Irish Hurling Club Constitution
Article I: Name and Purpose
Section 1: Name
CSB/SJU Hurling Club
Section 2: Purpose/Mission
The CSB/SJU Hurling Club exists to allow students with an interest in Irish culture to share their enthusiasm through participation in the national sport of Ireland. Our club is inclusive and open to all students who wish to learn about hurling. Our aim is to capture the essence of both teamwork and cooperative competition whilst promoting a fundamental understanding of the sport.
Section 3: Affiliation
We are affiliated with the Twins Cities Hurling Club.
Article II: Membership
Section 1: Eligibility for Membership
Membership is open to all CSB/SJU students who recognize the objectives of the CSB/SJU Hurling Club and wish to undertake these objectives to further the advancement of the club. To be a member, one must fully participate at which ever level they are comfortable in a hurling match, have expressed intent to participate again in the future, and inform the president about his/her intent to be a member, when he/she will then be added by the treasurer and inducted by the president.
Affiliate membership may be granted to persons who in the opinion of the committee can assist the CSB/SJU Hurling Club in reaching its objectives. They may attend meetings by invitation but have no vote.
Section 2: Voting Member Criteria
All members joining the CSB/SJU Hurling Club must accept the terms of this constitution and any changes adopted by the club. They will also be required to conduct themselves in accordance with the club's ethical framework, participate in matches, and show commitment to participate in hurling in the future by attending 2/3 of club events. Voting rights shall be granted to all participating members who follow these rules.
- Section 3: Removal of Members
First Offense: If a member of the CSB/SJU Hurling Club does something so heinous that hurling matches are disrupted or postponed due to his/her behavior, the offender will be warned.
- Second Offense: If a second infraction is committed, the officers will collaborate, and if deemed necessary, remove the member.
- Third Offense: If a third offense occurs, the member will be removed.
- Removed members can appeal all decisions to the officers, to be reviewed and voted on by the officers, with a two-thirds majority necessary for removal.
Article III: Officers
Section 1: Officer Qualifications
All officers must be a member of the student body of CSB/SJU and have been a member of the CSB/SJU Hurling Club for at least one semester, attended over 50% of matches the semester previous to election.
*If a member has missed the previous semester due to study abroad or some other excused conflict, he/she is still eligible to be an officer, if he/she has been in the club the semester before absence and attended over 50% of matches that semester.
Section 2: Elected Officers
Section 3: Duties of Officers
All duties will run the length of the academic year (August-May).
- Will facilitate all matches of hurling.
- Will strive to promote the core values of the CSB/SJU Hurling Club during matches.
- Will induct and introduce new members.
- Will represent the CSB/SJU Hurling Club at all JCB hearings that require our participation.
- Will assist the president in his/her tasks, as well as perform all duties and actions of the president when the president is absent.
- Will represent the CSB/SJU Hurling Club at any Senate or Co-Funding Board hearings that require our participation.
- Will maintain a sign-in sheet for all members at each club event.
- Will collect, maintain, count, and protect all funds that the CSB/SJU Hurling Club may receive or use.
- Will keep records of all the receipts and expenditures of the club.
- He/She shall be responsible for the monthly audits and any special audits, which will be reported to either or both Senate Club Auditor.
- He/She shall keep all official minutes of the business meetings of the club and notify members of the regular and special meetings.
- Apply for funding from the Co-Funding Board. Assume responsibility for the following Funding Board rules that apply to requesting allocations, funding, and institutional financial policies.
Section 4: Vacancy in Office
If the president, vice-president, or treasurer vacates his/her position, a general election will be held to appoint a new officer to fill the position.
*If an officer vacates due to study abroad, the CSB/SJU Hurling Club will follow the same procedure, but for the next semester the returning member will have priority for the position over his/her replacement.
