Article 1: Name
The name of this organization is the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer and Ally Faculty and Staff Association of Cal State San Marcos, hereinafter referred to as the LGBTQA FSA.
Article 2: Mission
The mission of the LGBTQAFSA is to address the needs of Lesbians Gays Bisexuals Transgender People Queer People and Allies (LGBTQA) on campus, to serve the LGBTQA community, and to promote the various LGBTQA cultures.
Article 3: Purpose
The purpose of these by-laws is to provide guidelines to promote and preserve the objectives of the LGBTQA FSA. We encourage all members to take an active role in the organization by volunteering for committee work, community involvement, and sharing of expertise.
Article 4: Procedures
LGBTQA FSA acknowledges and accepts the responsibilities associated with formal recognition by (Affiliation to) the California State University San Marcos, and will comply with University policies and regulations in the course of affiliation activities.
Article 5: Membership
Membership in the LGBTQA FSA is open to all California State University San Marcos faculty and staff who support the spirit and intent of the association's mission statement. LGBTQA FSA will not tolerate nor permit unlawful discrimination and harassment on the basis of gender, race, color, ancestry, religious creed, national origin, sexual orientation, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (including HIV and AIDS), veteran status, age, or marital status.
Article 5.1: Voting Members
The annual dues are $20.00 per fiscal year from July to June. Members that are current with their membership have voting rights for association business and annual elections.
Article 5.2: Friends of the LGBTQA FSA
Individuals from the University and community who subscribe to the spirit and intent of the Association’s mission statement, but who do not wish to become voting members may elect to be affiliated with the LGBTQA FSA. Such individuals may become a “Friend of the LGBTQA FSA” by contributing a minimum of $10.00 annually per fiscal year. A “Friend” is not eligible to vote, and is welcome and invited to all LGBTQA FSA meetings and sponsored events.
Article 6: Officers
Elected officers are the President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. These officers make up the Executive Committee of LGBTQA FSA. The officers in collaboration with membership shall propose a yearly calendar of events, such as educational activities, political forums, and social gatherings.
Article 6.1: Terms of Office
Terms of officers shall be one fiscal year from July to June. There is no limit to the number of times a person can be elected for an officer position.
Article 6.1.1: President
The president is the chair of the organization and presides over LGBTQA FSA meetings. The president is charged with ensuring that a meeting agenda is set and that meetings are called in a timely fashion. The president shall also ensure that the decisions of the LGBTQA FSA membership are carried out. In addition, the president serves as the spokesperson of the organization. The president is responsible for the association’s affiliate status with the university.
Article 6.1.2: Vice President
The vice president is the president-elect and presides over LGBTQA FSA meetings in the absence of the president.
Article 6.1.3: Secretary
The secretary shall maintain the minutes and proceedings of all meetings and shall record all votes of the organization. Documentation shall be passed on to the new officers at the end of term.
Article 6.1.4: Treasurer
The treasurer shall receive and deposit all funds, maintain the financial records, and keep proper account of funds. Financial records shall be turned over to the new officers at the end of the term.
Article 6.1.5 Vacating Office
If at any time during the fiscal year an officer needs to resign from office, a letter of resignation needs to be submitted to the president. In the case of the President’s resignation, a letter needs to be submitted to the Vice-President. Volunteers will be sought from the active voting membership to fulfill the vacated officer position (the Vice-President will assume the responsibilities of the President).
6.1.6 Removal of Officers
Removal of officers must be made by simple majority (51%) of voting members.
Article 7: Elections Procedures
Nominations for officers may be taken from the floor of LGBTQA FSA meetings, by self-nomination or by recommendation of the Nominations/Elections committee. Nominees shall be LGBTQA FSA dues paying members in good standing only. Nominations shall take place two weeks prior to the scheduled election date.
Elections will occur via confidential electronic means, email, or by secret ballot. Ballots shall be available for a one-week period prior to the scheduled election. Elections shall take place no later than June 15th. Officers are elected by a simple majority (51%) of the voting members.
Article 8: Meetings
A regular Association meeting shall be held at least once a month during each academic term.
Quorum will be defined as 1/3 of dues paying members. All decisions are made by a simple majority (51%), unless otherwise noted in by-laws.
The time and place of all regularly scheduled meetings shall be established annually at the first meeting of the Association’s new leadership. When committees are established, committee membership will determine the time and place for regularly scheduled meetings.
Article 9: Committees
Committees will be formed when the association’s membership has grown to a size that deems it necessary to complete work prior to the general membership meetings. All committees shall be composed of at least three members of the organization. Except for the By-laws committee, all chairs shall be elected by the members of each committee. The committees are: By-laws, Membership/ Nominations/Elections, Fundraising, and Special Events Committee. Ad-hoc committees will be determined by the membership of LGBTQA FSA as needed.
Article 9.1: By-Laws Committee
The By-laws committee reviews and recommends revisions of the by-laws to the membership on a periodic basis.
Article 9.2: Membership/Nominations/Elections Committee
The Membership/Nominations/Elections committee has two main functions: First, it maintains the roll of the current membership and serves to recruit new members. Second, it shall ensure that the nominations for LGBTQA FSA Officers reflects the diversified nature of the organization while carrying out the nominations and elections procedures.
Article 9.3: Fundraising Committee
The Fundraising committee will actively seek to raise financial or in-kind contributions from community patrons and to plan activities that will generate funds for the organization. The committee will be responsible for planning at least one fundraising activity per fiscal year.
Article 9.4: Special Events Committee
The Special Events Committee will develop collaborative and association events to celebrate the mission of the organization including social meetings of the organization.
Article 9.5: Emergency Funds Committee
The Emergency Funds Committee will establish and maintain the procedures for LGBTQA students to access emergency funds. These funds can be utilized for classroom resources such as text books.
Article 10: Amendments
The by-laws may be amended by a 2/3-majority vote of the LGBTQA FSA voting membership. At least one meeting of LGBTQ FSA each year shall feature a discussion of the by-laws.
Article 11: Indemnity Clause
LGBTQA FSA shall indemnify and hold harmless the State of California, the Trustees of the California State University, the University, including California State University San Marcos, their officers, employees, representatives and volunteers from and against all claims, damages, losses and expenses including attorney fees arising out of the activities described herein, caused in whole or in part by any negligent act or omission of LGBTQA FSA, any contractor, any subcontractor, anyone directly or indirectly employed by any of them or anyone for whose acts any of them may be liable, except where caused by the active negligence, or willful misconduct of California State University San Marcos.