NCPA

Constitution and Bylaws

Adopted September 11, 1989
Last Revised April 12, 2005

Article I. Name:
The name of this organization shall be the University of Texas National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Student Chapter.

Article II. Purpose :
The University of Texas student chapter of NCPA is an educational non-profit organization with the following goals:
1) To promote pharmacy as a profession and the role of independent retail pharmacy in the American health care system;

2) To maintain and expand educational programs, to strengthen members' professional and business ability, and to encourage colleges of pharmacy to provide opportunity for students to learn about opportunities in modern retail pharmacy practice;

3) To provide effective support and sponsorship of programs to encourage careers in retail pharmacy;

4) To exchange information among health professions to promote mutual understanding in areas affecting the practice and education of these health professions;

5) To educate the lay public on the proper use of both prescription and nonprescription drugs and on the pharmacist's role in safe and effective drug counseling, therapy, and administration.

Article III. Membership :

1) Membership shall be open to students of the University of Texas College of Pharmacy regardless of race, national origin, creed or political affiliation, sex (in accordance with Title IX), sexual orientation, religion, age, handicap, or veteran's status.

2) Members must be currently enrolled and in good academic standing at the College of Pharmacy of the University of Texas at Austin.

Article IV. Officers :
1) The elected officers of the organization shall be a President, President-elect, Vice-President, Vice-President-elect, Secretary, Treasurer, Historian, Fundraising Chair, and Pharmacy Council Representative.

2) Other officers may be appointed as deemed necessary by the Executive Board. Appointment shall be by the President, with approval of the Executive Board.

3) Student NCPA shall also have a faculty advisor, to be appointed by the Dean of the College of Pharmacy.

4) All elected and appointed officers must be in good academic standing.

Article V. Executive Board :
The Executive Board shall consist of the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and faculty advisor, who shall serve in a non-voting advisory capacity.

Article VI. Meetings :
1) Regular meetings shall be held at the time approved by the Pharmacy Council of the University of Texas College of Pharmacy.

2) Special meetings may be called by the President, with the approval of the Executive Board.

Article VII. Amendments to the Constitution :
Amendments to the chapter constitution may be presented at any meeting of the organization. Amendments shall be proposed and discussed at one meeting and voted on by the members at a subsequent meeting. Amendments shall be passed by a majority vote of those present. Amendments so adopted shall become effective immediately.

Article VIII. Dissolution Clause :
Should Student NCPA dissolve for any reason, the funds accumulated from dues and chapter activities shall be transferred to the general scholarship fund of the College of Pharmacy of the University of Texas at Austin.
BYLAWS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS NATIONAL COMMUNITY PHARMACISTS ASSOCIATION (NCPA) STUDENT CHAPTER
Bylaw I. Membership :
Section 1. Active members of Student NCPA are those members who have paid all required membership dues and participate in chapter activities. Inactive members are those who have not paid their dues or do not participate in chapter activities.
Section 2. Members may be subject to disciplinary review by the Executive Board because of nonpayment of dues, refusal to participate in chapter activities, failure to support chapter goals and purposes, or poor academic standing.

Bylaw II.

Dues :
Dues are payable by the second meeting of the semester in which the member elects to become a member of the organization. Dues for student membership in the national NCPA organization are established by that organization. Dues shall be paid for a period of one year.

Bylaw III. Elected Officers :

Section 1. The President shall preside at all meetings, call special meetings with the approval of the Executive Board, and perform all duties as the chapter shall direct or as customarily pertain to the office of President. Such duties shall include organizing social events for the chapter and assisting the Vice-President in organizing the Fall Practitioner's Showcase. The term of office shall be for one year, beginning with the summer semester.

In the event that the President becomes incapacitated, resigns, or is removed from office, the Vice-President shall assume that office.

