WPPSA: Penn Weekly-Paid Professional Staff Assembly
ARTICLE I - Election of the Executive
A. Composition of the Board
- The Executive Board, hereinafter referred to as the Board is comprised
of no more than a total of 20 elected individuals. These individuals are
elected in accordance with the principles and procedures as stated in
Article II of this Constitution and the purpose, principles and procedures
by which it is governed are outlined in Article III.
ARTICLE II - Principles and Procedures
Governing Election of the Executive Board
- Timing: Election for membership on the Executive Board will be held
in May of each year for all upcoming vacant positions.
- Nominations: A call for nominations shall be constructed by the current
Board members and published for advertisement to all weekly-paid employees.
- a. The call for nominations shall be published in the Almanac, the Daily
Pennsylvanian and, with notice, sent to all individual weekly-paid employees by
all available University vehicles of communication.
- b. This notice shall include the following items, an established deadline,
the intended publication date of the list of nominees, contact information
to which to send nominations and the rules of eligibility as outlined
in Section 3.The intended deadline date should be within two weeks of
the nomination deadline.
- c. Nominations are to be sent to the Secretary of the Board and/or other
designated Board member by the established deadline.
- d. All nominations received and accepted by the nominee shall be published
in the Almanac on the intended issue date.This notice shall include the
names, University affiliations and a brief biographical sketch
of each of the nominees and shall also include the date, location and
procedures of the election.
- Eligibility for nomination and election: All full-time, weekly-paid
University designated A-3 employees are eligible to run for elected membership
on the Board for positions described above in Article I.
- Eligibility to vote in elections: All full-time, weekly-paid University-designated
A-3 employees are eligible to cast vote for Elected membership on the
- Election procedures: Elections will take place on the date and at the
time and location stated in the published announcements.Voting will be
conducted by secret ballot and coordinated by the current officers. In
the case where the "call for nominations" do not yield enough
nominees to fill all the vacant Board membership positions, the nominees
that have been nominated will automatically be declared elected to the
Board as unopposed candidates, providing they meet all the other eligibility
- Results of the election: The results of the election with names and
University affiliation of the newly elected Board members shall
be published in the Almanac and other University vehicles of communication
within two weeks of the election day or in the next available issue.
ARTICLE III - Purpose, Principles
and Procedures Governing the Executive Board
A. Nature and purpose of the
- The Executive Board shall be the elected official voice of the W.P.S.A.
The Board is the decision-making body representing the Assembly
in University matters and will act in a manner that serves in accordance
with the principles and procedures in this Constitution and execute the
mission of the Assembly with integrity while honoring the spirit
of the Assembly.At least half of the elected Board must be present
at a Board Meeting before business can be conducted.
- The Board shall consist of the general membership as well as four officers.
These four positions are the Chairperson, the Vice-Chairperson, the Secretary
and the Treasurer.In the event of any vacancies of these officers, a replacement
shall be elected to the Board.
- The outgoing Chairperson will notify all new Board Members of their
election and will convene a meeting of the entire Board for the purpose
of electing new officers within two (2) weeks of the Board's election.
- The sole authority and responsibility to revise and amend this Constitution
is entrusted to the Board and all such changes shall require a two-thirds
majority vote of the Board.
B. The Office of Chairperson
- The Chairperson is the W.P.S.A.'s primary executive officer and
principal representative who will speak on behalf of the Assembly.The
Chairperson should be knowledgeable and able to speak on all aspects of
- The term of office for the Chairperson shall be one year with an option to serve, if nominated for two years.
- The Chairperson shall prepare the agenda and preside over the bi-monthly
meetings of the Board as well as the monthly open forum meetings
which are open to all weekly-paid employees. The Chairperson's signature shall
appear on all Assembly correspondance The Chairperson holds a seat
and is required to attend all meetings of University Council and the University
Council Steering Committee.
C. The Office of Vice-Chairperson.
- The Vice-Chairperson is the second executive officer of the W.P.S.A.
The Vice-Chairperson shall be the primary advisor to the Chairperson in
- In the temporary absence of the Chairperson, the Vice-Chairperson shall
assume all duties and responsibilities otherwise handled by the Chairperson.
D. The Office of the Secretary
- The Secretary is the third executive officer of the W.P.S.A. The
Secretary is responsible for all routine correspondence of the Board.
- The Secretary shall be responsible for the recording and reporting
of the Board meeting minutes. Such minutes should be available to any
weekly-paid employee upon request.
- The Secretary shall be responsible for notifying members of the date,
time and location of all meetings and functions pertaining to the Board
and Assembly in collaboration with the Chairperson.
- The Secretary should be responsible for the publicity and dissemination
of all correspondence.
E. The Office of the Treasurer
- The Treasurer is the fourth executive officer of the W.P.S.A.
The Treasurer shall be held accountable and responsible for handling
the finances and maintaining all financial records of the Board.Such
records should be made available for audit upon request from the Board.
ARTICLE IV - Resignations
- Board members shall tender their resignations, giving at least one
month notice to the Executive Board, of such an intent, in writing.