The constitution and/or by-laws of an organization contains the rules and procedures that govern the actions and activities of the organization. The constitution should:
- State the purpose and objective of the organization
- Define the purpose of the organization and criteria for membership
- Outline all rules that the organization considers important enough that the organization cannot change without previous notice to the members and a majority vote
- Include a "Non Discrimination Clause":
"Discrimination on the basis of race, gender, creed, color, national origin, age, disability, or sexual orientation, by any individual or unit of this organization is prohibited. A cause of action is created under this article for any individual who feels that he/she has been discriminated against in violation of this section."
- State the rights and limitations of any members, officers and advisors.
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