Constitution and Bylaws

 

  • Constitution

    Constitution of The Graduate and Professional Student Association of Washington State University (Revised January 25, 2016)

     

    Article I: NAME OF THE ORGANIZATION

    The name of this organization shall be the GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL STUDENT ASSOCIATION OF WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY, herein referred to as the GPSA.


    Article II: PURPOSE

    The purpose of the GPSA is to work for further improvement of the quality of graduate/professional education and graduate/professional student life at Washington State University. The GPSA shall present the interests of the graduate/professional student body to the appropriate persons and organizations.

    Section I: The authority of the GPSA. The GPSA is established under the authority of the Washington State University Board of Regents.

    Section II: The Exercise of Power by the GPSA. The authorities and powers of the GPSA shall be exercised by the GPSA Senate (Constitution, Article IV), the GPSA Executive Officers (Constitution, Article V, Section I through III), and GPSA Committees (Bylaws, Article III) in accordance with the GPSA Constitution and the GPSA Bylaws.

    Section III: Limits to the Exercise of Authority by the GPSA. The authority to exercise the powers of the GPSA shall be subject to such legislation and conditions as the Washington State University Board of Regents may prescribe. Notwithstanding these limits, the GPSA shall operate in accordance with the laws of the State of Washington and the United States of America.


    Article III: GPSA MEMBERSHIP

    All Pullman Services and Activities’ fee paying students enrolled in the Washington State University Graduate School or a Washington State University Professional Program, shall be members of the GPSA (Bylaws, Article I).


    Article IV: THE GPSA SENATE

    There shall be a GPSA Senate whose responsibility will be to carry out the business of the GPSA in all respects.

    Section I: Duties of the GPSA Senate. The GPSA Senate is the legislative arm of the GPSA and shall herein be referred to as the Senate.

    Section II: Voting Members of the GPSA Senate. The voting members of the Senate shall consist of the GPSA Senators (Bylaws, Article III, Section 1), the GPSA President (Bylaws, Article III, Section 2), the GPSA Vice President (Bylaws, Article III, Section 3) and the GPSA District Representatives (Bylaws, Article III, Section 5).

    Section III: The GPSA Senators. GPSA Senators will be elected by and represent the members of their graduate or professional program to serve in the Senate.

    1. Terms of Office for GPSA Senators. The terms of office for all GPSA Senators shall run from the date elected to May 15 of the following year.
    2. Recall of GPSA Senators. GPSA Senators may be recalled by their constituents at any time during their term of office. Recall shall be initiated upon presentation to the GPSA President a recall petition by at least one-third (1/3) of the GPSA members in that department or program. Upon receipt of the petition and verification of the signatures, the GPSA President shall appoint a member of the GPSA Executive Board (Bylaws, Article I, Section 3) to the task of supervising a recall election to be held not less than ten (10) and not more than thirty (30) days following notification of the GPSA Senator. The GPSA Senator involved in the recall shall be notified in writing at least two (2) weeks prior to the recall election.
    3. Representation and Election of GPSA Senators. The representation and election of members from departments to serve as GPSA Senators shall be defined in the GPSA Bylaws (Bylaws, Article II).

    Section IV: The Chair of the GPSA Senate. The Chair of the Senate shall be the GPSA Vice President.

    1. Voting by the Senate Chair. The Chair of the Senate shall vote in the Senate only in the case of a tie.
    2. Absence of the GPSA Vice President from GPSA Senate Meeting. In the case of absence of the GPSA Vice President from a Senate meeting, the GPSA President shall assume the responsibilities and privileges of the GPSA Vice President's role as Chair of the Senate for the duration of the Senate meeting from which the GPSA Vice President is absent. 


    Article V: THE GPSA EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

    There shall be executive officers of the GPSA.

    Section I: The GPSA President. There shall be a President of the GPSA.

    1. Term of Office for GPSA President. The terms of office for the GPSA President shall run from May 16 of the year elected to May 15 of the following year.
    2. Recall of the GPSA President. The GPSA President may be recalled by vote of the membership. Recall shall be initiated by the remaining members of the GPSA Executive Board upon receipt of a recall petition signed by twenty (20%) percent of the membership. Upon receipt of the petition and verification of the signatures, the remaining members of the GPSA Executive Board shall schedule a recall election to be held not less than ten (10) days and not more than thirty (30) days following notification of the GPSA President. The GPSA President shall be informed of the initiation to recall at least two (2) weeks prior to the recall election.
    3. Eligibility, Election and Duties of the GPSA President. The eligibility, election and duties of the GPSA President shall be as defined in the GPSA Bylaws (Article III, Section 2).

    Section II: The GPSA Vice President. There shall be a Vice President of the GPSA.

    1. Term of Office for the GPSA Vice President. The term of office for the GPSA Vice President shall run from May 16 of the year elected to May 15 of the following year.
    2. Recall of the GPSA Vice President. The GPSA Vice President may be recalled by vote of the membership. Recall shall be initiated by the remaining members of the GPSA Executive Board upon receipt of a recall petition signed by twenty (20%) percent of the membership. Upon receipt of the petition and verification of the signatures, the remaining members of the GPSA Executive Board shall schedule a recall election to be held not less than ten (10) days and not more than thirty (30) days following notification of the GPSA Vice President. The GPSA Vice President shall be informed of the initiation to recall at least two (2) weeks prior to the recall election.
    3. Eligibility, Election and Duties of the GPSA Vice President. The eligibility, election and duties of the GPSA Vice President shall be as defined in the GPSA Bylaws (Article III, Section 3).

