FNU Student Government Association
The National Criminal Justice Honor Society

FNU SGA

Florida National University Student Government Association (F.N.C.S.G.A.) is the self-governing student entity serving as a liaison between the student body, the faculty, and the administration. It seeks professional development in an atmosphere of friendship and participation. The SGA is responsible for assisting the Student Services office in organizing student activities such as dances, sports, parties, picnics, and fund-raisers, and other.

By-Laws

The following pages are an outline of the description and functioning of the Student Government Association of Florida National University. The Student Government Association is a non-profit organization. The following outline shows the basic duties of each officer. After taking position, the officers will take control of their position in accord with the rules, regulations, duties and/or responsibilities of the SGA of the university.

The students have a representation in different institutional committees.

Through the responsible exercise of the right to vote the students at FNU elect their officers/representatives. Only students have the right to vote.

Report to The Director of Student Services and or his/her designee.

The Goals of the Student Government Association are:

  1. To officially represent the student body.
  2. To freely represent the student body in presence of the university authorities.
  3. To contribute in the creation of an environment conducive to learning. This environment will develop the life long learning skills in the students.
  4. To recommend student’s representation in institutional committees to participate on behalf of the student body.
  5. To compromise or distribute the SGA funds were the signature of the President, Treasure and or The Director of Student Services are required.
  6. To develop and create cultural, social, and academic activities that will benefit the students and help the institution maintain and enrich student’s goals and objective in compliance with Institutional Statement of Purpose.

The objective of the Student Government Association is:

  1. Prepare a complete financial report of all funds assigned or fundraised by the SGA.
  2. Summit a detail report of all operation of the SGA.
  3. Provide the students with avenues of learning by integrating cultural, social and academic opportunities involving the surrounding community, always emphasizing the student’s safety.

Guidelines

  1. Officers, including the President, the Vice-President, the Secretary and the Treasurer, will be elected into office.
  2. Decisions and/or changes must be made only by elections.
  3. All elections must be posted on a bulletin board. Students must be informed at least (5) days prior to the election.
  4. NO DISCRIMINATION is allowed. If any officer is found guilty of discrimination in any way, he/she will be removed immediately from office and an election for a new officer will take place.
  5. If removal of the President is found necessary, the Vice-President will take over office and an election for Vice-President will take place.
  6. Each academic program must elect a representative that will meet with the Student Government Association to represent the student’s opinion of that specific program.
  7. Election for new officers will be held once a year or when deemed necessary.
  8. The Director of Student Services, The Campus Dean, their representative or designee is responsible to advise the SGA and its members on institutional goals and objective.
  9. The Director of Student Services, the Campus Dean, their representative or designee is responsible to serve as a resource to the SGA in the preparation and direction of meeting, activities coordination, and any activities related to the students.
  10. Help on the revision and elaboration of the SGA rules and regulations.
  11. The SGA is responsible to work, create and turn-in a works plan during the first two weeks in office.
  12. The Director of Student Services is responsible for advising the Campus Deans, the University President, Vice-Presidents, and the Chairman of the Board of all regulations that govern the Student Government Association according to the University Catalog, the Student Handbooks and the by-laws of the SGA.
  13. Maintain a work climate and good relation with the group to reach the goals and objectives.
  14. The SGA serves as a liaison between the administration and the student’s organization.
  15. The SGA is responsible for signing contracts/agreements, in the name of the association, to prepare activities that will benefit the students.
  16. The SGA is responsible of disseminating rules and regulations that are covered in the Student Handbook and the University Catalog.
  17. The SGA will ensure that any money collected for the, or by the students is used on related activities with the sole purpose of benefiting the students. Any income acquired through non-profit status of the SGA will be reported to the Director of Student Services at once.
  18. Under no circumstance may SGA funds be used for any purpose other than the one intended, the students.
  19. Funds received through the students, for services that will be related to student’s activities, can not involve, in any way, the use of alcohol, tobacco or any type of drugs. **

**Article 19 cannot be eliminated from the SGA by-law’s according to the policies and procedures of the university

Academic Requirements and Job Descriptions:

FNU SGA President

The student who is elected to the SGA Campus President position must be an active FNU student attending classes either in the morning or in the evening sessions. Must have and maintain, a minimum GPA of 3.00 before during and after the time in office. Dropping below this GPA will be enough excuse to release the incumbent from office. The student must have at least 12 credits approved in FNU with the minimum GPA required. This student will be a role model for not only his fellow officers, but also for the entire student body and must therefore project an image of a hard-working, honest, and committed student. The Campus President will be working alongside students, faculty, staff, and other individuals and must at all times present the professional and academic attitude that typifies Florida National University.

