Our Constitution

Constitution of
λόγος

The Logos

Preamble: Foundations

We who here affirm our beliefs:

We believe in one God, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible.

We believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all ages; Light of Light, true God of true God, begotten, not created, of one essence with the Father, through Whom all things were made.

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, for us and for our salvation, came down from heaven and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became man.

We believe that He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate and suffered and was buried, and that He rose on the third day, according to the Scriptures.

We believe that He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father, and that He will come again with glory to judge the living and dead, and that His kingdom shall have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Creator of life, Who proceeds from the Father, Who together with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified, and Who spoke through the prophets.

We believe in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church, confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins, and look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the age to come.

Do by this Constitution form an Organization, hereafter The Logos, which shall publish Λόγος (a Greek term often translated as “thought,” “word,” “speech,” “meaning,” “reason,” “principle,” “standard,” or “logic”), a semesterly magazine of Christian thought, to stimulate discussion of a Christian worldview at Yale in a way that is relevant, accessible, and engaging to the Yale community within its social and intellectual culture.

Article I: Members

1. The Logos shall have Members who shall labor together to accomplish the mission established in
the Preamble to this Constitution.

2. Membership shall be available to and only to all undergraduate students, graduate and
professional students, members of campus ministries, and faculty members currently affiliated with Yale University.

3. A Member shall be admitted upon approval of a Petition for Membership by at least four of the
Officers.

4. A Member shall retain his or her Membership for the duration of his or her affiliation with Yale
University.

5. A Member shall have his or her Membership suspended during a leave of absence but shall
return to full Membership upon his or her re-affiliation with Yale University.

6. If he or she so choose, a Member shall resign his or her Membership by submitting a Notice of
Resignation to the Executive Director.

7. If a Member shall have been absent from at least three Meetings in a single semester, excluding
absences accrued prior to his or her admittance as a Member, then the Member shall forfeit his or her
Membership at the end of the semester. Forfeiture of Membership in this way shall be waived upon approval of Waiver of Membership Forfeiture by at least two-thirds of the Custodians.

8. A Member shall have his or her Membership revoked upon approval of Revocation of
Membership by at least four of the Officers or by at least two-thirds of the Custodians.

Article II: Officers

1. Among its Members The Logos shall have five Officers, who shall lead The Logos in
accomplishing its mission: an Executive Director, an Editor-In-Chief, a Business Manager, a Production Manager, and an Assistant Director.

2. Only Members who are undergraduate students of Yale University shall serve as Officers.

3. The Executive Director shall be first in seniority among the Officers, shall chair the Executive
Committee, and shall perform other appropriate tasks.

4. The Editor-In-Chief shall be second in seniority among the Officers, shall chair the Editorial
Committee, and shall perform other appropriate tasks.

5. The Business Manager shall be third in seniority among the Officers, shall chair the Business
Committee, and shall perform other appropriate tasks.

6. The Production Manager shall be fourth in seniority among the Officers, shall chair the
Production Committee, and shall perform other appropriate tasks.

7. The Assistant Director shall be fifth in seniority among the Officers, shall serve on the Executive
Committee, shall assist the Executive Director, shall maintain the official list of Members and the list of alumni, shall call the Role at Meetings, shall take notes at Meetings which he or she shall distribute to the Members, shall manage the archives, and shall perform other appropriate tasks.

8. No Member shall serve concurrently in more than one Office.

9. If he or she so choose, an Officer shall resign his or her Office by submitting a Notice of
Resignation to the Executive Director, or to the Members while they be in Meeting, and the Executive
Director or the President of the Board of Custodians shall notify the Chief Adviser and the Associate
Advisers of all such resignations.

10. An Officer shall be removed from his or her Office upon approval of Removal from Office by at
least two-thirds of the Custodians, and the President of the Board of Custodians shall notify the Chief
Adviser and the Associate Advisers of all such removals.

11. The President of the Board of Custodians shall appoint Officers from among the Members to
serve in Offices made vacant by resignation, removal from office, or exceptional circumstances, notifying the Chief Adviser of all such appointments. An Officer appointed to a vacant Office in this way shall immediately assume his or her Office and shall retain it until the Members shall have Elected, at a special Election for this purpose or at the normal time of Elections, an Officer to succeed him or her.

