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Illinois Student Special Interest Group

Illinois Physical Therapy Association

A Chapter of the

American Physical Therapy Association


SSIG BYLAWS

 

 

ARTICLE I NAME

Illinois Student Special Interest Group hereinafter referred to as the SSIG, shall be a special interest group of the Illinois Physical Therapy Association of the American Physical Therapy Association hereinafter referred to as the Chapter and the Association, respectively.

ARTICLE II PURPOSE

The purpose of the SSIG shall be to provide a means by which physical therapist student and physical therapist assistant student members having a common interest, may meet, confer, and promote the interest of its membership category in the Chapter and the Association.

ARTICLE III FUNCTION

  1. The functions of the SSIG shall be to:
    A.    Provide for the exchange of information between SSIG members concerning issues confronting the profession of physical therapy.
    B.    Identify and respond to areas of concern related to SSIG members.
    C.    Promote the role of physical therapist and physical therapist assistant students.
    D.    Promote membership in and understanding of the Association, Chapter, APTA Student Assembly (SA) and SSIG among students enrolled in Physical Therapist and Physical Therapist Assistant programs within Illinois.
    E.    Represent the interests of SSIG members before the official decision-making bodies of the Chapter, Association and other components.
    F.    Assist the Chapter and the Association in furthering the profession of Physical Therapy in Illinois.
    G.   Support the provisions of Association and Chapter Bylaws, policies and other enactments.
    H.    Serve as a communication portal for students with other students and members of the Chapter, the Association, and the SA.

ARTICLE IV MEMBERSHIP

Section 1 Class and Qualifications of Members
Membership shall be limited to physical therapist student, physical therapist assistant student, and corresponding student members in good standing of the Chapter and Association.

 

Section 2 Rights and Privileges of Members
The rights and privileges of the SSIG’s members shall be identical to those established by the Chapter Bylaws.

Section 3 Admissions to Membership
All student members of the Chapter shall be members of the SSIG.

Section 4 Good Standing
An individual member is in good standing within the meaning of these Bylaws if the member is in good standing in the Association and the Chapter.

Section 5 Disciplinary Actions
Any member of the SSIG who is suspended by the Association and Chapter shall have his or her membership privileges suspended in the SSIG. Any member of the SSIG who is expelled from membership in the Association or Chapter shall be expelled from SSIG membership.

ARTICLE V OBLIGATIONS AND TRUSTEESHIP

    Section 1 Obligations
    The Student Special Interest Group is required to:
    A.    Provide annually and upon request a report on their activities and financial status to the Chapter Board of Directors.
    B.    Hold at least one membership meeting annually.
    C.    Conduct its affairs in accordance with its Bylaws and the Bylaws of the Chapter.
    D.    Maintain complete and accurate financial records. The IPTA Finance Committee will audit financial records annually.
    E.    Further the object and functions of the Chapter as set forth in its Bylaws.

Section 2 Trusteeship
The Chapter Board of Directors may, at its discretions, conduct the affairs and assume custody of the records, funds, and management of the SSIG if it fails to comply with its obligations. Such action shall be subject to ratification by the Chapter’s Representative Assembly at its next meeting.

ARTICLE VI MEETINGS

Section 1 Membership Meetings
The SSIG shall hold no less than one membership meeting per year for the purpose of conducting business, facilitating student involvement, and promoting the SSIG. Attendance is limited to Chapter members and invited guests approved by SSIG officers. Notice of these meetings will be given to the SSIG membership at least 2 weeks prior to each meeting. A quorum shall consist of ten (10) members, including at least two officers.

Section 2 Special Meetings
Special meetings may be called by the Executive Board or any ten (10) members. Attendance is limited to Chapter members and invited guests approved by SSIG officers. Notice of these meetings will be given to the SSIG membership at least 2 weeks prior to each meeting. A quorum shall consist of ten (10) members, including at least two officers.

ARTICLE VII EXECUTIVE BOARD

Section 1 Composition
The Executive Board of the SSIG shall be the President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, Special Events Coordinator, and SPTA Director.

Section 2 Qualifications
For the offices of President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, Special Events Coordinator, and SPTA Director: only such members of the SSIG who have consented to serve, shall be eligible for election to office if they have been a Chapter member in good standing for at least three months immediately preceding taking office.

