Write Away Constitution

Contents
Article I
Section 1. Purpose

Article II
Section 1. Policy against Plagiarism Section 2. Definition of “Criticism”

Article III
Section 1. Qualification Section 2. Rights and Obligations Section 3. Resignation Section 4. Suspension Section 5. Meetings

Article IV
Section 1. Officers Section 2. Qualifications Section 3. Term of Office and Vacancy Section 4. Elections Section 5. Duties

Article V
Section 1. Amendments to Bylaws Section 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 discovery of new forms, styles, and outlets of written expression. We will do this through group and one-on-one peer reviews, short seminars, workshops, and “assignments” designed to expand 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 be tolerated. Any member found to be plagiarizing will be expelled from the group for the semester. Click here for 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 quality of 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 is discouraged. The purpose of criticism is to help the writer of the work under scrutiny to improve him- or herself as a writer. Critiques should be as even as possible: members should look for and discuss what works in a fellow member's manuscript as well as what can be improved.

Article III
Section 1. Qualification
Membership to Write Away is open to all students, faculty, and staff members without regard to race, sex, color or ethnic origin, religious affiliation, age, handicap, or sexual orientation.

Section 2. Rights and Obligations
All members shall be entitled to: A. Attend all group functions B. Vote at all meetings C. Generate suggestions for activities, seminars, and fundraisers All members shall be required to: A. Actively participate at meetings attended B. 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 a meeting or in writing.

Section 4. Suspension
Any member who has caused multiple disturbances may be suspended from group meetings 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. Suspensions resulting from plagiarism last for the remainder of the semester during which the member's plagiarism is discovered.

Section 5. Meetings
A. REGULAR 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 room availability 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, and Treasurer.

Section 2. Qualifications
A. A candidate for an elected office must be a student of Marshall University with a minimum GPA of 2.2. B. It is encouraged that any candidate for an elected office have taken at least one English 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. An officer can hold office for as many years as he or she can be re-elected by group members. 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 event for all the members of the club. All candidates must be present, and no candidate can be elected if he or she is not in attendance. New officers will be elected by a simple majority vote. 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

conflict between them. If an agreement cannot be reached, the Adviser may break the tie by casting his or her vote.

Section 5. Duties
A. COORDINATOR. The Coordinator will preside over all meetings and work with the Adviser to schedule seminars and other group activities. She or he will assign duties to other officers or members as necessary. B. VICE COORDINATOR. The Vice Coordinator will preside over meetings in the Coordinator’s absence. She or he will also help schedule events and plan activities for meetings. C. CLERK. The duties for the Clerk are as follows: He or she must take notes at all meetings regarding topics discussed, important points made in the course of that discussion, and about any disruptions that may take place during a meeting. He or she will also be responsible for e-mailing these notes to all members, as well as notices of meeting cancellations. The Clerk will be responsible for the majority of updates to the Facebook page, unless another member volunteers to take over that duty. D. TREASURER. The Treasurer will keep track of group funds and possessions. He or she will report status of these at meetings when funds are added, subtracted, or needed for some activity or event.

Article V
Section 1. Amendments to Bylaws
These bylaws may only be amended by a majority of the voting membership. The club’s officers shall determine the time and method of voting.

Section 2. Passwords
Passwords for group accounts on the Internet will not be changed by any officer of the group unless all other officers are notified.

Article VI
Section 1. Hazing
Hazing will not be permitted, in accordance with Marshall University policy. Acts of hazing are defined as: “Any action taken or situation created that intentionally whether on or off campus, to produce mental, emotional, or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule. Such activities and situations may include paddling, creation of excessive fatigue, sleep deprivation, shocks, inappropriate quests, engaging in public stunts, morally degrading the dignity of the individual including forced use and abuse of alcohol and drugs.”

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