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					Student Virginia Education Association

  Old Dominion University Chapter

      Constitution and By-Laws




ARTICLE I. Name and Location

Section 1. The name of this association shall be Student Virginia Education Association of Old
           Dominion University hereinafter known as SVEA.

Section 2. Headquarters for SVEA will be maintained in the Education Building, Room 244, at
           Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia.

ARTICLE II. Purposes

Section 1. Promote interest in young adults, undergraduate and graduate teacher candidates in

Section 2. Promote the visibility of the SVEA and its members’ works on campus and in the
           schooling community.

Section 3. Generate interest for career opportunities in education across campuses and in local
           middle and high schools through SVEA sponsored programs and activities.

Section 4. Strengthen efforts to establish new FEA chapter opportunities at middle and high
           schools in Virginia.

Section 5. Provide members with opportunities for developing personal growth and professional

Section 6. Provide opportunities for gaining and understanding of the history, future, ethics and
           programs of the education profession.

Section 7. Provide opportunities for participating in cooperative work on the problems of the
           profession and the community.

Section 8. Provide professional membership on the local, state and national levels during the
           preparation period for a career in education.

Section 9. Strive for higher standards of preparation.

ARTICLE III. Membership

Section 1. Membership in SVEA shall be open to any Old Dominion University student
           preparing for a career or interested in education who has never been eligible for any
           other category of membership within the NEA.

Section 2. In addition to being a member of SVEA each member shall be affiliated with the
           State and National Student Program. A person shall not be admitted to or continue
           membership in SVEA who possesses a teaching contract or who receives payment for
           teaching duties rendered—with the exception of graduate students receiving graduate
           teaching assistantships.

Section 3. The membership year shall be from September 1 to August 31.

Section 4. Membership will not be denied on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, or
           physical challenge.

ARTICLE IV. Officers

Section 1. The officers of SVEA shall be responsible to the membership in all matters
           concerning the discharge of their duties.

Section 2. The officers of SVEA shall be a President, a Vice President, a Secretary, a Treasurer,
           and a Historian.

Section 3. Officers’ terms will be from April to April.

Section 4. Impeachment
           Officers of the SVEA may be impeached for misfeasance, or for nonfeasance in the
           office. Process as follows:
               Impeachment proceedings against an officer may be initiated by written petition
           signed and submitted to the SVEA Executive Board by at least twenty percent of the
           members. If after a due process hearing a two-thirds vote of the members shall
           sustain the charge, the office shall become vacant. Only members who are present for
           the due process hearing shall be eligible to vote. A quorum for the due process
           hearing shall consist of a minimum of ten percent of the current members. Each
           member shall be notified by the Executive Committee of the time and location of the
           due process hearing at least two weeks prior to the date of the hearing.

ARTICLE V. Organization

Section 1. EXECUTIVE BOARD: There shall be an Executive Board composed of the officers,
           state officers from the local, and the local advisors.

Section 2. GENERAL MEETING: There shall be a minimum of one general meeting of the
           members of the SVEA monthly during the academic school year.

ARTICLE VI. Affiliation

Section 1. The SVEA shall be affiliated with the Virginia Education Association and NEA
           Student Programs.

Section 2. The SVEA shall not affiliate with any local, state or national group, union or
           association that competes for membership with the VEA or NEA.

ARTICLE VII. Amendment Process

Section 1. This Constitution may be amended at any regular meeting by a two-thirds (2/3) vote
           of the members present and voting.

Section 2. Proposed amendments must be submitted in writing to the Secretary and read at the
           previous regular meeting.

Section 3. Effective Date: Any amendment(s) to this Constitution shall become effective
           immediately upon approval by the membership.

ARTICLE VIII. Suspension of Rules

Section 1. Any section of any article of this Constitution may be suspended by a two-thirds (2/3)
           vote at any general meeting, provided that any request for a suspension must be
           accompanied by a statement of the purposed for the suspension of the rules.


ARTICLE I. Officers

Section 1. The term of office for the officers shall be one year. The officers shall be sworn in at
           the last meeting of the semester.

Section 2. President:
           a. shall be the chief executive officer of the SVEA;
           b. shall represent the SVEA as spokesperson on matters of policy or assign
              responsibility for such representation;
           c. shall prepare the agenda and preside at all meetings of the SVEA;
           d. shall serve as ex-officio member on all committees; and
           e. shall communicate with advisors, administration, state board of directors, and
              general members

Section 3. Vice President:
           a. shall preside in the absence of the President;
           b. shall perform other duties as delegated by the President and/or Executive Board.

