SfAA Student Committee By-Laws
The mission of this organization shall be to promote participation and interaction of students from different nationalities and backgrounds in the Society, and to foster the welfare of student members of SfAA. The Student Committee shall provide students with a space where their interests and concerns regarding human relations and problems in local, national and international contexts, and their approaches to solve these problems are heard. The Student Committee acts as a liaison between students and the Society as a whole; through special publications, meetings, and activities, its members are able to enhance their understanding of culture and apply it to particular contexts. We, the members of the Society for Applied Anthropology; Student Committee henceforth known as SfAASC, hereby associate ourselves as an organization for the following purposes:
1. To facilitate and enhance the student experience in the Society for Applied Anthropology.
2. To represent the interests of the student members of the SfAA.
3. To advance the reputation and facilitate the expansion of the SfAASC.
Article I: Name
The name of the organization shall be the Society for Applied Anthropology Student Committee (SfAASC).
Article II: Membership
The membership of this organization shall be open to all student members of the Society for Applied Anthropology regardless of race, sex, religion, national origin, age, political views, sexual orientation or handicap.
Membership dues will be determined by a vote of the Council at the SfAA meetings each year.
The advisor of this organization shall be a member of the SfAA and be a professional or academic anthropologist.
Article III: Officers and Representatives
Section A: The Council (Executive Committee)
The council of this organization shall be comprised of a Chairperson, one Vice Chairperson, Secretary, a Treasurer, and a Communications Coordinator/Web Master who will be from the Executive Committee.
All Officers shall be enrolled at an accredited university and be in good academic standing.
The length of term for all persons shall be two years. The length of the Chair term is one year with one year in service in a mentor capacity. The Vice-Chair will serve one year and serve his/her the second year of service as Chair. All other position terms shall be two years. The term will start at the business meeting of the election year and run until the business meeting for the two years. One person can hold the same position for consecutive terms.
Newly elected Council members will be installed biannually at the Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meetings.
Nomination and election for positions on the Committee will be specified in the bylaws.
If a vacancy occurs in the Chairperson position, it shall be filled alternatively by the Vice Chairperson pending and election at the next Committee meeting. All other vacancies shall be appointed by the Executive Committee until the next general election occurs.
Election of Officers
Chairperson, one Vice Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, and Communication Coordinator shall be elected by a majority vote of the Council and student members of the Society for Applied Anthropology, as stated in Article II, Section A.
Article V: Duties of Officers
Section A: Chairperson
Calls and presides over all meetings.
Delegates and coordinates responsibilities of all officers.
Directs overall of the SfAASC.
Recommends and establishes goals and objectives for the SfAASC.
Directs the execution of policies and procedures, as well as, the specific programs with the approval of membership and advisor.
Is the official liaison to all other organizations, agencies, and governments.
Can not vote on motions before the floor unless he/she is breaking a tie.
Section B: Vice Chairperson
Performs all duties of the Chairperson, if the Chairperson is absent or unable to perform his/her duties until the election of a new Chairperson at the next council meeting.
Coordinates and directs Committee activities.
Performs such duties as may be delegated by the Chairperson.
Section C: Secretary
Takes and keeps minutes of all meetings.
Performs such duties as may be delegated by the Chairperson.
Section D: Treasurer
Works with the Chairperson in preparing the budget.
Provides financial reports, periodically, to the membership and Council as requested.
Provides direction and approval for disbursement of funds.
Keeps accurate financial records and documentation.
Section E: Editor
Publishes Student Column in the SfAA Newsletter.
Coordinates student related publications.
Section F: Communication Coordinator
Serves as the Public Relation for the SfAASC.
Manages the web site and e-mail announcements.
Coordinates the Communications Committee.
Article VI: Business Meetings
Meetings will be held at the annual Society for Applied Anthropology meetings and, optionally, at the annual American Anthropological Association meetings.
Quorum is defined as fifty percent (50%).
Article VII: Amendment of the By Laws
Amendment to these By Laws shall be submitted in writting with a 15 day notice to the Chairperson for submission at the next meeting.
Amendments require a two-thirds vote of the council.
Article VIII: Discipline
Failure to attend regular meetings without prior notification to the secretary with due cause results in a vacancy in that position.
Any officer may be removed for misfeasance, malfeasance, or nonfeasance by a two-third vote of the voting council. This should be accomplished by the submission of an impeachment resolution to the Council.
All impeachment resolutions must be introduced by a member of the Council seven days prior to a meeting. The officer must receive due process according to the rules set forth in the bylaws.
Article IX: Dissolution
This SfAASC may be dissolved after the dissolution is approved by the officers and by a majority vote of its membership, provided that notice of a vote on dissolution will be taken and furnished to the Members at least thirty (30) days before the vote is taken.
Upon dissolution, the Officers shall utilize the assets of the Association to pay all obligations and expenses of the Association, including those arising from the dissolution and distribution. The balance, if any, shall be returned to the Society for Applied Anthropology.
Article X: Omissions
Any other matter not included in this By-Laws will be determined by the Council, as stated in Article III, Section A.
By Laws last amended Feb. 2, 2003. Page last updated March 01, 2003.