Adopted by membership referendum April 1975, April 1979,
October 1981, February 1982, September 1990, March 1993,
September 1994, and March 1997.
The name of
this organization shall be the State University of New York
College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse Student
Chapter of the Society of American Foresters.
goals of the Society of American Foresters of the State
University of New York College of Environmental Science and
Forestry, hereafter referred to as SAF, are: to advance the
science, technology, education, and practice of professional
forestry in America. We shall not discriminate, or promote any
form of discrimination, on the basis of race, gender, religion,
national origin, age, handicap, sexual orientation, marital or
veteran's status in any program, activity, or service.
All matriculated, fee-paying, students of the College registered
at the Syracuse campus, as well as other society members
employed by SUNY ESF, can be members of SAF
Voting privileges at SAF meetings shall be reserved for national
dues-paying members of SAF.
Members shall be entitled to participate in all chapter
Qualification of Officer Nominees
members only may be entitled to hold office.
candidates shall have a cumulative average of at least 2.200 and
must not be on academic probation at the end of the semester
remaining officers shall have a cumulative average of at least
2.000 and must not be on academic probation at the end of the
semester preceding elections.
Non-members may be invited to participate in chapter activities
with the understanding that the chapter is under no obligation
to them financially or otherwise.
The SAF Student Chapter shall not participate in any action or
situation which recklessly or intentionally endangers mental or
physical health or involves the forced consumption of alcohol or
drugs for the purposes of initiation into our affiliation with
If a member commits to an event with their signature they will
be held to that commitment. If attendance is not possible then a
substitute must be found or the Chair informed at least one (1)
week in advance. Failure to do so would result in a monetary
loss to SAF, and must be compensated to SAF by the member
Meetings of SAF shall be held at least twice a month, except
during vacation or examination periods. Special or emergency
meetings may be called at the discretion of the chair.
Three unexcused absences during an academic year shall
constitute a violation. With a two-thirds approval of the voting
members present, the violating member will be relieved of
responsibility of their respective office in SAF.
All general meetings shall be announced at least one week prior
Flag salute will be conducted at the beginning of each meeting.
Meetings will be formalized using Robert's Rules:
Parliamentarian will be appointed by the Chair
voting quorum will consist of the average attendance of the last
two meetings. 2/3rds of the quorum is needed for a valid vote.
members in good standing employ voting privileges.
in good standing will be determined by attendance and
Vacancy of Office
In the event that an SAF office becomes vacant, it shall be
filled by a candidate who receives majority approval by voting
Candidates for vacant positions must voice their intent to the
voting members present.
Each year membership shall assess the needs of SAF and establish
committees as necessary. Examples may include: speakers, special
events, community service and education, trips, and fundraising.
Committees shall report all activities at business meetings.
Requirements To Be An Authorized Or Recognized Organization
SAF has received official acknowledgment from the Undergraduate
Student Association and is classified as a recognized
As a Recognized Organization, SAF must:
recognized annually and continued recognition will be subject to
the following requirements:
Amendments or changes to the constitution must receive the
approval of the student council and shall be properly filed and
financial record shall be accurately maintained and current:
Immediately following the spring awards, submit to the office of
activities and organizations and the association, written fiscal
and activity reports.
reports shall include documentation of all current accounts as
well as a proposed budget for the upcoming year.
reports shall include a review of all events the organization
sponsored throughout the year.
in the bylaws shall be specific and clear delineation of the
management of funds.
a) The chair
must maintain a cumulative and semester GPA of 2.2. All
remaining officers must maintain cumulative and semester GPA of
at least 2.000
submit at the end of the academic year to the association and
the office of Activities and Organization:
1) A roster
of officers, including accurate addresses and phone numbers.
This information shall be updated as necessary.
title and phone number of the faculty/staff advisor.
budget plan for the coming year.
c) Must have
representation at the pass the torch leadership training
sponsored by the office of activities and organizations.
annually submit to the council and the office of activities and
organizations, the name of a faculty or staff advisor.
Approved Status Jeopardy
status may be revoked if SAF's practices violate any
anti-discrimination policies set forth by the association of the
status may be revoked if SAF members or officers violate the
student code of conduct during any organization sponsored events
Amendments to these bylaws shall be made as follows:
shall not be collected by the Student chapter.
voting members may be universally assessed up to five (5)
dollars annually for specific chapter activities, by a
two-thirds majority vote of the Chapter Council. Funds so
generated shall be used solely for the designated event. On
completion of the activity, any excess funds shall be returned
by the voting membership.
chapter council, by a two-thirds majority vote, may set fees as
a prerequisite to participating in chapter activities. These
fees shall apply equally to all members and non-members
chapter council, by a two-thirds majority vote, may choose to
subsidize chapter activities out of the chapter treasury. The
subsidy will cover only the participating members.
moneys subject to chapter control shall be kept in Key Bank of
New York, Nottingham Branch.
