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GSA Constitution


Article I: Organization Name

Section I:  The name of this organization shall be the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) of Valdosta State University.


Article II: Purpose 

Section I:  The purpose of the Gay-Straight Alliance is to foster an active and diverse culture at Valdosta State University.  The Gay-Straight Alliance provides opportunities for students to build friendships and encourages open-mindedness and diversity within the community.


Article III: Definition of Membership and Dues 

Section I:  Membership and participation in the Gay-Straight Alliance are free from discrimination based on race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, disability, or status as a disabled or Vietnam-era veteran.

Section II:  The Advisor to the Gay-Straight Alliance shall be chosen by the members of the organization, with all rights and privileges therein, except for the right to vote or hold office.

Section III:  Only students of Valdosta State University are eligible for regular or active membership in the Gay-Straight Alliance. Valdosta State University staff and faculty are welcome to attend but they may not vote or hold an office.

Section IV:  Selection for membership will be based on enrollment in Valdosta State University.  Membership is available to all currently enrolled students of Valdosta State University.

Section V:  Membership of the Gay-Straight Alliance can be terminated at the discretion of Executive Council members and a vote by the existing members of the Gay-Straight Alliance.

Section VI:  Dues of the Gay-Straight Alliance will be determined by the existing members by majority vote. 


Article IV: Officers, Elections, and Removal of Officers 

Section I:  The president of the Gay-Straight Alliance shall execute, supervise, and maintain policies, regulations, and recommendations made by Executive Council and members of the GSA.  The president shall have these duties and shall also do the following: represent members, remove officers from positions if duties are breached, fill vacancies of vice president, secretary, or treasurer if need be, has power to call session monthly or bi-monthly, report the state of the association, has power to veto any recommendations of members, but can be overridden by a majority vote, and can also be a member of another standing committee.

Section II:  The vice president is to serve in any way to assist the president in executing all actions.  The vice president shall assume the office of president and take over duties and responsibilities in absence of the president.  The vice president shall also serve as a chairperson and shall work on community service and school affairs.

Section III:  The secretary shall establish and maintain records, files, and by-laws. The secretary shall also record minutes of all meetings, assume duties assigned by the president, distribute agenda to members prior to meetings, and keep records of attendance.

Section IV:  The treasurer shall keep accounts, deposit the organizationís funds, and make expenditures in a manner approved by the Business Office for Student Organizations.  The treasurer shall arrange fundraisers, be responsible for the collection and safe-keeping of monies from fundraisers and dues, shall supervise proper expenditures of money, maintain and inform members of all transactions and records, which involve funds, and shall assume duties assigned by the president.

Section V:  Removal of officers shall be based on reasons of not fulfilling duties as an officer proven through lack of fulfillment of duties or abuse of power.

Section VI:  The process for removal of an officer shall be as follows: impeachment of an officer must be voted upon and receive at least a majority vote to impeach from that office. A copy of the charges must be presented in writing to the committee and the officer will have a probationary period of one month (two meetings) to respond to the charges.  The Executive Board, excluding the officer, will hear the charges brought forth against them and the members shall vote to impeach the officer.  There will need to be at least a three-fourths majority to impeach the officer.  After the member vote is held, Executive council will convene and vote by secret ballot to determine the outcome of the impeachment process.


Article V: Committees and Committee Meetings 

Section I:  Members shall form, within the group, committees to carry out specific duties pertaining to the organization (i.e. fundraising, advertising, peer counseling, etc).  Each committee will have a chairperson and shall have meetings outside of the organization meeting to plan events, etc.

Section II:  Committee chairpersons will be expected to report to the group during organization meetings and will be responsible for events and duties that fall under their jurisdiction.


Article VI: Organizational Meetings 

Section I:  Meetings will be held twice a month or more frequently as needed to carry out the mission of the club. 

Section II:  Meetings shall be organized in a democratic fashion so that every member has a voice.  All decisions must be voted on and receive a majority vote of the members in attendance.

Section III:  Prior to each meeting, Executive Council will meet to determine the agenda of the meeting.


Article VII: Amendments 

Section I:  All amendments to the constitution and bylaws are subject to the approval of the Office of the Dean of Students.







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