Terms & Policies

 

CONSTITUTION OF TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY CONNECT
 

PREAMBLE MISSION STATEMENT

CONNECT seeks to provide assistance to the Bryan – College Station community by directly serving through labor and presence. CONNECT will develop its members in leadership, selflessness, and commitment while providing a social outlet that will foster long-term relationships.

Article I. TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY CONNECT

Section 1.1 The name of this organization shall be Texas A&M CONNECT, hereinafter referred to as CONNECT. CONNECT adopts the Mission Statement, as stated in the Preamble, as a framework for TAMU CONNECT mission and purpose.

Section 1.2 CONNECT is comprised of the elected officers and selected members of the current freshmen, sophomore, junior, and senior classes of Texas A&M University.

Section 1.3 The President, Vice President and eleven Committee Leaders (as voting members pertaining to matters including but not limited to finances), and advisor (as a non-voting member) of CONNECT shall make up the Executive Staff hereinafter referred to as “Executive Staff.” The President shall serve as the Chief Student Leader and an undesignated Executive Staff member shall serve as the Treasurer

Section 1.4 Any program, event, or meetings that pertains to all CONNECT members and officers are hereinafter referred to as “CONNECT events.”

Article II. PURPOSE AND GOALS

CONNECT is a co-ed social and service organization that will develop its members in leadership, selflessness, and social networking. CONNECT will reach out specifically to the Bryan-College Station community for service opportunities while additionally providing a social outlet to all members.

Article III MEMBERSHIP

Section 3.1 Eligibility

  1. Any full-time undergraduate student in good standing with Texas A&M University may apply for membership as a “General Member”, subject to the qualifications and selection procedures outlined in this Constitution

  2. Any full-time undergraduate student in good standing with Texas A&M University may run for President so long as he/she has served as an Executive Member or General Member. The President will be selected by popular vote amongst the former executive staff. Furthermore, the former executive staff will advise the new president on future Vice-President.

  3. After the new President has been selected, he/she will work individually with the current Committee Leaders to select the new Committee Leader so long as he/she is still in good standing with Texas A&M University.

  4. Exceptions to full-time status can be made, by the approval of the advisor and the Executive Team, for situations in which students are participating in “Blinn Team” programs, study abroad programs, or an internship. Other exceptions may be made for students who do not need full-time status to graduate on time, for illness, or for other extenuating circumstances.

 

Section 3.2 Selection of Members

CONNECT members shall be selected based on scores and Executive Staff voting after an application, socials, and/or interview process to be coordinated by the Membership Committee Leaders.

 

Article IV. MEMBER DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES

Section 4.1 Disciplining Members

(a) Members shall be held to a certain standard of behavior (i.e. attendance at meetings, appropriate posts on social media, etc.) in accordance with our Behavior Agreement.

(b) Members will receive conduct meetings from the Executive Staff after any behavioral incident that they view as not upholding CONNECT’s mission and purpose.

 

Section 4.2 Removal of Members

(a) CONNECT Members may be removed from CONNECT for reasons which may include, but are not limited to: failure to maintain organizational standards, excessive absences, or failure to meet GPR requirements.

(b) Removal shall require a majority vote of the Officers.

(c) A member being considered for removal shall be notified in writing by the Executive Staff and asked to attend a meeting between the member and Executive Staff in order to determine the future of membership. The charges/deficiencies, which represent the basis for consideration for removal, shall be outlined in the letter of notification.

(i) If the removal is due to grades that do not meet the GPR requirement, the individual will be notified by the Executive Staff. Removal for failure to maintain the GPR requirement will be facilitated by the President.

(d) The member being considered for removal shall be allowed to submit written material regarding membership prior to the meeting, and shall be provided the opportunity to speak and share perspective during the meeting before the vote regarding removal.






 

ARTICLE V. EXECUTIVE STRUCTURE

 

Section 5.1 The Executive Staff for CONNECT will include the President, Vice-President and eleven Committee Leaders. The Committee Leaders will be comprised of five partnerships that will govern the committees of Service, Membership, Public Relations, Internal Relations, and Social Events. The executive team will decide on all organization related activities and if necessary the decision will be made by a majority vote.  

 

Section 5.2 The following will constitute the duties of CONNECT officers:

  1. President and Vice President (Chief Student Leader)

  • Oversee Committee Leaders

  • Ensure organization is operating in accordance with the mission statement and goals

  • Help select new Committee Leaders at the time of elections in coordination with the previous Committee Leaders

  • Develop an agendas for Executive Staff Meetings

  • Develop Agendas for CONNECT in coordination with the other Executive Staff

  • Serve as the final decision maker

  • Coordinate and document any financial matters with the treasurer that are needed to maintain good standing with Texas A&M University and any other outside source.

