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The West Virginia University Council for Women’s Concerns, affiliated with the President’s Office for Social Justice and the Social Justice Council, is committed to promoting the equality of women in the University and local communities. The Council is comprised of women and men representing WVU faculty, staff, and students, and representatives of the greater Morgantown area. The Council facilitates dialogue, gathers information, and consults with diverse segments
of the community. The Council advises the President’s Office for Social Justice regarding priorities for action by the University and acts as an advocate for women’s concerns.
The Council affirms that discriminatory practices and prejudicial attitudes are not the unique or particular concern of the victim, but rather are, or should be, the collective concern of the Morgantown and University communities. The Council calls on these communities to be role models for others by manifesting a visible commitment to social justice at every level and function and to treat all persons at all times in a fair, equitable, and civil manner.
Council recognizes that discrimination of any kind impedes the progress
and integrity of the entire community. Thus the Council is committed
to eliminating discrimination, not only towards women, but also to
intersections of gender with other issues such as race,
age, religion, sexual orientation, disability, color, national origin or veteran status.
The name of the Council shall be the West Virginia Council for Women’s Concerns, and shall be referred to as the Council throughout this document.
The purpose of the Council is to promote the equality and empowerment of women in all areas of the University and local community life. More specifically, the Council will address the special needs of women by: (a) facilitating dialogue on women’s issues; (b) formulating and initiating action plans; (c) collaborating with the Social Justice Council and other groups to promote and encourage institutional and community activities and initiatives; (d) providing an ongoing needs assessment to identify areas of concern; and (e) advocating for women’s equality.
The Council reports to the Executive Officer for Social Justice who reports to the President of the University through the President’s Office for Social Justice.
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Section 1. Members
Membership shall consist of a broad representation from the University and the greater Morgantown area, and shall number no more than thirty (30) and no less than twenty (20) persons, not including ex-officio members.
Membership shall be drawn from the following categories:
Faculty members: three (3) year term
Classified staff members: three (3) year term
Community members: three (3) year term
Full-time student members: one (1) year term
1b. Ex-officio members include a representative from the Office of the Provost, the
Executive Officer for Social Justice or her/his designee, and the Director of the Center
for Women’s Studies or her/his designee.
Male representation on the Council is desired, but should not exceed
of the total voting membership.
2. Election of new members
The Nominations Committee shall present a list of new member nominees at the March meeting. Election of new members will held by secret ballot at the April meeting.
Council members shall be appointed by the President’s Office for Social Justice from the results of an affirmative vote of a majority of the Council present at the April meeting. The current Chair of the Council for Women’s Concerns presents the nominees to the President’s Office for Social Justice. The appointment year for newly elected members begins on May 1 and ends on April 30.
Section 4. Term
The term of office of faculty, staff, and community Council members elected at any annual meeting shall be three (3) years. The term of office of full-time student members elected at any annual meeting shall be one (1) year. Members may succeed themselves for one additional term, except that student members may succeed themselves for two
In the event that a newly elected member declines appointment by the President’s Office for Social Justice, a member resigns from the Council during the year, or there is a vacancy due to fewer nominees on the ballot at the April meeting than the number of anticipated Council vacancies for the next academic year, the Chair shall appoint a replacement to fill the vacancy. Such replacement(s) shall be selected from the slate of nominees for membership or from nominations from the floor. Such appointees shall be appointed for full terms. All such replacement(s) shall complete the online application on the Council’s web site. Online replacement nominee application forms are received by the President’s Office for Social Justice. The President’s Office for Social Justice forwards a paper copy of the application form to the Council chair. When appointment is made at a time other than the annual election, the year of the appointment shall serve as the first year of the member’s term.
5. Duties of Members
5a. Service on Council committees
All Council members are encouraged to serve on at least two Council committees.
Council members have an obligation to attend regularly scheduled meetings, including the annual May retreat meeting. Members must notify the Chair or the Communications Secretary of an anticipated absence prior to the meeting. Members who miss more than two consecutive meetings without advance notice or who miss more than 50% of all regularly scheduled meetings for the year may be asked to resign from the Council. Members who have regular conflicts during a semester, i.e., from a class conflict, may continue on the Council for that semester if they are actively involved in a Council committee. However, if members have class or other conflicts throughout a Council year, they should resign from the Council and ask to be considered for membership again at a time when their schedules permit more regular attendance. While every effort will be made to accommodate these requests for
re-election, there can be no guarantees in a particular year, due to the need to balance the different constituencies on the Council in any year.
Section 1. Regular meetings
Regular meetings of the full Council shall be held monthly during the school term on the first Friday of the month, except for holidays and semester breaks in which case the meetings will be held on the second Friday of the month.
2. Conduct of meetings
Robert’s Rules of Order shall guide the transaction of all business of the Council.
The presence in person of a simple majority of the Council shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. The acts of a quorum shall constitute the acts of the Council.
An election by secret ballot shall be held annually at the April meeting to elect officers and new members.