Article III: Committees

1. The affairs of The Logos shall be divided among Committees, which shall include four Standing
Committees: the Executive Committee, the Editorial Committee, the Business Committee, and the
Production Committee.

2. Any Member shall be permitted at the first Meeting of a semester to join any Committee;
thereafter, any Member wishing to join a Committee shall be permitted to do so only upon approval of
Request to Join Committee by the Chair of that Committee.

3. A Member shall be dismissed from a Committee only upon approval of Dismissal from
Committee by both the Executive Director and the Chair of that Committee, except that no Officer shall be dismissed from any Committee in this way.

4. The Executive Committee shall recruit new Members; shall direct publicity and external affairs;
shall maintain contact with alumni, the Chief Adviser, and the Associate Advisers; and shall supervise all supplemental activities and programs. These tasks and the minimum powers necessary for their
accomplishment shall belong only to the Executive Committee.

5. The Editorial Committee shall direct the redaction of Λόγος, supervising its writers and, thereby,
determining its textual content. These tasks and the minimum powers necessary for their accomplishment shall belong only to the Editorial Committee.

6. The Business Committee shall administer business and financial affairs, applying as a student
organization for UOFC funding, requesting financial gifts for The Logos from individuals and other
organizations, and, if necessary, soliciting paid advertisements to be published in Λόγος. These tasks and the minimum powers necessary for their accomplishment shall belong only to the Business Committee.

7. The Production Committee shall oversee production and distribution of Λόγος and shall maintain
the website. These tasks and the minimum powers necessary for their accomplishment shall belong only to the Production Committee.

8. The Executive Director shall form and dissolve appropriate Special Committees to conduct other
affairs of The Logos, appointing a chair for each Special Committee from among the Members.

9. The Chair of each Committee shall call the Committee to assemble as necessary outside of
Meetings to conduct the work of the Committee, shall direct the work of the Committee, and shall report the work of the Committee regularly to the Members while the latter be in Meeting.

10. The minimum powers necessary for the accomplishment of tasks assigned to a Special
Committee shall belong only to that Special Committee, except that neither shall the work of Special
Committees impinge upon the work of the Standing Committees nor shall the powers of the former
supersede, diminish, contradict, or otherwise challenge the powers of the latter.

11. Absolute and final power over the organization and work of each Committee shall reside only in
the Chair of that Committee, except that the Chair of a Committee shall be obliged to exercise or not to
exercise in a specific manner and case a specific power vested in that Committee upon approval of a
Custodial Order by two-thirds of the Custodians.

Article IV: Meetings

1. The Executive Director shall call the Members to assemble regularly in Meeting, provided that a
majority of the Members and a majority of the Officers, including at least the Executive Director or the
Assistant Director, shall be present at every Meeting.

2. The Executive Director, or, in his or her absence, the Assistant Director, shall preside at
Meetings, and Members shall not assemble in Meeting without either the Executive Director or the Assistant Director unless both Offices shall be vacant.

3. In ordinary circumstances, Notice of Meeting shall be communicated to all Members by the
Executive Director or by the Assistant Director at least three days prior to the day of Meeting. In
extraordinary circumstances, Notice of Meeting shall be communicated to all Members by the Executive Director or the Assistant Director at least twenty-four hours prior to the time of Meeting.

4. Members shall assemble in Meeting only at times when Yale University is in session.

Article V: Elections

1. During each spring semester, the Executive Director shall arrange for the Election of Officers,
which shall take place no earlier than 50 days before the end of the semester and no later than 20 days
before the end of the semester.

2. The President of the Board of Custodians shall preside at Elections, providing for the Members a
current, printed copy of this Constitution.

3. Officers shall be Elected from among the Members upon consensus of a majority of the same,
and the President of the Board of Custodians shall transmit the results of all Elections to the Chief Adviser and to the Associate Advisers.

4. Upon his or her Election, an Officer shall introduce himself or herself to the Chief Adviser and to
the Associate Advisers.

5. An Officer shall assume his or her Office at the end of the semester of his or her Election and
shall retain his or her Office until the end of the academic year following the semester of his or her Election.

