BYLAWS OF THE
VIRGINIA STUDENT COUNCILS ASSOCIATION A COMMITTEE OF THE
VIRGINIA ASSOCIATION OF SECONDARY SCHOOL PRINCIPALS, INC.

ARTICLE I: NAME

The name of this Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals (VASSP) committee shall be the Virginia Student Councils Association (VSCA).

ARTICLE II: SPONSORSHIP AND SUPERVISION

Section 1: As a committee of the VASSP, the VSCA shall be under the sponsorship and supervision of the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals (VASSP).

Section 2: Organizations not affiliated with the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals shall not participate in VSCA activities unless approved by the VASSP Board of Directors. The final governing authority for all actions of the VSCA shall rest with the VASSP Board of Directors.

ARTICLE III: OBJECT

The object of the VSCA shall be:

  1. to promote student leadership in the school community;
    b. to encourage the development of new student councils;
    c. to assist all student councils in becoming more effective organizations within their school,
    community, state, and nation;
    d. to help organize school, local, and regional student council associations;
    e. to provide assistance to student council members, advisers, and principals;
    f. to provide information on all phases of student council activities;
    g. to facilitate the exchange of ideas and experiences between state member schools and the
    National Association of Student Councils (NASC);
    h. to provide opportunities for students to practice the democratic process;
    i. to provide leadership training for student council members and advisers; and
    j. to provide a forum for student opinions on issues facing student leaders.

ARTICLE IV: MEMBERS

Section 1: All schools (K-12), public and private, in the Commonwealth of Virginia that have a
student council, student government, or similar official organization are eligible for membership.

Section 2: The VSCA membership year for elementary, middle, and high schools shall coincide
with the VASSP Department of Student Leadership (DSL) annual membership structure, September 1 to August 31.

Section 3: Annual dues shall be established and subject to change as recommended by the VASSP Executive Director, the VASSP Director of Student Leadership, and the VSCA Advisory Committee. Annual dues will be approved by the VASSP Board of Directors.

ARTICLE V: STRUCTURE OF THE COMMITTEE

Section 1: The VSCA is a committee of member schools.

Section 2: The VSCA will utilize the organization of the Regions of the VASSP as a vehicle for securing appropriate school representation.

Section 3: The VSCA will be represented by the VSCA Advisory Committee comprised of the three (3) VSCA Officer Schools, eight (8) Regional Representative Schools, three (3) Representative Middle Schools, and three (3) Representative Elementary Schools.

ARTICLE VI: OFFICERS

Section 1: The officer schools of the VSCA shall be President School, Vice-President School, and Secretary School.

Section 2: Definition: Offices of the VSCA shall be held by schools rather than individuals. Officer Schools, once elected, shall be represented on the VSCA Advisory Committee by a student representative and that school’s student council adviser, or principal designee, who is a contracted professional employee of that school’s division and is covered by that division’s liability policy.

Section 3: Election of Officer Schools shall take place at the Annual VSCA Convention.

Section 4: Qualifications for Officer Candidate Schools:
a. A candidate school shall have been a member of VSCA the school year preceding its nomination and shall be a current member.
b. A school may hold only one office at a time. A school shall not hold consecutive terms as the same officer school.
c. The candidate school shall file, with the office of the VASSP Department of Student Leadership, a properly completed candidate school application. This application shall be signed by the SCA adviser and school principal and submitted to the VSCA State Office at least sixty (60) days prior to the opening date of the Annual State Convention.

Section 5: The newly elected Officer Schools shall be installed immediately prior to the adjournment of the Annual Convention, and shall assume their duties immediately upon installation.

Section 6: Vacancies in an office shall be filled for the unexpired term through appointment by the VSCA Advisory Committee. If the VSCA Advisory Committee is unable to successfully fill any vacancy of an office, the VASSP Board of Directors may make the appropriate appointment.

