Society of Refined Scientists


Article I: Purpose
The purpose of SRS is to encourage and educate members of the MIT community that wish to improve or enhance their general etiquette, demeanour, virtue, behavior and social mastery.
Article II: Membership
  1. Any member of the MIT community is eligible to become a member of SRS. Someone is considered a current member of SRS if he or she has attended at least two meetings in that term and has expressed interest in becoming a member. Membership we be recognized by addition to the official SRS mailing list (srs-member AT googlegroups DOT com).
  2. The membership of MIT SRS will at all times include at least 5 MIT students, and be more than half MIT students.
  3. MIT SRS will not discriminate based on any characteristic listed in MIT's Nondiscrimination Statement.
  4. If MIT SRS charges monetary dues, there will always be exceptions made for any students who cannot afford them.
Article III: Officers
  1. MIT SRS has five officer positions:
    1. The Grand Gentleman (or Gentlewoman)
      1. The Grand Gentleman (or Gentlewoman) acts as the President of MIT SRS
      2. The Grand Gentleman (or Gentlewoman) is the official representative of SRS to any other organization and to MIT.
      3. The Grand Gentleman (or Gentlewoman) presides over all officer meetings.
      4. The Grand Gentleman (or Gentlewoman) is responsible for facilitating the preparation and execution of MIT SRS events.
    2. The Financier
      1. The Financier acts as the Treasurer of MIT SRS.
      2. The Financier is responsible for the finances of MIT SRS.
      3. The Financier is required to sign all checks and vouchers of MIT SRS.
    3. The Scrivener
      1. The Scrivener acts as Secretary of MIT SRS.
      2. The Scrivener keeps a record of events and activities held by MIT SRS.
      3. The Scrivener records minutes at official MIT SRS meetings.
    4. The Rhetorician
      1. The Rhetorician publicizes events of MIT SRS to the general MIT community.
      2. The Rhetorician is responsible for determining when meetings and events will occur.
    5. The Sinecure
      1. The role of the Sinecure will be to provide general counsel and support for the activities of MIT SRS officers.
      2. The Sinecure is responsible for the execution of MIT SRS events that engage the MIT community.
  2. All officers of MIT SRS must be distinct persons.
  3. The Grand Gentleman (or Gentlewoman) and Financier must be current students of MIT.
  4. Elections
    1. Elections of officers occur at the second official meeting of MIT SRS each academic year.
    2. Any member of MIT SRS is eligible to run.
    3. Quorum for elections is half of the current active membership of MIT SRS.
    4. An officer is elected when he or she wins the majority of the votes.
    5. If the case that greater than two people are running for office and no one individual wins a majority vote, then the person with the fewest votes is to be dropped from the ballot and votes shall be recast.
    6. The official term of office runs from two weeks after elections until two weeks after the next election.
    7. Officers may be removed from office by a two-thirds vote of all the current members of MIT SRS
ARTICLE IV: Meetings
  1. Meetings are approximately once a month during the fall and spring terms.
  2. Meetings shall be presided over by the Grand Gentleman (or Gentlewoman), or whoever the Grand Gentleman (or Gentlewoman) appointed to preside over Meetings.
  3. All decisions shall be made by a majority vote of members present.
  4. Quorum for a meeting is one-third of the current MIT SRS membership.
ARTICLE V: Amendments
  1. Amendments may be presented by any member of MIT SRS.
  2. Amendments shall be passed by a two-thirds vote of members present.
  3. Quorum for amending the MIT SRS Constitution is one half of the current MIT SRS membership.
MIT SRS hereby agrees to obey the rules and regulations of the Association of Student Activities, and its executive board. This constitution, and all future amendments to it, as well as any MIT SRS by-laws shall be subject to review by the ASA executive board to insure that they are in accordance with necessary rules and regulations.