Bylaws of the Criminal Justice Student Organization – Milwaukee Area Technical College

  1. The named organization at Milwaukee Area Technical College shall be composed of all members in good standing, both officer and regular.
  2. The officers shall be the governing body of the Criminal Justice Student Organization and shall be composed of officers and members in good standing at Milwaukee Area Technical College.
  3. A "good-standing" membership status constitutes: no outstanding fees with the organization or Milwaukee Area Technical College, a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above, and an accumulation of eight or more volunteer hours in the previous Fall or Spring semester.
  4. A "probation" membership status means a member does not meet all the requirements of good standing for the previous Fall or Spring semester (see good-standing).
  5. A "suspension" membership status is defined as a member failing to remedy the probationary status in the previous Fall or Spring semester.
    1. When on suspension a member cannot:
      • attend social events
      • make a motion
      • vote
  1. Time and Place of Meetings
    1. The Criminal Justice Student Organization at Milwaukee Area Technical College shall meet twice a month at the time and place designated by the members and officers of the organization.
    2. The officers, advisers, and invited guests shall meet twice a month at the time and place designated by the officers.
  2. A special meeting may be called by the officers giving notice to members at least twenty-four hours before the meeting by two forms of communication: one by telephone, the other by text or e-mail.
  3. Order of business
    1. The officers of the Criminal Justice Student Organization shall meet prior to bi-weekly meetings to draw up the agenda for the meeting.
    2. The agenda shall be:
      • Roll call
      • Reading and approving of minutes
      • Officer Reports (new business and old business)
      • Advisers comments
      • Announcements
      • Adjournment
  4. Voting
    1. To constitute Quorum at all meetings, three out of five officers and more than half the good standing or probation membership shall be present.
    2. If a member cannot attend a meeting when elections are held, an absentee ballot will be provided. This ballot must be returned in a sealed envelope to a board member or Criminal Justice Student Organization adviser prior to the time of the election.
  1. The dues of each member of the Criminal Justice Student Organization shall be determined by officers the first meeting after the new installation of new members and are applicable to new member and active members each semester.  Members will be expected to pay within the month of the following billing.
  2. Dues shall be collected by the Treasurer of the Criminal Justice Student Organization.
  3. Dues shall be $15 per semester per member or $20 for one year per member.
  1. Office of the President
    1. The term of office shall be held for one semester.
    2. Members shall meet 3.0 semester and cumulative GPA and be in good-standing with the organization and Milwaukee Area Technical College.
  2. Office of the Vice President
    1. The term of office shall be held for one semester.
    2. Members shall meet 3.0 semester and cumulative GPA and be in good-standing with the organization and Milwaukee Area Technical College.
  3. Office of the Secretary
    1. The term of office shall be held for one semester.
    2. Members shall meet 3.0 semester and cumulative GPA and be in good-standing with the organization and Milwaukee Area Technical College.
  4. Office of the Treasurer
    1. The term of office shall be held for one semester.
    2. Members shall meet 3.0 semester and cumulative GPA and be in good-standing with the organization and Milwaukee Area Technical College.
  5. Office of the Sergeant at Arms
    1. The term of office shall be held for one semester.
    2. Members shall meet 3.0 semester and cumulative GPA and be in good-standing with the organization and Milwaukee Area Technical College.
  6. Time of Elections
    1. Elections shall be held at the last meeting of every semester in the beginning of the meeting.
    2. Officers shall retain their positions up to thirty days after the prior semester's last meeting.  During the time of transition, exiting officers shall instruct new officers on the positions.
  1. The President shall:
    1. Have overall responsibility for the operation of the Criminal Justice Student Organization.
    2. Call and preside at all meetings of the Criminal Justice Student Organization.
    3. Report as required to the advisers of the Criminal Justice Student Organization.
    4. Perform all other duties usually pertaining to this office.
  2. The Vice President shall:
    1. Perform the duties of the President in his/her absence, inability to serve, or at his/her call.
    2. Perform all other duties usually pertaining to this office.
  3. The Secretary shall:
    1. Keep an up to date roll of the members of the Criminal Justice Student Organization and call the roll at all meetings.
    2. Keep full minutes of all meetings of the Criminal Justice Student Organization from the date this organization is founded and keep copies of all contracts and correspondence.
    3. Be responsible of the correspondence for the Criminal Justice Student Organization unless otherwise provided by these bylaws.
    4. Perform all other duties usually pertaining to this office.
  4. The Treasurer shall:
    1. Be responsible for the general finances of the Criminal Justice Student Organization.
    2. Be responsible for the preparation of the annual budget and following its approval by the governing body, provide each member a copy.
    3. Receive all payments due to the Criminal Justice Student Organization; collect dues and give receipts.
    4. Perform all other duties usually pertaining to this office.
  5. The Sergeant at Arms shall:
    1. Insure order at chapter meetings and events.
    2. Serve as chairman of the rules committee.
    3. Meet with the President to determine a resolution if a problem should arise.
  6. If an officer fails to perform his/her duties as described in the bylaws, the matter will be brought to the attention of the officers and advisers.
  1. All officers of the Criminal Justice Student Organization will comprise the executive board which will organize and plan the business to be presented at meetings.
  2. All action taken by the executive board shall be reported at the next regular meeting of the Criminal Justice Student Organization by the Secretary.
  1. The Rules Committee is the discipline board which shall incur penalties on discipline matters related to the Criminal Justice Student Organization and its events.
  2. The Rules Committee shall be comprised of the Sergeant at Arms, President, and the Vice-President. If one these members cannot attend, another officer will stand in their place.
  1. Roberts Rule of Order Newly Revised shall govern in all cases not provided for by the foregoing bylaws.

Revised: 12/2012 — Voted into Effect: 01/2013