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Past practice and a really old constitution


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I am a council member of a university department. We are currently in the process of trying to update our 1978 constitution. Our department has an executive committee that in the past has been appointed by the chair for a term of 3 years. The last executive was approved by council in a motion 3 years ago. In our 1978 constitution it is outlined that he executive is elected by council and has a term of 1 year. Some members of our council want to revert back to this elected 1 year term, others want the appointed 3 year term. The chair has indicated that since the last executive was passed by motion (for an appointed 3 year term), this is now the written rule, and that it trumps our old constitution that we havent followed in a long time.

Is this the case? Does that motion to approve that executive from 2014 replace the rule that is outlined in the constitution.

 

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