PA Class of 2011 Constitution
Article I: The name of the organization is PA Class of 2011
Article II: Purpose/Mission
As the Physician Assistant Class of 2011, our mission is to promote the profession of a Physician Assistant
both on campus and in the surrounding area through monthly meetings, fundraising, representing and explaining
the profession at public events, relating new ideas into the current program to enhance the outcome of students in
the professional phase, and coordinating the “National PA Day” activities and other university programs associated
with the College of Health Sciences and the Physician Assistant program. Hence, this organization will serve to
unify the PA class as well as to promote and establish a greater understanding of the profession of the Physician
Assistant Program unique to Butler University.
Article III: Members
Membership in the organization is based upon successful, documented enrollment into the professional
Physician Assistant program of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Butler University with a projected
graduation year of 2011. It is important to note however, that membership into this organization will not begin
until the first day in the professional program. This date is subject to change and is to be determined by the Butler
University academic calendar.
A) A member of this organization is subject to loss and denial of membership if he or she chooses or
is forced to change to a major away from that of a Physician Assistant with a Master’s of Health
Sciences or by a change in his or her projected year of graduation from the year of 2011.
B) There will be no collection of dues for this organization directly from its members.
C) This organization will not discriminate upon the basis of race, age, disability, gender, national
origin, sexual orientation, residence, or any other legally-protected category as well as attempt
to be accessible to all regardless of physical or mental disability.
Article IV: Voting
The Physician Assistant Class of 2011 will elect a president, vice president, secretary, and treasure chair at
the beginning of the first academic year and those officers will serve their current positions until the graduation of
the class in 2011. Each officer will be elected by a majority vote by all members regardless of procedure. Officers
will be elected from a pool of candidates by receiving the highest percentage of votes for each position. In
addition, the individual running for office or holding an office must be in good academic standing in accordance
with the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. The Chair of the Department of Health Sciences is to be
presented with a list of interested nominees and will verify good academic standing prior to any voting. Also, each
nominee is required to fill out candidacy questionnaire prior to voting. This document will be copied and/or
emailed to all of the voting class.
Article V: Officers
There will be four (4) officers in the Physician Assistant Class of 2011. These officer positions include
President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.
The President will serve his or her class by serving on college committees, negotiating conflicts
between students and other students or professors, and planning and participating in on campus and
off campus events coordinated by the Physician Assistant Class of 2011. The President will also be the
first line of communication for faculty and administration to initiate contact to the class. The
President will participate in meetings with the advisor on a monthly basis or as needed with the Dean
of College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He or she will conduct regular officer meetings and
overlook officer progress and work. Although the President is the primary leader of this organization
he or she will still work under the discretion of the class advisor and the Chair of the department of
Health Sciences. Anything coordinated by the Physician Assistant Class of 2011 must be first be
approved by the class advisor and/or the Chairman of the department of Health Sciences before any
action is taken in its planning.
2) Vice President:
The Vice President will serve his or her class by serving on college committees, negotiating
conflicts between students and other students or professors, and planning and participating on
campus and off campus events coordinated by the Physician Assistant Class of 2011. The Vice
President along with the President will be the first line of communication for faculty and
administration to initiate contact to the class. The Vice President will participate in monthly meetings
with the advisor on a monthly basis or as needed with the Dean of College of Pharmacy and Health
Sciences. In addition, the Vice President will overlook all created committees for the class.
Committees will be created by the Vice President as needed. He or she will also conduct meetings
with the committees when necessary to successfully accomplish goals set by the Physician Assistant
Class of 2011.
The Secretary is responsible for taking meeting minutes, composing all class e-mail notifications,
and to keep members and officers notified and up-to-date with specific PuLSE and campus rules and
regulations. This officer will also be responsible for the SGA Representative and all information
received from regular SGA Assembly meetings. However, the SGA position can be shared by anyone
in the organization who wishes to represent the Physician Assistant Class of 2011 in such a manner.
The Treasurer works in conjunction with the PuLSE Office (Programs for Leadership and Service
Education) to monitor and manage all financial accounts and any business that reflects standing
of this organization.
The election of class officers will be determined by the PA Class of 2011 members. Each officer will be
elected by a majority vote by all members regardless of procedure. Officers will be elected from a pool of
candidates by receiving the highest percentage of votes for each position. The Chair of the Department of Health
Sciences is to be presented with a list of interested nominees and will verify good academic standing prior to any
voting. Also, each nominee is required to fill out candidacy questionnaire prior to voting. This document will be
copied and/or emailed to all of the voting class. . In the instance of a vacancy in an officer position, another
election will occur. The election for a new officer will follow the same procedure as the standard election for
C.) Eligibility of Officers
An officer will be determined eligible and remain eligible based on good academic standing according to
the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. The officer must remain part of the PA Class of 2011. The officer
cannot change his or her major or change the projected graduation year of 2011.
D.) Removal of officers
An officer can be removed from office upon the recommendation of two (2) current elected officers of the
Physician Assistant Class of 2011, a professor in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, or by a signed
petition consisting of at least 25% or more of the members in the organization. Upon approved impeachment from
office, a 2/3 vote from all members of the organization must be reached for the removal to take place. If an officer
is successfully removed from office, a nomination process will take place during the first week following the
removal and continue for no more than seven days. The election is to then take place the following week. The
election for the substitute officer will follow the same guidelines as stated above for regular elections. If no
replacement is found within the standard two week re-election period, the position can be, if needed, temporarily
appointed by the Chair of the Department of Health Sciences. This temporary candidate can only serve a maximum
of three weeks until the organization comes to a consensus and elects an officer by a majority agreement. If still no
agreement is reached, this office will remain open for the rest of the year and the other elected officers will be
required to cover the description of the officer as listed below. Following the removal of an officer, he or she will
not be eligible to run or serve in any future elections as a representative of the Physician Assistant Class of 2011.
The following committees will be formed as needed within the organization:
A) Social Committee
This committee is responsible for planning events, which serve to further unify the class.
This may include advertising and other forms of public relations. This committee will
report to the Social Chair, who is in charge of this committee.
B) Service Committee
This committee is responsible to assist in establishing and planning a service event for
the organization. They will report directly to the Vice President.
C) SGA Representative
This individual will attend SGA Assembly meetings and relay important information
learned at the meeting to the Secretary who will further direct the information to the
entirety of the class or to whom it may concern.
D) Fundraising Committee
This committee will be responsible for setting up and managing fundraising activities.
They will report to the Secretary/Treasurer and other officers as needed.
The size of each committee is at the discretion of the elected officers.
The advisor for this organization will be predetermined by the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
This advisor will remain as the advisor for the Physician Assistant Class of 2011 until graduation from the Physician
Assistant Program in 2011 until declared otherwise by the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Any change of
advisor will be handled under the discretion of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences elected officers will
have no say in the replacement of an advisor.
Article VI: Meetings/Events
Officer meetings will be held at regular intervals, which are determined by the elected officers. Although
meetings are predetermined, additional meetings may follow if necessary. Committee meetings will be
determined by the appointed committee heads or the Vice President. Robert’s Rules of Order will be used when
conducting all meetings. Special meetings will be held at the discretion of the President, Vice President, professor,
or member of staff of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. All other events will be established by their
Article VII: Parliamentary authority
At all meetings, this organization will follow the Robert’s Rules of Order to conduct business.
Article VIII: Amendments
Amendments can be proposed freely by any member of this organization. The proposed amendment will
be sent via e-mail to all members one week prior to voting on an amendment. Voting will take place as a paper
ballot by all members of the organization in attendance. Acceptance of an amendment will require 50% or more of
the class in favor of the amendment.