Section 4. Treasurer:
           a. shall be responsible for the safekeeping and accounting of all funds;
           b. shall provide financial reports at each Executive Board
           c. shall sign all checks drawn on the bank account of the SVEA and/or authorize the
              use of the President’s signature; and
           d. shall be responsible for processing membership transmittal forms.
           e. shall oversee fundraising projects undertaken by the organization

Section 5. Secretary:
           a. shall record accurate minutes of the proceedings of general and Executive Board
              meetings and submit typed copies of the minutes to the President
           b. shall create and distribute a monthly newsletter
           c. shall oversee advertising efforts

Section 6. Historian:
           a. shall collect materials required for the Chapter Standards book and prepare an
               association scrapbook
           b. shall take pictures of association events
           c. shall update bulletin boards in the Education Building as necessary

Section 7. In the event of a vacancy in the office of its Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, or
           Historian, the Executive Committee shall recommend a candidate to fill the vacancy.
           The recommendation must be approved by a majority of the members present and
           voting at a regular meeting.

Section 7. Officers must have a 2.0 cumulative grade point average.

ARTICLE II. Executive Board

Section 1. The Executive Board shall be the executive branch of the SVEA.

Section 2. The duties of the Executive Board shall be:
           a. to be responsible to the membership in all matters;
           b. to carry out the policies of the general membership;
           c. to attend to the business for the SVEA between general meetings;
           d. to approve all members of the committees;
           e. to adopt the annual budget;
           f. to make available all official documents for inspection of the SVEA;
           g. cooperate with the president in setting up a schedule of meetings for the year;
           h. act on problems that need immediate attention; and
           i. give general direction to the work of all standing and special committees.

Section 3. A quorum for the Executive Board shall consist of a majority of its members.

Section 4. Except for in the case of extenuating circumstances, any member of the Executive
           Board who is absent for three (3) consecutive regular meetings or a total of three (3)
           consecutive meetings of the Executive Committee during an Association semester
           shall forfeit his/her office.

Section 5. Meetings of the Executive Board shall be at a location designated by the president.
           The president shall notify the Executive Board at any change in the location of their

Section 6. The dates and times for Executive Meetings shall be set by the Executive Board at its
           first meeting. Additional meetings may be called by the president or by members of
           the Executive Board.

ARTICLE III. General Meeting

Section 1. MEETINGS. The SVEA shall hold a minimum of eight (8) meetings yearly at a time
           and location to be determined by the Executive Board. Notice to all meetings shall be
           posted in all buildings of the SVEA.

Section 2. SPECIAL MEETINGS. Special meetings shall be held at the call of the president,
           the majority of the Executive Board, or upon the written request of the majority of the
           members.These meetings will consider only items specified in the call for such a
           meeting and shall deal with important matters, that arise between regular meetings
           and that urgently require action.

ARTICLE IV. Committees

Section 1. Special committees may be established by the president with the approval of the
           Executive Board.

Section 2. Special committees shall be established for the purpose of accomplishing a specific
           task within a limited time period. (Also known as “ad-hoc” committees.) The
           committee chairpersons shall be ex-officio members of the Executive Board.

Section 3. All committee chairpersons must have a 2.0 cumulative grade point average.


Section 1. Members shall pay annually the current fees for student memberships in the State, the
           current fees for membership in NEA-SP, and the current fees for the local.

Section 2. Dues for the local level shall be established by the executive board prior to the close
           of the membership year.

Section 3. All persons attending any special event must have all dues paid before attending.

ARTICLE VI. Nominations and Elections

Section 1. Elections will be conducted under guidelines approved by the general membership.

Section 2. All elections will be conducted using open nomination and secret ballot procedure.

ARTICLE VII. Due Process

Section 1. The SVEA shall guarantee that no member will be censored, suspended, or expelled
           without due process procedure which will include an appellate procedure.

Section 2. The SVEA shall guarantee that no member of the Executive Board shall be
           impeached and removed from office without a due process procedure which shall
           include an appellate procedure.

Section 3. The general membership shall approve rules and procedures to implement these due
           process guarantees.

ARTICLE VIII. Amendment Process

Section 1. These Bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of those present and voting
           at any general meeting.

Section 2. Proposed changes in these Bylaws shall be presented in writing to the membership at
           least two (2) weeks prior to the meeting at which they will be considered.

ARTICLE IX. Suspension Provision

Section 1. Any provision of these Bylaws may be suspended by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of those
           present and voting at any general meeting.

ARTICLE X. Parliamentary Authority
Section 1. Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised shall be the authority on all questions of
           procedure not specified in this Constitution, Bylaws, and Standing Rules.


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