Duties include (The Campus President is Responsible for):

  1. The arrangement of a weekly meeting at the individual Campus and to inform the other members of the SGA of Place and time of the meeting.
  2. For commencing, guiding, presiding and adjourning the meeting while it is in session.
  3. Is responsible for delegating power and duties among all members of the SGA, or according to his/her evaluation of each individual situation. May assign duties to the vice-president and other officers of the SGA.
  4. The president is to be a liaison between faculty, staff, the student body and the surrounding community. Therefore, the President should establish an open and communicative relationship with all faculty members, staff and students that pertain to his campus. The president will also be working with individuals and organizations outside of the school and a similar relationship should also be established.
  5. Any information that the faculty or staff would like to be passed on to the student body should be passed on to the members of the SGA or the President for distribution.
  6. It is the duty of the President to assist the Campus Dean, The Director of Student Services, their representative or designee in making community organization aware of the SGA’s presence and allocate information that will both help the Student Body and FLORIDA NATIONAL UNIVERSITY.
  7. Getting a copy of the weekly minutes and be aware of the activities that are being handled that particular week.
  8. Having a meeting with the Campus Dean of the Director of Student Services weekly to report the SGA progress and to ask for his/her permission or advice on any matter that might be pending.
  9. To inform the student advisor of any and all activities in which the SGA is participating.
  10. To appoint the SGA Editor and Activities Director.
  11. To schedule participation in seminars.
  12. To supervise overall activities of the SGA.
  13. Inform student body of events and follow work assigned by the Director of Student Services or his/her representative or appointee that will benefit the students of Florida National University.

FNU SGA Vice-President

The student who is elected to the SGA Campus Vice-President position must be an active FNU student attending classes either in the morning or the evening sessions. The student must have and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00 before, during and after the time in office. Dropping below this GPA will be excuse enough to release the incumbent from office. The Student must have at least 12 credits approved in FNU with the minimum GPA required. This student will be a role model for not only his fellow officers, but also for the entire student body and must therefore project an image of a hard-working, honest, and committed student. The Campus Vice-President will be working alongside students, faculty, staff, and other individuals and must at all times present the professional and academic attitude that typifies Florida National University.

Duties include (The Campus Vice-President is Responsible for):

  1. Assisting the president in all duties including the arrangement of a weekly meeting at the individual Campus and to inform the other members of the SGA of place and time of the meeting.
  2. For assisting the President in announcing all future meetings to the officers, to the entire student body and to all faculty and/or staff involved.
  3. For commencing, guiding, presiding and adjourning the meeting while it is in session if for any reason the President is unable to attend. The Vice-President will ensure that the voting is conducted appropriately if the President is unable to fulfill this duty and will conduct all decisions that must be made during the meeting.
  4. Is responsible for delegating power and duties among all members of the SGA, or according to his/her evaluation of each individual situation.
  5. The Vice-President is to be a liaison between faculty, staff, the student body and the surrounding community. Therefore, the Vice-President should establish an open and communicative relationship with all faculty members, staff and students that pertain to his campus. The Vice-President will also be working with individuals and organizations outside of the school and a similar relationship should also be established.
  6. Any information that the faculty or staff would like to be passed on to the student body should be passed on to the members of the SGA or the Vice-President if the President is not available. The Vice President will be responsible for the distribution of the information and to notify the President of such action.
  7. It is the duty of the Vice-President to assist the President, the Campus Dean, The Director of Student Services, their representative or designee in making community organization aware of the SGA’s presence and allocate information that will both help the Student Body and FLORIDA NATIONAL UNIVERSITY.
  8. Getting a copy of the weekly minutes and be aware of the activities that are being handled that particular week.
  9. Having a meeting with the Campus Dean of the Director of Student Services weekly to report the SGA progress and to ask for his/her permission or advice on any matter that might be pending.
  10. To inform the student advisor of any and all activities in which the SGA is participating.
  11. To counsel and aid the President in all of the above.
  12. To take over responsibilities of the President when he/she is absent.