Section 7: An Officer School whose representatives have been absent from two (2) consecutive regular meetings of the VSCA Advisory Committee or violate the VSCA Code of Conduct shall automatically vacate the seat. The vacancy shall be filled as provided by these bylaws. The VSCA Advisory Committee may remove any officer for cause by a two-thirds (2/3rds) vote of the VSCA Advisory Committee present at any regular or special meeting.

ARTICLE VII: VSCA ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Section 1: There shall be a VSCA Advisory Committee consisting of eighteen (18) voting members: three (3) high school officer schools (President, Vice-President, and Secretary), eight (8) high school regional representative schools, three (3) middle level representative schools, and three (3) elementary level representative schools. Ex-official non-voting members shall include two (2) VASSP representatives (to be appointed by the VASSP Board of Directors), the VASSP Executive Director, and the Director of the VASSP Department of Student Leadership or an appointed designee. The VASSP Executive Director shall
appoint other ex-officio non-voting members as necessary.

Section 2: Election of Regional, Middle Level, and Elementary Level Representative Schools shall take place during the Annual Convention.

Section 3: Definition: Representative positions of the VSCA Advisory Committee shall be held by schools rather than individuals. All Representative Schools, once elected, shall be represented on the VSCA Committee by a student representative and his or her school’s SCA Adviser or principal designee, who is a contracted Professional employee of the school system covered by the school system’s liability policy.

Section 4: Qualifications of Representative Schools:
a. A candidate school must have been a member of VSCA the school year preceding its nomination and shall be a current member.
b. A school may hold only one office at a time. A school shall not hold consecutive terms as a representative school.
c. The candidate school shall file, with the office of the VASSP Department of Student Leadership, a properly completed application to run for office. This application shall be submitted by the school’s student council to the VSCA State Office at least sixty (60) days prior to the opening date of the Annual State Convention.

Section 5: To meet the Object as defined in Article III the VSCA Advisory Committee shall:
a. advise the VASSP Department of Student Leadership and the VASSP Board of Directors concerning
activities, projects, proposals, and needs of the VSCA;
b. stimulate the study of issues and concerns of student council programs;
c. suggest, coordinate, and report activities and studies of VSCA regions;
d. serve as a discussion group for problems affecting the VSCA and its regions;
e. recommend ways and means of unifying and coordinating effort and work with student council programs;
f. as individuals, supervise and direct regional meetings for their respective regions;
g. attend all regular and special meetings of the Board; and
h. review and approve all recommendations as provided in these bylaws for VSCA bylaw
amendments.

Section 6: Any vacancy occurring on the VSCA Advisory Committee between annual meetings shall be filled by the VSCA Advisory Committee upon recommendation of the VASSP Director of Student Leadership or the VASSP Executive Director. If the VSCA Advisory Committee is unable to successfully fill any vacancy, the VASSP Board of Directors may make the appropriate appointments.

Section 7: A member of the VSCA Advisory Committee who shall have been absent from two (2) consecutive regular meetings of the VSCA Advisory Committee or violates VSCA Code of Conduct shall automatically vacate the seat and the vacancy shall be filled as provided by these bylaws. The VSCA Advisory Committee may remove any member of the VSCA Advisory Committee for cause by a two-thirds (2/3rds) vote of the VSCA Advisory Committee present at any regular or special meeting.

Section 8: The VSCA Advisory Committee or the VASSP Executive Director may establish an Executive Committee composed of the President School, Vice-President School, and Secretary School. Ex-officio members shall include the VASSP Executive Director, the Director of the VASSP Department of Student Leadership or an appointed designee, and two (2) VASSP designated members. The VASSP Executive Director may appoint other ex-officio non-voting members as necessary.

Section 9: The VSCA Executive Committee may facilitate the operation of the organization in the interim between meetings of the VSCA Advisory Committee and perform such other duties as assigned by the VSCA Advisory Committee or by the VASSP Board of Directors.

ARTICLE VIII: REGIONAL ORGANIZATION

Section 1. The VSCA regions correspond to the eight (8) VASSP regions as established by the VASSP Board of Directors.

