Constitution

Article I

Name and Affiliation

Section A:

The name of the organization shall be known as: the Student Coalition for Asian Pacific Empowerment.

Subsection 1:

The Student Coalition for Asian Pacific Empowerment shall officially be referred to as SCAPE.

Subsection 2:

SCAPE is the successor to the Asian Pacific-Islander Student Outreach and will be affiliated with their history and previous accomplishments.

Section B:

SCAPE is a registered student organization of the University of Southern California.

Section C:

SCAPE is a member organization under the Asian Pacific American Student Assembly.

Article II

Purpose, Goals and Objectives

Section A:

SCAPE, as one of the only undergraduate based Asian Pacific American advocacy organization at USC, sees the development of the Asian Pacific American community at USC by:

Subsection 1:

Creating entertaining and effective programming targeted at bringing awareness of the issues that Asian Pacific American are facing today.

Subsection 2:

Developing long term relationships with collegiate and community based organizations in order to have a stronger voice within and outside of USC.

Subsection 3:

Fostering a creative and exciting organization for USC student to enjoy and feel rewarded in their time spent at USC.

Section B:

The official vision statements of SCAPE are:

Subsection 1:

To promote and educate members about the Asian Pacific American communities and other pertinent issues facing Asian Pacific Americans.

Subsection 2:

To advocate for issues facing the Asian Pacific American and other underrepresented communities on the University of Southern California campus.

Subsection 3:

To become an open space for the Asian Pacific American community fellow allied communities at the University of Southern California campus.

 

Article III

Membership

Section A:

All University of Southern California students are eligible to become an active general member of SCAPE.

Section B:

All non-University of Southern California students are eligible to become associate members of SCAPE but shall not receive voting privileges nor hold office.

Section C:

Membership rights and responsibilities shall be stated under Article III of the bylaws.

Section D:

Membership is open throughout the academic year.

Section E:

A member can have their membership withdrawn from this organization if he/she:

Subsection 1:

Causes a misrepresentation of SCAPE.

Subsection 2:

Causes inappropriate actions during SCAPE and USC sponsored events.

Subsection 3:

Violates the University Standards found in section 11.00 of the University Governance of the SCampus Student Guidebook.

Subsection 4:

If one or more of these violations are brought forth to the attention of the executive board, then a review process will take place where a 2/3 vote of both the executive board and membership shall constitute effective removal of membership of the offender.

Article IV

Officers

Section A:

Officers of SCAPE shall make up the executive board.

Section B:

The executive board shall consist of at least a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer, or equivalents thereof.

Section C:

Officer’s terms shall last one academic year.

Section D:

Elections of officers must occur by the third week of April or two weeks prior to the end of the spring semester, which ever comes first.

Section E:

Officer duties and information shall be elaborated and stated under Article I of the bylaws.

Article V

Advisor

Section A:

The advisor of SCAPE shall be a current faculty or staff member at the University of Southern California.

Section B:

The role of the advisor is to represent SCAPE in functions involving staff and faculty and shall meet with the president regularly to discuss the organization’s goals and progress.

 

Article VI

Meetings

Section A:

The general meetings shall take place no less than once a month.

Subsection 1:

General meetings shall be open to all active members, associate members, faculty, representatives of outside organization and other interested parties.

Subsection 2:

General meetings shall be announced 2 weeks prior to their

Subsection 3:

Special or emergency meetings may be called with less than 3 days notice by the executive board.

Section B:

The executive board meetings shall take place no less than once a month.

Article VII

Operations of the Organization

Section A:

One third of the organization’s active membership constitutes a quorum.

 

Section B:

Voting procedures for general meetings shall consist of:

Subsection 1:

Voting shall be determined by a simple majority of the votes.

Subsection 2:

Voting shall be conducted by a visual vote and counted in the minutes by the secretary.

Section C

Election procedure of officers shall consist of:

Subsection 1:

An application process for all positions stated under Article I of the bylaws.

Subsection 2:

Publicity of elections shall take place one month prior to the application deadline.

Subsection 3:

Elections for all mandated positions under Article IV, Section B shall take a week after the application deadline.

Subsection 4:

All members eligible to vote shall cast a secret ballot within one week’s time.

Subsection 5:

All other officer positions not elected shall be appointed by the newly elected officers by the third week of April or two weeks prior to the end of classes, whichever is sooner.

 

Section D:

Removal procedure of officers shall consist of:

Subsection 1:

Failure to perform of duties of their position and/or violations of membership under Article V, Section E of the Constitution shall constitute grounds to remove

Subsection 2:

An emergency meeting shall take place 7 days after the petition is submitted to the executive board.

Subsection 3:

Recalls shall be conducted by a secret ballot.

Subsection 4:

An officer shall be recalled if two thirds of the membership present passes the referendum.

Subsection 5:

The officer underneath the removed officer under the line of succession, according to Section I of the Bylaws, shall perform those duties until a replacement is found.

Subsection 6:

The executive board will have 3 weeks to appoint a replacement for the recalled officer.

Section E:

Recall procedure of officers shall consist of:

Subsection 1:

A petition of a quorum of SCAPE membership

Subsection 2:

The petition must have no less than two executive board members to cosign

Subsection 3:

The completion of the recall procedure shall follow Section D, Subsection 2-6.

 

Section F:

Resignation of an officer shall consist of:

Subsection 1:

A written resignation to the executive and general board, submitted at least one month prior to the planned resignation date.

Subsection 2:

The officer resignation shall be in charge of election or appointment procedures for their replacement

Subsection 3:

Election procedure shall be according to Article VII, Section C for officers under Article I, Section A, Subsection 1 and appointed for all other positions.

Subsection 4:

A replacement must be elected or appointed prior to the resigning officer’s leaving of office.

Article V

Financial Obligation

Section A:

The organization may establish reasonable dues that may be paid by any active general members.

Subsection 1:

The amount of the dues will be determined in the beginning of the academic year by the executive board.

Subsection 2:

Active general members who pay dues will be entitled benefits, privileges, and responsibilities stated under Article III of the bylaws.

Subsection 3:

Dues must be paid by week 10 of the current semester to qualify for semester membership. Dues for annual membership may be paid anytime during the semester.

Subsection 4:

Semester membership shall end at the end of the academic semester paid for. Annual membership shall end at the end of the academic semester after the membership was paid for.

Section B:

The treasurer shall maintain all financial records and shall co-sign with the president for all organization transactions.

Subsection 1:

The general membership present at a general meeting must vote for all issues regarding general financial funds.

Article VI

Parliamentary Procedure

Section A:

Robert’s Rules of Order Revised shall be followed by the organization in all cases involving Parliamentary Procedure when it does not conflict with the constitution.

Section B:

The rules may be suspended by two-thirds vote of the membership present at a meeting.

Article VII

Bylaws and Amendments

Section A:

Amendments to the constitution must be presented to all members two weeks prior to a regularly scheduled general meeting. An announcement shall be made at that meeting.

Section B:

Amendments shall be passed by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the members present at the meeting.

Section C:

Bylaws of the organization are in supplement to the constitution with the constitution taking precedence over the bylaws.

Subsection 1:

The bylaws can be added, altered or removed by a simple majority vote by the general assembly.

Section D:

This Constitution has been amended on  July 2010.