FNU SGA Secretary

The student who is elected to the SGA Campus Secretary position must be an active FNU student attending classes either in the morning or the evening sessions. The student must have and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.50 before, during and after the time in office. Dropping below this GPA will be excuse enough to release the incumbent from office. The Student must have at least 12 credits approved in FNU with the minimum GPA required. This student will be a role model for not only his fellow officers, but also for the entire student body and must therefore project an image of a hard-working, honest, and committed student. The Campus Secretary will be working alongside students, faculty, staff, and other individuals and must at all times present the professional and academic attitude that typifies Florida National University.

The Campus Secretary is responsible for assisting the SGA officers in all duties relating to documentation. These duties include:

  1. Recording of all meeting minutes.
  2. To provide a copy to the Campus Dean, and the Dean of Student Services.
  3. To maintain all SGA records up to date.
  4. Publicity of weekly meetings throughout campus.
  5. Publicity of all SGA activities.
  6. Collecting listing of any volunteers for SGA activities.
  7. Writing of any and all letters that need to be sent to faculty, staff, students, or outside organizations when directed from the SGA President or Vice-President, The Campus Dean, the Director of Student Services, or his/her representative or designee.
  8. Maintain records of all SGA members and activities for archives.
  9. Maintain a list of Class Representatives and have them report directly to the Secretary with pertinent information.
  10. Record all members present at meetings and all ballots cast if voting is done.
  11. Accept any duties that the President or Vice-President may ask the Secretary to do.

FNU SGA Treasurer

The student who is elected to the SGA Campus Treasurer position must be an active FNU student attending classes either in the morning or the evening sessions. The student must have and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.50 before, during and after the time in office. Dropping below this GPA will be excuse enough to release the incumbent from office. The Student must have at least 12 credits approved in FNU with the minimum GPA required. This student will be a role model for not only his fellow officers, but also for the entire student body and must therefore project an image of a hard-working, honest, and committed student. The Campus Treasurer will be working alongside students, faculty, staff, and other individuals and must at all times present the professional and academic attitude that typifies Florida National University.

The Treasurer is responsible for assisting the SGA Officers in all duties relating to financial operation. These include but are not limited to:

  1. Collecting all monies from any fundraiser.
  2. Opening a checking account for the SGA as a non-profit organization with the authorization of the Director of Student Services and his/her signature or his/her representative or designee.
  3. Keeping track of all transactions done in that particular account.
  4. Budget effectively all monies available to SGA.
  5. Issue payments to all parties that supply SGA as needed.
  6. Save all receipts of purchases and payments for archive.
  7. Accept any duties that the President or the Vice-President may need the treasurer to do when related to financial operations.

FNU SGA Representative

The student who is elected to the SGA Campus Representative position must be an active FNU student attending classes either in the morning or the evening sessions. The student must have and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.00 before, during and after the time in office. Dropping below this GPA will be excuse enough to release the incumbent from office. The Student must have at least 6 credits approved in FNU with the minimum GPA required. This student will be a role model for not only his fellow officers, but also for the entire student body and must therefore project an image of a hard-working, honest, and committed student. The Representative is the voice of each program and must inform the committee of the ideas and opinions of the students they represent.

Duties include:

  1. The representative is the voice of each program.
  2. Must attend all meetings
  3. Must inform committee of ideas, opinion, etc., that students from the program might have.
  4. Must inform Editor and the Student Activities Director of any activities that are going on in the program.

Current FNU SGA Officers:

Elections for new officers will take place on January 28-29, 2009. Students interested in running for office should visit the Office of Student Services for details.

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The National Criminal Justice Honor Society

FLORIDA NATIONAL UNIVERSITY

ALPHA PHI SIGMA

MU ZETA CHAPTER

Mission

The mission of the Criminal Justice/Legal Studies Association is to distinguish and promote scholarship among students engaged in preparation for their profession in the Criminal Justice and Legal system.

Purpose

The principle of the Criminal Justice/Legal Studies Associate is to offer students who are interested in the Criminal Justice system and Law fields with a broad range of programs and activities.

