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The rules contained in these Bylaws to the Constitution of the Wisconsin Union shall govern the Council and subcommittees in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with the said Constitution.
The fifteen voting members of the Council shall be as follows:
1. The Chair or his/her designee of the all student governing board and three other students reflecting the multicultural and diverse nature of the campus community, as designated by the all student governing board.
2. Three students who have been recommended by the Nominating Committee, to be selected by the outgoing Council under the procedure given in Bylaw 9: one to serve as President of the Union Council and the Union Directorate, one to serve as Vice President of the Union Council and the Union Directorate of External Relations, and one to serve as Vice President of the Union Council and the Union Directorate of Internal Relations.
3. Two student members of the Union Directorate to be elected by members of the incoming Directorate as a representative on the Council, serving as a chair of a Council committee. One of these members shall be the President of Hoofer Council.
4. Two representatives of the faculty and academic staff, to be chosen by the Chancellor of the University for terms of two years, the terms expiring in alternate years.
5. Two alumni members, one to be chosen by the Chancellor of the University and the other by the governing board of the Alumni Association for terms of two years, the terms expiring in alternate years.
6. The Director of the Wisconsin Union.
7. The Deputy Director: the officer of the Wisconsin Union in charge of business operations, ex-officio.
The non-voting members of the Council shall be as follows:
1. The Assistant Director for Social Education of the Wisconsin Union.
2. The Dean of Students of the UW-Madison campus.
At all meetings of the Council, the presence of a majority of the voting members, which includes two of the four student officers and either the Secretary or the Treasurer, shall be necessary to constitute a quorum. Any act of a majority present at a meeting at which there is a quorum shall be the act of the Council, except as may be otherwise provided by the Constitution or these Bylaws
The Union Council shall hold meetings at least once a month during the regular academic year. Meetings may be called by the President or upon written request of six members of the Council. All members will be duly notified at least 48 hours before a regular or special meeting by the Secretary of the Council of the time and place of meetings.
The annual meeting of the Union Council shall be held in April or May and shall be the occasion of recognizing outgoing and incoming Council and Directorate members.
The Union officers and directors of all standing committees (referred to in the constitution as "House Committees") as well as the President of the Wisconsin Hoofers, which are organized under the Union auspices, shall comprise a board to be known as the Union Directorate. Non-voting members of the Directorate include: the Union Director or her/his representative and the Assistant Director-Social Education or her/his program staff representative.
The functions of the Directorate shall be to coordinate the work of the several committees and clubs organized under Union auspices, discuss common problems, study the techniques of effective group work and community service, and formulate social and educational programs and policies for recommendation to the Union Council.
Method of Selection
Committee directors shall be elected by the Council at a meeting of the Council in the spring, from the nominees submitted by a nominating committee. The nominating committee shall consist of the four incoming officers of the Council and Directorate, the outgoing Vice President for Internal Relations of the Council and Directorate, and one program staff representative, appointed by the President of the Council and approved by the Council. The vote by the Council shall be taken by written ballot without further nomination and a simple majority shall be required for election.
Term of Office
Newly elected Directorate members shall meet and begin preparations for the ensuing year immediately after appointment but shall not assume the responsibilities of office until after the annual meeting of the Council. They shall continue as Directorate members in office through the annual meeting of the Council of the following year; the committee directors, however, being subject to recall by the Council.
A committee director may be recommended by a majority of the Union officers to be relieved of her/his duties for cause, subject to approval by a majority vote of Council, and consistent with guidelines established by Directorate and confirmed by Council, to insure due process for the director. Pending Council action, the director may be suspended by the Union officers if necessary for a period not exceeding the time to the next regularly scheduled Council meeting.
The Directorate may sponsor or manage certain revenue-producing programs provided that the finances for such programs are managed within the Union revolving fund pursuant to Statute 20.906(1), that such programs have the approval of the Union Council and that all surpluses are turned over annually to a general Union purpose with the exception of Hoofer club surpluses, which are intended for future capital acquisitions.
A separate Distinguished Lecture Series fund is to be established, an account distinct from the Union's general operating fund and from other Wisconsin Union Directorate funds. The fund is directly under the auspices of WUD and will follow the same program approval process as established for all WUD free programs. All programs will be free of charge. All funds remaining at the end of the academic year will carry forward to the new fiscal year.
The Directorate shall formulate its own rules of parliamentary procedure.
The summer program is implemented by the summer program coordinators selected by Union Council. The voting members of the nominating committee for the summer program coordinators are the outgoing Vice President for External Relations, the incoming Vice President for Internal Relations, and a program staff representative appointed by the President.
A joint meeting of Union Council and Union Directorate shall be held in the fall semester.
These Bylaws may be amended at any regular or special meeting of the Council, by a vote of eight (8) members of the Council, provided the amendment is submitted in writing at least one week previously at either a regular or special meeting.
Related materials and support documents:
For interpretations, resolution of problems, and special situations contact:
Secretary of Union Council: WU Director
Chair of Union Council: WU President
Policy Authority (suggested amendments should go through these bodies):
Executive Committee of Union Council
Date(s) of Action:
March 6, 1950; Rerun April 30, 1952; Revised March 21, 1956; Amended March 24, 1965; Rerun June 12, 1968; Amended April 15, 1969; Amended March 11, 1970; Rerun December 4, 1970; Amended March 8, 1972; Amended April 12, 1972; Amended September 13, 1972; Amended October 11, 1972; Amended September 12, 1973; Amended February 11, 1976; Amended February 7, 1978; Amended February 22, 1978; Amended December 10, 1979; Amended April 26, 1982; Amended March 14, 1984; Amended May 7, 1990; Amended December 4, 1990; Amended March 31, 1992; Amended December 2, 2002; Amended April 24, 2003; Amended February 16, 2004; Amended April 20, 2004.