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									                      Constitution of the Ozarks Biological Graduate Society
                                     Missouri State University

                                              Preamble

We, the members of this organization, do ordain this Constitution of the Ozarks Biological
Graduate Society, of Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri, as the Constitution for the
members of the Ozarks Biological Graduate Society in accordance with the rules and regulations
of Missouri State University, the laws of the state of Missouri, and the laws of the United States
of America.

                                           ARTICLE I
                                    Purpose of the Organization

Section 1. The name of this organization shall be the Ozarks Biological Graduate Society.

Section 2. The purpose of this organization is to:
           a. share the knowledge and expertise pertaining to individual graduate research;
           b. broaden the experience of all graduate members;
           c. support, when possible, the attendance and/or participation in professional
              meetings and conferences.

                                            ARTICLE II
                                            Membership

Section 1. It is the policy of Missouri State University and the Ozarks Biological Graduate
           Society not to discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, color, creed, disability,
           marital or parental status, national origin, participation in constitutionally-protected
           activities, political affiliation or beliefs, race, religion (belief or non-belief), sex,
           sexual orientation, or disabled and/or Vietnam Era veteran status in its programs,
           benefits, services, or aids.

Section 2. Membership is open to all graduate students with 20 hours or more of biology or
           related coursework (Agriculture, Biomedical Sciences, Environmental studies, etc).

                                           ARTICLE III
                                       The Executive Officers

Section 1. The officers shall be the President, Vice- President, Secretary, and Treasurer.

Section 2. The duties of the President shall be to lead meetings, introduce topics and speakers,
           compile a list of students seeking funding from SOFAC, aid in SOFAC application
           process, and delegate responsibilities as necessary.

Section 3. The duties of the Vice-President include upkeep and maintenance of the Ozarks
          Biological Graduate Society web page, to preside in the absence of the president, and
          to assist the president in all aspects of the organization.

Section 4. The Secretary’s duties include keeping minutes of meetings, checking the Ozarks
          Biological Graduate Society mailbox, and to assist the President and Vice-President
          in all aspects of the organization.

Section 5. The Treasurer’s duties shall be to keep and be accountable for the organization’s
          funds, and to assist the President and Vice-President in all aspects of the organization.
Section 6. Officers shall be elected by plurality in December. Nominations will be taken two
           weeks prior to the election of officers.

Section 7. Any officer placed on academic or disciplinary probation must resign her/ his
          position.

                                           ARTICLE IV
                              Installation of the Executive Officers

Section 1. The term of office shall be one year beginning in January.

                                          ARTICLE V
                                Resignation of Executive Officers

Section 1. Officers wishing to resign should inform the academic advisor.

                                       ARTICLE VI
                             Impeachment and Removal of Officers

Section 1. Officers may be impeached by a 2/3 vote of all members.

                                          ARTICLE VII
                                            Meetings

Section 1. Meetings shall be held at the beginning of each semester.

                                       ARTICLE VIII
                                 Amendments to the Constitution

Section 1. Amendments to the Constitution must be made to the President or Academic Advisor.

Section 2. Amendments may be adopted by a 2/3 vote of members present at the meeting.

                                          ARTICLE IX
                                         Student Funding

Section 1 Students seeking funding from OBGS shall work a minimum of 6 hours for the
          organization.

Section 2 Students wishing to seek SOFAC funding, for either the fall or spring semester, will
          be compiled in the fall semester.

Section 3 It is the responsibility of the student to inform the president of OBGS of their interest
          in seeking funding

Section 4 One application for funding will be submitted to SOFAC in the fall semester

Section 5 It is the responsibility of the students obtaining funding from SOFAC to fulfill the
          requirements for funding set by SAC
                                        ARTICLE X
                                      Seminar Speakers

Section 1 In the fall and spring semester OBGS should sponsor a seminar speaker for the
          Biology department seminar series.

Section 2 OBGS members interested in inviting a speaker should inform the OBGS officers
          who will coordinate sponsorship for seminar speakers with the Biology Department.

Section 3 SOFAC money that is not used by OBGS members for attendance at professional
          meetings may be used to sponsor a campus-wide seminar. These seminars should
          pertain to the guidelines set out by SOFAC.

								
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