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					                           Constitution of
 The Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting


The name of this organization is the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and
Accounting (ALPFA). It is the student chapter of the national chapter ALPFA.


We at the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting strive to create
an environment that fosters professionalism and leadership. The organization will
provide assistance in job allocation, training, as well as provide a link between
professionals and Latino students, thus preparing its members for success in and out of
the corporate American workforce.


Membership and participation are open to all Purdue University students
regardless of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, marital
status, parental status, sexual orientation, disability, or status as a disabled or
Vietnam-era veteran.

Members shall comply with all regulations set by Purdue University and the national
chapter of ALPFA.

Section I

Members shall pay all dues required by the ALPFA national chapter in addition to dues
set by the elected officers. Dues shall be set according to the reasonable discretion of
the elected officers. Dues shall be delinquent after October for the fall membership and
February for the spring semester or as deemed necessary by the elected officers. Any
late membership is subject to a higher fee. Members may be reinstated after payment
of dues.

Section II
Rights and Privileges

To be considered for awards, including, but not limited to the national conference, the
Purdue chapter of ALPFA will rely on points acquired through participation in designated
activities. (See Article III Section III). Consideration for awards will be based upon an
accumulation of past and current participation. Past participation will carry a weight of
35% of total points earned the fall semester, and current participation will carry a weight
of 65% of points earned during the spring semester. In the event a member joins during
the spring semester the points acquired during that semester will carry a weight of
100%. To gain the privilege of being considered for awards, a member must
accumulate 80% of total points. The president will be in charge of determining who
earns the award, based on the points members acquire.

Section III
Point System

Membership shall be evaluated through a point system. The equation for membership
of regular members is 65%*(current activity)+35%*(past semester activity)=points
acquired. For new members the equation is 100%*(current activity). Points awarded
are as follows.
 Each meeting attended shall be awarded four points.
 Each formal shall be awarded three points
 Preparation for an event shall be awarded five points
 Participation in each professional meeting shall be awarded four points
 Community Service shall be awarded two points
 Execution of events shall be awarded three points
 Fundraising events shall be awarded three points
Meetings shall consist of any gathering the officers put together in order to discuss the
direction of the organization.
Formals shall consist of gatherings offered by officers or club members with the
approval of officers, for the purpose of networking.
Preparation shall consist of the organization of an event.
Professional meetings shall consist of any meeting presented by the organization, for
the purpose of linking students to professionals.
Community service shall consist of any act done by a member to better the community.
Execution shall consist of carrying out and facilitating events.
Fundraising events shall consist of any event that is used to raise money for the

Section III
Removal of Members

In the event that a member acts disorderly jeopardizing the name of ALPFA, the
member will first receive a verbal warning from the president which will be noted. The
second time of the occurrence there shall be a meeting scheduled between the
President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and the member to share perspective of
the situation. After meeting with the member a 2/3 vote of present paid members will be
taken to remove the member, or allow continued participation in the organization.

Section III
Non-Student Members
The advisor serves as a non-student member of the organization, with all rights and
privileges therein, except for the right to vote or hold office.

Purdue University staff and faculty are eligible for adjunct membership, which means
they may not vote or hold office.

This organization shall select from its members a President, Vice-President, Secretary,
and Treasurer.

Section I

 a. Have at least a 2.50 cumulative grade point average and at least a 2.50 grade point
    ratio in the semester immediately prior to the election/appointment, the semester of
    election/appointment and semesters during the term of office.
 b. Have a minimum of 12 credit hours in the semester of office.
 c. Be in good standing with the university, including but not limited to not being in
    academic probation.
 d. Be subject to removal from office by the organization and/or the organizations
    official University Advisor should the student fail to maintain the requirements as
    prescribed in (a), (b) and (c).

Officers and Duties

 President shall serve as the vision and direction of the organization, shall preside over
 all ALPFA meetings, shall keep track of member involvement (ie point system), shall
 be responsible for the content of each meetings agenda, shall coordinate all activities
 of ALPFA, shall act as Chairperson of the Council, and be responsible for enforcing all
 of the provisions and guidelines as set forth in the Constitution and in the standard
 operating procedures.

 Vice President shall assume the president’s duties in the event of removal or
 resignation of the president or the president’s absence, shall provide assistance to the
 president, shall serve as a liaison between the Latino Cultural Center and ALPFA,
 shall coordinate the events sponsored by ALPFA.

 Secretary shall maintain a record of the meetings held by ALPFA, shall keep record of
 member attendance, shall coordinate community involvement projects, shall handle
 the election process including officer applications and the organization of the election,
 shall work with the webmaster to make sure the website is up to date with any records
 collected, shall conduct all follow-up with event sponsors, and participation of any non-
 member parties. Additionally, the secretary shall keep a photo archive of ALPFA

 Treasurer shall keep account, deposit the organization’s funds, and make
 expenditures in a manner approved by the Business Office for Student Organizations.
 The treasurer shall make an annual report and all other financial reports by and for the
 council and shall transfer to the incoming treasurer any balance of the ALPFA funds,
 shall keep records of all membership dues, shall oversee delegated chair positions
 and perform other duties as may be assigned by the president. Additionally shall
 serve as the coordinator for any social event.
Section I
Removal of elected officer

An elected official shall be removed if the executive Council feels that the elected
official is neglecting his/her duties and responsibilities, and/or act in anyway
jeopardizing the name of ALPFA. There shall be a meeting schedule with the elected
official to share perspective of situation prior to voting. After meeting with the elected
official, it will be brought before the active members for a 2/3 vote in order for

This Vacancy will be filled according to Article V I, Section 4.

Article VI
Election Procedures

As stated in Article V Officers and Duties, the secretary shall preside over the election
process. In the event that the secretary is running for reelection, the president will
appoint a member to preside over the election of the secretary.

Section I
Voting Rights
Voting rights are given to active members who have accumulated 50% of points.
Each member shall have one vote on any matter. In all cases, unless otherwise
specified in this constitution or By-Laws, a majority vote shall rule. In the case of a tie
the President shall constitute the tie braking point. In order to carry out an election a
quorum must be present; a quorum shall be defined as half the eligible members plus

Section II
Election Time
Officers shall be elected at a designated election meeting during the month of April.

Section III
Required Vote
Officers shall be elected by a simple majority vote of whoever is present at the election

Section IV
Officer Vacancy
In the event of the vacancy of an elected office other than the president, an active
member shall be elected by a simple majority vote, of active members present at

Section V
Candidate applications
A member interested in running for candidacy, shall fill out an application at least one
month prior to when elections are held. The secretary will review applications, in order
to verify the interested member meets officer qualifications.

Amendments shall be approved by a majority of elected officials before being
introduced to the office of the Dean of Students.

All amendments to the constitution and bylaws are subject to the approval of the
Office of the Dean of Students.

The signatures of the president and advisor, the date of adoption, and spaces for the
date of University recognition and signature of the Dean of Students Office should
appear at the end of the constitution and are required before final recognition.

Date of Adoption                       Date of Recognition

President’s signature                  Office of the Dean of Students

Advisor’s signature

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