Adopted and effective March 5, 2002
for the Undergraduate History Association
at the University of California, Los Angeles
I: Mission Statement
History Association at U.C.L.A. seeks to enrich the undergraduate History
student's experience as a History major. In pursuit of this goal, the
Undergraduate History Association will serve in the following capacities:
1. As a
forum for History students to meet, socialize, exchange ideas, and
and academic connections.
2. As the voice of History students within the History Department
and on the U.C.L.A.
3. As a resource offering academic workshops and social events to
II: Statement of Non-Discrimination in Membership and Practice
History Association, in accordance with applicable Federal and California
State law and University of California policy, does not discriminate
on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual
orientation, age, marital status, citizenship, or medical condition.
Meetings and events are open to anyone. Membership in this organization
is based solely on criteria stated in Article IV. The Undergraduate
History Association will always function in a respectful and open capacity.
III: Organizational Structure and Selection of Board Members
of undergraduate students will govern the Undergraduate History Association.
Term of office is one year starting at the end of each spring quarter.
Board members will fill the following positions:
IV: Eligibility for Membership and Voting Privileges
a member and remain in "good standing" within the organization,
an individual must:
and submit an application form to the board
2. Pay the one-time membership fee
3. Attend 3 general membership meetings per quarter
has one quarter "grace period" before she/he falls out of
"good standing." Thus, if the member does not pay the necessary
fee or attend the prescribed number of meetings in one quarter, she/he
may remain in "good standing" if she/he meets the requirements
in the immediately successive quarter. A member who falls out of "good
standing" may resume their role in the organization with said status
by submitting an additional fee of half the membership fee.
V: Operating Procedures
History Association will meet biweekly throughout the regular school
year, for a total of 5 general membership meetings per quarter. The
president or a designated party will run the meetings. Each officer
will report to the general membership at each meeting. Additional proposals
for the meeting's agenda must be submitted to the secretary prior to
the meeting. All members in "good standing" are allowed to
vote during meetings. While the membership must strive for consensus,
all matters that come before the general membership at the meetings
for vote (constitutional amendments excluded) must pass by at least
simple (51%) majority.
VI: Undergraduate History Association Departmental Advisors
work with an advisor from U.C.L.A.'s History department. This advisor
will serve as an intermediary between the department and UHA. UHA's
president or designated representative will meet with this advisor on
a regular basis. This advisor will assist in the case of impeachment,
conflict between board members, and in any other situation that is deemed
appropriate and/or necessary.
VII: Election Protocol
History Association will hold elections for board positions annually
during the spring quarter. Any member in good standing may run for a
position. Candidates will submit a written statement to the board outlining
her/his reasons for running, qualifications, and plans for fulfilling
the duties of the position. The board will make this statement available
to the general membership before the election. Candidates will also
have an opportunity to make a short speech to the general membership
before the election. Volunteers from the general membership who are
not running for office will oversee the election. They will conduct
2 days of voting, the first voting period will be during a general membership
meeting, the second voting period will be the following day for those
members who were not present at the meeting. Members will vote by secret
ballot. In the case of a tie, the top two vote-getters for the position
will have a run-off. The current board members will yield to the next
year's board at the final general meeting of the school year.
VIII: Procedures for Impeachment of Board Member
of UHA in good standing may submit a written request for impeachment
of a board member to the organization's advisor (department undergraduate
advisor). The advisor and the entire board would meet to explore the
allegations. This meeting would be open to all members in good standing,
though only the board could decide whether a vote was necessary. If
a vote is warranted, then simple majority passes. Behavior warranting
of organizational funds
2. abuse of power
3. falling out of good standing
4. breaking University rules
IX: Special Elections
If a board
member is unable to complete her/his year of duty, a special election
will be held to fill the vacancy. Candidates will submit written statements
of candidacy, as in the regular election, to the Secretary. The board
will hold a special election meeting when each candidate will make a
short statement and field questions. At least ¾ of the board
must be present for the vote. Any member in good standing may attend
the special election meeting. Only the board may vote in the secret
ballot election during special elections. The candidate must win by
a simple majority. If one candidate does not earn at least 51%, a run
off between the top two candidates will be held. Any vacancy in the
board must be filled within one month.
X: Procedure for Amending the Constitution
in "good standing" may propose constitutional amendments.
All proposed amendments to this constitution must be typed and submitted
to the president or designated board member for consideration at the
next general meeting. A ¾ majority vote is required for amendment
of the constitution.
XI: Financial Records Access
History Association will make financial records available to authorized
University officials upon request.