CONSTITUTION

NAME OF THE SOCIETY

  1. The name of the Society is the Society for Students with a Disability.

PURPOSES OF THE SOCIETY

  1. The purposes of the Society are to:
  2. represent the interests of students with a disability at UVic;
  3. promote the full and equal participation of students with a disability in all areas of university life;
  4. raise awareness of the barriers and challenges faced by students with a disability and advocate for their removal;
  5. prevent, expose and eliminate institutional discrimination;
  6. create anti-oppressive spaces where students with a disability can relax, socialize and share experiences; and
  7. be a constituency organization as defined by the Constitution and Bylaws of the UVSS.

 

ACTIVITIES OF THE SOCIETY

  1. The Society will strive to achieve the purposes stated in Article 2 by (among other things):
  2. advocating for students with a disability within the UVIC Community and beyond;
  3. fostering greater awareness of the rights and interests of students with a disability at UVIC through public education and information programs and activities;
  4. organizing or sponsoring events of a social or educational nature for Members and others; and
  5. collaborating with other constituency organizations and groups at UVIC to achieve shared goals and objectives.

 

THE SOCIETY’S LOGO

  1. The Society’s logo will be the design shown above and will be used, where appropriate, in all

communications or publications of the Society.

 

DISSOLUTION

  1. On dissolution of the Society, any assets remaining after satisfaction of its debts and liabilities

will be transferred to the UVSS and held by it in trust until such time as the Society is reactivated or a new society is created in its place. This provision is alterable.

 

NON-DISCRIMINATION

  1. The Society will not discriminate against any person on any ground set out in the Canadian

Charter of Rights and Freedoms or the British Columbia Human Rights Code and will strive in all of its activities to promote respect for human rights, equity and fairness.

 

BYLAWS

 

BYLAW #1: INTERPRETATION

  1. In this Constitution and any Bylaws of the Society, the following definitions will apply:
  2. “Campus” means the campus of UVIC.
  3. “GSS” means the University of Victoria Graduate Students Society.
  4. “Society” means the Society for Students with a Disability.
  5. “Special resolution” means a resolution adopted by a majority vote of not less than 75% of eligible voters present at a meeting.
  6. “Students with a disability” means any person who self-identifies as someone with a long term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairment that in interaction with various barriers may hinder their full and effective participation in the social and academic life of UVIC on an equal basis with others.
  7. “UVIC” means the University of Victoria.
  8. “UVIC Community” means students, faculty, and staff of UVIC and includes any constituency or other groups on campus.
  9. “UVSS” means the University of Victoria Students Society.
  10. For greater certainty, definitions include other grammatical forms of the same words and those words will be given a corresponding meaning.

 

 BYLAW #2: MEMBERSHIP

  1. Membership in the Society will consist of Members and Associate Members.
  2. Members of the Society include anyone who:
  3. is a member of the UVSS or GSS at UVIC,
  4. and self-identifies as a person with a disability.
  5. Associate Members include anyone who:
  6. is an alumni member of the Society; or
  7. is a member of the UVIC Community and is accepted by the Council of the Society as an Associate Member.

 

RIGHTS OF MEMBERS

  1. Members of the Society will have the following rights:
  2. to participate in and vote at annual and special general meetings of the

Society;

  1. to attend meetings of the Council, other than in camera sessions, and address the Council when recognized by the chair;
  2. to attend meetings of Society committees, other than in camera sessions, and

address the Council when recognized by the chair;

  1. to obtain a copy of the Constitution and Bylaws;
  2. to obtain a copy of all Council minutes within 5 business days of requesting minutes, if no formatting accommodations are requested;
  3. to obtain, in a timely manner, a copy of any Council minutes or of the Constitution and Bylaws in alternative formats that are reasonably available;
  4. to have access to the financial records of the Society on giving reasonable notice to the Treasurer; and
  5. to receive reasonable accommodations at Society events.

 

RIGHTS OF ASSOCIATE MEMBERS

  1. Associate Members will have the following rights:
  2. to participate in annual and special general meetings of the Society, but not including the right to vote; and
  3. to obtain a copy of the Constitution and Bylaws, including in alternative formats.

ELIGIBILITY TO BE A COUNCIL MEMBER 

  1. Only Members of the Society are eligible to be a member of Council; and

13A.Only Members who do not hold staff positions are eligible to be a member of Council; Work Study position is not considered a staff position.

