Constitution

Saint Paul Students for Life

A Pro-Life Student Group at Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Ontario

Article I

Name and Governance

The name of this organization is Saint Paul Students for Life and is governed solely by the constitution which appears here.

Article II

Mission Statement

§1, Saint Paul Students for Life was founded in order to organize and activate pro-life students on campus.  Members of Saint Paul Students for Life work to promote the culture of life as taught by the Catholic Church, especially to protect life from conception to natural death, particularly those lives threatened by abortion, infanticide, embryonic stem cell research and euthanasia.  In furtherance of these goals, members seek to promote respect for life at St. Paul University and on a local level, to educate on life issues, to help those in need so that life is a promising choice and to work with others who share common goals.

§2, All actions of the group must be in accordance with the natural moral law and the official teaching of the Catholic Church as indicated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

§3, The primary apostolate of the group is to pray in front of the abortion mill on Bank Street every Friday between 1:00-3:00 pm.  All other actions of the group are subordinate to this.

 

 Article III

Official Membership

§1, Saint Paul Students for Life is open to all St. Paul University students, faculty, and staff.  No St. Paul University student, faculty member, or staff member may be denied membership on the basis of race, sex, religion, ethnicity, national origin, color, age, disability, or veteran status.

§2, To become an official member, one must sign indicating that they have read and agree to the terms of this constitution and provide an email address for contact.

§3, All members of the group will be invited to assist with activities and events of the group.

Article IV

Bi-Annual General Meetings

§1, There will be two general meetings of the group, to which all members will be invited.  Only the President may call a general meeting and preside over it.  All members present will be given an opportunity to speak on each matter.  These meetings will be held in September and January.

§2, The purpose of the September meeting will be:  to welcome new and returning members, to present a calendar of events, to introduce new executive council members (if applicable), to delegate tasks for the fall semester, and to address any relevant business.

§3, The purpose of the January meeting will be:  to present a calendar of events, to delegate tasks for the winter semester, and to address any relevant business.

Article V

The Executive Council

§1, The executive council is composed of five members: the President, the Vice-President, the Treasurer, the Communications Director, and the Events Coordinator.  All decisions pertaining to the identity of Saint Paul Students for Life or events hosted by the group require a 4/5 vote by the executive council.  Before any vote is taken, all members of the executive council will have the opportunity to be heard.

§2, The duties of the President are: to schedule and organize meetings and activities, to conduct the meetings, to provide general upkeep of the club, and to take any vote of the executive council.

§3, The duties of the Vice-President are:  to perform any of the tasks of §1 as delegated by the president and to ensure that this constitution is being followed.

§4, The duties of the Treasurer are: to handle all money, to collect donations, and to submit receipts to SPUSA.

§5, The duties of the Communications Director are: to send emails to members of the Saint Paul Students for Life, to maintain the website, to maintain the Facebook group, to relay information about our events to external groups, and to post flyers for events around the university.

§6, The duties of the Events Coordinator are: to oversee all aspects of events hosted by the group and to enlist assistance as required.

§7, The Executive Council will meet in September, October, November, January, February, and March to discuss relevant business and share the ongoing progress of the group.  The meetings in November and March will be to begin planning events for the following semester.  Other meetings can be called ad hoc by the President as necessary.

§8, The President and the Vice-President must be baptized Catholics in full communion with the Catholic Church and take the professio fidei and oath of fidelity before the other members of the executive council at the beginning of their term of office.

Article VI

Executive Council Term of Office and Replacement

§1, The term of office of the members of the executive council is one year, running from October 15th through October 14th of the following year.

§2, By October 1st, each member of the executive council must request renewal or present a replacement candidate.  For approval, a 3/4 vote is required from the other members of the executive council.  If the proposed candidate is not accepted by the executive council, the member may again present a candidate to the council, or request that the executive council itself select a replacement, who must achieve a 3/4 vote of approval of the other members of the executive council.

§3, If a member of the executive council wishes to step down, he/she must present a replacement candidate to the executive council no less than 15 days before he/she wishes to cease functioning as a member of the council.  This candidate is to be accepted by a 3/4 vote of the other members of the executive council.  If the proposed candidate is not accepted by the executive council, the member may again present a candidate to the council, or request that the executive council itself select a replacement, who must achieve a 3/4 vote of approval of the other members of the executive council.

 

Article VII

Recourse Against Actions of the Executive Council

§1, Any member of St Paul University faculty, students or staff has the right to take recourse against the official actions and decisions of the executive council.  Recourse is to be made in writing within 10 days to the executive council.  If the aggrieved party is not satisfied with the response of the executive council, or if the executive council does not respond within 30 days, recourse may then be made within 15 days to the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Ottawa.

§2, Recourse does not have suspensive effect, unless the Archbishop indicates otherwise.

Article VIII

Independence

Saint Paul Students for Life is not associated with any national, statewide, or local group.

 

Article IX

Amendments to the Constitution

In order to amend the constitution, an amendment must be submitted in writing to the President.  At the next meeting of the executive council, the President will announce the proposal and a vote will be taken after each member of the executive council is heard.  A 4/5 vote of the executive council is necessary for approval.