BYLAWS for the University of Cincinnati STUDENT CHAPTER of the

 

Institute for OPERATIONS RESEARCH and the MANAGEMENT SCIENCES (INFORMS)

 

 

ARTICLE I - NAME

 

     1.   The name of this organization shall be the University of Cincinnati Student

           Chapter of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences

           (INFORMS).

 

 

ARTICLE II - PURPOSE

 

     1.   To encourage interest in the field of operations research and the management

           sciences;

 

     2.   To provide a means of communication between people having interest in the

           management sciences and operations research;

 

     3.   To provide an informal means of exchanging information about operations

           research and the management sciences educational programs and opportunities;

 

     4.   To provide an informal means of exchanging information about the methods and

            techniques of the management sciences and operations research;

 

     5.   To present a forum of visiting or in-house speakers from both academic and non-

           academic environments.

 

ARTICLE III - MEMBERSHIP

 

     1.   Any persons interested in  operations research and/or the management sciences

           may become a member of this Chapter by completing a membership application

           and submitting it with the proper dues.

 

     2.   The regular membership shall be open to undergraduate and graduate students at

            the University of Cincinnati.

 

     3.   Honorary memberships shall be decided by a two-thirds approval vote of the

           regular memberships in attendance at any meeting.


 

     4.   All members shall have equal rights, duties, and privileges.  Dues shall be payable

           at the beginning of the Fall term each year.

 

     5.   Membership and participation shall be free from discrimination based on race,

           religion, ethnic group, national origin, handicap, sex, or sexual orientation.

 

 

ARTICLE IV - OFFICERS

 

     1.   Officers of the organization and their duties shall be the following:

 

               President: Shall preside at meetings and represent the group in external affairs.

 

               Vice President:  Shall take over the duties of the president in his/her absence. 

               He/She shall also administer all cultural and social activities.

 

               Secretary:  Shall take the minutes of the meetings and shall be responsible for

               such matters as correspondence and notification of meetings.  The secretary

               shall maintain contact with INFORMS liaison (as designated by the INFORMS

               Board) and shall file an annual report describing the Chapter's activities and

               financial state.

 

               Treasurer:  Shall be responsible for all financial matters, including all financial

               records and an annual financial statement to be included with the annual report. 

               The treasurer shall keep accounts, deposit the organization's funds, and make

               expenditures in a fiscally sound manner.

 

     2.   Terms of Office:  The terms of each office shall be one complete school year. 

           Each officer will be elected at the April meeting of the Spring term.  The elected

           officer must receive a majority of the votes cast by members present.

 

     3.   Nominations:   At the penultimate meeting, the officers shall nominate at least one

           candidate for each of the four officer positions being filled, namely, President,

           Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.  Additional nominations may be made by

           petition signed by at least five members or from the floor of an election meeting.

 

     4.   Voting:  Elections shall be held by secret ballot at the last general meeting of the

           Officer's term of office.  A majority of ballots cast by members for each office

           shall be necessary for election.  Ties shall be resolved by means of fair random

           processes.

 

 

 

 


 

ARTICLE V - MEETINGS

 

     The Chapter will hold at least two meetings per term.  The time, place, and agenda of

     each meeting shall be set by the Officers and announced one week in advance by the

     Secretary.

 

 

ARTICLE VI - RESPONSIBILITIES TO INFORMS

 

     The Chapter and its officers, under Charter from INFORMS, are accountable to the

     Institute for all operations and procedures of the Chapter. The INFORMS Board may

     suspend or revoke the Charter of the Chapter for inappropriate operations and/or

     procedures.

 

 

ARTICLE VII - DUES

 

     Dues to defer annual operating expenses may be assessed on all members by a

     majority vote of those present at a meeting.

 

 

ARTICLE VIII - AMENDMENTS

 

     Amendments to the Bylaws may be made in any meeting following an announcement

     in a previous meeting or by the Secretary.  The Secretary, no later than seven days

     before the next meeting, shall submit in writing the proposed Amendment to all

     members of the Chapter and the vote will occur at the next meeting.  The Amendment

     must be approved by two-thirds of the members present.  Following approval by the

     Chapter, the Amendment must be sent to the INFORMS liaison who will present the

     Amendment to the INFORMS Board.  The Amendment becomes effective when

     approved by the INFORMS Board.