CAPSU Constitution

I. Mission

The Cornell Asia Pacific Student Union’s (from here on out referred to as CAPSU) mission will be

  • to provide support and information to the Asian, Asian American, and Asian interest community at Cornell University,
  • to increase inter-group dialog among said community,
  • and to provide an environment in which all are free to express their mind on issues affecting said community.

II. Relations with Constituents

The relationship between the CAPSU organization and its constituent member organizations shall be

  • founded upon the principle of sovereign equality of its members.
  • that nothing within this constitution will permit CAPSU to directly intervene in the internal affairs of its member organizations.
  • that the member organizations will fulfill obligations in good faith to which they have previously agreed to.

III. Membership

  • Membership in CAPSU is open to all organizations and individuals who agree to the conditions set within this constitution.
  • Full membership for an organization not previously a member will be attained only upon the attendance of 3 meetings.
  • Previous years’ membership continues unless otherwise requested by the organization in question.
  • An organization may be rejected or removed from membership status by passing a simple majority vote at a general body meeting.
  • Voting rights will be allocated as follows:

        1 vote for each voting (full by III.2) member organization as a whole

        1 vote for each executive board member.

IV. Organizational Structure

The organization of CAPSU shall be as such.

  • The executive board shall be composed of
  1. A Facilitator, whose role is to lead the day to day affairs of the organization, and to be the main negotiator between CAPSU and other bodies. The head of CAPSU ensures that CAPSU's work always aligns with the greater CAPSU mission and builds the board's leadership and group dynamics.
  2. A Vice Facilitator, who guides the Executive Board in event planning and acts as a liaison for events that CAPSU is collaborating on with other organizations. If a Facilitator is recalled or resigns, the Vice Facilitator will be the acting Facilitator until the election of another Facilitator.
  3. A Director of Administrative Affairs, whose role is to organize the day to day administrative and logistical concerns of the organization. Will also be required to compile the calendar and keep records of meetings or designate a replacement upon absence during term.
  4. A Director of External Affairs, who will focus on relations between CAPSU and specifically but not limited to, the Student Assembly, alumni associations, university institutions, and umbrella organizations within and outside campus.
  5. A Director of Internal Affairs, who will focus on relations between CAPSU and the Asian and Asian American affiliated student organizations within campus.
  6. A Director of Financial Affairs, who will be required to maintain the day to day financial situation of the organization, and be in charge of funding requests.
  7. A Director of Public Relations, who will be required to oversee the use of various medias to advertise CAPSU and its events to the Cornell and greater community, as well as engage in passive programming.
  8. A Director of Advocacy, who will be responsible for raising awareness about national and campus-wide AAPI issues.
  9. The Facilitator, Vice Facilitator, Director of Internal Affairs, and Director of External Affairs shall be elected once every year at a general election called by the prior facilitator. The other positions will be on application basis and reviewed by members from the outgoing and incoming Executive Board.
  10. Candidates will present their platform to the CAPSU community, followed by a question & answer session, followed by a discussion of their candidacy within the general body.
  11. Voting organizations have the option of abstaining from a vote.
  12. For single positions, candidates must win by a simple majority.
  13. If more than 2 candidates run for a position, and there is a tie between 2 of them, a run-off election between them will occur.
  14. For joint positions, candidates may run separately or together. Member organizations will each receive 2 votes, and they must vote for 2 separate candidates, or they may abstain for either vote or both.
  15. In the event of a tie between 2 candidates, it will be broken by a vote among the executive board.
  16. Board members shall take the lead in all events sponsored by CAPSU.
  17. A board member may resign by sending a resignation letter to the entire board. The Facilitator will then call elections for a replacement as soon as possible.
  18. If a board member fails to or is negligent in carrying out their duties, a board member or an advisor may propose a recall vote by the general body.
  19. At that meeting, the board will present the case for recall, and the board member in question may defend him/herself, followed by a discussion amongst the general body.
  20. The board member is recalled if there is a 2/3 majority vote in the general body. The Facilitator will then call an election for a replacement as soon as possible.
  21. If the Facilitator is recalled or resigns, the Administrative Vice President will be acting Facilitator until an election can be called and a new Facilitator is elected.
  • General Meeting
  1. The general meeting will be constituted of all members present.
  2. Only present members may vote, or may vote through a previously designated proxy.
  3. All event proposals, changes to the constitution, and changes to organization must pass a majority vote within the general meeting.
  4. All proposals must come to a vote at the earliest possible general meeting.
  5. Any member may call a vote on an issue if the call is taken up by at least one-third of present members, or an officer.
  6. All decisions by the general meeting may be appealed in writing prior to the next general meeting to an Internal Affairs Vice President.
  7. The Internal Affairs Vice President may then choose to bring the issue back to a vote in accordance with IV.3.5.
  8. Upon failure of an appeal to an Internal Affairs Vice President, the appeal may be escalated to the Facilitator, who may choose to bring the issue to a vote in accordance with IV.3.5.
  9. The General Meeting shall meet at minimum biweekly, and may increase meetings as necessary.
  10. All votes may be taken by consensus voice vote, or upon request, by secret ballot.
  • An Advisor
  1. The advisor may raise issues and questions to the meeting.
  2. The advisor is a full voting member, subject to the restrictions under Section IV.