- Professional Development
The Hydrophiles Constitution
Hydrophiles, the Oregon State University Chapter
of the American Water Resources Association
and the American Institute of Hydrology
Adopted October 7, 1997
Amended December 4, 1998
The name of this organization shall be Hydrophiles, the Oregon State University Chapter of the American Water Resources Association, and the American Institute of Hydrology.
The purposes of this association are:
- To provide a forum for academic, professional, and social interaction among students, faculty, and other members of the Oregon State University community in the fields of hydrologic sciences (broadly defined) and water resources management.
- To provide opportunities for educational and professional development of its members through seminars, field trips, and other activities.
- To promote awareness of and educate the Oregon State University community about hydrologic and water resource issues.
- To promote the objectives of the American Water Resources Association and the American Institute of Hydrology.
Section 1. Active Members must be regularly admitted and currently enrolled students at Oregon State University and have paid the current dues.
Section 2. Associate members shall be others interested in the purposes of this group. They shall not be eligible to hold office or vote.
Section 3. All voting members and officers of Hydrophiles must be currently enrolled for at least 6 credits at Oregon State University and pay student fees.
Section 4. Membership shall not be denied to any student on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran status.
Section 1. The officers of the association shall be President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer. These officers shall perform the duties prescribed by the constitution and bylaws and by the parliamentary authority adopted by the association.
Section 2. Officers shall be nominated at the annual meeting in May of each year. Election shall be by secret ballot and the candidates receiving the most votes shall be named to their respective offices.
Section 3. Officers shall be elected to serve for one year or until their successors are elected, and their terms of office shall begin at the close of the meeting at which they are elected.
Section 4. Vacancies in offices shall be filled by nomination and voting of a quorum of active members.
Section 5. Officers shall have earned at least 6 credit hours in their most recently completed term. This requirement does not apply to first-term freshmen or first-term transfer students.
Section 6. Officers shall be registered for at least 6 hours currently.
Section 7. Officers shall not be on disciplinary probation.
Section 8. Officers shall have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 and not have been on probation for the most recently completed term prior to the term of election.
Section 9. A graduate student must pay student fees and meet the same requirements as an undergraduate student with the exception that full time status shall be a minimum of 6 hours with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.
Section 1. The regular meetings of the association shall be held monthly from October to May unless otherwise ordered by the association or by the Executive Committee.
Section 2. The regular meeting in May shall be known as the annual meeting and shall be for the purpose of electing officers, receiving reports of officers and committees, and for any other business that may arise.
Section 3. Special meetings may be called by the President or the Executive Committee and shall be called upon the written request of ten members of the association. The purpose of the meeting shall be stated in the notice and three days notice shall be given except in cases of emergency.
Section 4. Fifty percent (50%) of the Active Members of the association shall constitute a quorum.
The association shall conduct regular business at the monthly meetings. Social and professional activities will take place at the monthly meetings, and at special meetings, seminars, and field outings.
Section 1. The Executive Committee shall include the officers of the association. They shall supervise affairs of the association between its business meetings, make recommendations to the association and perform other duties as specified in the constitution and bylaws. The Executive Committee shall be subject to the orders of the association and none of its actions shall conflict with actions taken by the association.
Section 2. Other committees, standing or special, shall be appointed by the President as the association or the Executive Committee deems necessary to carry on the work of the association.
One or more advisors shall be elected each year in the same manner as the association's officers. Responsibilities shall be those assigned by Oregon State University's Student Conduct Regulations.
The rules contained in the current edition of Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern the association in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with the constitution, bylaws and special rules of order the association may adopt.
This constitution may be amended at any regular meeting of the association by two-thirds vote, provided that the amendment has been submitted to the members of the association in writing at the previous regular meeting or distributed to all Active Members by mail or email at least 10 days before the meeting. All amendments must be approved by the Student Activities Committee of OSU.