Constitution of the Non-Traditional
Article I. Name
name of this student organization shall be the Non-Traditional Student
II. Purpose and Goals
purpose shall be to provide support, friendship, and guidance to
non-traditional students at SHSU while encouraging them to become
active in academic, social, and recreational opportunities on campus.
major goals shall be to (1) rejuvenate the non-traditional student
population, (2) provide better education and support services to
non-traditional students, (3) maintain a database to support advocacy
efforts for non-traditional students, (4) encourage research about
non-traditional students at SHSU, (5) create a better connection with
the student senate, so that non-traditional students will have a bigger
voice, (6) educate professors about the non-traditional population on
campus, and (7) connect with other non-traditional associations.
member of the student body who is over 25 years old, a parent, married,
been out of school for years or just does not fit in with younger
students may apply for membership.
II. Selection Process
students who are interested in joining the organization may join at any
time during the semester. The only requirement is that the student
meets the eligibility criteria.
is only mandatory for office holders. However, up to 2 excused absences
from office holders will be accepted per semester when prior
notification is given and proxies are provided.
IV. Removal Procedures
member or officer having two unexcused absences a semester shall be
subject to removal from the organization. A quorum of 50% + 1 must be
present at the meeting and a 2/3 vote must be obtained in order to
remove an individual.
I. Requirements for Officers.
undergraduate student leaders must be students at SHSU and meet and
maintain a 2.00 grade point average. All graduate student leaders must
be students at SHSU and meet and maintain a 3.00 grade point average.
Any student leader may be subject to removal from office by the
organization and/or the organization’s advisor should the student
leader fail to maintain the requirements as prescribed or the duties of
II. Officers and Duties
- In charge of communications, coordinates meeting times, prepares
official paperwork and keeps deadlines, mediates meetings and keeps
group focused and on track, works with group to create goals for the
coming year, makes sure group works within the confines of the mission
statement, appoints representatives to additional committees as needed,
keeps in contact with other non-traditional organizations across the
country through ANTSHE listserv or other means, works with the SGA (student senate) and other offices on campus to obtain funding.
President - In charge of membership and organization programming and
advertising, works to inform the campus community about non-traditional
students the Non-Traditional Student Organization and the services we
provide, assists president with committees, works with business manager
on yearly organization budget and programming funding, and responsible
for making sure event log is kept up to date.
Manager – Non-Traditional Student Organization representative to
student government meetings, is responsible for finding a suitable
proxy when needed, responsible for presenting NTSO concept and budget
at necessary meetings, tracks organization spending, assists with
programming budgets, orders all supplies for organization.
- Takes meeting minutes, maintains listserv and web site, assists in
poster design and generation for events, responsible for printing out
fliers and ordering additional business cards, tracks office supplies
and requests new ones when needed, creates correspondence (thank you
letters etc), puts together mailings at the beginning of each semester
for new students, requests mailing labels from registrar’s office for
mailings, makes sure fliers are posted appropriately, manages
fundraising events and makes sure all of the rules are being
followed for the organization to maintain funding as approved.
III. Election Process
shall be held at the first regular meeting during the month of April,
or as close to that date as possible; a quorum must be present and a
simple majority vote will win. Newly elected officers shall assume
responsibility at the following meeting.
IV. Removal of an Officer
to Article III, Section IV. Another election to fill the vacancy will
be held immediately.
I. Regular Meetings.
The meeting time will vary based on a vote conducted at the first Non-Traditional Student Organization meeting of each new semester.
quorum shall consist of 50% + 1 of the membership and must be present
to conduct official business.
shall be determined per academic year and will be collected from all
members of this organization.
moneys belonging to this organization shall be deposited and disbursed
through a bank account established for this organization. All funds
must be deposited within 24 hours after collection. The advisor to this
organization must approve and sign each expenditure before payment.
organization will have a full-time SHSU faculty or staff member serving
as an advisor at all times.
VII. Amendments and Revision
constitution may be amended by a 2/3 vote of the active membership; all
changes will be submitted to the Office of Student Activities, LSC 328.