This organization shall be hereinafter referred to as the Computer
Science Undergraduate Association, also known as the CSUA.
The purposes of this organization are: to represent the undergraduate
computer science student body in dealings with the University of
California at Berkeley, its representatives, and any other appropriate
organization; to provide a forum for the personal interaction of persons
involved in the computer sciences; to promote knowledge of and interest
in the computer sciences; and to raise funds to accomplish these goals.
Any currently registered undergraduate student of the University of
California at Berkeley is eligible for active membership in the CSUA.
Any student, staff, faculty member of the University of California at
Berkeley or former active member may hold associate membership in the
Only currently registered students, faculty and staff may be active
members in a registered student organization. Only active members may
vote or hold office.
We will not haze according to California State Law. We will not restrict
membership based upon race, color, national origin, religion, sex,
gender identity, pregnancy (including pregnancy, childbirth, and medical
conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth), physical or mental
disability, medical condition (cancer related or genetic
characteristics), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation,
citizenship, or service in the uniformed services (including membership,
application for membership, performance of service, application for
service, or obligation for service in the uniformed services).
An applicant's membership is not effective until after the meeting at
which the applicant joins.
The organization shall have seven elected offices, named President, Vice
President of Technology, Vice President of Industry Relations,
Secretary/Treasurer, External Events Coordinator, Internal Events
Coordinator, and Outreach Chair.
Only active members of the Computer Science Undergraduate Association as
defined in Article III, Section A shall be allowed to run for and hold
any of the aforementioned offices in the Computer Science Undergraduate
After their election, the entering officers shall assume office after
the last day of the semester, at which point the existing officers shall
vacate their respective offices.
If any officer is unable to perform the duties of his or her respective
office during the semester break immediately following elections, then
that officer shall appoint an interim replacement.
Officers who resign from office, no longer meet the qualifications set
above, or are deemed unfit to serve in their respective offices shall
vacate office immediately upon notice of resignation, loss of
qualification, or removal from office.
The President shall:
chair, or appoint the chair for, the meetings of the CSUA
be responsible for the execution of mandates reflecting organization
policy as determined by the organization's active members and its
officers in General and Politburo Executive Meetings
be primarily responsible for representing the CSUA in its duties as
the undergraduate computer science students' representative body
maintain contact and communication with the University, its faculty
members responsible for teaching computer science, and any other
appoint chairs for the various committees, subject to confirmation
by the Politburo
organize and orchestrate the passing on of knowledge from one
generation of Politburo to the next
establish contact with other student organizations for the purpose
of coordinating interclub events
have any other duties and/or responsibilities set forth in this
The VP Tech shall:
administer and maintain the technical resources of the CSUA,
including but not limited to our list-servs
be the chief administrator of computer equipment maintained by the
be head of our root staff
be our liaison with all campus IT and technical services
solve or delegate the solving of technical issues should any arise
The VP of Industry Relations shall:
liaise with companies and attain sponsors for CSUA's external events
generate industry interest in the CSUA
liaise with CSUA alumni
coordinate speakers from alumni or industry; manage infosessions for
manage the jobs board/list-serv; manage and administer the resume
assist the President in execution of duties
handle requests by Internal Events Coordinator for a speaker for an
The Secretary/Treasurer shall:
take minutes at Politburo and General meetings
manage our library of computer science books
maintain all necessary financial and non-financial records of the
administer the CSUA's physical resources
maintain or delegate the maintenance of the CSUA's facility
maintain the CSUA's monetary resources
maintain a publicly available record of all financial transactions,
liabilities, and credits relating to the CSUA
report on the financial status of the CSUA to its members and
obtain financial agency power with the ASUC as soon as possible
obtain primary signatory power with the ASUC as soon as possible
after election have any other duties and/or responsibilities set
forth in this Constitution.
The External Events Coordinator shall:
plan and prepare all logistics for each external event
be or appoint the day-of event coordinator to execute the event and
handle any issues that might arise
have any other duties and/or responsibilities set forth in this
Constitution. An external event is defined as an event sponsored
by a company.
The Internal Events Officer shall:
create fun internal events
plan and prepare all logistics for each internal event
submit a request to VP Indrel to obtain a speaker for an internal
event should a speaker be required
An internal event is defined as an event that does not have a company
sponsor. This includes interclub events, intraclub events, alumni
events, and recruitment events.
The Outreach Chair shall:
maintain or delegate the maintenance of the CSUA's website
maintain the content of the CSUA's website
publicize our services to the general student body
be responsible for publicizing all internal and external events to
the club membership and the general student body, respectively
promote interaction between current students and alumni
recruit new members
design and distribute (or delegate) all publication materials for
The Politburo shall consist of all elected officers of the CSUA. It
shall hold at least three open meetings a semester while school is in
regular session. The Politburo shall determine temporary policies of the
CSUA. Politburo decisions may be overturned by a two-thirds vote of the
general membership at a general meeting.
Other committees may be created or dissolved at the direction of either
the Politburo, or by a majority vote of the general membership at a
General Meeting. Directorships or other non-politburo positions shall be
appointed by the president and confirmed by the majority of the
Officers shall be selected each semester by a majority vote of the
attending General Membership at a General Meeting held no less than two
weeks before the last day of instruction, announced no less than one
week in advance, and held at a time and place that is considered
generally accessible as well in compliance with ASUC regulations
concerning accessibility of ASUC sponsored activities.