Section 2: Regional Functions: Regional Representative Schools shall be responsible for fulfilling the duties prescribed in the policy section of these bylaws. Such functions may include:
a. The Regional Representative School shall preside over Regional Meetings which may be held at Regional Workshops, Summer Camp, and the Annual Convention.
b. Regional Representatives shall coordinate leadership training activities within the region.
c. Regional Directors and Representatives shall complete the work of the standing committee appointments as designated by the VSCA President.

ARTICLE IX: MEETINGS

Section 1: Regional meetings of the VSCA may take place at Regional Leadership Workshops or Area Leadership Conferences, during the Annual Convention, and in the summer during Summer Leadership Workshops. Any region may conduct additional meetings with prior notification to the State Office
as to the time and place of the meeting. Meetings of the VSCA Advisory Committee shall take place in the summer and winter. Additional meetings may be called by the VASSP Executive Director, the Director of the VASSP Department of Student Leadership, or an appointed designee.

Section 2: A quorum for all meetings shall consist of a majority of the number of voting delegates who have been registered as attending.

ARTICLE X: SUBCOMMITTEES

Section 1: The Subcommittees of the VSCA shall be: 1) Communications, 2) Programs, 3) Elections, 4) Resolutions, 5) Awards, and 6) Convention.

Section 2: Ad-hoc Subcommittees will be formed when deemed appropriate by the VSCA President School and Director of the VASSP Department of Student Leadership or an appointed designee. The VSCA President School and Director of the VASSP Department of Student Leadership shall appoint members
to serve on the committee(s).

ARTICLE XI: PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY

The rules contained in the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern the Association in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these bylaws and any special rules of order the Association may adopt.

ARTICLE XII: AMENDMENT OF BYLAWS

Section 1: Amendments to the bylaws may be presented by: a VSCA member school student council or the VSCA Advisory Committee. In order to be presented by a VSCA member school student council, the amendment must pass the administrative body of that group by a two-thirds vote with previous
notice, and have the signature of the school’s student council president, adviser, and principal. In order to be presented by the VSCA Advisory Committee, the amendment must pass the administrative body of that group by a two-thirds vote with previous notice.

Section 2: A proposed amendment shall be submitted in writing to the Director of the VASSP Department of Student Leadership or an appointed designee at least 60 days prior to the date of the next scheduled VSCA Advisory Committee Meeting. The Director shall send a copy of the proposed amendment to all members of the VSCA Advisory Committee within 30 days after the above deadline. The proposed amendment shall be read at the above mentioned meeting. The proposed amendment shall be considered at the following regularly scheduled meeting of the VSCA Advisory Committee. The
proposed amendment must be approved by a two-thirds vote of the VSCA Advisory Committee. All amendments must be approved by the VASSP Board of Directors.

Section 3: The VASSP Board of Directors may amend these bylaws at any regularly scheduled meeting of their Board.

POLICIES OF THE
VIRGINIA STUDENT COUNCILS ASSOCIATION

Approved September 24, 2001

 

Officers of the Virginia Student Council Association

Section 1: Qualifications for student representative of Officer Candidate Schools
The following provisions shall govern the qualifications and eligibility of persons to be student officers of the VSCA:
a. Candidates for the office of President shall be a rising 12 grader.
b. Candidates for the office of Vice President shall be a rising 11-12 grader.
c. Candidates for Secretary shall be a rising 10-12 grader.
d. Candidates must currently be active members of the Officer School’s SCA as determined by the SCA adviser.
e. A member school may nominate only one (1) student for state office and only one (1) student to serve as a regional representative in a given year.
f. During the Annual Convention, nominations from the floor shall be permitted only in the event that there are less than two (2) candidates for the position for which the nomination is being made. Candidates nominated from the floor shall have submitted the required elections application no less than three (3) days prior to the opening of Convention.
g. The candidate must be free of any violations of the VSCA Code of Conduct.
h. Each candidate shall have had at least three (3) hours of training in parliamentary procedure and agree to attend a parliamentary procedure training session sponsored by the VSCA.
i. Each candidate shall be required to have a minimum “C” Grade Point Average or its equivalent
and be a student in good standing as determined by the School Principal.
j. Each candidate must have attended a previous Annual Convention, and strongly encourages that the candidate has attended at least one of the following: a Summer Leadership Workshop, a national conference, an area leadership conference, or a Regional Meeting in addition to those regional meetings held at Summer Leadership Workshops and Annual Convention.
k. Only those students who meet the foregoing qualifications and who have the appropriate signed consents to stand for election to an office shall be nominated for or elected to such an office.

