Academic Competition Club


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Constitution

Article I: Name and Purpose

Section 1.

The name of this organization shall be Academic Competition Club.

Section 2.

The organization will promote academic competition. It will host academic competitions by inviting similar teams from other universities or high schools to campus, and it will compete in similar tournaments at other locations. MSU Academic Competition Club, in turn, will also provide a fun and welcoming atmosphere to members and will proclaim the blessings of education to ourselves and our posterity.

Article II: Membership

Section 1.

Any MSU affiliate can join MSU Academic Competition Club. Affiliates become members of MSU Academic Competition Club by attending any group meeting.

Section 2.

MSU Academic Competition Club, in support of the University's anti-discrimination policy, cordially invites all students to participate in academic competition. MSU Academic Competition Club will not discriminate on the basis of age, color, gender, gender identity, disability status, height, marital status, national origin, political persuasion, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or weight.

Section 3.

A full member is any member who has attended at least three meetings in the current semester, three meetings in the previous semester, or who has competed at a tournament in the current academic year. Only full members are eligible to vote for officials, become officials, and propose or vote on constitutional amendments.

Article III: Officials

Section 1.

MSU Academic Competition Club will have three elected offices: President, Ombudsperson, and Exchequer, and three elected executive roles: Interior Secretary, Exterior Secretary, and Librarian. Any member serving as an officer or filling a role is considered an official. Any official can serve in at most one office and additionally fill at most one role. All officials will be elected at the first group meeting in February and will serve for the following academic year.

Section 2.

Only full members may be nominated to become an official. Election will be held by secret ballot and the winner will be determined by a simple majority of votes. In the case that no one candidate receives a simple majority, a runoff will occur between the top two vote-getters, or in cases of a larger tie, all candidates tied.

Section 3.

The duties of the elected officers are as follows:
The President shall convene and preside over meetings and will be responsible for registering the organization each year. The President shall also be required to hold exactly one role, as defined in Section 4.
The Ombudsperson maintains team goodwill, and sends out a weekly informational email to all members and/or individuals on the email list, which will be accompanied by weekly trivia, as per the discretion of the Ombudsperson. The Ombudsperson will also serve as second-in-command to the President.
The Exchequer maintains an accurate accounting of the group's funds, completes financial paperwork, collects entry fees from teams attending tournaments at Michigan State, delivers the team's entry fees at invitational tournaments (or designates another to deliver the fee), and seeks cost estimates for travel, entry fees, and equipment.

Section 4.

The duties of the role-holders, which may be temporarily delegated to other full members at the discretion of the elected role-holder, are as follows:
The Interior Secretary bears responsibility for organizing the hosting of academic tournaments at Michigan State. This includes, but is not limited to, generating publicity for tournaments, finding staff and questions for tournaments, and directing the tournament on the day of.
The Exterior Secretary bears responsibility for organizing team participation in academic tournaments at other institutions. This includes, but is not limited to, arranging for transportation, lodging, registration and entry fees.
The Librarian collects the questions written by team members for the purpose of packet submission, and maintains records of the number and type of questions submitted.

Section 5.

At least two officials or at least three full members of the organization may propose to impeach an official. The Ombudsperson shall then notify all full members of the impeachment, unless the Ombudsperson is being impeached, in which case the President shall do so. All full members shall have two weeks upon notification to vote in favor of impeaching the official, and the official shall be impeached if two-thirds of all full members, except for the prospective impeachee, vote in favor of their impeachment. Grounds for impeachment include (unmedicated) psychotic mental illness, death, embezzlement, general cheatin' and dishonesty, and exceptional disgruntledness, or the like.

Article IV: Operating Instructions

Section 1.

Meetings will be used to hold practice and to conduct group business, and will be held at least once per week when possible, preferably twice per week.

Section 2.

Meetings may be called off if fewer than one-half of the full membership, or fewer than four people, whichever is fewer, are present within the first thirty minutes of the meeting. Votes on constitutional amendments or official elections may only be performed at a meeting if at least six full members, or three-fifths of the whole full membership, whichever is fewer, are present.

Section 3.

An official shall preside over a meeting. Meetings will begin with a short business section if necessary. The Ombudsperson will keep attendance, except in their absence, in which case the presiding official or an individual they delegate will do so.

Section 4.

The organization will have no special committees.

Article V: Amendments

Section 1.

Any full member may propose an amendment to this constitution.

Section 2.

To propose an amendment, a full member must notify an official of their intent to do so.

Section 3.

The President shall notify the members of any proposed amendments and bring them forth for discussion once the President deems the number of proposed amendments adequate, or by the last meeting of the semester, whichever comes first.

Section 4.

An amendment must be approved by a two-thirds majority of present non-abstaining full members. Full members shall indicate the status of their vote by linguistic cues.