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CONSTITUTION
Monash University Choral Society
Monash University Choral Society Constitution

Adopted by Monash University Choral Society on 20 August, 2019 Page 1
Approved by the C&S Executive on 4 April, 2019

PART 1 — PRELIMINARY

1 Name
(1) The Name of the Club shall be “Monash University Choral Society.”
(2) The Club shall also be known as “MonUCS”.
2 Purpose
The purpose of the Club is to advance the education of the students of Monash
University by—
(1) promoting choral music within the university;
(2) co-operating with other associations having similar objectives, including choral
and musical societies at other universities; and
(3) forming, by a selection method to be defined by the committee, a choir or choirs
to represent the university in the public performance of choral/vocal music, both
on campus and outside the university.
3 Interpretation
The provisions of this constitution shall be construed subject to the constitution of the
Clubs & Societies Council. Where this constitution is inconsistent with the constitution
of the Clubs & Societies Council, the latter shall prevail, and the former shall, to the
extent of the inconsistency, be without force or effect. Where the constitution of the
Clubs & Societies Council makes a provision for a matter or thing not otherwise
provided for in this constitution, those provisions shall take effect as if they were
contained in this constitution.
4 Definitions
In this constitution, unless the contrary intention appears, all words and expressions
have the same meaning as they have in the constitution of the Clubs & Societies
Council, and
Academic day means a day that falls within a regular teaching period of the
University, on which classes are held;
absolute majority, of the Committee, means a majority of the committee
members currently holding office and entitled to vote at the time (as distinct
from a majority of committee members present at a committee meeting);
AGM means the Annual General Meeting;
associate member means a member referred to in rule 14(1);
Chairperson, of a general meeting or committee meeting, means the person
chairing the meeting as required under rule 31 and 59;
Club means Monash University Choral Society;
Clubs & Societies Council means the Clubs & Societies Council division of
MSA;
C&S Executive means the Executive of the Clubs & Societies Council;
Committee means the Committee, as defined in Part 5, having management of
the business of the Club;
committee meeting means a meeting of the Committee held in accordance
with this constitution;
committee member means a member of the Committee elected or appointed
under Division 3 of Part 5 and listed in rule 45(2);
disciplinary appeal meeting means a meeting of the members of the Club
convened under rule 24(3);
disciplinary meeting means a meeting of the Committee convened for the
purposes of rule 23;
disciplinary subcommittee means the subcommittee appointed under rule 21;
EGM means an Extraordinary General Meeting;
general meeting means a general meeting of the members of the Club
convened in accordance with Part 4 and includes an annual general meeting,
an ordinary general meeting, and an extraordinary general meeting;
member means a member of the Club;
MSA means Monash Student Association (Clayton) Inc. (ABN 20 147 061 074);
OGM means an Ordinary General Meeting;
ordinary member means a member referred to in rule 12(1);
ordinary member entitled to vote means an ordinary member who under rule
12(2) is entitled to vote at a general meeting;
Register of Members means the comprehensive list of Club members
submitted to C&S in accordance with the C&S Affiliation Regulations;
student means a person enrolled in a course of study administered at the
Clayton Campus of the University.

PART 2 — POWERS OF THE CLUB

5 Powers of the Club
(1) The Club has power to do all things incidental or conducive to achieve its
purposes, subject to any restrictions placed on it by the C&S Executive or in the
C&S Constitution and Regulations.
(2) The Club may only exercise its powers and use its income and assets (including
any surplus) for its purposes.
6 Not for profit status
(1) The Club must not distribute any surplus, income or assets directly or indirectly
to its members.
(2) Subrule (1) does not prevent the Club from paying a member—
(a) reimbursement for expenses properly incurred by the member; or
(b) for goods or services provided by the member—
if this is done in good faith on terms no more favourable than if the member was
not a member.

PART 3 — MEMBERS, DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES AND GRIEVANCES

Division 1 — Membership
7 Minimum number of members
The Club must have at least 40 ordinary members.
8 Who is eligible to be a member
Any person who supports the purposes of the Club is eligible for membership.
9 Duration of membership
A person’s membership of the Club shall run from the payment of the membership
fee, or if there is no fee, from entry into the register of members, until 20 March of the
following year, or until the person ceases to be eligible, whichever occurs earlier.
10 Rejection of membership
(1) Within 7 days of a person joining the Club, the Committee may resolve to
provisionally reject their Club membership application until the matter can be
decided at a general meeting, which must be held within 20 academic days.
(2) A person may only have their Club membership application rejected if not less
than two thirds of the ordinary members present (either in person or by proxy) at
a general meeting vote in favour of the decision, provided that—
(a) 14 days notice of the intention to move a motion of rejection has been
served on the person, Club members and the C&S Executive, and
(b) they have been given a reasonable opportunity to speak to the motion.
(3) A person whose membership application has been rejected may appeal to the
C&S Executive by serving on it, within 7 days of the rejection, a written notice of
appeal. The C&S Executive’s decision on the matter shall be binding on the
Club.
(4) Where a person’s membership application is finalised as rejected, they shall be
entitled to a full refund of the annual membership fee paid to the Club.
11 Membership Fee
(1) At the first committee meeting of each year, the Club must determine—
(a) the amount of the annual membership fee (if any); and
(b) ensure differential pricing is charged, as outlined in the C&S Finance
Regulations.
(2) Subject to subrule (1) (b) any new member who joins after 1 July may pay a fee
that is a proportion of the full annual membership fee, as determined by the
Committee.
12 Ordinary Membership
(1) Ordinary membership of the Club shall be open to Clayton students who
subscribe to the purposes of the Club.
(2) An ordinary member is entitled to vote if—
(a) they are a member of at least 7 days standing; and
(b) the member’s membership rights are not suspended for any reason.
13 General rights of members
An ordinary member of the Club who is entitled to vote has the right—
(a) to receive notice of general meetings and of proposed changes to this
constitution and other matters in the manner and time prescribed by this
constitution; and
(b) to submit items of business for consideration at a general meeting; and
(c) to attend and be heard at general meetings; and
(d) to stand for election to the Committee and be a committee member; and
(e) to have access to the minutes of general meetings, committee meetings
and other documents of the Club as provided under rule 76; and
(f) on request to the Secretary, to inspect the register of all Club members, as
prescribed under rule 19(4).
14 Associate membership
(1) Associate membership of the Club shall be open to all persons who are
ineligible for ordinary membership, and who subscribe to the purposes of the
Club.
(2) Associate members of the Club shall have all the rights of ordinary members,
except they shall not be eligible to vote or be a member of the Committee.
(3) Associate members may be members of subcommittees.
15 Honorary Life Membership
(1) A general meeting of the Club may confer Honorary Life Membership on a
person who has made a substantial contribution to the Club if not less than two
thirds of ordinary members present (either in person or by proxy) at a general
meeting vote in favour of the decision.
(2) Honorary life members of the Club who are eligible for ordinary membership
shall have all the rights of ordinary members.
(3) Honorary life members of the Club who are ineligible for ordinary membership
shall have all the rights of associate members.
(4) A list of honorary life members shall be noted in the appendix of this
constitution.
16 Rights not transferable
The rights of a member are not transferable and end when membership ceases.
17 Ceasing membership
(1) Without limiting rule 9, the membership of a person ceases on resignation,
expulsion or death.
(2) If a person resigns as a member of the Club, the Secretary must, as soon as
practicable, update the C&S Executive of that fact.
18 Resigning as a member
(1) A member may resign by notice in writing given to the Club.
(2) A member is taken to have resigned if—
(a) the member’s membership fee is not paid by 20 March; or
(b) where no annual subscription is payable, the member has not reregistered by 20 March.
19 Register of members
(1) The Secretary must keep and maintain an annual register of members that
includes for each current member—
(a) the member’s full name;
(b) the member’s Monash student ID number (if applicable);
(c) the member’s email address;
(d) the member’s home campus;
(e) the date of becoming a member;
(f) if the member is an ordinary, associate or honorary life member; and
(g) any other information determined by the Committee.
(2) Within 7 days of a request, the Secretary shall make available to any Club
member, a list of all Club members, containing only each member’s name and
membership type, and, where applicable, the last 3 digits of each member’s
University student number.
(3) The Secretary shall ensure that the C&S Executive has an up-to-date copy of all
Club membership records at all times.
(4) The Secretary shall ensure that all membership records are kept strictly
confidential, and that out-of-date membership records are destroyed.