Objective

To educate students through hands on experience and exploration of the Criminal Justice/Legal Studies Field; this is accomplished by utilizing seminars, workshops, guest speakers, field trips, field training and community service.

The National Criminal Justice/ Law Association

  • Alpha Phi Sigma is the only Criminal Justice Law Association in the nation where over 300+ institutions have joined as chapters to promote Criminal Justice/Law activities, scholarships, and training for students.
  • Alpha Phi Sigma is now an INTERNATIONAL organization with its first International Chapter at Nipissing University, Ontario, Canada.

http://www.alphaphisigma.org

Membership

Requirements for National Honor Society Membership:

  • Be a CJ/Paralegal/Legal Studies student with 3.2 GPA or above
  • Able to dedicate time to meeting three times per month
  • $50.00 onetime/lifetime membership to the National Criminal Justice Honor Society Alpha Phi Sigma
  • $30.00 per year association membership (you receive a free CJ/Law association T-shirt)
  • Benefits: Participation in all CJ/Law association activities and training
  • Participation in National Conferences and National Association activities (nety year’s conference will be held in Toronto, Canada)
  • Membership certificate from the National Criminal Justice Honor Society, pin, card, and copy of official publications from the National Association
  • Awards, scholarship opportunities, and completions for awards with other participating colleges and universities
  • Be part of history: member of the first Honor Society in the history of Florida National University

 

APS membership Application: this document is the application needed to be a member nationally

FNU Application: this document is the application needed to be a member in the local chapter

BYLAWS

ARTICLE I
NAME
Section 1. The name of this organization shall be known as Mu Zeta at Florida National University, a local chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, which is the National Criminal Justice Honor Society located at 4425 West 20 Ave, Hialeah, FL 33013. This office shall be the business office of the resident agent, as required by the Florida Nonprofit Corporation Act.

ARTICLE II

MISSION/GOALS/PURPOSE
Section 1. The Mission of Alpha Phi Sigma is to promote analytical thinking, rigorous scholarship and life long learning; to keep abreast of the advances in scientific research; to elevate the ethical standards of the criminal justice professions and to sustain in the public mind the benefit and necessity of education and professional training.

 

Section 2. Colleges and universities which grant baccalaureate or advanced degrees that support this mission may establish chapters and individual membership with the Society.
Undergraduate and graduate students and professionals of sound scholarship and character who support this mission may be elected to membership.

Section 3. Goals. The Goals of Alpha Phi Sigma Mu Zeta Chapter shall be to honor and promote academic excellence; service; leadership and unity.

 

Section 4. Oath of Membership. In the presence of the Alpha Phi Sigma members here assembled, I do hereby solemnly promise to uphold the ideals and traditions, maintain high moral character and commit myself to be governed by the Bylaws of the Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society and the local and national officers.

ARTICLE III

CHAPTER MEMBERS

Section 1. Membership. The Mu Zeta Chapter shall have the following members:
Collegiate Members and Faculty Members (otherwise known as “Active Members”);
Honorary Members (otherwise known as “Members”) and Alumni Members (otherwise known as Alumni Members or Alumni Association Members) Criteria for memberships are set forth below.

Section 2. Criteria for Membership. Members of Mu Zeta Chapter shall meet the following minimum membership criteria:

