Constitution of the Anthropology Student Association at San Francisco State University


1. Preamble. We, the people of the Anthropology Student Association at San Francisco State University, fully realize our purpose, and hereby adopt and establish this constitution as the guiding instrument of our organization.


2. Name. The name of this organization shall be the Anthropology Student Association, hereafter referred to as the ASA.


3. Purpose. The purpose of the ASA shall be to (1) encourage interaction of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty members, and professionals in the field of anthropology on an educational and social level; (2) provide opportunities for students of all sub-disciplines to further their educational and career goals; (3) offer members a supportive, intellectually stimulating, and friendly venue to expand their interests in anthropology; and (4) further the knowledge of anthropology within the university community and in the community at large.


4. Membership

Section 1. Membership in the ASA consists of two types of members, Active Members and Affiliate Members. Active membership eligibility in the ASA requires students to be (1) currently enrolled at San Francisco State University as an anthropology major or minor; and (2) currently enrolled at San Francisco State University with full-time units, consisting of 6 or more units. Affiliate membership eligibility in the ASA requires students to (1) show individual interest in taking an anthropology course and (2) be currently enrolled at San Francisco State University with full-time units, consisting of 6 or more units. Affiliate members involved in the ASA are admitted under a non-voting capacity and may not hold office.

Section 2. Membership in the ASA shall not be limited to persons based on their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation.

Section 3. Active and Affiliate membership in the ASA shall be conferred upon those members who, in addition to the above requirements, have paid the semester dues in full within one month of the first day of classes and officially register to the ASA on the OrgSync Website.

Section 4. Annual dues shall be $5.00, payable to the Treasurer within the first month of classes.


5. Governing Structures/Officers

Section 1. Officers of the ASA shall be elected from the active members. Any student seeking to hold or currently holding office must maintain the 2.0 GPA requirement and be enrolled in at least 6 units. The elected officers of the ASA shall consist of a President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer, which shall serve as the Executive Committee. All officers shall have editorial control over Social Networking Tools.

Officers Duties:

President: Shall preside at all ASA meetings, and have the authority to appoint all committee chairpersons, to create new committees, and to act as a spokesperson for the organization. The President shall not initiate meeting motions and shall not vote except in the case of a tie.

Vice President: Shall preside at all ASA meetings in the President's absence, and upon his/her resignation, shall become the President of the organization for the duration of his/her term. The Vice President is also responsible for all ASA Publications. The Vice President will chair the nomination committee for the next slate of officers, and will support the President on special projects.

Secretary: Shall handle and keep a record of all ASA business and correspondence, including, but not restricted to recording minutes at all ASA meetings; keeping an up-to-date file on all members; checking the ASA mailboxes; posting announcements for meetings and events; and informing members of all ASA meetings and activities. The Secretary is also charged with maintaining the ASA Website.

Treasurer: Shall handle all financial transactions of the organizations, including, but not restricted to: the collection of dues; managing all bank accounts; and recording all transactions in the appropriate books.

Section 2. All officers shall, upon the completion of their duties, turn their organization files over to the replacement officer or to the faculty advisor for the organization.


6. Appointments/Elections and Removal of Officers

Section 1. Elections: Members may be nominated by fellow members or themselves. Nominated persons shall be allowed to vote. 
All officers shall be elected by a two-thirds majority of the votes cast. Only active members are eligible to vote. If no candidate for an office receives a majority of the votes cast, then only the top two candidates will be placed on a second ballot for that office until a majority is reached. At least one-half of the active members are required to be present for all meetings where officer nominations or elections take place. All elections shall be conducted by secret ballot, and the ballots shall be tabulated by any two officers.

Section 2. Removal from Office. An officer may be removed from office for misconduct, unsatisfactory behavior or dereliction of duty. A written request stating the reasons for dismissal and signed by at least three (3) active members of the organization must be submitted at a regularly scheduled meeting. Before the next regularly scheduled meeting, written notification of the request and the reasons for dismissal must have been given to the offending officer, who should come to that regular meetings prepared to speak. A two-thirds (2/3) affirmative vote of all active members is required to remove the officer from office.


7. Length of Term. Officer positions will be held for a full term, which consists of one (1) year. The term will begin during the Fall semester and will end the Fall semester of the following year.


8. Dues and Finances

Section 1. The dues for the ASA will be established at the first meeting of the fall semester by the Executive Committee. Payment of dues must be received by the Treasurer within one month of the first day of class of each semester to be an active member of the ASA.

Section 2. The ASA will finance its activities through membership dues, and fund raising projects.

Section 3. The books will be audited once a year by two active club members, who will report to the Executive Committee.


9. Constitutional Amendments

Section 1. The Constitution is binding to all members of the ASA but is not binding unto itself.

Section 2. Amendments to the Constitution must be proposed in writing by any active member of ASA at any regular meeting or specifically called meeting at which two-thirds (2/3) of the active members are present.

Section 3. Proposed amendments shall be voted upon only after two scheduled meetings following the introduction of the proposal (except in exigent circumstances).

Section 4. Proposed amendments will become effective following a three-fourths (3/4) affirmative vote of active members.