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Constitution of the Native Americans into Criminal Justice Association

PREAMBLE.                         We, the members of the Native Americans into Criminal Justice Association, do hereby declare this constitution to be the lawful governing document of this organization.  May this document and the Great Spirit guide us in preserving our laws and traditions and to realize and promote the concept of Justice among and for all people.

 

ARTICLE I.                           NAME AND PURPOSE

Section 1.                                 Name

The name of the Association established by this constitution shall be the Native Americans into Criminal Justice Association (NACJA) Of the University of North Dakota.

Section 2.                                 Purpose

The purpose of this Association shall be to:

A.                 Enhance and support the benefits of diversity in the Criminal Justice           

Program at UND.

B.                 Encourage communication among student members and faculty.

C.                 Help with the recruitment of Native American students into the Criminal Justice program at UND.

D.                 Assist with retention issues by providing a supportive atmosphere for Native American Criminal Justice students.

E.                  Promote a better understanding of cultures between Native Americans, students, faculty, and staff.

F.                  Promote a better educational system for Native American students in the Criminal Justice program and at UND.

G.                 Improve the understanding of the future of Criminal Justice and its intersection with Native American issues for all interested persons.

H.                 To perpetuate and uphold the character and integrity of NACJA.

 

Section 3.                     Affiliation

This Association is not affiliated with any local, state, or national group.

 

ARTICLE II.  NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT

Section I.                      Nondiscrimination Statement

Membership in this Association shall be without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, handicap, age, marital status, veteran status, political belief or affiliation, or membership, or non-membership in any organization.

ARTICLE III.  MEMBERSHIP

Section 1.                                 Requirements for Membership

A.                 Anyone may become a member who:

1.                  is a student at the University of North Dakota,

2.                  is a faculty/staff member at the University of North Dakota,

3.                  is an interested community member,

4.                  has paid the required dues.

B.                 All student members shall be voting members.

C.        Non-student members are not allowed to vote on matters dealing with:

1.                  election or removal of officers,

2.                  removal of members,

3.                  amendments to the constitution or bylaws,

4.                  financial matters.

D.        No academic credit shall be offered for participation and/or membership in this organization.

Section 2.                                 Removal of Members.

A.                 Grounds for removal of members include:

1.                  Violation of University policy.

2.                  Violation of the UND Code of

Student Life.

3.                  Bringing discredit to the Association.

B.                 A member may be removed by the following process:

1.                  A petition is to be submitted to the President of the NACJA.  Such a petition must contain the signatures of at least 30% of the voting members.  When such a petition is received, the President shall call a meeting of the Association to decide upon removal.

2.                  The grounds for removal are to be presented by the President at a regular or special meeting of the organization.

3.                  The member in question shall be provided three weeks to present a defense either in person or in writing.

4.                  Voting is not to occur sooner than the next scheduled meeting but no later than 2 weeks after the presentation of the grounds and defense have been made.  In order for a vote for removal to take place, at least 2/3 of the voting membership must attend the meeting, and 2/3 vote of the members present at that meeting is required for removal.

Section 3.                     Appeal of Removal of Members

A.                 Members may appeal their removal, but the appeal must be made within two weeks of the vote for removal by requesting the President to call a special meeting of the organization.  The President shall notify all members of this meeting, which is to occur at least one week and not more than one month after the appeal request is received by the President.

B.                 The decision to repeal the vote for removal shall require at lest 2/3 of the voting membership to attend the meeting, and a 2/3 vote of the members present at the special meeting.

 

ARTICLE IV.            OFFICERS

Section 1.                                 Elected Officers

The officers of this Association will be:

A.                 President

B.                 Treasurer

C.                 Secretary

Section 2.         Qualifications for Holding Office

In order to be eligible to hold an office in this Association, the following qualifications must be met.

 A.                 The candidate must be a student member of the Association who is currently enrolled at UND and in good academic standing.

Section 3.         Elections

A.                 Elections will be held at the second meeting of the Fall semester.

B.                 The officers of the Association shall be elected for a term of one year.

C.                 There will be no restrictions placed on the number of terms of office a person may hold.

D.                Election to office will be by simple majority vote of the members present.

Section 4.         Duties of the Officers

A.                 The President shall be the principal executive officer and shall have the following duties:

1.                  To preside at all meetings of the Association.

2.                  To call special meetings of the Association, when required.

3.                  To schedule all meetings and to obtain appropriate facilities for those meetings.

4.                  To prepare and file any report required by the University.

5.                  To appoint any committee as will meet the needs of the Association.

6.                  To submit an Officer Roster Card at the beginning of each semester to the Coordinator of Student Organizations.

7.                  To perform other duties as specified in the bylaws.

B.                 The Treasurer shall have the following duties:

1.                  To assume the duties of the President until a special election can be held in the event of a vacancy in the office.

2.                  To keep all financial records of the Association.

3.                  To prepare and submit financial reports to the members.

4.                  To prepare the annual budget and all budget requests for funds.

5.                  To submit financial records for an annual audit to the Coordinator of Student Organizations at the end of Spring Semester.