Division 2— Disciplinary action
20 Grounds for taking disciplinary action
The Club may take disciplinary action against a member in accordance with this
Division if it is determined that the member—
(1) has failed to comply with this constitution or its schedules; or
(2) refuses to support the purposes of the Club; or
(3) has engaged in conduct prejudicial to the Club.
Note: A sample list of definitions that would constitute as grounds for taking disciplinary action against
a member is outlined in the appendix.
21 Disciplinary subcommittee
(1) If the Committee is satisfied that there are sufficient grounds for taking
disciplinary action against a member, the Committee must appoint a disciplinary
subcommittee of no more than 5 people to hear the matter and determine what
action, if any, to take against the member.
(2) The members of the disciplinary subcommittee—
(a) may be committee members, members of the Club or anyone else,
provided they are students; but
(b) must not be biased against, or in favour of, the member concerned.
22 Notice to member
(1) Before disciplinary action is taken against a member, the Secretary must give
written notice to the member and the C&S Executive—
(a) stating that the Club proposes to take disciplinary action against the
member; and
(b) stating the grounds for the proposed disciplinary action; and
(c) specifying the date, place (which must be on the Clayton Campus) and
time of the meeting at which the disciplinary subcommittee intends to
consider the disciplinary action (the disciplinary meeting); and
(d) advising the member that they may do one or more of the following—
(i) attend the disciplinary meeting and address the disciplinary
subcommittee at that meeting;
(ii) give a written statement to the disciplinary subcommittee at any time
before the disciplinary meeting; and
(e) advising the member that they can be accompanied by one person who
may provide assistance, support or both, who may be—
(i) a counsellor;
(ii) a Monash student or staff member; or
(iii) a family member; but—
may not be accompanied or assisted by anyone who is legally qualified;
and
(f) setting out the member’s appeal rights under rule 24.
(2) The notice must be given no later than—
(a) 14 days, if held on an academic day; or
(b) 28 days, otherwise—
before the disciplinary meeting is held.
23 Decision of subcommittee
(1) At the disciplinary meeting, the disciplinary subcommittee must—
(a) give the member an opportunity to be heard; and
(b) consider any written statement submitted by the member.
(2) After complying with subrule (1), the disciplinary subcommittee may—
(a) take no further action against the member; or
(b) reprimand the member; or
(c) suspend the membership rights of the member for a specified period,
including the right to stand for election and be a committee member; or
(d) expel the member from the Club.
(3) The suspension of membership rights or the expulsion of a member by the
disciplinary subcommittee under this rule takes effect immediately after the vote
is passed.
(4) If the member is not present at the disciplinary meeting, the member must be
informed of the outcome within 12 hours of the vote.
(5) The Committee shall ensure that minutes of the disciplinary meeting are taken
and submitted to the C&S Executive within 7 days.
24 Appeal rights
(1) A person whose membership rights have been suspended or who has been
expelled from the Club under rule 23 may give notice to the effect that they wish
to appeal against the suspension or expulsion.
(2) The notice must be in writing and given—
(a) to the disciplinary subcommittee immediately after the vote to suspend or
expel the person is taken; or
(b) to the Secretary no later than 48 hours after the vote.
(3) If a person has given notice under subrule (2), a disciplinary appeal meeting
must be convened by the Committee as soon as practicable, but in any event
not later than 15 academic days, after the notice is received.
(4) Notice of the disciplinary appeal meeting must be given to the person appealing
the decision of the disciplinary subcommittee, C&S Executive and to each
ordinary member of the Club who is entitled to vote at least 14 days prior to the
disciplinary appeal meeting and must—
(a) specify the date and time of the meeting, which must be held on an
academic day; and
(b) state—
(i) the name of the person against whom the disciplinary action has
been taken; and
(ii) the grounds for taking that action; and
(iii) that at the disciplinary appeal meeting the members present must
vote on whether the decision to suspend or expel the person should
be upheld or revoked.
(5) The location must be given to the person appealing the decision of the
disciplinary subcommittee, the C&S Executive and each ordinary member of the
Club who is entitled to vote at least 7 days before the disciplinary appeal
meeting.
25 Conduct of disciplinary appeal meeting
(1) No business may be conducted at a disciplinary meeting unless a quorum of
members is present.
(2) The quorum for a disciplinary appeal meeting is the physical presence of 15
ordinary members, or 10% of the ordinary members entitled to vote up to a
maximum of 50, whichever is greater, however—
(a) If a quorum is not present within 20 minutes after the notified
commencement time of a disciplinary appeal meeting—
(i) the disciplinary appeal meeting must be adjourned to an academic
day no fewer than 5 and at most 10 academic days after the
adjournment; and
(ii) notice of the date, time and place to which the meeting is adjourned
must be confirmed by notice given to the person appealing the
decision of the disciplinary subcommittee, C&S Executive and to
each ordinary member of the Club who is entitled to vote as soon as
practicable after the meeting; and—
(b) If a quorum is not present within 20 minutes after the time to which a
disciplinary appeal meeting has been adjourned under subrule (2)(a), the
ordinary members present at the meeting (if not fewer than 10) may
proceed with the business of the meeting as if a quorum were present.
(3) At a disciplinary appeal meeting—
(a) no business other than the question of the appeal may be conducted;
(b) an ordinary member—
(i) elected by and from the attendants; and
(ii) who is not a committee member; and
(iii) who is not the person who is appealing the decision of the
disciplinary subcommittee—
shall preside as chair for the duration of the disciplinary appeal meeting;
and
(c) the Committee must state the grounds for suspending or expelling the
member and the reasons for taking that action; and
(d) the person whose membership has been suspended or who has been
expelled must be given an opportunity to be heard.
(4) After complying with subrule (3), the ordinary members present and entitled to
vote at the meeting must vote by secret ballot on the question of whether the
decision to suspend or expel the person should be upheld or revoked.
(5) The chair, members of the Committee, the disciplinary subcommittee and the
person who is appealing the decision of the disciplinary subcommittee must not
vote.
(6) A member may not vote by proxy at the meeting.
(7) The decision is upheld if not less than two thirds of the ordinary members
present at the disciplinary appeal meeting, excluding those listed in subrule (5),
vote in favour of the decision.
(8) The Committee shall ensure that minutes of the disciplinary appeal meeting are
taken and submitted to the C&S Executive within 7 days.
(9) A disciplinary appeal meeting shall not be considered to be a general meeting
of the Club.

