Article I: Name and Purpose
Section 1: Name
This organization is known as the China Cross Cultural Communication Club of the College of St. Benedict and Saint John’s University.
Section 2: Purpose / Mission:
China’s relationship with the entire world in the fields of business, politics and the environment is continually expanding. China Cross Cultural Communication Club (CCCCC) is based on the growing CSB/SJU Chinese community, which currently has 96 Chinese students and will continue to grow. The purpose of the China Cross Cultural Communication Club is to provide students from different cultural background with opportunities to get together as a cooperative community having fun, stepping outside their comfort zone, and interacting with students from other groups. Students will share experience and current information on China and build networks by increasing both mandarin and English language skills. China Cross Cultural Communication Club also focuses on building connections among Chinese and other nations and cultures by building friendships and sharing global perspectives on campus. The club will cooperate with the International Students Program, the Asia Study Program, the Chinese department in the Modern Language Department and Clubs, to expose students on campus to wonders and delights of Chinese Cross Cultural Communication.
Article II: Membership
Section 1: Eligibility for Membership:
The club is open to all students. The only requirement for membership is the desire of furthering one’s learning and understanding of Chinese culture, politics, economy, art, and language.
Section 2: Voting Member Criteria:
All members are voters of the club.
Section 3: removal of Members
In the case of extreme circumstances, removal from the China Club will be determined based on a vote of the over half of the entire member group of the club.
Article III: Officers
Section 1: Officer Qualifications
In order to be an officer, candidate must be a current enrolled CSB/SJU student with leadership experience. Also, the candidate must be an active member in the club and be nominated by other club members. See Article IV for Election procedures.
Section 2: Elected officers:
See the Article IV
Section 3: Duties of Officers
President: The president calls and presides at all meetings. The president also calls executive meetings when necessary. The president oversees all events and activities, and appoints members to oversee a particular activity or event if necessary. The president shall see that the China Cross Cultural Communication Club follows the regulations set by the Co-Funding Board, the Joint Club Board, CSB/SJU, and this Constitution. The president shall run and oversee any election process.
Vice president: The vice president shall assist the president in all roles. The Vice president will keep track of the minutes of each meeting and email them to the other officers, keep track of when events are scheduled and ensure that planning is on track, and organize a binder of the events planned during that year and the steps taken to do so.
The events organizer: The events organizer will organize China Cross Cultural Communication Club’s events by contacting the venue, ordering food, and performing any other duties related to organizing an event.
Treasurer: The treasurer will keep track of the China Cross Cultural Communication Club account and allocated funds, write out checks, and keep in contact with the club auditors and submit monthly audits to the Co-Funding Board.
Public relations: The duty of the public relations officer will be to publicize events, and perform any other duties related to organizing an event.
Advisor: The advisor must be CSB/SJU faculty/staff and give guidance to the China Cross Cultural Communication Club.
Section 4: Vacancy in Office
Should a vacancy in the executive office occur, the other officials shall assume that office until the office is filled again by special elections.
Section 5: Removal of officers
In the event that an officer is unable to fulfill his or her duties as described above, he or she may be removed from office at the discretion of the other club leaders and the faculty advisor. Due process is as follows:
A petition to remove the officer in question must be submitted to another officer. This petition must contain the signatures of 60% of voting members. When such petition is received, the officer shall call a meeting of the club to determine whether or not the officer should be removed. Grounds for removal are to be presented by the officer in charge at a regular or special club meeting. The officer in question shall be provided an opportunity to present a defense either in person or in writing. A quorum shall be present, and a majority vote of the voting members shall decide upon removal.
Section 6: Appeal
Officers may present a written appeal to the faculty advisor and remaining club officers within 3 days of removal vote. The ultimate decision resides within the remaining club officers and the faculty advisor.
Article IV: Elections
Section 1: Nomination process
Officers shall volunteer for their positions. Candidates should be active members of the club. If a position has more than one volunteer, officers shall be elected by majority vote of the total membership of the club. The voters should have had an interest in and been active members of the club.
Section 2: Election
Elections are to be held in the beginning of every April, under the present executive officials. In the case of a vacancy in office, an election should be held in one week. A list of candidates will be compiled at that meeting. All positions need to have at least one person nominated.
Section 3: Special Election
Procedures for Special Elections will be provided if it’s necessary. The election process is the same as the election process outlined in Section 2.
Article V: Advisor
Section 1: selection
The club will choose an advisor who is interested in helping Chinese students to get involved into campus, build a better community and bring global perspectives to our campus.
Section 2: Duties
The advisor must be CSB/SJU faculty/staff and give guidance to the China Cross Cultural Communication Club.
Article VI: meetings
Section 1: Regular Meeting/Club Activities
The club meeting will be held at least once per month. The club member will announce the plan for next month to all the club members and organize future events.
Section 2: Special Meeting (events)
Guest speakers will be invited. Film clips and movies in Chinese will be shown, and club members will be encouraged to participate in authentic cultural celebration.
Article VII: Committees
Section 1: committee structure
The president has the authority to create committees to oversee certain activities within the club. If the absence of the highest official at meetings the next highest official will preside.
Article VIII: Finances
Section 1: Co-funding Board
The China Cross Cultural Communication Club will apply for Co-Funding Board monies on an annual basis. If the club is allocated resources, the club will follow all Co-Funding Board and institutional regulations. The China Club may not have an off-campus account, even if it is from club-generated funds. This is an institutional policy.
Section 2: Honorariums
No officers or members will receive a honorarium/stipend from the organization.
Article IX: Amendments:
Section 1: Ratification
Over half of the members must agree on all constitutional amendments and the faculty advisor must also approve any amendments.
Section 2: Submittal to Department of Student Activities and Joint Club Board
Any changes made to this constitution must be submitted to the Department of Student Activities and the Co-Funding Board.
The China Cross Cultural Communication Club admits students without regard to their race, religion, color, sex, age, sexual orientation or national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and other activities, generally accorded or made an available to members of the organization.
The China Cross Cultural Communication Club considers hazing to be a degrading and destructive activity, which is inconsistent with the standards of this student organization. The China Cross Cultural Communication Club recognizes the dignity of every person and opposes all forms of hazing.