Section 1. Officers
The officers of the Council shall include a Chair, Vice-Chair(s), Communications Secretary, and Financial Secretary, all of whom shall be elected annually by the Council. The Council may, from time to time, also elect or appoint one or more additional officers or assistant officers.
2. Election of officers
Officers are elected by Council members by secret ballot at the April meeting.
Officers are elected for a term of one (1) year and may be re-elected for a second term.
Should a newly elected officer not accept the office or resign during the year, or should an officer vacancy occur for any other reason, the Chair shall appoint a replacement to fill the vacancy.
5. Duties of Officers
5a. The Chair presides at all meetings, enforces the bylaws, and follows the charge of the Council. The Chair appoints all Council committee chairs and reports on all Executive Committee and Social Justice Council meetings at which she/he is present. The Chair serves as the Budget Officer.
The Vice-Chair(s) attend(s) all meetings, monitor(s) all events, and
oversee(s) all committees of the Council and Executive Committee and
presides at meetings in the absence of the Chair.
In the absence of the Chair and the Vice-Chair(s), the Secretary serves as the Council representative on the Social Justice Council.
5c. The Communications Secretary ensures that minutes of the Council meeting are recorded and distributed to Council members. She/He attends all meetings of the Council and the Executive Committee; is custodian of important documents; and generates an annual meeting schedule, which includes date, place, and recorder. In the absence of the chair and the Vice-Chair(s), the Secretary serves as representative on the Social Justice Council.
5c. The Financial Secretary attends all meetings of the Council and the Executive Committee. The Financial Secretary is responsible for keeping track of the Council’s budget that is based in the President’s Office for Social Justice, including appropriations from the President’s Office for Social Justice, any receipts from the Women of Color luncheon, or any other events that the Council for Women’s Concerns might sponsor. While all expenditures must be authorized and processed through the President’s Office for Social Justice, the Financial Secretary shall be responsible for preparing a monthly report to the Council for Women’s Concerns on the status of the Council’s accounts and shall be responsible for working with the President’s Office for Social Justice to insure that all expenditures and receipts are handled in accordance with WVU procedures.
Section 1. Executive Committee
The Executive Committee includes the Chair, Vice-Chair(s), Communications Secretary, and Financial Secretary of the Council. The immediate past Chair, if still a member of the Council, shall serve on the Executive Committee for one (1) year. Ex-officio members of the Council shall also serve on the Executive Committee. Council committee chairs may be called upon to report at these meetings as directed by the Chair of the Council.
1a. Meets monthly the week before regularly scheduled Council meetings to review the minutes of the previous meeting and to prepare the agenda for the next meeting.
1b. Transacts all routine and emergency business of the Council between monthly meetings of the Council and has all the powers of the membership subject to later approval, ratification, or rejection by the general membership of the Council.
1c. Monitors attendance and membership terms, reviews the list of suggested nominees for membership, and solicits nominations from the Council with respect to vacancies on the Council.
1d. Provides information to the media and contacts groups that are interested in the activities and purposes of the Council, subject to approval by the general membership.
1e. Addresses specific issues identified by the membership and executes those identified as goals and objectives.
1f. Submits an annual report to the Executive Officer for Social Justice on behalf of the Council by June 30 of each year following approval at the May meeting.
2. Council Committees
The Executive Committee shall determine Council committees to reflect the Council’s agenda for the year. Through Council committees, each member serves the Council in fulfilling its specified goals, objectives, and initiatives. Council committee membership shall be finalized at the first meeting of each academic year.
3. Nominating Committee
The Nominating Committee shall begin an annual cycle of recruiting officer and new member nominees in December in preparation for Council elections of officers and new members at the April meeting.
New Members: Recruitment and Election
In December, the Nominating Committee reviews the current Council membership roster and determines if there will be vacancies on the Council for the next academic year. In January, if there are any anticipated vacancies, the Nominating Committee issues a Council, community and University-wide call for Council nominations.
The nomination period will close on February 10.
may self-nominate or may be nominated by Council members or others.
All nominees must complete the online application form on the Council’s
web site. Online nominee applications forms are received by the President’s
Office for Social Justice. The President’s Office for Social
Justice forwards a paper copy of the application forms to the Chair
of the Council’s Nominating Committee by February 20. The Nominating
Committee prepares and presents a slate of all eligible Council nominees
at the March meeting.
The Nominating Committee prepares a ballot and conducts an election of new members by secret ballot at the April meeting.
To maintain a full Council, the Chair will appoint new members to fill any vacancies due to (1) fewer than nominees than the number of anticipated Council vacancies for the coming year or (2) the resignation of a Council member during the year.
Officers: Recruitment and Election
In January, the Nominating Committee issues call to Council members for nominations for Council officers. The nomination period will close with the adjournment of the March meeting.
Nominees may self-nominate or may be nominated by Council members.
The Nominating Committee will talk with candidates about the duties of officers and their willingness to serve.
The Nominating Committee prepares a slate of officers for any and all positions and presents the slate at the March meeting. Nominations may be taken from the floor at the March meeting.
The Nominating Committee prepares a ballot and conducts an election of officers by secret ballot at the April meeting.