    Section III: The GPSA District Representatives. There shall be District Representatives of the GPSA.

    1. Terms of Office for GPSA District Representatives. The terms of office for the GPSA District Representatives shall be the same as that for GPSA Senators (Constitution, Article IV, Section III, A).
    2. Recall of GPSA District Representatives. GPSA District Representatives may be recalled by vote of the membership of their district. Recall shall be initiated by the GPSA President upon receipt of a recall petition signed by twenty (20%) percent of the GPSA membership from the district represented by the District Representative in question. Upon receipt of the petition and verification of the signatures, the GPSA President shall schedule a recall election to be held not less than ten (10) days and not more than thirty (30) days following notification of the District Representative concerned. The District Representative concerned shall be informed of the initiation to recall at least two (2) weeks prior to the recall election.
    3. Eligibility, Election and Duties of the GPSA District Representatives. The eligibility, election and duties of GPSA District Representatives shall be as defined in the GPSA Bylaws (Article III Section 5).


    Article VI: GPSA COMMITTEES

    There shall be Committees of the GPSA.

    Section I: The GPSA Executive Board. There shall be an Executive Board of the GPSA whose responsibility shall be the day-to-day operations of the GPSA and all other responsibilities assigned to it by the GPSA Constitution  and the GPSA Bylaws.

    1. Duties of the GPSA Executive Board. The GPSA Executive Board shall serve as the executive arm of the GPSA and shall herein be referred to as the Executive Board.
    2. Membership of the Executive Board. The Executive Board shall consist of the GPSA President, the GPSA Vice President, the Director of Legislative Affairs and the GPSA District Representatives.
    3. Voting Privileges on the Executive Board. Each member of the Executive Board shall have one (1) vote in the Executive Board.
    4. The Chair of the Executive Board. The Chair of the Executive Board shall be the GPSA President.
    5. Voting by the Executive Board Chair. The Chair of the Executive Board shall vote in the Executive Board only in the case of a tie.
    6. Absence of the GPSA President from a GPSA Executive Board Meeting. In the case of absence of the GPSA President from an Executive Board meeting, the GPSA Vice President shall assume the responsibilities and privileges of the GPSA President's role as Chair of the Executive Board for the duration of the Executive Board meeting from which the GPSA President is absent.

    Section II: Other GPSA Committees. Other GPSA Committees shall be formed as indicated by the Senate or its designated representative(s) or the GPSA Bylaws (Article III, Section 8).


    Article VII: PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY

    The business of the Senate, the Executive Board or other GPSA Committees shall be conducted according to Robert's Rules of Order, Revised, except as otherwise provided in the GPSA Constitution  or the GPSA Bylaws. All questions shall be ruled on by the Senate Chair, the Executive Board Chair or the Chair of other GPSA Committees subject to a vote by the Senate, the Executive Board or the other members of a GPSA Committee.


    Article VIII: THE GPSA CONSTITUTION

    There shall be a Constitution of the GPSA which shall serve, in conjunction with the GPSA Bylaws as the governing documents of the GPSA and of its subsidiaries.

    Section I: Adoption of the GPSA Constitution. This Constitution was adopted after it was approved by (2/3) vote of the Senate and approved by the Washington State University Board of Regents. In conformity with the adopted amendments, Board of Regents’ approval will not be required for future amendments.

    1. Precedence of the GPSA Constitution. This Constitution shall supersede all previous Constitutions of the GPSA.
    2. Retention of Senators and Officers. Officers and Senators elected prior to or concurrently with the adoption of this constitution shall continue to hold or assume their offices, but their respective powers and authorities will be governed by this Constitution.

    Section II: Amendments to the GPSA Constitution. Amendments to this Constitution may be submitted to the Senate following: a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Executive Board or by a petition to the GPSA President signed by ten (10%) percent of the membership.

    1. Voting Procedures for Constitutional Amendments. Two-thirds (2/3) of the Senate voting to support a constitutional amendment shall guarantee the submission of the amendment to the membership for ratification in an election to be held coincidentally with the GPSA General Election of GPSA Executive Officers.
    2. Voting Margin for Approval of Constitutional Amendments. A simple majority of the votes cast by the membership in favor of a proposed constitutional amendment in the GPSA General Elections shall constitute approval of the proposed constitutional amendment.


    Article IX: THE GPSA BYLAWS

    There shall be Bylaws of the GPSA which shall serve in conjunction with the GPSA Constitution, as the governing documents of the GPSA and all of its subsidiaries.

    Section I: Amendments to the GPSA Bylaws. Proposed amendments to the GPSA Bylaws may be submitted to the Senate following:  a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Executive Board or by a petition to the GPSA President signed by ten (10%) percent of the membership.

    1. Approval of Proposed Amendments to the GPSA Bylaws. A two-thirds (2/3) vote in favor of a proposed amendment to the GPSA Bylaws at a Senate meeting shall constitute approval of the proposed amendment.
    2. Notification of the GPSA Senate of Proposals to Amend the GPSA Bylaws. Written notice of any proposed amendments to the GPSA Bylaws must be submitted to the members of the Senate prior to the Senate meeting at which the vote on the proposed amendment to the GPSA Bylaws will take place.
    3. Notification of the Members of GPSA of Changes to the Bylaws. Written notice of approved changes to the GPSA Bylaws shall be submitted to the members of GPSA via electronic mail.


    Article X: THE GPSA ADVISOR

    There shall be an advisor to the GPSA as defined in the Bylaws. 

       

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  • Bylaws

     For the most recent version of the By-laws, please visit GPSA By-laws, which was last updated August 28, 2017.