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Constitution

Kansas State University Student Chapter of The American College of Veterinary Pathologists

Constitution: Article I | II | III | IV | V | VI | VII Bylaws: Article I | II | III | IV

Constitution

Article I: Name

Section1. The name of this organization shall be the Kansas State University Student Chapter of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (KSU SCACVP).

Section 2. The Chapter shall operate under an official charter granted by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists.

Section 3. The Chapter shall be self-governing in all matters not in conflict with the provisions of this constitution.

Article II: Objectives

Section 1. To promote collegiality and professional development of its associates through its programs and by its relations with other Student Chapters and with the parent body, the American College of Veterinary Pathologists.

Section 2. To encourage veterinary student involvement in the field of veterinary pathology and provide an additional opportunity for its associates to gain professional knowledge in this field.

Section 3. To make available to the students the opportunities offered by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists.

Section 4. To contribute to the development of the field of veterinary pathology at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine through activities involving the faculty and student associates.

Article III: Associateship

Section 1. Associateship shall be limited to students in good standing enrolled in the professional veterinary curriculum of AVMA accredited training institutions in veterinary medicine.

Section 2. To be eligible for associateship benefits, students must have paid current semester Chapter dues.

Article IV: Mentors

Section 1. The KSU SCACVP may have mentors consisting of:

  1. Trainees currently enrolled in veterinary pathology residency programs established by Kansas State University.

  2. Graduate students currently enrolled in veterinary pathology graduate programs established by Kansas State University.

Section 2. Mentors do not have voting privileges and do not pay chapter dues.

Section 3. The mentor’s role shall include sharing their post-graduate learning experiences with the associates of the Chapter and assist with the functions of the Faculty Advisor.

Section 4. Names for mentors will be submitted by the faculty advisor and elected by a majority of the Associateship of the Chapter. The number of mentors shall not exceed half the number of associates of the Chapter.

Article V: Officers and Faculty Advisors

Section 1. To direct the activities of the Chapter, the following officers and committee members shall serve for the entire academic year: President, Vice-President, and Secretary-Treasurer. Mentors shall be ineligible to hold office.

Section 2. The President, Vice-President, and Secretary-Treasurer, shall have held a Chapter Associateship for at least one complete year before being elected, and preferably have maintained good attendance at club meetings and events. The first officers of the Chapter shall be exempt from this requirement.

Section 3. All officers may be reelected for any number of successive terms, or may be replaced before completion of their terms by a majority vote of the Chapter.

Section 4. At least one but no more then two faculty advisors from the faculty of the Kansas State University shall be elected by the Chapter by a nomination procedure as specified in the Bylaws. If there is more than one advisor, it is preferred that one advisor shall represent Clinical Pathology and one shall represent Anatomic Pathology. Advisors shall be elected to four-year terms. All faculty members designated as faculty advisors shall be members in good standing of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists.

Article VI: Custody of the Constitution and Bylaws

Section 1. A copy of the Constitution and Bylaws shall be in the possession of the President and Secretary-Treasurer of the Chapter.

Section 2. A copy of the Constitution and Bylaws shall be in the possession of the Advisor(s) of the Chapter.

Section 3. A copy of the Constitution and Bylaws shall be in possession of the Secretary-Treasurer of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists.

Section 4. Kansas State University may require additional copies of the constitution.

Section 5. Each of the aforementioned officers shall promptly deliver his/her copy to their successor.

Article VII: Amendments to the Constitution

Section 1. Any associate of the Chapter may propose amendments to the Constitution at any regular meeting.

Section 2. Adoption of an amendment shall be by two-thirds vote of all associates attending a later regular meeting, provided that such two-thirds majority shall include at least half the associates of the Chapter.

Section 3. All amendments shall be approved by the Council of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists prior to their adoption.

Kansas State University Student Chapter of The American College of Veterinary Pathologists

Bylaws

Article I: Election of Officers and Faculty Advisors

Section 1. Election of the officers listed in Article IV of the constitution for the subsequent academic year shall take place no later than the next to the last meeting of each academic year. If possible, said elections shall take place at least two weeks before the end of that semester.

Section 2. Election for President shall be by written ballot. The person receiving the most votes shall be elected to the office.

Section 3. The remaining officers shall be elected by the same procedure in the order in which they are listed in Article IV of the constitution.

Section 4. If an officer is unable to complete his/her term, the following transition procedures will be followed:

  1. If there is a vacancy in the President’s office, the Vice-president shall succeed and a special election will be held to fill the Vice-president office.

  2. When any other office becomes vacant, a new officer shall be elected to serve the remainder of the unexpired term.

Section 5. Faculty advisor(s) shall be elected no later then the last meeting of the academic year in which the current advisor’s term expires. Nomination for Faculty Advisor shall be by written ballot. Choice between the two candidates receiving the first and second largest number of nominating ballots shall then be made by written ballot. Chapters with two co-advisors should provide for continuity by electing one advisor every two years. The first of two co-advisors shall have a two-year term, second one for four-year term. Thereafter, advisors may be reelected for any number of successive four-year terms, or may be replaced before completion of their terms by a majority vote of the Chapter. When any advisor becomes unable to serve, a new advisor shall be elected to serve the remainder of the unexpired term.

Article II: Duties of Officers

Section 1. The President shall be the chief executive officer of the Chapter, shall preside at all meetings, and shall serve as chairman (or considered ex-officio member) of any committees formed in the Chapter.

Section 2. The Vice-President shall assist the President in the performance of his/her duties and shall preside in the absence of the President at Chapter meetings.

Section 3. The Secretary-Treasurer shall be the sole custodian of the financial resources of the Chapter and shall collect dues and fees promptly. He/she shall keep adequate financial records and permit their inspection by any other officer of the Chapter or by the Advisor upon request. Upon advance request of the President, he/she shall present an oral financial report at any meeting of the Chapter. Also upon advanced notice, he/she shall present a complete and final written report at the last meeting of each school year, and at that time he/she shall deliver to his/her successor all Chapter records and funds in his/her possession. A copy of the final report signed by the President of the Chapter and Faculty Advisor shall be submitted to the Secretary Treasurer of the ACVP, as a function of coordination of the Student Chapters. The Secretary-Treasurer of the Chapter shall preside at meetings of the Chapter in the absence of the President and Vice-President. The Secretary-Treasurer shall take and keep minutes of all meetings. He/she shall preserve all papers relating to the affairs of the Chapter (including a copy of the Constitution) and deliver the same promptly to their elected successor.

Article III: Dues

Section 1. No dues to the ACVP are required for the student chapters or their associates.

Section 2. Student Chapter dues of $5.00 will be collected once per semester and will be due by the mid-point of each semester.

Article IV: Amendments to the Bylaws

Section 1. Amendments to the Bylaws shall be proposed and adopted by the procedure specified in Article VI of the Constitution.

This charter Constitution and Bylaws was approved on November 4, 2002 by 35 new members of the Kansas State Chapter of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists.