Catholic Student Association
Article One: Purpose
The purpose of the Catholic Student Association (CSA) is to assist
members in the practice of their Faith and to encourage them to take an active
part in living their faith. The CSA
provides opportunities for all members to enrich their lives through spiritual
and educational events, social activities, community building and service
Article Two: Membership
Any student enrolled at the University of Vermont who has paid the
University Student Activities fee may become a member of the CSA.
Membership shall not be denied because of race, sex, color, creed or
Article Three: Governance
The CSA shall be governed by an Executive Committee consisting of a
Chair, a Vice Chair, a Treasurer, a Secretary, non-voting faculty advisor(s),
and a non-voting chaplain. Executives
are drawn from the general membership and have expressed a willingness to serve
on the Committee. All members of
the CSA are eligible to serve on
the committee. All officers are
entitled to one vote
The primary functions of the committee are 1:
to oversee the orderly governance of the association, 2: to discuss and
respond to the concerns of the membership
It is not the
responsibility or duty of any member of the Executive committee to represent
publicly the Association without the expressed approval of the entire Executive
Normally, elections of a Chair, Vice Chair, a Treasurer, and a Secretary
will be held in April of each year. Officers
are elected for a term of one year.
Duties of Officers
The Chair shall preside at all meetings of the Association and
carry out the duties deemed appropriate to the office, including, but not
limited to those listed in the by-laws of the Association.
The Vice Chair shall perform the duties deemed appropriate to the
office, including, but not limited to those listed in the by-laws, as well as
those of the Chair in his/her absence.
The Treasurer shall receive, hold, disperse, and account for all
funds of the CSA in accordance with the directives of the Executive Committee.
It is the responsibility of the Treasurer to coordinate all financial
matters of the CSA as listed in the by-laws.
The Secretary, when in attendance at an Association meeting, shall
keep a record of all business, including but not limited to the minutes of the
meeting. The Secretary will in
general be responsible for communication as well as,
but not limited to, those responsibilities listed in the by-laws.
Just in case of the absence of the secretary, any member in attendance
can be appointed by the Executive Committee to fulfill the responsibilities of
the secretary at that meeting.
Advisor(s) is a non-voting member of the Executive Committee and carries out
the obligations of an advisor in accordance with the policies of the Student
Government Association. Part
of the Advisorís responsibility is to function as a liaison between to
University and the Executive Committee and membership, as well as, but not
limited to, those responsibilities listed in the by-laws.
The Faculty Advisor may not speak publicly for the Association nor any of
its members without the complete assent of the Executive Committee.
The Chaplain to the Catholic Student Association must be an
ordained Catholic Priest. It is his
responsibility to advise the CSA all matters related to the mission of the
Catholic Church and the mission of the CSA as stated in Article One.
The Chaplain is a non-voting member of the Executive Committee.
Committees consist of three or more members of the Association and are
established by the Executive Committee when deemed appropriate.
Only CSA members are eligible to serve on Committees.
Each committee and their tasks shall be overseen by a member appointed by
the executive committee.
When a Committee is no longer deemed necessary by the Executive
Committee, the Executive Committee declares the Committee dissolved.
This Constitution and/or the By-Laws may be amended, repealed, or revised
in whole or in part, by a vote taken at a formal meeting of the CSA and by the
consent of the Executive Committee.