A good constitution establishes structure and purpose of the group; creates methods for selecting officers; and designates powers and responsibilities to those members and officers.
Article I: Introduction
Section I: Name of the Organization
Section II: General purpose/goal of the organization
Article II: Membership
Section I: Who is eligible for membership?
Section II: How are members selected?
Section III: Qualifications and responsibilities of members.
Article III: Executive Board/Officers
Section I: What are the different positions?
Section II: Who is eligible?
Section III: How are officers removed from office?
Section IV: How are vacancies filled?
Article IV: Meetings
Section I: How often does the organization meet?
Section II: Who presides over meetings/meeting structure.
Article V: Amendments to the Constitution
Section I: What is the process for making an amendment?
Section II: How is the amendment ratified?
This sample constitution is provided by the Office of Student Engagement to assist your student organization in creating a constitution, which meets the standards for officially registering your organization with Western Illinois University. The *starred* articles must be included as well as the date of adoption/revision. Article III, VI, VII, IX, & X must use the exact language included on this sample. You may add parameters to Article III after stating points 1 & 2. This sample must be re-typed.
A downloadable sample constitution is linked at the bottom of this section.
*Date of Adoption and/or Revision
Article I - *Name*
The name of this organization shall be the Underwater Basket Weaving Club (UBWC). The UBWC is a student organization at Northern Kentucky University. This organization's purpose shall be to educate the students at Northern Kentucky University as to how to create baskets, while submerged underwater.
Article II – *Objectives*
The objectives of the organization shall be:
Article III – Membership (Must Be Included Exactly as Found Here; Additional Info is Optional)
Article IV – *Officers* (Make specific to your organization. President & Treasurer are required. Procedures for election/removal must be democratic.)
Article V – *Voting*
Article VI – Not-for-profit Statement (Must Be Included Exactly as Found Here)
This is not-for-profit organization.
Article VII – Statement of Non-discrimination (Must Be Included Exactly as Found Here)
This organization shall not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, or veteran status. This policy will include, but not limited to recruiting, membership, organization activities, or opportunities to hold office. (As exempted by Federal law, Social Greek organizations may omit “gender”)
Article VIII – *Financial Obligation*
A majority of voting members of this organization may determine reasonable dues and fees assessed to each member at the beginning of each semester.
A specific member or members, designated by this organization shall be responsible for payment in full of all debts accumulated by the organization not covered by funds on deposit.
Article IX – Statement of Non-Hazing (Must Be Included Exactly as Found Here)
This organization will not conspire to engage in hazing, or commit any act that causes or is likely to cause bodily danger, physical harm, or personal degradation or disgrace resulting in physical or mental harm to any fellow student or person attending the institution.
Article X – Statement of Compliance with Campus Regulations (Must Be Included Exactly as Found Here)
This organization shall comply with all university and campus policies and regulations and local, state, and federal laws.
Meetings will be open to all organization active and associate members, faculty, staff, and non-member students. A notice of at least 2 weeks will be given prior to all meetings. The meetings are to be organized and controlled by officers and active members.