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Write Away Club Constitution

Write Away Club Constitution

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Constitution for the creative writing club Write Away at Marshall University.
Constitution for the creative writing club Write Away at Marshall University.

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Published by: Sacha Giuliana Swarovski on Sep 29, 2010
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Write AwayConstitution
Article I
Section 1. Purpose
Article II
Section 1. Policy against PlagiarismSection 2. Definition of “Criticism”
Article III
Section 1. QualificationSection 2. Rights and ObligationsSection 3. ResignationSection 4. SuspensionSection 5. Meetings
Article IV
Section 1. OfficersSection 2. QualificationsSection 3. Term of Office and VacancySection 4. ElectionsSection 5. Duties
Article V
Section 1. Amendments to BylawsSection 2. Passwords
Article VI
Section 1. Hazing
Article I
Section 1. Purpose
The purpose of this organization is to facilitate the constructive criticism of members’original works of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction, and to encourage the discoveryof new forms, styles, and outlets of written expression. We will do this through group andone-on-one peer reviews, short seminars, workshops, and “assignments” designed toexpand members’ repertoire of skills as writers.
Article II
Section 1. Policy against Plagiarism
Plagiarism (stealing someone else’s work and claiming it as one’s own) will not betolerated. Any member found to be plagiarizing will be expelled from the group for thesemester. Click herefor the university's definition of and policies regarding plagiarism.
Section 2. Definition of “Criticism”
Criticism is defined as: “The act or art of analyzing and evaluating or judging the qualityof a literary or artistic work, musical performance, art exhibit, dramatic production, etc.”(Dictionary.com)Criticism is meant to be constructive. Criticism that is decidedly harsh is unacceptable;criticism given with no attempt at remedy, or which is not substantiated with examples isdiscouraged. The purpose of criticism is to help the writer of the work under scrutiny toimprove him- or herself as a writer. Critiques should be as even as possible: membersshould look for and discuss what works in a fellow member's manuscript as well as whatcan be improved.
Article III
Section 1. Qualification
Membership to Write Away is open to all students, faculty, and staff members withoutregard to race, sex, color or ethnic origin, religious affiliation, age, handicap, or sexualorientation.
Section 2. Rights and Obligations
All members shall be entitled to:A.Attend all group functionsB.Vote at all meetingsC.Generate suggestions for activities, seminars, and fundraisersAll members shall be required to:A.Actively participate at meetings attendedB.Be respectful of other members and their work C.Adhere to the constitution of the organization
Section 3. Resignation
A member may resign from office or from the organization at any time either at ameeting or in writing.
Section 4. Suspension
Any member who has caused multiple disturbances may be suspended from groupmeetings for a maximum of thrice in a row. Single-meeting expulsions will be doled out by the group as a whole, and suspensions will be issued by the Clerk.
Suspensionsresulting from plagiarism last for the remainder of the semester during which themember's plagiarism is discovered.
Section 5. Meetings
One meeting will be held per week on Fridays at 2:00 PM.The actual days and meeting times may sometimes vary depending on roomavailability and activity schedules.B.SPECIAL MEETINGS
The Coordinator may call special meetings.C.CONDUCT
Any person causing any disturbance, as defined by the majority of members present, during any meeting may be expulsed from that meeting.
Article IV
Section 1. Officers
The officers of this organization shall be Coordinator, Vice Coordinator, Clerk, andTreasurer.
Section 2. Qualifications
A.A candidate for an elected office must be a student of Marshall University with aminimum GPA of 2.2.B.It is encouraged that any candidate for an elected office have taken at least oneEnglish course above ENG101, ENG102, or ENG201H, as this assumes a wider network within the English department from which to draw speakers and the like.
Section 3. Term of Office and Vacancy
All officers shall be elected to serve for one year at the first meeting of the year. Anofficer can hold office for as many years as he or she can be re-elected by groupmembers. The Coordinator will appoint a temporary successor if a vacancy should occur,until the club determines and votes in a permanent successor.
Section 4. Elections
Elections will be held at the first club meeting. This meeting will be a mandatory eventfor all the members of the club. All candidates must be present, and no candidate can beelected if he or she is not in attendance. New officers will be elected by a simple majorityvote. In the case of any two officers receiving the same number of votes for the same position, the two candidates may come to some agreement about how to handle the

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