Constitution Amendments 2011

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Amendments to the Constitution of the Programmers' Society, 31st March, 2011

Proposed Amendment 1 (Correction of minor errors)

  • Remove full-stops from the following section and clause headings for consistency:
 4.3
 5.4
 5.5
 7.3
 7.4
 7.5
 8
 9.2
 10
  • Correct typographical errors:
 4.2.3 form => for
 5.5.3 keep a register all members => keep a register of all members
  • Promote sub-clauses to clauses, as there are no other sub-clauses that share the same respective super-clause:
 4.4.1 => 4.4
 5.4.1 => 5.4
  • Rename Section 7
 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS => MEETINGS

OUTCOME: Passed

Proposed Amendment 2 (Interpretation of the Constitution)

  • Alter Section 2:
 2. INTERPRETATION
 
 The following terms, unless indicated to the contrary shall mean:
 
   * Society: Programmers' Society.
 
   * University, UTS: The University of Technology, Sydney.
 
   * Union: UTS Union.

OUTCOME: Passed

Proposed Amendment 3 (Objects)

  • Alter Section 3.2:
 Become affiliated with the Union => Remain affiliated with the Union

OUTCOME: Passed

Proposed Amendment 4 (Membership registration)

  • Alter Section 4.2.2:
 via electronic mailing facilities => via online facilities

OUTCOME: Passed

Proposed Amendment 5 (Terms of expulsion from the Society)

  • Repeal from Section 4.3.2 phrases (1) and (2), below:
 (1) Persons expelled from the Society under this rule will be given the
 option of resigning.
 
 (2) (whether by expulsion or opted resignation)

OUTCOME: Rejected

Proposed Amendment 6 (Executive Committee Vacancies)

  • Alter Section 5.2 to read either:

OPTION A

 5.2 Executive Committee Vacancies
 
 5.2.1 A position on the Executive Committee shall not be considered
 vacant unless one of the following takes place:
 
 5.2.1.1 An Executive Committee member has submitted a formal
 resignation from their position on the Executive Committee, in writing,
 to the Executive Committee and it is accepted by the remaining members
 of the Executive Committee.
 
 5.2.1.2 An Executive Committee member has resigned, subject
 to 4.4.
 
 5.2.1.3 An Executive Committee member has been expelled, subject to
 4.3.2.
 
 5.2.1.4 A unanimous vote of no confidence in an Executive Committee
 member, by the remaining members of the Executive Committee, has been made.
 
 5.2.1.5 An Executive Committee member has died or is otherwise
 incapacitated.
 
 5.2.2 Any vacancy occurring on the Executive Committee shall be filled
 at a Special General Meeting to be held as soon as possible after the
 vacancy occurs.

OPTION B

 5.2 Executive Committee Vacancies
 
 Any vacancy occurring on the Executive Committee shall be filled
 at a Special General Meeting to be held as soon as possible after the
 vacancy occurs.

NB: This would be a two-step vote. In the first step, the voting public would be asked to choose which option (A or B) they would prefer (a simple 50% majority should suffice), then they would cast the binding vote on the selected option (where the 2/3 majority would be required). Hence the outcomes for this vote would be OPTION A passed, OPTION B passed or BOTH OPTIONS rejected.

OUTCOME: OPTION B Passed

Proposed Amendment 7 (Secretary's Duties)

  • Alter Section 5.5.3:
 conduct all correspondence => conduct all paper-based correspondence

OUTCOME: Rejected

Proposed Amendment 8 (CSO's Duties)

  • Append to Section 5.5.5:
 and on behalf of the Executive Committee submit a report on the state of
 the Society's computer related resources at the Annual General Meeting.

OUTCOME: Rejected

Proposed Amendment 9 (Organs of mass communication)

  • Modify the phrase "on the Union Notice Board at Broadway" to read:
 a Union notice board and the Society's online services

in the following clauses:

 4.3.2
 7.5.1
 8.2

and modify the phrase "on the Union Notice Board at Broadway" to read:

 a Union notice board and, if in operation, the Society's online services

in clause

 9.1

OUTCOME: Rejected

Proposed Amendment 10 (Representatives' Duties)

  • Insert Sections 5.5.6 and 5.5.7:
 5.5.6 First Year Representative. The First Year Representative shall
 promote the Society and its activities, primarily to students of the
 University who are undertaking their first year of undergraduate studies
 ("first years"), and shall act as an intermediary between 
 first years and the Society.
 
 5.5.7 Alumni Representative. The Alumni Representative shall promote the
 Society and its activities, primarily to former and current students of 
 the University who have completed studies at the University ("alumni"), and
 shall act as an intermediary between alumni and the Society.

OUTCOME: Rejected

Proposed Amendment 11 (Remuneration and benefits)

Amendment 11a.

  • Alter Section 5.3:
 No remuneration or other benefit in money or money's worth shall be paid 
 to any member of the Executive Committee except for re-payment of out-of-pocket 
 expenses. 

Amendment 11b. (only considered if 12a. is rejected)

  • Move Section 5.3 to 4.2.5. Renumber Section 5 accordingly.

NB: Possible outcomes: 11a. passed, 11b. passed, both rejected.

OUTCOME: Both rejected

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