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Below is the Stirling Uni CND Constitution, correct as of February 2015

University of Stirling Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

Constitution


Article 1: The society shall be called University of Stirling Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, referred to hereafter as UofS CND. The society may use the brand ‘Stirling Uni CND’ or ‘Stirling University CND’ for unofficial purposes.


Article 2: The society will function within the rules established by the University of Stirling Students Union (the Union) and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND). It will affiliate to both the Union and CND.


Article 3: The aims of the society shall be as follows:

  • To function as a non-partisan single-issue peace campaign;

  • To advance the cause of Nuclear Disarmament amongst the university community in Stirling;

  • To help achieve the aims established on the campaigns section of CND's website (www.cnduk.org/campaigns), insofar as and inasmuch as these campaigns are adopted by a general meeting of the UofS CND;

  • To collaborate with other peace groups at the university and in the wider community to help build a safe and peaceful future;

  • To actively and non-violently campaign against the presence of nuclear weapons in Scotland and the United Kingdom, and to actively and non-violently campaign against the possession of nuclear weapons by these governments.


Article 4: Membership shall be open to all registered students whether they are international or home students, members of staff and the spouses and partners of both. The General Meeting (GM) may award honorary membership. Non-students can join the Society, but will have non-voting status.


Article 5: The committee of the society will be entirely democratically selected by the membership. This will be by elections conduct by ballot for all offices as detailed in articles 6 and 7 of the constitution. In addition, members of the society may be co-opted onto the committee if a motion passes at a GM open to all members of the society. Each motion to co-opt must name one single member to be co-opted, and must pass with a simple majority of members present. Votes on motions of co-option shall be carried out by ballot, with the options 'Yes' or 'No' on the ballot paper. Other members and non-members may be invited by the committee to attend committee meetings when they have relevant experience to matters under discussion, however they will not have voting status at committee meetings.


Article 6: The committee is constitutionally required to always contain the following officers, hereafter referred to as statutory officers:

  • President

  • Secretary

  • Treasurer


Article 7: The committee will also contain the following officers, where nominees can be found:

  • Vice President

  • Social Secretary

  • Campaigns Officer

  • External Events Co-ordinator


Article 8: In order to stand for election to the committee, a member must first be nominated by another member or themself, then seconded by another member. The nominee must then accept the nomination before they can be added to the ballot paper.


Article 9: All elections to the committee will be carried out using a ballot. Only candidates nominated and seconded and who have accepted nomination before the election can be elected to the committee.


Article 10: A general meeting may be convened by the President, Vice President or Secretary. In addition, a petition of 8 members or 10 percent of the society's membership (whichever is the least) presented to either the President, Vice President, Secretary or Treasurer shall trigger a general meeting to be held not more than 15 working days in a semester in the future. At least one general meeting must be held each semester.


Article 11: The Annual General Meeting must be held at least one month before the end of the spring semester. At this meeting, the committee for the forthcoming academic year will be elected by secret ballot. An emergency AGM may be convened if at least 40% of the registered membership, including the President or both other statutory officers, pass a motion by simple majority calling for one at a general meeting. At an emergency AGM the functions of the AGM to be carried out should be stated in the motion (for example, not all posts will be open for election, only those stated in the motion calling for the AGM). An emergency AGM is triggered automatically by the resignation or death of any of the statutory officers, to be held not more than 20 working days in a semester from the date of resignation or death. Until an AGM can be convened, the President, or, if the post of President is vacant, the Vice President, may appoint a member to fill vacant positions.


Article 12: An EGM will be automatically triggered if a committee member misses 3 of any 5 consecutive full committee meetings which have been advertised at least 3 days prior to the date on which they are to be held. Elections will be held at the EGM for the post of the concerned committee member. That committee member may stand for their post again, but the meeting will be notified of the reason for the election. The President of the society has the power to veto this election if there are, in their view, exceptional mitigating circumstances. If the President exercises this veto, the concerned committee member remains in post.


Article 13: For a constitutional change to be binding, it shall have to been passed by a simple majority at an AGM of the Society before being approved by the clubs, events and development committee of the union.


Article 14: UofS CND is fully committed to equal rights and opportunities. Everyone eligible by the above criteria is welcome to join, campaign, and stand for the committee. UofS CND will take very seriously any allegation of discrimination on grounds of appearance, identity, or (without prejudice to the students' union's no platforms policy) belief.

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