Article I: Name
The name of this organization shall be the Scientists and Engineers for a
Better Society (SEBS).
Article II: Purpose
The purpose of SEBS is to bring a much-needed awareness to the Columbia
community about scientific and technological issues of social relevancy.
Article III: Affiliation
Scientists and Engineers for a Better Society promises to fully satisfy all
requirements and to conduct all of its programs in accordance with the
procedures and guidelines recommended by the governing bodies at Columbia
Article IV: Membership
Section 1: Membership in this club shall be open to individuals in
good standing with Columbia University and who possess an interest in
engineering, sciences, economics, and politics.
Section 2: Scientists and Engineers for a Better Society shall not
discriminate its membership or participants on the basis of race, color,
religion, sex, or national origin.
Article V: Officers
Section 1: The Officers of this club shall be a President, a Vice
President, a Secretary, a Treasurer, various Committee Leaders, and as
provided by the Bylaws.
Section 2: A person may not hold two elected offices at the same
time. In the event a person is elected to two offices, he or she must choose
to occupy one office and the runner up shall occupy the vacant office.
Article VI: Amendments
This Constitution may be amended at an announced meeting of the club if
agreed by two-thirds of the active members voting, provided that the
Executive Board shall have recommended the amendment, and provided that
thirty days notice to the membership shall have been given of the proposed
Bylaws to the Constitution of Scientists and Engineers for a Better Society
I. Fiscal Year Fiscal year shall begin on the
first day of August.
II. Meetings 1. Regular meetings of the Chapter shall be
called every second week beginning with the academic year during regular
school sessions. 2. Other meeting of the Chapter may be called by:
a. Order of the President b.
Request of the Executive Board c. Request of at least
five members of the Chapter; five days notice of such meetings shall be
given. 3. Meetings of the Executive Board shall be held by:
a. Order of the President b.
Call of the members of the Executive Board; except when required by urgency,
at least five days notice of such meeting shall be given.
III. Election of Officers Officers of the chapter shall be
elected during the week preceding the first regular meeting in May. Those
elected will take office with the beginning of the following fall session.
Only those who have attended at least half of the events of the calendar
year shall vote. A majority of votes cast shall constitute an
election of office. If the majority is not achieved, a run-off election
between the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes shall be
held. The candidate receiving the highest number of votes in the run-off
election shall be considered elected for office. Nomination to
offices of the Chapter shall be conducted during the week prior to the first
regular meeting in April and shall be announced at that Meeting.
IV. Duties of SEBS OfficersPresident:
a. Responsible for overseeing and enforcing the
duties of other executive officers and to assume the duties of another
officer in the case of a temporary absence or
b. Call and preside over all executive board and
general body meetings. c. Serve as a representative
of SEBS at all University and Department Faculty meetings.
d. Act as SEBSís chief contact with faculty and other student organizations.
Vice-President: a. Perform the duties
of the President if absent. b. Responsible for the
general activities, such as information sessions, workshops, and etc.
c. Work closely with the committee leaders to ensure effective governance of
specific projects. d. Assist President when it is
needed. Secretary: a. Keep records of
all executive board and general body meetings. b.
Maintain a list of active memberships. c. Maintain a
list of recent and past alumni. d. Take attendance
quickly and efficiently, and keep permanent attendance records.
e. Responsible for maintaining all routes of communication with members.
Treasurer: a. Maintains records of all
business transactions of the chapter. b. See that the
chapter develops a yearly budget of income and expenditures.
c. Submit all event approval forms to Office of
Student Activities. d. Attend all treasurer workshops
if necessary. Committee Leader: a.
Responsible for goals and projects of committees, given they follow SEBS
regulations. b. Responsible for conduct and behavior
of committee members. c. Attend all committee leader
meetings and report information back to committee. d.
Acts as chief contact to Executive Board for committees.Other
elected or appointed offices and positions may be added to this list.
V. CommitteesCommittees may be appointed by the
President, or by the Executive Board with the approval of the President, as
the occasion arises. VI. Procedure
1. The order of business at regular meetings of the Chapter shall be
minutes of last meeting reports of officersí reports of committees
unfinished business 2. All other questions pertaining to Procedure shall
be referred to Robertís Rules of Order. VII. Amendments
Amendments to these Bylaws may be proposed at any regular meeting of the
chapter and shall be considered at the next meeting. The membership shall be
informed of the proposed changes and the stated reasons for these changes.
Approval of amendments shall be by a vote of two-thirds of the
active members voting.