Constitution of IBERIA-Berkeley, Association of Spanish Students at Berkeley Campus.


The complete name of the organization is IBERIA-Berkeley, Association of Spanish Students at the Berkeley Campus. Otherwise, it will be usually referred as IBERIA-Berkeley.

ARTICLE II - Purpose

The main purpose of the association is to promote Spanish culture in the Campus and foster the communication between Spanish students and other people interested in the Spanish Culture.  At the same time, the organization will act as a link between the Campus, Spanish Official organizations (e.g. Consulate) and other Spanish associations in other campuses on the nation.

ARTICLE III - Membership

Membership is open to anybody with strong interest on the Spanish Culture.  Only currently registered students, faculty and staff may be active members in a registered student organization.  Only active members may vote or hold office.  Eventually, the organization will recognize off-campus participants with interest in participating in the organization activities as non-active members.  Non-active members may not vote or hold office.

We will not haze according to California State Law; we will not restrict membership based upon race, color, national origin, religion, sex, physical and mental disability, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship or status as a covered veteran (special disabled veteran, Vietnam-era veteran or any other veteran who served on active duty during a war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized).

ARTICLE IV - Officers/Elections

The executive committee of the organization will be composed of four elected officers who will be responsible for the supervision and control of the Organization Activities.

The four officer will be: a President, who will be the main person responsible of the organization and the leading head in all the external relations; a Vice-president, which will support the president, and in case of absence or sudden renounce of this, will substitute him on his duties; a Treasurer, in charge of the administration of the organization funds; a Secretary (and Technology Manager), in charge of the organization and supervision of the organization's meetings.

Officials will be elected on a year basis at the beginning of the Fall Semester (September or October) and the appointments will be held during one year.  The elections will take place during an open General Public Meeting (see Article V) and a majority of the active members at the meeting will be enough to appoint a candidate.  The former appointed secretary will serve as the primary signatory. In case of renounce of the President, the Vice-President will take over the president responsibilities until the next Official Election.  In case of renounce of any other of the officers, the other representatives in the executive committee will propose a candidate to cover the vacant until the next election.  In case of renounce of all the executive committee, the Secretary by order of the President will call an Extraordinary General Meeting in which a new Emergency Committee, will be elected by simple majority of the active members at the meeting.  The Emergency Committee appointment will be for the period of time until the next General Election

ARTICLE V - Meetings

The organization will held a General Meeting at the beginning of every Academic Semester and at the End of the Spring Semester.  General Meetings are open to all the members (active and non-active).  Elections will take place in the Fall Semester General Meeting and only active members will hold vote.  It is in charge of the President to call the General Meetings.  Posting in the organization Web-site and e-mailing to all registered members will be required 7 days in advance.  Quorum for a meeting will be the minimum of 10 persons or 40% of the registered active member of the organization.

The Executive Committee will meet every beginning of the month in a fixed day.  Secretary will call the Executive Meeting.

In case an Emergency General Meeting is required (see Article IV), the Secretary, under the approval of the President, will call within a 10 day-advance the meeting, following the same procedure as for the General Meeting.

ARTICLE VI - Constitutional Amendments

All active members have the right to propose any constitutional amendment to the Executive Committee.  The Committee will judge the adequacy and emergency of the proposal.  Amendments will be submitted to public approval in the next General Meeting, previous public information by the Secretary to all the active members via e-mail.  Amendments will be passed by 2/3 majority in a General meeting with more than 60% of the active members requires approval.

All amendments, additions or deletions must be filed with OSL, 102 Sproul Hall.  All amendments, additions or deletions must be filed with the ASUC Student Affairs Office, 400 Eshleman Hall within one week of adoption.

ARTICLE VII - Dissolution

Under appropriate circumstances of inactivity or extremely reduced membership (less than 10 members), the appointed Committee could consider the dissolution of the organization.  The secretary, on behalf of the Committee, will call an Emergency Meeting (see Article V) and inform all the members 15-day in advance about the resignation of the committee. In the Emergency Meeting, an election will be held to appoint a new Committee.  If no new candidates appear, the exiting Committee will definitely dissolve the Organization.

All unspent ASUC funds shall remain the property of ASUC, all Graduate Assembly funds shall remain the property of the Graduate Assembly

All remaining privately obtained funds shall be donated to another nonprofit organization with prior approval of the ASUC Senate Finance Committee.  It is under the responsibility of the exiting committee to select the appropriate nonprofit organization.

ARTICLE VIII - Aspects not covered in the Constitution

In case of conflicts not directly covered in this Constitution, those will be resolved following the parliamentary authority of Robert's Rules of Order, latest edition.

16th March of 2000

Alejandro Lago, Co-founder of Iberia-Berkeley

Jose Maria Gonzalez, Co-founder of Iberia-Berkeley.

Last approved and filed with OSL on August 21st, 2003