Graduate Council: Bylaws

BYLAWS OF THE BATTEN SCHOOL GRADUATE STUDENT COUNCIL FROM THE CONSTITUTION OF THE FRANK BATTEN SCHOOL GRADUATE STUDENT COUNCIL AT THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA

ARTICLE I: REPRESENTATIVE BODY

Section 1: Number of Representatives

A. Class representatives:

Batten School shall have two cohorts per graduation year. The accelerated cohort shall be defined as students who enrolled in the program prior to receiving their undergraduate degree. The postgraduate cohort shall be defined as students enrolled in the program having completed their undergraduate degree.
Each class shall have one representative from each cohort serve on the Council.

Section 2: Selection of Representatives

A. Selection of Class representatives:

Each cohort shall elect class representatives at the beginning of each fall semester, by mid September.
The candidate who receives a plurality of the vote shall become the class representative to the Council.

Section 3. Duties of Representatives

A. Class representatives:

Shall represent the interest of their class and cohort to the Council;
Shall attend bi-weekly council meetings;
Shall assist with and attend Council events and operations;
Shall be full members of the Financial Committee;
Shall serve on committees, as needed, at the request of committee chairs;
Shall assist the President, Secretary, and Treasurer as necessary;
Shall publicize all Council events.

Section 4. Meetings

A. The Council shall meet in full on a bi-weekly basis with exceptions to be decided by the Batten Graduate Council President.

ARTICLE II: CHAIRMANSHIPS AND COMMITTEES

Section 1: Standing Committees

A. Executive Committee:

The Executive Committee shall consist of the President of the Council, the Secretary of the Council, the Treasurer of the Council, the Special Events Chair and the Community Outreach Chair. The President of the Council shall serve as the chair of the Committee. Each member above has one vote and a majority of voting members shall constitute a quorum.

B. Treasurer of the Council:

The Treasurer of the Council shall consider all applications for Council funding in the form of Professional Development Grants, Club Seed Funding, and any other form determined by Council; may review all expenditures of Council funds; and any have other responsibilities determined by Council.
The decision to create a Committee, as well as the decision as to the size and composition of said Committee shall be made at the discretion of the Treasurer of the Council, in conjunction with the President of the Council. If a Committee is formed, a vice chair of the Committee may be elected among the membership of the committee to chair meetings when the Treasurer of the Council is not present. The President of the Council shall serve as ex officio members of the Committee. A majority of the members of the Committee shall constitute a quorum and voting shall follow the same procedures as the Council with all decisions requiring a majority vote.

Section 2. Ad-Hoc Committees:

A. The creation of an Ad-Hoc Committee along with a committee chair can be suggested by any member of the council for approval by a majority of the council or a unanimous vote of the Executive Committee.