The chair shall appoint an election officer, who shall not vote or run
for office. The election officer must be a member. Members shall be
nominated until no more are willing and eligible. No person shall be
nominated who is not willing to serve upon their election, and no person
not present can be nominated for an office without his or her written
consent being presented at the meeting. If only one candidate is in
nomination voting may be done by acclamation. Otherwise voting shall be
done by secret ballot of active members. A ballot that is blank or
otherwise does not uniquely identify a nominated candidate shall not be
If there is at any time a majority for a candidate, that candidate wins.
If there is no majority and there are two candidates the election
officer shall cast the deciding vote. If there is no majority and there
are three candidates, the one with the fewest votes shall be eliminated.
If there is a tie among those with the fewest votes the election officer
shall select one to be eliminated.
If there are more than three candidates, three shall be selected to
proceed to a runoff round as follows. Select as many candidates as
possible for the runoff, starting from those with the highest vote
totals, until it is impossible to proceed without selecting more than
three or discriminating between candidates who received the same number
of votes. If it is not possible to select any candidates in this way
because there is a tie for first, the election officer shall cast a vote
for one of the tied first-place candidates. If there are then fewer than
three candidates selected for the runoff round, a new vote shall be held
among those candidates not already chosen to select the remaining
An officer may be removed from office in one of the following ways:
In the event of extended unexplained absence of an officer, the
office may be declared vacant by a majority of the remaining
Any officer no longer qualified to hold office shall be removed.
A unanimous vote of the other officers in office may remove an
officer from office.
In the event of a vacancy of an office the President will be
responsible for ensuring that the obligations of that office are
fulfilled until a replacement has been made.
In case of removal or resignation from office of one of the elected
officers except the President, the President shall appoint a successor.
All such appointments to office must be confirmed by a majority vote of
the Politburo at the next announced Politburo meeting. As stated in
Article IV, in the event the office of President is vacated for whatever
reason, the Vice President of Technology shall either assume the office
of President without need for confirmation and appoint a successor to be
approved by a majority vote of a quorum of the Politburo, or, with the
approval of a majority vote of the Politburo at the next announced
Politburo meeting, appoint an eligible member to assume the office of
If both the offices of President and Vice President of Technology are
vacated in such a way to obstruct the aforementioned order of
succession, then the remaining officers, in the order of Vice President
of Industry Relations, Secretary/Treasurer, External Events Coordinator,
Internal Events Coordinator, and Outreach Chair, may either assume the
office of President or, with the approval of the general membership,
appoint a new President who will then fill any remaining open offices.
If all offices are made vacant, then the Faculty Advisor shall call and
chair a general meeting to elect new officers.
All meetings will run under Parliamentary procedure or some subset of
the same. All questions, unless otherwise noted by this Constitution,
shall require a majority vote. Only active members of the organization
are eligible to vote. All meetings shall be held at reasonable places
Members may vote and run by proxy.
General Meetings shall be held three times a semester while school is in
regular session, and shall be publicly announced no less than a week in
Politburo Meetings may be called by the President or by one-third of the
Politburo. At least three meetings a semester while school is in regular
session must be held open to the membership of the CSUA. Other meetings
may be closed at the request of one-third of those members attending or
in the event of disciplinary actions. In such a case, a listing of
general topics discussed will be made available within one week after
Committee meetings will be run under the same rules as the General
Meetings. Meetings will be open to attendance by all members.
Further guidelines pertaining to the operation of the CSUA not
specifically set forth in the Constitution shall be contained in a set
of publicly-available bylaws. Bylaws may be proposed by any active
member of the CSUA, and must be approved by a majority vote of the
Regulations pertaining to conduct of CSUA members in CSUA activities and
in use of CSUA resources shall be contained in a set of
publicly-available policies. Politburo members may formulate and
implement interim policies in the execution of their duties, subject to
later approval of a majority of the Politburo at the next Politburo
Amendments to bylaws and policies may be proposed by any active member,
and must be approved by a majority vote of the Politburo. Such
amendments may be overturned by a two-thirds vote of the general
membership at a general meeting.
Any amendment to this constitution must be approved by a two-thirds
majority of a general meeting convened with at least one week prior
prominent public notice of the intent to amend the constitution. All
amendments, unless otherwise noted therein, become effective immediately
As a special exception, the officers of the CSUA may, for the sole
purpose of bringing the constitution into compliance with ASUC and OSL
requirements, amend the constitution by changing emphasized text. All
such changes must be publicly announced within one week.
All amendments, additions or deletions to this document must be filed
with the LEAD Center in 432 Eshleman Hall.
Dissolution of the Computer Science Undergraduate Association may be
approved by a two-thirds majority of general meeting convened during
instruction with at least two weeks notice of the intent to dissolve the
CSUA. In the event of dissolution, to the extent permitted by campus and
ASUC regulations, all remaining assets shall be donated to a campus
computing organization which allows free access to all University of
California at Berkeley students.
If the organization is ASUC or GA Sponsored, all unspent ASUC funds
shall return to the ASUC; all Graduate Assembly funds shall return to
the Graduate Assembly. If the organization is defunct for five (5) or
more years, any privately obtained funds (including any funds left in
miscellaneous accounts) shall be donated to the ASUC. In the event that
the designated nonprofit organization no longer exists or has ceased to
be a nonprofit, then the unspent funds shall be donated to the ASUC.
Last modified Feb 21, 2018