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By-Laws

International Affairs Program

Russian and East European Studies Program

Asian Studies Program

Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program

(August 19, 2016)

A. Authority

1. The International Affairs, Russian and East European Studies, Asian Studies, and Latin American and Caribbean Studies Programs serve as training units within the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy at Florida State University.

2. The missions of these three programs are to advance the study of global issues in an interdisciplinary format and to prepare their students with the expertise needed to work effectively in the global community of the 21st Century.

3. The authority of the programs resides in their joint executive committee.

B. Executive Committee

1. The members of the Executive Committee shall be selected by the Director in consultation with the Dean of the College of Social Sciences from the faculty of the participating departments in the International Affairs Program and faculty in Asian Studies, Russian and East European Studies, and Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

2. At least one member of the Committee will be chosen from each of the area studies programs.

3. The Director of International Affairs, the Assistant Director, and the Dean of the College of Social Sciences will serve on the Committee ex officio.

4. A meeting of the Executive Committee is held at least once each academic year. Meetings may be called by the Director or by a majority of members.

5. Two-thirds of the voting members shall constitute a quorum at any meeting. A simple majority of those present carries a motion. Under extenuating circumstances, a voting member may submit a proxy vote to be accepted by the Director for inclusion in balloting at a meeting.

C. Students

1. Graduate Students include all enrolled candidates for the degree of Master of Arts or Master of Science in International Affairs, Russian and East European Studies, or Asian Studies.

2. Undergraduate Students include all students who have declared a major in International Affairs, Russian and East European Studies, Asian Studies or Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

3. All Students shall be eligible for nomination to appropriate committees except when otherwise stipulated in these by-laws.

D. Director

1. The Director serves as the administrative office of the programs, with advice and consultation from the Executive Committee.

a. The Director establishes ad hoc committees for the conduct of program affairs as needed.

b. The Director coordinates and oversees record-keeping, communications, functioning of office staff, publicity, and budgets.

c. The Director is responsible for the recruitment, admission, academic progress, and graduation of students in the Master’s programs.

d. The Director serves as a non-voting member of all program committees.

e. The Director presides over all Executive Committee meetings.

f. The Director serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the College of Social Sciences.

2. The Dean of the College of Social Sciences appoints the Director.

3. Procedures for the selection of the Director are determined by the Dean of the College of Social Sciences.

E. Assistant Director

1. The Assistant Director assists the Director in administering the programs.

a. The Assistant Director is responsible for advising and academic progress of the undergraduate students.

b. The Assistant Director is a member ex officio of the Executive Committee.

2. The Assistant Director is appointed by the Dean of the College of Social Sciences in consultation with the Director.

3. Procedures for the selection of the Assistant Director are determined by the Dean of the College of Social Sciences.

F. Amendments

1. Members of the Executive Committee may propose an amendment to the By-Laws. A proposed amendment must be presented to the voting membership at least two weeks prior to the vote. To be adopted, a proposed amendment must receive an affirmative vote by two-thirds of the membership.

G. Disclaimer

1. All provisions of the By-laws, and any subsequent amendments, are null and void and of no effect if contravened by State Statute, Board of Regents regulations, or University or College policies.