International House Constitution

Article I – Immutability and Structure of the International House Constitution

  1. “I-House” is understood to be an abbreviation of International House.
  2. “RIT” is understood to be an abbreviation of Rochester Institute of Technology.
  3. The constitution of the International House shall be wholly and totally immutable. The text of the constitution shall be perpetually unchanged.
  4. Any changes to the structure, working or any other element not dealing with the existence thereof, the powers, duties, responsibilities or limitations of elective positions shall be placed in a separate document called “International House Constitution Amendments”
  5. The “International House Constitution Amendments” document shall consist of separate incrementally numbered amendments, that once ratified shall themselves be immutable for all time with no exception.
  6. In case of contradiction, all amendments override the text of the constitution and all newer amendments override older amendments and the text of the constitution regardless of what older amendments may contain.

Article II – The Being of International House

  1. The name of this house shall be International House.
  2. International House shall recognize that it receives its right to function as a Special Interest House from the Center for Residence Life of the Rochester Institute of Technology in conjunction with RHA.
  3. The purpose of International House shall be twofold:
    1. To provide students with the environment where they can learn about different cultures worldwide.
    2. To help all students, foreign and American, adjust to life at RIT.
  4. I-House must retain, from one year to the next, at least one third (33%) of its members as on-floor members. If there is less than one-third retention, I-House must enforce a standard exit conversation, focusing on the reasons for moving off-floor.
  5. I-House must maintain full occupancy at all times. If a space becomes available, I-House will be granted a grace period to fill that space, and make a "Good Faith" effort to do so.
  6. The Special Interest Housing Committee will define quantifiable standards for SIH membership among all Houses and the I-House executive board shall enforce these standards by including them in the annual good standing criteria.
  7. There shall be at least one advisor to I-House whose duty is to follow and advise upon the guidelines established by the Center for Residence Life.

Article III – Membership

  1. Membership is open to all students who have completed a membership application that has been accepted by either the executive board or the selection committee and are in good standing with RIT.
  2. Good standing with RIT is defined as a student in good conduct standing with RIT. Good standing with I-House is defined as “having 50% or more of the current executive board members rate you as ‘In good standing’ during members’ evaluation that will occur quarterly for each member”
    1. Within eight days of the beginning of the academic year executive board shall publish, in unison, what the criteria for being “in good standing” consists of. No student shall be subject to post-facto infractions of the yearly criteria nor be expected to hold to the former year’s criteria.
  3. A member of I-House that has not been in good standing for two consecutive quarters shall gain the title of inactive and may be asked to seek alternate housing or shall be expelled from the floor by the executive board as a whole. Those with the title of inactive may not:
    1. Participate in any I-House activities including but not limited to I-House trips, voting, and dinners; unless specified by a majority vote of executive board.
    2. Have access to the I-House kitchen.
  4. There shall be two types of I-House members, on-floor and off-floor.
    1. An on-floor member is defined as “a student in good standing with both RIT and I-House that is at the time officially living within the RIT designated physical facility of I-House.” On-floor members shall pay a quarterly fee of $35.
    2. An off-floor member is defined as a “student in good standing with both RIT and I-House.” Off-floor member shall pay a quarterly fee of $15. Off-floor members shall have all the same rights and responsibilities as on floor members except that off-floor members shall not:
      1. Hold office.
      2. Pay more in fees than an on-floor member.
      3. Have keys to the lounges or kitchen.
      4. Be required to attend more than three regular floor meetings per quarter.
      5. Required to take part in conscripted cleanups.