Section 2: Officer School Duties
All duties of officers will be conducted by students in collaboration with the SCA advisers

a: President School
i.. to preside over the VSCA Annual Convention;
ii. to attend the VSCA Summer Leadership Workshops;
iii. to chair VSCA Advisory Committee Meetings and VSCA Executive Committee Meetings;
iv. to serve as liaison between the VSCA Advisory Committee and the VASSP Board of Directors;
v. to represent the VSCA at the National Association of Student Councils (NASC) National Conference;
vi. to serve as an ex-officio member of all standing committees;
vii. to prepare a biennial report of activities for the VSCA Advisory Committee; and
viii. to perform other duties as applicable to the office as prescribed by the parliamentary authority
adopted by the Association.
b: Duties of the VSCA Vice-President School:
i. to assume the duties of the President when necessary;
ii. to assume responsibilities for duties assigned by the President;
iii. to attend the VSCA Annual Convention, Summer Leadership Workshops, VSCA Advisory Committee meetings, and Executive Committee meetings;
iv. to represent the VSCA at the National Association of Student Councils (NASC) National Conference;
v. to attend regional meetings as assigned;
vi. to serve as Chairman of the Resolutions Committee;
vii. to lead and teach all energizers at all VSCA meetings;
viii. to serve as a voting member of the VSCA Advisory Committee;
ix. to compile spirit materials for availability to regions;
x. to prepare a biennial report of activities for the VSCA Advisory Committee; and
xi. to perform other duties as applicable to the office as prescribed by the parliamentary authority adopted by the Association.
c: Duties of the VSCA Secretary School:
i. to attend the VSCA Annual Convention, Summer Leadership Workshops, VSCA Advisory Committee meetings, and Executive Committee meetings;
ii. to maintain accurate minutes of all VSCA Advisory Committee and Executive Committee meetings and assist with appropriate correspondence of the VSCA;
iii. to maintain attendance records of each meeting;
iv. to maintain a record book in which bylaws, special rules of order, standing rules, and minutes are entered, with any amendments to these documents properly recorded, and to have this book at every meeting;
v. to furnish committees with documents that are required for the performance of their duties and to have at each meeting a list of all committees and their members;
vi. to submit typed minutes within 20 days to the VSCA State Office in order that minutes might be mailed to all VSCA Advisory Committee members in a timely manner;
vii. to attend regional meetings as assigned;
viii. to represent the VSCA at the National Association of Student Councils (NASC) National Conference;
ix. to serve as Chairman of the Communications Committee;
x. to serve as a voting member of the VSCA Advisory Committee;
xi. in the absence of the President and Vice-President, to call the meeting to order and preside until the immediate election of a Chairman pro tem;
xii. to prepare a biennial report of activities for the VSCA Advisory Committee; and
xiii. to perform other duties as applicable to the office as prescribed by the parliamentary authority adopted by the Association.

Middle Level Representative Schools

Section 1: Qualifications for the student representative of a Middle Level Representative School
a. Candidates must currently be an active member of the Officer School’s SCA as determined by the SCA adviser.
b. The candidate must be free of any violations of the VSCA Code of Conduct.
c. Each candidate shall be required to have a minimum “C” Grade Point Average or its equivalent.
d. Each candidate must be a student in good standing as determined by the School’s principal.
e. Only those students who meet the foregoing qualifications and who have the appropriate signed consents to stand for election to an office shall be nominated for or elected to such an office.

