第二条 英文名称：Columbia University Chinese Students & Scholars Association, 简称CUCSSA。
第三条 协会性质：哥伦比亚大学官方学生社团，由哥大学生、学者自发、自治，受校方督导的非政治、非宗教、非盈利的团体 。
第五条 协会构成：由普通会员(Members)和执行委员会（Executive Committee）构成。
第十条 执委会组成：执委会由主席团（Board）和下属部门成员构成。主席团由一名主席（President），一到两名常务副主席（Senior Vice President），一名秘书长（Secretary General）和若干名副主席（Vice President）组成。下属部门成员包括若干名干事（Associate）。
第十一条 执委会执行部门： 执委会由商务与职业发展部（Business and Career Opportunity, BCO），拓展与校际合作部（Community and Development Engagement, CDE）媒体与公共关系部（Media and Public Relations, MPR），社会与文化事务部（Social and Cultural Affairs, SCA），以及秘书处（Secretariat）五个执行部门构成。除秘书处以外每个部门各由若干名副主席负责管理。常务副主席负责管理协调多个部门的副主席。秘书处由秘书长负责管理。学联财务委员会由主席团全体成员组成，秘书长担任主管。主席对全学联负责，拥有学联事务的一票否决权。
1. Association Introduction
English Name：Columbia University Chinese Students & Scholars Association, CUCSSA.
Association Nature：Officially recognized student group and established by students and scholars at Columbia University, the association is a school-supervised, self-governed, nonpolitical, non-religious and nonprofit organization.
Association Mission：Serve Chinese students and scholars at Columbia University, connect and unite Columbia Chinese alumni, Chinese and overseas Chinese in the greater New York area. Promote Chinese culture and foster the Sino-U.S. cultural communication and mutual understanding.
2. Association Organization
Association Structure：Constituted by regular members and an Executive Committee.
3. Regular Members
Member Qualification: Any current students, scholars, and staff of Columbia University with a valid CU ID who agree and comply with the mission and regulations of the CUCSSA articles can register to be CUCSSA’s members.
Member Obligation: Agree and comply with CUCSSA’s mission and regulations, protect its image and do not damage its reputation.
Participate in activities and events organized by CUCSSA; utilize CUCSSA’s networking resources to accept and release information approved by Executive Committee; provide comments and suggestions concerning the performance of the Executive Committee; and voting rights in the Board election.
4. The Executive Committee
Executive Committee: The Executive Committee is responsible for the daily management and operation of the Association and organizes activities to achieve the association mission. The Executive Committee of the Association is composed of current Columbia students and scholars who have a strong will and desire to serve the Chinese community.
The Executive Committee consists of the Board and its subsidiary departments. The Board is composed of one President, one or two Senior Vice Presidents, one Secretary General, and several Vice Presidents. The subsidiary departments are managed by Vice-Presidents and Associates.
Executive Committee Departments: The Executive Committee consists of the following departments--Business and Career Opportunities (BCO), Community Development and Engagement (CDE), Media and Public Relations (MPR) Social and Cultural Affairs (SCA) and the Secretariat. The subsidiary departments are managed by Vice Presidents and the Secretariat is managed by the Secretary General. Senior Vice President(s) manages Vice Presidents. The Executive Committee Financial Committee consists of the Board and is directed by the Secretary General. The President is responsible to the whole association and has a veto over all of its affairs.
Election of the Executive Committee: The term of each office of the Executive Committee is one year based on the Columbia University academic calendar. New Board members are selected by the end of each academic year. The election is open to the positions of President, Senior Vice President, Secretary General and Vice President. The current President is not allowed to run for President. Every candidate can only run for Vice President for one department. Running for President/Senior-Vice-President/Secretary-General (Article 13) and Vice President (Article 14) at the same time is allowed. Individuals who have violated the regulations of the CUCSSA cannot run. The Election Committee consisting of Board Members who are not running is responsible for giving details of the election at least two weeks before the election day. The details cannot conflict with this constitution.
Election of the President/Senior-Vice-President/Secretary-General: President, Senior Vice President, Secretary General are elected as a group and there shall be no more than two groups. The current Board members, who can stay in the Executive Committee for the next one year and are reviewed by the Board, have the priority to be the presidential candidates. If there are less than 3 current Board members eligible to run or if there are less than 2 current Board members willing to run or if there is objection from other current Board members, any Executive Committee member, who served for at least one year and will stay in the Executive Committee for the next one year, can run for President. Current Board has no less than 40% of the votes. On the election day, no less than 50% of the votes must be collected. The candidates with the most votes for each office are assigned to be the new President/Senior-Vice-President/Secretary-General.
Election of the Vice-President: After the election of the President/Senior-Vice-President/Secretary-General, the election of the Vice-President begins. There are no limits to the number of candidates. Vice President candidates must have served for at least one year and will stay in the Executive Committee for at least the next one semester. The election methods are the same as Article 13. No more than two Vice Presidents for each department. If the Vice President leaves office, an acting department chair can be elected by the Board to manage the department. Acting department chairs are not official Board members, whose rights to run and vote are the same as Associates.
Election of Subsidiary Departments: Executive Committee recruits in every September and May by screening of resumes and interviews. Interviewers are current Board members. The Subsidiary Departments of the current Board are constituted by these newly elected members.
Presidential Impeachment: When the President engages in serious misconduct, impeachment can be proposed by a half majority of the members of the Board. The President will be removed from office by a two-thirds majority of the members of the Board. In the event of approved impeachment, a temporary president will be elected by the Board then presiding Executive Committee and serve as acting president during the interim.
Board Member (except for the President) Impeachment: When a Board member engages in serious misconduct, impeachment can be proposed by the President or a half majority of the members of the Board. The member may be removed from office by a two-thirds majority of the members of the Board. In the event of approved impeachment, a temporary member will be elected by the Board then presiding Executive Committee and serve as acting member during the interim.
Executive Committee member dismissal: Other members in the Executive Committee can be dismissed from their office if such a member fails to fulfill his or her tasks for more than twice or deliberately sabotages the public image of the Association. A motion of dismissal must be submitted to the Board by a board member and it would be passed once voted by more than half of the Board members.
Obligations of Executive Committee Members: Uphold and implement the purpose of the Association and serve the entire membership. Work responsibly and timely complete the tasks. Take concrete actions to maintain the image and reputation of the Association.
Rights of Executive Committee Members: With the guidance of the Board, he/she can organize various activities and cooperate with other organizations or institutions on the behalf of the Association as a representative. Manage the entirety of assets of the Association.
5. Events Management
All the events involving CUCSSA must be approved by the Board and organized by the Executive Committee. Without the approval of the Board, no organization or individual can organize events in the name of CUCSSA.
All the expenses and incomes must be managed by the Board. No one can use CUCSSA properties or money without approval of the Board.
6. Constitution Explanation and Amendment
All the other regulations of CUCSSA shall not conflict with this constitution.
The Executive Committee reserves the right to explain and amend all the chapters. The amendment of the constitution is valid only when the whole Board members agree in form of voting, and should be written as supplements attaching to the original constitution.
The constitution has come into effect since September 10, 2018.
The Executive Committee of
Columbia University Chinese Students & Scholars Association
September 8, 2018