BOASgrad Constitution

BOASgrad Club Constitution

Article I Preamble

We, the anthropology graduate students of the University of Nevada, Reno, approve the Graduate Board of Anthropology Students (BOASgrad) as an advocate for our academic needs. These needs include: graduate student representation at department faculty meetings; lectures, seminars, and workshops for the advancement of our academic careers, and opportunities for student publication. The overall goal of BOASgrad is to foster the academic and personal success of anthropology graduate students.

Article II Name

Board of Anthropology Students: Graduate Level (BOASgrad)

Article III Membership

Requirements: Members must provide an active email address in order for officers to notify them of meetings and events.  Members must attend at least three club meetings or committee meetings during the academic year.  At times, members may be asked to participate in funding events.

Rights: All members of the Board of Anthropology Students (BOAS) are entitled to a comfortable and welcoming environment whereby camaraderie and learning are of the utmost importance.  Personal expression and points of view are welcome as long as they do not alienate or threaten other members.  Members displaying inappropriate behavior or making derogatory remarks will be spoken to about the incident and allowed to correct their behavior.  If inappropriate behavior persists, the member in question may be terminated from membership.

Resignation:  Members intending to resign from the organization are required to notify executive officers in order to be removed from the membership list.

Termination:  A member may be terminated from the club by a simply majority vote to be held by club officers and the club advisor.  Reasons for termination include inappropriate behavior and inactivity.  Inappropriate behavior includes racist, sexist, or any otherwise offensive remarks or actions directed at other members or the organization as a whole.

Article IV Officers

Club officers are voted in by the members in March and serve a term one academic year (the subsequent Fall and Spring semesters). Members will not be restricted in the number of terms they may serve in any one office.

The officer titles and corresponding duties are as follows:

Club Faculty Advisor: The faculty advisor will supervise club activities and ensure that all actions of BOAS are within the parameters of a group affiliated with the University of Nevada, Reno and the Department of Anthropology.

President: The president will be the public face of the group.  He or she will be responsible for attending required GSA meetings, and forging/maintaining relationships with groups outside of the Department of Anthropology, and running meetings of BOASgrad.  Additionally, the president will serve as the graduate student liaison to the faculty.  Due to his or her capacity as faculty liaison, the Office of President must be filled by a student currently seeking a doctoral degree.

Vice-President: The BOAS vice-president's primary responsibilities will be public relations.  This office will be responsible for creating and maintaining the club website, as well as the organization's representation within the department (bulletin boards, fliers, etc.).  Additionally, the vice-president will supervise all sub-committees of the group as a whole.

Secretary: The office of secretary is responsible for scheduling and recording meetings.  This includes the logistics of coordinating when and where to meet, as well recording business discussed by the group at each meeting.  Further, the secretary will be responsible for ensuring that the minutes of each meeting are made publically available through the BOASgrad website.

Treasurer: The responsibilities of the office of treasurer are two-fold.  Primarily, the treasurer will be responsible for managing any funding acquired by BOASgrad (from the GSA or elsewhere) intended for use in the maintenance and support of club functions. Secondarily, the treasurer will serve as the chair of the Funding Committee, whose responsibility is acquiring and advertising of potential sources of funding for student research, and club sponsored events.

Editor-in-Chief: The editor-in-chief is tasked with the logistics of organizing and publishing an original research journal.  Inherent with responsibilities of the position, the editor-in-chief will serve as the committee chair of the Journal Committee.

Article V Executive Council

Committee Supervisors: Committee supervisors are responsible for organizing and running meetings of their respective committees.  This will include setting meeting dates and times, planning the agenda to be covered in the meeting, and reporting on meeting progress to the Vice President.

Committees:  Committees will be responsible for organizing events held by BOASgrad that are specific to a particular area of interest the club wishes to address.  These committees include:

Journal Editing Committee:  The journal editing committee will peer review articles submitted to the journal.  The committee will also be responsible for controlling the content and layout of the journal, including scope and requirements for submission.

Funding Committee:  The funding committee will be responsible for managing any and all funding received from the GSA, searching for outside sources of funding, providing funding opportunities to students when possible, and making members aware of applicable outside funding sources.

Professionalism Committee:  The professionalism committee will offer seminars and workshops designed to help students better their writing skills, and make themselves marketable in their respective job markets.  This committee will organize opportunities for students to peer review each other's work and presentation opportunities in which students can participate.

Lecture Committee:  The lecture committee is tasked with seeking out and securing lecturers that will be of interest to anthropology graduate students.  This will include organizing the Anthropology Department's ongoing series of Brownbag Lectures, as well as one or two larger public lectures per academic year.

Article VI Quorum

In order for a meeting to take place there must be at least one officer present and at least two members.

In order for a vote to take place three (3) of the five (5) officers must be present and at least seventy-five percent (75%) of the active membership.


Article VII Parliamentary Procedures

Each meeting will begin at the agreed upon time. Attendance will be recorded at the beginning of every meeting to keep track of active membership. An overview from the last meeting will be stated to bring all members up to date on current club announcements and activities. The club members will then proceed to discuss "new" club business. Members who want to be involved have an opportunity to bring up concerns, questions, or suggestions for future activities or events. If a vote needs to be taken on any club business, the vote will take place in the designated club meeting time for membership approval.

Each designated committee is responsible for meeting outside of regular club meetings to arrange and complete their individual tasks. Club officers will be available to assist or help any committee in planning and performing designated tasks. Meetings will end at an agreed upon time with a new topic chosen to be discussed at the next meeting. Preferably, the next meeting time will be selected and chosen at the end of the current meeting. All notes and minutes from each meeting will be emailed and posted on club website to keep members who were not able to attend the meeting up to date on club activities.

Outside club activities may include: organizing potlucks, organizing a small research symposium for graduate students to share research, organizing fundraising events, setting up club booths, helping with creating a graduate student journal, setting up guest speakers and lectures within the department, and organizing workshops among other related events.

Article VIII Amendments

Amendments to the constitution require previous notification to the membership and 2/3's affirmative vote of those present and voting. Amendments to the constitution can occur at any time by consulting the group during a meeting that adheres to the requirements of quorum.