2: The Board shall oversee the operation of the radio program and the
1: General membership into the club will be granted upon submission
of a membership application form and annual club dues, if any. Anyone
is eligible for general membership regardless of race, creed, sex, or
Section 2: Only members who are undergraduate students in Barnard College,
Columbia College, or the School of Engineering and Applied Science may
vote or hold office.
Section 3: Membership may be revoked by two-thirds vote of the Board
due to inappropriate conduct as outlined in official University policy.
Article IV: Meetings and Procedures
Section 1: Two general meetings should be scheduled by the Board for
Section 2: Policy decisions are made at the general meetings, after
the policies are reviewed by the Board. Votes from two-thirds of participating
members are necessary to pass such policy decisions.
Article V: Officers
Section 1: SOC shall have the following officers: President, CC/SEAS Vice-President, Barnard Vice-President,
Treasurer, Secretary, Producer, Chief Engineer, and Public Relations
Coordinator. The officers of SOC shall make up the Officers Board of
SOC. Nominations for office must be submitted to the Board at least
one week prior to the election. Election is held during the general
meeting(s) by the fourth week of March of the preceding academic year.
Candidates must be members prior to their election.
Section 2: The duties of these officers shall be:
3: Each term of office begins upon election to office, and ends upon
completion of the following year. Note the time overlap between preceding
staff and elected staff. This overlap period is intended to assure a
Article VI: Electing, Appointing, and Removing Officers
Section 1: Votes from a majority of the participating members are necessary
to be elected to an office.
Section 2: Editor-in-Chief, who is responsible for the publication of
the club's newsletters, may be appointed annually by the newly elected
3: A number of officers may be appointed annually by the newly elected
Officers Board. These officers shall be referred to as Executive Committee
Members or ECM's, and be appointed on the basis of effort and interest
in the club activities and functions. The duties of these appointed
officers are: executing tasks assigned by the President as deemed necessary;
assisting all Board members in club matters; supervises at least one
Section 4: A number of new officers may be chosen annually by the Board.
These officers shall be referred to as Organization Committee Members
or OCM's, and be chosen by the Board through interviews at the beginning
of the academic year (fall semester) and/or after turn-over in March.
The duties of these chosen officers are: executing tasks assigned by
the Board; participating in one of the committees.
Section 5: Any officers may be subject to removal from office on the
grounds of inefficiency or breach of official conduct. For impeachments
of elected officers, a general meeting will be called in which a vote
of confidence will cast upon the written petition of at
least ten members. Votes from three fourths of participating members
are necessary to constitute a quorum. For removal of appointed officers,
the Executive Board will convene to vote for or against such removal.
Votes from three-fourth of the Board members constitute a quorum.
Section 6: For any officer to resign, the officer must submit a written
note of resignation to the Executive Board at least two weeks prior
to the effective date of resignation.
Section 7: In the event that an elected office becomes available due
to impeachment or resignation, the Executive Board will convene to decide
whether the officer should be replaced by holding a general election,
or by nomination from the Executive Board followed by anonymous ballot-vote
among the Board members. Majority prevails. The officers must be replaced
no later than two weeks following the effective date of resignation.
During the interim period between the effective date of resignation
and the replacement of that officer, the administrative office may be
temporarily filled according to the following line of succession: President,
Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Public Relations Coordinator,
ECM's, OCM's; For the radio program office, the following line of succession
will be applied: Producer, Chief Engineer, broadcasters, and engineers.
However, the Executive Board may choose to delegate and share the responsibilities
of the vacant office among the Board itself during the interim.
Article VII: Committees
Section 1: The standing committees of Sounds of China shall be: Off
Campus Activities Committee (Hwa Hsia Scholar Society), Game Hour, MovieFest,
Newsletter, Chinese Conversation Hour, Audio Media Manager.
Section 2: The duties of each standing committee are to oversee project
assigned by the Board. Each committee is required to submit a report/proposal
to the Board at each staff meeting.
Section 3: Members of each committee are assigned by the Officers Board
at the beginning of each term. Conditions of assignment is subject to
the elected Officers Board.
Section 4: Additional committees may be formed and dissolved by Sounds
of China when deemed necessary. A formal proposal for adding or dissolving
a committee by at least five members and a majority of two-third vote
by the Board is needed.
Article VIII: By-Laws
Section 1: By-laws of Sounds of China shall be established and altered
by two-third majority vote by the Board.
Section 2: By-laws of Sounds of China Executive Board shall be established
and altered by two-third majority vote of the Officers Board.
Article IX: Amendments to the Constitution
Section 1: A formal written proposal by a member of Sounds of China
must be submitted to the Board within one week of the official start
of the semester.
Section 2: The proposed amendment will then be voted upon in the first
general meeting of that semester. The general membership must be made
clear on the effects of such an amendment to Sounds of China. A majority
two-third vote by participating members is needed to pass the amendment.
Section 3: In absence of a general meeting a written petition of at
least two-third of the general membership must be submitted to the Board
within three weeks after the official start of the semester. A two-third
majority vote by the Board is needed to pass the amendment.
Article X: Ratification
Section 1: The constitution shall be established by signatures of three-fourth
of Sounds of China Executive Board and by a vote of a three-fourth majority
of the membership of the organization.
Sounds of China BY-LAWS
I. Election of Officers