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  • The International Student Organization (ISO) is dedicated to help international students at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with their academic, social, and cultural development. The organization provides opportunities for students to expand their insight on different cultures of the world by participating in educating and strengthening UW-L campus students and La Crosse community members.
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    FOREWORD

    The present document is a preliminary copy of the proposed constitution of the International Student Organization (ISO). It was prepared by members of the ISO’s committee on redrafting the constitution and by-laws in accordance with the request of the general membership.

    This constitution reflects the work of committee members and was passed by a unanimous vote in the committee’s meeting of February 9, 1988 further amendments were made in September 2005. Any proposed modification in the current constitution has been deliberated fully to assure improvement in ISO’s administration structure. However, the committee invites other proposals which could further the goals of the Organization.

    PROPOSED CONSTITUTION OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORGANIZATION

    PREAMBLE

    A cross-cultural exchange among individuals is one of the greatest educational benefits of an international campus. In light of this, we are organizing to promote international consciousness at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse by bringing the diverse nationalities here into closer contact to nurture international understanding and to contribute to the education development of human beings.

    ARTICLE I

    NAME AND NATURE

    Section 1.

    The name of the Organization shall be International Student Organization of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, hereinafter referred as the Organization.

    Section 2.

    The Organization shall be a not-for-profit entity.

    Section 3.

    The Organization shall be a cultural and educational organization.

    Section 4.

    The Organization shall be a student Organization and shall strive to maintain independence from any specific department, office, of division of the university of Wisconsin and from other governmental agencies or private organizations.

    ARTICLE II

    MEMBERSHIP

    Section 1.

    Any person who is classified as a student from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is eligible to be a member of the Organization. No requirements of eligibility for membership shall be based on color, creed, religion, sex, handicap, nationality, or social, economic or political ideology. An international Student means and includes an individual, group of individuals who was born anywhere in the world.

    ARTICLE III

    EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

    Section 1.

    The affairs of the Organization shall be governed by the Executive council of the Organization. The Executive Council shall exercise all powers not specifically prohibited to it by this constitution or the accompanying By-Laws.

    Section 2.

    The Executive Council shall consist of the Organization’s President and (2) houses: the Political House and Social House.

    Sub-Section 1. Political House: The Political House shall consist of the Vice-President for Administrative Affairs, the Vice-President for Academic Affairs, the Vice-President for Cultural Affair, and the Vice-President for Global Link.

    Sub-Section 2. Social House: The Social House shall consist of the Vice-President for Public Relations, the Vice-President for Sport and Activities, the Vice-President for Special Event, and the Vice-President for Cyber Link.

    Section 3.

    There shall be a transition period after election of the officers during which time the old officers and the new officers shall jointly serve in their respective offices.

    Section 4.

    The Executive council shall consist of a maximum of (1) one person from the same country.

    ARTICLE IV

    OFFICERS

    Section 1.

    The President, Vice-President for Administrative Affairs, Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Vice-President for Cultural Affairs, Vice-President for Global Link, Vice-President for Public Relation, Vice-President for Sports and Activities, Vice-President for Special Event, and Vice-President for Cyber Link shall be elected by the majority vote of the members of the Organization under the procedures as specified in the By-Laws.

    Section 2.

    A maximum of (6) six Associated Executives shall be elected by the majority vote of the entire executive council as needed.

    Section 3.

    Two (2) Associated Executives shall be elected as secretary, one for each house, and shall take charge of uploading minutes from each meeting, on the designated location.

    Section 4.

    The President shall be the chief executive officer of the Organization and shall have the powers and duties as specified in the By-Laws.

    Section 5.

    The Vice-President for Administrative Affairs shall take charge of the properties and keep the records of the Organization and have such powers and duties as specified in the By-Laws.

    Section 6.

    The Vice-President for Administrative Affairs shall serve in the President’s absence unless otherwise specified in the By-Laws.

    Section 7.