Section 2: Middle Level Representative School Duties
a. to attend Middle Level camp;
b. to represent the interests of Middle Schools on VSCA Advisory Committee;
c. to assist with the regional/state meeting at camp;
d. to promote membership throughout their area by conducting a membership drive;
e. to serve as a voting member of the VSCA Advisory Committee;
f. to arrange for a middle school workshop at Convention; and
g. to submit at least one article related to middle school student councils for publication.

Elementary Level Representative Schools

Section 1: Qualifications for student representative of an Elementary Level Representative School
a. Candidates must currently be an active member of the Officer School’s SCA as determined by the SCA adviser.
b. The candidate must be free of any violations of the VSCA Code of Conduct.
c. Each candidate shall be required to have a minimum “C” Grade Point Average or its equivalent.
d. Each candidate must be a student in good standing as determined by the School’s Principal.
e. Only those students who meet the foregoing qualifications and who have the appropriate signed consents to stand for election to an office shall be nominated for or elected to such an office.

Section 2: Elementary Level Representative School Duties
a. to attend Elementary School camp;
b. to represent the interests of Elementary Schools on Advisory Committee;
c. to assist with the regional/state meeting at camp;
d. to promote membership throughout their area by conducting a membership drive;
e. to serve as a voting member of the VSCA Advisory Committee;
f. to arrange for an elementary school workshop at Convention; and
g. to submit at least one article related to elementary school student councils for publication.

Regional Representative High Schools

Section 1: Qualifications for student representative of Regional Representative Schools. The following provisions shall govern the qualifications and eligibility of persons to be student:
Regional Representatives of the VSCA:

  1. A member school may nominate only one (1) student for state office and only one (1) student to serve as a regional representative in a given year.
    b. The candidate must be free of any violations of the VSCA Code of Conduct.
    c. Each candidate shall be required to have a minimum “C” Grade Point Average or its equivalent.
    d. Each candidate must be a student in good standing as determined by the School’s Principal.
    e. Each student must be an active member of the candidate school’s SCA as determined by the SCA
    Adviser.
    f. Only those students who meet the foregoing qualifications and who have the appropriate signed consents to stand for election to an office shall be nominated for or elected to such an
    office.

Section 2: Duties of the Regional Representatives Schools:
a. to promote the VSCA throughout the region;
b. to serve as a voting member of the VSCA Advisory Committee. Votes shall be cast by the student representative after consultation with his or her SCA Adviser;
c. to assist in membership recruitment within the region and serve as a consultant to individual schools within that region;
d. to conduct the regional meetings at the VSCA Regional Meetings and Annual Convention;
e. to organize and chair a planning session for the Regional Leadership Workshops (include Regional Hosts, Regional Coordinators, and Regional Representatives);
f. to plan and execute activities for the Regional Leadership Workshops according to VSCA guidelines;
g. to lead seminars at the VSCA Regional Meetings when requested;
h. to attend the VSCA Regional Meetings, Annual Convention, and Summer Leadership Workshops;
i. to communicate and network with other regional representatives;
j. to submit at least one article related to elementary school student councils for publication;
and
k. to perform other duties as applicable to the office as prescribed by the parliamentary authority adopted by the Association.

Election Procedures 

Section 1: The Election
a. All elections shall take place at the Annual Convention.
b. The voting body shall consist of three (3) student voting delegates per school. Each member of the voting body may cast one (1) vote per office.
c. The vote shall be conducted by written ballot.
d. A majority vote shall be required for election of an officer school. In the event that there is no majority after the first ballot, there shall be a run-off election of the two candidate schools that received the highest number of votes in the first election.
e. The vote shall be conducted by ballot under the supervision of the Elections Committee.

