ARTICLE I. Name
The name of the organization is the Stony Brook Council.
ARTICLE II. Purpose
ARTICLE III. Basic Policies
ARTICLE IV. Membership
ARTICLE V. Officers
(a) The officers of the Council shall consist of a Chairperson, a Vice Person and a Secretary. The Chairperson shall be appointed by the Governor of the State of New York pursuant to the provisions of the Education Law.
(b) The Vice Chairperson and Secretary shall be appointed by the Chairperson.
(c) Only those persons who have signified their consent to serve be appointed
for such office.
(d) The Vice Chairperson and Secretary shall serve one year terms with the terms expiring at the end of each calendar year.
ARTICLE VI. DUTIES OF OFFICERS
(a) preside at meetings of the Council (at which he or she is present);
(b) sign documents on behalf of the Council;
(c) act as spokesperson for the Council;
(d) appoint committee;
(e) resolve tie votes of the Council;
(f) represent the Council at graduation exercises and other official functions;
(g) insure that agenda are prepared and minutes are kept in accordance with legal requirements;
(h) insure that qualified candidates are recommended for appointment to fill Council vacancies; and
(i) insure that the annual report of the Council is submitted to the Trustees.
(b) Deliver to their successors all official material not later than thirty (30)days following the appointment of their successors.
ARTICLE VII. Stony Brook Council Members
ARTICLE VIII. Standing an Special Committees
ARTICLE IX. Roberts Rules
Roberts Rules of Order, latest edition, shall be the authority on all questions of parliamentary procedure in which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with New York State law or these Bylaws.
ARTICLE X. Amendments
These Bylaws may be amended, replicated, or altered in whole or in part by a majority vote at any regular or special meeting of the Council.
The Stony Brook Council meets in accordance with Article 8, Section 356, of Education Law. The powers and duties of Councils for State-operated institutions are detailed in this section, which prescribes and limits the nature and kinds of business that this Council may conduct. Also applicable to the conduct of this meeting is Article 7, Section 95, of Public Officer’s Law which says, in effect, that members of the public may attend meetings of this kind and listen to the deliberations and decisions that go into the making of local policy. Such right of attendance, however, does not extend to Executive Sessions of the council, held in accordance with Sections 98 and 100 of the Article referred to above.
It is important that all those attending are aware of the limitations that attach to this right to attend and listen. No member of the audience may join in the deliberations of the Council or participate in its decisions. Under the law only duly selected members of the Council may exercise this responsibility. The conduct of all persons at these meetings is subject to the standards imposed by the Rules of Public Order.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, which applies to the conduct of business at this meeting, the Council wants to make it clear that the views of the public are welcome and indeed are solicited. Statements relating to the operation of the State University at Stony Brook or to the conduct of business of the Council may be submitted in writing to the Secretary of the Council, Office of the President, SUNY at Stony Brook. It must be emphasized, however, that the Council and the Council alone prepares the Agenda for this meeting. If members of the public have items they feel have a place one these agenda, they must submit them to the Secretary in the manner suggested above.