6. To promote continuity, all five Officers shall not be Elected from among a single graduating
class of Yale University. This restriction shall be waived for a particular graduating class upon the prior approval of Waiver of Officer Class Restriction by a majority of the Custodians.

Article VI: Custodians

1. Among its Members The Logos shall have Custodians, together the Board of Custodians, who
shall perform the tasks enumerated for them in this Constitution and shall, with the Advisers, hold the
Members, Officers, and Committees accountable to this Constitution and to the Foundations of The Logos.

2. All Members both who currently are or for at least the entirety of one semester have ever been
the Executive Director, the Editor-In-Chief, or the Business Manager and who have never been removed from any Office shall be Custodians.

3. The Custodian who shall have earliest been the Executive Director shall be the President of the
Board of Custodians.

Article VII: Advisers

1. The Logos shall have a Board of Advisers, which shall comprise one Chief Adviser and several
Associate Advisers.

2. The Chief Adviser shall be appointed by the Executive Director from among the faculty
members of Yale University upon approval of Appointment of the Chief Adviser by at least two-thirds of the Custodians. The Executive Director shall appoint a Chief Adviser in this way only if the office of Chief Adviser shall be vacant.

3. Only a current faculty member of Yale University shall serve as the Chief Adviser.

4. No Member, Officer, or Committee shall have authority to remove or replace the Chief Adviser,
unless the Chief Adviser shall become unable, unwilling, or ineligible to fulfill his or her role.

5. The Chief Adviser shall keep a copy of this Constitution; shall offer his or her advice to the
Members, Officers, and Committees; and shall, with the Board of Custodians and the Associate Advisers, hold the Members, Officers, and Committees accountable to this Constitution and to the Foundations of The Logos.

6. The Executive Director shall have authority to appoint Associate Advisers from among the
faculty members of Yale University upon approval of Appointment of Associate Adviser by at least two-thirds of the Custodians.

7. Advisers shall meet with the Members occasionally to offer advice, and they shall, with the
Board of Custodians, hold the Members, Officers, and Committees accountable to this Constitution and to the Foundations of The Logos.

Article VIII: Funds

1. The Logos shall operate on a nonprofit basis, using its assets exclusively for the publication of
Λόγος and to further the Organization in its mission.

2. The Business Manager shall maintain a record of all income and expenses of The Logos.

3. In the case of dissolution, any remaining assets shall be distributed to Yale Students for Christ, a
chapter of Campus Crusade International.

Article IX: Amendments

1. If the provisions of this Constitution shall be in need of alteration, an appropriate
Recommendation of Amendment shall be proposed by any Member or Members to the Members while they be in Meeting, whereupon the Recommendation shall be submitted to the Board of Custodians.

2. Upon approval by at least two-thirds of the Custodians, the Recommendation of Amendment
shall take effect, provided that it not alter in any way the Foundations of The Logos, described in the
Preamble to this Constitution, or any provision concerning Advisers, Funds, or Amendments.

3. If, upon approval by at least two-thirds of the Custodians, the Recommendation of Amendment
would alter the Foundations of The Logos, described in the Preamble to this Constitution, or any provision concerning Advisers, Funds, or Amendments, then it shall be submitted to the Chief Adviser, whose approval shall be required for the Recommendation of Amendment to take effect.

LOGOS CONSTITUTION AMENDMENTS

Spring ’13

I. The Production Committee shall not maintain the website.

II. The Communications Committee shall oversee the website and other social media. These tasks and the minimum powers necessary for their accomplishment shall belong only to the Communication Committee.

III. The Communication Manager shall be fifth in seniority among the Officers, shall chair the Communications Committee, and shall perform other appropriate tasks.

IV. The Assistant Director shall be sixth in seniority among the Officers.

V. To promote continuity, all six Officers shall not be Elected from among a single graduating class of Yale University. In such circumstance, the officer of lowest seniority shall cede his or her officership to another member of a different graduating class. This restriction shall be waived for a particular graduating class upon the prior approval of Waiver of Officer Class Restriction by a majority of the Custodians.

VI. If there is no candidate running for an Officership, then the Executive Director shall appoint a member to fill the position.

VII. In the case of dissolution, any remaining assets shall be distributed evenly to Christian ministries on campus who have supported Logos in the past, including but not exclusively Yale Students for Christ and Yale Faith and Action.

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