2001 - 2002 Officers

James Williams
Vice President:
Jim Dusbiber
Erik Braun
Jon Miltimore

Articles of Constitution

  1. Article I
  2. Article II
  3. Article III
  4. Article IV
  5. Article V
  6. Article VI
  7. Article VII

Article I- Name and Purposes

Section A             This organization shall be known as the History Club of the University of

Wisconsin Platteville.

Section B              Its Purpose Shall Be

To offer opportunities to the students, staff and faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, the community of the City of Platteville, and surrounding communities for an increased awareness of the study of history.


Section A              Qualifications for Membership

"In accordance with state and federal laws and University of Wisconsin System policy, no student may be denied admission to, participation in or the benefits of, or be discriminated against in any service, program, course or facility of the University of Wisconsin - Platteville because of the student's race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, disability, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital status or parental status. "(UW-Platteville Policies and Procedures Handbook) Therefore, anyone who is interested in the purposes of the History Club and willing to participate actively in the programs and other activities of the Club, subject to Article Il, Section B3, is welcome to become a member.

Section B              Student/ Faculty Members

1. All members are encouraged to attend regular meeting and take part in the programs and other activities.

2. All members are required to pay membership fees as established by the Executive  Board and approved by the Club.

a. If the club should disband, a vote will be taken to determine the allocation of any remaining funds in the club accounts.

3. Each student member shall be entitled to one vote on all business of the Club.

Section C              Non Student Members

1. Any non-faculty or non students who attend 3 business meetings per semester are entitled to associate membership in the club.

2. Associate members will not have the right to vote nor will they be required to pay dues.

Section D              Grounds for Dismissal of Member

1. Immediate grounds for dismissal include: a. Violation of state or federal law b. Violation of conduct as established by the University

2. Ground for dismissal by vote include: a. Activities that are detrimental to the club, members of the club, or the positive reputation of the club.

3. Any member who has charges brought against him/her shall be entitled to due process.

4. A two thirds (2/3) vote by members of the club shall be necessary to remove a member.


Section A               Titles

1. The Executive Board of this Club shall consist of a President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary.

2. The Executive Board shall serve as a direct liaison between members and the Club Advisor(s).

3. Advisor(s) of the Club must be a member(s) of the faculty or staff or shall be approved by the Assistant Chancellor for Student Affairs Office.

Section B              Election, Term, and Voting Policy

1. The officers shall be nominated from the floor at the first business meeting of each academic year. Officers will then be elected by secret ballot at the second business meeting of the academic year.

2. A majority vote of the student members present shall be necessary to elect a person to office

3. All officers shall take office immediately at the close of the business meeting in which they are elected.

4. The election shall be conducted by and the ballots counted by the Advisor(s) of the Club.

5. Members of the Executive Board shall not serve in the same office for more than two consecutive terms.

6. If an election between three or more candidates results in no one receiving a majority vote, a run off election will be held between the two people receiving the most votes.

7. If, in the event that a tie occurs between two candidates or a run off election results in a second tie, a re-vote will occur at infinitum until the tie is broken.

Section C              Eligibility

1. Any student member of the Club shall be eligible for election to any office provided that he or she:

a. is a student of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. The president must be a full time UWP student registered for at least 12 undergraduate or 9 graduate credits.

b. has completed at least one semester at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and

c. will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Platteville for the current academic school year.

Section D              Resignation or Removal of Officer

1. A letter of resignation shall be submitted to the Advisor(s) no less than two weeks prior to the date of the resignation.

2. Attendance of officers is expected at each meeting. If an officer misses more than three consecutive regular meetings without a valid reason, he/she shall immediately lose his/her office. Validity of the reason will be determined by the remaining members of the Executive Board.

Section E              Vacancies of Office

1. If any office should become vacant, the President or, in his/her absence, the Vice President, should, at the earliest possible date thereafter, order a special election for the purpose of filling such office. The member thus elected shall hold that office until the next regular election. Section F Duties of Officers 1. After an election has been held, the prior officers shall acquaint the new officers with their duties as stated in the Constitution, and all business files shall be turned over to the new officers.

2. The President Shall:

a. be primarily responsible for all of the Club activities;

b. preside at all meetings of the Club;

c. call special meetings at his/her discretion, subject to the limitations of Article IV, Section C;

d. chair all committees not otherwise provided for,

e. make provisions for the discharge pro tempore of necessary duties of absent or suspended members;

f. approve all expenditures from the treasury of the Club;

g. have the right to demand that a member in disorderly conduct at regular meetings,   leave the meeting; and

h. if possible, contact one of the officers in the event of his/her absence.

3. The Vice President Shall:

a. be an aid to the President;

b. be primarily responsible for the execution of programs; and

c. in the case of the absence or disability of the President, pro tempore assume and  perform the duties of the President.

4. The Treasurer Shall:

a. collect the membership fees and other moneys of the Club;

b. render an account each month, or more often if required, of all receipts and expenditures;

c. pay the bills of the activities previously approved of by a vote of the Club and approved by the President; and

d. submit an annual general fiscal report at the end of his/her term and before the election.

5. The Secretary Shall:

a. keep a record of the proceedings of all meetings;

b. issue notices of meetings and agenda after consultation with the President;

c. conduct the correspondence of the Club; and

d. take care of files, documents, and office supplies.

6. The Advisor(s) Shall:

a. be encouraged to attend all regular meetings;

b. give counsel whether or not they are asked;

c. act as the medium between the University Administration and the Club;

d. represent the University Administration in the Club; and

e. report any off-campus events which may concern the Club.


Section A              Time and Place

1. At least one business meeting shall be held in each month during the academic year.

2. Meetings will be held as often as deemed necessary by the Executive Board of the Club, the place and the hour of which will be determined by the Executive Board.

Section B              Nature of Meetings The purpose of the meeting shall be:

1. to transact the business of the Club, and

2. to present information regarding future activities and business of the Club.

3. to present programs directed toward achieving the purpose and objectives of the Club, and

4. To attract as many non-member attendants as possible Section C Special Meetings

Section C             Special Meetings -The purpose of the meeting shall be:

1. May be called by the President of the Club when, after consulting with the other officers, he/she is convinced that the need is sufficiently urgent.

2. Shall be called upon demand of any ten ( 10) members or seventy-five percent (75%) of the membership, inclusive of elected officers, regardless of the wish of the President.


Section A  

For any meeting of the Club, except meetings dealing with constitutional amendments, a quorum shall consist  of one-fourth (1/4) of the members.

Section B

For any change in the Constitution, a quorum shall consist of two-thirds (2/3) of the members. This provision shall apply only to those meetings in which the final vote on a constitutional change is expected.


Section A  

This Constitution may be amended at any regular business meeting of the Club, subject to Article V, Section B, by two-thirds (2/3) vote of those present, provided that written or printed notice of the proposed amendment has been given to all members at least one week previously.

Section B   

Bylaws of this Club may be adopted at any regular meeting by a majority vote of the members present, provided  that written or printed notice of the changes was given to all members at least one week previously. After the Bylaws have been adopted, they shall be amended only in accordance with provisions set forth in the Bylaws themselves.


This Constitution shall be activated upon passage by the Student Organizations Committee and the Student Senate  and a majority vote of those eligible for membership and present at the first business meeting.