    The Vice-President for Academic Affairs shall represent the Organization in the student government of the University as a senator and shall have such powers and duties as specified in the By-Laws.

    Section 8.

    The Vice-President for Cultural Affairs shall represent the organization among the Diversity Organization Coalition.

    Section 9.

    The Vice-President for Global Link shall be responsible for all communication with the members of the Organization and represent the organization for all activities related to cultural exchange outside campus as a LFIS representative, and have such powers as specified by the By-Laws.

    Section 10.

    The Vice-President for Public Relation shall be responsible for publicity of various events organized by the Organization and have such powers as specified by the By-Laws.

    Section11.

    The Vice-President for Sports and Activities shall be responsible for all sports and outdoor activities organized by the Organization and have such powers as specified by the By-Laws

    Section 12.

    The Vice-President for Special Event shall be actively involved in all major periodic events organized by the Organization and have such powers as specified by the By-Laws.

    Section 13.

    The Vice-President for Cyber Link shall be responsible for updating the official website of the Organization and the myorg program and have such powers as specified by the By-Laws.

    Section 14.

    The removal of the President and any Vice-President shall require no less than 2/3 votes for the motion by the members of the Executive Council, unless otherwise specified in the By-Laws.

    ARTICLE V

    MEETINGS

    Section 1.

    “MEETINGS” MEAN AND INCLUDE:

    (a)    Social meetings sponsored or collaborated by the Organization;

    (b)   Executive Council meetings;

    (c)    Political House meetings;

    (d)   Social House meetings; and

    (e)   General meetings of the members of the Organization.

    Section 2.

    The Executive Council shall determine the time and place of the weekly meetings as specified in the By-Laws.

    Section 3.

    The Political House shall determine the time and place of the weekly meetings as specified in the By-Laws

    Section 4.

    The Social House shall determine the time and place of the weekly meetings as specified in the By-Laws

    Section 5.

    All decisions made by the general membership and/or by the Executive Council shall be recorded in the minutes of that meeting as specified in the By-Laws.

    Section 6.

    All minutes of the Organization shall be open to member’s inspection.

    ARTICLE VI

    AMENDMENTS

    Section 1.

    The Constitution shall be amended only in accordance with the process as specified in the By-Laws.

    Section 2.

    The Amendment shall be effective upon the adoption of a motion by no less than two thirds (2/3) of the members present and voting at a general meeting.

    ARTICLE VII

    ADVISOR

    Section 1.

    The Organization shall elect at least one (1) member of the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse as its Faculty Advisor(s). A motion to elect the Faculty Advisor may be introduced as specified in the By-Laws and required majority vote of the Organization membership.

    Section 2.

    Services of the Faculty Advisor are of advisory nature except those required by University’s Student Activities offices to those as specified in the By-Laws.

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  • ARTICLE I:  NAME & PURPOSE