Division 3 — Grievance procedure
26 Application
(1) The grievance procedure set out in this Division applies to disputes under this
constitution between—
(a) a member and another member;
(b) a member and the Committee;
(c) a member and the Club.
(2) A member must not initiate a grievance procedure in relation to a matter that is
the subject of a disciplinary procedure until the disciplinary procedure has been
completed.
27 Parties must attempt to resolve the dispute
The parties to a dispute must attempt to resolve the dispute between themselves
within 14 days of the dispute coming to the attention of each party.
28 Appointment of mediator
(1) If the parties to a dispute are unable to resolve the dispute between themselves
within the time required by rule 27, the parties must within 7 days—
(a) notify the Committee of the dispute; and
(b) agree to or request the appointment of a mediator; and
(c) attempt in good faith to settle the dispute by mediation.
(2) The mediator must be—
(a) a person chosen by agreement between the parties; or
(b) in the absence of agreement, a person appointed by the C&S Executive.
(3) A mediator may be a member or former member of the Club but in any case
must not be a person who—
(a) has a personal interest in the dispute; or
(b) is biased in favour of or against any party.
29 Mediation process
(1) The mediator to the dispute, in conducting the mediation, must—
(a) give each party every opportunity to be heard; and
(b) allow due consideration by all parties of any written statement submitted
by any party; and
(c) ensure that natural justice is accorded to the parties throughout the
mediation process.
(2) The mediator must not determine the dispute.
30 Failure to resolve dispute by mediation
If the mediation process does not resolve the dispute, the C&S Executive may, on
the application in writing of either party, determine the dispute. In determining the
dispute, the C&S Executive must comply with the requirements of rule 29(1), in the
same way as the mediator.

PART 4 — GENERAL MEETINGS OF THE CLUB
31 Chairperson
(1) The President or, in the President’s absence, the Vice President, is the
Chairperson for any general meetings.
(2) If the President and the Vice President are both absent, or are unable to
preside, the Chairperson of the meeting must be an ordinary member elected
by the other members present.
32 Annual general meetings
(1) The Committee must convene an annual general meeting of the Club in August
of each year, unless otherwise approved by the C&S Executive.
(2) The Committee or if the Committee is unable to make a decision, the Secretary,
may determine the date, time and place of the annual general meeting, subject
to rule 35(1).
(3) The ordinary business of the annual general meeting is as follows—
(a) to confirm the minutes of the previous annual general meeting and of any
general meetings held since then;
(b) to receive and consider annual reports required under rule 47; and
(c) to elect the members of the Committee, as listed in rule 53(1), subject to
rule 53(3).
(4) The annual election for all committee positions shall be held at the annual
general meeting, unless otherwise—
(a) approved by the C&S Executive; or
(b) specified in these rules.
(5) The annual general meeting may also conduct any other business of which
notice has been given in accordance with this constitution.
32A Ordinary general meetings
(1) There shall be one ordinary general meeting each year, to be held during the
first semester.
(2) The Committee may determine the date, time and place of the ordinary general
meeting, subject to rule 35(1).
(3) The usual business of an ordinary general meeting is as follows—
(a) to receive and consider the President and Treasurer reports and an
update on the current activities of the Club;
(b) to provide a forum for members to give suggestions on Club activities and
events; and
(c) to elect the First Year Representatives, as listed in rule 53(2), and any
other vacant committee roles, subject to rule 53(3).
(4) The ordinary general meeting may also conduct any other business of which
notice has been given in accordance with this constitution.
33 Extraordinary general meetings
(1) Any general meeting of the Club, other than an annual general meeting or
ordinary general meeting is an extraordinary general meeting.
(2) The Committee must convene an extraordinary general meeting to hold a byelection, if an ordinary general meeting was not already scheduled.
(3) The Committee may convene an extraordinary general meeting as required.
(4) The Committee may determine the date, time and place of an extraordinary
general meeting, subject to rule 35(1).
(5) No business other than that set out in the notice under rule 35 may be
conducted at the meeting.
Note: General business may be considered at the meeting if it is included as an item for consideration
in the notice under rule 35 and the majority of members at the meeting agree.
34 Extraordinary general meeting held at request of members
(1) The Committee must convene an extraordinary general meeting if a request to
do so is made in accordance with subrule (2) by at least 10% of the total
number of ordinary members.
(2) A request for an extraordinary general meeting must—
(a) be in writing; and
(b) state the business to be considered at the meeting and any resolutions to
be proposed; and
(c) include the names and signatures of the members requesting the meeting;
and
(d) be given to the Secretary.
(3) If the Committee does not convene an extraordinary general meeting within 15
academic days after the date on which the member’s request is made, the C&S
Executive shall call one.
(4) An extraordinary general meeting convened by the C&S Executive under
subrule (3)—
(a) must be held within 30 academic days after the date on which the original
request was made; and
(b) may only consider the business stated in that request.
35 Notice of general meetings
(1) General meetings may only be held on campus and on an academic day,
unless otherwise approved by the C&S Executive.
(2) The Secretary (or, in the case of an extraordinary general meeting convened
under rule 34(3), the C&S Executive) must give to each member of the Club at
least 14 days notice of a general meeting.
(3) The notice must—
(a) specify the date and time of the meeting; and
(b) indicate the general nature of each item of business to be considered at
the meeting; and
(c) include any other information as required by this constitution; and
Example: Additional information is required to be included in the notice of a general meeting where
there is a proposed change to the constitution, a motion to remove a committee member from office,
etc.
(d) comply with rule 36(4).
(4) The location must be given to each member of the Club at least 7 days before
the general meeting.
(5) If the general meeting has been called for any elections, the Returning Officer
shall be appointed in accordance with rule 50 and this person’s contact details
notified to members at least 14 days prior to the date of the general meeting at
which the election is to be held.
36 Proxies
(1) An ordinary member may appoint another ordinary member as their proxy to
vote and speak on their behalf at a general meeting.
(2) The appointment of a proxy may be—
(a) in writing and signed by the member making the appointment on a form
approved by the Committee; or
(b) made by giving notice from the member’s registered student email
account.
(3) The member appointing the proxy may give specific directions as to how the
proxy is to vote on their behalf, otherwise the proxy may vote on behalf of the
member on any matter as they see fit.
(4) Notice of a general meeting given to a member under rule 35 must—
(a) state that an ordinary member may appoint another ordinary member as a
proxy for the meeting; and
(b) include a copy of any form that the Committee has approved for the
appointment of a proxy.
(5) The proxy list must be given to the Chairperson of the meeting before or at the
commencement of the meeting.
(6) A form appointing a proxy sent by post or electronically, or notice from a
member’s registered student email account, is of no effect unless it is received
by the Club no later than 72 hours before the commencement of the meeting.
(7) A person can act as a proxy for no more than 2 ordinary members.
37 Use of technology
(1) A member not physically present at a general meeting may be permitted to
participate in the meeting by the use of technology that allows that member and
the members present at the meeting to clearly and simultaneously communicate
with each other.
(2) For the purposes of this Part, a member participating in a general meeting as
permitted under subrule (1) is taken to be present at the meeting and, if the
member votes at the meeting, is taken to have voted in person.
38 Quorum at general meetings
(1) No business may be conducted at a general meeting unless a quorum of
members is present.
(2) The quorum for a general meeting is the presence (physically, by proxy or as
allowed under rule 37) of 15 ordinary members, or 10% of the ordinary
members entitled to vote up to a maximum of 50, whichever is greater.
(3) If a quorum is not present within 20 minutes after the notified commencement
time of a general meeting—
(a) in the case of a meeting convened by the C&S Executive at the request of
the members under rule 34—the meeting must be dissolved; or
Note: If a meeting convened at the request of members is dissolved under this subrule, the business
that was to have been considered at the meeting is taken to have been dealt with. If members wish to
have the business reconsidered at another general meeting, the members must make a new request
under rule 34.
(b) in any other case—
(i) the meeting must be adjourned to an academic day no fewer than 5
and at most 10 academic days after the adjournment; and
(ii) notice of the date, time and place to which the meeting is adjourned
must be confirmed by notice given to all members as soon as
practicable after the meeting.
(4) If a quorum is not present within 20 minutes after the time to which a general
meeting has been adjourned under subrule (3)(b), the ordinary members
present at the meeting (if not fewer than 10) may proceed with the business of
the meeting as if a quorum were present.
39 Adjournment of general meeting
(1) The Chairperson of a general meeting at which a quorum is present may, with
the consent of a majority of members present at the meeting, adjourn the
meeting to another time at the same place or at another place.
(2) Without limiting subrule (1), a meeting may be adjourned—
(a) if there is insufficient time to deal with the business at hand; or
(b) to give the members more time to consider an item of business.
(3) No business may be conducted on the resumption of an adjourned meeting
other than the business that remained unfinished when the meeting was
adjourned.
(4) Notice of the date, time and place to which the meeting is adjourned must be
confirmed by notice given to all members as soon as practicable after the
meeting, unless the meeting is adjourned for 14 days or more, in which case
notice of the meeting must be given in accordance with rule 35.
40 Voting at general meeting
(1) On any question arising at a general meeting—
(a) subject to subrule (3), each ordinary member who is entitled to vote,
excluding than the Chairperson, has one vote; and
(b) ordinary members may vote personally or by proxy; and
(c) unless otherwise specified in this constitution, the question must be
decided on a majority of votes.
Example: A change to this constitution requires no less than two thirds of ordinary members present
at a general meeting voting in favour of the proposed changes.
(2) If votes are divided equally on a question, the Chairperson of the meeting has a
casting vote.
(3) If the question is whether or not to confirm the minutes of a previous meeting,
only members who were present at that meeting may vote.
41 Determining whether resolution carried
(1) Subject to subrule (2), the Chairperson of a general meeting may, on the basis
of a show of hands, declare that a resolution has been—
(a) carried; or
(b) carried unanimously; or
(c) carried by a particular majority; or
(d) lost—
and an entry to that effect in the minutes of the meeting is conclusive proof of
that fact.
(2) If a secret ballot (where votes are cast in writing) is demanded by ten or more
ordinary members on any question—
(a) the secret ballot must be taken at the meeting in the manner determined
by the Chairperson of the meeting; and
(b) the Chairperson must declare the result of the resolution on the basis of
the secret ballot.
(3) A secret ballot demanded on the election of the Chairperson or on a question of
an adjournment must be taken immediately.
(4) A secret ballot demanded on any other question must be taken before the close
of the meeting after the conclusion of discussion on the question.
42 Minutes of general meeting
(1) The Committee must ensure that minutes are taken and kept of each general
meeting.
(2) The minutes of a general meeting must include—
(a) the names of the members attending the meeting; and
(b) proxy list given to the Chairperson of the meeting under rule 36(5); and
(c) the business considered at the meeting; and
(d) any resolution on which a vote is taken and the result of the vote; and
(e) the results of any elections held; and
(f) annual reports required under rule 47.