  • Attend CONNECT meetings and events

  • Participate in any membership removal standards and procedures.

  1. Service Committee Leaders

  • Aid Internal Relations in acquiring service projects through communication with local agencies/residents in the Bryan-College Station community

  • Manage and plan the completion of said projects

  • Manage and store all tools and equipment that is in CONNECT’s possession, whether through donation or purchase.

  • Track and record member participation in service events.

  • Supervise and ensure member safety

  • Attend CONNECT meetings and events

  • Participate in any membership removal standards and procedures.

  1. Membership Committee Leaders

  • Facilitate admissions and recruitment process and all events associated

  • Track member participation in conjunction with the Service and Social Committee Leaders

  • Document all behavioral agreements/formal communication with members

  • Attend CONNECT meetings and events

  • Participate in any membership removal standards and procedures.  



 

  1. Public Relations Committee Leaders

  • Planning, organizing, and distributing all apparel items.

  • Tracking payment for apparel items in coordination with the Treasurer

  • Aid in any promotional events planning and implementation

  • Attend CONNECT meetings and events

  • Participate in any membership removal standards and procedures.

  1. Internal Relations Committee Leaders

  • Acquire service projects in coordination with the Service Committee Leaders by contacting local Bryan-College Station agencies and residents.

  • Speak at said agencies/communities to support CONNECT’s name and reputation

  • Ensure that all standards and requirements specific to participation in each project as stated by respective agencies are met

  • Attend CONNECT meetings and events

  • Participate in any membership removal standards and procedures.

  1. Social Events

  • Plan, organize, and implement all CONNECT social events

  • Work in coordination with the Treasurer

  • Work in coordination with Membership Committee Leaders to record member participation

  • Oversee member’s behavior at said events

  • Enforce any disciplinary action as determined by the Executive Staff in relation to Social events

  • Attend CONNECT meetings and events

  • Participate in any membership removal standards and procedures.

  1. Treasurer

  • Oversee all material monetary transactions of the organization

  • Deposit dues and donations/contributions into the organization’s bank account

  • Approve reimbursement of funds to members for organizational related expenses

 

Section 5.3 Qualifications of Officers

The CONNECT student officers and prospective student officers of CONNECT must fulfill the minimum requirements for officers of student organizations as stated in the University Rules and Regulations as well as the requirements stated in the CONNECT Constitution. The officers of the CONNECT must also meet the following requirements:

 

"The officers of this organization must meet the following requirements:

(a) Have a minimum cumulative and semester grade point ratio (GPR) as stated below and meet that minimum cumulative and semester GPR in the semester immediately prior to the election/appointment, the semester of election/appointment and semesters during the term of office.




 

1. For undergraduate students, the minimum cumulative and semester GPR is 2.00. In order for this provision to be met, at least six hours (half-time credits) must have been taken for the semester under consideration. In one limited circumstance, summer semester hours may be applied to this provision. In order for summer coursework to qualify toward a grade point ratio prior to election/appointment, at least six credit hours must have been taken during the course of either the full or two summer session(s).

 

2. For graduate level students the minimum cumulative and semester GPR is a 3.00 and for first professional students the minimum cumulative and semester GPR is 2.50. In order for this provision to be met, at least four hours (half-time credits) must have been taken for the semester under consideration. In one limited circumstance, summer semester hours may be applied to this provision. In order for summer coursework to qualify toward a grade point ratio prior to election/appointment, at least four credit hours must have been taken during the course of either the full or two summer session(s) unless fewer credits are required as they complete the final stages of their degree.

 

(b) Be in good standing with the university and enrolled:

 

1. at least half time (six or more credit hours), if an undergraduate student (unless fewer credits are required to graduate in the spring and fall semesters) during the term of office. Students enrolled in the Blinn TEAM program are also eligible to hold an office, as long as the student is meeting all applicable Blinn TEAM requirements and is in good standing with the program.

 

2. at least half time (four or more credits), if a graduate level student (unless fewer credits are required in the final stages of their degree as defined by the Continuous Registration Requirement) during their term of office.

 

(c) Be ineligible to hold an office should the student fail to maintain the requirements as prescribed in (a) and (b)."

 

Section 5.4 Selection of Officers

(a) The President will be selected by popular vote by the Executive Committee at the end of each Fall Semester. The candidate must have served as a General Member or Committee Leader at any point prior to the Election.

(b) All officer Committee Leaders will be selected by the incumbent President and the current respective Committee Leaders.

(c) The CONNECT incumbent Executive Staff will then select Committee Members who must apply according to an application created by the incumbent Executive Staff.

