BYLAWS OF THE UPPER MIDWEST REGION - ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY HOUSING OFFICERS
A Housing Officer is any staff or faculty member of an institution of higher education or employee of a commercial student housing enterprise whose responsibilities relate to administration, educational programming, food service, housekeeping, or maintenance activities within housing operations, regardless of their title.
Section 1. Annual membership dues and procedures for collection thereof will be recommended by the Executive Committee and presented to the membership for approval at the annual business meeting.
Section 2. UMR-ACUHO funds shall be used to cover the normal operating expenses of the Association including clerical expenses, postage, stationery, and telephone costs. Funds shall be used for the support and operation of all committees of UMR-ACUHO as granted by the Executive Committee.
Section 3. At the discretion of the Executive Committee, UMR-ACUHO funds may be used to reimburse Executive Committee members and committee chairpersons who do not receive institutional support for lodging, meal expenses, and/or travel to meetings required by UMR-ACUHO. The amount of reimbursement will be determined by the Executive Committee.
Section 4. If institutional support is not available, UMR-ACUHO funds may be used to pay the cost of registration, travel, lodging, and/or meals for the President of UMR-ACUHO to attend the annual conference of the ACUHO-I. If the President is unable to attend, the same shall apply to the Vice President/President Elect.
Section 1. Institutional membership entitles that institution to have a voting delegate at the annual business meeting and to receive the regional newsletter, directory, and other publications. Housing officers from member institutions will receive reduced conference rates, and be eligible for Executive Committee, committee chairperson, and committee positions.
Section 2. Associate members are entitled to receive the regional newsletter, directory, and other publications, and to receive reduced conference registration rates. Associate members are eligible only to serve on committees.
Section 1. The President shall:
Section 2. The Vice President/President Elect shall:
Section 3. The Immediate Past President shall:
Section 4. The Secretary shall:
Section 5. The State Membership Coordinator(s) shall:
Section 6. The Technology and Sustainability Coordinator shall:
Section 7. The Inclusion and Equity Coordinator shall:
Section 8. The Treasurer shall:
Section 9. The Coordinator of Corporate Sponsorships shall:
Section 10. The Executive Committee shall:
Section 11. All Executive Committee members shall:
Section 1. Nominations for the offices of Vice President/President Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, State Membership Coordinators, Technology and Sustainability Coordinator and the Inclusion and Equity Coordinator shall be solicited from the membership at least eight weeks prior to the annual conference.
Section 2. Nominations and printed candidate qualifications submitted prior to the annual conference shall be posted and available to all voting delegates prior to the Association's annual business meeting.
Section 3. Nominations for offices may be made from the floor at the time of the annual business meeting. Anyone making nominations from the floor should have the prior consent of the person being nominated. Either the nominee or the person making the nomination should be prepared to make a short statement regarding the nominee's qualifications.
Section 4. There shall be a primary election for each elected position for which there are more than three nominees. The two nominees receiving the highest number of votes shall appear on the final ballot. The nominee receiving the highest number of votes on the final ballot shall be declared elected.
Section 5. In the event of a tie vote, a runoff ballot will be conducted. If the result is another tie vote, a third ballot will be conducted. If a winner is not declared after three ballots, results will be determined by the drawing of straws.
Section 1. Should the position of President become vacant, the Vice President/President Elect shall assume the position of President and will complete the remainder of that term, in addition to his/her own term as President.
Section 2. Should the position of Vice President/President Elect become vacant, the Executive Committee shall appoint an "acting Vice President" from among the members of the Executive Committee to serve until the next annual business meeting. At the next annual business meeting, both the positions of President and Vice President/President Elect shall be filled by an election.
Section 3. Should the position of Immediate Past President, Secretary, Treasurer, State Membership Coordinator, Technology and Sustainability Coordinator, Inclusion and Equity Coordinator or the Coordinator of Corporate Sponsorships become vacant, the term of the position will be filled by Presidential appointment subject to the confirmation of the Executive Committee.
Section 1. The President and the Executive Committee may, by administrative action, appoint and dissolve special committees as they determine is necessary for proper function of the Association.
Section 2. The Executive Committee recommends creation and dissolution of standing committees for approval by a vote of the membership at the annual conference business meeting.
