Charter

Mission Statement
The Kent Student Liberty Alliance (hereinafter called ‘the alliance’) is an organization created and maintained by liberty minded students on the Kent State University campus, dedicated to educate and spread the ideas of liberty, justice, peace, freedom and freed markets on the campus and within the community.

Membership
Full membership, which carries voting privileges, is available to any person who meets all of the following five qualifications:

  1. He or she is currently a KSU student, which is defined as a person who is enrolled at Kent State University for three or more hours of coursework taking place in an unfinished semester.
  2. He or she pays any required membership dues.
  3. He or she signs the alliance roster or the alliance’s Organization Registration form within one day of his first vote.
  4. He or she has attended at least 5 regular meetings.
  5. He or she must attend at least two regular meetings each month and also volunteer time to one half or more events sponsored or cosponsored by the alliance.

Junior membership, which carries no voting privileges, is available to anyone who meets the first requirement above, but does not meet one or more of the subsequent requirement.

Community membership, which also does not carry voting privileges within the college organization, is available to any person who shows support for the organization, either by donating their time, money or resources.

Officers

The alliance shall permit as officers a President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, Outreach Director, and during campaign season a Political Director. Each officer shall be elected on the second to last meeting of each semester.  The addition of officer positions requires a 2/3 vote of full members and must also be agreed upon by 1/2 of the officers.  Not all officer positions must be filled, with the exceptions of President and Secretary/Treasurer.

The duties for each officer shall be as follows:
The President is responsible for the general oversight of the organization and will be responsible for all activities of the organization.  He shall also be responsible for community outreach and also campus coordinator if no alliance member is a Student’s for Liberty Campus Coordinator.

The Vice President is responsible for event planning, which includes coordinating all campus events the alliance chooses to host and all events the alliance chooses to cosponsor.  He shall fill out all paperwork related to campus events.

The Secretary/Treasurer shall take notes of all meetings and post them onto the alliance’s website.  He shall also be responsible for the alliance’s bank account and fill out all paperwork relating to allocations for events and conferences.

The Outreach Director shall develop relationships with other Kent State University Student Organizations and the Kent community to promote new membership within the alliance.

The Political Director shall work with and/or promote all political candidates the alliance endorses for public office.

An officer may be replaced immediately by the assent of at least two-thirds of the full members. An officer may be replaced by a majority of responding full members if all full members have been given at least six days notice of the replacement action.

If an officer is incommunicado or his office is vacant during a meeting, his duties may be performed by any full member who has been authorized by a majority of the full members present until either the officer participates in club business or until the officer has been officially replaced.

Subcommittees
The alliance shall consist of the following subcommittees: Event Planning, Allocations and Fundraising, Student Government and Student and Community Outreach.

Subcommittees may be added or removed with a 2/3 vote of full members of the alliance.

Affiliations
Because the alliance is an umbrella organization for multiple stains of the libertarian philosophy, it shall be affiliated with multiple liberty organizations that fit the current views of the members.  Our current affiliations include the Foundation for Individual Rights In Education (FIRE), the Libertarian Party, Students for Liberty, Campaign for Liberty and the Alliance of the Libertarian Left.

Affiliations can be added or removed with a 2/3 vote of full members of the alliance.

Elections and Meetings:

The alliance shall hold physical meetings at least once a week. The physical meeting times shall be organized by a run-off vote by full members on the second to last meeting of each semester.

Meetings may also be called in the same way by at least one fifth of all full members. Meetings may be conducted electronically.

Meetings must be orderly and follow an agenda. All members and guests at the alliance meetings shall respect the President or designated speaker (hereinafter called ‘the chair’) and should refrain from talking until the meeting is complete or they are addressed by the chair. The chair reserves the right to compel disruptive members or guests to leave the meeting.

The organization must hold a vote anytime the alliance needs to establish assent.

Unless specifically authorized in the charter, an acting club officer must have given notice of the issues to be voted on at least six days prior to a vote to all full members for the vote to be valid.

Notice may be given and votes may be cast by email, paper, or any other reasonable method of communication agreed upon by the acting club officers. Full members may vote by proxy.

All members of subchartered organizations shall be considered members of the alliance and are bound by it’s rules. Subchartered organizations may be added or removed with a 2/3 vote of full members of the alliance.

Amendments:
Amendments to this charter may be made by a two-thirds assent of the full members of the club.

Amendment I: Affiliations shall read as the following

Because the alliance is an umbrella organization for multiple stains of the libertarian philosophy, it shall be affiliated with multiple liberty organizations that fit the current views of the members.  Our current affiliations include the Foundation for Individual Rights In Education (FIRE), the Libertarian Party and Libertarian Party of Ohio, Young Americans for Liberty, Students for Liberty, Campaign for Liberty and the Alliance of the Libertarian Left.