PART 5 — COMMITTEE
Division 1 — Powers of Committee
43 Role and powers
(1) The activities of the Club must be managed by or under the direction of a
Committee.
(2) The Committee may exercise all the powers of the Club except those powers
that this constitution or the C&S Constitution or Regulations requires to be
exercised by general meetings of the members of the Club.
(3) The Committee may establish subcommittees consisting of ordinary or
associate members with terms of reference it considers appropriate, which
should be codified within a policy or regulation as a schedule to this constitution
under rule 79.
44 Delegation
(1) The Committee may delegate to a member of the Committee or subcommittee
any of its powers and functions other than—
(a) this power of delegation; or
(b) the power to approve expenditure; or
(c) a duty imposed on the Committee by this constitution and the C&S
Constitution and Regulations.
(2) The delegation must be in writing and may be subject to the conditions and
limitations the Committee considers appropriate.
(3) The Committee may, in writing, revoke a delegation wholly or in part.

Division 2 — Composition of Committee and duties of members
45 Composition of Committee
(1) The Committee shall consist of a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 9 committee
members.
(2) The members of the Committee are—
(a) a President; and
(b) a Vice President; and
(c) a Treasurer; and
(d) a Secretary; and
(e) General Representative One; and
(f) General Representative Two; and
(g) General Representative Three; and
(h) First Year Representative One; and
(i) First Year Representative Two.
46 General Duties
(1) As soon as practicable after being elected or co-opted to the Committee, each
committee member must become familiar with this constitution and the C&S
Constitution and Regulations.
(2) As soon as practicable after being elected or co-opted to the Committee, the
President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer must complete training as
prescribed by the C&S Executive and update their contact details with Clubs &
Societies via the appropriate form.
(3) The Committee is collectively responsible for ensuring that the Club complies
with the C&S Constitution and Regulations and that individual members of the
Committee comply with this constitution.
(4) Committee members must exercise their powers and discharge their duties with
reasonable care and diligence.
(5) Committee members must exercise their powers and discharge their duties—
(a) honestly and in good faith in the best interests of the Club; and
(b) for a proper purpose.
(6) Committee members and former committee members must not make improper
use of—
(a) their position; or
(b) information acquired by virtue of holding their position—
so as to gain an advantage for themselves or any other person or to cause
detriment to the Club.
(7) In addition to any duties imposed by this constitution, a committee member
must perform any other duties imposed from time to time by resolution at a
general meeting.
47 Duties of committee members
(1) President
(a) The duties of the President shall be to—
(i) preside as chair over committee meetings and general meetings;
(ii) attend meetings of the Clubs & Societies Council, vote in the
interests of the Club, and report outcomes to the Committee;
(iii) co-ordinate the activities of the Committee;
(iv) approve and sign off on all off-campus event documentation
requirements, as determined by the C&S Executive;
(v) represent the Club, and act as its spokesperson, to the Clubs &
Societies Council, MSA, the University and other bodies, as
appropriate;
(vi) submit reports to committee meetings, as appropriate; and
(vii) submit an annual report to the AGM and a general report as required
under rule 32A(2)(a).
(2) Vice President
(a) The duties of the Vice President shall be to—
(i) attend committee meetings and general meetings;
(ii) preside as chair over committee meetings and general meetings, in
the absence of the President;
(iii) assist the President in their duties;
(iv) perform the duties of the President if that office is vacant;
(v) be a signatory to the society bank account;
(vi) hold at least one portfolio position as outlined in the Schedule to the
Constitution (Committee Portfolio Regulations);
(vii) perform other duties, as the Committee may resolve.
(3) Treasurer
(a) The duties of the Treasurer shall be to—
(i) attend committee meetings and general meetings;
(ii) keep the Club’s financial records in order;
(iii) prepare a Club budget, at least every 6 months;
(iv) submit an annual report to the AGM and a general report as required
under rule 32A(2)(a);
(v) receive all monies paid to or received by the Club and ensure
receipts are issued for those monies in the name of the Club;
(vi) ensure that all monies received are paid into the account of the Club
within 2 working days after receipt, unless otherwise approved by the
C&S Executive;
(vii) make any payments authorised by the Committee or by a general
meeting of the Club from the Club’s funds;
(viii) ensure cheques are signed by at least 2 of the President, Vice
President, Secretary or Treasurer; and
(ix) liaise with Clubs & Societies Council on any financial requirements.
(b) The Treasurer must—
(i) ensure that the financial records of the Club are kept in accordance
with the C&S Finance Regulations; and
(ii) prepare the Club’s financial books for audit, semi-annually;
(c) The Treasurer must ensure that at least one other committee member has
access to the accounts and financial records of the Club.
(4) Secretary
(a) The Secretary must give to the C&S Executive notice of their appointment
within 14 days after the appointment.
(b) The duties of the Secretary shall be to—
(i) attend committee meetings and general meetings;
(ii) prepare agendas and minutes, and serve notice as prescribed, for
general meetings and committee meetings;
(iii) act as Returning Officer for Club elections, unless the Committee
resolves otherwise;
(iv) ensure that an up-to-date membership register is maintained, in
accordance with rule 19;
(v) regularly check the Club’s mail box and electronic mail account,
supplied by the Clubs & Societies Council, for incoming
correspondence;
(vi) ensure that inwards and outwards correspondence for the Club is
handled correctly and in a timely manner;
(vii) be a signatory to the society bank account; and
(viii) submit an annual report to the AGM.
(5) General Representatives
(a) The duties of the General Representative shall be to—
(i) attend committee meetings and general meetings;
(ii) hold at least one portfolio position as outlined in the Schedule to the
Constitution (Committee Portfolio Regulations); and
(iii) perform such duties as the Committee may resolve.
(6) First Year Representatives
(a) The duties of the First Year Representative shall be to-
(i) attend committee meetings and General Meetings
(ii) represent the interests and express the viewpoints of fellow first year
members of the society; and
(iii) perform such duties as the Committee may resolve.
48 Ancillary Members
(1) The Club or the Committee may from time to time create additional positions to
assist the Committee with their duties, that—
(a) can be held by ordinary members and associate members; and
(b) should be codified within a policy or regulation as a schedule to this
constitution under rule 79.
Example: The Committee may resolve to appoint a Webmaster to manage the Club website, which
requires a member with specific skills.
(2) Such positions shall be ancillary members of the Committee, but are not defined
as committee members under this constitution.
(3) Ancillary members have the right to attend and speak at committee meetings
and shall be bound by rule 46.

