Constitution

Article I. The name of this organization of American University students shall hereby be known as the United Methodist Student Association.

Article II The main goal of the United Methodist Student Fellowship (hereafter referred to as the UMSA) is contained in, but not limited to, the following mission statement:

As an expression of Christian faith, we call, nurture, and equip the members of the American University community to grow in discipleship, serve others, create inclusive communities, build relationships with God and one another, discern vocation, and become leaders in the Church and the world.

Article III. The membership of the UMSA shall consist of any American University student who expresses an interest in joining, regardless of gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability, race, and/or age.

Article IV. The UMSA shall elect, at the last meeting of each academic year, any officers it deems necessary, including but not limited to: (1) president, (2) a vice-president (3) a treasurer, and (4) a secretary. In addition, at the beginning of each academic year, a freshman representative will be selected out of the entering class.

A. The president shall assume the responsibility of overseeing the organizational and programmatic aspects of the UMSA. S/he serves at the mercy of the membership and shall act accordingly, taking part as an active participant in the life of the community.

B. The vice-president shall assume the responsibilities of the president in case of the president being unable to perform his/her duties. The vice-president shall be an active member in the life of the community, assisting the president and other leaders with leadership and planning of events.

C. The treasurer is charged with maintaining an accurate record of all financial transactions. It shall be the duty of the treasurer to be prepared to provide and up-to-date balance of all accounts to the membership upon request. The treasurer shall also   have the responsibility of working with other UMSA leaders to prepare and submit the organization’s budget, and will oversee other arising fiduciary responsibilities.

D. The secretary is charged with keeping documented evidence of all UMSA activities, including but not limited to keeping and communicating meeting minutes each week. If s/he is unable to be present at these weekly meetings, s/he is responsible for finding a replacement to keep the minutes in his/her stead.

E. The freshman representative is charged with being a liaison between freshmen and the UMSA leadership. In addition, the freshman representative will be a visible presence during weekly worship and will provide information to the freshmen members of the community for their benefit and help.

Article V. At the beginning of each academic year, the responsibility for bringing each of the six missional foci (discipleship, service, inclusiveness, building relationships with God and one another, discernment, and leadership) shall be assigned to an appropriate individual, who shall insure that that focus is considered in the programming and activities of the UMSA. These areas include, but are not limited to, worship, discipleship, social justice, and hospitality.

Article VI. Officers shall be held accountable by the membership of the UMSA. Any officer charged with not upholding her/his duties shall, upon a majority vote of a quorum of the membership (as defined by the number of members present at any regularly scheduled meeting), be subject to impeachment by the membership. After said review has occurred and upon a motion and second by the membership, the officer shall be eligible for removal from office. Removal shall require a two-thirds majority vote of the quorum present. Upon successful removal from office, the remaining officers shall take nominations from the floor and proceed with an election to fill the vacant position.

Article VII. As a living document, this constitution may be amended at any time the membership sees fit. An amendment shall require a two-thirds vote of the quorum present for passage and shall take effect immediately upon approval.