  1. Collegiate Members (Active Members). Collegiate members shall be students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs at Florida National University. Nominations of collegiate members shall be made by the chapter advisor. Membership applications shall be signed by the chapter advisor, submitted to and accepted by the National Headquarters.
  2. Undergraduate students shall be enrolled in Florida National University, have declared a major, minor or equivalent in the criminal justice or related field (such as Legal Studies or Paralegal Studies), have completed three full time semesters or its equivalent, have a minimum GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale and rank in the top 35% of their class. A minimum of four courses of the above course work shall be in the criminal justice field or Legal Studies, or Paralegal Studies. Members shall pay the local chapter fee of $30.00.
  3. Graduate students shall be enrolled in a graduate program in criminal justice or related field; have completed four courses; have a minimum GPA of 3.4 on a 4.0 scale or rank in the upper 25% of their class.
  4. Transfer Members. Any Alpha Phi Sigma member who transfers to Florida National University shall be accepted into Mu Zeta Chapter and shall pay the local chapter fee of $30.00. After one term, the member shall be subject to all rules, regulations, and requirements of Mu Zeta Chapter. National Headquarters will not issue a new certificate of membership unless specifically requested by the chapter advisor and paid for by the member.
  5. Alumni Members. Any Alpha Phi Sigma member who has graduated from Florida National University and joined membership into the Mu Zeta Chapter prior to graduation, may continue to be part of the collegiate active membership and may hold office as long as the chapter dues are paid and current.
  6. Faculty Members . Faculty and administration involvement is recognized and encouraged. Candidates for faculty membership must be full-time faculty, adjunct faculty, or administrators or in a criminal justice related field. They must have completed a minimum of one year full-time teaching/administrative duties at Florida National University and be elected by the committee. Membership applications shall be approved and signed by the chapter advisor, submitted to and accepted by National Headquarters.
  7. Honorary Members (Members). Honorary membership recognizes community people who have made distinctive scholarly and research contributions to the criminal justice field or who have provided outstanding support for Mu Zeta Chapter. Honorary Members may not be students. The Mu Zeta Chapter Advisor shall approve nominations. Mu Zeta Chapter may grant no more than three honorary memberships in any academic year. Honorary Members must be elected by a 2/3 vote of the chapter committee. Members may elect Honorary Members during a regular meeting. Membership applications shall be approved and signed by the chapter advisor, submitted to and accepted by National Headquarters.
  8. Professional Members (Members). Others meeting the following criteria may be elected to professional membership by Mu Zeta Chapter and contribute a one-time fee to National Headquarters.
    1. earned one or more degrees in criminal justice or related field with a minimum cumulative 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale and rank in the top 35% of the class as undergraduates or with a minimum cumulative 3.4 GPA on 4.0 scale or rank in the top 25% of their class as graduate students and not been previously initiated into the Society, or
    2. working in the field of criminal justice as a criminal justice practitioner for a minimum of two (2) years and earned one or more degrees in a non-related field with a minimum cumulative 3.2 GPA on 4.0 scale and rank in the top 35% of the class as undergraduates or with a minimum cumulative 3.4 GPA or rank in the upper 25% of their class as graduate students.
  9. Alumni Members. Mu Zeta Chapter alumni members in good standing at the time of graduation from Florida National University are alumni members and may be part of the committee and officer board.
  10. Alumni Association Members. Alumni Association Members are Alpha Phi Sigma alumni members who have applied for membership in the Alumni Association. There are three categories in the National Alumni Association: Annual, Lifetime, and Professional Members.
  11. Annual Alumni shall apply for membership and contribute an annual fee to the Alumni Association.
  12. Lifetime Alumni shall apply for membership and contribute a one-time fee.

Section 3. Additional Qualifications/Nondiscrimination. Membership in Mu Zeta Chapter is open to qualified candidates including persons with disability, without regard to age, color, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, ancestry, veteran’s status, and political association.

Section 4. Privileges of Membership. Active Members shall have the right to vote, hold appropriate office, be elected or appointed to committees of the Mu Zeta Chapter. Honorary members shall have all the privileges of active members except the right to vote, hold office or serve on committees, unless allowed at the chapter level.
Section 5. Dues. The national dues, fees and assessments for each category of membership shall be determined annually by the National Advisory Board. Local chapter dues shall be set as part of Mu Zeta Chapter’s standing rules by a simple majority vote of active members. The annual dues running through fiscal year starting in July and ending in June, shall be $30.00 unless otherwise voted to be changed.

Section 6. Voting of Active Members. Each Active Member of Mu Zeta Chapter is entitled to one vote upon each matter submitted to a vote at a chapter meeting of its members. Chapter voting is in accordance with the bylaws of this chapter.

Section 7. Resignation of Membership. An active member desiring to resign from the Society shall submit such resignation in writing to the Chapter Advisor. The Chapter Advisor shall forward the acceptance of such resignation to the Executive Director who will remove the name from the national registry. Any member having resigned from membership may be reinstated with good reason upon application to the Chapter Advisor and upon meeting such uniform terms and conditions as may be established by the Chapter and the National Advisory Board. After acceptance by the Chapter Advisor, it is then submitted with explanation to the Executive Director. A member resigning shall not be entitled to return of dues, either local or national.

