Constitution

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Resident Student Association Constitution (Last revision: 4/1/2016)

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RESIDENT STUDENT ASSOCIATION
Of
The University of Pittsburgh


MISSION STATEMENT

The Resident Student Association is established to advocate for resident students in University matters which concern their welfare; to promote academic, cultural, intellectual, social, and leadership development among resident students; to encourage active participation among students through campus and Residence Hall programming; and to stimulate an interest in and responsibility for self-governance.


Article I.
NAME

The name of this governing body, established for the students residing in the Residence Halls system, shall be the Resident Student Association, hereafter known as RSA.


Article II.
PURPOSE

I. To represent resident students in University matters which concern their welfare.
II. To design and implement initiatives that shall improve the quality of life within the University of Pittsburgh Residence Halls.
III. To serve as the liaison between the resident students and University Administration, especially Residence Life, hereafter known as RL.
A. To work with RL to establish and revise University policies in an effort to improve living standards.
B. Advocate to the Housing Services Office ways in which to improve the Residence Halls facilities.
C. To work with, support and contribute to the University of Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary, hereafter known as NRHH, in their endeavors and projects.
IV. To provide social and educational activities for resident students.
V. To support a residence environment that is conducive to student learning.
VI. To provide opportunities for leadership development, civic engagement, and personal growth.


Article III.
MEMBERSHIP

I. Membership is open to currently enrolled Pitt students as defined herein.
II. All members must accept and comply with all of the requirements and limitations of certification as a condition of membership.
III. Membership in the Resident Student Association is voluntary and all risk of personal injury, property damage or other losses that occur incidental to membership or participation in activities are assumed solely by the student organization and/or individual member(s) or non-member participant(s). Accordingly, the University of Pittsburgh, its officers and agents shall not be responsible nor liable for any claims or causes of action for damage or loss of property or personal injury of any kind or nature which may arise out of or are incidental to the conduct of any organization’s activities or that of any individual’s participation in any group-related activity. It is further understood and agreed that it is the responsibility of the officers of the organization to assure that all of the organization’s members and non-member participants in all activities sponsored by the Resident Student Association are fully informed and advised of this ASSUMPTION OF RISK, and in the event any individual member or participant should express or indicate non-acceptance, the organization’s officers shall forbid participation and/or membership of such individual. In regard to the organization member or non-member participant Assumption of Risk, the Resident Student Association acknowledges that the University recommends that the organization members and non-member participants make every effort to arrange for the acquisition of liability insurance sufficient to protect all participants against those risks being assumed. For sport-related activities, the University recommends that each individual have insurance sufficient to allow for any risks by participation, accident or by deficiencies in physical health.
IV. No hazing or illegal discriminatory criteria for membership, including those listed in the University of Pittsburgh’s non-discrimination policy, will be used as a condition for membership in the organization. These factors include race, color, religion (except for religious organizations which may restrict membership to those who share their faith-based beliefs), national origin, ancestry, sex (except same sex organizations permitted under Title IX), age, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, disability or status as a veteran. This non-discriminatory policy will be applied in a manner consistent with the requirements of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution and other laws applicable to student organizations.
V. All resident students are automatically given membership in the RSA.
VI. Only officially registered students living in the following University of Pittsburgh residence halls are eligible for membership in the RSA: Bruce, Brackenridge, and McCormick Halls (known collectively hereafter as the Quad), Litchfield Tower A, Litchfield Tower B, Litchfield Tower C, Holland Hall, Forbes Hall, Nordenberg Hall, Lothrop Hall, Sutherland Hall, Pennsylvania Hall, and Panther Hall.
VII. There are no financial requirements for membership in the Resident Student Association.