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Resolution SR 1188: In Support of Extending the SGA Election Application Deadline

February 27, 2011 1 comment

Agenda Item: SR 1188 – In Support of Extending the SGA Election Application Deadline
Date: February 28, 2011
Committee: Of the Whole
Sponsors:  Samir Kiran Patel, College of Education Senator; Brian Ortiz, College of Business Administration Senator; Aman Muqeet, University Graduate School Senator; Jesus Borrero, College of Arts and Sciences Senator; Jamie Baker, College of Nursing and Health Sciences Senator; Clement Giraneza, College of Public Health and Social Work Senator;

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Status

  • Submitted, placed on February 28th Agenda.

Final Vote

  • In favor: ; Opposed: ; Abstentions: ;

 

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Resolution SR 1071: Congratulating the Florida International University Golden Panthers Football Team

November 28, 2010 1 comment

Agenda Item: Congratulating the Florida International University Panthers
Date: November 29, 2010
Sponsors: William-Jose Velez, College of Engineering and Computing Senator; Hector Mujica, College of Business Administration Senator; Senator Aman Muqeet, Graduate School Senator;

Congratulating the Florida International University Golden Panthers Football Team

WHEREAS, The purpose of the Student Government Association is to represent the student body and its concerns on all the local, state, national and international level;

WHEREAS, The FIU Florida International University Golden Panthers are a mid-major National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) upstart college football team founded in 2002 in the Sun Belt Conference led by Head Coach Mario Cristobal;

WHEREAS, The Florida International University Golden Panthers Football team has demonstrated its superior capabilities, sportsmanship, and skills by achieving the number one rank in the Sun Belt Conference;

WHEREAS, The FIU Florida International University Golden Panthers defeated the Arkansas State University with a 31-24 victory on November 27, 2010, making the Golden Panthers the 2010 Sun Belt Conference Champions;

WHEREAS, The Golden Panthers will now compete in their first bowl game at either the New Orleans Bowl in Lousiana, or the GoDaddy.com Bowl in Mobile, Alabama or the Little Caesars Bowl in Detroit, Michigan;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Student Government Council – Modesto A. Maidique Campus congratulates the Golden Panthers on their success this football season having been crowned as the 2010 Sun Belt Conference Football Champions.

Proviso: A copy of this resolution shall be sent to Head Coach Mario Cristobal and the FIU Florida International University Golden Panthers Football team.

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

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.

Council Bill SR 1049: To modify the Graduate Student Funding Committee Guidelines

September 24, 2010 1 comment

Agenda Item: To modify the Graduate Student Funding Committee Guidelines

Date: September 27, 2010
Committee: Graduate Student Funding Committee
Sponsors: Erika Denise Edwards, Graduate Senator; Rachel Emas, Graduate Senator; T.J. Ligouri Graduate Senator; Alex Barrio College of Law Senator; Aman Muqeet, Graduate Senator, Dillon Arango College of Medicine Senator

To modify the Graduate Student Funding Committee Guidelines

SECTION I. Short Title

This bill may be cited as the “GSFC Application Deadline Reform Act of 2010.”

SECTION II. Modifying the Graduate Student Funding Committee Guidelines Submission deadline

Section 1.01

(c) Applications should must be submitted at least eight (8) weeks seven (7) weeks prior to the event.

(i)If applications are received with less than eight (8) weeks prior to the funding event, the student may not be aware of the funding decision prior to the funding event.

In favor: 24; Opposed: 0; Abstentions: 0; Status: Signed.

Council Bill SR 1043: To create and establish the Graduate Student Funding Committee Guidelines

September 8, 2010 1 comment

Agenda Item: Graduate Student Funding Committee Funding Policies Date: September 13, 2010

Committee: Of the Whole

Sponsors: Erika Denise Edwards, Graduate Senator; Rachel Emas, Graduate Senator; T.J. Ligouri Graduate  Senator; Alex Barrio College of Law Senator; Aman Muqeet, Graduate  Senator

To create and establish the Graduate Student Funding Committee Guidelines

SECTION I. Short Title

This bill may be cited as the “Graduate Student Funding Committee  Guidelines  of 2010.”

SECTION II. Creating the Graduate Student Funding Committee Guidelines

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY

STUDENT GOVERNMENT COUNCIL

MODESTO A. MAIDIQUE CAMPUS SENATE

GRADUATE STUDENT FUNDING COMMITTEE GUIDELINES

Section 1.01

(a)        Applicants shall be eligible to request funds from the GSFC once a semester and twice during the fiscal year.

(b)        No applications for funding will be accepted after the event.

(c)        Applications should be submitted at least eight (8) weeks prior to the event.

(i)         If applications are received with less than eight (8) weeks prior to the funding event, the student may not be aware of the funding decision prior to the funding event.