Section 8. Suspension or Termination of Membership. In addition, membership in the Society may be suspended or terminated by the Alpha Phi Sigma National Advisory Board for just cause. Sufficient cause for such suspension or termination of membership may result from violation of the National Bylaws or any lawful rule or practice adopted by the Society or other conduct deemed by the National Advisory Board to be prejudicial to the best interests of the Society. A statement of the charges shall be sent by registered mail to the last recorded address of the member, accompanied by notice of the time and place of the meeting at which the charges are to be considered. At least thirty days notice shall be given, and the member shall have the opportunity to appear in person or to be represented by counsel and to present any defense to such charges before action is taken by the National Advisory Board. The Board may adopt such rules as may be necessary to assure due process to the member. The decision for suspension or termination shall be by a two-thirds vote of the National Advisory Board. A member suspended or terminated for just cause shall not be entitled to return of dues.
ARTICLE IV
OFFICERS
Section 1. Qualifications. Officers must abide by the same rules as active members and maintain a GPA of 3.2. Officers must abide by the contract signed when accepting office.

Section 2. Elected Officers. The chapter must have at least four elected officers representing the functions of President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer elected annually by the end of the fiscal year, deemed to be by the end of June. The elected officers shall be the members of the Chapter Executive Committee. What follows is the composition of the Mu Zeta Chapter. The officers of this organization will be: (a) President, (b) Vice President, (c) Treasurer, (d) Secretary, (e) Communications Officer/Social Coordinator, and (f) Historian.

Section 3. Term of Office. An officer shall serve for one year from his/her swearing-in, or until his/her successor is appointed or elected. Officers may only be appointed by the chapter advisor during the first year of the chapter’s inception or operation.

Section 4. Elections. General elections will be held to replace officers whose terms are due to expire. Special elections shall be held when an office is vacated before a term has expired. Nomination of candidates: A candidate for office must be nominated by a voting member during the first meeting in June in the case of general elections or during the meeting immediately prior to special elections. Time of Elections: General elections shall be held during the first meeting in June and special elections shall be held as necessary. Form of Vote: All elections shall be by secret ballot.

Section 5. Duties.

  1. President: Shall be the chief executive officer of the organization and shall preside over meetings; and shall abide by the contract signed at the beginning of office.
  2. Vice President: Shall assume the duties of the President during his/her absence and shall succeed to the position in the event that the position becomes vacant, until a special election can be held; shall be responsible for writing or amending the Bylaws of Alpha Phi Sigma and submitting them for approval to the total voting membership at the last meeting in April.
  3. Secretary/Treasurer: shall keep records of all meetings, record meeting minutes and be responsible for all official Alpha Phi Sigma correspondence; shall be the financial officer of Alpha Phi Sigma; shall report on accounting of revenues and expenses upon request at any organizational meeting; shall prepare, at the end of each school year, all financial records for audit.

Section 6. Removal of Officers. Any elected officer of the Chapter may be removed for just cause. Sufficient cause for such removal may be violation of the Chapter Bylaws or Society Bylaws or any lawful rule, practice, or procedure adopted by the Chapter or other conduct deemed to be prejudicial to the best interest of the Chapter. In the absence of college/university formal policy for the removal of elected chapter officers, for just cause, shall follow the following procedures. For removal of an elected officer for cause, it shall be necessary for the Chapter Executive Committee to hold a formal hearing. A statement of the charges shall be sent by registered mail to the last recorded address of the officer, accompanied by notice of the time and place of the meeting at which the charges are to be considered. At least thirty days notice shall be given, and the officer shall have the opportunity to appear in person, or to be represented by counsel, to present any defense to such charges before action is taken. The Chapter Executive Committee shall adopt such rules as may be necessary to assure due process to the officer. Upon a two-thirds affirmative vote, the Chapter Executive Committee shall recommend removal to the National Advisory Board. The National Advisory Board shall, by majority vote, approve or reject the recommendation of the Chapter Executive Committee either at the next meeting or through an electronic meeting.