Section 2: The Campaign
a. Each officer candidate school is to submit to the Elections Committee an official campaign budget signed by school’s SCA adviser. This budget must include all campaign expenses including the regular retail value of any materials donated to, or supplied at a special reduced price to the
candidate. This is to include all campaign activity whether conducted at the local, regional, or state level, either before or during the time of the Annual Convention. The total expenses are not to exceed $50.00 for Officer Candidate Schools and $35 for Representative Schools. Submitting a fraudulent budget is grounds for disqualification of the officer candidate school.
b. Campaigning may not begin until after the officer candidate school has met with and been approved by the Elections Committee.
c. Each candidate’s campaign platform and activities are entirely dependent upon the school’s initiative and imagination. However, no disruption or conflict with the schedule of the State Convention will be permitted.
d. Each student representative of a candidate school must be prepared to give up to a three minute presentation at one of the general assemblies. Any campaign speeches, skits, or performances must be counted as part of this three minutes. Candidates are encouraged to use creative methods of communication for their presentation and are restricted to using fellow students from their respective schools.
e. Hotel management limits campaign posters to an area outside the ballroom/meeting area. Each candidate is only allowed one poster with the maximum size of 22” x 28”. Long computer posters or
presentation poster boards (display posters with side flaps) will not be permitted. The candidate school is responsible for supplying masking tape to display the poster.
f. The limit to the number of campaign accessories distributed will be disclosed on the campaign budget (campaign tags, buttons, flyers, etc.).

Section 3: The School Resume
a. Each school shall submit a resume outlining their SCA experience, qualifications for office, and support of their student representative.
b. All resumes shall be submitted as part of the application process, and will be distributed to schools attending the annual convention.
c. The resume may include such topics as SCA experience, awards received, participation in local, regional, state, and national activities, community service projects, and school service projects.
d. School resumes shall be limited to a length of no more than two (2) pages.

Section 4: Election of Middle Level and Elementary Level Representative Schools
The eight (8) regions of the VASSP shall be divided as follows for the purpose of electing Elementary and Middle Level Representative schools. One Elementary and one Middle Level Representative school shall be elected annually from each of the following areas: Regions 1, 2, and
8; Regions 3, and 4; and Regions 5, 6, and 7.

Replacement of the student representative or SCA adviser from an Officer or Representative School

In the event that the student representative of an Officer or Representative School is no longer able to fulfill his or her duties, it is the responsibility of the school to fill the position with a qualified student. In the event that the student council adviser of an Officer or Regional Representative School is no longer able to perform his or her duties, it is the responsibility of the school to fill the position with a qualified adviser. If the Officer or Regional Representative School is unable to fill either the position of the student representative or the adviser, that school shall vacate the position.

Meeting Expenses

Section 1: Meetings of the VSCA Advisory Committee
Expenses for meetings of the VSCA Advisory Committee shall be split equally between the attending
schools and the VSCA.

Section 2: Summer Leadership Workshop
The VSCA shall pay fifty percent of the registration fee for the Officer School’s student
representative and SCA adviser to attend the High School Summer Leadership Workshop.

Section 3: National Association of Student Councils National Conference
The VSCA shall pay the registration fee for the student representative and the SCA adviser from the President School to attend the National Association of Student Councils National Conference. The VSCA shall pay the registration fee for the student representative from the Vice President and Secretary Schools to attend the Conference.

Meeting Attendance, Resignations and Vacancies

Section 1: Meeting Absences
Any member of the VSCA Advisory Committee unable to attend a meeting shall, in a letter addressed to the President, the Director of the VASSP Department of Student Leadership, or an appointed designee, state the reason for his or her absence. If a voting member is absent from two consecutive meetings without reason, or for reasons which the VSCA Advisory Committee declares to be insufficient, his or her resignation is deemed to have been tendered and accepted.

Section 2: Resignations
Any member of the VSCA Advisory Committee may resign at any time by giving written notice to the President, the Director of the VASSP Department of Student Leadership or an appointed designee, or
the VSCA Advisory Committee. Such resignation takes effect at the time specified therein, or, if time is not specified, at the time of acceptance thereof as determined by the Director of the VASSP Department of Student Leadership or an appointed designee.

