IUPK Constitution

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Constitution of “Parkour and Free Running at Indiana University”

 

Preamble 

Parkour and Free Running at Indiana University is a student organization which strives to promote interest in and the safe practice of the disciplines of Parkour and Free Running through observation, education, and dedication to intelligent, careful, and incrementally progressive practice.
Parkour, as defined by American Parkour on its website, is “an art of movement in which you train the body and mind to overcome obstacles. A parkour practitioner, called a traceur (male) or traceuse (female), uses their surroundings to improve their ability to move in space. By interacting with obstacles, be they urban architecture or the natural environment, the practitioner becomes more comfortable controlling his body and navigating any terrain.”
American Parkour defines Free Running with the following description: “Free Running has grown to be descriptive of a sort of "cousin" activity to Parkour - Free Running is more expressive and creative in nature, with moves such as acrobatics, flips, and spins added for flair, creativity, or just because someone wants to.”

 

Article I: Membership 

Participation in the proposed organization must be without regard to arbitrary consideration of such characteristics as age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. (See section I.D.3(c) on page 6 of the Code.)  

Any person who presents a danger to him/herself, the organization, other people, or any property through improper practice or reckless behavior shall not be admitted as a member of Parkour and Free Running at Indiana University.

If any member presents a negative representation of the disciplines of Parkour or Free Running or of the Parkour and Free Running at Indiana University organization, the executive officers retain the right to revoke his/her membership in said organization.

The organization shall be made up solely of members and the executive officers. Members and executive officers share the same rights and privileges with the following exceptions:
Executive officers are responsible for the administration of the organization.
Executive officers have the right to revoke or deny membership due to the previously outlined reasons.
Executive officers are responsible for defining and communicating what constitutes safe practice.

There are no required fees or dues related to any level of membership.

 Article II: University Compliance 

This organization shall comply with all Indiana University regulations, and local, state and federal laws. 

In addition this organization acknowledges its training facilities are unusual.  Part of our parkour philosophy is to treat our environment with respect and it is emphasized by the mantra “always check your surfaces”.  We actively and always check any surfaces or obstacles for stability and structure.  If anything presents a risk we will not use it for training.  This is to ensure that we do not break or damage any part of our environment.  This philosophy is to protect our training areas as well as ourselves since breaking any part of our environment would likely lead to personal injury.  In addition, every semester we host a Leave No Trace event where we clean our training grounds of any marks we have left and clear away trash. 

 

Article III: Executive Officers 

President - Heads administrative duties and organizes executive officer meetings.

Vice-President - Serves as liaison between members and the executive officers. The Vice-President assumes the role of President in the case that the President is unavailable.

Treasurer - Keeps track of any club dues in a ledger and any money that the club acquires through donations or from grants through the university.

Training Coordinator - The only executive position in which multiple officers can exist and hold the position at once. All Training Coordinators will have equal authority to call, supervise, and instruct practices and training meetings. Training Coordinators reserve the right to suspend any member from a practice/meeting, if he or she feels that the member is continuously violating safety procedures or commits a major infraction that poses an immediate risk to that member or others around them. The member’s actions may then be brought up in a council meeting of the executives to vote on whether the member will have a permanent or time constrained ban from the organization/club.  A single Training Coordinator may not lead a group of more than 20 members by themselves.
Requirements of a Training Coordinator are at least 1 year of experience in parkour as well as experience in teaching parkour or related disciplines (gymnastics, martial arts, etc.). A member may also become a Training Coordinator with 1 year experience and a majority decision by the current Training Coordinators that he/she has adequate skills and knowledge to teach.  In addition, any Training Coorindators must hold the position of Safety Officer prior to recognition as a Training Coordinators and throughout the time as one. 

Safety Officer – Is a member who has current CPR and first aid certification or an equivalent.  These officers are able and allowed to delegate if most qualified or assist in a situation where an accident or injury occurred using their training.  Safety Officers are also responsible for contacting local emergency medical service in the event a serious incident occurred. 

 

Executive officers will serve for a term consisting of one academic year, unless they tender a resignation before that time.  Executive officer positions are turned over to the newly elected members at the beginning of each fall semester.

