VCU Honors College

The Honors Community

Constitution of The Honors College Idea Exchange


We, The Honors College Idea Exchange, in order to promote student interests, needs and welfare within the university community; to distribute funds for cultural, educational and community-building events; to provide the opportunity to develop individual leadership qualities and an understanding of group action; and to supplement and complement formal education on the VCU campus, do affirm and establish this Constitution of The Honors College Idea Exchange. 

Article I: Name

The name of this organization shall be The Honors College Idea Exchange.

Article II: Purpose

The purpose of HCIE is to promote the best possible experience for the students of The Honors College by encouraging a better community and environment in which to live and learn.

The goals of HCIE are to:

  1. Establish a forum for discussion and the communication of ideas amongst honors students.
  2. Foster fellowship among Honors College students.
  3. Promote involvement and service in the greater Richmond area.

Article III: Membership

  1. All regularly enrolled students of VCU who are a part of The Honors College may be members of HCIE.
  2. HCIE has open membership throughout the academic school year.
  3. An active member is defined as any honors student who attends a minimum of three HCIE events during a semester. Events are defined as meetings, service, fundraising and social events sponsored by HCIE.

Article IV: Leadership

Section 1: Eligibility of officers

  1. Officers apply to be considered for the office.
  2. Applicants will be required to participate in a one-on-one interview with a member of the electing board. The electing board is made up of the co-presidents from the previous year, the Director of Student Services and the Assistant to the Director of Student Services.

Section 2: Selection of officers

  1. Elections will be held during the third week of the fall semester of each academic year.
  2. Officers will be selected by the electing board.
  3. Officers elected will serve a term from September of the year elected through the following September.

Section 3: Forfeiture of office

  1. An officer must resign from office if he or she is absent from three leadership meetings without a reasonable excuse.
  2. An officer must resign from office if he or she fails to meet any of the membership requirements at any time.
  3. An officer must resign if he or she fails to maintain at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA.

Article V: The duties of the executive officers

Section 1: Common duties of the executive officers

  1. To plan and coordinate meeting times, places and agendas with HCIE.
  2. To attend biweekly officer meetings and biweekly member meetings.
  3. To attend monthly social and service events.
  4. To adhere to the mission and goals of HCIE.

Section 2: Specific duties of the executive officers

  1. Co-presidents (two)
    1. Act as official representative of HCIE to all other administrative bodies.
    2. Preside over officer and member meetings, presenting agendas and leading meetings.
    3. Plan social and service events.
    4. Attend budget workshops when required.
    5. Create and oversee committees.
  2. Treasurer
    1. Primary manager of HCIE finances.
    2. Liaison between HCIE and other organizations.
    3. Responsible for preparing a budget for submission.
    4. Attend budget workshops when required.
  3. Secretary
    1. Advertise meetings and events.
    2. Record and email all minutes collected in meetings.
    3. Record attendance.
    4. Attend room workshops when required.
    5. Book rooms for events.

Article VI: Finances

Section 1: Management

  1. All finances will be handled in conjunction with the advisor and member body.

Article VII: Amendments

Section 1: Ratification

  1. In order to adopt an amendment, a vote of 2/3 of the forum is necessary.