Section 3. Special committees are defined as committees which are created by the Executive Committee to investigate a topic of particular concern to the Association. Once created, the committee will serve until such time as the Executive Committee votes to dissolve it or incorporate it as a standing committee. The committee chairperson shall be appointed by the Vice President/President Elect subject to confirmation by the Executive Committee.
Section 4. Standing committees include: Tradition and Recognition; Professional Development and Training; Social Justice; Sponsors and Exhibits; Host; Host (future); Membership and Involvement; Communications; Program and Assessment and Information Management.
Section 5. Standing committee chairpersons of the following committees shall serve terms of two consecutive years: Host (future evolves into present host), Assessment and Information Management; Communication; Social Justice; Membership Involvement; Professional Development and Training; and Sponsors and Exhibits. The Program Committee Chairperson shall serve a term of two consecutive years, acting as Assistant Chairperson in the first year of the term and assuming the chairpersonship in the following year.
Section 6. Chairperson positions which become vacant through expiration of term will be filled through appointment by the Vice President/President Elect subject to confirmation by the current year's Executive Committee.
Section 7. Chairperson positions which become vacant during the term of the position will be filled by appointment by the President subject to confirmation by the current year's Executive Committee.
Section 8. Whenever size and committee function permits, the Membership Involvement Committee should use the following guidelines for committee member selection:
Section 9. Committee members must either be a housing officer at a member institution or must hold an associate membership in UMR-ACUHO.
Section 10. The Executive Committee shall determine whether an officer, appointed chairperson, or committee member shall continue their position through the next annual conference should that person no longer be eligible for membership in UMR-ACUHO.
Section 1. The Executive Committee shall make its recommendation for the next open conference site to the voting delegates for approval at the annual business meeting. Should the next open conference site not be recommended and approved at the annual business meeting, the Executive Committee shall have the authority to determine and award the location of the conference at a subsequent Executive Committee meeting.
Section 2. The Membership Involvement Committee shall make it a priority to solicit bids from a variety of schools throughout the region and to vary the location of the annual conference. There must be three intervening conferences before returning to the same metropolitan area or being hosted by the same school.
Section 3. The determining factors when selecting a conference site shall be the capability of the conference facility to meet the widest variety of needs of conference attendees and program requirements, as well as the ability of the host school(s) to provide adequate resources and support.
Section 1. A registrant must be a housing officer as defined by Article I of the Bylaws, or a registrant must be a student, staff or faculty member of an institution of higher education or must be employed by a commercial student housing enterprise.
Section 2. Conference guests may be invited when part of the conference program or by invitation of the Executive Committee.
Section 1. Bylaws may be amended by a simple majority of the voting delegates present at the annual business meeting of the annual conference.
Section 2. Amendments to the Bylaws may be proposed by any member of UMR=ACUHO. Such proposals must be submitted in writing to the Vice President/President Elect of UMR-ACUHO and shall be presented by the Vice President/President Elect of UMR-ACUHO to the membership at the scheduled annual business meeting at the annual conference.
UMR-ACUHO is affiliated with the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International (ACUHO-I). Such affiliation is subject to review by the membership at UMR-ACUHO’s annual business meeting. A statement of affiliation will be made available to any institutional or associate member upon request. A complete copy of the affiliation is appended to this constitution.
Section 1. Upon the dissolution of the Association, the Executive Committee shall, after paying or making provision for the payment of all the liabilities of the Association, dispose of all assets exclusively to such organizations organized exclusively for charitable, educational or scientific purposes as shall at the time qualify as an exempt organization or organizations under Section 501 (C) (6) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law).
Section 2. No part of the net earnings of the Association shall inure to the benefit of or be distributed to its members, except that the Association shall be authorized and empowered to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in Article II, hereof. No substantial part of the activities of the Association shall be the carrying on of propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the Association shall not participate in, or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office (including the publishing or distribution of statements). This does not prohibit any person acting as an individual from attempting to influence through whatever legal means are available to him/her.
The third edition of The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure by Alice Sturgis governs this Association in all parliamentary situations that are not provided for in the law or in its charter, bylaws, or adopted rules.
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