    Section A:  Name - The name of this organization shall be International Student Organization of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, hereinafter referred as the Organization.
    Section B:  Purpose - The purpose of this organization shall be to represent the international students and other concerned individuals, groups of individual, and organization in matters of their common interests in the affairs of the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, academic or otherwise.
    ARTICLE II:  MEMBERSHIP
    Section A:  Eligibility - Membership shall be open to anyone who considers oneself international student. An international Student means and includes an individual, group of individuals who was born anywhere in the world.
    Section B:  Restrictions – ¾ of the membership will be UW-L students enrolled for a minimum of one semester hour of credit. The extension of membership and all membership privileges, including voting and eligibility to hold office, shall be given to all students without regard to age, ethnicity, gender (except as otherwise permitted by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972), disability, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status.
    Section C: All members shall have the rights conferred upon them as specified here under:
    1.  Vote for election of the officers, for amendment of the Constitution and By-Laws, and for any other matter which needs members’ votes.
    2.  Participation in all activities of general nature of the organization unless otherwise required by the Executive Council.
    ARTICLE III: OFFICERS
    Section A:  Officers - The officers shall be a President, Vice-President for Administrative Affairs, Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Vice-President for Cultural Affairs, Vice-President for Global Link, Vice-President for Public Relation, Vice-President for Sports and Activities, Vice-President for Event Coverage, and Vice-President for Cyber Link. 
    Section B:  Eligibility –
    Subsection 1: For every executive – The president/primary representative shall be enrolled at least half-time as a UW-L student, meaning enrollment for a minimum of six credits as an undergraduate, and enrollment for a minimum of four credits as a graduate student.
    Subsection 2: For the President – The president must be previous officer of the international Student Organization, of the international Student Organization, for at least one year, if applicable; but may not be re-elected for the same position.
    Subsection 3: For diversity – There can only be one (1) Executive member per country in the executive council whenever possible.
    Subsection 4: Procedure – The president or the Vice president shall complete an application form and submit it to OIE by the deadline to be eligible to run for these offices. No nomination will be accepted during the meeting designated as election meeting.
    Section C:  Election - The officers shall be elected by secret paper ballot at the last general meeting of the spring semester by a majority of the vote cast for that office. The counting of the ballot shall be performed immediately following their casting, and conducted by the faculty Advisor if applicable. In case no candidate receives a majority of the votes on the first ballot for an officer, there shall be a run-off between the two candidates receiving the largest number of votes for an office.
    Section D: Electors - Only members attending the election meeting may vote or be elected for an office, unless other arrangements were made by Faculty Advisor.
    Section E:  Term - The officers shall serve for one year and their term of office shall begin at the commencement of the last executive meeting of spring semester.
    Section F:  Vacancy - If a vacancy occurs in the office of President, the Vice-President for Administrative Affairs shall assume the office until the said office is filled by a successor that shall serve for the remainder of the term if applicable. The successor shall be elected within 3 weeks from the time when the vacancy occurred during the Academic year.

