CONSTITUTION OF HISPANIC STUDENTS BUSINESS ASSOCIATION

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, LONG BEACH (CSULB)

Article I.                Name of Organization:  The name of the organization shall be the Hispanic Students Business Association - California State University, Long Beach Student Chapter, hereafter, referred to as HSBA.

Article II.                Statement of Purpose: 

Section 1.        HSBA has been established for the purpose of advancing the academic, professional, community, and social objectives of its membership and officers. Recognizing the need for well-trained leaders at all levels of society, HSBA’s immediate goals are to foster the increased enrollment of students in the College of Business Administration and other fields at California State University, Long Beach; hereafter, referred to as CSULB.

Section 2.        It is our mission to:

        a. Provide our membership with the opportunity to participate in programs and activities that will enhance their academic, professional, and personal abilities

        b. Serve as a viable source of academic scholarships and corporate internships to all our members

        c. Coordinate professional workshops, facilitated by corporate representatives and alumni who will aid us in developing skills needed for success

        d. Coordinate events that will facilitate the interaction of HSBA members, officers, CSULB faculty/staff, corporate representatives, and alumni

        e. Allow each of our members to hold office as a Committee Chair, thus developing personal potential and abilities that employers seek in employees and giving our members a competitive edge

        f. Recruit all CSULB students, regardless of major and/or ethnicity, and provide them with professional skills needed in all fields

        g. Serve as a bridge and connect our members with students of organizations having similar interests, such as the United Latino Students (ULS), the Associated Business Students Organization Council (ABSOC), and the Latino Student Union (LSU)

Article III.                Authority:

                

Section 1.        This organization is a recognized student organization at California State University, Long Beach and adheres to all campus policies as set forth in the CSULB Campus Regulations Handbook (www.csulb.edu/regs).

        

                Section 2.        This organization is affiliated with the United Latino Students.

                

Section 3.        This organization may establish Standing Rules to govern administrative and procedural matters (such as time and location of meetings, etc.).  Standing Rules shall not conflict with these constitution and bylaws.  Standing Rules may be adopted, amended, or temporarily suspended by a majority vote present at an organization meeting where a quorum is present (advance notice is not required).

Section 4.        The rules contained in the most recent version of Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised shall be the parliamentary authority for this organization and shall govern in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these bylaws and any special rules of order the organization may adopt.

Article IV.                Membership: 

Section 1.        Eligibility for membership or appointed or elected student officer positions shall not be limited on the basis of race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, color, age, gender, gender identity/expression, marital status veteran status, citizenship, sexual orientation, or disability.  The organization shall have no rules or policies that discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, color, age, gender, gender identity/expression, marital status veteran status, citizenship, sexual orientation, or disability.  

        

                Section 2.        Membership in the organization shall be open to all those regularly-enrolled CSULB students who are interested in membership.  Each regular member has equal rights and privileges.

                                

                Section 3.        By California State University policy, no more than 20 percent of the membership shall be individuals who are not CSULB students (e.g., faculty, staff, community members, students at other colleges, etc.). Such members have all membership privileges except for the right to vote or hold office.  

                                

Section 4.        For the organization to be recognized by CSULB a minimum of five (5) matriculated CSULB students (who are currently enrolled in at least one class) need to be regular members.

        

Section 5.        Members shall be required to pay dues as voted by the membership.

Section 6.           Membership shall be classified as honorary or registered. A registered member is defined as one who has paid his/her membership dues.  

Section 7.        Only registered members are eligible to receive membership benefits and vote once the Constitution has been adopted.

        Membership benefits consist of HSBA scholarships, reference letters, and price cuts on HSBA events and attire.

Section 8.        HSBA membership shall be in accordance with University regulations.

Article V.                Executive Board:

Section 1.        Elections will be held for the following offices: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Public Relations.

Section 2.        Qualifications necessary to hold office in this organization are as follows:

To be eligible for and to hold office, candidates must meet the requirements of CSU’s policy on minimum academic qualifications for student office holders for major and minor student officers or representatives that is found at www.csulb.edu/regs, Regulation II.

A candidate for office must be carrying a minimum of six (6) undergraduate units or three (3) graduate units of regular university credit per semester at CSULB.

All student representatives must be matriculated at the university, maintaining  a minimum overall, on-campus cumulative 2.5 grade point average (GPA) at all times, and a 2.5 GPA in every semester while in office, and in the semester prior to running for office, and not be on probation of any kind.

Undergraduate students are allowed to earn a maximum of 144 semester units or 120 percent of the units required for a specific baccalaureate degree objective, whichever is greater. Graduate and credential students are allowed to earn a maximum of 50 semester units or 167 percent of the units required for the graduate or credential objective, whichever is greater. Students holding over that number of units will no longer be eligible.

Article VI.                Meetings:

Section 1.        Leadership Team consists of the Executive Board and Directors. Leadership Team meetings shall be held weekly prior to the general meetings at a time and place to be agreed upon by the members of the Executive Board.

Section 2.        General membership meetings shall be held weekly at a time and place to be agreed upon by the members of the Executive Board.

