Bylaws

THE STATUTE LAW OF THE ALUMNI OF LEVON AND SOPHIA HAGOPIAN ARMENIAN COLLEGE

A. Our union is called “The Alumni of Levon and Sophia Hagopian College.”

B. The Purpose
     1. to support the prosperity of the college financially and morally
     2. to keep the graduates of the college in constant touch with the college
     3. to aid the development of the students’ academic level and to form especially their national identity
     4. to assist the advance, spread, and ascent of the Armenian culture as a union that bears the name of the college.

C. The Means
     1. to organize income-producing activities
     2. to organize cultural activities
     3. to have committees to progress the financial-moral duties if needed.

D. Membership
     1. All graduates are considered members in the union.
     2. All members must accept the union’s purpose and follow its laws directly.

E. Meetings
     1. General Membership Meeting –
          a. Is the union’s supreme meeting
          b. Is held annually in February upon the administration’s invitation
          c. Discusses the annual activity of the administration
          d. Can make statute changes after the approval of 2/3 of the members
          e. Comes up with decisions and suggestions to the administration
          f. Elects a new union
          g. Can set exceptional meetings upon the invitation of the administration whenever necessary.

F. Membership Meetings
     1. Is held upon the invitation of the administration
     2. Listens to the announcements of the administration
     3. Presents its suggestions.

G. Administration
     1. consists of 5, 7, or 9 members decided by the general meeting
     2. is elected by the general meeting with closed voting, with the majority present voters, and for one year.
     3. All graduates who have completed one year can become members in the administration.
     4. The administration plans its yearly agenda based on the decisions and proposals of the general meeting.
     5. The administration decides its cabinet.
     6. It also assigns committees.
     7. The administration is accountable to the general meeting concerning its activity.
     8. The administration holds meetings if they are needed.
     9. If a member in the administration stops his activity, the administration has the right to assign a new member.
     10. The administration is considered dissolved if more than half of its members have stopped their activities. The other members set an exceptional general meeting to elect a new administration whose period ends the following February.
     11. The administration has its representatives in the committees.



H. Committees
     The committees are assigned by the administration which carry out the plans of the administration and can come up with new suggestions and present them to the administration after which they are executed.

I. Financial
     1. Each member must pay his annual membership fee which is decided by the general meeting.
     2. The total money is put in the bank in the names of three members in the administration.
     3. The union gives financial aid to the needy and the good students of the college upon the request of the principal or the administration and upon the written recourse of the student.
4. The union can aid the graduates of the college financially to continue their university studies.

J. Relativity
     1. The union is considered the auxiliary body of the college, so it is in direct contact with the principal for all activities that take place inside the college.
     2. The union follows carefully the academic level of the college, presents suggestions, and undertakes accordingly beneficial means with the permission of the principal.
      3. The union can be in close relation with the Students’ Council of the college to organize activities inside the college so that students can communicate with universal humane values and cultural achievements as well as for the purpose of keeping the Armenian spirit and the national perception live in them.
     4. The union contacts the Board of Trustees and supports the financial-moralactivities.
     5. The administration is the only representative of the union in exterior relations.

K. Disciplinary Rules
     1. The members of the union without exception are subjected to the statute law and to the decisions of the administration.
     2. Negligent are considered those who:
          a. deviate from the rules and the aims of the union.
          b. deviate from the decisions of the administration or the general meeting.
          c. have a negative attitude towards the college.
               d. fail in their financial duties.
     3. The punishments that are decided against members and/or committees are:
          a. a notice.
          b. deprivation of the right of electing or being elected.
          c. deprivation of participation in activities.
     4. A punished member is deprived only of his rights and not of his duties towards the union or the college.

L. Dissolution
     1. The union is considered dissolved if the number of the members has become five or less.
     2. In the case of dissolution, all movable and real property are handed to the principal of the college or to the Board of Trustees if it is considered necessary.

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