The by-laws of the Library and Information Science Student Association (LISSA) of Dominican University.
Article I: Name
Article II: Mission
Article III: Objectives
1. Facilitating the networking of GSLIS students body.
Article IV: Membership
Section 1: Association Membership
Section 2: Board Members
A. The LISSA Board will consist of three (3) four (4) executive officers and a varying number of members-at-large. The three (3) four (4) executive officer positions shall consist of: President, Vice-President, and Secretary, and Financial Officer. Other offices may be designated by LISSA as desired.
B. Executive Board Member Duties
1.The duties of the President shall include:
a. Calling and chairing meetings;
2. The duties of the Vice-President shall include:
a. Fulfilling all previous duties listed if the President is not able;
3. The duties of the Secretary shall include:
a. Recording and posting minutes no later than one (1) week after an official meeting;
4. The duties of the Financial Officer shall include:
a. Serving as the primary caretaker of LISSA funds;
5. The duties of the Members-at-Large shall include:
a. Serving on committees or as liaisons as appointed;
6. It is noted that Officers and Members-at-Large may acquire additional responsibilities during the course of their term of service, but these responsibilities shall only be added with the approval of the Board and the consent of the affected Board Member.
Section 4: Committees
A. The LISSA board may form committees, which will be considered part of the board, to address specific issues or projects as needed. The board may also vote to terminate or temporarily retire a committee if it is no longer effective, necessary, or if its duties have come to a logical end.
B. Committees will consist of a Committee Chair and up to four (4) students-at-large. Board members may also participate in committee meetings and functions as needed.
1. The Committee Chair will serve on the LISSA board as the committee’s liaison, and will be appointed by the LISSA Board. If a committee is needed to be formed immediately, or if the committee suffers a vacancy, the LISSA President may appoint a Committee Chair for the duration of the semester.
2. To join a committee, students-at-large will express interest to the Committee Chair, who will approve or deny their committee membership based on the committee’s needs.
C. Committee meetings will be open to all LISSA members, though committee voting is reserved for only approved committee members.
D. The Committee Chair is responsible for delegating the committee responsibilities to committee members as needed.
E. The responsibilities of each committee include:
1. Scheduling committee meetings;
Section 5: Participation and Attendance
A. A large portion of the success of LISSA is board and committee contribution and active participation in LISSA meetings, events, committee activities and projects. Officers, Board members, and committee members are strongly encouraged to attend as many LISSA functions as possible.
B. Since LISSA only has a limited number of meetings per semester it is required that all Board Members attend at least three (3) out of the four (4) monthly board meetings each semester. If any Board Members fail to meet this requirement they will be asked to resign.
C. Committee members’ regular attendance at committee meetings is strongly encouraged. Since it is understood that some committee members may not need to be present at meetings to participate (e.g., writing promotional materials), committee attendance is at the discretion of the Committee Chair and should be communicated to the committee members at the beginning of each semester.
Article V: Elections of Board Members and Filling of Vacancies
Section 1: Election Procedures
Board elections are to be held once a semester at the discretion of the board, in the spring, fall, and summer, respectively. Students wishing to join the LISSA Board shall make their candidacies known to the Board in the month prior to elections via a candidate statement. A candidate’s statement should identify which position the student is running for, and explain the qualities and leadership experience which would make them a good board member. These statements will be publicized electronically to the student body by the current LISSA Board.
Section 2: Board Size
A minimum of three (3) Board Members, to fill the officer positions of President, Vice President, and Secretary, is to be maintained, but it is recognized as desirable to have additional Board Members-at-Large, to better represent GSLIS students, and to better fulfill the Mission of LISSA. It is also recognized that excessive numbers of members makes a board ineffective and unwieldy. Thus, there will be a maximum of eight (8) Board Members-at-Large, and consequently a maximum of eleven (11) total Board Members. If an officer or needed committee chairperson is not elected, the President must either appoint a student to the position or fill the duties themselves.
Section 3: Board Terms
The LISSA Board Officers, and Members-at-Large will be elected from among the nominees by the GSLIS student body through a simple majority vote. The elected Board will hold office for one (1) academic semester. Elected individuals may serve more than one (1) semester provided they are re-elected after their term has expired. If a vacancy occurs among the LISSA Board Officer in the course of a semester, the remaining LISSA Board Officers will appoint a member to fill the vacancy until the next regular election.
Section 4: Board Resignations
Should any Board Member wish to leave the Board at any point that Board Member must provide the President with a statement expressing the intent to leave and the date at which this will be effective.
Article VI: Meetings
Section 1: Board Meetings
Section 2: Committee Meetings
Article VII: Faculty Liaison
Section 1: Faculty Liaison
One (1) faculty liaison will be selected by the GSLIS faculty at the end of each spring session. Term of service as faculty liaison will include the following fall and spring sessions. If the chosen faculty member is available to the LISSA board during the summer session, his or her participation is appreciated but not required.
Section 2: Duties
The duties of the faculty liaison are:
A. Sharing professional knowledge as an advisor to the LISSA board.
Section 3: Restrictions
The faculty liaison shall not direct or impede the actions of the LISSA board.
Article VIII: Amendments
These by-laws may be amended at any full meeting of the organization by a majority vote and may be posted for the review of the student body.
Article IX: Policy
Section 1: Non-Hazing Statement
Officers and members are prohibited from hazing any member of the community. Hazing is defined as any action taken or situation created, on or off university premises, whether psychological, physical, or emotional, which subjects another person, voluntarily or involuntarily, to discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, intimidation, mistreatment, humiliation, or ridicule which may in any fashion compromise his or her dignity as a person. All instances of hazing will be reported to the Dominican University Dean of Students Office.
Section 2: Non-Discrimination Statement
LISSA administers all its programs without discrimination as to race, creed, gender, age, marital status, national origin, or sexual orientation. In addition, LISSA does not discriminate on the basis of disability, in accordance with section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.