(d)       Funding is available only for traveling within the United States or to those countries that have diplomatic relations with the Government of United States.

(i)         The following six (6) countries do not have official diplomatic relations with the US: Bhutan, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, and Taiwan.

(e)        The following documents are required to submit a complete application for conference or professional development funding:

(i)         Funding request form

(ii)        Release and Indemnity Agreement

(iii)       Proposed detailed budget (with totals excluding taxes and fees)

(iv)       Supporting documents for budget

(v)        Letter of support from advisor (on FIU letterhead)

(vi)       Summary of benefits to Florida and FIU

(vii)      Conference acceptance letter or invitation

(f)        For conference funding, GSFC monies can only be used to reimburse students for the following:

(i)         Travel: car rental payments OR airline tickets

(ii)        Conference registration fees

(g)        GSFC reserves the right to make any changes to these funding guidelines as may be necessary to ensure equity in the distribution of funds, upon approval of the SGC-MMC Senate.

(h)        Upon the review of a student’s funding application, the following outcomes are possible:

(i)         All incomplete or inaccurate applications are denied.

(ii)        All complete applications that provide incorrect supporting documents will be referred back to the student to be resubmitted with the correct supporting documents.

(iii)       For those students that are receiving additional funding from another source for the same research activity, conference, or professional development event, the following procedures will be followed:

1)         25% of the total amount of funding from all additional sources will be subtracted from the total amount of potential funding from the GSFC.

2)         Students with 100% of their funding needs met by other sources for a specific request are not eligible for GSFC funds.

(i)         Upon the review of a student’s funding application, the following will occur:

(i)         All complete applications will receive a response within two weeks regarding the funding decision.

(ii)        If a student’s application is approved for funding, the GSFC office assistant will contact the student’s department to begin a Travel Authorization (TA) form.

In favor: 11; Opposed: 2; Abstentions: 0; Status: Signed.

Press Release: ‘Show Me The Money’ GSFC Town Hall Meetings

September 6, 2010 Leave a comment

Press Release

The Student Government Council at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus (SGC-MMC) at Florida International University (FIU) will facilitate a series of ‘Graduate Student Funding Committee Town Hall Meetings’ throughout the month of September.

Miami, Florida (6 September 2010)—Under the direction of Graduate Senator and Chairwoman of the Graduate Student Funding Board Erika Denise Edwards, the Graduate Student Funding Committee (GSFC) will facilitate a series of ‘Show Me The Money’ Town Hall Meetings, in which members of the GSFC will inform graduate students of its goals for the academic school year, as well as the procedures to follow when filing for funds to conduct research, attend conferences, and professional development seminars.

“Since the summer 2010 term,” mentions Chairwoman Edwards, “the GSFC has received in excess of 100 requests for funding, many of which were denied for administrative reasons. In facilitating the ‘Show Me The Money’ Town Hall Meetings, the GSFC will remind students of the procedures that must be adhered to when filing for funds.”

“In addition to learning more about the funding procedures,” continues Chairwoman Edwards, “Graduate students will have the opportunity to meet their Senators. The ratification of the Constitution in the summer of 2010 afforded graduate students an increased voice in student government. My constituency will be very impressed and pleased with its representatives.”

When questioned about the transition from a governing council to funding committee, Graduate Senator and Vice-Chairwoman of the GSFC Rachel Emas mentions that “my constituency will be delighted by how smoothly the transition has taken place. The increase in funding allows the GSFC to award graduate and professional students once per semester and twice per academic school year.”

The forums will be held in GC 150 on the following dates and times: the 14th of September from 9pm-10pm and from 10pm to 11pm and on the 23rd of September from 8:30pm to 9:30pm and from 9:30pm to 10:30pm. An additional forum will be held in GC 140 on the 22nd of September from 1pm to 2:30pm and from 2:30pm to 4pm.

“Additionally,” continues Vice-Chairwoman Emas, “Graduate Senators now have access to enact legislation that positively impacts its constituency. A prime example is Senate Resolution 1038 that unanimously passed in the Senate meeting on the 23rd of August, ‘In Support of Re-entry visas for Iranian students and scholars in the United States.’ The resolution was submitted, along with resolutions from Student Government Associations and statements from university administrators across the United States, to the Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs of the Department of State, in hopes of effecting change to the current policy.”

“Graduate students will be particularly pleased to find,” notes SGC-MMC Senate Speaker Velez, “that undergraduate Senators and Cabinet members will be in attendance, and will actively participate in the Town Hall Meetings by making presentations on how their respective position within SGC-MMC strives to incorporate the graduate constituency.”

For more information on the ‘Show Me The Money’ Town Hall Meetings, contact Graduate Senator and GSFC Chairwoman Erika Edwards at gsfc@fiu.edu. We hope to see you there!