The Constitution of the Physics Graduate Student Council
- The name of this organization shall be the Physics Graduate Student Council [PHYSICS-GSC].
The PHYSICS-GSC shall:
- Understand the concerns and needs of students at physics department and work with faculty to address those needs.
- Take our voice to the MIT Graduate Student Council on a regular basis.
- Host well planned and well funded socials, and try to increase the level of student-student and student-faculty interactions.
- Create a more unified graduate student population whose unique academic and social needs are better known, represented and met.
- Act as an intermediary between students and the faculty and administration in the Department of Physics.
- Foster a sense of community among the student body of the Department of Physics.
- Any MIT student is eligible for membership. Membership shall comprise inclusion on the Moira list firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The membership of this organization will at all times contain at least 5 MIT students and be more than half MIT students.
- This organization will not discriminate based on any characteristic listed in MIT’s Nondiscrimination Statement.
- If this organization charges any monetary dues, there will be exceptions made for students that cannot afford these dues.
Election of Representatives
- Election of representatives and officers shall occur once a calendar year, begin no earlier than one month before the beginning of the MIT Department of Physics fiscal year, and end no later than one month after Registration Day.
- Any MIT student may nominate themselves as a representative and/or officer.
- Elected representatives and officers are expected to attend PHYSICS-GSC meetings regularly.
- Removal from position
- Quorum for representative removal requires all officers.
- If at least two-thirds of the body vote for removal, then the representative shall be removed.
PHYSICS-GSC shall have at least three officers, of which two are President and Treasurer.
- The president shall be the official representative of the PHYSICS-GSC to any other organization and to MIT.
- The president shall preside over all meetings.
- The president shall assume responsibility for all official correspondence of PHYSICS-GSC business outside of the PHYSICS-GSC and the Physics Department student body.
- The president shall hold elections in accordance with this Constitution.
- The treasurer shall represent the group in all financial matters.
- The treasurer shall maintain the group’s monetary account(s).
- The treasurer shall be the primary financial signatory of the PHYSICS-GSC.
- Removal from office
Quorum for officer removal requires either at least 3/4 of PHYSICS-GSC membership or all but one officer.
- An officer may be removed by a 2/3rds majority vote.
- All officers of this organization must be distinct persons and MIT students.
PHYSICS-GSC Activities and Meetings
- The PHYSICS-GSC shall endeavor to foster community amongst the students in the Department of Physics. This may include, but is not limited to organized events and activities.
- At least one meeting shall be held in each of the fall and spring terms of an academic year.
- Meetings shall be presided over by the president, unless he/she is absent; in which case any other officer may preside.
- All decisions shall be made by a yea vote of at least one half of all members present.
- Quorum for a meeting shall be either two officers and one member, or one officer and four members.
- Amendments shall be presented by any member of the PHYSICS-GSC at a meeting.
- If, after three weeks have passed, no member has raised an objections to the President, the amendment shall be approved only by a unanimous vote of the officers. Otherwise, a meeting shall be called for the objection to be presented, and a vote shall be held. The amendment shall pass if at least two-thirds of the votes are yea.
- The president shall make provisions for absentee ballots to be submitted to the aforementioned vote.
ASA God Clause
The PHYSICS-GSC agrees to abide by the rules and regulations of the Association of Student activities and its executive board. This constitution, amendments to it, and the by-laws of this organization shall be subjected to review by the ASA Executive Board to insure that they are in accordance with the aforementioned rules and regulations.