The Constitution of the

Graduate Student Volunteer Corps (GSVC)

(revised 2/15/99)

Article I: Purpose

The purpose of the Graduate Student Volunteer Corps (GSVC) is to extend opportunities for various volunteer activities to the broader graduate
student community of MIT. The aim of events is to allow students to interact with and contribute to the surrounding community in a "hands-on"
manner, and to encourage participants to become more involved on an individual basis.

Article II: Membership

1.Any member of the MIT community, and others pending review by the officers, is eligible to become a member of the GSVC or participate in its projects. At the same time, the majority of participants is likely to be graduate students, given that these students do not have as ready access to other on-campus volunteer service organizations.

2.The organization will not discriminate in any manner, as under upon MIT's Non-Discrimination Statement.

3.No monetary dues will be charged. Where participation in events entails individual costs, a portion of the overall budget will be reserved to cover expenses for those who are unwilling/unable to pay these costs.

4.GSVC "membership" is defined by participation in a GSVC volunteer event within the last year, though exceptions may be extended by the officers in special cases. All active members have voting privileges. Among voting members, MIT students must comprise at least 50%, and number at least 5 at all times.

Article III: Officers

1.This organization will have a minimum of three, distinct officers:

1.President: officially designated as the overall "representative" of the group with respect to interactions with other organizations. Organizational issues are subject to final decision by the president, however such responsibilities may be designated on a case-by-case basis. Where possible, final
decisions should represent a consensus between all officers.

2.Vice-President: is expected to discuss any important decisions and/or event plans with the President. Like the President, the Vice-President has the authority to sign any checks/vouchers, etc. for the group, and to collect receipts for reimbursement.

3.Treasurer: must sign-off on budgetary allocations for events planned for a given semester (including requests for outside funding from GSC or other organizations).

Note1: each of these officers has the authority to sign any checks/vouchers, etc. for the group, and to collect receipts for reimbursement. However, where expenditures exceed those designated during the event planning stage by greater than $50, these require explicit agreement from the Treasurer.

2.Pending review of this constitution, all of the above offices must be held by distinct MIT graduate students. Starting with the Summer term, 1999, officers are to be elected by popular vote by active GSVC members (see above) during the first two weeks of each term. The election date will be announced by the active President via email to active members at least a week in advance. During this process, interested parties should have access to the group email list, for purpose of nomination (no second is required but individuals may not be self-nominated), distribution of personal positions, etc. Except where 5 or more members object, or at the discretion of the President or Vice-President, votes may also be cast by email received by the posted deadline. If deemed necessary 3 days prior to the initial deadline, a meeting will be called for an in-person vote on a date not earlier than the initial deadline. Where votes cannot be decided by a simple majority in the first round, a re-vote will be held between the two leading candidates. Finally, elections for a given office may occur during the regular term in the case of either voluntary withdrawal or ejection on the basis of a two-thirds majority (consisting of at least 10 in number) of active members.

Article IV: Meetings

1.Outside of actual scheduled volunteer events, regular meetings will not be held. Meetings may, as necessary, be called for by the GSVC officers. However members will not be ejected due to non-attendance of such meetings.

2.A meeting may also be called by a minimum of five active members not currently holding office. Decisional votes at such a meeting are considered valid only if they represent a simple majority of at least 6 votes, at least one of which must represent an officer's agreement. The sole exception to this is the case of officer removal (see above).

Note1: in either case, a minimum of 10 members is required for a quorum.

Article V: Amendments

1.All active members have the right to present an amendment for consideration.

2.The amendment must have the support of at least one officer or five additional active members in order to justify calling a discussion meeting.

3.In this case, President or Vice-President shall organize a meeting, or may delegate this responsibility to the individual raising the amendment.

4.Amendments shall be passed by either a.unanimous agreement among all officers and no opposition among active members,

b.OR a two-thirds majority of at least 6 voting active members, with neither the officers nor the petitioning member voting.

Article VI: ASA God Clause

The Graduate Student Volunteer Corps agrees to abide by the rules and regulations of the Association of Student Activities, and its executive board. This constitution, amendments to it, and the by-laws of this organization shall be subject to review by the ASA Executive Board to insure that they are in accordance with the aforementioned rules and regulations.


Maintained by:

David B. Doroquez

Last Modified:

Friday, February 22, 2002 1:08 AM

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