Division 3 — Election of Committee members and tenure of office
49 Who is eligible to be a Committee member
A member is eligible to be elected or appointed as a committee member if the
member—
(a) is an ordinary member entitled to vote under rule 12(2), and
(b) is a Clayton student, and
(c) is undertaking at least one unit of study at a Victorian campus of the
University, and
(d) has not had their membership rights suspended; and
(e) is 18 years or older on the date they would take office.
50 Returning Officer
(1) The Returning Officer shall be appointed by the Committee at least 14 days
prior to the date of the General Meeting at which an election is to be held
(2) The Secretary shall be appointed the Returning Officer unless the Committee
resolves otherwise, or the Secretary self disqualifies.
(3) Upon receiving a written request to do so from 3 committee members, the C&S
Executive shall appoint a Returning Officer instead of the Committee.
(4) The Returning Officer must be a Clayton student at the time of appointment.
(5) The Returning Officer shall not—
(a) be a candidate;
(b) endorse a candidate; or
(c) vote;
in an election over which they preside.
51 Positions to be declared vacant
(1) Provided that quorum is present, the Returning Officer of the—
(a) ordinary general meeting must declare the position(s) of First Year
Representative vacant, as resolved under rule 53(2)(a); or
(b) annual general meeting must declare all positions on the Committee listed
in rule 53 (1)(a) vacant and hold elections for those positions in
accordance with rules 52 to 54.
(2) Where quorum is not present, the Chairperson must adjourn the meeting under
rule 38(3)(b).
Note: Where quorum is not present at the annual general meeting adjourned under rule 38(3)(b), the
meeting may proceed if quorum was present under rule 38(4).
52 Nominations
(1) Prior to the election of each position, the Returning Officer of the meeting must
call for nominations to fill that position.
(2) In order to be nominated for a position, an ordinary member of the Club must—
(a) be nominated and seconded by ordinary members who are entitled to vote
at a general meeting; and
(b) accept the nomination.
(3) An ordinary member who is nominated for a position and fails to be elected to
that position may be nominated for any other position for which an election is
yet to be held.
53 Election of committee members
(1) Election for positions where there is only one office holder.
(a) At the annual general meeting, separate elections must be held for each of
the following positions—
(i) President;
(ii) Vice-President;
(iii) Treasurer;
(iv) Secretary;
(v) General Representative One.
(b) If only one member is nominated for the position, the Returning Officer of
the meeting must declare the member elected to the position.
(c) If more than one member is nominated, a ballot must be held in
accordance with rule 54.
(2) Elections for positions where there are multiple office holders.
(a) The annual general meeting must by resolution decide the number of
additional General Representative positions it wishes to hold office for the
next year.
(b) At the annual general meeting, a single election will be held to fill the
General Representative positions.
(c) At the ordinary general meeting, a single election will be held to fill the
First Year Representative positions.
(d) If the number of members nominated for the position of ordinary
committee member is less than or equal to the number to be elected, the
Returning Officer of the meeting must declare each of those members to
be elected to the position.
(e) If the number of members nominated exceeds the number to be elected, a
secret ballot must be held in accordance with rule 54.
(3) The positions shall be elected in the order that they are listed in rule 45(2).
54 Election Procedure
(1) Before the secret ballot is taken, each candidate may make a short speech in
support of their election.
(2) The election shall be by secret ballot, except where there are only two
candidates for a single position, in which case the meeting may resolve to vote
by a show of hands.
(3) The Returning Officer must give a ballot paper to—
(a) Each ordinary member entitled to vote present in person; and
(b) each proxy appointed by an ordinary member entitled to vote.
Example: If an ordinary member has been appointed the proxy of 2 other ordinary members, the
member must be given 3 ballot papers—one for the member and one each for the other members.
(4) If the ballot is for a single position, the voter must write on the ballot paper the
name of the candidate for whom they wish to vote.
(5) If the ballot is for more than one position—
(a) the voter must write on the ballot paper the name of each candidate for
whom they wish to vote;
(b) the voter must not write the names of more candidates than the number to
be elected.
(6) Ballot papers that do not comply with subrule (5)(b) are not to be counted.
(7) Each ballot paper on which the name of a candidate has been written counts as
one vote for that candidate.
(8) The Returning Officer must declare elected the candidate or, in the case of an
election for more than one position, the candidates who received the most
votes.
(9) If the Returning Officer is unable to declare the result of an election under
subrule (8) because 2 or more candidates received the same number of votes,
the Returning Officer must—
(a) conduct a further election for the position in accordance with subrules (2)
to (8) to decide which of those candidates is to be elected; or
(b) with the agreement of those candidates, decide by lot which of them is to
be elected.
Example: The choice of candidate may be decided by the toss of a coin, drawing straws or drawing a
name out of a hat.
55 Term of office
(1) Subject to subrule (3), rule 56, 57 and 58, a committee member holds office
until the positions of the Committee are declared vacant at the next annual
general meeting.
(2) A committee member may be re-elected.
(3) A general meeting of the Club may elect an eligible ordinary member of the
Club to fill a vacant position in accordance with this Division.
56 Vacation of office
(1) A committee member may resign from the Committee by written notice,
specifying the date of cessation, addressed to the Committee.
(2) A person ceases to be a committee member if they—
(a) cease to be a student enrolled in a course of study administered at the
Clayton campus;
(b) are not enrolled in any units of study at a Victorian campus of the
University;
(c) cease to be a member of the Club; or
(d) fail to attend 3 consecutive committee meetings (other than special or
urgent committee meetings) without leave of absence under rule 69.
(3) In the event that the office of the President, Vice President, Treasurer and/or
Secretary is vacated prior to the conclusion of an ordinary term or is vacant
after an election, an EGM shall be called and held within 20 academic days of
vacation to enable a by-election for the vacant position(s), unless an OGM or
AGM will be held within the same period.
(4) The Committee may continue to act despite any vacancy in its membership.
57 Removal from office
(1) A committee member may be removed from office under Division 2 of Part 3 or
under subrule (2) below.
(2) A general meeting of the Club may remove a committee member from office if
not less than two thirds of the ordinary members present (either in person or by
proxy) at a general meeting vote in favour of the decision, provided that—
(a) 14 days notice of the intention to move a motion of removal from office has
been served on the committee member, members of the Club and the
C&S Executive; and
(b) the committee member has been given a reasonable opportunity to speak
to the motion; and—
(c) may elect an eligible ordinary member of the Club to fill the vacant position
in accordance with this Division.
58 Co-option
The Committee may co-opt (appoint) an eligible ordinary member of the Club who is
entitled to vote to fill a position on the Committee that—
(a) has become vacant under rule 56; or
(b) was not filled by election at the last annual general meeting—
who shall hold office until the next general meeting of the Club.

