College of St. Benedict / St. John's University
Physical Therapy & Athletic Training Club Constitution
Article I: Name & Purpose
Section 1: Name
Physical Therapy & Athletic Training Club (PTAT Club)
Section 2: Purpose & Mission
•· To provide a fun atmosphere to explore the two related but distinct career paths of physical therapy and athletic training by exploring and discussing issues and topics associated with each career field.
•· To provide a supportive environment where senior club members mentor younger members in preparing for graduate school and the application process.
•· To develop relationships with professional organizations, graduate programs in physical therapy and athletic training, and local health care facilities in order to promote service and learning opportunities for club members.
Section 3: Affiliation
There are no affiliations with this club.
Article II: Membership
Section 1: Eligibility for Membership
Club membership is open to any CSB/SJU student. No previous knowledge of physical therapy or athletic training is required. New ideas and challenging thoughts are welcomed.
Section 2: Voting Member Criteria
Voting members must attend at least five meetings or events throughout the year. Attendance will be taken at each meeting and event and regular attendance will be necessary in order to be eligible to vote.
Section 3: Removal of Members
No one will be asked to leave the club at any time. An officer position such as president or vice president can be replaced if the current member holding the position fails to complete their duties such as missing regular meetings or failing to complete tasks as assigned. They will not be forced to leave the club, but will be demoted. If the situation arises, the voting club members will vote for the removal and replacement at a special election called by the president. The club members that do not attend the required five meetings can remain in the club, but simply will not be allowed to vote.
Article III: Officers
Section 1: Officer Qualifications
Any member that shows dedication to the club, knowledge of the areas, and possesses good leadership skills is eligible to run for an officer position. The positions will later be elected by all voting members.
Section 2: Elected Officers
The elected positions will be voted on by all voting members. The elected positions are as follows:
-Vice President (Co-President)
Section 3: Duties of Officers
President-the duties of the president are to oversee and run the meetings and activities of the club by providing direction and ideas. The president will form the agendas, delegate assignments, work with the other officers, set-up meeting sights, and make sure the club runs smoothly. The president will conduct all voting procedures and follow through with all decisions made.
Vice President-the duties of the vice president are to aid the president in any way possible such as helping with the agendas, voting, and organization of events. The vice president will help conduct the meetings and activities and see that all duties are completed.
Secretary-the duties of the secretary are to record the events of each meeting, what is completed and what is not, events that are planned during each meeting, and making sure the meetings run according to schedule by keeping track of time. The secretary will also maintain an accurate account of membership and attendance.
Treasurer-the duties of the treasurer include keeping record of the club's budget, what is spent on certain activities or items, how much money the club currently has available, and the amounts the club has delegated out to specific events. The treasurer will also prepare budget requests whenever necessary.
Website person-the duties of the website person are to construct the website and to keep it updated with information about the club, activities, meetings, and important dates and information.
Article IV: Meetings
Section 1: Establishment of Meetings
All meetings are set up by the president and all members must be notified at least two weeks prior to the meeting date. The president and vice president must establish a clear agenda and send it out to all members for them to print off and bring to each meeting.
Section 2: Attendance
Complete attendance is not mandatory, but is encouraged. If a member knows they will be absent from a meeting, they must notify either the president or the vice president prior to the meeting. Attendance will be recorded by the secretary for each meeting and activity. If a member decides to run for an officer position, attendance will be considered as part of the final decision.
Section 3: Meeting Agenda
The agenda will be set up by the president and vice president with any suggestions for items to be discussed welcomed from any member of the club.
Section 4: Voting
All issues involving the club's funds must be voted on. Any club member can request a vote on any issue at any time. All voting will take place at club meetings. At least two-thirds of the voting members must be present at the meeting for issues to be voted on.
Article V: Elections
Section 1: Candidates
Any qualified member may run for any officer position. A qualified member is someone who is considered a voting member by attending the required amount of meetings and activities, shows positive leadership and an interest in the club's well-being and development. All candidates must submit the "Officer Candidate Form" which will declare candidacy and the candidate's qualifications and reasons for running. This form will be released prior to elections and need to be returned to the president prior to the election meeting.
Section 2: Election Process
All elections are administered by the president. All ballets are to be secret, but all results will be made known to the club members. The election dates will be determined by the president, but must be completed prior to end of the academic year so that all club members may vote.
Section 3: Terms
Every term lasts the two semesters of one academic year. A special election will occur if an officer forfeits their position. The special election will be called by the president.
Section 4: Removal
An officer may be removed from their position for reasons such as missed meetings, incomplete duties, attitude, etc. The president will call a special election where the majority of the vote will be needed in order for removal to occur, and at least two-thirds of the club's voting members must be present. Upon removal, another special election will be called to replace that officer.
Article VI: Advisor
Section 1: Selection
Club officers will select CSB/SJU faculty advisor(s) they feel will provide appropriate guidance and that have a strong background and interest in the areas of physical therapy and athletic training.
Section 2: Duties
Attend club meetings regularly, meet with officers before and after meetings, attend most club events, provide relevant information during meetings, and challenge members to think creatively.
The Physical Therapy & Athletic Training Club admits students without regard to their race, religion, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and other activities, generally accorded or made available to members of the organization.
The Physical Therapy & Athletic Training Club considers hazing to be a degrading and destructive activity which is inconsistent with the standards of this student organization. This club recognizes the dignity of every person and opposes all forms of hazing.
Section 1: Constitutional Changes
Any member may request changes to the constitution at any time. Voting will need to occur in order for any changes to be made. A majority vote will need to take place and at least 2/3 of the club's voting members must be present at the vote in order for any changes to occur.