Grounds for Removal: Any officer not fulfilling his/her duties as outlined in these bylaws and in the contract to the satisfaction of the voting membership or who has violated a university policy or Student Code of Conduct, may be removed from office. A simple majority vote of the voting committee membership shall be required for removal of any officer. Notice of Charges: The motion to remove an officer from his/her position must be presented in writing to the committee voting membership at least 2 weeks before the meeting at which the removal will be voted. Right to Fair Hearing: The officer subject of removal shall have the right to present his/her case to the membership at the meeting in which the removal is to take place. Right to Appeal: Appeals relating to the removal of officers shall be done through the Office of Associated Students Judiciary. Appeals must be made within two weeks after the vote for removal has taken place. Form of vote: All voting under this section shall be done by secret ballot.

ARTICLE V

ADVISOR

Mu Zeta Chapter shall have a chapter advisor, who is a full time faculty member or administrator. The Mu Zeta Chapter may have assistant advisors, who are full time or part time College/University faculty or Alpha Phi Sigma Alumni. All advisors and assistant advisors should be chosen for their interest, ability to work effectively with students, and desire to promote the ideals of the Society.

ARTICLE VI

MEETINGS

Section 1: A simple majority of the total voting membership must be present for all elections.

Section 2: Parliamentary Authority. The bylaws of Mu Zeta Chapter shall be the supreme authority in parliamentary procedure at all meetings. The bylaws of Alpha Phi Sigma shall be the next highest authority.

Section 3: Frequency of Meetings. Mu Zeta Chapter shall meet a minimum of 3 times per term (8 weeks). The President or a 2/3 majority of the total voting membership may call emergency meetings. Written and/or verbal notice of Mu Zeta Chapter meetings shall be given to all members at least 7 days prior to such meetings. Written and/or verbal notice of special or emergency meetings shall be given to all members at least 3 days in advance.

ARTICLE VII

COMMITTEES

Section 1: The President or the Chapter Advisor shall have the authority to appoint any special committees that will meet the needs of Mu Zeta Chapter.

Section 2: Committees may include, but are not limited to membership committee, program committee, publicity committee, fund raising committee, social committee, etc…

ARTICLE VIII

FINANCIALS

Section 1. Non Profit Status: Mu Zeta Chapter is a nonprofit society with an IRS assigned EIN. The Chapter will receive its assigned EIN from the IRS through Alpha Phi Sigma Headquarters.” Mu Zeta Chapter is organized exclusively for educational, charitable, and scientific purposes, including for such purposes as making distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law.

Section 2. Use of Funds No part of the net earnings of Mu Zeta Chapter shall be used to the benefit of any private individual, and no substantial part of the activities of the Chapter shall involve propaganda or otherwise attempt to influence legislation, and the Chapter shall not participate in or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office (including the publishing or distribution or statements).

Section 1: The finances of Mu Zeta Chapter will come from fund raising projects, individual contributions, dues, chapter awards, and the Associated Students of Florida National University.

Section 2: The fiscal year for Mu Zeta Chapter shall begin July 1 and end June 30.

Section 3: An annual accounting of the ledgers will be conducted by the outgoing Treasurer and shall be available to the membership for ninety (90) days following the close of the fiscal year.

ARTICLE IX

STANDING RULES, BYLAWS, AMENDMENTS

Section 1: Standing Rules. This organization may approve standing rules for the specific operation of this organization.

Section 2: Bylaws. No bylaw shall be adopted that is contrary to the provisions of the Alpha Phi Sigma National Bylaws. Vote Required. The organization may adopt, amend, or rescind any bylaw by a simple majority vote of local membership. Any proposed bylaw must be publicized in writing to the members at least one week prior to the meeting at which it is to be voted one.

Section 3: Amendments. A proposal to amend the bylaws must be presented to the total membership in the form of a motion at least seven (7) days before it is to be voted upon. A proposed amendment must be adopted by a majority of the total voting membership of the chapter and must be approved by the Associated Students of Florida National University to become effective.

ARTICLE X

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Section 1: Responsibility. Management of the organization shall be vested in an Executive Committee, composed of Advisor and officers, responsible to the entire membership to uphold these bylaws.

Section 2: Meetings. The Executive Committee shall meet at least twice per month to organize and plan future activities and agenda items for meetings.

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