Division 4 — Meetings of Committee
59 Chairperson
(1) The President or, in the President’s absence, the Vice President, is the
Chairperson for any committee meetings.
(2) If the President and the Vice President are both absent, or are unable to
preside, the Chairperson of the meeting must be a committee member elected
by the other committee members present.
60 Meetings of Committee
(1) The Committee must meet at least 4 times in each half year at the dates, times
and places determined by the Secretary.
(2) Special committee meetings may be convened at a specified date, time and
place by the President or by any 2 members of the Committee.
61 Notice of meetings
(1) Notice of each committee meeting must be given to each committee member no
later than 7 days before the date of the meeting.
(2) Notice may be given of more than one committee meeting at the same time.
(3) The notice must state the date, time and place of the meeting.
(4) If a special committee meeting is convened, the notice must include the general
nature of the business to be conducted.
(5) The only business that may be conducted at a special committee meeting is the
business for which the meeting is convened.
62 Urgent meetings
(1) In cases of urgency, a meeting can be held without notice being given in
accordance with rule 61 provided that as much notice as practicable is given to
each committee member by the quickest means practicable.
(2) Any resolution made at the meeting must be passed by an absolute majority of
the Committee.
(3) The only business that may be conducted at an urgent committee meeting is
the business for which the meeting is convened.
63 Procedure and order of business
(1) The procedure to be followed at a meeting of a Committee must be determined
from time to time by the Committee.
(2) The order of business may be determined by the members present at the
meeting.
64 Use of technology
(1) A committee member who is not physically present at a committee meeting may
participate in the meeting by the use of technology that allows that committee
member and the committee members present at the meeting to clearly and
simultaneously communicate with each other.
(2) For the purposes of this Part, a committee member participating in a committee
meeting as permitted under subrule (1) is taken to be present at the meeting
and, if the member votes at the meeting, is taken to have voted in person.
65 Quorum
(1) No business may be conducted at a committee meeting unless a quorum is
present.
(2) The quorum for a committee meeting is the presence (in person or as allowed
under rule 64) of a majority of the committee members holding office, at least
one of which must be the President, Vice President, Treasurer or Secretary.
(3) If a quorum is not present within 20 minutes after the notified commencement
time of a committee meeting—
(a) in the case of a special or urgent meeting—the meeting lapses;
(b) in any other case—the meeting must be adjourned to a date no later than
14 days after the adjournment and notice of the time, date and place to
which the meeting is adjourned must be given in accordance with rule 61.
66 Voting
(1) On any question arising at a committee meeting, each committee member
present at the meeting, other than the Chairperson, has one vote.
(2) A motion is carried if a majority of committee members present at the meeting,
excluding those who abstain, vote in favour of the motion.
(3) Subrule (2) does not apply to any motion or question which is required by this
constitution to be passed by an absolute majority of the Committee.
(4) If votes are divided equally on a question, the Chairperson of the meeting has a
casting vote.
(5) Voting by proxy is not permitted.
67 Conflict of interest
(1) A committee member who has a material personal interest in a matter being
considered at a committee meeting must disclose the nature and extent of that
interest to the Committee.
(2) The member—
(a) must not be present while the matter is being considered at the meeting;
and
(b) must not vote on the matter.
Note: If there are insufficient committee members to form a quorum because a member who has a
material personal interest is disqualified from voting on a matter, a general meeting may be called to
deal with the matter.
(3) This rule does not apply to a material personal interest—
(a) that exists only because the member belongs to a class of persons for
whose benefit the Club is established; or
(b) that the member has in common with all, or a substantial proportion of, the
members of the Club.
68 Minutes of meeting
(1) The Secretary and Committee must ensure that minutes are taken and kept of
each committee meeting.
(2) The minutes must record the following—
(a) the full names of the members, and their positions (if applicable) in
attendance at the meeting;
(b) the meeting number, venue, commencement and close time;
(c) the business considered at the meeting;
(d) any resolution on which a vote is taken and the result of the vote;
(e) any material personal interest disclosed under rule 67.
69 Leave of absence
(1) The Committee may grant a committee member leave of absence from
committee meetings for a period not exceeding 2 months.
(2) The Committee must not grant leave of absence retrospectively unless it is
satisfied that it was not feasible for the committee member to seek the leave in
advance.

PART 6 — FINANCIAL MATTERS

70 Source of funds
The funds of the Club may be derived from membership fees, donations, fund-raising
activities, grants, interest, ticket sales and any other sources approved by the
Committee.
71 Management of funds
(1) The Club must open an account with a financial institution on the Clayton
campus from which all expenditure of the Club is made and into which all of the
Club’s revenue is deposited, unless otherwise approved by the C&S Executive.
(2) Subject to any restrictions imposed by a general meeting of the Club, the
Committee shall approve expenditure on behalf of the Club.
(3) Only the President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary may be signatories
to any bank accounts held in the Club’s name.
(4) All funds of the Club must be deposited into the financial account of the Club no
later than 2 working days after receipt.
72 Financial records
(1) The Club must keep financial records that meet the Audit requirements of the
C&S Finance Regulations.
(2) The Club must retain the financial records for 7 years after the transactions
covered by the records are completed.
(3) The Treasurer must keep in his or her custody, or under their control—
(a) the financial records for the current audit period; and
(b) any other financial records as authorised by the Committee.
73 Financial statements
(1) For each audit period, the Committee must ensure that the requirements under
the C&S Finance Regulations relating to the audit of the Club are met.
(2) Without limiting subrule (1), those requirements include—
(a) the preparation of the financial statements; and
(b) timely submission and adherence to due dates.

