68 constitution

Constitution proposed by Oliver Wheeler and Christie van Tinteren, agreed upon by all present at the first 68 meeting 11/10/2018

  1. Our student media organisation shall be known as ‘68’

  2. The democratic body of 68 shall be known as the ‘Collective’

  3. Membership of the Collective will be contingent on having contributed to the paper during the previous year or being a part of an ongoing project

  4. The Collective of 68 is committed to horizontal organising. As many decisions as possible should be taken by the Collective as a whole and the Collective should try to reach consensus as often as possible. Contributors should be involved in every decision taken about their work

  5. 68 is a progressive and intersectional organisation. We are committed to advancement of liberation groups and will work to root out patriarchy, racism, homophobia, transphobia and ableism. We commit to doing so not just in words but also in deeds

  6. Structures of the Collective 

    1. If membership of the Collective is 15 or less, then the Collective shall be the sole decision-making body. This constitutional structure shall hence forth be known as ‘unicameral.’ The Unicameral Collective shall organise according to the rules laid out in Section 7

    2. If membership of the Collective is 16 or more, then the Collective shall comprise two decision making bodies: The Assembly and The Committee. This constitutional structure shall hence forth be known as ‘bicameral.’ The Bicameral Collective shall organise according to the rules laid out in Section 8

    3. When the membership increases from 15 or below to 16 or above the Collective will shift from a unicameral system to a bicameral one at the start of the next General Meeting

    4. When the membership decreases from 16 or above to 15 or below the Collective will shift from a bicameral system to a unicameral one at the start of the next General Meeting

  7. The Unicameral Collective

    1. Each time the Collective meets a chair and secretary of that meeting should be appointed at the beginning of the meeting to facilitate the meeting

      1. If there is more than one candidate for either of these roles, then an election should be held by show of hands

      2. Once a chair and secretary have been chosen they will take suggestions for the agenda for the meeting, trying to satisfy as wide a consensus as possible

      3. The chair must ensure that constitutionally required agenda items take precedence 

    2. The Collective will meet within the first two weeks of each LSE term for a general meeting

      1. In Summer Term the Collective will not meet for a general meeting until the first two weeks of June

    3. The Collective has the power to change the Constitution, if agreed by a two-thirds vote, rounding down, at General Meetings

      1. Changes to the Constitution can be proposed by any member of the Collective at General Meetings

    4. All decisions (except changes to the Constitution) are made by a majority vote of all members of the Collective and can be made at any time in either a virtual or physical space.

      1. When voting electronically a period of at least four hours should be given for members to cast a vote

    5. At each General Meeting the Collective will elect one Treasurer, who shall then hold the Collective’s bank account

      1. If a new Treasurer is elected (henceforth known as the ‘Treasurer-elect’) to replace an incumbent Treasurer, then the incumbent will be required to transfer the bank account to the Treasurer-elect within a week of the Treasurer-elect being elected. If the incumbent Treasurer fails to do so they will automatically forfeit their membership of the Collective

    6. The (unicameral) Collective holds collective responsibility for the editing and publishing of work and for the maintenance of the ‘68’ website. It is for the Collective, by majority vote, to decide how work should be edited

  8. The Bicameral Collective

    1. The Assembly

      1. The Bicameral Collective is split into the Assembly and the Committee. The Assembly shall be the ultimate decision-making body for the Collective when the structure of the Collective is bicameral. 

      2. All members of the Collective shall be members of the Assembly

      3. The Assembly will meet within the first two weeks of each LSE term for a general meeting

        1. In Summer Term the Assembly will not meet for a general meeting until the first two weeks of June

      4. At the beginning of each General Meeting the Assembly shall appoint a chair and a secretary to help facilitate the meeting. The chair and secretary should not be incumbent Committee members and should not intend to run for election to the Committee at the General Meeting in question

        1. If there is more than one candidate for either chair or secretary, then an election should be held by show of hands

      5. The General Meeting shall elect a new Committee for the forthcoming term

      6. Any member/s of the Assembly may propose an investigation or project that they believe the paper should undertake during the forthcoming term at the General Meeting. The Assembly will then have the power to commission any such project if accepted by majority vote

      7. The Assembly has the power to change the Constitution, if agreed by a two-thirds vote, rounding down, at General Meetings

      8. If 10% of members of the Assembly propose a change to the constitution at any time, then the Committee will be obliged to hold a vote on such a change at the next General Meeting. Proposed changes to the constitution must be made in writing to any member of the Committee, who shall then be obliged to notify the rest of the Committee

    2. The Committee

      1. Members of the Committee serve at the discretion of the Assembly

      2. Elections shall be held for each position on the Committee at every General Meeting

      3. There shall be 8 members of the Committee. All votes in the Committee require 5 votes to pass

      4. The Committee should meet at least once a month, more often when necessary. The Committee may vote electronically. All possible efforts should be taken to consult with Committee members who find it difficult to attend physical meetings

      5. Elections to the Committee at the General Meeting shall be by secret ballot, with each member of the Assembly receiving eight votes for the Committee

        1. At least 4 members of the Committee must define as women. The 4 women with the highest number of votes shall be automatically elected

        2. The chair of the General Meeting shall appoint two tellers to count the votes. The tellers must not be standing for election to the Committee at the General Meeting in question

      6. 10% of ordinary members of the Assembly may trigger a vote of no confidence in a member of the Committee. This can be done by notifying any member of the Committee in writing, who shall then be obliged to notify the rest of the Committee. Votes of no confidence in a member of the Committee will be held within a week of being triggered and a majority vote of the Committee shall be sufficient to dismiss the member of the Committee concerned

      7. 50% of ordinary members of the Assembly may dismiss a member of Committee. This must be done in writing to another member of the Committee, who is then obliged to meet with the rest of the Committee (excluding the member who is up for dismissal) to verify that 50% of Assembly members have requested said member’s dismissal

        1. As only 7 members of the Committee can vote in such cases, 4 votes shall be sufficient to dismiss the Committee member in question

      8. If a member of the Committee resigns or is dismissed, then the losing candidate with the highest number of votes from the last election to the Committee shall be appointed to the Committee, unless the Committee decides to hold a by-election

        1. If there are no losing candidates from the last General Meeting available, then the Committee may either co-opt a new Committee member or leave a space on the Committee vacant

        2. If the Committee decides to hold a by-election then a week’s notice must be given to all Assembly members

      9. Each new Committee shall elect one member of the Committee to be the Treasurer, who shall then hold the Collective’s bank account

        1. If a new Treasurer is elected to replace an incumbent Treasurer, then the incumbent will be required to transfer the bank account to the Treasurer-elect within a week of the new Treasurer being elected. If the incumbent fails to do so they will automatically forfeit their membership of the Collective

      10. The Committee holds collective responsibility for the editing and publishing of work and for the maintenance of the ‘68’ website. It is for the Committee (when the Collective is bicameral), by majority vote, to decide how work should be edited

      11. The Committee may call an extraordinary meeting of the Assembly whenever it so wishes with a week’s notice. The Committee may then refer any Committee business it so wishes to the Assembly. Once a decision has been referred to the Assembly the Committee must accept the outcome of the Assembly vote

      12. The Committee decides the agenda for forthcoming General and extraordinary meetings. It may either do this collectively or by designating a Committee member as the agenda-setter

 

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