Promoting Women's Professional and Personal Development

Constitution

Following is the constitution of UWN. The Articles were established in 1981.

ARTICLE I

The name of this organization is the University Women's Network.

ARTICLE II

TERM AND DISSOLUTION

Term: The term for which this organization is organized shall be perpetual.
Dissolution: Upon the dissolution of this organization or the winding up of its affairs, the assets of the
organization shall be distributed exclusively to charitable or educational organizations whose purpose is consistent with the purpose and objectives of this organization. Such organizations shall be incorporated as not-for-profit corporations under the provisions of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, its regulations as they now exist or as they may hereafter be amended.

ARTICLE III

PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES

Purpose: The purpose of this organization shall be to serve as a network open to all women at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst who are engaged in pursuing careers through information sharing, programs for development and informal socializing.

Objectives:

  1. To share information and provide support among members in order to secure closer professional and personal relationships among the women at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst.
  2. To promote and provide programs for the professional development of members.
  3. To advocate for the equal treatment, equal rights and equal opportunities of women as a class in the University occupational structure.
  4. To support the goals of affirmative action in hiring and promotional decisions at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst.

ARTICLE IV

STATEMENT ON DIVERSITY

UWN is committed to promoting racial and cultural diversity both within our organization and within the larger University community. We value the diversity that already exists among the women in UWN in cultural background and experience. It Is important for us as individuals and as an organization to make
conscious, planned efforts to become a multi-cultural organization and to learn about issues as they affect women on this campus and community. Diversity for UWN Is clearly a long-term goal which we will work towards and which should help us become a more vibrant meaningful network for women.

ARTICLE V

MEMBERS AND MEETINGS OF MEMBERS

Members: All employees at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst who share the philosophy and goals of the organization are eligible for membership. A member in good standing shall be that person who has paid membership dues for the current fiscal year.

Associate Members: Women who are not employees of the University, but who support the objectives of UWN; however, they may not vote, nor serve on committees, nor are associate members counted for a quorum.

Meetings:

  1.  Meetings of the whole membership shall be convened by the Steering Committee no less than three times a year.
  2.  Members shall be notified not less than seven (7) working days before the meeting of the time, place and purpose of the meeting.
  3.  At any membership meeting the presence of twenty (20) members (not including associate members) in good standing shall constitute a quorum for the purpose of conducting scheduled business.
  4.  At every meeting each full member shall be entitled to vote in person. Upon demand of any member, the vote before the body shall be by ballot.

ARTICLE VI

STEERING COMMITTEE

Government: Subject to the directions of the members of UWN at their meetings, the business and property of the organization shall be managed and controlled by the Steering Committee, which shall implement the general policy of the organization. Meetings shall be conducted according to a general understanding of parliamentary' procedure with a majority vote of those present. The procedures will adhere strictly to Roberts Rules of Order (Revised).

Members: The members of the Steering Committee shall be full members in good standing. The number of members shall not be less than six (6).

Resignation: The members of the Steering Committee may resign at any time by giving written notice of resignation to the Chair of the Steering Committee.

Election: Members of the Steering Committee will be elected by a mail ballot to be sent out at least thirty (30) days before the May meeting of the organization. Included on the ballot will be a list of candidates nominated by the Steering Committee or the general membership. The membership will be requested to vote for six (6) candidates from the list provided. The six candidates receiving the most votes will be considered elected. In the event of a tie vote, an additional person will serve on the Committee.

Terms of Office: Steering Committee members will serve for one year terms. No member shall serve more than three (3) consecutive terms.

Removal of Officers: Any officer (i.e. Steering Committee member) may be removed from office by the affirmative vote of two thirds of the membership, registered at any regular or special meeting called for that purpose. Said officer must be notified by mail not less than five (5) working days before the meeting at which removal is to be voted upon. Said officer shall be entitled to appeal before and be heard at such meetings.

Vacancies: Any vacancy In the Steering Committee occurring during the year will be filled by appointment of the Steering Committee from among that membership willing to serve, seeking first those candidates who agreed to run in the election and in the order of those who received the most votes. The appointed Steering Committee member will serve for the unexpired term of the current Committee.

Meetings: Meetings of the Steering Committee shall be held at times and places agreed to by the Committee and as often as deemed necessary to meet the needs of the organization.

Responsibilities: Responsibilities of the Steering Committee will be shared among the members of the Committee in a manner agreed upon. The Steering Committee will select from its members a Chair, a Treasurer, and fill other positions as deemed necessary. The Committee will also have the authority to establish ad hoc committees from among the general membership.

Quorum: At all meetings of the Steering Committee, four (4) members shall be necessary and sufficient to constitute a quorum for the transaction of business and the act of a majority of the members present at any meeting at which there is a quorum shall be the act of the Steering Committee, unless otherwise provided by this constitution.

Annual Report: The Steering Committee shall provide to the membership a written annual report to include a financial statement of income, expenditures, available funds, and property held by the organization; a statement of current membership; and a list of activities sponsored by the organization.

ARTICLE VII

STANDING COMMITTEES

Membership on Standing Committees: Standing Committees will be appointed from among the full membership.  They will be announced by the Steering Committee.

Membership Committee: The Membership Committee will be responsible for recruiting, processing applications, and maintaining records of the general membership.

Program Committee: The Program Committee will develop programs, make any necessary arrangements, and offer evaluations of their effectiveness or acceptance by the membership.

ARTICLE VIII

CONTRACTS

Only members of the Steering Committee are authorized to enter into contracts on behalf of the organization, when directed by the Steering Committee as a whole.

ARTICLE IX

FINANCES

The fee for membership shall be determined by membership vote.

Fiscal Year: The fiscal year of the UWN shall commence on July 1st and end on June 30th.

ARTICLE X

AMENDMENTS

An amendment to this constitution must be presented in writing to the Steering Committee, which will
make it available in writing to all members at least seven (7) days before the next general meeting, at which the amendment will be presented for a vote. For the constitution to be altered, amended, or repealed, a two-thirds majority vote of all the members present at the general meeting will be required.