University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter
Constitution

I. The name of this organization will be University of Wisconsin-Platteville Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter. This organization shall conform to rules and regulations of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

II. The purpose of University of Wisconsin-Platteville Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter is to :

Raise awareness of the need for decent affordable housing through education and experience, raise funds to assist homeless families, and build homes in the Platteville area. We will provide assistance to the Grant County Affiliate of Habitat for Humanity in any way possible. Our chapter will provide volunteer opportunities for all members of the campus community that will promote leadership, fellowship, and personal growth for all involved.

III. Membership and Advisors

A. “In accordance with state and federal laws and University of Wisconsin System Policy, no student shall 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

B. Attendance

i. A person becomes a member by attending meetings on a regular basis. There will be meetings every other week. A maximum of 3 unexcused absences will be allowed per semester. Continued participation is necessary to remain active

C. Advisor(s) for University of Wisconsin-Platteville Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter can be any Faculty or Staff Member selected by the members. A non-Faculty or Staff member may be an advisor if approved by the Office of the Assistant Chancellor for Student Affairs. The advisor(s) shall advise the organization on school related activities and assist the club to achieve it’s goals

IV. Elections

Elections will be held at the end of the spring semester by April 20 for the following school year. Election procedure will be a secret ballot. The elections will take place in the order of: President, Vice-President; Secretary, and Treasurer with a sliding ballot. Election meetings must be held with at least 60% of the membership present. Nominations can be made by any member, for any member, for any office, with the approval of the nominee. The election will take place two weeks after nominations are opened. The candidate with the most votes will be considered elected.

V. Officers

Officers will consist of a President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer. All officers must be registered UWP students. To become president and vice-president, a candidate should be a full time student at UW-Platteville and must be willing to work and assist the other officers. If the position of presidency is vacant, the vice-president will succeed as president. An election will be held to fill the position of vice-president. Vacancies in any other positions will be filled by special elections. The term of officers is one academic year. The officers will have the option to choose not to hold their position for the second semester if they feel they will not be able to fulfill their duties. Special elections will be held for these circumstances as needed. The new officers shall take office after elections.

VI. Responsibilities of the officers

A. President

i. Assure regular meetings

ii. Run the meetings

iii. Assist other officers in any way possible

B. Vice President

i. Keep list of members and monitor attendance

ii. Initiate events on campus

iii. Fulfill duties of president in his/her absence

C. Secretary

i. Inform other members of meeting and event times

ii. Keep minutes of meetings

D. Treasurer

i. Oversees fundraising committee

ii. Keep accurate records of monetary transactions

iii. Balance budget

E. Advisors

i. Oversee the workings of the organization

ii. Keep track of and advise the officers in the group’s progress

VII. Meetings

Meetings will be held every other week of the year. The day and time will be agreed upon each semester according to the membership. The president shall call special meetings when he/she deems it necessary. Meetings will be announced via email/postings on campus. A minimum of 40% of the membership shall constitute a quorum

VIII. Finance

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter will be a self financed organization. It will be financed through fundraising projects, donations, sponsorship, and SUFAC funds. No dues shall be required of the individual membership. Expenditures shall be authorized by the officers of the organization with advisor’s approval. In the event that UWP Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter should ever dissolve, any remaining SUFAC money shall revert to SUFAC. All self-generated funds will be donated to Habitat for Humanity of Grant County at such time. All organizational funds shall be kept by the treasurer in one general account. The treasurer will cooperate in every way with the agency mandated by University relations. The advisor shall have his/her name on all accounts, in the event the organization dissolves.

IX. Amendments

Amendments may be added by a 60% majority vote of the members present. Voting may be held at the regular or special meeting. The amendments to be voted on must be submitted in writing tot the president at least two weeks prior to the voting or it is to be read by the secretary at the preceding meeting.

X By Laws.

By Laws to the constitution can be verbally presented at any meeting, and then submitted in writing. A vote shall be taken at the following meeting for all those with knowledge of the proposed change, and it must be passed by a 60% majority.

XI. Primary Control

University of Wisconsin-Platteville Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter will be responsible for the observance of the rules and regulations established by UW-Platteville, and the primary control shall rest with the members of the organization.

XII. Ratification

Upon the approval vote of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter, members and advisor(s) will submit the constitution to the Student Organizations Committee and Student Senate for ratification and approval. Upon receiving UW-Platteville’s registration, the constitution shall be in full effect.