Generals' Unity

Washington & Lee University Generals' Unity works to promote equal rights, justice, and opportunity for all members of the Washington & Lee University community regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Contact: Andrew Mah '18 and Coralie Chu '18

Constitution

1. The organization is heretofore to be named Generals' Unity.

2. The statement of purpose of Generals' Unity is as follows: Washington & Lee University Generals' Unity works to promote equal rights, justice, and opportunity for all members of the Washington & Lee University community regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.


3. The leadership of Generals' Unity is to vested in the following offices, heretofore known
as the "Executive Committee":

a. President
b. Treasurer
c. Administrative Director
d. Media Director

e. Alumni Liaison


4. Powers of the Office of the President

a. The president is the figurehead of Generals' Unity and as such shall have the authority to speak on behalf of Generals' Unity as he or she deems necessary. 

b. The president shall have the authority to assure the proper execution of duties of both members of the Executive Committee and the members of Generals' Unity at large. 

c. The president shall have the authority to appoint committees as he or she deems necessary for the better fulfillment of Generals' Unity operations. 

d. The president shall have the authority to demand (with a least one other member of the Executive Committee's approval) a full audit of the business transactions of Generals' Unity. 

e. The president shall have the authority to call meetings of the Executive Committee as he or she deems necessary for the betterment of the business of Generals' Unity. At such meetings, all members of the Executive Committee are to be given one vote, and matters shall be decided by a simple majority vote. 

f. The president shall be responsible for appearing before the Executive Committee of the Student Body of Washington & Lee University when he or she shall deem necessary unless the president delegates this authority to someone else who is both willing and able to do so and so chooses to accept this responsibility of the president for the instance the president shall specify. 



5. Powers of the Office of the Treasurer

a. The office of the treasurer shall have the duty and responsibility of keeping all financial records of the Generals' Unity. 

b. The treasurer will make a full account of the financial record of Generals' Unity at the end of every school year or as deemed necessary by the Executive 
Committee of Generals' Unity or the Executive Committee of the Student Body of
Washington & Lee University.
c. In case of the death, resignation, impeachment, or other inability of the president to fulfill his or her duty, the vice president shall assume the full power of the Office of the President of Generals' Unity.

6. Powers of the Office of the Administrative Director (AD)


a. The AD shall have the duty of maintaining all general records of Generals' Unity, 
including past and current files pertaining to the logistics and 
membership of the organization.
b. The AD shall have the duty of keeping minutes of both Generals' Unity General 
Body and Executive Committee Meetings and shall report these 
minutes in an appropriate and timely fashion following said meetings. 

c. Working with others members of the Executive Committee and the Washington & Lee University administration, the AD shall have the 
principal role in coordinating the logistics and planning of all Generals' Unity 
events. 


7. Powers of the Media Director (MD)

a. The MD shall have the duty of maintaining all records of print and 
electronic resources of Generals' Unity. 
b. The MD shall have the duty of cataloging and maintaining any space 
Generals' Unity shall acquire. 

c. The MD shall have the duty to maintain the Web site of Generals' Unity. 

d. The MD shall have the duty of handling all advertisement and 
publicity pertaining to Generals' Unity events. 


8. Powers of the Alumni Liaison (AL)

a. The AL shall have the duty of maintaining all records pertaining to 
gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer/questioning (GLBTQ) 
alumni of Washington & Lee University. 

b. The AL shall have the duty of contacting and maintaining contact with W&L GLBTQ alumni as he or she deems necessary or at the request of the General Body or the Executive Committee of Generals' Unity.


9. Procedure & Notes

a. Members of the Executive Committee are to be elected at the end of Winter Term or during the Spring Term of each school year. The Executive Committee shall set the date of the election by a simple majority vote, field nominations, and present the nominees for each position at a meeting of the General Body of Generals' Unity. A fair and impartial process of voting, coordinated by the incumbent Administrative Director, shall be held, a simple majority of the combined General Body and Executive Committee being necessary for the election of a new EC member. In the event of a runoff, another fair and impartial
vote shall be taken between the top two receivers of votes. Officers`
elect are to take office immediately upon their election.
b. In the event of a tie in an Executive Committee or General Body vote, 
the president shall cast a separate, tie`braking vote. 

c. This constitution can be amended by at least a 2/3 vote of the 
Executive Committee followed by a simple majority of the General 
Body of Generals' Unity. 

d. "General Body of Generals' Unity" is to be defined as W&L undergraduate 
students who attend Generals' Unity meetings in good faith for the betterment of Generals' Unity; the Executive Committee is distinct from the General Body for the purposes of voting except where noted. 

e. Authority of the Executive Committee is to be in the order previously enumerated in Section 3. a`e. 

f. In order to impeach a member of the Executive Committee of Generals' Unity, a 2/3 vote of "no confidence" shall be necessary for the General Body of Generals' Unity followed by an even or majority vote of the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee member under impeachment proceedings shall not have the right to vote during the case but shall have the right to defend himself or herself against the charges leveled against him or her. If impeached, he or she is removed from the Executive Committee but may continue as a member of the General Body if he or she so elects. 

g. Upon the death, resignation, impeachment, or the inability to fulfill his or her duty of or as a member of the Executive Committee (except the Office of the President as noted in Section 5c), the president shall have the right to appoint a general member of Generals' Unity to fulfill that role until a special election can be held in accordance with Section 9a. 

h. If the Executive Committee deems necessary, an Advisory Board of up to five General Body individuals may be created at the discretion of the EC, to be approved by a simple majority vote. This Advisory Board shall serve from the time of their selection until the election of a new EC at the end of the school year, after which the new EC may evaluate the need for an Advisory Board.