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The Constitution of Dublin University Internet Society

Name

  1. The Society shall be known as Dublin University Internet Society.

Objectives

  1. To promote the Internet and Internet literacy, to act as a focal point for all new and existing internet users within the University, and to encourage members to contribute to the Internet community.

Membership

  1. Membership shall be open to all capitated students and staff of the University of Dublin on payment of an annual subscription as shall be decided by the Committee or Annual General Meeting (AGM) within the limits set by the CSC.
  2. Honorary Membership may be given to those individuals who have made a significant contribution to the society. Honorary Members are not entitled to vote at an AGM or EGM, nor are they permitted to run for election for a position on the Committee. Their membership will last for one year only.

The Committee

  1. The Committee shall consist of the following list of an Auditor, Secretary, Treasurer, Public Relations Officer (P.R.O.), Amenities Officer, Events Officer, Inter-Societies Liaison Officer, Webmaster and 4 Ordinary Committee Members.
  2. The Senior Officers shall be elected as laid out in Article 8 and shall consist of the following:
    1. Auditor
    2. Secretary
    3. Treasurer
  3. The Junior Officers shall be elected as laid out in Article 8 consist of the following:
    1. Public Relations Officer (P.R.O.)
    2. Amenities Officer
    3. Events Officer
    4. Inter-Societies Liaison Officer
    5. Webmaster
  4. The 4 OCMs shall be appointed as laid out in Article 8.
  5. No individual may hold more than one position on the committee.

Committee Meetings

  1. The Committee shall meet weekly during term at an agreed date and time.
  2. All meetings of the committee shall be open for any member of the society to attend except in exceptional circumstances as outlined in Schedule 1.
  3. Notice of not less than two days must be given to committee members ahead of a committee meeting.
  4. Attendance at committee meetings is compulsory for all committee members. Apologies for inability to attend must be sent to the secretary no later than three hours before the meeting is scheduled to begin.
  5. Failure to attend three consecutive committee meetings without accepted apologies shall result in said committee member being subject to the removal procedure laid out in Article 9.
  6. Quorum for committee meetings shall be half of the committee. One senior officer must also be present.
  7. Accurate minutes of the meeting shall be kept and distributed as outlined in Schedule 1.
  8. All committee members shall adopt the guidelines outlined in Article 11.

The Annual General Meeting and Extraordinary General Meetings

  1. Notice of no less than three days must be given to members ahead of either an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) or the Annual General Meeting (AGM).
    1. Notice must include the date, time, place and agenda for the meeting.
  2. The quorum for either an AGM or an EGM shall be twenty people, or one tenth of the membership of the society, whichever is larger.
  3. Any member of the college may attend either an AGM or EGM but only fully-paid members of the society are entitled to vote.
  4. No persons admitted to membership less than twenty-four hours prior to an AGM or an EGM shall be entitled to vote at that meeting.
  5. An EGM of the society may be called in accordance with the procedure laid out in Article 7.
  6. An AGM must be held once a year in Hilary term in accordance to the procedure laid out in Schedule 2.

Calling of an Extraordinary General Meeting

  1. The items brought before an EGM must be exceptional in nature and should refer to changes in the constitution or to bring about an election to fill a vacancy on the committee.
  2. An EGM of the society may be called by 50% of the members of the society submitting a signed petition stating clearly the reasons for the EGM to the Secretary or by the committee submitting the same document.
  3. The petition must be signed by fully paid members of the society and should include student number and name.
  4. Upon presentation of the petition an EGM must be held within two term weeks.
  5. Notice for the EGM must be given in accordance with Article 6a.

Election of Committee Members

  1. Each election shall be of the form of a proportional representation secret ballot. In the case of there being only a single candidate for a position the members shall be asked to ratify or reject this candidate using a “yes/no” option.
  2. Candidates must be fully paid members of the society in order to be considered for election to the committee.
  3. All named officer positions and 2 OCM positions shall be elected at the AGM.
  4. The 2 remaining OCM positions shall be co-opted by the committee on the condition that they previously attend 3 committee meetings.
  5. Each candidate must be nominated and seconded by fully paid members of the society in accordance with Schedule 2.
  6. Each candidate may participate in hustings or have someone speak on their behalf during the AGM in accordance with the procedure laid out in Schedule 2.