6.                  To become familiar with University accounting procedures and policies.

7.                  To perform other duties as assigned by the President or as specified in the by laws.

C.         The Secretary shall have the following duties:

1.                  To keep a record of all members of the Association.

2.                  To keep a record of all activities of the Association.

3.                  To keep minutes of each meeting of the Association.

4.                  To handle all official correspondence of the Association.

5.                  To perform other duties as assigned by the President or as specified in the bylaws.

 Section 5.         Vacancy of an Office:

A.                 In the event of a vacancy in the office of the President before the expiration of a full term, the Treasurer shall assume the duties of the President until a special election can be held.

 B.                 In the event of a vacancy in an office other than the President before the expiration of a full term, a special election shall be called by the President with one month to fill the vacancy.

 Section 6.         Removal of Officers

A.                 Grounds for removal of an officer include:

1.                  Violation of University policy

2.                  Violation of the UND Code of Student Life.

3.                  Failure to perform the duties of the office as set forth in the Constitution and Bylaws of the Association.

4.                  Failure to uphold the provisions of this Constitution and Bylaws.

B.                 An officer may be removed by the following process.

1.                  A petition to remove the officer in question must be submitted to another officer.  Such a petition must contain the signatures of 30% of the voting members of the Association.  When such a petition is received, the officer shall call a meeting of the Association to decide upon removal. 

2.                  The grounds for removal are to be presented by the officer in charge at a regular or special meeting of the Association.

3.                  The officer in question shall be provided three weeks to present a defense either in person or in writing.

4.                  Voting is not to occur sooner than the next scheduled meeting but no later than 2 weeks after the presentation of the grounds and defense have been made.  In order for a vote for removal to take place, at least 2/3 of the voting membership must attend the meeting, and 2/3 vote of the members present at that meeting is required for removal.

Section 7.         Appeal of Removal of Officers

1.                  An officer may appeal his/her removal, but such appeal must be made  within two weeks of the vote of removal by requesting a special appeal meeting of the Association.  The President, or Treasurer if the President is the officer being removed, shall notify all members of this meeting, which is to occur not less than one week and not more than four weeks after the appeal request is received.

 2.                  The decision to repeal the vote for removal shall require at least 2/3 of the voting membership to attend the meeting, and a 2/3 vote of the members present at the meeting.

Section 8.         Changes in Officers

All changes in officers or mailing addresses shall be submitted to the Coordinator of Student Organizations within two weeks of such a change.

 

ARTICLE V.                ADVISOR

Section 1.                                 Advisor Selection

A.                 The Advisor to this Association must be a member of the UND faculty or staff. 

B.                 The organization Advisor shall be elected by a simple majority vote each year at the time of the regular organization elections. 

Section 2.                                 Roles of the Advisor

A.                 The Advisor must co-sign all financial transactions of the Association.

B.         The Advisor shall assist the Officers and the members in accomplishing the purpose of this Association.

C.                 The Advisor shall regularly review the financial records of the Association and forward mailings to the appropriate officers.

 

ARTICLE VI.    MEETINGS

Section 1.                                 Meetings

A.                 Business meetings of the Association shall be called by the President at least once during the academic year.

B.                 Non-business meetings or other activities shall be held upon one week notice to the members.

Section 2.                                 Special Meetings

A.                 Special meetings may be called by the President upon a one week notice to the members.

B.                 The President shall call a special meeting when requested by 2/3 of the voting membership.

Section 3.                                 Quorum

A.              A quorum at business meetings shall consist of 2/3 of the voting membership.

 B.                 A quorum is not required to hold non-business meetings.

Section 4.                                 Parliamentary Authority

The Parliamentary Authority for this Association shall be a general consensus.

ARTICLE IX.            FINANCIAL STRUCTURE

Section 1.         University Account

A.        All funds must be deposited and maintained in a University of North Dakota account.

 B.         The President and/or Treasurer shall be authorized to sign all financial transactions dealing with Association funds.

 C.                 The Advisor of the Association must co-sign all financial transactions of the Association.

 D.                 The financial records/ledger must be submitted for an annual audit to the Coordinator of Student Organizations at the end of each Spring Semester.

Section 2.         Dues

Dues for this Association shall be approved by a simple majority vote of the voting membership at the annual election meetings.

 

ARTICLE X.                 BYLAWS 

Section 1.                     Provision for Bylaws

A.                 The Association may approve bylaws for the specific operation of the Association.

 

B.                 No bylaw shall be adopted that is contrary to the provisions of this Constitution.

Section 2.                                 Vote Required

A.                 The Association may adopt, amend, or rescind any bylaw by a simple majority vote of the membership.

B.                 Any proposed bylaw must be publicized to the members at least one meeting prior to the one at which it is to voted upon.

 

ARTICLE XI.            AMENDMENTS

Section 1.                                 Ratification

A.                 A proposed amendment to this Constitution shall be presented to the members at least one meeting prior to the meeting at which the vote shall be held.

B.                 Ratification of an amendment to this Constitution shall require a 2/3 vote of the members present at a regularly scheduled business meeting of the Association.

Section 2.                                 Approval by Student Policy Committee

All amendments to this Constitution shall be approved by the Student Policy Committee before they take effect.

 

Submitted November 4, 1999.

This constitution was approved by the organization's members on November 4, 1999.

  For further information contact:                                                      
Wendelin Hume, Advisor                 
Criminal Justice, Box 8050                                                                  
Grand Forks, ND  58202-8050                              
wendelin.hume@und.edu                                                                       
701-777-4001

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