Local Chapter By-Laws

Article I - Identification

Section 1: Name. The name of the organization shall be Society for Human Resource Management, Michigan State University - Local Chapter.

Section 2: National Affiliation. SHRM, Michigan State University - Local Chapter, hereinafter referred to as the chapter, shall be affiliated with the Society for Human Resource Management, hereinafter referred to as SHRM.


Article II - Purposes

The purposes of the chapter shall be as follows:

  1. To acquaint students, considering a future in business, with the field of human resource management and/or labor relations.
  2. To keep students up-to-date on new developments in the field of human resource management.
  3. To provide learning opportunities through interaction with human resource practitioners.
  4. To promote the development of truly professional human resource managers for the future.
  5. To encourage adherence to the Code of Ethics of the Society for Human Resource Management.
  6. To achieve these purposes, there shall be no discrimination in individual membership or chapter affiliations because of race, religion, sex, age, or national origin.


Article III - Membership

Application for membership shall be made through the chapter. Annual dues shall become payable upon joining the chapter. Student members of the chapter who pay annual dues to the national SHRM shall be designated as student members of SHRM. Annual dues are subject to change from year to year dependent upon the local's financial status.


Article IV - Meetings of Members

Notice of the time and place of each meeting shall be served not less than four (4) nor more than ten (10) days before the meeting.

Five (5) voting members present at any meeting shall constitute a quorum. Such quorum may, by majority vote of the members present, transact any business which may properly be brought before the meeting, except as otherwise indicated in these Bylaws. A meeting may be adjourned or recessed by majority vote of the members present whether or not a quorum is present.

At all meetings of the members, the President, or if absent, the Vice President, shall preside as Chairperson. In the absence of said officers, the Chairperson shall be elected by a majority of the members present.

Every regular member of the chapter in good standing shall be entitled to one vote on any matter of the chapter's business to be acted upon by vote of the membership.


Article V - Executive Officers

President - Responsible chairing all meetings, setting the meeting agenda, delegating responsibilities to other officers, overseeing the organizations operations and other duties at will.

Vice President - Acts for the President in the President's absence and other duties as assigned.

Secretary - Responsible for keeping all chapter records, recording and distributing all meeting minutes, and other duties as assigned.

Treasurer - Responsible for all financial transactions and records for the chapter and other duties as assigned.

New Member Coordinator - Responsible for recruitment, chapter marketing, initiation of all members in both the local and national memberships and other duties as assigned.

Project Coordinator - Responsible for advertising all chapter activities and other duties as assigned.


Article VI - Elections and Balloting

Elections of officers shall be held in the month of November of the fall academic year.

Each officer shall be elected on the basis of a plurality of votes cast for that office. In the event of a tie vote, successive balloting shall be conducted until one candidate receives a plurality.

All elected officers shall be expected to hold their office and faithfully discharge its duties until the end of the following November. However, in the event that an officer is unable to complete his/her term in office, a new election shall be held to fill that office as soon as is conveniently possible for the chapter.


Article VII - Parliamentary Procedure

All parliamentary procedure shall be governed by Robert's Rules of Order unless otherwise specified.


Article VIII - Amendment or Revision of Bylaws

The Bylaws may be amended or revised by a majority vote of the chapter membership.


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