    ARTICLE IV:  DUTIES OF OFFICERS
    Section A:  President - It shall be the duty of the President to:
    1.  Preside at meetings.
    2.  Vote only in case of a tie.
    3.  Represent the organization in ceremonial matters of the University of entities within the University.
    4.  Attend the Political House, Social House, all executives, and general meeting.
    5.  Appoint committee chairpersons subject to the approval of the Executive Committee.
    6.  Serve as an ex-officio member of all committees except the nominating committee.
    7.  And perform such other duties as ordinarily pertain to this office.
    8.  Organize the elections of the associate executives for both Political and Social House.
    9.  Shall report to the general membership, the director of the Office of International Education, and the Faculty Advisor the policies and decisions of the executive council,
    Section B:  Vice-President for Administrative Affair - It shall be the duty of the Vice-President for Administrative Affair to:
    1.  It shall be the duty of the Vice-President to preside in the absence of the President.
    2.  Attend to the Political House, all executives, and general meetings.
    3.  Receive all funds and pay at the same on orders of the Executive Committee and signed by the President. 
    4.  Keep an itemized account of all receipts and expenditures and make reports as directed.
    5.  Make a yearly audit to the membership at the end of each school year and file a copy of same in the Student Activities Office.
    6.  Shall prepare periodic financial reports for presentation to the Executive council and an annual report for presentation to the members.
    7.  Take charge of the Organization’s official accounts kept with the Office of the Business Office of the University. All funds of the Organization shall be monitored through this account.
    Section C:  Vice-President for Academic Affair - It shall be the duty of the Vice-President for Academic Affair to:
    1.  Serve as the Organization’s senator or representative at the University’s student government functions.
    2.  Keep maintain information about activities sponsored with full or partial funds from student activities Office, Student Association, or other recognized entitles within the University
    3.  Serve in the International Education Committee
    4.  Attend to the Political House, all executives, and general meetings.
    Section D:  Vice-President for Cultural Affair - It shall be the duty of the Vice-President for Cultural Affair to:
    1.  Attend to the Diversity Organization Coalition as a represent of the International Student Organization.
    2.  Take minutes and maintain records and information about the work of the cultural Affairs committee and the cultural programs of the Organization.
    3.  Administer, in accordance with directions and authorities of the Executive Council, the cultural programs of the Organization.
    4.  Attend to the Political House, all executives, and general meetings.
    Section E:  Vice-President for Global Link - It shall be the duty of the Vice-President for Global Link to:
    1.  Represent the Organization in official matters concerning relations with entities outside the University including La Crosse Friends of International Students.
    2.  Represent the Organization in official matters concerning relations with the Office of International Student Organization.
    3.  Attend to the Political House, all executives, and general meetings.
    Section F:  Vice-President for Public Relation - It shall be the duty of the Vice-President for Public Relation to:
    1.  Administer, in accordance with directions and authorities of the Executive Council and the Public relations and Information Committee, the publicity and publication of the Organization including periodic publication of the Organization.
    2.  Keep track of funds allocated by the Executive Council for publicity, publication, and public relation purposes of the Organization.
    3.  Attend to the Social House, all executives, and general meetings.
    Section G:  Vice-President for Sports and Activities - It shall be the duty of the Vice-President for Sports and Activities to:
    1.  Organization weekly activities in accordance to the majority of the member’s hobbits (refer to the application form).
    2.  Keep track of funds allocated by the Executive Council for activities, sport, and entertainment purposes of the Organization.
    3.  Attend to the Social House, all executives, and general meetings.
    Section H:  Vice-President for Event Coordination - It shall be the duty of the Vice-President for Event Coordination to:
    1.  Reserve transportation and plan for supplies.
    2.  Represent the Organization as the Historian of the Organization for all the events.
    3.  Attend to the Social House, all executives, and general meetings.
    Section I:  Vice-President for Cyber Link - It shall be the duty of the Vice-President for Cyber Link to:
    1.  Update the ISO website at least once a week, with new events organized by ISO or other Organizations on campus.
    2.  Update Myorgs at least once a week, with new members and new activities
    3.  Upload minutes, pictures, and flyers on website and MyOrgs
    4.  Attend to the Social House, all executives, and general meetings.
    ARTICLE V: ASSOCIATE EXECUTIVES AND DUTIES
    Section A: Associate executives – there shall be two (2) secretaries, one per house as established in Article IV, section A-1, two (2) hall liaisons, one per house, and two (2) optional associate executives, one per each house.
    Section B:  Eligibility – Any members of the International Student Organization can apply for the position.
    Section C:  Election – The associate executives shall be elected by the Executive Council in the beginning of semester.
    Section D: Elector – the Executive Council shall elect the associate executives that will serve during the same year, based on their application form and interview. Two third (2/3) of the executive council shall be needed to elect each associate executives.
    Section E: Term – The associate executives shall serve for one year and their term of office shall begin at the commencement of the last executive meeting of spring semester.
    Section F: Duties –
    Subsection 1: Secretary Associate executives - It shall be the duty of the two Secretaries Associate executives to:
    1.  Record the minutes of all meetings.
    2.  Keep a file of the organization's records.
    3.  Maintain a current roster of membership.
    4.  Issue notices of meetings and conduct the general correspondence of the organization.
    5.  Attend to the assigned house meeting, all executives, and general meetings
    Subsection 2: Hall liaisons Associate executives - It shall be the duty of Hall liaisons Associate executives to:
    1.  Attend to at least two (2) Hall Councils a month
    2.  Represent the Organization among the different dorms
    3.  Attend to the assigned house meeting, all executives, and general meetings
    Section G: Additional Associate executives – Every House shall be allowed to elect an extra associate executive to fulfill a specific need that will attend to the assigned house meeting, all executives, and general meetings.
    Section H: Powers – The powers of the associate executives are:
    1.  The associate executives may express their opinion and ideas via an oral presentation during their assigned house and all executives meetings.
    2.  Contribute, financially or otherwise, or in printing, publishing, and circulating a newsletter or its equivalent, in addition to or in the absence of the official organ of the Organization.
    Section I: Restrictions – The Restrictions of the associate executives are:
    1.  The associate executives shall not have voting rights on the executive council
    2.  The associate executives shall not create, form, or constitute committees, under any name, for specific purposes, and for specific periods of time.
    3.  The associate executives shall not modify the constitution or By-Laws
    4.  The associate executives shall not seek, accept, or grant affiliation under any arrangement to any organization or institution having the same or similar philosophy as that of the Organization without the approval of the executive council.
    4.  The associate executives shall not print, publish, and circulate among members and/or non-members, a newsletter or its equivalent, which shall primarily serve as an official organ without the approval of the executive council.
    5.   The associate executives shall not collaborate with other organizations or institutions without the approval of the executive council.
    6.  The associate executives shall not remove the president or any vice president.
    Section J:  Vacancy - If a vacancy occurs in the office of associate executive, the elected Vice-President shall assume the office until the said office is filled by a successor that shall serve for the remainder of the term if applicable.
    Section K: Impeachment – The Executive Council may remove any of the said associate executives provided that:
    a. A written notice be given to all the members of the executive Council that a motion to remove will be introduced at the following meetings;
    b. The impeachment decision be approved wither by the Academic Advisor or the majority vote of the members and executive council present at the meeting.
    c. A maximum of three (3) unexcused absences of any types of meetings will result in a direct impeachment.