Article IV – Executive Board

  1. The powers of the executive board shall be limited to the individual powers of the elective positions within it.
  2. The executive board shall meet on a regular basis as determined by the highest Tier elected official therein.
  3. The authority of the executive board members is correlated with what Tier their office exists in with Tier one being the most authoritative and Tier 4 being the lowest.
  4. The lowest executive Tier is higher in authority than any non-executive board I-House member.
  5. The executive board, in unison, shall once every quarter give the state of I-House giving details of what the status of I-House is; this minimally including; how many members there are, how many inactive persons there are, what members have gained the status of “In good standing”, what persons are inactive, what new members there are and what members left.
  6. The executive board shall at least once quarterly plan and act upon at least one entertainment type event involving the floor’s members in good standing as a whole.
  7. The executive board shall at least once quarterly evaluate all members of I-House to check if they are in good standing both for I-House and RIT.
  8. All elective positions, their powers, duties, responsibilities and limitations shall be placed in a mutable document called “International House Elected Positions”
  9. All disputes within the executive board shall be decided by majority vote. In the case of a tie the vice president shall decide.
  10. The executive board may reasonably punish members who are inactive or are not in good standing in accordance with the annual good standing document and RIT’s disciplinary regulations.
  11. The “International House Elected Positions” document shall start at the ratification of this constitution with the following positions, powers, duties, responsibilities and limitations in place:
    1. President –Tier 1
      1. Preside over all special and regular I-House meetings and executive board meetings.
      2. Create, manage, enable or disable the acting of, and assign control of committees.
      3. The president may not disable or assign the control of committees specifically listed in the “International House Elected Positions” document A Tier 2 executive board member shall take over the President’s duties in leave of absence of the President.
    2. Vice President – Tier 2
      1. Enforce executive board meeting times, dates and attendance.
      2. In any executive board voting session the vice president shall always vote last.
      3. Shall have a committee of at least one person to aid in administrative duties.
      4. A Tier 3 executive board member shall take over the vice president’s duties in leave of absence of the vice president.
    3. Treasurer – Tier 3
      1. Shall approve or disapprove all spending unless the decision is overridden by a 2/3 vote of the executive board.
      2. Shall plan and implement a budget.
      3. Shall collect member dues.
      4. Shall have a committee of at least one person to aid in administrative duties.
      5. Tier 4 executive board member shall take over the treasurer’s duties in leave of absence of the treasurer.
    4. Secretary – Tier 3
      1. Shall keep an accurate role of members and keep the minutes of all meetings.
      2. Shall submit the typed minutes to all I-House members.
      3. Shall be responsible for providing community service opportunities to the floor and keeping members readily aware of their current service hour level.
      4. Shall be responsible for confirming all communication regarding all service events.
      5. Shall have a committee of at least two people to aid in administrative duties.
      6. A Tier 4 executive board member shall take over the secretary’s duties in leave of absence of the secretary.
    5. Historian – Tier 4
      1. Shall be responsible for collecting photos and videos of all I-House events.
      2. Shall be responsible for preparing long-term archives of yearly events and members current and past.
      3. Shall be responsible for putting up event photos and/or videos of events on the I-House website which will be provided by the Webmaster.
      4. Shall be responsible for taking and keeping attendance records for all I-house events including floor meetings.
      5. A Tier 4 executive board member shall take over the Historian’s duties in leave of absence of the Historian.
    6. Public Relations Director -Tier 4
      1. Shall encourage, promote, and be involved with activities that increase the House's presence within the RIT community.
      2. Shall be responsible for the creation and distribution of flyers and other promotion material for I-House events.
      3. Shall be responsible for having representation/table at the RIT Open Houses.
      4. Shall have a committee of at least one person to aid in administrative duties.
      5. Tier 4 executive board member shall take over the Public Relations Director’s duties in leave of absence of the Public Relations Director.
    7. Floor Architect -Tier 4
      1. Shall keep all facilities in order, working and clean.
      2. Shall keep shelves stocked with necessary items as determined by I-House members.
      3. Shall temporarily or permanently ban from the use of kitchen and kitchenette facilities any member of I-House who is misusing any such facilities.
      4. Shall have power over standard appliances. (e.g. microwave, oven, dishwasher, etc..)
      5. Shall have the power to conscript all I-House members, including executive board members, into facility cleaning sessions no more than once per five days.
      6. Shall have a committee of at least three people to aid in administrative and cleaning duties.
      7. A Tier 4 executive board member shall take over the Floor Architect’s duties in leave of absence of the Floor Architect.
    8. Webmaster – Tier 4
      1. Shall maintain and update the I-House website.
      2. Shall provide a framework for the historian to display photos online.
      3. Shall have power over and responsibility for all non-appliance electrical systems.
      4. Shall have a committee of at least one person to aid in administrative and technical duties.
      5. A Tier 4 executive board member shall take over the Webmaster ’s duties in leave of absence of the Webmaster.

