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									                     University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
                             Residence Hall Association

                                     Constitution

Preamble
The Residence Hall Association at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS)
is the centralized government for all residential students at UCCS. It is established with
the intention of unifying residential students in order to serve as an effective liaison
between them and the larger university community. This organization’s policies and
programs shall be designed and motivated for the purpose of improving the community
within the residence halls and is established to govern, serve, represent, and promote
the interests of all residential students at UCCS.


Article I-Name &Membership
 The name of this organization shall be the Residence Hall Association (hereafter
 referred to as the RHA).
 RHA shall not deny any membership to any student on the basis of race, age, color,
 religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, veteran status or disability.
 Membership of this organization shall consist of all residential students at UCCS. To
 be considered a residential student, one must maintain legal residency in on-campus
 housing.
 All officers established in this organization shall be held by members of this
 organization.

Article II-Purpose
 To create a unified point of communication and representation between residential
 students and the larger university community, including University Administration,
 Office of Residence Life, Campus Food-services, Floor Presidents, and Resident
 Assistant.
 To promote and produce programs and activities for the residence halls which
 enhance the quality of life within the community.
 To promote the development of leadership among residential students.
 To promote individual freedoms, while pursuing community responsibility.

Article IV-Government
 The RHA shall have a Legislative Assembly (RHALA) and an Executive Board
 (RHAEB).




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 The RHALA shall consist of one official Floor President from each floor in Summit
 Village, Co-Presidents per building from Alpine Village, and a the RHAEB.

 The RHAEB shall consist of the President, Vice President, National Communications
 Coordinator, and Administrator Executive. This shall serve as the order of
 precedence.
 The RHAEB shall approve the President's agenda for RHALA meetings.
 The RHALA shall have power to appeal any and all proposals presented in RHA.
 All members of the RHAEB are subject to impeachment, as outlined in the bylaws.
 The RHAEB responsibilities and powers shall be outlined in the bylaws.

Article V-Finances
 The RHA shall receive for its budget a percentage of room and board fees to be
 negotiated on a yearly basis with the the Director of Residence Life, plus any
 rollover from the previous semester’s budget.
 Members of the RHAEB may receive a stipend. The amount of the stipends will be
 voted upon towards the end of each year for the following year’s RHAEB by the
 RHALA.

Article VI-Power over the Bylaws
 The RHA shall adopt, amend or repeal any part of the bylaws at a regular meeting
 by a simple 2/3-majority vote of the assembly members present.

Article VII-Impeachment
 The bylaws must provide a process for recalling and impeaching any RHAEB or
 RHALA members.

ARTICLE VIII-Amendments and Enactment.
 These articles may be amended by a 2/3-vote of the RHALA members at a regular
 or special meeting, provided that such proposed changes are submitted the RHAEB
 48 hrs prior to the meeting and are typed plainly and clearly.
 This RHA constitution and corresponding bylaws will take effect on the Sixteenth
 Day of April in the year one thousand nine hundred and ninety seven.

ARTICLE IX-Ratification
 The ratification of the Constitution of the RHA shall be sufficient for the
 establishment of this constitution by the same.




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                    University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
                            Residence Hall Association

                                         By-Laws


ARTICLE I-Legislative Assembly and Executive Board

Section 1. Elections
 RHAEB candidates shall not be on academic, University or Housing probation or
 suspension at the time of elections or throughout their term of office.
 The election shall be held in April of each year.
 Candidates must be nominated by someone other than themselves.
 Campaigning shall take place during the second and third week of April.
 All members of the RHA (including non-voting members of the RHALA) may vote on
 elections.
 All postings and campaign activities shall comply with the University of Colorado at
 Colorado Springs (UCCS) Office of Residence Life & Housing rules and regulations.
 The RHA advisor shall tally all votes and post within 48 hours of elections.
 Winning candidates shall be elected by a simple majority of the votes cast.
 If any position other than the President is not filled by the election process it shall
 remain open until the first meeting of the following school year where candidates
 will be sought. An election for vacant positions will be held at the following
 meeting.
 If the Presidents position is not filled by election another election will be held within
 10 days.
 Floor Presidents and Building Co-Presidents will be elected by their respective
 floors/buildings at the first community meeting of each school year.

