Every student enrolled in the Honors College at OU is automatically a member of the HSA. However, the title of "Active Member" is reserved for students who attend three meetings or events each semester. Active Members may run for officer positions in the spring.
1 - Help students graduate cum laude and realize their academic potential.
- Provide students with the requirements to graduate with honors.
- Help students with the reading and research program.
- Help students find out about and join other honor and academic organizations.
- Be a source of information for scholarship opportunities.
- Direct students toward internship, mentor, and tutoring opportunities.
2 - Serve the academic community.
- Participate in service projects.
- Provide a forum for academic discussion.
3 - Participate in the governance of the Honors College.
- Maintain a close relationship with the Honors College faculty and staff.
- Facilitate communication between the Honors College and the honors class professors.
- Foster creation and awareness of honors courses.
- Assist in faculty hiring.
4 - Participate in the community of honors students.
- Participate in campus activities.
- Be active in the community of the Honors House.
The constitution of the H.S.A. is registered with the University of Oklahoma Student Association (UOSA). The constitution provides a framework for the organization.
Article I. Purpose
The purpose of the University of Oklahoma Honor Student Association (H.S.A.) shall be to ensure student input into the programs and policies of the OU Honors College, to promote healthy debate and knowledge at the university, and to encourage its members to strive for academic excellence.
Article II. Membership
Every student enrolled in the Honors College at the University of Oklahoma is a member of H.S.A. With approval by a majority of H.S.A. officers, any student expressing interest in the OU Honors College shall be a member of the H.S.A.
Article III. Officers
Section 1. President
The President shall chair all H.S.A. meetings. The President shall also be responsible for submitting a budget, which must be approved by a majority of H.S.A. officers. The President has the authority to make financial decisions regarding expenditures under $30.00. The President also has the authority to make other decisions he or she deems necessary, provided he or she obtains a majority approval of H.S.A. officers at the following H.S.A. meeting. The president can also appoint an Executive Director if he or she so chooses.
Section 2. Vice-President
The Vice-President shall be responsible for contacting speakers, arranging events, and performing any other duties not delegated to other officers. The Vice-President shall also chair H.S.A. meetings in the absence of the President.
Section 3. Secretary
The Secretary shall be responsible for taking the minutes of every H.S.A. meeting and for keeping a current roster of all active H.S.A. members. The Secretary shall also chair H.S.A. meetings in the absence of both the President and the Vice- President.
Section 4. Treasurer
The Treasurer shall be responsible for the financial accounts of the H.S.A. The Treasurer shall also be responsible for keeping records of all H.S.A. income and expenditures. All expenditures exceeding $30.00 must have approval by a majority of H.S.A. officers.
Section 5. Executive Director
The Executive Director shall be responsible for overseeing the duties of the other officers under the President, and assisting the officers in their duties.
Article IV. Advisor
A voluntary advisor will be chosen from the Honors Program (College) faculty or staff. The current director of the Honors Program will become the first advisor when this constitution takes effect. In the event an advisor no longer wishes to continue in that capacity, a new advisor will be chosen at the next Honor Student Association officers' meeting.
Article V. Committees
Section 1. Executive Committee
An Executive Committee consisting of all officers shall meet whenever the President or a majority of officers deems necessary. This committee may make decisions by a majority vote, but a three-fourths majority of H.S.A. members present at any H.S.A. meeting may overturn any decision of the Executive Committee.
Section 2. Other Committees
The H.S.A. President may establish other committees, and appoint chairs to those committees, as he or she deems necessary. These committees shall have no decision-making power except that granted to them by the Executive Committee.
Article VI. Meetings
At least one meeting shall be called during each full month during the fall and spring semesters. All meetings shall be advertised at least forty-eight (48) hours before they are held. All H.S.A. meetings shall be governed by Robert's Rules of Order, but a quorum will not be required to conduct business.
Article VII. Elections
Elections shall be held at the end of each spring semester. The positions of President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer will be filled during this election. Those H.S.A. members elected to these positions will serve one-year terms. In the event that one of these offices is vacated during the school year, a special election to fill those offices will be called within two (2) weeks of such vacation.
Article VIII. Impeachment
Any officer may be impeached and removed from office by a two-thirds majority of H.S.A. members present at any H.S.A. meeting, provided that charges against the officer be presented to him and be posted on the first floor in the Honors House for at least one (1) week prior to the meeting.
Article IX. Amendments
Amendments to this constitution must be approved by a two-thirds of H.S.A. members present at any H.S.A. meeting. Copies of the amendments must be posted on the first floor of the Honors House for at least one (1) week prior to the meeting.
Article X. Ratification
This constitution shall become effective upon ratification by two-thirds of H.S.A. members voting at the next H.S.A. meeting, and approval of U.O.S.A.