Constitutions and Bylaws

The constitution is the basic framework of any organization. It should include the purpose, requirements for membership, officer and advisor duties and selection, decision-making principles, and other general operating principles. Specific organization rules and detailed procedures belong in the bylaws. Simplicity and flexibility are the keys to a good constitution. When writing or revising the constitution, keep in mind both the organization’s immediate needs and its future goals.

Once the constitution and bylaws are developed, it is important to review them regularly. The needs and goals of the organization will shift over time, and it is important that the constitution and bylaws reflect the current state of the organization.

For more information, including a sample consitution, visit the Student Organization Resource page on Constitutions and Bylaws.