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  1. Is it not possible to continue a regular meeting for more than a week? The rules for amending bylaws are strict and they would not be able to get amended in time.
  2. Hello, Our bylaws prohibit us from holding special meetings except in certain circumstances. We expect to have business come up in an off-week which we'd like to dispose of before our regular meetings. How do we allow ourselves to meet during the off-week in order to approve the important business? Our bylaws regarding meetings are below. ARTICLE V. Meetings Section 1. Regular Meetings. The regular meetings of this body are held every second Friday during the Fall and Spring semesters, unless ordered otherwise by a vote at a previous mee
  3. Yes, of course. So far, however, the only time that the Senate Speaker has not been presiding is when she is absent, so she wouldn't be counted for the quorum anyway.
  4. Our Senate Speaker (the bylaws' term for the presiding officer) is elected from the membership of the Senate. Our understanding has been that they retain all the rights and responsibilities of a Senator, but in the interests of appearing neutral do not vote or debate while they are presiding. If the Senate Speaker is absent we have a series of alternative presiding officers, who assume the chair if they are present and the higher-ranked alternates are absent. Some of those alternate chairs are not members of the Senate, and other alternates are. If we are understanding you correctly, then
  5. We are concerned that at our next meeting, we will not be able to establish a quorum. For the purposes of determining a quorum, does the presiding officer (if they are a member) count towards the minimum number of members? The bylaws for our senate say: Six members of this body constitute a quorum. To establish a quorum, the secretary shall call the roll immediately after the presiding officer calls the meeting to order, at the conclusion of a recess, after this body votes to adjourn but before adjournment, and when any member suggests the absence of a quorum. To be effective, busine
  6. Would this unanimous consent permission require everyone who originally voted to consent in writing (or audibly), or would it be permissible to make the request if some members have left prematurely? What would the procedural steps be for this permission? That is an interesting proposal, but we doubt that prevailing members would risk having the motion defeated after it was passed. Procedurally, yes. But, as you might be aware, saying to Penn State administrators that a motion was adopted unanimously carries more weight than even a lopsided vote.
  7. Hello, As a hypothetical, an assembly takes a counted vote of 35 to 3 in favor of a motion, with 2 abstentions. There is a desire among the prevailing members to record the vote as unanimous in order to give it greater weight. Is this allowable? Would it require a motion to record the vote as unanimous, and if so, what would be the standard requirement for that motion to pass (majority, 2/3rds, etc.)? Thank you.
  8. Update: The person in question resigned. Whether the resignation actually has any force is up for debate because they never were supposed to be on the committee, but for our purposes the issue is solved. Thank you, everyone!
  9. They were nominated by the Vice President, who, according to the bylaws, has the authority to make nominations. The council approved the ineligible nomination as part of a slate which was elected at the same time.
  10. Does anyone know where to find a citation that says you cannot suspend an organization's constitution, unless the constitution is amended? A student council approved someone's nomination, even though they were constitutionally ineligible, with a unanimous vote.
  11. We have not looked into it thoroughly, but there doesn't appear to be anything in the Executive Orders issued by the Governor which would address that. @J. J. mentioned a meeting of the PA Parliamentarians which was held in-person. I imagine that if anyone would know about such an order, it would be the state Parliamentarians.
  12. Our advisor is in charge of Student Affairs at our campus, and would be able to issue a policy for our campus. Would that satisfy the requirements? The full name of our campus is The Pennsylvania State University, Abington College, and it's part of the Pennsylvania State University Commonwealth system. Under other university regulations, Commonwealth Campuses have significant leeway in enacting or changing policies for their campus.
  13. We Are! Well, first off, it'd need to happen twice, according to the bylaws. Second, we've told other student orgs that they don't get money if they meet in-person, so it's a pretty bad look for us to do it twice.
  14. We are not allowed to meet in-person on campus, and we have no desire to meet in-person off-campus. It would put our members at risk, and more importantly it would be a bad example to the other student organizations, especially when we've told them they will get no funding if they meet in-person.
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