Membership Meeting Standing Rules

AGENDAS

Resolutions should be submitted at least 10 days before a meeting to be included on the meeting agenda. Secondary Amendments to agenda items should be submitted in writing before midnight the day before a meeting to be included on the meeting agenda.

DELIBERATION

ELIGIBILITY

People shall be eligible to participate in deliberations if they are members in good standing. Eligibility shall be determined using the most recent membership list provided to the chapter by the national DSA. In the case that a membership list is out of date and does not include a member in good standing, in order to be eligible to participate, a member must provide proof that they were a member in good standing 30 minutes before the beginning of a meeting.

RECOGNITION

The Chair shall abide by Progressive Stack when recognizing members from the floor for Debate. Progressive Stack is defined as alternating the recognition of members fairly when assigning the floor between members of all nationalities, ethnicities, classes, creeds, religious beliefs, gender identity, and disability, in order to ensure equal representation of marginalized groups in the deliberation of ideas.

DEBATE

Speakers on all motions shall be limited to two (2) minutes per speech and two (2) speeches per pending motion. 

PROXY VOTING

There is proxy voting for all chapter business. Before the midnight before a meeting, a member may contact the Executive Committee and designate another  member in good standing to serve as their proxy for voting on any chapter business during the meeting. Members may only act as a proxy for one other member in any given meeting. Members acting as a proxy shall be issued an additional voting card to represent their proxied member’s vote.

CANDIDATE ENDORSEMENT ONLINE ABSENTEE BALLOTS

There is online absentee voting for chapter business pertaining to endorsements of candidates for government office. Before the midnight before a meeting, members may request an online absentee ballot to vote on resolutions pertaining to candidate endorsements. An in-person vote shall be held and counted in the meeting. After the in-person vote, the numbers of ballots cast in favor, of ballots cast in opposition, and of outstanding online absentee ballots shall be announced. The identities of members who requested online absentee ballots shall not be announced.

If no online absentee ballots were requested, the decision shall go into effect immediately. Otherwise, online absentee ballots will be sent to members who requested them, and members shall be allowed to vote until the midnight after the meeting. The decision shall then be finalized and go into effect at the midnight after the meeting, even if the number of outstanding online absentee ballots is not enough to change the outcome.

OFFICER ELECTIONS

Officer elections will be conducted entirely using online voting. Before the midnight before a meeting, members may request an online absentee ballot to vote in officer elections. Online absentee ballots shall be cast during the same time period as online ballots of members attending the meeting. Voting in officer elections will open no earlier than the start of the annual elections meeting, and close no later than the midnight after the annual elections meeting.

CONDUCT

Members shall applaud using American Sign Language applause.  All debate must be germane to the pending motion on the floor.

NON-MEMBERS AND EXCLUSION

Non-members are welcome to attend GBMs but are unable to participate in deliberations. Presentations pertinent by non-members must be approved beforehand by the Chair or Executive Committee. Regardless of membership status, no candidate for government office may be present for any deliberation or vote on the question of whether to endorse them.

DE-ESCALATION

The Chair may deputize members to serve as the meeting’s Marshals. Unruly members will be subject to Marshal de-escalation, at the Chair’s discretion. In instances where de-escalation fails to resolve the issue of an unruly attendee, attendees – members and non-members alike –  will be subject to expulsion from the meeting at the Chair’s discretion.

RECORDING

Attendees shall not film, photograph, or audio record the meeting’s deliberations without explicit permission from the Recording Secretary or Chair. It should be assumed that all deliberations in a meeting are public. This rule concerns protecting a member’s right to privacy, not privacy of information.