Section 2. The Vice-President shall assist the President and shall assume the duties of President in his or her absence, dismissal, or resignation. In the event that the Vice-President must assume the office of President (as provided in Bylaw III, Section 1), his or her replacement shall be elected by the chapter members. Duties shall include scheduling speakers for appropriate meetings and organizing the Fall Practitioner's Showcase. The term of office shall be for one year, beginning with the summer semester.

Section 3. The Secretary shall maintain a record of chapter meetings and distribute them on the list-serve. He or she is also responsible for organizing and maintaining the membership roster as well as the list-serve. The Secretary should keep members informed about all chapter activities and keep track of points as described under bylaw IV. The term of office shall be for one year, beginning with the summer semester.

Section 4. The Treasurer shall maintain all financial records in readily retrievable form and shall be accountable for all financial transactions involving organization funds. In coordination with the Secretary, the Treasurer shall obtain membership dues and forward national dues to NCPA. In addition, he or she shall provide reports on the status of the treasury when called upon to do so by the President and/or membership. The Treasurer is also responsible for ordering meals at all regular meetings. The term of office shall be for one year, beginning with the summer semester.

Section 5. The Pharmacy Council Representative shall attend all appropriate meetings of the Pharmacy Council as a representative of NCPA. He or she shall also make a report to the membership at each regular meeting. The term of office shall be for one semester. The representative elected at the end of the spring semester shall serve as representative for the summer and fall semesters.

Section 6. The Historian is responsible for taking pictures at all chapter activities as well as updating the NCPA case and bulletin board. In the event that they cannot attend an activity, the Historian shall designate a replacement. He or she shall also work in conjunction with the Executive Committee to compile and turn a chapter report at the end of the spring semester. The term of office shall be for one year, beginning with the summer semester.

Section 7. The Fundraising Chair shall organize all lunch sales as well as ensure that an adequate number of fundraising items are on hand. If unable to attend, the chair shall appoint another chapter member to attend in their place and run the fundraising activity. He or she shall also be responsible for publicizing fundraising events, keeping the fundraising website current, and making sure that all merchandise orders are reconciled. The term of office shall be for one year, beginning with the summer semester.

Section 8. The President-elect shall assist the President in all spring activities in order to prepare for their term. The term of office shall be for the spring semester.

Section 9. The Vice-President-elect shall assist the Vice-President in all spring activities in order to prepare for their term. The term of office shall be for the spring semester.

Section 10. At the end of the fall semester the following positions shall be elected: Pharmacy Council Representative, President-elect, and Vice-President-elect. At the end of the spring semester, President-elect and Vice-President-elect shall assume the duties of President and Vice-President, respectively. Secretary, Treasurer, Pharmacy Council Representative, Historian, and Fundraising Chair shall be elected at the end of the spring semester.

Bylaw IV. Points System:

Points shall be assigned for NCPA activities and used to determine who will attend scholarship funded conferences and conventions. The Secretary shall be responsible for developing a points system and keeping track of points earned by active members. Points shall be awarded for activities such as merchandise sales, food sales, and community service projects.

Bylaw V. Elections :
Elections shall be held at the end of the fall and spring semesters. Election to office shall be by a majority of active members present and voting. Election may be by secret ballot or by open ballot, depending on the expressed preference of the membership present.

Bylaw VI. Quorum :
A majority of active members must be present for any meeting at which officers are elected or chapter projects are selected.

Bylaw VII. Amendments to the Bylaws :

Amendments to the chapter bylaws may be presented at any meeting of the organization. Amendments shall be proposed and discussed at one meeting and voted on by the members at a subsequent meeting. Amendments shall be passed by a majority vote of those present. Amendments so adopted shall become effective immediately.


Last Reviewed: July 8, 2008

College Information

Mailing Address:
College of Pharmacy
The University of Texas
at Austin
2409 University Ave.
Stop A1900
Austin, TX, USA
78712-1113

Email Address: pharmacy
@austin.utexas.edu

Phone:
1-512-471-1737


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