BETHUNE COLLEGE COUNCIL

GENERAL MEETING

Come one, come all!

The Bethune College Council is once again hosting a general meeting. These meetings are incredibly important to Council and constituents alike.

Because of this, all Bethune constituents are welcome and encouraged to join.

The meeting will be taking place on [DATE] at [TIME] in Bethune College, room 203, and virtually over Zoom here.

Further information will be provided on this page.

What is it?

General meetings are an essential part of the operations of your student Council. The services we provide and the way we provide them can be decided and discussed in these meetings. They are formally overseen by our Speaker, and allow any thoughts and concerns to be voiced.

Your voice is therefore extremely important and necessary for an effective Council.

Why should I care?

Any and all services we provide to Bethune constituents are mandated by Council's governing documents. As per these documents, specially important decisions must be presented to the student-body for review. These could affect any services or spaces we provide, or future initiatives which might have a direct impact on your time here at Bethune College.

Terminology

You may feel confused or intimidated by the terms used on this page, or in the general meeting; that is okay. To help you out, we've defined a few here.

  • Motion: A formal request to do something in the meeting. Some motions require a vote, whilst others do not. Voted decisions are motions. They can be used to ratify or amend governing documents.

  • Discussion Point: A topic to be formally discussed during the meeting. Typically these discussions take place after the motions.

  • Quorum: The minimum number of individuals in attendance needed for the votes in the meeting to be valid. If quorum is lost, the subsequent votes become non-binding. This also applies retroactively.

  • POC: A Point Of Clarification. If, at any point during the meeting, you have a non-argumentative question, seek clarification on something said, or would like to request that some relevant information be disclosed or checked, you can make one of these points by raising three (3) fingers, or sending a "3" in the Zoom chat.

The Agenda

The meeting agenda is the document that will guide what decisions will be voted on, and what topics will be discussed during the meeting.

 

Once the meeting starts, the agenda can only be amended through a vote. It is therefore imperative that you submit any and all motions and discussion points well before the meeting takes place.