 

Article VI.  Officer Disciplinary Procedures

Section 6.1 Disciplining Officers

  1. Officers shall be held to a certain standard of behavior to be specified by an annually, executive staff constructed Behavioral Agreement.

  2. Officers will receive a warning from the President after allegedly breaking the Behavioral Agreement or after receiving two unexcused absences from mandatory events or executive meetings.

    1. If the President has collected unexcused absences, violated the behavioral agreement, etc. then the Executive Staff will collectively issue a written warning informing the President of any transgressions.

Section 6.2 Removal of Officers

  1. Officers may be removed from office for the following reasons:

  • Excessive absences

  • Failure to maintain and perform the duties of the office

  • Failure to maintain requirements as listed in this constitution

  1. Removal shall require an 9/12 vote by the Officers

  2. An officer being considered for removal shall be notified in writing by the President in advance of two meetings, one being between the President, the officer, and the Advisor, and the other being between the collective Executive Staff without the Advisor.  The charges/deficiencies, which represent the basis for consideration for removal, shall be outlined in the letter of notification. If the President is being considered for removal, the President shall be notified in writing by the Advisor in advance of a meeting called for that purpose between the Treasurer, the President, and the Advisor.

  3. If the removal is due to grades that do not meet the GPR requirement as stated in this Constitution, the individual will be notified by the advisor. Removal for failure to maintain the GPR requirement will not be considered for the internal appeal process.  All grade appeals will be externally administered by the Department of Student Activities.

  4. The officer being considered for removal shall be allowed to submit written material regarding membership prior to the meeting, and shall be provided the opportunity to speak and share perspective during the meetings before the vote regarding removal.

Section 6.3 Replacement of Officers

  1. In the event that an elected officer, except the President, leaves or is removed from office unexpectedly, interim officers will be named by the President to serve in the positions while permanent replacements are sought.  Permanent replacements will be sought by means of an interim election to the same standard of normal elections

  2. In the event that the President leaves office or is removed, the Treasurer shall become the President and a new Treasurer shall be elected as previously outlined.

  3. Replacement officers shall serve out the balance of the term of that office and be subject to all duties and requirements thereof.

 

Section 6.4 Officer Removal Appeal Process

  1. Should an officer be removed from his/her position, he/she will be able to file an appeal to regain his/her membership. The removed officer must notify the President, Treasurer, and Advisor through email within two weeks of removal to be considered for an appeal. If the President is removed and seeks to appeal, then he/she must notify the Treasurer and advisor through email within two weeks of removal to be considered for an appeal.

  2. The removed officer will then schedule a hearing between the executive staff and the advisor to present grounds for re-admission into office. Grounds for re-admission shall include:

      1. Proof of false evidence that led to the officer’s removal

      2. Proof of extraordinary circumstances that prevented the officer from completing his/her duties or following the Behavioral Agreement.

  1. After the hearing and the removed officer has had a chance to explain his/her case, the executive staff will vote on the individual’s re-admission into the respective officer position. A vote of 7/10 remaining officers will be required for re-admission.

  2. The advisor will be allowed to veto the re-admission of the removed officer should he/she be re-admitted by the officer vote in Section 6.4.c.

 

Article VII. FINANCIAL PROCEDURES

Section 8.1 All monies belonging to this organization shall be deposited and disbursed through a bank account established for this organization at a FCIC approved financial institution or the Student Organization Finance Center and/or the Fiscal Office.

Section 8.2 Reimbursements/check requests shall only be issued to members who have obtained purchase approval from the Treasurer or President and can provide proof of approval.

 

Article VIII. ADVISOR EXPECTATIONS

The CONNECT advisor will serve as a source of information, guidance, and support. The advisor shall attend at least one general meeting each semester. The advisor should also meet with the President one-on-one as needed. Advisors will aid in providing safety and planning knowledge for service events.

 

Article IX. CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PROCEDURE

Section 10.1 Proposing an Amendment (a) Any CONNECT member may propose an amendment to this CONNECT Constitution.

 

Section 10.2 Passing an Amendment

(a) A proposed amendment shall be presented at an Executive Team meeting by any member who wishes to propose an amendment or by an Officer who is representing the member. At this time, the Executive Team has the opportunity to change the wording or phrasing of the amendment at the sponsoring member’s discretion. The Exec Team must vote to support or oppose the amendment and present the majority vote for recommendation at the next CONNECT general meeting. At the CONNECT meeting, three CONNECT members will have the opportunity to speak in support of the amendment, and three members will have the opportunity to speak in opposition of the amendment with a time limit of two minutes per speaker. These people will be selected by the Executive Team. A two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of CONNECT membership present will then be required to pass the proposed amendment. Section 10.03 Amendment in Effect

(b) Any such amendment shall be effective immediately after being presented at the CONNECT general meeting and passed by vote.