Saudi Students Association
Saudi Students Association

Article I- Name of Organization
Saudi Students Association (SSA)

Article II- Purpose of Organization
1. Help and assist Saudi students at DePaul University.
2. Organize social meetings to introduce SSA members to each other.
3. Educate the community about Saudi Arabia and its culture.

Article III- Membership
Unless otherwise specifically authorized by the University, membership in this organization is open to all DePaul students who are in good standing with the University (have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above). Unless otherwise specifically authorized by the University, membership will not be restricted on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, parental status, housing status, source of income, or military status. As a member, one is required to attend organization meetings regularly, pay dues if required, and actively support organization projects. Membership may be revoked by a vote of 2/3 of the organizations members.

Article IV- Officers
Election of officers will require a majority vote from the general membership. If a candidate fails to receive a majority of votes, a run off election will be held between the top two candidates that received the most votes. Members interested in becoming an officer must meet the following academic requirement: Officers must maintain a cumulative 2.5 GPA to hold office. The term of office will be for one full year starts in January 1st till December 30th. Together, the officers shall comprise of the Executive Committee/Board of the organization. The Executive Committee/Board shall meet in addition to regular organization meetings. The Executive Committee/Board shall appoint such committees that are needed to carry out organization goals. The officers and individual duties shall be:

A. President
   > Preside over all meetings.
   > Represent organization on campus.
   > Ensure that the organization is operating in conformity with the standards set forth by the Office of Student Life.
   > Cosign organization checks.
   > Maintain communication with organization advisor.

B. Vice-President
   > Preside over meetings in the absence of the President.
   > Schedule meetings/events with appropriate University offices.
   > Coordinate organization promotion and publicity of events.

C. Officer of Students Services and Technical Support
   > Maintain an accurate record of all organization meetings and post for members.
   > Maintain membership directory.
   > Suggest a set of services that can be offered to the students and the mechanisms to implement them.
   > Propose the channels of advertizing for the organizations events.
   > Provide the technical support for the organizations website and electronic channels.

D. Officer of cultural and social affairs
   > Plan and arrange for cultural events.
   > Plan and arrange for social activities between the members.
   > Plan for cultural, sport and musical contests between the members and for the community.

E. Officer of ladies activities
   > Plan and arrange for females activities.
   > Support the officer of cultural affairs in planning for cultural and social events.

F. Treasurer
   > Maintain accurate record of organization transactions.
   > Collect dues if required.
   > Develop organization budget and present to membership for vote.
   > Cosign organization checks.
   > Arrange fundraising opportunities for the organization.
   > Solicits additional funding if needed from the Office of Student Life in conjunction with the President

Officers may be removed from office by a vote of 2/3 of the organizations members. The officer is permitted to speak before the Executive Committee and the general membership about the charges made concerning his/her performance. The officer is not permitted to participate in the deliberation of the Executive Committee regarding the charges.

Article V- Advocate
The Advocate shall be a full-time faculty or staff member at DePaul University. The Advocate will assume those responsibilities as outlined in this constitution and/or found in the Student Life Handbook. The advisor will be selected by a majority vote of the Executive Committee and then presented to the general membership for a second majority vote of approval. Advocates not fulfilling the responsibilities detailed in the Advocate Contract or not abiding by the organizations purpose may be removed from the position by a majority vote of the Executive Committee.

Article VI- Meetings
The organization shall hold regular once a month meetings during the academic term except when holidays, examination periods or other events make meeting impractical. Organization meeting day/time will be determined in the beginning of each semester by a vote of the general membership. Attendance at organization meetings is expected. If a member must miss a meeting, correspondence with the vice president is appreciated. A quorum as necessary for all votes where a quorum is required shall consist of a simple majority of the membership plus one officer. Roberts Rules of Order (newly revised) shall govern all meetings.

Article VII- Finance
The organization may establish reasonable dues that must be paid by all members in order to remain a member in good standing. The amount of the dues will be determined in the beginning of the academic year by the Executive Committee and presented to the general membership for a vote. Dues must be paid by the third week in winter quarter. The treasurer shall maintain all financial records and shall countersign with the president for all organization transactions.

Article VIII- Amendments
Amendments to this constitution must be submitted in writing at a regular meeting of the organization. Said amendment(s) will be voted on at a subsequent meeting. In order to adopt the amendment, a vote of 2/3 of the general membership is necessary.

Article IX- Ratification
This constitution shall become effective upon approval by a yes vote by 75% of the organizations members.

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