 

 

BYLAW #3: MEETINGS

 ROBERT’S RULES OF ORDER

  1. Roberts Rules of Order will apply to any meetings of the Society unless otherwise provided in these bylaws.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS

  1. An annual general meeting will be held by the Society each year in the month of February.
  2. The following business will be conducted at the annual general meeting:
  3. elections;
  4. presentation of reports by members of Council;
  5. presentation of the annual financial report by the Treasurer;
  6. such other business as may be specified in an agenda for the meeting approved by Council or, subject to other requirements of these bylaws, added to the agenda by a majority vote of Members present at the meeting.
  7. Notice of the date, time and place of an annual general meeting and the business to be conducted will be given to Members at least 15 days in advance of the meeting by:
  8. email where possible; and
  9. posting the notice on the SSD’s website and on notice boards on campus.
  10. Minutes of the meeting will be recorded in such manner as Council may determine.
  11. Voting at an annual general meeting by written proxy is permitted.
  12. The quorum for the conduct of business at an annual general meeting is 8 members present in person or by proxy, at least two of whom are members of Council.

 

SPECIAL GENERAL MEETINGS

  1. A special general meeting may be called by:
  2. Council; or
  3. a petition signed by not less than 25 members stating the purpose of the meeting and delivered to Council.
  4. Notice of the date, time and place of a special general meeting and the business to be conducted will be given to Members at least 15 days in advance of the meeting by:
  5. email where possible; and
  6. posting the notice on the SSD’s website and on notice boards on campus.
  7. The business to be conducted at a special general meeting will be the business specified in the notice given for the meeting and no other business.
  8. Minutes of the meeting will be recorded in such manner as Council may determine.
  9. Voting at a special general meeting by written proxy is permitted.
  10. The quorum for the conduct of business at a special general meeting is 5 members present in person or by proxy, at least three of whom are members of Council.

 

COUNCIL MEETINGS

  1. Council will meet at such times as it may determine or, in the absence of established times, on notice from the Chairperson.

27A.In the event that the office of President (Chairperson) becomes vacant when no Council meeting has been scheduled in the future, a meeting of Council may be called by:

  1. a petition requesting a Council meeting signed by a majority of Council members, stating business to be conducted at the meeting, and circulated in accordance with sections 28 and 29; or,
  2. a petition requesting a Council meeting signed by not less than 25 members, stating business to be conducted at the meeting, and circulated in accordance with sections 28 and 29.

27B.In situations where urgent Council action is required, the President (Chairperson) may convene an emergency or email meeting of Council, notwithstanding Articles 28 and 29 outlined below, but subject to the following additional restrictions:

  1. in email meetings, there must be no reasonable grounds to doubt the identity of any Council member responding;
  2. no proposals to amend the Constitution and Bylaws may be considered or voted upon by Council in an emergency or email meeting;
  3. neither the adoption nor the amendment of a written policy of Council may be considered or voted upon by Council in an emergency or email meeting; and
  4. Emergency and email meetings of the Council are not considered meetings of Council for the purposes of Article 41 of the Bylaws.
  5. The times at which Council will meet and the business to be conducted will be posted on the

Society’s website and in its offices in advance of the meeting.

  1. Notice of a meeting of Council and the business to be conducted will be given to members of Council at least 3 days in advance of the meeting.
  2. Minutes of Council meetings will be recorded in such manner as Council may determine.
  3. The quorum for the conduct of business at a meeting of Council is 3 members.

31A.Only members and associate members of the Society, students with disabilities auditing UVic courses or enrolled in Uni 101, Continuing Studies, or STEPS Forward shall be included in SSD Board meetings, although adjunct meetings must be added before or after SSD Board meetings that include staff, guests, and speakers. As similar groups are added, they will be reviewed by the SSD Council, which may add them to the list of groups whose members are eligible to attend meetings, notwithstanding the amending procedure in Articles 14 to 16 of the Constitution.

  1. Voting by proxy at Council meetings is not permitted.

 

 

 

 

BYLAW #4 COUNCIL

 

COUNCIL

  1. The Council of the Society will oversee and manage the affairs and activities of the Society.
  2. The Council will consist of the following officeholders:
  3. President (or Chairperson);
  4. Treasurer;
  5. UVSS Constituency Representative;
  6. Graduate Students Representative;
  7. International Student Representative
  8. up to 6 (six) Members of Council at Large; and
  9. Student Liaison/Resource Person.
  10. Each member of Council will be entitled to one vote on any business that is considered or transacted by the Council and a majority decision of the Council will be the decision of Council.
  11. Notwithstanding article 35, where the business of Council involves the adoption or amendment of a written policy of Council, a special resolution of the Council is required.

 

TERM OF OFFICE

  1. For the positions of President (Chairperson), Treasurer, UVSS Representative, Graduate Students Representative, International Student Representative and Member of Council at Large, the term of office will be from the date of their election to the next annual general meeting or until they are removed from office or resign, whichever is first.
  2. For the positions of Law Students Representative, Engineering Students Representative and Education Students Representative, the term of office will be one year from the date on which they are accepted by Council as a Council member or until they are removed from office or resign, whichever is first.
  3. Where an office holder is appointed by Council under article 42, she or he will hold office until the next annual general meeting of the Society or until they are removed from office or resign, whichever is first.

