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Constitution

Title & Aims
The Society shall be called St Andrews University Christian Union (SAUCU), and shall have the following aims:

  • The object of the Christian Union shall be to unite Christian students regardless of denomination or church affiliation in their common profession of faith and together to bear witness to this common faith to other members of the University.
  • The common faith of the Christian Union is defined by the following basic truths of Christianity as revealed in Holy Scripture:

(a) There is one God in three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

(b) God is sovereign in creation, revelation, redemption and final judgement.

(c) The Bible, as originally given, is the inspired and infallible Word of God. It is the supreme authority in all matters of belief and behaviour.

(d) Since the fall, the whole of humankind is sinful and guilty, so that everyone is subject to God’s wrath and condemnation.

(e) The Lord Jesus Christ, God’s incarnate Son, is fully God; he was born of a virgin; his humanity is real and sinless; he died on the cross, was raised bodily from death and is now reigning over heaven and earth.

(f) Sinful human beings are redeemed from the guilt, penalty and power of sin only through the sacrificial death once and for all time of their representative and substitute, Jesus Christ, the only mediator between them and God.

(g) Those who believe in Christ are pardoned all their sins and accepted in God’s sight only because of the righteousness of Christ credited to them; this justification is God’s act of undeserved mercy, received solely by trust in him and not by their own efforts.

(h) The Holy Spirit alone makes the work of Christ effective to individual sinners, enabling them to turn to God from their sin and to trust in Jesus Christ.

(i) The Holy Spirit lives in all those he has regenerated. He makes them increasingly Christlike in character and behaviour and gives them power for their witness in the world.

(j) The one holy universal church is the Body of Christ, to which all true believers belong.

(k) The Lord Jesus Christ will return in person, to judge everyone, to execute God’s just condemnation on those who have not repented and to receive the redeemed to eternal glory.

  • The Mission Statement of the Christian Union is to be “Together we exist to give every student in St Andrews the opportunity to hear and respond to the good news of Jesus Christ.”

Affiliations

The Society shall be affiliated to the following organisation(s):

  • St Andrews University Students’ Association
  • The Christian Union shall abide by all policies and decisions of the Students’ Association that are compatible with this Constitution.
  • If the Students’ Association should make continued affiliation of the Christian Union conditional on amendments to this Constitution, such changes shall be formally proposed by the Secretary of the Christian Union at a General Meeting. The notice of the General Meeting shall make clear that a question of affiliation has arisen.
  • Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship (UCCF)
  • Affiliation may be withdrawn by process of constitutional amendment
  • Changes to “Aims” section of the Constitution are tantamount to a withdrawal of affiliation

The following subcommittees shall be affiliated with the Society:

  • ‘Solid Rock’ shall be a subcommittee and hold their own individual bank account. The subcommittee members shall be chosen at the discretion of the outgoing subcommittee members on an annual basis.
  • ‘Toastie Bar’ shall be a subcommittee and hold their own individual bank account. The subcommittee members shall be chosen at the discretion of the outgoing subcommittee members on an annual basis.
  • ‘House Party Subcommittee’ shall be a subcommittee and hold their own individual bank account. The subcommittee members shall be chosen at the discretion of the Executive Committee on an annual basis.

Membership

  • All activities of the Christian Union shall be open to non-member students.
  • Any matriculated student of the University of St Andrews shall be eligible to purchase Ordinary Membership to the society.
  • Membership of the Christian Union shall be obtained upon signing the Members’ Roll and paying the annual subscription fee. Membership must be renewed each academic year to remain valid.
  • Membership carries with it the right to vote at General Meetings, the right to propose motions for debate, the right to stand for positions of leadership on the Executive Committee, and the right to nominate others for those positions.

Officers & Committee

There shall be the following Officers, who shall constitute the Committee of the Society:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • International Secretary
  • Publicity Secretary
  • Prayer Secretary
  • Evangelism Coordinator
  • Events Coordinator
  • Worship Coordinator
  • Hall Groups Coordinator

All Officers shall be elected at a General Meeting or co-opted by the Committee if no candidate is elected at a General Meeting or in the case of casual vacancy.  The Committee may co-opt additional members to the Committee, if doing so is expedient to the good governance and organisation of the Society, with the exception of the President and Vice President roles.  Only those Officers elected at a General Meeting shall be voting members. No person shall hold more than one of the named offices at any one time.

Candidates for Executive Committee positions shall be nominated by at least two other members of the Christian Union. A member may be nominated for more than one office. The nominators shall provide in respect of each candidate a statement in support of their nomination to be circulated with the notice for the General Meeting at which the election is to take place. Each candidate must declare in writing their assent to the common faith of the Christian Union, as defined in section 1 above and their willingness to serve as an office-holder. For the avoidance of doubt, an Executive Committee as a whole may nominate and support candidates.

In the case of each office, the person elected shall be the candidate receiving the most votes cast in respect of that office at the Annual General meeting. If a successful candidate withdraws during the General Meeting in which they are elected, the candidate receiving the next largest number of votes case in respect of that office shall be deemed elected.

Members of the Executive Committee shall normally hold office for one year and for no longer than 15 months. They may be re-elected.

There may be a period of changeover following the Annual General Meeting during which the outgoing Executive committee will assist the newly elected Executive Committee to facilitate continuity within the Christian Union.