Should an officer resign before the end of his/her term, a new officer will be elected by majority vote of the current remaining executive board to fulfill the end of the term.

 The President must call at least one executive officer meeting per semester and decisions at said meetings are decided by majority vote.

An executive officer may be removed from office by majority vote of the rest of the executive officers or unanimous vote of the members.

Any individual can hold a maximum of two executive officer positions. The President, Vice-President, and Treasurer positions must be held by separate individuals.

All core executive positions (President, Vice-President, and Treasurer) must be held to maintain the organization, unless a position is in transition due to resignation or new elections.

 

Article IV: Meetings 

The President or Vice-President may call a regular membership meeting if necessary.

A member may appeal to the Vice-President to call a membership meeting if desired.

The President or Vice President, with the help of the Executive Officers, presides over membership meetings.

Meetings for the Executive Officers are held at least once a semester and called and presided over by the President. The Vice-President may call and preside over a necessary semester meeting if the President is unable.

A training meeting may be called by any Training Coordinator at any time but must be documented by a core officer (President, Vice-President, or Treasurer).  During these practices at least one Training Coordinator must be present for every 20 members not including the Training Coordinator.  It is preferred that in addition to the required number of Training Coordinators at least one Safety Officer is also present but not required as all Training Coordinator have Safety Officer qualifications. 

A meeting is not an official meeting unless it is a called meeting and there is at least the President, Vice President, or one Training Coordinator present.

 

Article V: Elections 

Elections will be held at the end of spring semester each year with the executive officers determining the exact date.

Any member or executive officer may nominate any other member or executive officer (including him/herself) for any executive officer position. An individual may only run for a maximum of two executive officer positions. The determination of that position will be made by majority vote of all members and executive officers currently at the meeting.

Voting will be done by secret ballot for each executive officer position.

 Newly elected officials will be notified immediately following ballot count (to be done by the Vice-President) and the newly elected officials will take office at the beginning of the following Fall semester.  

A member may hold an executive officer position as long as they are a student/faculty at the University.

There is no limit on how many terms an officer may serve.

 

 Article VI: Outlined Safety Precautions and Guidelines

There is no current parkour or free running organization that has broadened to a national or state level and/or provides certification for knowledge of and/or skill training in parkour and free running.  Due to this our organization must rely equally on personal awareness and close observation by the Training Coordinators to ensure the safety of our members.  Individual members will be expected to exhibit good philosophy by always checking surfaces prior to training, training slowly and progressively, never attempting reckless movements or those outside of one’s skill level and ensuring their movements do not endanger themselves or others in any fashion.  Training Coordinators are equally responsible to know their trainees’ skill levels and use their authority to ensure members follow the previously outlined philosophy. 

 

Article VII: Non-Hazing 

Hazing is strictly prohibited. Hazing shall be defined as any conduct which subjects another person, whether physically, mentally, emotionally, or psychologically, to anything that may endanger, abuse, degrade, or intimidate the person as a condition of association with a group or organization, regardless of the person's consent or lack of consent. 

 

Article VIII: Liability

Neither Indiana University, Parkour and Free Running at Indiana University, any member, executive officer, individual, or group associated with these groups shall be held liable for any actions or repercussions of actions of any individual or group of individuals. Parkour and Free Running at Indiana University does not extend any liability to any practitioners of the disciplines of Parkour or Free Running, in any fashion.

 

Article IX: Dues & Budgets 

No dues are charged or collected. The club shall be maintained without budget and should not incur any expenses.

 

Article X: Personal Gain Clause 

This organization shall ethically raise and distribute profits from organizational functions to either the organization or to members who provide a service that directly benefits the organization. Individual members may not receive compensation directly from for-profit companies if acting as a representative of a student organization.

 

Article XI: Amendments 

A constitutional amendment may be proposed by any current executive officer.

 Any member may appeal to the Vice-President for the proposition of an amendment.

An amendment can be ratified only by unanimous executive officer decision or by 2/3 vote by all members at a given meeting, where said meeting represents at least 50% of total membership of the organization.

Once ratified an amendment takes effect immediately upon official update of the constitution and all members will be notified of the change through word of mouth or email.



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