Amendment II: Officers shall read as the following

The alliance shall permit as officers a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Secretary/Treasurer, Technical Officer and, Outreach Director, and during campaign season a Political Director. Each officer shall be elected on the second to last meeting of each semester.  The addition of officer positions requires a 2/3 vote of full members and must also be agreed upon by 1/2 of the officers.  Not all officer positions must be filled, with the exceptions of President, Treasurer and Secretary and Secretary/Treasurer.

The duties for each officer shall be as follows:
The President is responsible for the general oversight of the organization and will be responsible for all activities of the organization.  He shall also be responsible for community outreach and also campus coordinator if no alliance member is a Student’s for Liberty Campus Coordinator.

The Vice President is responsible for event planning, which includes coordinating all campus events the alliance chooses to host and all events the alliance chooses to cosponsor.  He shall fill out all paperwork related to campus events.

The Secretary/Treasurer shall take notes of all meetings and post them onto the alliance’s website.  He shall also be responsible for the alliance’s bank account and fill out all paperwork relating to allocations for events and conferences.

The Outreach Director shall develop relationships with other Kent State University Student Organizations and the Kent community to promote new membership within the alliance.

The Political Director shall work with and/or promote all political candidates the alliance endorses for public office.

An officer may be replaced immediately by the assent of at least two-thirds of the full members. An officer may be replaced by a majority of responding full members if all full members have been given at least six days notice of the replacement action.

If an officer is incommunicado or his office is vacant during a meeting, his duties may be performed by any full member who has been authorized by a majority of the full members present until either the officer participates in club business or until the officer has been officially replaced.

Affiliations can be added or removed with a 2/3 vote of full members of the alliance.

Amendment III: Membership shall read as the following

Full membership, which carries voting privileges, is available to any person who meets all of the following five qualifications:

He or she is currently a KSU student, which is defined as a person who is enrolled at Kent State University for three or more hours of coursework taking place in an unfinished semester.

He or she pays any required membership dues.

He or she signs the alliance roster or the alliance’s Organization Registration form within one day of his first vote.

He or she has attended at least five regular meetings.

He or she must attend at least two one regular meetings each month and also volunteer time to one half or more events sponsored or cosponsored by the alliance.

He or she must be active on one or more subcommittees of the alliance.

Junior membership, which carries no voting privileges, is available to anyone who meets the first requirement above, but does not meet one or more of the subsequent requirement.

Community membership, which also does not carry voting privileges within the college organization, is available to any person who is a member of the Kent Liberty Alliance with a full community membership. who shows support for the organization, either by donating their time, money or resources.

Affiliate membership is available to all KSU alumni, and also to other individuals that donate time, money or resources to the alliance.

Amendment IV:  Statement of Equality and Tolerance

The alliance recognizes that every human is a sovereign, free and equal being, and that in our  current culture of statism, libertarians of all stripes should recognize this fact. We shall not discriminate against anyone because of sexual or gender identity, race or color, affluence or poverty, mental disorder or any other characteristic beyond their control. Members and guests attending the alliance meetings should use discretion when discussing these issues.

Amendment V: Subchartered Organizations

Members of the alliance shall have the ability to form organizations that fall outside of the purview of the alliance as subcharters of the alliance. They must agree to the following conditions before they are recognized as official subcharters of the alliance:

  1. Be recognized as an official student organization by Kent State University;
  2. Agree to and follow our charter, excluding:
    1. Governance: Subchartered Organizations may have their own structure of governance, including committees, officers and membership requirements
    2. Mission Statement: Subchartered Organizations shall agree to, and include reference to in their charter, the alliance Mission Statement but can have their own Mission Statement.
  3. Not intentionally draw membership away from the alliance
  4. Subchartered organizations must submit an application to the officers of the alliance at least two weeks before they will be recognized.

Amendment VI:  Events and Meetings shall read as the following

The alliance shall hold physical meetings at least once a week. The physical meeting times shall be organized by a run-off vote by full members on the second to last meeting of each semester.

Meetings may also be called in the same way by at least one fifth of all full members. Meetings may be conducted electronically.

Meetings must be orderly and follow an agenda. All members and guests at the alliance meetings shall respect the President or designated speaker (hereinafter called ‘the chair’) and should refrain from talking until the meeting is complete or they are addressed by the chair. The chair reserves the right to compel disruptive members or guests to leave the meeting.

The organization must hold a vote anytime the alliance needs to establish assent.

Unless specifically authorized in the charter, an acting club officer must have given notice of the issues to be voted on at least six days prior to a vote to all full members for the vote to be valid.

Notice may be given and votes may be cast by email, paper, or any other reasonable method of communication agreed upon by the acting club officers. Full members may vote by proxy.

All members of subchartered organizations shall be considered members of the alliance and are bound by it’s rules. Subchartered organizations may be added or removed with a 2/3 vote of full members of the alliance.

Jurisdiction:
Neither this charter nor any club policy has the authority to exempt the club from the rules, regulations, and policies of Kent State University and the laws of the State of Ohio.

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