The President, Vice President, or Secretary shall call Committee meetings on their own volition or upon presentation to him of a written request by two-fifths of the voting members of the Committee.  At least 24 hours’ notice of a Committee meeting shall be provided to all voting members of the Committee.  The quorum for a Committee meeting shall be at least 5 voting Officers, provided that two of them are the Secretary and either President or Vice President.

No Officer shall derive any financial profit or gain by reason of his officership, including favourable rates on goods or services, unless the same benefit is available to any and all members of the Society.

The Committee reserves the exclusive authority to:

  • Co-opt additional members to the Committee
  • Constitute any subcommittee of its own members

The Committee shall not delegate these powers to any other person or groups, including a subcommittee of its own members.

Any Officer may resign at any point by submitting written notice thereof to the President or Secretary.  Such resignation shall take effect at the time specified in the notice therefor or, in the absence of a specified time, upon receipt of the notice.

Duties of Office

The President shall:

  • Serve as the primary point of contact between the Students’ Association and the Society
  • Chair Committee Meetings
  • Oversee the smooth operation of the Society

The Vice President shall:

  • Assist the president in their duties
  • Chair committee meetings

The Treasurer shall:

  • Maintain records of the Society’s financial activity in accordance with Association Guidelines
  • Execute any resolution by the Committee to apply to the Students’ Association for funding
  • Be a signatory on the bank mandate

The Secretary shall:

  • Maintain a full and accurate membership roll
  • Keep minutes of committee meetings and General Meetings
  • Contact and book speakers for weekly meetings

The International Secretary shall:

  • Be responsible for organizing outreach to international students

The Publicity Secretary shall:

  • Plan, create and distribute publicity information for SAUCU events, including flyers, jumpers, and social media

The Prayer Secretary shall:

  • Be responsible for the running of weekly prayer meetings
  • Write and distribute prayer letters

The Evangelism Coordinator shall:

  • Run follow up activities such as Explore
  • Coordinate first contact evangelism
  • Organise the annual carol concert

The Events Coordinator shall:

  • Plan events including Freshers Week, Missions Week and events throughout the year

The Worship Coordinator shall:

  • Create the weekly rota for worship at main meetings
  • Train and equip worship leaders and teams

The Hall Groups Coordinator shall:

  • Organise hall groups and coordinate with hall group leaders to meet weekly and put on events in halls

Finances

  • The Treasurer shall be responsible for the finances of the Christian Union. They shall keep accurate accounts of all income and expenditure on behalf of the Union.
  • All bank accounts held in the name of the Christian Union shall require four signatories, of whom one shall be the Treasurer, and two shall be from the Students’ Association of the University of St Andrews.
  • The Treasurer shall account to the Annual General Meeting and ensure that any other accounting requirements of the relevant Student Union or Guild are met.
  • Any debt incurred by the Society shall be satisfied by an equal subscription from all members.
  • The annual subscription for Ordinary Membership shall be approved at a General Meeting.
  • Two signatories of the Students’ Association shall appear on the Society’s bank mandate.

Constitution

The Constitution of the Society may be amended by a General Meeting on the advice and consent of the Committee or by a duly proposed and seconded motion.  A copy of this Constitution shall be on display at all General Meetings of the Society.

General Meetings

  • An Annual General Meeting shall be called by the Secretary towards the beginning of the Candlemas Semester and no more than 15 months after the previous AGM.
  • The AGM shall receive a report on the year’s activities from the President or Vice-President of the outgoing Executive Committee, a report on membership from the Secretary, a financial report from the Treasurer, and such other reports as the Executive Committee consider appropriate.
  • The AGM shall elect a new Executive Committee.
  • The Annual Subscription shall be approved at a General Meeting.
  • An Extraordinary General Meeting shall be called by the Secretary at the request of the Executive Committee, or of the greater of 10% of the members of the Christian Union.
  • Motions for formal debate may be proposed at the request of the Executive Committee, or of the greater of 5% of the members of the Christian Union.
  • Two weeks notice shall be given of all General Meetings, along with the candidates for elections and any motions for debate. All members are entitled to attend, and non-members may attend as non-voting observers.
  • A General Meeting is quorate with at least one-third of members present. The General Meeting shall act by simple majority of those members present and voting.
  • Notwithstanding paragraph 5.6, amendments to this Constitution must be approved by two-thirds majority of those members present at a General Meeting, which majority shall represent at least 50% of the current membership.

Activities

  • All activities formally presented as Christian Union events, or associated with the Christian Union as a society, shall have the approval of the Executive Committee.
  • The Christian Union may join with other student societies to engage in common activities as the Executive Committee see fit.
  • The Executive Committee may invite such external speakers as it sees fit. External speakers who have been invited on the understanding that they will expound the common faith of the Christian Union should be required to signify their assent to that faith as defined in section 1.

Advisory Committee

  • The Christian Union shall maintain an informal Advisory Committee of at least three local people who, if they were registered as students at the University of St Andrews, could be members of the Christian Union Executive Committee.
  • Members of the Advisory Committee shall be appointed, or may be removed, by the General Meeting on the nomination of the Executive Committee.
  • Members shall normally be appointed for a term of three years, indefinitely renewable.
  • If possible, at least one member of the Advisory Committee should be a member of the academic staff of the University of St Andrews.
  • The Executive Committee shall consult with the Advisory Committee as it sees fit.