teams, while Florida International University (FIU) won the event with its …

Herd men’s soccer shuts out Shawnee State

‎MU The Parthenon

“We’ll need to get wins over FIU (Florida International University) and … The Herd hosts FIU at 7 pm on Saturday. Brandon Anicich can be contacted at …

Higher Education

USF Encourages Its Commuters to Use Buses, Bikes, Carpools

‎WUSF 89.7 News – Yoselis Ramos – Scott Finn

University of South Florida officials want to get the school’s thousands of students, faculty and staff out of their cars …

UF notified 239 ex-students of security breach

‎MiamiHerald.com

The University of Florida has notified 239 former students that a computer security breach has compromised their Social Security numbers and other personal …

FAU’s Center for Autism to hold a benefit run

‎Sun-Sentinel (blog) – Anna Beach

Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Autism and Related Disabilities is holding a fundraising run/walk to …

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FIU In The News: 29 September 2010

September 29, 2010 Leave a comment

FIU in the News

Census snapshot of S. Florida: Poverty up, wealth down

‎MiamiHerald.com – Douglas Hanks

“A lot of people are moving to Miami,” said Dario Gonzalez, a researcher at Florida International University’s Metropolitan Center. …

Colleges target ‘wicked’ environmental problems

Miami Today

Florida International University’s interdisciplinary School of the Environment and Society within the College of Arts & Sciences is about a year and a half old but will be “officially formalized” in January, said Director Mike Heithaus. It’s administered from the…

FIU on WTVJ-MIA (NBC) – Miami, FL
NBC Nightly News (News, News)

…the time it makes landfall tomorrow. >> as of this morning, FIU, FAU, University of Miami and all Dade and Broward schools, except American Heritage up in plantation, are open. …

Norwegian Cruise Lines, Costa Cruises’ new ships add fall travel …

‎Miami Today – Luisa Esquiroz Arellano

The convention bureau and the Port of Miami together with Florida International University and Miami Dade College also sponsor several programs including …

Calendar of Events

Miami Today (two stories)

Dr. Alexandre Barros, president of Early Warning; Paulo Leme, managing director of emerging markets research for Goldman Sachs and Dr. Jerry Haar, associate dean for international programs at Florida International University

FIU News

Miami Today (two stories)

Graduate fellowship students from the Florida International University School of Music perform a free concert. 7:30 p.m. Florida International University’s Wertheim Performing Arts Center Concert…

Buscan mejorar formacion de estudiantes

El Nuevo Herald

La Universidad Internacional de la Florida (FIU) y el Sistema Escolar del condado Miami-Dade anunciaron una alianza estratégica para mejorar la capacidad de los maestros y el rendimiento…

Smoking Ban across the entire FIU campus
Sun-Sentinel.com
WSFL News Update

Melina De Rose from the Sun-Sentinel…Florida International University wants its campuses to be smoke-free…

Cuba poised for offshore drilling?

‎Bradenton Herald – Sara Kennedy

Piñon, who is also a visiting research fellow at the Cuban Research Institute at Miami’s Florida International University, said that a submersible oil …

Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Portraits and Programs in Broward …

‎SouthFloridaGayNews.com – Sebastian Fortino

… to women without health insurance to locate and receive breast health screenings. For more information, please email Van Den Bergh at vandenan@fiu.edu.

New school an alternative to private culinary training

‎Sun-Sentinel

Officials at Florida International University, which does not have a culinary program, said they encouraged Miami Dade College to open the new institute to …

State gives special designation to Teacher Education program

‎College Misericordia

Dr. Banya previously served as interim dean of education and department chair at Florida International University. For additional information on the teacher …

Wheelchair Design Breakthrough Wins $20000 Grand Prize in Global …

‎PR Newswire (press release)

… who is himself wheelchair-bound, originally designed the system as his senior design project while attending Florida International University (FIU). …

Athletics

FIU’s Larvez Mars’ rehab is ‘encouraging’

‎MiamiHerald.com

FIU linebacker Larvez “Pooh Bear” Mars is recovering from a broken ankle and may not play in the season opener. It will be a crucial week for the …

Examining ESPN.com’s power rankings

‎ESPN (blog) – David Ubben

A game like Texas A&M had against FIU is going to be enough to bump them to No. 8 in my rankings, whereas a game like Oklahoma State had against Tulsa will …

Week 5: FIU vs. Pittsburgh Preview & Pick

‎CappersPicks.com (blog) – Dave Schwab

The FIU Golden Panthers will be looking for their first win of the year this upcoming Saturday afternoon when they travel to Heinz Field to take on the Pitt …

Maryland football players dismayed by dwindling home attendance

‎Washington Post – Eric Prisbell

FIU didn’t have name appeal. But FIU was still a good team.” Fans have reacted to the program’s struggles with their wallets. Season ticket sales have …

NSCAA Picks Men’s Soccer Sixth in South Region

‎FGCU Athletics

The 2-1 victory over regionally-ranked FIU on Friday was enough to move the FGCU men’s soccer team up one spot into sixth place in the NSCAA South Region …

So Close, So Far

‎The Daily Advertiser

“The most evident thing you see is that this team is progressing,” FIU coach Mario Cristobal said. … FIU (0-3) travels to play Pittsburgh this week. …

Higher Education

UF law school’s brief against gay adoption ban disappoints some

‎Gainesville Sun – Nathan Crabbe

It all started innocently enough: An e-mail congratulating a University of Florida law professor for a brief in support of overturning the …

FAU to test emergency system

‎TCPalm

Florida Atlantic University is scheduled to test all components of the FAU Alert system Thursday morning. At approximately 9:55 am, the emergency siren and …

UCF Professor’s Story Part of First-of-Its-Kind Anthology

‎University of Central Florida – Angela Rivera

A short story authored by a University of Central Florida English professor has been … UCF Stands For Opportunity: The University of Central Florida is a …

At USF, Michael Shermer and Dinesh D’Souza debate role of religion

‎Tampabay.com – Shelley Rossetter

That question and others were the subjects of a scholarly debate Tuesday night at the University of South Florida

U of Florida Plans Grand Opening for Small Animal Hospital

‎VetPracticeNews.com

The University of Florida will be hosting a weeklong series of events in October to celebrate the grand opening of its new Small Animal Hospital. …

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