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By-Laws of the Student Council

Laws of the Student Council


The name of the organization shall be the Student Council of the College of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University.


Conduct of this organization shall be directed toward:

  1. Serving as liaison between the students and faculty
  2. Promoting harmony among the student body
  3. Promoting such other functions as the Council shall consider necessary and within its province
  4. Representing the College in other University student organizations as required
  5. Acting as a judiciary body as specified in the Professionalism Standards of the College

ARTICLE III: Membership

Section I

  1. There shall be four members from each class. Members shall not be on academic probation at any time during their tenure.
  2. Council members shall serve on the Judiciary Committee as defined in the Honor Code.
  3. There shall be three nonvoting faculty advisors to Student Council. At least two of these advisors must be veterinarians. Advisors shall serve a three-year term. Advisors may be re-elected for one consecutive term. Each spring, Student Council will select a new faculty advisor to replace the advisor whose term has just expired. Each new advisor term will begin in the Spring. Student Council shall determine the advisor's willingness to serve and secure the approval of the advisor's department chairperson. The Student Council reserves the right to terminate the term of an advisor for any reason, as long as a majority vote is obtained from at least 50% of the Student Council members.
  4. The Associate Dean of Student Affairs shall serve an advisory role and as such shall remain a permanent nonvoting member of Student Council for purposes of continuity.

Section II

  1. Four Student Council members from each class shall be elected by their class during their Student Government officer elections for a four-year term.
  2. If a Student Council member elects to resign during VME I-IV, Student Council members will hold a special election in the respective class to elect a new member to serve out the remainder of the term.
  3. The second year Student Council members will elect a President of Student Council in the spring for a one year term to be served during the third academic year.
  4. Members will serve from the date of their election to the end of their term as previously specified in this section.
  5. A special meeting will be called by the Council to orient newly elected members.

Section III: Committees

  1. Each first year Student Council member will volunteer to serve as a student representative on one of the four College Committees:  Executive Committee, College Electives Committee, Council on Education, and Curriculum. Positions will be determined in the spring, for a one year term to be served during the second academic year.
  2. Students shall be appointed by Student Council as representatives to any additional standing or ad-hoc committees of the College.

ARTICLE IV: Meetings

  1. The Council shall meet monthly during the academic year and at such additional times as the Council shall deem necessary.
  2. The Council shall meet with the Associate Dean of Veterinary Student Affairs by mutual agreement once each quarter/semester.
  3. Students or faculty members may attend meetings of the Council at any time.
  4. Students wishing to address the Council shall notify the President 24 hours in advance of the monthly meeting date to be placed on the agenda.

ARTICLE V: Procedures

  1. The Council shall function in informal meetings conducted by the President.
  2. Minutes of the meeting shall be recorded in a permanent manner by a recording secretary appointed from the Council by the President. Copies of the minutes shall be furnished to each member of the Council and the advisors.
  3. Copies of these By-Laws plus amendments shall be held at least by the President and be on file in the office of the Associate Dean of Veterinary Student Affairs.
  4. A quorum for all but Judiciary Committee meetings shall consist of 50% of the voting members. A quorum for Judiciary Committee meetings is defined in the Honor Code.
  5. A simple majority of affirmative votes is required to approve a motion.
  6. The first function of the elected Council is to select faculty advisors as specified in Article II.
  7. The second function of the elected Council shall be to apply through the office of the Vice-President for Student Services for recognition as a University sponsored organization.
  8. The third function of the elected Council is to appoint members to the Judiciary Committee as defined in the Honor Code.

ARTICLE VI: Election of Officers

  1. The first-year class will hold their first election in autumn with the assistance of the second-year class officers.
  2. People may nominate themselves or be nominated by other persons. Nominations shall be in writing and shall be placed in the current class secretary's mailbox, or in another designated location. A nominator must have the permission of the nominee to submit his/her name. A time for campaign speeches for those interested will be provided prior to the elections.
  3. Elections shall be held during a class meeting in autumn following procedures set forth by the second year class government.
  4. The four candidates receiving the highest number of votes will win the election. In the event of a tie, there will be a run-off election between the tied candidates.
  5. Newly elected officers shall assume their responsibilities immediately. They shall work with the present officers as assistants while learning their duties.

ARTICLE VII: Provisions for By-Laws Amendments

Changes in these By-Laws may be made on approval or by request of the student body as determined by two-thirds majority vote, a quorum consisting of 50% of students eligible to vote.

  1. Proposed amendments shall be reviewed by the Council before being submitted to a vote by the student body.
  2. All proposed amendments shall be presented to each class at a special class meeting.
  3. Council members from each class shall conduct the voting following procedures set forth by their class government.

Revised January 1996
Revised January 2000
Revised November 2011