 

REMUNERATION FOR COUNCIL MEMBERS

  1. Council may approve payment of remuneration to the Chairperson or Treasurer on such terms and conditions as Council may determine.
  2. Where Council approves the payment of remuneration under article 40, it will promptly notify

Members of its decision.

 

VACANCY OR RESIGNATION

  1. If following an annual general meeting a position on Council remains vacant or a position

subsequently becomes vacant due to the removal or resignation of the incumbent, Council may fill the position at any time with an eligible candidate.

  1. A resignation by an office holder will be in writing and is effective on the date it is received by Council or the date specified in the notice of resignation, whichever is later.
  2. BIRT Board members that do not attend three consecutive SSD Board meetings without medical documentation or an excused absence approved by the Council shall lose their Board membership and Board status.

 

BYLAW #5 ELECTIONS

ELECTIONS

  1. Elections for positions on Council will be conducted in accordance with these bylaws.
  2. For the offices of President, Treasurer, Graduate Students Representative, International Student Representative, UVSS Constituency Representative, Member of the Council at Large, and Student Liaison/Resource Person, an election will be held at each annual general meeting of the Society.

46A.Members elected to fill offices in accordance with Article 46 will take office immediately, with the exception of the office of UVSS Constituency Representative. The member elected as UVSS Constituency Representative will take office at the beginning of the term specified in the UVSS Constitution and Bylaws, unless the position of UVSS Constituency Representative was previously vacant or becomes so in the interim, in either of which cases the member elected as UVSS Constituency Representative will assume the office.

  1. Elections at an annual general meeting will be conducted by secret ballot. Self-nominations by candidates will be permitted.
  2. Where only one candidate is nominated for a position, she or he will be elected by acclamation.
  3. For the offices of Law Students Representative, Engineering Students Representative and Education Students Representative, the offices will be filled annually according to the process(s) established for that purpose by students with a disability in those faculties.

 

ELIGIBILITY TO BE A COUNCIL MEMBER

  1. Only Members of the Society are eligible to be a member of Council; and

50A.Only Members who do not hold Office staff positions, not including Workstudy position(s), are eligible to be a member of Council.

 

BYLAW #6 DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE COUNCIL

GENERAL DUTIES OF COUNCIL MEMBERS

  1. The general duties and responsibilities of members of Council include the following:
  2. to be familiar with and adhere to the Constitution and Bylaws;
  3. to attend and participate in annual or special general meetings of the Society;
  4. to attend and participate in meetings of the Council;
  5. to perform the duties and responsibilities of their office, as set out in Article 52 of the Bylaws, diligently and to the best of their ability;
  6. to prepare and present a report at annual general meetings describing their activities for the preceding year;
  7. to support and assist in events organized or sponsored by the Society; and
  8. to communicate with Members.

OFFICE DESCRIPTIONS

  1. The following office descriptions will apply to and be implemented by the Society and its office Holders:

President (Chairperson)

The President (Chairperson) will be the chief executive officer of the Society, and, in that capacity, he or she will:

  1. act as chair at all meetings of the Society unless she or he delegates that responsibility to someone else, or unless she or he has resigned, and in the latter case, the Council may appoint one of its members to chair the meeting;
  2. be an ex officio member of all committees of the Society;
  3. represent the interests of and act as the principal spokesperson for the Society within the UVIC Community and public at large;
  4. be one of the executive office holders with signing authority for financial and other business of the Society;
  5. be responsible for management and supervision of Society staff; and
  6. coordinate the activities of Council including calling meetings of Council when required; and
  7. be responsible for ensuring client confidentiality such that, in situations which so demand, staff will only share confidential information with the Chair unless authorized by the Chair to inform others.

 

Treasurer

The Treasurer will be the financial officer of the Society, and, in that capacity, she or he will:

  1. manage the financial affairs of the Society under the Council’s direction;
  2. ensure that the financial records of the Society are maintained in good order;
  3. produce budgets and financial statements for the Society and make them available to Council and Members on request;
  4. provide access to the financial records of the Society to Council and Members on request;
  5. be one of the executive office holders with signing authority for financial and other business of the Society;
  6. prepare and present an annual financial report to Members at annual general meetings; and
  7. comply with all applicable financial policies of the Society and the UVSS in performing her or his duties.

 

UVSS Constituency Representative

The UVSS Constituency Representative will be the representative of the Society on the UVSS Board and in that capacity, she or he will:

  1. be a UVSS member in good standing;
  2. perform the duties and responsibilities of a constituency organization representative on the UVSS Board in accordance with Bylaw 8 of the UVSS Constitution and Bylaws;
  3. represent and promote the interests of the Society on the UVSS Board; and
  4. Report to the Council on her or his activities on the UVSS Board and ARC meetings unless they are prevented from doing so for reasons of confidentiality.