Section 3.        Special meetings may be called by the Executive Board or a registered member with a 48-hours notice.

Article VII.                Executive Board: 

Section 1.        The Executive Board: All elected officers will be members of the Executive Board. Business shall be conducted in Executive Board meetings on the basis of a simple majority vote.
a) Three-fifths of the Executive Board must be present in order to conduct business. In no case shall this number be less than three.

        b) Decisions made in Executive Board meetings shall be deemed decisions of the general body when approved by a simple majority of Directors and registered members.  

        c) Directors of committees and other ad hoc directors shall be appointed by the Executive Board with simple majority approval.

Section 2.         The Executive Board shall serve as a planning committee.

Article VIII.                Succession of Executive Board:

Section 1.        In the event of permanent incapacitation, resignation, or removal, the line of temporary succession shall be as follows: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Public Relations.

Section 2.        Upon the vacancy of any office, a new candidate will be elected at the next regular meeting or at a special meeting.

Article IX.        Hazing Prohibition: 

        This organization shall prohibit all members and officers from engaging in hazing or committing any act that injures, degrades or disgraces any fellow student.

Section 48900 of the Education Code

SEC. 4.  Section 245.6 is added to the Penal Code, to read:

   245.6. (a) It shall be unlawful to engage in hazing, as defined in this section.

   (b) "Hazing" means any method of initiation or pre-initiation into a student organization or student body, whether or not the organization or body is officially recognized by an educational institution, which is likely to cause serious bodily injury to any former, current, or prospective student of any school, community college, college, university, or other educational institution in this state. The term "hazing" does not include customary athletic events or school-sanctioned events.

   (c) A violation of this section that does not result in serious bodily injury is a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of not less than one hundred dollars ($100), nor more than five thousand dollars ($5,000), or imprisonment in the county jail for not more than one year, or both.

   (d) Any person who personally engages in hazing that results in death or serious bodily injury as defined in paragraph (4) of subdivision (f) of Section 243 of the Penal Code, is guilty of either a misdemeanor or a felony, and shall be punished by imprisonment in county jail not exceeding one year, or by imprisonment in the state prison.

   (e) The person against whom the hazing is directed may commence a civil action for injury or damages. The action may be brought against any participants in the hazing, or any organization to which the student is seeking membership whose agents, directors, trustees, managers, or officers authorized, requested, commanded, participated in, or ratified the hazing.

   (f) Prosecution under this section shall not prohibit prosecution under any other provision of law.

 

SEC. 5.  This act shall be known and may be cited as "Matt's Law" in memory of Matthew William Carrington, who died on February 2, 2005, as a result of hazing.

Article X.        Discipline of Members 

Section 1        This organization shall comply with Title 5, Section 41301, Student Conduct Code.

Section 2        All complaints alleging violations of the Student Conduct Code, Title 5, section 41301, et seq., shall be investigated pursuant to Executive Order 1073 and/or 1074 (in cases involving allegations of unlawful discrimination, harassment or retaliation based on protected status).  Investigations and other proceedings under Executive Orders 1073 and 1074 shall be conducted by campus administration, not student organizations, and this organization shall refer any complaints alleging subject matters covered by Executive Orders 1073 and 1074 to the Office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development.

Section 3        Complaints may also be brought to the attention of the Executive Board or the Office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development..  A written charge may be filed with the Executive Board or the Office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development..  The Executive Board or the Office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development shall review the charges and may conduct a preliminary investigation if deemed appropriate. If the preliminary investigation concludes that misconduct appears to have occurred, the Executive Board or the Office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development shall conduct a hearing on the matter.  The member alleged to have engaged in the misconduct shall be given at least 72 hours notice of the hearing and be given an opportunity to present a defense.  By a majority vote, the Executive Board or the Office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development shall determine whether misconduct occurred.  If it determines that misconduct did occur, the Executive Board or the Office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development shall prepare a report to the membership of its findings and recommended sanctions, which may include expulsion, suspension, or lesser sanction(s) including, but not limited to, a reprimand, removal from office, a fine or corrective remedies.

Section 4        The membership shall review the hearing report in executive session, and the member accused of misconduct shall have an opportunity to rebut the information in the report.  After providing a statement to the membership, the member accused of misconduct shall leave the room for the remainder of the deliberations.

Section 5        The membership shall vote first on whether the member has engaged in misconduct.  If by a two-thirds vote, the membership determines that misconduct has occurred, the membership shall then by a two-thirds vote, determine appropriate sanction(s).  The accused member shall be immediately notified of the outcome.

Section 6        By a two-thirds vote, the membership may reinstate a member who has been suspended or expelled.

Article XI.                Method to Amend and Renew the Constitution:

Section 1.        Proposed constitutional amendments made by a member shall be presented to the organization, in writing, one meeting before it may be voted upon.

Section 2.        Approval by two-thirds of the voting members present at a regular meeting shall pass a proposed amendment.

Section 3.        Approval by the University is needed to change the constitution.

Section 4.        Constitutions must be renewed with the University every 5 years.