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Constitution

Article I

Name

The name of this organization is the Purdue Linguistics Association.

Article II

Purpose

The purpose of this organization is to enhance the linguistics experience of students at Purdue University. This can be accomplished through organizing conferences, hosting speakers, social gatherings, publications, program planning discussion, tutoring, field trips to speakers off-campus, giving presentations on and off campus, intramural sports, and affiliation with other linguistic associations.

Article III

Definition of Membership

Membership is open to Purdue University students, faculty, and staff. Faculty and staff are eligible for adjunct membership only; adjunct members may not vote in elections, nor may they hold office.

An associate member is a graduated member who decides to remain affiliated with the Purdue Linguistics Association.

An honorary member may be designated as such by the Purdue Linguistics Association.

Active membership is open only to students. A student may become a member by:

1) attending a meeting;

2) expressing an interest in becoming a member; and

3) having his or her name added to the list of members.

All student members are active members unless they have become inactive. An inactive member is one who has not attended at least three consecutive meetings in an academic year. An inactive member may be reinstated as an active member when the member attends a meeting.

Only active members may vote. Only active members may hold office.

Membership and participation are free from discrimination based on race, religion, color, sex, gender, age, national origin or ancestry, language, dialect, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, disability, or status as a disabled or Vietnam-era veteran.

Article IV

Officers

The officers are president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, webmaster, and public relations officer. All officers must be active members. Officers are elected at the first meeting of the fall semester. The term of office is one year, from election to election.

If an office is vacant, an election may be held at any time throughout the year in order to fill the vacancy.

The term of office for the advisor is one year or until one of the parties wishes to discontinue the appointment.

Article V

Officers and Duties

The president, under advisement of the other officers, calls and conducts all meetings, fills out necessary and appropriate paperwork, and makes sure that the activities of the organization are in compliance with Purdue University regulations and policies.

The vice-president assists the president with organizational duties and activities.

The secretary keeps minutes during meetings, maintains an up-to-date membership and e-mail list, and sends out necessary correspondence to Association members.

The treasurer keeps accounts, deposits the organization's funds, and makes expenditures in a manner approved by the Business Office for Student Organizations.

The webmaster designs, creates, and maintains the Purdue Linguistics Association website.

The public relations officer is responsible for advertising, for on-and-off-campus communications, for contacting speakers, for reserving rooms, and for organizing and supervising all social activities.

Article VI

Amendments

Amendments to the constitutions are made through a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the active members. All amendments to the constitution and bylaws are subject to the approval of the Office of the Dean of Students. They MAY NOT take effect until they have been approved.

Bylaws

Advisor

The advisor is selected from among the members of the faculty. At a meeting, the active members will select an advisor-elect and a runner-up. The advisor-elect will be invited to be the advisor. If the advisor-elect accepts the invitation, the appropriate paperwork will be completed, and that person shall be the advisor. If the advisor-elect declines the invitation, the runner-up will be invited to be the advisor. If the runner-up accepts the invitation, the appropriate paperwork will be completed, and that person shall be the advisor. If the runner-up declines the invitation, the selection process must be repeated until an advisor is determined.

Committees

Committees may be established as needed.

Web Page

A Purdue Linguistics Association web page will be maintained and available on the internet while the club is in existence.


Date of Adoption: 2/9/06

Date of Recognition: 3/1/06

President's Signature: John M. Spartz

Advisor's Signature: Elena Benedicto