CONSTITUTION OF THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION FOR ORAL ROBERTS UNIVERSITY
Article I - Name
The name of this Association shall be the Alumni Association of Oral Roberts University.
Article II - Purposes
In recognition of the fact that Oral Roberts University is an extension of the healing ministry God has given Oral Roberts:
The mission of the Oral Roberts University Alumni Association is to support the University and serve its alumni. We support the University by promoting interest in, securing financial commitment for, and advancing the mission of Oral Roberts University. We serve the alumni by providing information, programs, and activities that encourage them to fulfill their calling to "go into every person's world" with the light and healing power of God.
Article III - Membership
- Any person who holds an undergraduate or graduate degree conferred by the University, and any person who has matriculated at the University, whose class has graduated, and who is approved for membership by the Board of Directors of the Association, shall be a regular member of the Association upon compliance with the terms and conditions for membership as specified by the bylaws. Only regular members of the Association may vote in the affairs of the Association. Membership dues may be assessed as provided for by an amendment to the bylaws.
- Associate or honorary membership may be conferred upon persons who do not qualify for regular membership as specified by the bylaws. Associate and honorary members may not vote in the affairs of the Association.
Article IV - Board of Directors
This Association shall be governed by a Board of Directors elected from the regular members. Board membership shall consist of no fewer than seventeen (17) members. Board members shall be elected by the regular members or appointed by the Board from among the membership; provided, however, that a majority of the Board must be elected by the regular members. The method of election and appointment, as well as the conditions of eligibility for election shall be provided in the bylaws, provided that:
- a majority of the Board shall not be employed by Oral Roberts University;
- each director shall be elected or appointed to a term normally of three (3) years, commencing on a date designated in the bylaws, and shall be eligible for reelection or reappointment as specified in the bylaws; the term of members elected to serve as officers of the Board will automatically be extended, as necessary, to encompass their term as an officer; Director terms may last less than three (3) years due to special circumstances as specified in the bylaws;
- a portion of the board will include appropriate class-based segmentation representation;
- a vacancy on the Board may be filled by the Board of Directors at any special or regular meeting of the Board, provided the appointee shall serve only for the remainder of the term; and
- the Board shall have such regular and special meetings as the bylaws specify, but not fewer than two (2) per year.
Article V - Bylaws
The Board of Directors, by two-thirds (2/3) affirmative vote, shall establish and amend bylaws for the governing, management, and conduct of the business and affairs of this Association consistent with this constitution. The bylaws may provide for an executive committee which shall exercise authority and function on behalf of the Board of Directors in a manner specified by the bylaws.
Article VI - Board Officers
- The officers of the Board of Directors shall be elected by said Board and shall include a Chairman, a Vice-Chairman, and such other officers as the bylaws may specify or permit. The officers shall perform such duties as the bylaws specify and the Board of Directors orders.
- All officers shall be graduates of the University.
- The Board shall have the assistance of an Executive Director of Alumni Relations who shall be an ex officio member of the Board and will vote only in the case of a tie. The Executive Director shall be appointed by the President of the University, with approval voted upon by the Board of Directors of the Association.
- Each Chairman shall be elected or appointed for a term of two (2) years, commencing on a date designated by the bylaws.
- In the event the Chairman is unable to complete the designated term, the Vice-Chairman shall automatically succeed to the position of Chairman and serve out the unexpired portion of the term.
Article VII - Committees
When necessary, committees may be appointed by the Board of Directors and serve as extensions of the Board in regard to specifically designated functions.
Article VIII - Local Alumni Clubs
The Board of Directors, as provided in the standing rules, may grant and revoke charters to local chapters, graduate divisions, and geographic groups or clubs, and such charters shall represent affiliation with this association.
Article IX - Limitations on Association Powers
- The duration of this Association shall be perpetual.
- No part of the activities of this Association shall consist of carrying on propaganda, nor shall it engage in any activities that are unlawful for charitable or educational organizations to engage in under either the laws of the United States of America or of any state; nor shall it engage in any transaction "prohibited" under the Internal Revenue Laws of the United States of America.
- No compensation or payment shall ever be made or paid to any member, officer, trustee, or organizer of this Association, except as a reasonable allowance for expenditures or for services rendered. Neither the whole nor part of the assets for the income of this Association shall ever be distributed to or divided among any such persons, nor shall this Association afford any pecuniary gain to its members.
- The members of this Association shall have no personal liability whatsoever for its obligations.
- This Association shall have no capital stock, and it is neither organized, nor shall it be conducted, to obtain pecuniary profits.
- In the event of the liquidation or dissolution of this Association, its net assets shall be distributed only to Oral Roberts University, if it be then qualified for exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code of 1954, or at its request to another corporation or organization qualified for exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code of 1954 having charitable or educational purposes.
Article X - Amendments
Amendments to this constitution may be proposed by:
- petitions signed by at least twenty-five (25) regular members of the Association, or
- resolution of the Board of Directors.
Such proposed amendments shall thereupon be circulated to all regular members and voted upon by written ballots furnished to the members, or any other means as shall ensure the integrity of process and maximum participation of eligible regular members. Upon receipt of the affirmative vote of at least two-thirds (2/3) of the total votes cast upon the question, the amendment shall be adopted.