The Constitution of the Student Sex-positive Club

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Article I: Purpose

The purpose of the SSC is to provide a safe place for students to discuss sex and sexuality and get information about consent and safer sex practices.

Article II: Membership

  1. Any member of the MIT community is eligible to become a member of the SSC via the approval process outlined below (section 5). Once named a member, an individual is considered a member of the SSC so long as they have attended a meeting and an event in the current or previous term, or unless they cancel their membership voluntarily or are removed through the formal membership revocation process outlined below (section 6).
  2. The organization’s membership will at all times consist of at least 5 MIT students and be more than half MIT students.
  3. The SSC will not discriminate based on any characteristic listed in MIT’s Nondiscrimination Statement, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, sex, sexual identity, gender identity, religion, or disability.
  4. If the SSC charges any monetary dues, there will be exceptions made for students that cannot afford these dues.
  5. Membership process:
    • A prospective member of the SSC must be nominated by a current member.
    • The prospective member must have attended at least one meeting or event.
    • The prospective member must submit a signed Privacy and Harassment Agreement.
    • The prospective member must be confirmed by a unanimous decision by all officers.
  6. Membership revocation process:
    • The membership revocation process can be called for up to five days before a meeting.
    • Grounds for revocation include making another member feel uncomfortable or threatened, or compromising the privacy of another member.
    • Membership revocation is subject to both a majority vote of the members present and the agreement of any and all officers  present.
    • A removed member may not attend any club events for the remainder of the term.
    • A previously removed member can re-apply for membership as early as the following term.

Article III: Officers

  1.  The SSC will have three officers:
    1. President
      • The president shall be the official representative of the group to any other organization and to MIT.
      • The president will preside over all meetings.
      • The president is responsible for determining when meetings are and publicizing this to the group.
      • If the president is temporarily unable to fulfill their duty, he or she must appoint a member of the group to fulfill the above responsibilities.
      • The president must be a current MIT student.
    2. Treasurer
      • The treasurer shall be responsible for the finances of the SSC.
      • The treasurer is required to sign all checks/vouchers of the SSC.
      • The treasurer must be a current MIT student.
    3. Member at large
      • The member at large shall be responsible for mediating problems between individual members.
      • The member at large shall be responsible for attempting to accommodate the privacy needs of members of the SSC.
  2. All officers of this organization must be distinct persons.
  3. Elections:
    • Elections of officers shall occur at the last official meeting of Spring term and shall be announced at least one week before the meeting via email.
    • Any member of this organization is eligible to run for office, provided they meet the requirements of the office.
    • Quorum for elections is two-thirds of all members.
    • Elections will be conducted using a closed-ballot instant runoff vote.
    • The term of office runs from June 1st to June 1st of the following year.
  4. Any vacancies in officer positions will be filled by holding a special meeting as soon as possible and following standard election procedures.
  5. Removal: Officers may be removed by a two-thirds vote of the members, and must be proposed at least five days before a meeting.

Article IV: Meetings

  1. Meetings shall be held at least once every term.
  2. Meetings must be publicized via email to the entire group at least one week in advance.
  3. Meetings shall be presided over by the president, unless he or she is absent, and in that case the member that he or she has appointed shall preside.
  4. Unless otherwise specified in this document, decisions shall be made by a majority vote of all members present.
  5. Quorum for a meeting shall be one quarter of the members of the SSC.

Article V: Privacy

  1. No list of members will be published or available to anyone other than the current officers of the SSC.
  2. The group will not, unless required by law, divulge any group member’s  identity or personal information (including, but not limited to, name, age, sexual or gender identity, etc.)
  3. SSC members will not disclose the identity or personal information of any other members.

Article VI: Amendments

  1. Constitutional amendments can be presented by any member of the SSC.
  2. Constitutional amendments shall be passed by a three quarters vote of the members present.
  3. Quorum for amending this constitution shall be two thirds of all members of the organization.

Article VII: ASA Governance Clause

The SSC agrees to abide by the rules and regulations of the Association of Student Activities, and its executive board. This constitution, amendments to it, and the by-laws of this organization shall be subject to review by the ASA Executive Board to insure that they are in accordance with the aforementioned rules and regulations.