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Section 4

Nomination for Membership by Alumni and Certain Students, and Election of Such Nominees

4.1
Nominations for membership presented by the Alumni Association under Paragraph 2.1.5 shall be those previously determined by the established procedure of the Alumni Association, in a number at least equal to the number of vacancies that will occur due to expiration of term within the next twelve months, plus any other vacancies then existing (including a vacancy caused by the failure of election of any previous nominee). The rules governing the selection and presentation of the nominations by the Alumni Association under Paragraph 2.1.5, not otherwise provided for by these Bylaws, may be prescribed from time to time by the Alumni Association.

4.2
The names of the candidates for membership determined pursuant to Section 4.1 shall be presented by the Alumni Association to the Secretary of the Corporation for reference to the Membership Committee and shall be reported to the members of the Corporation by the committee with its recommendations thereon at least ten days before the meeting at which the election is to be held. At a meeting of the members of the Corporation to be held not fewer than thirty days after the names have been presented to the Secretary of the Corporation, the names may be voted upon by ballot; no person shall be deemed elected who does not receive the votes of a majority of the members of the Corporation present or against whom seven negative ballots are then thrown. No person may be elected in place of a nominee presented by the Alumni Association in accordance with Paragraph 2.1.5 except another person nominated as provided in Section 4.1.

4.3
All members elected pursuant to nominations of the Alumni Association under Paragraph 2.1.5 shall be elected for five years with the following exceptions: those members chosen to fill vacancies (including a member elected in place of a nominee who shall have failed of election) shall hold their membership until the expiration of the term of the original member or originally proposed member whose vacancy they fill; those members who shall be elected for some number of years fewer than five as determined by the members of the Corporation at the time of election whenever that is necessary to cause the terms of as nearly as practicable an equal number of such members to expire in each academic year.

4.4
If any vacancy occurs among the members elected pursuant to nominations of the Alumni Association (through death, resignation, failure of election, or otherwise) the Alumni Association may present to the Secretary of the Corporation for reference to the Membership Committee, not fewer than thirty days prior to the meeting of the members of the Corporation at which the nominations will be voted upon, at least one name for each vacancy. Any nomination to fill a vacancy caused by the failure of a member to be elected under Paragraph 2.1.5 shall be acted upon in the same manner as prescribed in Section 4.2.

4.5
Candidates for election under Paragraph 2.1.6 shall be nominated and elected as follows:

4.5.1
Four groups of students or recent alumni of MIT shall be eligible to nominate, be nominated, and serve under Paragraph 2.1.6:

Group 1: Undergraduates who have received or are about to receive an undergraduate degree in the academic year that includes the nomination in question.

Group 2: Graduate students who have received or who are about to receive a graduate degree in the academic year that includes the nomination in question.

Group 3: Those who graduated or received a graduate degree from MIT in the academic year immediately preceding the year of nomination in question.

Group 4: Those who graduated or received a graduate degree from MIT in the first of the two academic years immediately preceding the year of the nomination in question. In applying the provisions of Paragraph 4.5.1 for the purpose of determining persons in Groups 1 and 2: undergraduates and graduate students who have received a degree, or who the Registrar determines are about to receive a degree, in such academic year shall be eligible to nominate or be nominated; and only a nominee who has received a terminal degree in such academic year, or in the next following September, shall be eligible to serve the elected term.

4.5.2
The first step toward nomination for membership under Paragraph 2.1.6 shall be that the Executive Vice President of the Alumni Association shall solicit from the four groups described in Paragraph 4.5.1 the names of any candidates from any of the four groups for membership in the Corporation under Paragraph 2.1.6.

4.5.3
The Chair of the Corporation shall appoint a Screening Committee consisting of five members, a majority of whom shall be selected from among the five members of the Corporation who represent the recently graduated classes of MIT under Paragraph 2.1.6 of these Bylaws, and the Chair of the Corporation shall appoint the chair of such Screening Committee from among its members. The Screening Committee shall in cooperation with the Alumni Association be responsible for the nominating process for members under Paragraph 2.1.6.

4.5.4
The Screening Committee shall forward to the Executive Vice President of the Alumni Association the names of not fewer than six persons, each such name to be the name of a person in one of the four groups described in Paragraph 4.5.1 who has either been suggested in accordance with Paragraph 4.5.2 or suggested by a member of the Screening Committee. The names forwarded shall include not less than one person from each of the four groups described in Paragraph 4.5.1.

4.5.5
All current MIT seniors, all undergraduates and graduate students who have received a degree from MIT in the academic year of the nomination in question or in either of the two immediately preceding academic years, and all MIT graduate students who have applied to receive a degree in any of those academic years shall be eligible to vote in the balloting for nomination under Paragraph 2.1.6. The Alumni Association shall determine whether or not the balloting for nomination under Paragraph 2.1.6 by those entitled to vote shall be done in a separate ballot. The Executive Vice President of the Alumni Association shall thereupon cause the above names of candidates for nomination under Paragraph 2.1.6 to be sent to those who are eligible to vote, as described above, to be voted upon by them.

4.5.6
The candidate receiving the largest number of votes in the ballot circulated by the Alumni Association shall be the nominee for election under Paragraph 2.1.6 at the coming election by the Corporation. The nominee's name shall be forwarded by the Screening Committee to the Secretary of the Corporation for reference to the Membership Committee and shall be reported to the members of the Corporation by the committee at least ten days before the meeting of the Corporation at which the election is to be held.

4.5.7
No person may be elected in place of a non-elected nominee presented in accordance with Paragraph 2.1.6 except another person nominated in accordance with the provisions of Paragraph 4.5.8.

4.5.8
In case a vacancy occurs for any reason in the office of any member under Paragraph 2.1.6 (including a vacancy caused by reason of the failure of a nominee to be elected by the Corporation), then the Screening Committee shall nominate a substitute, said nominee preferably to be the one who received the most votes but failed of nomination in the last previously circulated ballot. Such nominee, if elected by the Corporation, shall serve by filling the vacancy in question until the expiration of the term of the original member or originally proposed member whose vacancy the nominee is elected to fill. The name of such nominee shall be sent by the Screening Committee to the Secretary of the Corporation for reference to the Membership Committee and shall be reported to the members of the Corporation by the Membership Committee as soon as possible, but no fewer than three days prior to, the meeting of the Corporation at which said name is to be voted upon.

4.6
Members under Paragraph 2.1.6 shall serve a term of five years except those elected to fill a vacancy as provided in Paragraph 4.5.8.

4.7
Any member elected pursuant to Paragraph 2.1.5 or 2.1.6 shall be eligible for election as a life member at any time, subject to the limitations in Section 2.

 

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