The Constitution of MSOE
Revision 5, April 30, 2021
We the People of MSOE Libertarians,
in order to form a more perfect student
organization, establish club proceedings, ensure
transparency, and outline our purpose, do ordain and
establish this Constitution for MSOE Libertarians.
MSOE Libertarians was founded by John Bilkey, Ben
Tanneberger, Mitchell Hendricks, and Alex Blackman on
Friday, January 22, 2021 at 11:36 PM.
ARTICLE I – Name
- The name of this organization shall be MSOE
ARTICLE II – Purpose
- To promote the principles of the Libertarian
- To support the freedom of speech of students and
act as a platform on campus for political discussion
from all viewpoints.
- To aid in the election of Libertarian candidates
at all levels of government.
ARTICLE III – Membership
- All current MSOE students are eligible to be
members of the organization.
- One who has attended a club meeting or
participated in discussion with the club on Discord
during the current academic year (Beginning of Fall
to Spring Quarter) is considered a member.
- Members will never be required to pay for
- MSOE Libertarians and its subordinate bodies and
officers shall not discriminate for or against
anyone on the basis of race, sex, gender
identification, sexual orientation, national origin,
native language, culture, religion, age, disability,
marital status, citizenship, genetic information,
pregnancy, political or other opinion, or any other
characteristic protected by law and/or MSOE policies
when selecting officers, defining membership,
representing the organization, or during
ARTICLE IV – Officers
- The officers of this organization shall be a
President, Vice President, Secretary, and
- Officers shall be nominated during Week 1 and
elected during Week 2 of the Spring Quarter and
shall take the office immediately upon election.
- All members who will remain a member for at least
a full academic year shall be eligible to run for
officer positions, vote in the election, and may
nominate themselves for any position.
- Officer elections are to take place during the
entire course of a week through an online form. The
Secretary is responsible for creating the ballot and
ensuring the election is fair. Voting is to be
carried out as outline in Article VII.
- An officer may be removed from their position
(impeached) if a vote called upon by a member
receives approval from 2/3 of respondents over a
time period of 72 hours.
- Following the removal or resignation of an
officer from their position, a vote for their
replacement will occur in the same fashion as a
normal officer election.
- If the Secretary is removed from office or
resigns, the officers of the organization are to
appoint an interim Secretary to conduct an
election for a replacement. Any member or officer
is eligible to be the interim Secretary.
ARTICLE V – Duties of Officers
- The President is to manage the planning of club
events, to govern its official policies, to
represent the organization in all capacities, and to
preside over its meetings.
- The Vice President is to handle tasks delegated to
them by the President, as well as take over the
President’s role if they are unable to perform their
- The Secretary is to prepare meeting minutes if
necessary and create online ballots. It is the
Secretary’s role to maintain transparency with the
club’s elections and affairs to its members.
- The Comptroller shall ensure a balanced budget is
maintained and handle the financial matters of the
ARTICLE VI – Meetings
- Meetings may be held at the discretion of club
officers. Notice of meetings shall be given to all
club members in the most complete manner practical
not less than five days prior to the meeting.
- The organization shall limit the frequency of
general meetings as to put a primary focus on
planning in-person events and asynchronous
discussion through virtual chat.
- Officer meetings may occur at the discretion of
officers, with all members permitted to attend.
ARTICLE VII – Voting and Elections
- Voting for officers will be conducted in a
synchronous online meeting and done in a “ranked
choice” fashion with a Google Form or functionally
identical online service. The Secretary is to ensure
the number of responses to the form is the same as
the number of members present at the meeting.
Members will be offered 3 votes per candidate for a
given seat and may choose to allocate their votes
among each candidate as they see fit. Names cannot
be included on this ballot.
- For example, if two individuals run for
President a member will be offered 6 votes for
that race. The member may choose to allocate 3
votes for both candidates, all 6 of their votes
for one candidate, or distribute them in any way
they see fit. The candidate with the largest sum
of votes at the end of the election’s time frame
will win the seat.
- Polls and votes conducted by members and officers
on amendments, interpretation of this document,
social media posts, etc. will be conducted in the
form of a proposal message on Discord with upvotes
and downvotes, or may be conducted using a service
like Google Forms or Straw Poll.
- Voting on officer impeachment is to be conducted
with a online synchronous meeting and a Google Form.
The Form will specify the reason why impeachment
proceedings are under way. The acting Secretary is
to ensure the number of responses to the form is the
same as the number of members present at the
meeting. Names cannot be included on this ballot.
Officers under impeachment proceedings may not vote
on the impeachment of themselves or other officers.
ARTICLE VIII – Ratification
- Upon unanimous approval of all members of MSOE
Libertarians as of April 30th, 2021 this
Constitution shall be become the effective governing
document of the organization.
ARTICLE IX – Amendments
- Amendments to this constitution may be proposed by
any member. The amendment is to be proposed to the
organization and discussed for the duration of a
week. If an officer approves the change, a vote will
be conducted as outlined in Article VII Section 2.
If the vote is successful, the amendment will be
- Any questions regarding the interpretation of this
constitution shall be decided upon a majority vote
as defined in Article VII.