Section 2. Recall and Impeachment
 Any RHAEB or RHALA member who finds themselves on academic, University or
 Housing probation or suspension must step down within one week of notification or
 they shall be removed from their respective office immediately.
 Refer to Article 1 Section 3 for filling of a vacant position.
 Any RHAEB member may be subject to recall and impeachment.




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Section 2. Recall and Impeachment (continued)
 Recall and impeachment proceedings will take place if:
     A majority of the RHAEB requests these proceedings.
     The RHAEB or RHALA member receives 3 or more un-excused absences.
     Absences shall be determined by a simple majority of the RHALA. The member in
     question has no voting rights.
 Impeachment proceedings are as follows:
     A member is recalled by a typed letter at least seven days before the
     proceedings.
     2/3- vote of the RHALA members present using secret ballot, shall be required to
     remove the member, counted by the an RHAEB member not directly involved in
     the impeachment/recall proceedings.
     No member shall be recalled more than once regarding a specific incident.

Section 3. Filling of a vacant position
 RHAEB shall appoint someone to all positions that become vacant during the year
 for all position except President.
 If the President’s office becomes vacant, the Vice President shall step into the
 President’s position and the RHAEB shall appoint a new Vice President.

Section 4. RHA Voting rights
 Each Floor President and Building Co-President has one vote.         This vote should
 represent the interests of the community they represent.
 The RHAEB has one vote as a whole which shall be determined by a simple majority.
 Each meeting a Presiding Officer shall be selected from the RHAEB to cast the
 RHAEB’s vote as well as decide which way the RHAEB shall vote in the event of a
 tie.
 Proxy votes are valid if the individual absent has notified the RHAEB of their absence
 at the meeting and the individual standing in for them 24-hours in advance of the
 meeting to be missed.

Section 5. Duties of the Floor Presidents/Building Co-Presidents
 Attend all scheduled RHALA meetings.
 If one is unable to attend a RHALA meeting, they must notify the RHAEB of their
 absence as well as the name of the individual filling in for them at that meeting (if
 applicable).




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Section 5. Duties of the Floor Presidents/Building Co-Presidents (continued)
 Promote activities of the RHA.
 Serve on one committee (see Article 3 Section 1 for committee details).
 Oversee the use of a small floor programming budget decided upon by the finance
 committee.

Section 6. Powers of the RHALA
 RHALA shall have the power to introduce the following legislation:
     PROPOSAL—Legislation in which the RHALA has final authority, appropriation of
     funds, bylaws, and all other powers granted by the Constitution and Bylaws.
         Every RHALA proposal must be neatly written or typed on an official proposal
         form.
         Every RHALA proposal must be submitted to the RHAEB for review no later
         then 72 hours before the RHALA votes on the proposal.
     RECOMMENDATIONS—Legislation recommending policy changes to any UCCS
     University of Colorado at Colorado Springs organizations and administrators.
    Veto Power- The RHALA shall have the power to overturn the President and/or
    NCC’s veto with a ¾ major vote of the active assembly.
    Power to cancel or suspend any legislative meeting by 2/3 simple majority vote of
    the active membership.

Section 7. Duties of the RHAEB
Following are a list of the duties which include but are not limited to:
 President
     Preside over all meetings and keep order.
     Conduct official organizational business.
     Prepare agendas for approval by the RHAEB.
     Serve on at least one RHA committee.
     Transition the new President.
     Oversee all decisions of the RHAEB.
     Must maintain a 2.25 GPA or will be put on probation for a semester and if one
     does not improve by next semester he/she will be asked to resign and not run
     for any future positions until their GPA meets the stated requirements.
     Must attend all required meetings. If they need to miss a meeting, they must
     inform the Vice President, who will then preside over the meeting in the absence
     of the President.



