Communication Disorders


National Student Speech Language Hearing
Middle Tennessee State University Chapter


Article I

The name of this organization shall be the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association, University of Middle Tennessee State University Chapter.

Article II

The purpose of this organization shall be:

1. to encourage professional interest among college and university students in the study of human communication sciences and disorders.
2. to provide a vehicle for student representation in matters of professional concern.
3. to serve as a network for school, service, and future employment.

Article III

As a recognized local chapter of NSSLHA, the University of Middle Tennessee State University Chapter shall serve as an official organ of NSSLHA in matters appropriately handled at the local level and in matters prescribed in the Bylaws of the National Organization. Any number of the members of the chapter shall be members of the National Organization.

Article IV

Part I Full Member

Section 1. Eligibility

Any university student, graduate or undergraduate, not yet eligible for membership in the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association interested in the study of normal and disordered human communication behavior, shall be eligible for membership in the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association, University of Middle Tennessee State University Chapter.

Section 2. Privileges

A member of the local chapter shall be eligible to vote, to hold office, and to serve on committees as well as participate in both service and fundraising activities and be eligible for reimbursement funds for attendance at conferences and the like.

Section 3. Dues

Annual dues for members shall be determined by the membership.

Section 4. Termination of membership

Membership in the MTSU Chapter of NSSLHA shall be terminated automatically if:

1. a member becomes eligible for membership in the American Speech Language Hearing Association
2. loses student status
3. a member fails to pay dues by the time of the second monthly meeting

Part II Honorary Membership

Section 1. Definition

Any person, except a regularly enrolled student, who, because of deep professional interest in and an outstanding contribution to the local chapter of NSSLHA shall be eligible to be elected an Honorary member.

Section 2. Selection

Individuals shall be nominated to any member to the MTSU chapter. Nominations shall be submitted to the Executive Board for consideration. The nomination shall be confirmed by a poll of the membership. Chapter advisors are automatically awarded Honorary membership.

Article V

The Chapter may invite persons to be Patrons of the Chapter who have given their support in the advancement of the Chapter by their participation in the monthly meetings.

Article VI

Section 1. Student Members

Those students who meet the eligibility requirements set forth in Article IV, Section 1 of these Bylaws may be Chapter members.

Section 2. Chapter Advisor(s)

This chapter shall have at least one advisor who shall be a resident member of the faculty of MTSU. The advisor shall be a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Section 3. Chapter Co-Advisor

The Chapter Advisor may designate a Chapter Co-Advisor subject to the approval of the Chapter Executive Council. The Chapter Co-Advisor must be a professional member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Section 4. Honorary Members

Refer to Article IV, Part III, Section 1

Article VII
Chapter Executive Council

Section 1. Power

The Chapter Executive Council shall supervise and coordinate all activities undertaken by the Chapter, shall establish policies, and shall exercise all powers except those assigned to the membership. The Chapter Executive Council shall meet prior to the monthly business meeting at a time designated by the Council. A majority of members of the Council shall constitute a quorum.

Section 2. Composition

The Chapter Executive Council shall consist of the Chapter officers and its advisors.

Section 3. Chapter Officers

Chapter officers shall be a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Special Events Coordinator. They shall be selected from the general membership as indicated in Bylaws, Article IV, Part I, Sections 1 and 2.

A. Duties

1. President

The President will call and preside over all meetings of the Chapter Executive Council and Chapter meetings. The President shall appoint all committees, shall serve as an ex- officer member of all committees and shall designate special duties not provides for in the Constitution and Bylaws.

2. Vice-President

The Vice President shall be vested with the powers of the President in the event of his or her absence or his or her inability to execute the sworn duties. The Vice President shall carry out other duties assigned to him or her by the President. The duties of the Vice President shall include overseeing the preparations for the monthly meetings.

3. Secretary

The Secretary shall handle all liaison between the National Office and chapters including reports and correspondence. The Secretary shall act as Parliamentarian at the monthly meetings.

4. Treasurer The Treasurer shall be custodian of the funds of the Chapter and shall be responsible for all monies received and spent by the local Chapter which is to include dues and organizational expenditures.

5. Special Events Coordinator

The Special Events Coordinator shall be responsible of arranging all events organized by the club.

B. Terms of office

The Chapter officers shall be elected for a period of one year to be served from January through December.

C. Election

The Chapter officers shall be elected by a majority vote of the membership. A nominating committee consisting of the Executive Council and Advisors shall determine the qualifications of candidates for office after general nominations have been suggested by the members of the Chapter. The Executive Council shall receive each nominee's acceptance of the nomination before presenting the slate to the membership for action. Additional nominations may be made from the floor subject to the nominee's acceptance.

Article VIII

The Executive Council will approve by vote the formation of an Ad-Hock committee, which will function for a certain time established by the Executive Council. After the Ad-Hock Committee has served it purpose for the allotted time the Executive Council will then vote to dissolve the committee or continue it as Standing Committee.

Section 1. Chair

A. All Chairs shall be appointed by the Chapter President and reaffirmed by a vote from the Executive Council.

B. The Chair shall be responsible for the supervision and coordination of all activities undertaken by their committee(s).

Article IX

Robert's Revised Rules of Order shall constitute the parliamentary authority in all matters not covered by the national and local Bylaws.

Article X

Section 1. Suggested Amendments

Suggestions for amendments or revision of these Bylaws shall be presented to the Chapter Executive Council by any member or advisor at least one month prior to the next scheduled business meeting.

Section 2. Action on Proposed Amendments

All amendments shall be presented to the general membership for action. A majority vote of two-thirds of those present at the business meeting at which the amendment is announced shall be required for adoption.