Section 3 Officers
A.    President – The President shall be responsible for preparing agendas for all SSIG and Executive Board meetings, preside at the meetings of the SSIG and the Executive Board, and shall prepare the annual report and any other reports as requested by the Chapter. The President shall serve as the designated spokesperson of the SSIG. The President will represent the SSIG at the Chapter’s Assembly of Representatives, and meetings of the Chapter Board of Directors.
B.    Vice President – The Vice President shall assume the duties of the President at the request of the President or in the absence or incapacitation of the President, and oversee SSIG committees as well as assists the President in the conduct of the SSIG activities and assignments. The Vice President shall also be responsible for compliance of Bylaws and reporting bylaw changes to the Chapter’s Board of Directors. Furthermore, the Vice President shall also be responsible for overseeing and communicating with student representatives. This responsibility will be assumed once all student representatives from each program have been finalized by the SSIG Board. Additionally, the Vice President will represent the SSIG at the Chapter’s Assembly of Representatives.
C.    Secretary/Treasurer – The Secretary/Treasurer shall coordinate the development of a slate of qualified candidates for election as SSIG officers; be responsible for keeping the minutes of all SSIG and Executive Board meetings; submitting and providing all meeting minutes to the Chapter office and the SSIG Board, Student representatives and SSIG members; notify SSIG members of the date, time, and place of SSIG meetings; prepare an annual budget based on available funds and make written financial reports to the SSIG membership and to the Board of Directors upon request; and maintain the SSIG’s archives and correspondence. The Secretary/Treasurer will represent the SSIG at the Chapter’s Assembly of Representatives.
D.    Special Events Coordinator - The Special Events Coordinator shall oversee programming of meetings and activities/events. The Special Events Coordinator will represent the SSIG at the Chapter’s Assembly of Representatives.
E.    SPTA Director – The SPTA Director is the representative of the SPTAs community to the SSIG board. The SPTA Director will represent SSIG at the Chapter’s Assembly of Representatives.

Section 4 Terms and Vacancies
A.    For the positions of President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, Special Events Coordinator, and SPTA Director:

1.  The term of office for each officer shall be one year.
2.  The President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, Special Events Coordinator, and SPTA Director shall assume office on June 1 following their election.
3.  No officer shall serve more than two complete consecutive terms in the same office.
4.  In the event that a position of the Executive Board becomes vacant, except for the SSIG President, the vacancy shall be filled by appointment by the SSIG President of an individual who meets the qualifications specified in the bylaws. The appointment must be approved by a 2/3 vote of the SSIG Executive Committee.

Section 5 Duties of the Executive Board
The Executive Board shall, in addition to the duties otherwise imposed by these Bylaws and SSIG policies:
A.    Attend scheduled and special meetings of the SSIG Board.
B.    Carry out the mandates and policies of the SSIG as determined by the membership.
C.    Direct all business and financial affairs for and on behalf of the SSIG.
D.    Foster the growth and development of the SSIG.
E.    Direct and determine the priority of all activities and expenditures in fulfillment of the SSIG Purpose and Function.
F.    Create and appoint task forces or committees needed to carry out the functions of the SSIG.
G.   Review and revise SSIG policies and Bylaws as needed.

 

Section 6 Conduct of Business
A.    The SSIG Executive Board shall meet no less than twice a year.
B.    A special meeting of the Executive Board may be called by the President or on the written request of two officers.
C.    Written notice of all special meetings of the Executive Board shall be provided no less than one week in advance.
D.    When a decision is needed between meetings of the Executive Board, voting may be conducted by e-mail, fax, or conference call.
E.    A quorum shall consist of at least three (3) officers.

ARTICLE VIII ELECTIONS

Section 1 Nominations
A.    The SSIG shall follow the same nomination process and timeline for developing a slate of candidates as that of the Chapter.

 

Section 2 Conduct of Election
Elections shall be coordinated by the Chapter and conducted concurrently and in the same manner with the annual Chapter elections.

 

Section 3 Voting
A.    Election shall be by plurality vote.
B.    In the event of a tie, election shall be determined by re-balloting considering only those candidates who have tied votes.

 

Section 4 Results
A.    Results of the elections shall be announced and posted upon completion of tallying votes.
B.    Election results shall be disseminated within 30 days of the election via electronic or other communication means.

ARTICLE IX SSIG ADVISORS

Section 1 Qualifications
The SSIG Advisors shall be appointed by the Chapter President and approved by the Chapter Board of Directors, and must satisfy the following:

  1. Both Advisors must be IPTA full members.
  2. At least 1 of the members must be a full PT member.
  3. The PTA Advisor may be a full PTA member or a PT faculty at a PTA school program.
  4. At least 1 of the SSIG Advisors must be a member of the IPTA Board of Directors.
  5. Advisors must also have consented to serve.

Section 2 Duties
The SSIG Advisors shall utilize expertise to help determine and support events and programs that may be helpful in advancing the SSIG’s purpose.

 

Section 3 Terms and Vacancies
A.    The term of appointment shall be two years.
B.    The SSIG Advisors shall assume office on January 1st of the year appointed.
C.    In the event a position becomes vacant, the Chapter President may appoint an individual to satisfy the term with the approval of the Chapter’s Board of Directors.

