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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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