    ARTICLE VI:  MEETINGS
    Section A:  All Executive Council Meetings - All Executive Council meetings shall be held weekly during the regular school year.
    Section B: Political House Meetings – Political House meetings shall be held weekly and before the all Executive Council meetings during the regular school year.
    Section C: Social House Meetings – Social House meetings shall be held weekly and before the all Executive Council meetings during the regular school year.
    Section D: Houses Meetings – Political House and Social House meetings shall not be held at the same time.
    Section E:  General Meetings - General meetings may be called by the President with the approval of the Executive Committee.
    ARTICLE VII:  EXECUTIVE COUNCIL
    Section A:  Responsibility - Management of this organization shall be vested in an Executive Committee responsible to the entire membership to uphold these bylaws.
    Section B:  Membership - This council shall consist of the officers as listed in Article III and the faculty adviser.
    Section C:  Voting – Unless otherwise required, a majority vote of the Executive Council shall constitute action by the Council.
    Section D:  Quorum - A quorum of this committee shall consist of 2/3 of the members of the Executive Council.
    Section E: Prohibition – The Executive Council is specifically prohibited from:
    1.  Amending the constitution
    2.  Amending the By-Laws
    3.  Investing the funds of the Organization.
    4. Depleting at any moment the existing funds of the Organization below the amount of two hundred (200) dollars.
    Section F: Duties – The duties of the Executive Council are:
    1.  The achievement of the purposes of the Organization in accordance with the Constitution and By-Laws of the Organization.
    2.  The compliance with the Constitution and the By-Laws of the Organization in the conduct of the affairs of the Organization.
    3.  The compliance with the resolutions passed at the general meetings of the members of the Organization.
    4.  The acquisition, maintenance, protection, and disposal of properties, tangible or otherwise, in the best interests of the organization.
    5.  The fiduciary management of the funds of the Organization.
    Section G: Powers – The powers of the Executive Council are:
    1.  Create, form, or constitute committees, under any name, for specific purposes, and for specific periods of time.
    2.  Refuse any gift or Attendance, solicited or otherwise, in case where the said gift or Attendance be encumbered with explicit or implicit conditions, restrictive or contrary, to the letter or spirit of the Constitution of the Organization.
    3.  Seek, accept, or grant affiliation under any arrangement to any organization or institution having the same or similar philosophy as that of the Organization.
    4.  Print, publish, and circulate among members and/or non-members, a newsletter or its equivalent, which shall primarily serve as an official organ.
    5.  Contribute, financially or otherwise, or to collaborate with other organizations or institutions in printing, publishing, and circulating a newsletter or its equivalent, in addition to or in the absence of the official organ of the Organization.
    Section H: Impeachment –
    Subsection 1: Executive council and executive assistants – A maximum of three (3) unexcused absences of any types of meetings will result in a direct impeachment.
    Subsection1: President – The impeachment of the president shall be done by any one of the following:
    1.  The Executive Council may remove any of the said officers provided that:
    a. A written notice be given to all the members of the executive Council that a motion to remove will be introduced at the following meetings;
    b. The impeachment decision be approved wither by the Academic Advisor or the majority vote of the members and executive council present at the meeting.
    2.  Members may remove any of the said officers following a petition signed by twenty five (25) percent of the organization’s members requesting impeachment of any officer. The Executive shall call a general meeting of the officers.
    3.  The Academic Advisor may remove any of the said officers if the Academic Advisor finds that the performance of behavior of the officer being removed is harmful to the goals of the Organization or its efficient operation as an important organization on campus. No further approval shall be necessary.
    Subsection 2: Vice-President – The impeachment of the any Vice President shall be done by any one of the following.
    1.  The executive Council may remove any of the said officers provided that
    a. A written notice be given to all the members of the executive Council that a motion to remove will be introduced at the following meetings;
    b. The impeachment decision be approved wither by the Academic Advisor or the majority vote of the members and executive council present at the meeting.
    3.  The Academic Advisor may remove any of the said officers if the Academic Advisor finds that the performance of behavior of the officer being removed is harmful to the goals of the Organization or its efficient operation as an important organization on campus. No further approval shall be necessary.

