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Tufts University ASEE Student Chapter Constitution

Preamble
We, the students of Tufts University, in order to establish a student based organization committed to furthering education in engineering and engineering technology, do hereby establish this constitution. Our mission will consist of:

  • Developing relationships with local K-12 schools and aid them in fostering student interest in engineering
  • Providing opportunities for future engineering educators to develop teaching and research skills
  • Providing STEM undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to learn about engineering education research
  • Assist and encourage minorities and women to study and seek careers in the STEM fields

Article I - Name
The name of this organization shall be the Tufts University American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Student Chapter. The chapter will be sponsored by the Tufts University Center for Engineering Education and Outreach.

Article II - Purpose
The purposes of the organization shall be to:

  1. Improve the technological literacy of the general public
  2. Change the way students of all ages, gender, and ethnicity learn engineering
  3. Encourage K-12 students to consider studying engineering
  4. Enhance the teaching and presentation skills of prospective engineering educators (at all levels)
  5. Inform and educate students and faculty about engineering education pedagogies and research
  6. Provide undergraduate and graduate students with engineering real world learning opportunities
  7. Develop the skills needed to conduct engineering education research

Article III - Membership

Section 1: Student membership is open to all undergraduate and graduate students at Tufts University with primary emphasis on graduate students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) disciplines

Section 2: Associate memberships shall be open to all staff and faculty at Tufts University with primary emphasis on individuals working in the STEM and Education fields. Associate members may not vote or hold office, but may have all other privileges of a student member.

Section 3: All staff and faculty at Tufts University are eligible to be considered for the Tufts University ASEE Student Chapter advisory committee.

Section 4: All members must have record of their student chapter membership on file and must be members of the national ASEE.

Section 5: Any member may terminate their membership at any time with a written notification to the Secretary.

Section 6: The removal of any member shall be initiated by submitting a petition to the Secretary. The petition must have signatures from at least twenty percent of the eligible voters of the student chapter. The member shall be removed form the chapter upon a 2/3 majority vote and the approval of the faculty advisor.
Article IV - Executives
Section 1: The offices of President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer shall be members of the Executive Board.

Section 2: Any department not represented on the Executive Board has the option of electing a representative. The representative can be a faculty member, staff, or graduate student who will have full voting rights of an Executive Board member.

Section 2: The Executive Board members shall be elected by a majority vote at an election held in April of each year.

Section 3: The Faculty Advisor shall be selected by the President or by a majority vote from the Executive Board.

Section 4: The Faculty Advisor(s) shall have an indefinite term in office.
Article V - Voting Procedure and Rules
Each member shall have one vote.

Article VI - Officers and Duties
Section 1: President
  1. Formulating a yearly organizational agenda for the organization.
  2. Insuring that chapter activities fall within the organizational goals as stated in the Constitution.
  3. Presiding over all regular and special meetings for the organization.
  4. Creating permanent or temporary positions to assist in performing the duties of the office.
  5. Creating committees as needed.

Section 2: Vice President

  1. Assisting the President in insuring that the objectives are met.
  2. Assuming the duties of President in his/her absence.
  3. Presiding over at least one general meeting per semester.
  4. Acting as a liaison between the Executive Board and all regular, special, and temporary committees.
  5. Creating permanent or temporary positions, with approval from the President, to assist in performing the duties of the office.

Section 3: Secretary

  1. Recording events and activities performed by the organization.
  2. Preparing an annual report to inform the parent organization and the student members on the accomplishments and future planned activities.
  3. Keeping minutes during the executive, general, and committee meetings, and to document a record of the minutes for the ASEE Student Chapter.
  4. Maintaining record of the books posted in the library by the organization.
  5. Creating permanent or temporary positions, with approval from the President, to assist in performing the duties of the office.
  6. Keeping records of all student members, updated yearly.

Section 6: Treasurer

  1. Compiling and presenting a financial report of the previous year.
  2. Setting up a budget for the upcoming year.
  3. Overseeing fund raising activities.
  4. Keeping a record of the ASEE Student Chapter funds.
  5. Creating permanent or temporary positions, with approval from the President, to assist in performing the duties of the office.

Article VII - Amendments

Section 1: All amendments are to be submitted in writing to the President and Secretary to be read at a meeting. The amendment can be voted on in the same meeting.

Section 2: Amendments shall be made by a two-thirds majority vote by the Executive Board.

Section 3: All amendments to the Constitution and bylaws are subject to the approval of the Dean of the School of Engineering and Technology.
Article VIII - Bylaws
Section 1: Elections shall be conducted by written ballots. Absentee ballots shall be allowed.

Section 2: No fee may be charged as dues.

Section 3: A vacancy of the Presidency shall be filled by the Vice-President. The Vice-Presidency shall then be filled by a majority election by the Executive Board.

Section 4: Any non-attendance of the meetings for a long period of time will be considered as a voluntary resignation

Section 5: A 2/3 majority vote of the Executive Board may replace any officer for poor attendance to the meeting.
This constitution was approved in February 2009 by the President and Executive Board for the Tufts University ASEE Student Chapter. Prepared by Adam Carberry.

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