Removal of persons from the Committee

  1. Any individual who fails to attend three consecutive committee meetings without explanation shall be deemed to have resigned from the committee and a person to replace them shall be appointed according to Article 10.
    1. Having missed two consecutive meetings without explanation the Secretary shall communicate with the individual the consequences of missing another meeting.
  2. Any committee member who, while on society business, breaks or attempts to break college regulations shall be deemed to have resigned from the committee with immediate effect and a person to replace them shall be appointed according to Article 10.
  3. Any member of the committee may step down at any point during the year by formally offering their resignation in writing to the senior officers who shall accept it and replace the committee member as laid out in Article 10.
    1. Notice of at least one week must be given.
  4. Upon the death or incapacitation of a committee member, a replacement may be co-opted in accordance with the procedure outlined in Article 10.
  5. A committee member may be impeached for failure to fulfil their duties as outlined in Article 1 through a committee vote at which a supermajority of 2/3rds of the entire committee is attained.
    1. At the meeting to remove a committee member, the person being impeached may address the meeting prior to the vote taking place.
    2. The vote to remove a committee member must be held by secret ballot and must be carried by a 2/3rd’s majority of all members of the committee
    3. Following the removal of the committee member a by-election shall take place immediately in accordance with the election procedure in Article 8.
    4. A committee member may also be removed through a motion obtaining a simple majority at an EGM.
    5. The decision of the committee in the removal of a committee member may be overturned by a motion at an EGM.
  6. Any member who resigns from their position or is removed from it may not be elected to the committee again during that society session.

Co-opting of a Committee Member

  1. Following the promotion, resignation or death of a member as outlined in Article 9 the committee shall convene and shall co-opt an eligible member to fill the role vacated on a temporary basis until the next available AGM or EGM which should take place within two weeks.

The Role of Committee Members

  1. All committee members shall:
    1. Be answerable to the committee.
    2. Attend all committee meetings.
    3. Attend all society events where possible.
    4. Have a responsibility to promote the society in the college.
    5. Attend all training provided by the CSC or other bodies when deemed appropriate.
  2. In addition to the duties of all committee members the Auditor shall:
    1. Oversee the general running of the society.
    2. Chair all committee meetings including any EGMs or AGMs.
    3. Cast the deciding vote in all hung votes with the exception of fiscal issues in which the treasurer shall retain the right of veto.
    4. Represent the society in all dealings with the college.
    5. Prepare a handbook to be passed on to their successor.
  3. In addition to the duties of all committee members the Secretary shall:
    1. Be responsible for all correspondence of the Society.
    2. Take and record the minutes of all meetings of the Society and of the Committee.
    3. Promptly send out minutes from all meetings to relevant parties within 24 hours of the meeting ending.
    4. Provide the secretary of the CSC with a written record of the Society’s activities during their term of office not later than the date set by the CSC for submission of this report.
    5. Inform the CSC promptly of any changes to the constitution of the society.
    6. Keep a record of membership that is up-to-date and ensure that it is kept confidential, allowing only the Treasurer and Auditor to see it in the execution of their duties.
    7. Prepare a handbook for their successor.
  4. In addition to the duties of all committee members the Treasurer shall:
    1. Be responsible for all finances of the Society, and have final say on all matters of expenditure of the funds of the Society remaining conscious of the consensus of the Committee of the Society.
    2. Be responsible for the collection of annual subscriptions from society members.
    3. Be responsible for maintaining the society accounts.
    4. Have the duty of conducting routine communication with the CSC on financial matters including the provision of estimates of expenditure.
    5. Prepare the grant application for submission to the CSC promptly each year.
    6. Prepare a handbook for their successor.
  5. In addition to the duties of all committee members the P.R.O. shall:
    1. Be responsible for all facets of the society’s promotion.
    2. Send out the weekly email outlining the society’s weekly events.
    3. Organise and oversee the design, printing and distribution of all the society’s printed materials including but not limited to posters, membership cards and leaflets.
    4. Prepare a handbook for their successor.
  6. In addition to the duties of all committee members the Amenities Officer shall:
    1. Be responsible for keeping the Society room clean and tidy.
    2. Be responsible for the library, and to ensure that all books which are lent out are returned.
    3. Prepare a handbook for their successor.
  7. In addition to the duties of all committee members the Events Officer shall:
    1. Be responsible for the organisation of Society events.
    2. Book rooms/venues to be used for Society events.
    3. Prepare a handbook for their successor.
  8. In addition to the duties of all committee members the Inter-Societies Liaison Officer shall:
    1. Be responsible for communications between the Society and other Internet-related societies from different Universities around Ireland.
    2. Prepare a handbook for their successor.
  9. In addition to the duties of all committee members the Webmaster shall:
    1. Be responsible for maintaining all forms of social media which is used by the Society.
    2. Be responsible for keeping the Society website up-to-date with news relating to the Society and events run by the Society.
    3. Prepare a handbook for their successor.
  10. In addition to the duties of all committee members the Ordinary Members of Committee shall:
    1. Help officers in the execution of their duties.
  11. No member of committee may profit in any way from their involvement in the society.

