Constitution and Bylayws of
AIESEC St. Louis
Ratified June 07, 2003
ARTICLE I : Name
Section 1 - The name of this organization shall be called AIESEC St. Louis.
ARTICLE II : Purpose and Mission
Section 1 - AIESEC St. Louis shall be a Local Committee, hereinafter to be referred to as LC, of AIESEC United States, Inc. in the University of Missouri St. Louis, hereinafter to be referred to as UMSL.
Section 2 - AIESEC St. Louisˆ¢ mission shall be the same as that of AIESEC United Statesˆ¢: To contribute to the development of our countries and their people with an overriding commitment to international understanding and cooperation.
Section 3 - AIESEC St. Louis exists on the UMSL campus to recruit membership in the LC, provide opportunities for students from the campus to work abroad, and help international trainees arriving in the United States on short duration work assignments under the AIESEC program. AIESEC St. Louis is also a part of a larger community of members, student nominees, international trainees, alumni, and externals in affiliation with AIESEC.
Section 4 - AIESEC St. Louis shall recognize and maintain a working relationship with the leadership and membership of the AIESEC United States Member Committee and all other AIESEC LCˆ¢s in the world, unless advised otherwise by the AIESEC United States Member Committee, AIESEC International and/or the United States Department of State.
Section 5 - AIESEC St. Louis shall at all times maintain a status as a Registered Student Organization with the UMSL and maintain an office in or around the campus suitable for LC business.
Section 6 - AIESEC St. Louis shall remain a non-partisan organization. It shall not endorse, condemn, and/or side with any political issue, party, candidate, and statement not covered in AIESEC United Statesˆ¢ mission statement.
ARTICLE III : Leadership
Section 1 - The leadership of AIESEC St. Louis shall be comprised of the Executive Board, hereinafter referred to as the EB.
Section 2 - The EB shall serve during the period between and including January 1 to December 31.
Section 3 - The EB shall be comprised of the following officers in order of succession:
Local Committee President, hereinafter referred to as the LCP, manages the entire LC and ensures the continuation of leadership of the chapter. The LCP manages the Board of Advisors, oversees the exchange process, presides over general member meetings, coordinates the EB, and acts as the primary contact with AIESEC United States, Inc.
Vice President of Incoming Exchange shall be responsible for coordinating the activities of the Incoming Exchange Team.
Vice President of Outgoing Exchange shall be responsible for coordinating the activities of the Outgoing Exchange Team.
Vice President of Finance, hereinafter referred to as the VPF, shall be responsible for balancing the AIESEC St. Louis monetary account and executing monetary legislation made by the EB. The VPF shall also be responsible for working with AIESEC United States to ensure accurate financial and SN recordkeeping.
Vice President of Humans Resources and External Relations, hereinafter referred to as the VPHR, shall be responsible coordinating the training of new and experienced members, organizing social events for the LC, and will be the primary contact for public relations.
Section 4 - The VPF can veto any LC activity he or she feels incurs unnecessarily high financial costs. A simple majority vote of the membership-at-large can overrule the veto.
Section 5 - The LCP shall have final say over all LC operations unless overruled by a simple majority vote of the EB and a simple majority vote of the general membership.
ARTICLE IV : Standard Selection Procedure of Leadership
Section 1 - Selection of the EB shall be held annually during the fall semester of the UMSL academic year at a date well before the annual AIESEC Fall Leadership Team Meeting. All positions shall be open to all active members. Candidates shall go through an application and interview process to be presided over by the members of the outgoing EB not wishing to run for election for any EB position.
Section 2 - The presiding outgoing EB at their discretion shall nominate one or more candidates for each EB position.
Section 3 - If all members of the EB choose to run for reelection, the senior member of the general membership that is a graduating senior shall preside over the process. If none is available, a committee chosen by random draw shall preside.
Section 4 - The ranking EB member, according to the order of succession listed in Article III, of the outgoing EB not seeking election or reelection of an EB position shall preside over elections and shall only cast a vote in case of a tie.
Section 5 - Election of the new EB members shall require a simple majority vote of the general membership. In cases where there is only one candidate running for an EB position, a majority vote of confidence shall be required for election. If this candidate does not receive a majority vote of confidence, the selection process for this position shall start again and will last no longer than one week.
Section 6 - The minimum quorum for an election shall be 50% of membership-at-large or 12 members, whichever is smaller.
ARTICLE V : Removal of Leadership
Section 1 - EB members, with the exception of the LCP, can be removed from office by a unanimous vote of no confidence from the rest of the EB and a simple majority vote of no confidence of the general membership.
Section 2 - The LCP can be removed from office by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of no confidence by the membership-at-large.
Section 3 - The VPHR shall preside over the removal from office proceedings and shall not vote. If the VPHR is impeached, the LCP shall preside and shall not vote.
Section 4 - Calls for a no-confidence vote on a member of the EB shall be submitted to the VPHR (The LCP if the VPHR is being called for a no-confidence vote) in writing. The accused EB member shall have the right to submit a response in writing before the next GMM.
Section 5 - If a vice president is removed or resigns, the LCP will assume the vacant position for the interim. If the LCP is removed or resigns, the VPF will assume the position as Interim LCP. The interim replacements will be responsible for both positions held.
