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# Constitution
Drafted on: 27 Jan 2019

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### Changes:
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June 2021: 
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* Renamed from "Mason Linux Users Group" to "Linux Users Group at Mason" as per Mason requirements.
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* Changed abbreviation from "MasonLUG" to "LUG@Mason" as per Mason requirements. 
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## Article I: Name of Organization

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1. The name of this organization shall be "Linux Users Group at Mason" abbreviated as "LUG@Mason".
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## Article II: Purpose of Organization

1. The purpose of this organization shall be to educate the George Mason University community and public on free and open-source software, digital and rights, and software ethics.

## Article III: Membership

### Chapter A: Membership

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1. Membership in this organization will not be restricted on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity, gender expression, sex, or age.
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2. All active members must meet the following criteria:
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	(a) be currently enrolled students at George Mason University
	(b) maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0
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3. Honorary membership shall be made available to alumni automatically upon graduation.

4. Associate membership may be extended to community members by a majority vote of the active membership.

### Chapter B: Rights and Responsbilities of Membership

1. Only active members may vote on general resolutions.

2. Members are entitely to attend meetings and participate in events. Active members are expected to attend meetings, participate in events and/or planning, or otherwise participate as a condition of membership.

3. Membership may be revoked by a 4/5 vote of active membership. In order to revoke membership, the member must be duly informed by the officers and given a chance to plead their case to the active membership prior to a vote on revocation of membership.

## Article IV

### Chapter A: Officers

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1. Officers shall be elected for a term of one (1) year.
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2. The Officers of this organization shall be the President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer as defined in this Constitution.

3. The President and Treasurer must be elected by April 15 each year. The Vice-President and Secretary must be elected by 15 October each year.

4. The President presides over meetings, establishes the long-term goals and vision of the organization, and is responsible for serving as a liason between George Mason University and the membership body of this organization. The President must also report the State of the Organization to the membership body once per year during November.

5. The Vice-President is responsible for carrying out the duties of the President in their absence and enacting the vision of the President.

6. The Secretary is responsible for maintaining all records, minutes, and rosters of the organization.

7. The Treasurer is responsible for managing the financial obligations of the organization and maintaining accurate financial records of the organization. The Treasurer is also responsible for reserving venues for events and meetings.

### Chapter B: Advisor

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1. The primary advisor shall be a full time member of the faculty or staff at George Mason University.
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2. The primary advisor shall be selected or removed by a majority vote of the Officers of this organization.

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3. The primary advisor may offer guidance and support for the organization, but may not have a vote in any motion or resolution. 

## Article V: Elections

1. Elections shall take place prior to April 15 for President and Treasurer, and October 15 for Vice-President.

2. Any member may nominate a member for candidacy as long as that member shall be active upon installation.

3. Elections must be carried out by a secret ballot and ranked choice voting. The results shall be tallied by the Secretary (or a designee if the Secretary is a candidate).

## Article VI: Impeachment or Resignation

1. Should an officer be unable to fulfill their duties and obligations during the course of their term, they may resign and call for a special election of their position. The procedures for nomination and election follow identically as in Article V.

2. An officer may be impeached by a majority vote of active membership. The procedures for nomination and election follow identically as in Article V.

## Article VII: Meetings

1. The organization shall meet monthly. The President (or a designee) shall preside over the meeting.

2. Quorum is defined as simple majority of active membership.

3. Unless otherwise specified, Robert's Rules of Order shall be used.

4. The Officers may call a special meeting by a simple majority vote.

## Article VIII: Finance

1. The Treasurer must submit a budget to the active membership, including the amount of dues to be collected, to be approved by a majority vote of active membership. The budget must be submitted by the third week of the semester, or the budget for the previous semester will used instead.

2. An active member may propose a budget amendment to be approved (after debate) by a 3/4 vote of the active membership. The Officers may require minimum or maximum duration for debate.

2. The Treasurer may charge a maximum late penalty of ten percent.

## Article IX: Amendments

1. A motion to amend may be brought by any member, and approved after debate by a 3/4 vote of the active membership. The Officers may require minimum or maximum duration for debate.

2. Student Involvement must review all amendments in the same manner as a completely new constitution.

## Article X: Ratificaftion

1. This Constitution shall become effective upon approval by a 3/4 vote of the active membership, and a Student Involvement staff member.