The Washington College of Law Tech, Law & Security Society Constitution
ARTICLE I – NAME
The name of this organization shall be the WCL Technology, Law, and Security Society (TLSS). TLSS is a student organization at the American University Washington College of Law, which serves as the student arm of the WCL Technology, Law, and Security Program (hereafter referred to as “TLSP” for the purposes of this document).
ARTICLE II – MISSION STATEMENT
The TLSS’s purpose focuses on the same issue areas as TLSP: “to tackle the challenges and opportunities posed by emerging technology” but uniquely serves to inform the TLSP of students’ interests and inquiries about the relevant areas of law.
ARTICLE III – OBJECTIVES
The objectives of the organization shall be:
- Serve as a student liaison group to WCL’s Technology, Law, and Security Program
- Expose students to different legal areas that intersect with technology, privacy, and security
- Allow students to connect with mentors
- Serve as a way for students to learn about relevant networking opportunities, researching opportunities, and educational opportunities.
ARTICLE IV – MEMBERSHIP
- Members and officers must be enrolled students at the Washington College of Law.
- Non-students may act as associate members, but may not vote or hold office.
ARTICLE V – OFFICERS
- Officers and Executive Board
- The officers of this organization are President, Vice President, Treasurer, Alumni Coordinator, Blog Editor, and 1L Representative. These positions will comprise the Executive Board.
- Officers for the next year will be selected by the incumbent Executive Board. Members who wish to serve on the Executive Board will submit a resume and letter of interest to all members of the Executive Board for consideration.
- Selection of officers will take place no later than a week after Spring Semester finals.
- Officers will assume office for the period of one year and may not serve for more than two years.
- If an officer wishes to serve in their current position for another academic year or if they wish to obtain a new position within the Board, they must notify the Executive Board and re-submit an application.
- Recall of Officers
- Officers are subject to recall for malfeasance in office. Malfeasance shall be defined as:
- An inability to perform the requirements of office.
- Willfully disobeying Washington College of Law Rules and Regulations governing student organizations.
- Breaching the Student Code of Conduct.
- Mismanaging club funds.
- Recall procedures will be initiated at the request of at least three active members.
- A hearing will be conducted at a regular meeting for the presentation of evidence from all concerned parties.
- Those requesting a recall of officer(s) shall be given 20 minutes to present their case
- Those officers being recalled will have five (5) minutes to question their accusers
- Those officers being recalled will have 20 minutes to rebut the charges presented. against them
- The club will then have five (5) minutes to question those being recalled
- A simple majority of all Executive Board members in a recall at the end of the hearing is necessary to remove any office.
ARTICLE VI – VOTING
- This constitution and by-laws may be amended by a 2/3-majority vote of those voting, a quorum being present.
- Voting on amendments must be conducted after a minimum notice of 1 week.
- If voting virtually, a screenshot must be taken to record the votes via the platform’s survey feature and a document indicating Board positions, votes cast, and the date and time of the meeting must be recorded. Board members will be required to turn on the video and audio feature when casting their vote.
ARTICLE VII – Statement of Non-discrimination
This organization shall not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, or veteran status. This policy will include, but not limited to recruiting, membership, organization activities, or opportunities to hold office.
ARTICLE VIII – Statement of Compliance with Campus and SBA Regulations
This organization shall comply with all university and campus policies and regulations and local, state, and federal laws. This organization shall comply with all SBA policies and procedures.