Francis Marion University is proud to have the honor of being named to the Military Friendly Schools list for two straight years. The list is produced by Pennsylvania-based Victory Media and is part of the company’s annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools. Schools awarded a place on the list excel at recruiting, retaining and employing students with military experience, according to criteria established by Victory. The top 20 percent of universities in the United States make the list.
Constitution Of The Military Veteran Student Association
We the members of the Military Veterans Student Association (MVSA), and subscribing to the regulations and policies of Francis Marion University, establish this Constitution to govern the matters within our organization.
Article I – Name
The name of this organization shall be the Military Veteran Student Association or MVSA.
There are no national affiliations pertaining to this group other than the branches of service each member has either served in, plans to serve, currently serves or has a member that is affiliated with military service.
Article II – Purpose
The purpose of this organization shall be:
to educate, enhance and inform students with their various backgrounds with information pertaining to their education, pay and benefits as students of Francis Marion University. Also, to be involved in community activities, bring awareness to causes important to the organization, raise money for charity and most importantly be a support group for those who require assistance.
Article III – Membership
Members are limited to military, veterans, retired military, reservists, members of the ROTC and dependents of veterans due to the fact that most of the information will pertain to their post military and active duty educational benefits, and education sessions for ROTC members looking to make the military a career.
If there are persons interested in the military as a career, we will encourage them to come in, ask questions to learn more about what we do and who we are. Guests however are not allowed to vote in elections or participate in any outside activities without the consent of the members in good standing.
Article IV – Officers
The officers of this association shall consist of:
President, Vice President, Master-At-Arms and Chaplain. As membership grows, new positions will be created and voted upon to include within the Constitution.
Qualifications for President: Must have at least a 2.5 GPA and active within the organization.
Qualifications for Vice President: Must have at least a 2.0 and active within the organization.
Qualifications for Master-At-Arms: Must have at least a 2.0 and active within the organization.
Qualifications for Chaplain: Must have at least a 2.0 and active within the organization.
The term of office shall be:
PRESIDENT: The president cannot serve more than ONE (1) calendar year.
VICE PRESIDENT: The vice president cannot serve for more than ONE (1) calendar year.
MASTER-AT-ARMS: The Master-At-Arms cannot serve for more than ONE (1) calendar year.
CHAPLAIN: The Chaplain cannot serve more than ONE (1) calendar year.
Provisions for the removal of an officer shall be:
Once a motion is placed on the floor by a member in good standing, the following must occur to remove said officer:
- By a two-thirds vote amongst active members having no confidence in leadership, immoral actions or academic probation.
- Automatic withdrawal if the officer no longer fits the criteria of the office being held.
- Special election due to the expected graduation of an officer.
Article V – Elections
Election of officers shall be held:
after being nominated and seconded by members in good standing. Once the nomination process has been completed, the next meeting will entail the election of new officers, old business, new business and then dismissal.
Provisions for filling vacancies:
If there be a vacancy due to the immediate removal of an officer, the lack of volunteers or due to the lack of members, the President shall appoint an interim officer until such time the vacancy can be filled.
Procedures for voting will be as follows:
Once nominated, seconded and placed on ballot, all members in good standing will have the opportunity to elect officials to cover the positions. Any members not in attendance will have forgone their right to vote and whatever the tally be
Article VI – Meetings
Regular meetings of the organization shall be held:
monthly, on the third Wednesday of each month during a semester term. There shall be no meetings during the times when school is out due to holiday, summer or inclement weather.
Article VII – Advisors
There shall be one faculty/ staff advisor who shall be a member ex-officio with no voting privileges.
The duties of the advisor shall be:
- To assist the organization in developing realistic goals for the semester/year.
- To be familiar with the organization’s constitution and all other governing documents.
- To attend meeting whenever possible.
- To encourage officers to share information with the general membership.
Article VIII – Amendments
The Constitution may be amended by:
a vote of two-thirds members in good standing, as the need arises to update, add or correct information within the document.