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Constitution of the Geomatics Student Chapter


We, the students, the faculty, the staff and the alumni of the Geomatics program at the University of Florida, believing that a mark of distinction should be placed on the undergraduate who has upheld the honor of the program by high scholastic ability, and believing that a society with the broad principles of scholarship, character, practicality, and sociability would be an incentive to greater achievements in the Geomatics/ Surveying and Mapping profession, do adopt this constitution as a guiding instrument for this organization.

Article I


Section 1.     The name of this organization shall be the Geomatics Student Association (GSA).

Article II


Section 1.     The objectives of GSA shall be:

(a) to contribute to the improvement of the Geomatics/Surveying and Mapping profession as an instrument for the betterment of society,

(b) to recognize the fundamental characteristics of the successful Surveying and Mapping professional, and to aid in the development of these characteristics,

(c) to encourage wherever possible, any movement which will advance the best interest of Geomatics education; to actively support, where necessary; and to assist in the institution of procedures and practices for the improvement of the Geomatics program at the University of Florida.

Article III


Section 1.     Basis for Membership

Membership shall be based upon enrollment in Geomatics, Surveying and Mapping Sciences or a closely related field. Membership will not be contingent on any persons sex, race, religion, economic background, or sexual preference. All members are free to leave and disassociate without fear of retribution or harassment from the GSA or its members.

Section 2.     Chapter Membership

Members shall be chosen from among students who have been accepted into a Bachelor's Degree program in Geomatics, Surveying and Mapping Sciences or a closely related field.

Section 3.     Faculty and Staff Membership

Faculty and Staff of the University of Florida who show outstanding qualifications in Geomatics or the Surveying and Mapping Sciences and have exhibited experience and ability worthy of emulation by the students may be elected as a member of GSA by meeting the following requirements:

(a) The candidate must hold an undergraduate or and advanced degree in Surveying and Mapping Sciences, or other approved curriculum.

(b) The candidate must be either a member of the National Society of Professional Land Surveyors, Florida Surveying and Mapping Society, the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, the Institute of Navigation or be a registered land surveyor.

(c) Requirements (a) and/or (b) may be waived if the candidate is identified as a Geomatics professional by the GSA.

(d) A three-quarters vote of the total chapter voting membership is required in to order approve the elevation of a faculty member to the status of member in the GSA.

Section 4.     Dues

There will be no dues required for membership in the University of Florida Geomatics Student Association.

Article IV


Section 1.    Of the Local Chapter

(a) A quorum for the election of officers and/or members shall consist of at least two-thirds of the active membership of the chapter.

(b) The elected officers of the chapter shall consist of a President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, and a Reach Out And Recruit Officer (ROAR).

(c) For election to office, the candidate must receive a majority of votes cast. If no candidate received the required number on the first ballot, the candidate with the lowest number of votes shall be dropped from the list and a new ballot taken; this procedure being repeated until one candidate receives a majority.

(d) A Faculty Adviser, a special member of GSA, is to be elected by the chapter for a term of two years, and may be re-elected any number of times. He or she is to act in an advisory capacity to the chapter, and is morally obligated to make the chapter officers aware of their duties. The adviser shall serve as the custodian of the chapter's rituals and paraphernalia.

(e) All officers shall be elected once a year, during the spring semester, said election to be no later than thirty (30) days before the end of said semester.

(f) In the event of the resignation or death of any officer other than the president of the chapter, the chapter shall hold an election at the next business meeting to elect a replacement for the remainder of the term.

(g) No member shall be qualified to act as an officer in any meeting of the chapter until after taking the oath of office in accordance with the Ritual.

(h) The President shall have general supervision of all of the activities of the chapter, and shall preside at all meetings.

(i) The Vice-President shall, assist the President and assume any duties assigned to him/her by the President and, in the absence or disability of the President, assume the duties of president. Upon resignation or death of the President, the Vice-President shall become President.

(j) The Treasurer shall collect all fees, assessments, and all other money forthcoming to the chapter and act as custodian thereof; keep appropriate books and be prepared to report on finances of the chapter at each meeting; and audit, with the Faculty Adviser and the incoming Treasurer, the books and finances to insure proper order of the funds. The treasurer shall also be required to present, to the president and/or faculty advisor, a monthly financial statement on the status of the GSA.

(k) The Secretary shall handle and keep a record of all transactions, business and correspondence; keep minutes of the chapter meetings to be presented to the chapter at the next meeting; maintain an active file of all members, addresses, and pertinent information; and inform all members of activities of the chapter. The Secretary shall also be responsible for all publicity for the chapter.

(l) The President shall arrange and direct all chapter initiations and ritual ceremonies, instruct the members in their parts, and act as program chairman for all chapter functions other than business meetings.

(m) The ROAR Officer shall endeavor to recruit for and promote the GSA and the Geomatics Program at the University of Florida. The ROAR Officer shall also assist the Secretary in publicity for the chapter. The ROAR Officer position may be held by more than one person.

(n) The Office of President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer shall be held separately by one person in each office. The Office of President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer may also hold the ROAR position. 

Article V


Section 1.

(a) The first meeting of each semester shall be held within one month after said semester begins.

(b) Regular meetings shall be held at least once a month during the Fall and Spring Semesters.

Article VI


Section 1. In the event of dissolution, the residual assets of the organization will be turned over to one or more organizations which themselves are exempt as organizations described in sections 501(c)(3) and 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 or corresponding sections of any prior or future law or to the Federal, State or Local government for exclusive public purpose.

Article VII

Methods of Amending

Section 1. This Constitution may be amended by a three-quarters vote of the official members of GSA present at a meeting held for the specific purpose of amending the constitution. The meeting may be called by any GSA member to be held at a time set by the chapter officers. The vote of all members shall be weighed equally.


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