Student Involvement & Career Center
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- Preamble: Main purpose of your organization.
- Name: The name the student organization cannot include the University, abbreviation or logo, but can be "name" at SF State (for example Chess Club at SF State). Name should reflect the purpose of the organization and clearly differentiate the club as a student organization
and not a University department or program. The choice of language within the name should remain reflective of the University's mission.
- Purpose: Why does your organization exist? What does your organization wish to accomplish?
• Promote harmony among students, staff, and faculty…
• Advocate on behalf of…
• Provide an environment that supports…
- Membership: Who is considered a member and what are their rights? Please note that the constitution must clearly state that only SF State students may be voting members. Faculty and staff (including the advisor) can participate, but not have voting privileges.
• Must be a currently registered SF State student to be
a voting member.
• The following will be members of this organization…
• Only members who are in good standing with the University.
• Only members who have attended three consecutive
• Only members who have attended at least half of
organization sponsored functions.
- Governing Structure/Officers: The University
requires each organization to have at least a president/chair
and a financial officer/treasurer. These two positions cannot
be held by the same person.
Each officers’ duties must be outlined.
• There will/will not be an executive team (It’s
up to you how you’re going to structure your organization
above and beyond the president/point person and financial
• Other positions may include:
o Vice President
o Event Coordinator
o Appointments/Election of Officers: How are Officers appointed/elected.
Be specific. If elected state constitutes a win (majority
vote of membership, 2/3 votes, consensus, etc).
- Removal of Officers: If questions regarding
an officer were to arise, how would an officer be removed
from office (majority vote, 2/3 vote, consensus, etc.)?
- Length of Term: Officer positions will
normally be held for a one-year term. Be specific about
when a position begins and ends. We suggest electing officers
in spring to allow a “shadowing period” with
outgoing and incoming officers.
- Amendment of the Constitution: How is
the student organization constitution amended (additions
and deletions to this document)
• The constitution may be amended at any meeting subject
• Two-thirds of the voting membership in attendance
must vote in favor of the
• Notice of amendment must be broadcast to all voting
members at least two
weeks prior to the meeting at which consensus will be sought.
Amendments pass with a majority vote, 2/3 vote, consensus,