 

Graduate Students Representative

The Graduate Students Representative will:

  1. be enrolled in the Faculty of Graduate Studies at UVIC;
  2. represent and promote the interests of graduate students with a disability on the Council; and
  3. Be the liaison between graduate students with a disability and the Council.

 

Member(s) of Council at Large

The Member of Council at Large will:

  1. represent and promote the interests of students with a disability in general on the Council; and
  2. assist the executive directors in the performance of their duties.

 

Student Liaison/Resource Person

The Student Liaison/Resource Person will:

  1. be the liaison between students with a disability and the Council; and
  2. assist the Chairperson in their role as spokesperson for the Society within the UVIC Community and public at large.

 

International Students Representative

The International Students Representative will:

  1. be enrolled at UVic as an international student;
  2. be the liaison between international students with a disability and the Council; and
  3. represent and promote the interests of international students with a disability.

 

BYLAW #7: REMOVAL OF COUNCIL MEMBERS

REMOVAL FROM OFFICE

  1. A member of Council who ceases to be eligible to hold her or his office will be deemed to have been removed from that office effective on the date they became ineligible.
  2. A Council member may be removed from office by a special resolution of the

Members at an annual or special general meeting where

  1. a petition signed by twenty five members has been presented to Council requesting the removal of the member and stating the reasons; or
  2. a resolution has been adopted by the affirmative vote at least four Council members calling for the removal of the member from office and stating the reasons; and
  3. the member of Council has been given notice at least 14 days in advance that a resolution calling for their removal from office will be considered at the annual or special general meeting.

 

BYLAW #8: PUBLICATIONS OF THE SSD

SOCIETY WEBSITE

  1. The Society’s website and Facebook page are official publications of the Society and the Council will determine what constitutes acceptable content for them. Council may delegate this responsibility as it sees fit.
  2. The Society website will contain, at a minimum:
  3. The Constitution and Bylaws of the Society;
  4. A section for notices of upcoming meetings and events; and
  5. A section containing the minutes of meetings of the Society.

 

ALTERNATIVE FORMATS

  1.     The Society will, whenever possible, provide any information regarding the organization and its activities in alternative formats.

 

BYLAW #9: STANDING COMMITTEES OF THE SSD

COMMITTEES

  1. Committees of the Society may be formed or dissolved by the Council at any time.
  2. Members of committees are appointed by the Council and serve at the pleasure of the Council.

59A. All committees, working groups, and advisory councils formed by the SSD Council must include at least one SSD Council member.

59B.The Council may declare a committee to operate in camera, and any committee may declare itself

to operate in camera at any time.

  1. Articles 58 through 59B do not apply to hiring committees, which will operate according to the provisions of the Collective Agreement between the UVSS and United Steelworkers and the UVSS Hiring Policy. The Council will select those members of the hiring committee which are selected by the Society.

 

 

BYLAW #10: FINANCES OF THE SSD

EXPENDITURES OF THE SOCIETY’S FUNDS AND SIGNING AUTHORITY

  1. No expenditures of the Society’s funds may be made without the prior approval of Council unless:
  2. the expenditure is less than $500; and
  3. the expenditure has been authorized by at least two persons with signing authority.
  4. The authority for expenditures under $500 without Council’s approval under article 61 may be restricted by Council at any time.
  5. At least two signatures by Council members will be required for any financial business conducted by the Society including any contracts involving the expenditure of the Society’s funds.
  6. In addition to the President and Treasurer, at least one other member of Council will be appointed by the Council to exercise signing authority.

65.12% of the SSD budget is set aside by the SSD annually to cover all translation services required by any student with a disability to access any SSD event or SSD Board meeting.

 

BYLAW #11: AMENDMENT OF THE CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS

AMENDMENT OF THE CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS

  1. The Constitution and Bylaws of the Society may be amended only by:
  2. a special resolution adopted at an annual general meeting of the Society; or
  3. a special resolution adopted at a special general meeting of the Society duly called for the purpose of considering the amendment.
  4. A proposal to amend the Constitution and Bylaws may be initiated by:
  5. a Member of the Society where the Member delivers to the Council a petition duly signed by not less than 15 Members specifying the amendment to be made and indicating their support for the amendment; or
  6. a resolution of Council.
  7. Where an amendment to the Constitution and Bylaws is initiated under article 15, at least thirty days in advance of any annual or special general meeting to consider the amendment, the Council will
  8. provide a copy of the proposed amendment to Members by email where possible; and
  9. post the amendment on the Society’s website and in the offices of the Society and other places on campus.