Constitution

Section 1: NAME
The name of the organization shall be “ The Cambridge Taiwanese Society” hereafter referred to as “the Society”.

Section 2: OBJECTS
The aims of the Society shall be:
1) To hold meetings whereby Taiwanese students, scholars, and others interested can fraternise.
2) To discuss problems and issues of current interest relating in particular to Taiwan.
3) To represent the interests and welfare of the Taiwanese population in Cambridge.
4) To organise events which will promote awareness of Taiwan's culture, economy, politics, and academia.


Section 3: MEMBERSHIP

1) Membership is open to all members of the University of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin University. Individuals outside the universities, including alumni of both institutions, may acquire membership upon approval from a simple majority of at least half of Committee members.
2) The committee reserves the right to bar any non-members from participating in any events organised or held by the Society.
3) The subscription shall be determined by the Committee for the current year.
4) The Committee may expel any member whose conduct seems likely to bring the Society into disrepute. Such expulsion shall be undertaken in accordance with Section 8, and is subject to confirmation at the next General Meeting of the Society. Any person expelled shall have the right of appeal to the Senior Treasurer.


Section 4: COMMITTEE

1) The Committee shall consist of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Junior Treasurer, and any other officers the President deems necessary for the smooth operation of the Society. In addition, there shall be a Senior Treasurer, who shall be a member of the Regent House, or other person approved by the Junior Proctor. The Senior Treasurer shall be appointed by the elected members of the Committee and shall be ex officio a member of the Committee.
2) The Committee shall have power to receive and spend money on behalf of the Society and to control the management of the Society.
3) The Committee shall have power to make By-Laws as are necessary for the routine management of the Society. The Secretary shall inform members about these By-Laws.


Section 5: GENERAL MEETINGS

1) The President shall summon a General Meeting on May or June each year for which a week's notice must be given.
2) At the General Meetings, the Society shall elect a President, Vice President, Secretary, Junior Treasurer, and any other officers deemed necessary for the following year.
3) Nomination of candidates shall be submitted to committee members during the week before the General Meetings.
4) The Committee-Elect shall take office after a transition period of no less than fourteen days.
5) Voting shall be by secret ballot, and at least 1/3 of the total members must be present for voting to be valid.
6) Only members present at the General Meeting shall be entitled to vote.


Section 6: FINANCIAL MATTERS

1) The purpose of the Fund is to finance the activities and administration of the Society. The Junior Treasurer shall maintain a separate account for the Fund. The senior treasurer shall conduct annual audits of the accounts. No officer, including the senior treasurer, shall be held financially liable on behalf of the Society in the event that such liabilities arise.
2) In the event of the dissolution of the Society, the Fund shall be managed at the discretion of the outgoing committee with approval by a General Meeting vote.
3) Any member shall have the right to review the accounts provided three days' notice is given to the Junior Treasurer.
4) The Senior Treasurer shall not be liable for any financial debt or other obligation of the Society unless he or she has personally authorised such a debt in writing.


Section 7: CHANGES TO THE CONSTITUTION:

The Constitution may be amended at a General Meeting, with approval of at least two thirds of those present.


Section 8: DISCIPLINARY PROCESSES:

1) The Society's only disciplinary sanctions are to expel or to suspend a member whose actions are felt to be such as to bring the Society into disrepute, or to adversely affect the smooth running of the Society in a major way. Such expulsion or suspension can only be effected by a majority vote of all Executive Committee members, excluding the Senior Treasurer. In the event of an expulsion, the excluded member is required to return all equipment, documents and finances belonging to the Society within 7 days. He/she will not be entitled to any full or partial refund of annual subscriptions.
2) If the excluded or suspended member wishes to appeal the decision, that appeal should be made to the Senior Treasurer, who will consider all the facts, and whose decision will be final. An appeal as to the process of exclusion, but not a further investigation into the facts, may be lodged with the Junior Proctor.


Section 9: DISSOLUTION:

1) The Society may be dissolved at a General Meeting provided that at least Twenty-one days written notice of the intention to dissolve the Society has been given to the members. At least two thirds of those present and voting at the General Meeting must vote in favour of the motion for Dissolution for it to be effective.
2) Any motion for Dissolution of the Society shall provide that assets remaining after all liabilities have been met shall be transferred either to another Registered University Society, or to the Societies' Syndicate.

Last modified: 2017 June