ARTICLE X COMMITTEE AND TASK FORCE ROLES

A.    The SSIG Executive Board may utilize the formation of student committees and task forces to enhance student involvement and facilitate the work of the SSIG.
B.    The SSIG Executive Board reserves the right to appoint a physical therapist student or physical therapist assistant student to a Committee or Task Force Chair position.
C.    The Committee Chair or Task Force Chair may select but are not required to select additional student members to assist in the work of the committee or task force.
D.    Student Committee and Task Force members must be made up of student members in good standing.
E.    Committee and Task Force length of appointment will be determined upon establishment of the Chair of the Committee or Task Force.
F.    Failure to meet length of appointment deadlines established by the Executive Board will result in relinquished duties of the Committee or Task Force Chair to be turned over to a member of the Executive Board to lead and accomplish the duties set forth at the formation of the Committee or Task Force.

ARTICLE XI FINANCE

Section 1 Fiscal Year
The fiscal year of the SSIG shall be that of the Chapter.

 

Section 2 Budget
An annual budget shall be developed by the SSIG Secretary/Treasurer, approved by the Executive Board, and made available for the information of the membership. The budget must be approved by the Chapter’s Board of Directors.

 

Section 3 Financial Management
The financial management of the SSIG shall be consistent with Chapter policy, and in accordance with procedures set forth by the Chapter Treasurer and Executive Director.

 

Section 4 Limitations on Expenditures
No officer, employee, or committee shall expend any money not provided in the budget as adopted, or spend any money in excess of the budget allotment, except by order of the SSIG Executive Board, and with approval as required by the Chapter’s Financial Policies. The Executive Board shall not commit the SSIG to any financial obligation in excess of its current financial resources.

 

Section 5 Financial Reports
The SSIG via the Secretary/Treasurer shall submit financial statements and reports to the Chapter as directed by the Chapter.

ARTICLE XII DISSOLUTION

A.    The SSIG can be dissolved by the same regulations stated in the Chapter Bylaws for dissolving Districts.
B.    Should the SSIG be dissolved or its existence otherwise be terminated, all property and records of whatever nature in the possession of the SSIG shall, after payment of its bona fide debts, be conveyed to the Chapter.

 

ARTICLE XIII PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY

The rules contained in the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern the SSIG in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these Bylaws and any rules of order adopted by the SSIG.

ARTICLE XIV AMENDMENTS

A.    These Bylaws may be amended in whole or part by a 2/3 vote of the members of the SSIG present and voting provided that at least 2 weeks prior to the meeting, a copy of the proposed amendments has been made available to student members via mail, email, or Chapter website. Amendments to the SSIG Bylaws become effective upon approval in writing by the Chapter Board of Directors.
B.    If the intent of an amendment is editorial or to bring the SSIG Bylaws into agreement with the Bylaws or policies of the Association or Chapter, the amendment shall be made by the SSIG as required by the Chapter and approved by the Chapter Board of Directors with notification to the SSIG Executive Board.

ARTICLE XV CHAPTER AS HIGHER AUTHORITY

In addition to these Bylaws, the SSIG is governed by Chapter and Association Bylaws, standing rules, policies, and procedures.

 

Illinois Student Special Interest Group Bylaws adopted on 9/23/11.
Revised and Approved by IPTA Board of Directors: 1/21/12.
Amended: 11/08/13; 1/25/14; 9/04/14; 4/29/20


Illinois Student Special Interest Group (SSIG)
Illinois Physical Therapy Association
A Chapter of the
American Physical Therapy Association
SSIG Standing Rules

  1. The Position of SSIG Executive Board Student Mentor
    1. SSIG Executive Board Student Mentor position is placed in effect to help mentor and guide newly elected Executive Committee Members in their position. The appointed individual is to have previous served on the SSIG Leadership for at least a full year term. Their responsibility is to help ease the new Executive Committee members into their positions and counsel them how to successfully manage their executive responsibilities. Their term length will run from June 1st of each year and conclude December 31st of the same year.

Approved 10/12/12 SSIG Annual Meeting
Approved 10/13/12 IPTA Board of Director’s Meeting;
Amended 04/29/20 SSIG Annual Meeting; Approved 05/20/20 IPTA Board of Director's Meeting
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  1. The Position of SSIG Communications Liaison
    1. The SSIG Communications Liaison is placed in effort to help coordinate communication specifically, but not limited to:
      1. Compiling articles for the monthly SSIG Newsletter and submitting to Chapter staff by monthly deadline.
      2. Monitoring the SSIG Facebook Community.
      3. Processing join requests for the SSIG Facebook Community.
      4. Contributing and submitting content to Chapter staff to be used on the IPTA Facebook page, Twitter, and LinkedIn presences, or any e-newsletter, as appropriate.
    2. Their term length will run from June 1st of each year and conclude May 31st of the following year.

Approved 09/04/14 SSIG Annual Meeting
Approved 09/10/14 IPTA Board of Director’s Executive Committee Meeting

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