Article V – Elections, Resignations, Voting Procedures & Impeachments

  1. Regular elections for all positions listed in the “International House Elected Positions” document shall be held at the beginning of spring quarter.
  2. Special elections must be held as soon as possible if a position is empty. No elective position shall be empty for more than two weeks and three days.
  3. Elections can only occur when 2/3 of all on-floor members are present and all of the executive board is present.
    1. In case of a special election or meeting involving impeachment, the impeached need not be present to hold elections.
  4. All voting sessions except calls for impeachment are to be held by a public rising of hands.
  5. In the case that there are two or more candidates running for any given elected position the winner shall be elected by majority vote.
    1. If 2/3 of I-House members do not raise their hands for either candidate neither candidate shall have won the election and neither shall enter the executive board.
  6. If there is only one candidate in an election, not raising a hand shall be a vote against that candidate. If the 2/3 of votes are against then that member shall not have won the election and shall not enter the executive board.
  7. Any executive board member can be impeached at any time by a presentation of a petition of impeachment containing 2/3 of all on-floor members’ signatures to that executive board member under the witness of another executive board member.
  8. Any executive board member can be impeached under a call for impeachment voted for by 1/2 of members present at a regular meeting containing at least 2/3 of all I-House members.
    1. If a call for impeachment is passed there shall be written anonymous yes or no ballot to impeach. If the yes or no ballot is passed with a 2/3 majority the impeachment takes place.
  9. The whole executive board can be impeached with the vote of every on-floor non-executive board member for impeachment.
  10. Any executive board member may resign at anytime with a written letter of resignation presented to all members during a regular meeting.
    1. There will be a two-week period between the announcement of the resignation and when the resignation takes effect.

Article VI - Housing

  1. The highest Tier executive board member of the executive board shall designate rooms according to priority. The priority applies only to those holding the title at the time of the creation of the housing roster.
    1. a. The order of priority from highest to lowest is:
      1. President
      2. Vice President
      3. Treasurer
      4. Secretary
      5. Public Relations Director
      6. Floor Architect
      7. Webmaster
      8. Historian
      9. Senior I-House Members
      10. Junior I-House members
      11. Off-floor members
      12. Incoming I-House members

Article VII – Updates to the Constitution

  1. The “International House Elected Positions” document is completely mutable at any given time granted:
    1. 2/3 of all current on-floor members are present.
    2. All of Executive Board is present.
    3. All that is to be changed is publicly declared before both present groups.
    4. 2/3 of the present non-executive board members vote and approve the changes.
    5. 2/3 of the executive board vote and approve the changes.
  2. New amendments may be made to the “International House Constitution Amendments” once per academic year during the spring quarter given:
    1. 2/3 of all current on-floor members are present.
    2. All of Executive Board is present.
    3. All that is to be changed is publicly declared before both present groups.
    4. 2/3 of the present non-executive board members vote and approve the changes.
    5. 2/3 of the executive board vote and approve the changes.
  3. The International House Constitution shall be abolished and a new constitution set in place given:
    1. All current on-floor members are present.
    2. All on floor members have spoken on the matter.
    3. The advisor has spoken on the matter and supports the abolition.
    4. All on-floor members vote to abolish this constitution.

Amendments


Elected Officials

Special Interest Housing Activities Committee Representative

Elected every fall to represent I-House to SIHAC.