PART 7 — GENERAL MATTERS

74 Registered address
The registered address of the Club is the official mailing address for C&S affiliated
clubs, as defined in the C&S Affiliation Regulations.
75 Notice requirements
(1) Any notice required to be given to a member or a committee member under this
constitution may be given—
(a) by handing the notice to the member personally; or
(b) by email or text message.
(2) Subrule (1) does not apply to notice given under rule 62.
(3) Any notice required to be given to the Club or the Committee may be given—
(a) by handing the notice to a member of the Committee; or
(b) by sending the notice by post to the registered address; or
(c) by leaving the notice at the registered address; or
(d) by email to the Club’s official C&S email account.
76 Custody and inspection of books and records
(1) Members may on request inspect free of charge—
(a) the register of members, subject to rule 19(3);
(b) the minutes of general meetings and committee meetings;
(c) subject to subrule (2), the financial records, books, securities and any
other relevant document of the Club.
Note: See note following rule 19(4) for details of access to the register of members.
(2) The Committee may refuse to permit a member to inspect records of the Club
that relate to confidential, personal, employment, commercial or legal matters or
where to do so may be prejudicial to the interests of the Club.
(3) The Committee must on request make copies of this constitution available to
members free of charge.
(4) For purposes of this rule—
relevant documents means the records and other documents, however
compiled, recorded or stored, that relate to the administration and activities of
the Club and includes the following—
(a) its membership records;
(b) its audit results;
(c) its financial records;
(d) records and documents relating to transactions, dealings, activities or
assets of the Club.
77 Assets
(1) All Club assets are the property of the Clubs & Societies Council.
(2) Tangible assets may not be disposed of through resale, donation, transfer or by
any other means, without prior approval of the C&S Executive.
(3) Unless otherwise approved by the C&S Executive, all physical assets must be
stored on the Clayton campus of the University.
(4) Upon deregistration, all assets that remain after the satisfaction of all debts and
liabilities must be transferred to the Clubs & Societies Council of the MSA,
which is charitable at law and which has rules prohibiting the distribution of its
assets and income to its members.
78 Patron
(1) The Committee may, by absolute majority, award the title of Patron to a chosen
person who has given substantial support to the Club.
(2) The Patron shall have the right to be given notice for, attend and speak at all
general meetings.
79 Schedules
(1) The Club or Committee may draft and adopt policies or regulations, which shall
be the schedules to this constitution.
(2) The method for amending or repealing schedules must be set out within the
schedule.
(3) Subject to subrule (5), schedules to this constitution shall have the same force
as this constitution.
(4) In schedules to this constitution, unless the contrary intention appears, words
and expressions shall have the same meaning as they have in this constitution.
(5) Where a schedule to this constitution is inconsistent with this constitution, the
latter shall prevail and the former shall, to the extent of the inconsistency, be
without force or effect.
(6) A list of schedules, including the adopting or amending body and date that the
schedule was adopted or amended, shall be noted in the appendix of this
constitution.
80 Amendment of Constitution
This constitution may be amended if not less than two thirds of the ordinary members
present (either in person or by proxy) at a general meeting vote in favour of the
proposed changes, provided that—
(a) the C&S Executive has first approved the sought amendment(s); and
(b) 14 days notice of the proposed amendment is served on all Club
members.
81 Affiliations
(1) The society shall be affiliated with the Australian Intervarsity Choral Societies
Association and shall endorse the aims of that association.
(2) This affiliation will remain inferior to the affiliation with the Clubs & Societies
Council.
(3) The committee may, from time to time, choose to affiliate or disaffiliate with
other organisations sharing similar aims and objectives as this society other
than the organisations listed in subrule 81(1) and 81(2). Such affiliation shall
remain inferior to the affiliations listed in subrule 81(1) and 81(2).
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APPENDIX
List of Schedules
1. Committee Portfolio Regulations v 5.0- Amended on the 4th of September 2017
Author Date Version Changes
Fiona Schoer 17/09/2013 1.1 • Creation of soft copy from v1.0 (hard
copy only surviving)
• Reformatted to match current
constitution
Fiona Schoer 17/09/2013 1.2 Pre-AGM updates:
• Updates to meeting attendance
• Added the position of Assistant
Conductor (of Occasional Singing)
Fiona Schoer 24/09/2013 1.3 Post-review updates
• added all committee members duties
• split 2.2.2(ii) across two clauses for
clarity
• added society office bearers hold no
portfolio except President, Treasurer &
Secretary
• added definition of IPP as ex-Officio
Fiona Schoer 12/10/2013 2.0 Post-Review updates
• updated the term of the Assistant
Conductor
Fiona Schoer 28/08/2014 2.1 • updated version throughout
• updated footer to show proposed to
committee and not yet accepted by C&S
• changed “portfolio” to be position to
enable differentation between portfolio
and non-portfolio positions (clause
2.1.2).
• updated whole committee requirements
to remove attendance requirement for
non-elected members and to require
written reports submitted prior to
committee meetings where relevant
(clause 2.2.1)
• removed multiple portfolio restriction to
reflect only the President, Treasurer and
Secretary cannot hold an appointed
portfolio position (clause 2.4)
• added that the President, Treasurer and
Secretary may be co-opted if no suitable
applicant can fill the appointed position
(clause 2.4)
• minor formatting corrections
Fiona Schoer 02/09/2014 2.2 • post-review updates – added Assistant
Treasurer position to Portfolio Positions
Fiona Schoer 02/09/2014 2.3 • removed position of Ticket Officer and
incorporated the duties into the position
of Concert Manager (on advice of current
ticket officer Simon Singer)
Claire
McGannon
26/10/2014 3.0 • updated to reflect approval by C&S and
acceptance by MonUCS committee
Claire
McGannon
27/2/2016 3.1 • updated version throughout
• updated footer to show proposed to
committee and not yet accepted by C&S
• removed (of Occasional Singing) from
Assistant Conductor title throughout
• added Past Executive Member(s) and
Section Leaders positions (clause
2.1.2.2)
• clarified that not all positions will have
handover document (clause 2.2.1)
• corrected verbs and phrasing throughout
2.2, in order to allow for delegation of
duties to some degree
• added Lust of Life duties to Publicity
Officer duties (clause 2.2.3)
• added other duties determined by
conductor to Assistant Conductor duties
(clause 2.2.13)
• added Past Executive Member(s)
position duties and number (clauses
2.2.16 and 2.2.17)
• added Section Leader position duties
and number (clauses 2.2.18 and 2.2.19)
• added eligibility requirements for Past
Executive Member(s) (clause 2.3.4)
• added information on appointment of
Past Executive Member(s) (clause 2.5.2)
• added “and nominees” to appointment
instructions to allow for Past Executive
Member(s) appointment (clause 2.5.6)
Claire
McGannon
20/3/16 3.2 • updated version throughout
• updated footer to show proposed to
committee and not yet accepted by C&S
• corrected error in clause 2.1.2.2 where
the Assistant Treasurer position had
been listed twice
• removed all changes made to 2.1.2.2,
2.2, 2.3 and 2.5 regarding the Past
Executive Members and Section Leaders
• created a new clause 2.3 describing
committee delegates – all changes here
are simply moved from where they were
deleted in the above clauses
• added that Past Executive Members may
be added to the mailing list (clause 2.3.3)
• explained the requirements and rights of
different delegates at committee
meetings (clauses 2.3.6 and 2.3.9)
Claire
McGannon
19/6/16 3.3 • updated version throughout
• updated footer to show proposed to
committee and not yet accepted by C&S
• corrected clause agreement throughout
due to previous changes
• changed references to “s/he and his/her”
to they/their throughout to allow for nonbinary gender options
• clarified terms of lapse of delegate
positions and removal of delegates
(clauses 2.3.7 and 2.3.12-14)
Claire
McGannon
6/8/16 3.4 • updated version throughout
• updated footer to show proposed to
committee and not yet accepted by C&S
• changed “Past Executive Members” to
“Committee Advisory Members” based
on committee feedback (clause 2.3)
• simplified eligibility, selection, and lapse
of membership details for committee
delegates (clause 2.3)
Angel
D’Souza
02/09/2017 5.0 • updated version throughout
• updated footer to show proposed to
committee and not yet accepted by C&S