The Administration of the Services of the Society

  1. The services related to the aims of the society as defined in Article 2 rendered by the Society to its members typically require the use of computer systems under the control of the Society, hereafter referred to as "the Servers".
  2. The responsibility for maintenance, upkeep, administration, security, and reliability of the Servers, and the associated services, is undertaken by a set of fully-paid society members, hereafter referred to as "the System Administrators".
  3. New System Administrators are chosen by current System Administrators.
  4. Outgoing System Administrators shall train new System Administrators in the setup of the Servers and associated services, as well as current best practices in system administration of the relevant types of services provided by the Society.
  5. System Administrators will ensure the Servers, and associated services, are compliant with the relevant policies set out by the Society, Information Systems Services, HEAnet, and all other agencies to which computers on the College network must comply with, hereafter referred to as "the Policies".
  6. System Administrators will ensure users of the Servers, and associated services, comply with the Policies and undertake, within reasonable limits, both proactive and reactive measures against potential and realised infringements of the Policies, respectively.
  7. The actions of the System Administrators are open to review of the Committee and are answerable to the Committee.
  8. The System Administrators will inform the Committee, within a reasonable time frame, of measures undertaken to resolve issues related to the Services and associated services.

Finances

  1. The Auditor or the Treasurer or any member of the Society may be requested to appear before the CSC, or an officer or sub-committee of the CSC to provide information concerning the finances of the Society. If a prima facie case exists that Society funds have been misused or misappropriated, the CSC may ask the Senior Dean to declare the person(s) responsible indebted to the College, in which case they may not be permitted to register for the following academic year or to have their degree conferred.
  2. The Treasurer shall close their accounts in accordance with CSC guidelines and as soon as may be possible thereafter shall arrange for the accounts to be audited as provided by the CSC. In due course these accounts shall be presented to the Committee of the Society and the CSC for approval.
  3. All cheques and withdrawal forms from the Society's bank account shall be signed by two of the designated officers, namely the Auditor, Treasurer and Secretary.

Amendments

  1. This constitution may only be amended by a vote of a majority of those present at an EGM or an AGM. Notices of such amendments must be submitted in writing not less than five days before the date of the general meeting and must be signed by a proposer and seconder, each of whom shall be fully paid-up members of the Society.
  2. The Schedules of this Constitution may be changed by the Committee, only with a two-thirds majority at a quorate Committee meeting.
  3. This constitution is binding as and from the date of being approved by both the Society and the CSC.
  4. An up to date copy of the constitution shall be available to members upon request.

Schedule 1

  1. All comments, considerations and discussions at a meeting of the Committee are open to all members of the Society, unless it is specifically agreed and recorded that one or more items from the meeting are to be held in camera.
  2. If a meeting, or part thereof, is to be held in camera, all persons who are not members of the committee shall leave the room for the duration of the discussion on that topic, unless one or more of them are invited to remain.
  3. In the case that some person, or persons, are invited to remain, they shall be asked to leave the room, whilst the Committee discuss their invite. The Committee shall then vote on whether or not to allow those persons leave to remain, with each individual in question being voted upon sequentially.
  4. The Committee bears collegiate responsibility for all its actions. Thus, if a matter is agreed by majority vote, each member must give that decision full public support, regardless of private feelings.
  5. Each member has a single vote on each issue. In the case of an equality of votes cast the Auditor has a single casting vote. The treasurer retains the right to veto any issues of financial implication.
  6. Any member of committee may request that a ballot be held in secret on any vote and this request must be complied with.
  7. Minutes of the previous meeting must be accepted at the beginning of the meeting.

Schedule 2

The agenda for an AGM or EGM shall be set out as follows:

  1. Reports
    1. These reports, which should be brief, may be delivered verbally with a written copy available on request.
    2. The reports should be presented in the following order.
      1. Auditor
      2. Secretary
      3. Treasurer
  2. Elections for all on the Committee.
    1. The elections for the Officers shall take place consecutively in the order Auditor, Secretary, Treasurer, Public Relations Officer, Amenities Officer, Events Officer, Inter-Societies Liaison Officer, Webmaster. Following the election for the Officers, there shall be a single election for the four Ordinary Committee Member positions.
    2. Each candidate shall be allowed address the AGM, if they wish for a maximum of two minutes prior to the election.
    3. The results from the first election shall be announced before the second election takes place, and so on throughout the elections.
    4. The votes for all elections shall be counted by not less than two tellers, neither of whom shall have any material interest in the election.
  3. Any motions should be submitted for consideration not less than five days before the date of the AGM/EGM. Any such motions must have been circulated to all members of the Society not less than three days before the date of the AGM/EGM.