The constitution is the main guiding document of the Rideau Students' Union. The constitution is intended to outline the general operation and structure of the union, as well as its purposes, management of affairs, its larger leadership style, and other miscellaneous metadata relevant to the union.
The constitution, alongside the Beacon Hill Statement, is intended to outline the missions and purpose of the union.
Executive orders and by-laws have also been established to build upon the constitution.
The first constitution was made December 7th, 2020 (R1E1) with the creation of the union, and was later revisited on February 10th, 2021 (R1E2), then February 23rd (R1E3), followed by a third edit (R1E4) on March 22, 2021, and a fourth (R1E5) on April 18th 2021. The current constitution (R2E4) was enacted February 24th, 2023.
On March 20th, 2022, a second revision (R2E1) of the constitution was made, which reestablished the union, modified its leadership roles, as well as the union's main goals, structure, and purpose. This included the establishment of a Board of Directors, as well as the requirement of two Co-Presidents, otherwise replacing the use of the Vice President.
Until March 2022, the union's constitutionally documented leadership included the role of the President, Governor, Deputy Governor, Committee Chairs, Executives, and School Representatives.
On September 24th, 2022, an amendment to the constitution was formally made (R2E2), changing the union's membership clause, formally allowing for interims to be appointed by the Board of Directors, as well as correct other issues in the previous constitution.
On November 27th, 2022, an amendment to the constitution was made (R2E3) removing requirements in voting platform, creating an additional verification vote for partnerships and affiliations, introduce the honours and awards system.
On February 24th, 2023, an amendment was passed (R2E4) which among other things, moved all procedures for motions, amendments, and by-laws to a separate special by-law. This amendment also removed the requirement for members to be 13 years of age or older, and removed the need for signup to be done online.
On April 8th, 2023, a series of amendments were passed (R2E5), which included opening up membership to Ontario residents, replaced Board powers with Presidential powers, moving awards and honours to a separate by-law, and clarifying issues brought up with the constitution.
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