Section 5: Removal of Officers
If an officer is deemed out of good standing with the club because of continued absence, deviant behavior, or not carrying out listed duties, as noted by the officers, club advisor, or club members, then the other officers will agree to issue two successive written warnings. If the behavior persists, a special election will be called by the officers, the officer in question will be allowed to plead his/her case to the voting members (minimum two-thirds of members necessary for vote), and then an election will be held. A two-thirds majority is necessary for removing an officer. If an officer is removed, he/she will still be a voting member of the club, but only one additional offense will be necessary for removal from the club. If one additional offense is committed after an officer is removed from his/post, the procedure for removal will follow the procedure for removal of members in Article 2, with the necessity for one written warning being voided.
Section 6: Appeal of Removal of Officers
An officer may argue her/his case to all members of the club before they vote for/against removal, but there are no removed officer appeals after a successful two-thirds vote.
Article IV: Elections
Section 1: Nomination Process
All interested candidates can make themselves known to the existing officers in person or by nomination from another member. Interested officers must make themselves known two weeks prior to a scheduled election. The president will decide the election dates and the treasurer will notify the members of all regular and vacancy elections.
Section 2: Election
The members will convene to appoint officers for the following school year. The potential officers will be announced, and a ballot will be made and handed out, to be totaled and reviewed by the treasurer. The potential officer must receive two-thirds (provided that two-thirds of members are present) of the votes to be appointed. If a two-thirds majority is not reached, the officers with the lowest vote counts will be removed from the ballot and a re-vote will be cast. If there are only two potential officers and neither can obtain a two-thirds majority, the officers may give inspirational speeches to the assembly to try to gain votes. If a two-thirds majority is still not reached, the potential officer with the majority of votes will be appointed the position.
Section 3: Special Elections
The special election for the new officer would then be held within two weeks of the official vacancy, with nominations being accepted for that entire two week period, and the special election following all procedures of a normal scheduled election.
Article V: Advisor
Section 1: Selection
The club advisor will be a faculty or staff member who has knowledge of or interest in hurling. The officers will nominate an advisor of their choosing.
Section 2: Duties
The advisor's duties will be to attend at least one match per semester, and be available to provide organizational and financial guidance for the officers and regular club members.
Article VI: Meetings
Section 1: Regular Matches
Prior to participation, students will be asked to fill out a waiver. Failure to complete the wavier will result in postponed competition in the match until the waiver is completed. Matches will be scheduled on a weekly basis based on availability of players, with a goal of a weekly match. Matches will be advertised at least 4 days in advance, by a combination of email to all students and reminders on the CSB/SJU Hurling Club Facebook Page.
Section 2: Special Meetings
Any CSB/SJU Hurling Club business or votes that need to be addressed will be decided on by the officers and announced to the members before the next match is scheduled. All votes and CSB/SJU Hurling Club business will occur before matches begin with the president establishing content and protocol.
Section 3: Parliamentary Authority
Meetings will be run as informal discussions, with the president and vice-president stating the matters that must be discussed. Once all orders of business are taken care of, the floor will be opened up for any other thoughts or comments from any of the members.
Section 4: Quorum*
Two-thirds of club members must be present in order to for official club business to be voted on/declared.
Article VII: Committees
Section 1: Committee Structure
The CSB/SJU Hurling Club will have no committees at this time.
Article VIII: Finances
Section 1: Co-Funding Board
Yes, our Club will apply for CFB Monies. If allocated, the CSB/SJU Hurling Club will follow all CFB and institutional regulations.
Section 2: Honorariums
No club member or officer will receive any honorarium or stipend.
Section 3: Dues (optional)
No dues will be charged to the members of the CSB/SJU Hurling Club.
Article IX: Amendments
Section 1: Ratification
All amendments will be approved by the officers, and then voted on at meetings consisting of more than two-thirds of existing members. A two-thirds majority is necessary for ratification.
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 JCB.
Article X (The following is a required statement for all clubs and organizations)
The CSB/SJU Hurling 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 available to members of the organization.
Article XI (The following is a required statement for all clubs and organizations)
The CSB/SJU Hurling Club considers hazing to be a degrading and destructive activity which is inconsistent with the standards of this student organization. The CSB/SJU Hurling Club recognizes the dignity of every person and opposes all forms of hazing.