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Society Constitution

Article 1--Name

The name of this organization shall be the Santiago Canyon College Philosophical Society, herewith referred to as the Society.

Article 2--Mission

The Society aims to promote awareness and development of philosophical reflection and study. Society members will organize and attend think-tank style meetings, lectures and debates by fellow students as well as professionals in the field, and social events on the Santiago Canyon College campus. The Society will do its best to support the philosophical development of each member in an intellectually rich environment where each person is given a shared respect. In addition, the Society will seek to put philosophy into practice by becoming involved in societal and global issues and problems. Finally, the Society will also function as a facilitator between students and important professional philosophical organizations such The American Philosophical Association.

Article 3--Membership

Members shall be composed of currently enrolled Santiago Canyon College students who have submitted a completed membership application form. Only members may vote or hold office.

Members who have not attended at least four (4) regular meetings during any semester can be removed by a majority vote of the officers at the beginning of the following semester.

Members who do not abide the Rancho Santiago Community College District's Guidelines for Student Conduct or the Society's Standards can be removed by a majority vote of officers.

Article 4--Officers

The officers shall be:

  1. President
  2. Vice-President
  3. Secretary
  4. Treasurer
  5. ICC representative
  6. Newsletter-Website editor

The President's duties shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

  1. Lead, moderate, and conduct all meetings and events.
  2. Assist the other officers with their duties.
  3. Work with the school administration and advisors.
  4. Remain informed about is happing with the Society.
  5. Remain available to all members for any issues regarding the Society.
  6. Maintain the ethos of the Society and ensure a safe and productive environment for each and every member.

The Vice-President's duties shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

  1. Oversee the planning of all meetings and events.
  2. Act in the President's place in conducting any meetings or events if the President is unavailable.
  3. Reserve rooms for meetings and events.
  4. Oversee the promotion of all Society events. 

The Secretary's duties shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

  1. Take minutes at every Society meeting and event.
  2. Be responsible for filling out and maintaining all Society and ICC paperwork.
  3. Provide minutes to be posted online at the Society website.
  4. Maintain and update member information.

The Treasurer's duties shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

  1. Remain informed about the status of the Society's accounts.
  2. Inform the Society of any changes to the Society's accounts.
  3. Inform the advisor about the status of the Society's accounts.
  4. Oversee all fundraisers.

The ICC Representative's duties shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

  1. Attend all designated ICC meetings.
  2. Inform Society of all ICC activities and the activities of other SCC clubs and organizations as well as any changes in ICC policies.
  3. Work with the Secretary to help maintain all ICC paperwork.
  4. Maintain notes from each ICC meeting and submit copies to the Secretary.

The Newsletter/Website Editor's duties shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

  1. Collect and organize all information to be included in the newsletter and on the website.
  2. Manage a staff of writers, photographers, and designers.
  3. Produce the newsletter and website updates by the designated deadlines.
  4. Submit newsletter and website updates to the advisors for review and comments.

Article 5--Elections

Election of officers will be held during the first regular meeting of the Fall and Spring terms. Members may nominate themselves or other members. Each candidate will be given five (5) minutes to present their platform after which a secret paper vote will be taken. Positions are won based on a majority count and last for one (1) semester.

Article 6--Removal/Vacancy from office

In the event of vacancy, a special election can be held at any regular meeting.

Officers can be removed a 2/3 majority of votes during any regular meeting. Votes will be taken by secret paper ballot. The officer being impeached can participate in the vote.

Article 7--Meetings

 General meetings will be held every other week. Officer meetings will be held on those weeks when there is no general meeting. Other meetings or events may be scheduled as necessary. The time and place of all meetings and events shall be determined by the executive officers.

The outline of the general meetings shall include, but not be limited to, the following broad outlined features, rules, and guidelines:

  1. The nature of the meeting is to engage the general membership in respectful and informed discussions related to philosophical topics.
  2. The President shall lead and preside over all general meetings.
  3. The President and other officers, during the opening minutes of the general meeting, shall briefly update the general body as to the business-related development of the Society as needed.
  4. Because of the nature of the general meeting, Robert's Rules of Order shall not be followed, except during the opening minutes when business is conducted by the President or other officers.
  5. Members will abide by the Rancho Santiago Community College District's Guidelines for Student Conduct and the Society's Standards.

The outline of the officer meetings shall include, but not limited to, the following:

  1. The nature of the meeting is to ensure that the officers are fulfilling their duties.
  2. The President shall lead and preside over the officer meetings.
  3. Officer meetings shall be conducted according to Robert's Rules of Order.

Article 8--Advisors

Advisors are to be the full-time faculty of the Santiago Canyon College Philosophy Department. Advisors cannot vote or hold office. At least one advisor should be present at all general meetings or events.

The advisor's duties shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

  1. Work closely with the Society to ensure a cooperative relationship.
  2. Help each officer to understand his or her duties according to the Constitution.
  3. Help each officer to understand that the continuity of the organization is preserved through its Constitution, minutes, and traditions.
  4. Give advice to the officers about the financial activities in order to effectively manage club funds.
  5. Help members and officers to under and apply democratic principles.
  6. Develop the Society's Standards.
  7. Encourage members and officers to abide by the Rancho Santiago Community College District's Guidelines for Student Conduct and the Society's Standards.

Article 9--Amendments

Any proposed amendment to the Constitution must be presented at a regular meeting. After discussion, the proposed amendment must be submitted to a secret paper ballot. Passage of a proposed amendment requires a 2/3 majority of votes.

Article 10--Enacting clause

This Constitution shall become effective upon approval of the Society Advisors. Even upon approval, the Society Advisors reserve the right to amend constitutional articles.