Constitution of the Independent Students Association
Article 1: Name and Purpose
The name of this organization shall be the Independent
Students Association, hereinafter referred to in this document
The ISA will serve to represent the independent
students of Duke University and provide a forum in which
independents can discuss issues on campus, interact socially
with each other, and become a more viable part of campus life.
Article 2: Organizational Structure
The ISA shall serve as the umbrella organization
for independent students who shall be defined as any student who
is not affiliated with a Greek organization or non-Greek
selective living group. While the ISA will coordinate with each
independent living group, they shall remain separate entities
under the ISA. The overall structure of the ISA shall be as
The Executive Board shall have responsibility for determining
the direction and goals of the ISA.
The independent living groups shall act as liaisons to
the independent students within their house and shall
coordinate group wide events.
The individual independent students shall be the building
blocks within the ISA.
Article 3: Executive Board
A. Authority and Responsibility
The Executive Board shall have
the responsibility for determining the direction and goals of
the ISA. Decisions of the Executive Board may be over-ridden
only by majority vote of those present at a meeting expressly
called for the evaluation of the board's decision making.
The Executive Board shall be composed of the
President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and three
at-large members from the group's body.
The Executive Board shall meet on a regular basis
as determined by the President or the majority of the Executive
A quorum of the Executive Board shall be noted when
a minimum of four of the Executive Board members are present in
person or by speaker phone. Proxies shall be noted only if
given in the form of an original signed letter.
A vacancy shall be declared when amember of the
Executive Board dies, resigns, or is removed from office. If
the vacancy is one other than that of the President, the
President shall appoint a successor with the majority consent of
the remaining Executive Board. If the vacancy is the President,
then the Vice President is the automatic replacement.
F. Duties of the President
- Attend and preside over all meetings of the ISA, assist in
determining the goals of the ISA, and to represent the ISA at
all times when deemed necessary by the ISA.
- Appoint ex-officio members of the Executive Board to chair
pertinent committees with the advice and consent of the
G. Duties of the Vice President
- Attend Executive Board meetings and assist in determining
the directions and goals of the ISA.
- Assume the office and responsibilities of the President upon
the President's death, removal, resignation, or other cause of
H. Duties of the Secretary
1. Keep accurate records of all ISA meetings and publish
minutes of each meeting to be distributed to the President of
each independent living group.
I. Duties of the Treasurer:
1. Keep the financial records of the ISA and work in
cooperation with the treasurers of independent living groups to
collect dues and fees when necessary.
Article 4: Meetings
A. Meetings: The ISA shall meet at least once a month. It is
recommended that they meet twice a month.
Article 5: Financial Powers
A. Dues and Fees: The ISA shall have the power to assess each
independent living group on a per capita basis to conduct the
affairs of the ISA.
Article 6: Amendments
1. This constitution may be amended by a vote of two-thirds of
the members of the ISA.
2. This constitution may also be amended by unanimous votes in
favor in two consecutive Executive Board meetings, provided the
members of the ISA later vote in a two-thirds majority in favor
of the amendment.
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