• reformatted the numbering lists
• clarified the role of ancillary and
committee members with regards to this
schedule
• combined the Concert Manager and
Fundraising Officer portfolios and
renamed it Concert and Fundraising
Manager
• combined the I.T. Manager and Publicity
Officer portfolio and renamed it I.T. and
Publicity Officer
• combined the Librarian and Archivist
portfolios and renamed it Resource
Officer
• combined the Social Secretary and
Camp Officer portfolios and renamed it
Event Manager
• removed the Assistant Librarian position
• Added the position of conductor as a
non-portfolio position
• Clarified the duties that the position of
conductor and assistant conductor
entails
• Explained how the conductor and
assistant conductor is appointed and the
benefits that they receive
• specified and explained the approval
procedure of any amendment to the
schedule
2. Rehearsal Policy v 2.0- Amended and Adopted in August 2016
Author Date Version Changes
Fiona Schoer 23/2/2013 1.0 • New rehearsal policy as passed at
Meeting 13-2 (23/2/2013)
Claire
McGannon
3/4/2016 1.1 • Reformatted document to match
Constitution
• Clarified how attendance is marked and
acted upon (2.2)
• Clarified what actions may be taken in
the case of inappropriate conduct (3.2)
• Explained concert fees (4)
3. Committee Standing Orders v 2.0- Amended on the 2nd of September 2017
Author Date Version Changes
Fiona Schoer 29/08/2014 0.1 • Creation of document as condensed version
of MSC Standing Orders
• Track changes indicate changes between
MSC Standing Orders and this document
(except formatting changes to match other
MonUCS documentation)
Fiona Schoer 02/09/2014 0.2 Post review updates
• updated version on title page and in
footer
• corrected clause 3.2 to point to MSC
Standing Orders where there is a no
coverage in this document
• updated section 14 (Manner and Right of
Speech) to give any invited attendee full
speaking rights (14.6 moved to be 14.1
for clarity)
• updated 14.8 to be more concise and
remove gender binary (RE 3 speakers of
a gender)
• updated section 23 to allow any attendee
with full speaking rights to move and vote
on procedural motions
• updated section 25 to allow any attendee
with full speaking rights to raise a Point
of Order
Angel
D’Souza
02/09/2017 1.0 • updated version throughout
• updated footer to show proposed to
committee and new page number
• reformatted the font so that it was
standard throughout
List of Honorary Life Members
Name Year Notes
Katie Purvis
Barry (Bazza) Gration
Andre de Quadros
JJ Edmondson
Al Evans
Andrew Wailes
Jacqui Harrison
Trevor Jones
Toby Seidel
Tim Long
Pat Burns
List of definitions that provide grounds for disciplinary action
MonUCS, as an organisation, stands against all forms of discrimination and
harassment, and positively promotes a safe environment. The purpose of these
definitions is to outline what is not acceptable conduct between persons attending
MonUCS events, whether they are members, staff (including but not limited to
conductor(s), accompanist(s), soloist(s) and other paid music staff), guests, or other
persons who attend official MonUCS events.
Definitions not covered in this document will take definition as per the MonUCS
constitution, the Clubs & Societies constitution, or the MSA constitution, in that order.
(1) Harassment is conduct that annoys, threatens, intimidates, alarms, or puts a
person in fear of their safety. Harassment is unwanted, unwelcomed and
uninvited behavior that demeans, threatens, or offends the victim and results
in a hostile environment for the victim. Harassing behavior may include, but is
not limited to, epithets, derogatory comments, slurs and lewd propositions,
physical assault, impeding or blocking movement, offensive touching, any
physical interference with normal work or movement, and visual insults, such
as derogatory posters or cartoons.
(2) Sexual harassment occurs when a person is subjected to unwanted sexual
conduct and which makes a person feel offended, humiliated, and/or intimidated
where that reaction is considered reasonable in the circumstances.
(3) Sexual harassment can take various forms such as:
(a) unwelcome touching, hugging, or kissing; staring or leering or suggestive
comments;
(b) sending sexual material online or via email;
(c) unwanted invitations to go out on dates or requests for sex;
(d) insults and taunts based on a person’s sex;
(e) behaviour which would also be an offence under the criminal law, such as
physical assault, indecent exposure, sexual assault, stalking or obscene
communications.
(4) Bullying is repeated behaviour that can range from obvious verbal or physical
assault to subtle psychological abuse. It can include:
(a) physical or verbal abuse;
(b) yelling, screaming, or offensive language;
(c) excluding or isolating behaviour;
(d) psychological harassment;
(e) intimidation.
(5) All forms of harassment and bullying are defined as being unwanted or
unwelcome. In certain settings, it may be unreasonable to accuse someone as
having perpetrated harassment or bullying if they have not yet been warned that
their behaviour is unwanted. Ideally, a warning would always be given.
However, it is not practicable in other circumstances for this warning to occur,
for example when the behaviour is violent or the complainant has fears for their
safety.
(6) Harassment and bullying in all their forms may not be intended as such by the
alleged perpetrator, who may not know how their behaviour appears to others.
This makes it all the more important that warnings are given or statements
made about how these actions make others feel. However, the way a person’s
actions are interpreted by the person receiving them often have more weight
when complaints about harassment are being managed.
(7) Discrimination is treating, or proposing to treat, someone unfavourably because
of a personal characteristic protected by the law. This includes bullying
someone because of a protected attribute. Equal opportunity laws protect
people from discrimination, sexual harassment, victimisation, and racial and
religious vilification. Discrimination laws apply in the setting of publicly funded
clubs and community organisations such as MonUCS. In Victoria, it is against
the law to discriminate against someone because of a protected attribute, such
as:
(a) a disability, disease or injury, including work related injury,
(b) parental status or status as a carer, where a person is responsible for
caring for children or other dependents (does not cover those paid to
provide care),
(c) race, colour, descent, nationality, ancestry, or ethnic background,
(d) age, whether young or old, or because of age in general,
(e) sex, whether male, female, or intersex,
(f) employment activity, for example because they ask questions or raise
concerns about their rights or entitlements at work,
(g) industrial activity, including being a member of an industrial organisation
such as a trade union or taking part in industrial activity, or deciding not to
join a union,
(h) physical features, such as height, weight, size, hair, or birthmarks,
(i) religious belief or taking part in religious activity,
(j) pregnancy and breastfeeding,
(k) taking part in lawful sexual activity,
(l) sexual orientation or gender identity, whether gay, lesbian, bisexual,
asexual, pansexual, transsexual, transgender, queer, genderqueer, or
heterosexual,
(m) marital/relationship status, whether married, divorced, unmarried, single,
or in a de facto or domestic relationship, be it monogamous or otherwise,
(n) political belief or taking part in political activity, or not taking part in political
activity at all,
(o) an association with someone who has, or is assumed to have, one of
these personal attributes.
(8) Discrimination can either be direct or indirect;
(a) Direct discrimination takes place when an individual is disadvantaged or
treated less favourably than another person.
(b) Indirect discrimination happens when an unreasonable practice or policy
appears to be fair because it treats everyone the same way, but is likely to
disadvantage people from a particular group, where the onus for showing
reasonableness rests on the persons implementing the practice or policy.
(9) What harassment and discrimination are not:
(a) The members of the MonUCS committee, particularly the members of the
executive, have responsibilities to manage and supervise other committee
members, staff, and, on occasion, society members, particularly with
regard to unsatisfactory performance of duties. Such management may
include constructive critical feedback, and monitoring and review of work
performance. The act of correcting fellow members and staff, pointing out
areas for improvement, or invoking misconduct procedures does not in
itself constitute harassment. The society committee members have a
responsibility to establish and maintain a society free from harassment by
offering constructive and legitimate advice and comments in a way that
does not demean or humiliate other society members or staff.
(b) Members of the musical staff providing feedback to the members,
including but not limited to the pointing out of tone, rhythm, or other
musical error.