Authorization for expenditures requires the signature of the
Treasurer and the chair on a standardized form.
books, together with bank statements and canceled checks, will
be reviewed on an annual basis with the faculty advisor and
account ledger and bank checkbook will be deposited with Faculty
Advisor during the summer period.
funds shall revert back to the New York Society of American
Foresters upon dissolution of the chapter.
non-profit checking account shall be named "Society of American
Foresters, Student Chapter, SUNY ESF."
6) The money
designated for the national convention goes to the Chair and
Vice Chair. If they are unable to attend the convention, the
allocated funds go to a designee of their choice.
officers of this chapter shall be the Chair, Vice-Chair,
Secretary, Treasurer, and four (4) Councilors. These people will
make up the Chapter Council. They will be elected by the
majority of those members voting in the general elections. These
officers shall take office one month following the date of their
election and serve a term of one year In the event that the
Chair becomes unable to fulfill his/her elected term, the
Vice-Chair shall assume the office and appoint a new Vice-Chair.
If the Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, or Councilor becomes
unable to fulfill their respective positions the Chair shall
appoint a substitute. These appointees shall take office upon a
two-thirds vote of the assembly and serve for the remainder of
the term for which they are filling.
Chair's duties shall include: chairmanship of the Chapter
Council, presiding at the general meetings of the chapter, and
all else required of him/her by the bylaws.
Vice-Chair's duties shall include: assisting the Chair in
his/her activities and serving as the organizer of the Annual
SAF Spring Barbecue.
Secretary's duties shall include: keeping and posting of all
minutes of all executive, chapter, council and general meetings
on reserve in Moon Library and all else required of him/her by
Treasurer's duties shall include: submitting a financial report
at all chapter council and general meetings, issuing and signing
of all checks for the outlay of funds, and all else required of
him/her by the bylaws.
Councilors' duties shall include: coordinating and leading
committees that are not being coordinated or lead by members of
the general assembly, and assisting all other officers in their
chapter Council composed of eight (8) officers, shall conduct
essential chapter business between meetings. They shall also
prepare an agenda for all meetings, Chapter Council and general,
to be posted two (2) days prior to the meeting date at visible
points around campus. This Council shall report all actions to
the general assembly.
3.) a.) The
Chapter Council shall be composed of the Chair, Vice-chair,
Secretary, Treasurer and four (4) Councilors, elected by a
majority the members voting in the general elections. These
chapter officers serve a term of one (1) year. The duties of the
Chapter Council shall include: regulation and approval of all
chapter activities, imposition of assessments, fees, and
subsidies, and coordination of Chapter Council activities for
the coming year. The Chapter Council shall nominate officers for
the coming year The Chapter Council shall fill vacancies in its
numbers during the course of the year by a two-thirds majority
vote of those present Seven (7) members of the Chapter Council
shall constitute a quorum.
Chapter Council shall be restricted in handling financial
matters involving an amount of money less than fifty (50)
dollars. In the event that a faction involving more than this
amount is proposed, the final decision shall be rendered by the
general membership at a general meeting.
actions of the Chapter Council may be brought before the
membership at large consisting of no less than ten (10) voting
members for petition. In such a case the petitioned issue shall
come before the general membership at a general meeting. The
Chapter Council's decision(s) shall become void and the matter
resolve by a majority vote of those members present
committees shall be formed voluntarily by the membership. Upon
circumstances in which no member of the general assembly
volunteers to lead a committee, leadership responsibility falls
on the Councilors.
Committees shall report to each meeting regarding any relevant
Chapter Council shall meet as necessary, and all meetings shall
be announced at least 24 hours in advance.
Committees shall meet as necessary and these meetings shall be
announced at least 48 hours in advance.
Chapter Council shall meet once a month, or more if deemed
necessary. All members shall be invited to attend. These
meetings shall be announced one week prior to the meeting.
meetings will be held as felt necessary by the Chapter Council
or as mandated by petition or for referendum issues. These
meetings shall be announced two weeks prior to the meeting.
bylaws may be amended by two thirds majority of the members
voting. Proposed amendments shall be submitted to all voting
members at least two weeks prior to the date for counting the
elections shall be held no later than one month prior to the
first day of final examinations for the coming year's officer. A
majority vote of the voting members present shall be sufficient
for election. The new officers shall take office following the
end of the academic year. The incumbent officers shall instruct
the new officers, for the remainder of their office, on the
proper and effective methods of carrying out the duties of their
elected official may be removed from office by a two thirds
majority vote of those members present at a general meeting. An
official found incompetent will automatically be removed from
Chapter Council, by a majority vote or by order of petition, may
chose to conduct any elections or rendering of decisions
requiring a general membership vote by secret ballot. The
balloting may take place over a period extending for no more
than one week.
chair of each standing committee shall prepare a report at the
close of each academic year containing an outline or the
committee's activities during that year.