Section 6 - Standard selection procedure of leadership listed under Article IV will be used to fill the vacant EB position. If a current EB member is elected to the vacant position, he or she will continue in his or her former position until that position is filled according to the standard selection procedure.
Section 7 - Replacement of the vacant EB positions shall take place no later than three weeks after the vacancy occurs.
Section 8 - Newly elected replacement EB members shall serve for the remainder of the term.
ARTICLE VI : Membership
Section 1 - General membership shall consist of all active members not on the EB.
Section 2 - Membership-at-large shall consist of all active members including the EB.
Section 3 - AIESEC St. Louis shall not discriminate, and shall discourage discrimination on the basis of ancestry, nationality, creed, philosophy, economic disadvantage, physical disability, mental illness or disorders, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Hazing, as determined by State of Missouri law, will not be tolerated and any member caught hazing another will be expelled from the LC immediately.
Section 4 - Membership in AIESEC St. Louis will require status as a UMSL student in good standing at any of the undergraduate colleges, graduate schools, affiliated institutions or related programs within or officially associated with UMSL, visitor from a foreign AIESEC LC, or recent AIESEC St. Louis alum.
Section 5 - Membership requires actions in accordance with the purpose of AIESEC St. Louis as listed under Article II. A member found in violation of the purpose of AIESEC St. Louis shall be subject to examination by the EB and possibly expulsion from the group.
Section 6 - An LC member shall be considered active if all the following requirements are fulfilled:
Attendance of at least 2 meetings per month, unless there are extraordinary circumstances.
Regular participation in all AIESEC tasks and activities including but not limited to:
Participation on at least one standing or Ad Hoc committee.
Working with his or her assigned SN on a consistent basis.
Participation in ICX salescalls.
Organization of AIESEC St. Louis social events.
Section 7 ˆ Only Active Members shall have the right to vote in EB elections and other official LC matters.
ARTICLE VII: Membership Recruitment
Section 1 - At the beginning of the fall and spring semesters of the UMSL academic year, AIESEC St. Louis shall recruit new members.
Section 2 - The EB or a committee, comprised of EB and/or general members, designated by the EB shall preside over the membership selection process.
Section 3 - Potential AIESEC St. Louis members shall undergo an application and interview process.
Section 4 - New members of the LC will be selected by a majority vote of the general membership according but not limited to the following criteria:
New members should be willing to accept and abide by the rules and regulations made by the EB;
New members should to the best to their ability be active in all LC activities.
New members must attend the New Member Conference unless there are extraordinary circumstances.
They must also accept all rules mandated by University policy and local, state, and federal law as well as regulations set forth by AIESEC United States, inc;
ARTICLE VIII : Teams and Committees
Section 1 - The AIESEC membership-at-large shall be divided into two teams: the outgoing exchange team, hereinafter referred to as OGX, and the incoming exchange team, hereinafter referred to as ICX.
Section 2 - OGX shall engage in the recruitment of students wishing to go abroad on short-term work assignments. It will use the international AIESEC network to help match potential students to suitable job openings.
Section 3 - ICX shall engage in raising traineeships in the St. Louis area as well as hosting foreign AIESEC trainees who come to the St. Louis area to on work assignments offered by local companies, businesses, and not-for-profit organizations raised by ICX through the AIESEC network.
Section 4 - In addition to being in teams, the general membership shall serve on various committees.
Section 5 - The EB has the discretion to create, coordinate, and dissolve ad hoc committees according to the LCˆ¢s needs. The EB can create new standing committees but cannot dissolve them without a majority vote of the general membership.
Section 6 - Standing committees must include the committees on fundraising, social events, and the Major Cultural Event, and the newsletter.
Section 7 - Committee members shall decide on the head of the committee, who will directly report to the EB.
ARTICLE IX : Meetings
Section 1 - The EB shall meet once a week, unless deemed unnecessary by the LCP.
Section 2 - A General Member Meeting, hereinafter referred to as a GMM, consisting of the membership-at-large shall be held every other week at a time and day convenient to most of the membership, unless deemed unnecessary by the LCP. GMMˆ¢s shall be presided over by the LCP. If the LCP is unable to attend, the VPICX or VPHR shall preside.
Section 3 - Team Meetings shall be presided over by the vice presidents of their respective teams and shall be held once a week, unless deemed unnecessary by agreement of the LCP and the vice president. During weeks of GMMˆ¢s, team meetings shall be held immediately after the GMM or at a time and day of the vice presidentˆ¢s choosing.
Section 4 - Committees shall meet when deemed necessary by the committee heads or by executive order of the LCP.
ARTICLE X : Amendments
Section 1 - In addition to minimum operating standards set forth by AIESEC United States, Inc, the authority of this constitution is the standard for the operation of all business of AIESEC St. Louis. The membership-at-large of the LC may, by a two-thirds vote, amend the Constitution. The EB may establish temporary rules or guidelines. Such rulings are subject to general membership veto, in the form of a simple majority vote.
ARTICLE XI : Ratification
Section 1 - This document shall become enforceable after ratification by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote by the general membership and a unanimous vote by the EB.