Constitution Requirements

Your group is required to have a publicly viewable constitution which must clearly state:

  • The purpose of your organization
  • A definition of membership in the organization, including:
    • Any member of the MIT student community must be eligible for membership
    • The organization's membership will at all times consist of at least 5 MIT students and be more than half MIT students.
    • The organization shall not discriminate based on any characteristic listed in the MIT Nondiscrimination Policy for membership, officer position, or in any other aspect
    • A clause for membership removal (new requirement)
  • About the Officers:
    • Officer election procedure and dates (including what makes a quorum)
    • Explicit terms of office of your group's officers that encompass every day of the year
    • Duties of your group's officers
    • Removal process for officers
    • Must include at least president and treasurer (or corresponding positions) and those two positions must be required to be distinct current MIT students
    • The executive board must be comprised of at least half current MIT students
  • About Meetings:
    • The frequency of meetings
    • Who runs the meetings
    • How decisions are made during a meeting (including what makes a quorum)
  • Amendment Procedures
    • How the amendment is presented
    • How the amendment is passed
    • The quorum necessary for an amendment to be passed
  • The ASA Governance Clause, which states:

The [your group name] agrees to abide by the rules and regulations of the Association of Student Activities, and its executive board. This constitution, amendments to it, and the by-laws of this organization shall be subject to review by the ASA Executive Board to ensure that they are in accordance with the aforementioned rules and regulations.

There is also a sample constitution available.