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Section 7. Duties of the RHAEB (continued)
 Vice President
    Supervise at least one RHA committee which includes:
        Attend all committee meetings.
        Work with committee members to build up leadership.
        Assign an individual within the committee to report to the RHALA on the
        activities of the committee.
    Transition the new Vice President.
    Take of the responsibilities of the President, should the President be absent from
    a meeting or resign their office.
    Must maintain a 2.25 GPA or will be put on probation for a semester and if one
    does not improve by next semester he/she will be asked to resign and not run
    for any future positions until their GPA meets the stated requirements.
    Must attend all required meetings. If they need to miss a meeting, they must
    inform the President.
 National Communications Chair (NCC)
    Responsible for effective communication between the RHA and the Inter-
    Mountain Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (IACURH) and the
    National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH).
    Responsible for completing the duties in the current NCC handbook.
    Supervise at least one RHA committee which includes:
        Attend all committee meetings.
        Work with committee members to build up leadership.
        Assign an individual within the committee to report to the RHALA on the
        activities of the committee.
    Transition the new NCC.
    Maintain the RHA website.
    Must maintain a 2.25 GPA or will be put on probation for a semester and if one
    does not improve by next semester he/she will be asked to resign and not run
    for any future positions until their GPA meets the stated requirements.
    Must attend all required meetings. If they need to miss a meeting, they must
    inform the President.
    Has the power to veto any proposal passed by legislative assembly.
 Executive Administrator
    Call role at RHAEB and RHALA meetings.


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     Record and document minutes of each RHALA meeting.
     Distribute typed copies of minutes to the RHAEB by the next RHAEB meeting.
     Prepare typed copies of minutes for the RHALA at the next regular RHALA
     meeting.
     Supervise at least one RHA committee which includes:
         Attend all committee meetings.
         Work with committee members to build up leadership.
         Assign an individual within the committee to report to the RHALA on the
         activities of the committee.
     Transition the new Executive Administrator.
     Must maintain a 2.25 GPA or will be put on probation for a semester and if one
     does not improve by next semester he/she will be asked to resign and not run
     for any future positions until their GPA meets the stated requirements.
     Must attend all required meetings. If they need to miss a meeting, they must
     inform the President.
     Keep accurate record of all the financial transactions
     Responsible for all budget and proposals forms
     Present Budget Monthly to Legislative Assembly

Section 8. Powers of the RHAEB
 Prepare budget for approval by the RHALA.
 Call special meetings as deemed necessary, giving at least 48 hours notice to the
 RHALA.
 Cancel any RHALA meeting with at least 24 hours notice.

ARTICLE II-Meetings
Section 1. Regular meetings
 Regularly scheduled meetings shall take place bi-monthly on a consistent day of the
 week at a consistent time of day during the regular school year decided at the
 beginning of each year by the RHAEB.
 A quorum, consisting of one-quarter of the members of the RHALA and at least four
 members of the RHAEB, must be present to conduct any official business.

Section 2. Special meetings
 Emergency meetings may be called by the RHAEB.
 48 hour notice must be given to all members of the RHALA for the meeting to be in



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 order.


 Meet with the Assistant Director of Housing twice a month

ARTICLE III-Committees
Section 1. Standing Committees
 RHAEB members will supervise all committees.
 A committee chair will be appointed by the supervising RHAEB member to take
 notes and report back to the RHALA on the work done by the committee.
 These will be the standing committees:
    Programming Committee – responsible for planning and implementing all
    programs put on by the RHA.
    Advertising Committee – responsible for advertising all meetings and events put
    on by the RHA.
    Finance Committee – responsible for overseeing the programming budget,
    including the budgets for both RHA programs and co-sponsorships. The RHAEB
    member supervising this committee will be responsible for reporting to the
    RHALA each meeting on the status of the budget including how much money has
    been spent on RHA programs/co-sponsorships and how much money is left in
    both of these budgets.

Section 2. Ad-Hock Committees
 Committees may be created or deleted when deemed necessary by the RHALA, by a
 2/3 vote.
 Committees shall be explained and outlined at the first possible RHALA meeting. At
 this meeting volunteers shall be solicited.




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