    ARTICLE VIII:  FACULTY ADVISER
    Section A:  Selection - There shall be a faculty adviser obtained each year by the membership. The adviser can be anyone employed by the UW institution where the organization is seeking recognition.
    Section B: Duties - The responsibilities of the faculty adviser shall be to:
    1.  Maintain an awareness of the activities and programs sponsored by the student organization.
    2.  Meet on a regular basis with the leader of the student organization to discuss upcoming meetings, long range plans, goals, and problems of the organization.
    3.  Attend regular meetings, executive board meetings as often as schedule allows.
    4.  Attend in the orientation of new officers.
    5.  Explain and clarify to the student organization campus policy and procedures that apply to the organization.
    6.  Maintain contact with the office of Student Activities & Centers.
    7.  Provide direction in the area of parliamentary procedure, meeting facilitation, group building, goal setting, and program planning.
    8.  Attend the organization treasurer in monitoring expenditures, fundraising activities, and corporate sponsorship to maintain an accurate and up-to-date account ledger.
    9.  Inform organization members of those factors which constitute unacceptable behavior on the part of the organization members, and the possible consequence of said behaviors.
    ARTICLE X:  AMENDMENTS
    Section A: Selection – The Constitution and By-laws may be amended by the following process:
    1. All proposed amendments shall be submitted in writing to Vice-President for Administrative Affairs who shall then report them to the Executive Council in its earliest session following the receipt of the proposed amendments.
    2.  The Executive Council shall review the proposed amendment.
    3.  Upon the approval of the Executive Council, a general meeting shall be called for a vote on the proposed amendment.
    4.   A petition signed by at least twenty five (25) per cent of the active members of the Organization shall not need the approval of the Executive Council stated in VII-1.1c. The Vice-President for Administrative Affairs shall call a general meeting.
    5.  The Executive Council may adopt an emergency amendment to the By-Laws provided
    that the amendment is ratified by two-thirds (2/3) of members present and voting in the
    next general meeting.
    Section B:  Notice - All members shall receive advance notice of the proposed amendment at least five days before the meeting.
    Section C: Vote – These By-Laws may be changed or modified by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of members present and voting at a general meeting. Provisions of By-laws Article VII, Section I, shall apply to By-laws amendments as well. The Executive Council may adopt an emergency amendment to the By-Laws provided that the amendment is ratified by two-thirds (2/3) of members present and voting in the next general meeting