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SASKATCHEWAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY TEACHERS

CONSTITUTION

ARTICLE I:  NAME

The name of the Association -shall be The Saskatchewan Association of University Teachers.

ARTICLE II:  PURPOSE

The purpose of the Association shall be to promote the quality of higher education and provide a forum for sharing information.

ARTICLE III:  MEMBERSHIP

Membership shall be open to all Faculty Associations in the Province of Saskatchewan which are members of the Canadian Association of University Teachers. Note: [The CAUT General By-Law, article 4.3 (b) states: `provides in its constitution or by-laws that all members of the Provincial Association shall be members of the Association"].

ARTICLE IV:  EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

4.1 The governing body of the Association shall be the Executive Council.

4.2 The Executive Council shall consist of the Chair or President or delegate of each member organization and one other member of each member organization. When unable to fill all positions, the Executive Council will operate with a minimum of three members so long as each member organization is represented.

A member of the Executive Council may be represented at meetings of the Executive Council by a delegate so designated by written authorization by the Chairman of the member's Association.

4.3 The officers of the Association shall be the President, Vice-President, and Secretary-Treasurer, elected by and from among the members of the Executive Council.

4.4 The Executive Council may also designate from among its membership, as required from time to time, representatives to act on behalf of the Association.

4.5 The officers shall be elected at the last regular meeting of each fiscal year.

4.6 Meetings. The Executive Council shall meet:

(i) at least once a year;

(ii) at the call of any member organization.

4.7 Voting Procedure. Resolution of the Executive Council shall be by majority vote of those present and voting and shall be binding on all of the member organizations with the provisions that:

(i) any member organization, via its representative, may declare, immediately following a vote or a resolution, its intention of considering a veto on the resolution;

(ii) any member organization, having declared its intention to consider casting a veto, may veto the resolution within two weeks of the date of the meeting at which the resolution was voted upon;

(iii) any member organization absent from the meeting where a resolution is taken must be apprised of the resolution and must signify its intentions in accordance with provisions (i) and (ii) above.

ARTICLE V:  COMMITTEES

The Executive Council may establish such standing or special committees as it may deem advisable.

ARTICLE VI:  FINANCING

6.1 Fees shall be determined by the Executive Council in accordance with the By­Laws of the Association.

6.2 The fiscal year shall be from July 1 to June 30.

6.3 Signing officers shall be the President, Vice-President and Secretary-Treasurer. The signature of any two of the signing officers shall be required for expending funds of the Association.

ARTICLE VII:  AMENDMENTS

Amendments to this Constitution may be made by the Executive Council at any meeting with the approval of two-thirds of the Executive Council members present and voting. Amendments will take effect only when ratified by the Executive of each member organization. Notice of proposed amendments shall be given in writing at least one month before the date of the meeting.

ARTICLE VIII:  BY-LAWS

The Executive Council shall establish by-laws from time to time as it deems necessary.

ARTICLE IX:

This Constitution is to take effect January 1, 2004, upon ratification by the member organizations.


BY-LAW OF THE

SASKATCHEWAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY TEACHERS

Fees

1. The fees of the Association shall be determined as follows:

(a) The Executive Council shall establish a per capita fee for each member organization, based on the membership as of January 31, each year.

(b) The fees shall be paid to the Association by March 1 of each fiscal year.

2. Dissolution

(a) If the Executive Council concludes that it can no longer function as a viable organization then dissolution may be considered. This action can only be implemented after it has been identified that no future purpose for existence can be identified and must be approved by a majority of the membership.

(b) Upon dissolution, all remaining assets shall be returned to the member organization as determined by each organization. The amount to be returned on behalf of each member organization shall be calculated as each member organization contributed with such ratio as to be determined by the Executive Council.


APPENDIX A

President

(a) The President shall be responsible for providing leadership in the Executive Committee and for carrying out the Association's purpose as specified in the Constitution.

(b) The President shall prepare the agenda and serve as the Chairman of Executive Committee meetings.

(c) The President shall ensure that an election for the next year's Executive is held in June of the year in which the President's term of office expires.

(d) The President shall ensure that a complete hand-over of the various Executive offices takes place between the outgoing and the incoming Executive Committees on or before September 1st of the year in which the President's term of office expires.

(e) The President shall represent the Association on all appropriate committees, councils, etc., outside the Association and may delegate such involvement to another executive or a general member.

Vice-President

(a) The Vice-President as a member of the Executive represents the association and/or President as appropriate.

Secretary-Treasurer

(a) Responsible to the President for all the financial aspects of the Association.

(b) Responsible for the maintenance of such financial books of account as are necessary.

(c) Responsible for the presentation of brief financial reports for all members of the Executive Committee during Executive Committee meetings.

(d) Responsible for recommending revisions to membership fees.

(e) Responsible to the President for all financial aspects of SAUT, including the collection of fees and issuing of receipts.

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