Constitution

GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION OF CHEMISTRY
TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY

ARTICLE I NAME AND OBJECTIVES

Section 1. The organization shall be known as the GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION OF CHEMISTRY (GSAC), TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY.

Section 2. The objectives of this Graduate Student Association of Chemistry shall be as follows:
A. To assist graduate students within the department of chemistry in the academic, extracurricular, and social aspects of graduate student life.
B. To serve as a liaison between chemistry graduate students, and the university and chemistry department administrations and faculty.

ARTICLE II MEMBERSHIP

Section 1. Every bona fide chemistry graduate student, as defined in the By-Laws, is a member of the Association.

Section 2. The membership of the Association shall be divided among the Divisions of the chemistry department as defined in the By-Laws.

ARTICLE III DIVISIONAL REPRESENTATIVE COMMITTEE

Section 1. A committee consisting of Divisional Representatives shall be responsible for the organization and proceedings of the Association.

Section 2. Bona fide chemistry graduate students meeting specific divisional requirements are eligible for election as Divisional Representatives. Those students on scholastic probation are not eligible for election as Divisional Representatives.

Section 3. The Divisional Representatives shall be divided among the Divisions of the chemistry department as defined in the By-Laws.

Section 4. The term of each Divisional Representative of the Association shall be one year. There shall be no limit to the number of terms a Divisional Representative may serve.

Section 5. A Divisional Representative may be removed from that position by either a two-thirds vote of the Representative Committee or a two-thirds vote by the Representative’s division.

ARTICLE IV EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

Section 1. The executive officers of the Association shall consist of the following members: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Social Chair, and International Liaison and will be elected from the Divisional Representatives.

Section 2. Officers and their duties:
A. The President shall call and preside at all the meetings of the Association; will be responsible for communications to representatives and act as official representative of the Association to the chemistry department administration. The President will be in charge of the GSAC email account. The President will also create or dissolve temporary committees as deemed necessary.
B. The Vice-President shall act as President in case of the absence or temporary inability of the President.
C. The Secretary shall be responsible for the recording, distribution, and posting of the minutes of Association meetings.
D. The Treasurer shall be responsible for the handling of the financial aspects of the Association, including informing the Divisional Representatives and the Faculty Liaison with the financial budget, completing all forms for IRS taxes on any sales profit, and all other financial matters.
E. The Social Chair shall be responsible for updating the information on the GSAC bulletin board, making and posting event flyers, and updating social media sites used by GSAC.
F. The International Liaison shall be responsible for the promotion of international student participation in GSAC events and activities as well as solicit suggested activities from the international students.

Section 3. Officers of the Association may be removed from office by a two-thirds vote of the Divisional Representatives with notice given at least one week in advance. Officers so removed shall retain any Association seat they may hold as a Divisional Representative.

ARTICLE V ELECTION OF DIVISIONAL REPRESENTATIVES

Section 1. Divisional Representatives shall be elected by their respective divisions within the chemistry department by procedures set forth in the By-Laws of the Association.

Section 2. A Divisional Representative must be an official member of that division.

Section 3. If a vacancy in any representative position occurs during the year, the Representative Committee may appoint a temporary representative to fill the vacancy until the division involved elects a permanent replacement for the position.

ARTICLE VI PROCEEDINGS

Section 1. The Association shall, in compliance with the rules and regulation of the University administration, formulate its own By-Laws and rules of procedure, subject to approval by the Head of the Department of Chemistry and the President of the University. An open forum style will be used during the meetings for the Representatives but members of the Association present at a meeting must be recognized by the President before being allowed to speak.

Section 2. Meetings
A. A minimum of one general meeting of the Association will be held each semester.
B. A minimum of one meeting of the Representative Committee will be held each month. These meetings will be open to the entire Association membership. The date of each meeting will be posted on the GSAC bulletin board.

ARTICLE VII MODE OF AMENDMENT

Section 1. This constitution may be amended by a two thirds vote of the Representative Committee and any members from the Association present at the meeting where an amendment is voted on. Members of the Association are also allowed to submit an absentee ballot to vote if unable to attend the meeting.

Section 2. Amendments to, or revisions to this constitution must be submitted in writing or electronically and distributed to the Representatives and the Association. A meeting open to all members of the Association can then be held and the amendment proposed, debated/edited, and voted on.