Section 3: Inability to fill vacancies
In the event that no qualified school can be found to fill an office, a qualified school may serve consecutive terms.

Subcommittees

Section 1: The VSCA Advisory Committee will utilize the following subcommittees: Convention, Resolutions, Awards, Elections, Communications, and Programs. Additional Committees may be formed
by the Director of the VASSP and the VSCA President School.

Section 2: Committee Minutes
Each committee shall take accurate minutes, write a committee report, place the report in the committee notebook, and present it to the Director of the VASSP Department of Student Leadership or an appointed designee at the end of each meeting.

Section 3: Committee Responsibilities
a. The Convention Committee shall:
i. review evaluations of the VSCA Annual Convention and make recommendations to the State Office;
ii. make recommendations to the State Office regarding keynote speakers, seminars, menus, agendas, etc.; and
iii. review the financial statements and proposed budgets for the Annual Convention and make recommendations.
b. The Communications Committee shall:
i. make recommendations for and assist in the implementation of public relations activities for the VSCA;
ii. make recommendations for additions and changes to the DSL web site; and
iii. assist with the development of newsletters and other publications.
c. The Programs Committee shall:
i. review annually the curriculum and meeting structure for Regional Leadership Workshops and Summer Leadership Workshops and make recommendations to the state office for changes or revisions;
ii. make recommendations to the State Office for changes in workshop sites;
iii. review the financial statements and proposed budgets and make recommendations; and
iv. review evaluations from regional meetings and summer workshops.
d. The Elections Committee shall:
i. review and revise forms for the election of all Board members;
ii. ensure that all applications for elections are received, reviewed, and organized;
iii. ensure that all phases of elections at the Annual Convention are coordinated;
iv. ensure that the installation ceremony at the Annual Convention has been planned and coordinated;
v. ensure that confirmations acknowledging receipt of complete or incomplete candidate applications
are mailed; and
vi. ensure that principals, superintendents, elected officials, school boards, and media are
notified of the appointment or election of VSCA Advisory Committee members.
e. The Awards Committee shall:
i. recommend to the VSCA Advisory Committee the classification of awards;
ii. review awards applications annually and make any necessary changes and/or additions;
iii. review award criteria and make recommendations for changes or revisions;
iv. review applications and select winners; and
v. ensure that news releases to all media in winner’s locality are sent by the State Office.
f. The Resolutions Committee shall:
i. promote an understanding of the rationale for and process of developing resolutions;
ii. provide guidelines for local student councils in formulating their own resolutions;
iii. be available to present workshops at regional meetings on the resolution preparation process;
vi. present at the winter Advisory Board meeting, for Board approval, the proposed
resolutions to be debated at the Annual Convention; and
v. organize procedures for the debate of resolutions at the Annual Convention.

REGIONAL MEETINGS

Section 1: Duties of the Regional Representative School:
a. to assist with the selection of a site;
b. to contact and organize planning sessions with the Meeting Host School;
c. to plan and obtain speakers and seminar leaders;
d. to provide name tags for participants and guests;
e. to promote Regional Meetings through news releases, flyers, etc.;
f. to invite the school superintendent of host school;
g. to prepare VSCA Regional Meeting certificates; h to arrange for sales of VSCA souvenir items;
i. to review evaluation forms from preceding meetings; and
j. to submit appropriate records, forms, and receipts to the State Office within 30 days of the
completion of the meeting.

Section 2: Duties of Regional Meeting Host:
a. to provide building to accommodate participants – hosts are encouraged to make use of colleges, universities, parks, and other venues in addition to schools;
b. to provide auditorium and cafeteria to accommodate participants;
c. to provide appropriate number of classrooms for seminars/workshops;
d. to provide audio/visual equipment for seminar leaders;
e. to open site one hour before scheduled meeting and close school after clean-up has been completed;
f. to provide lunch for each participant at a cost per person to be determined by the VSCA Advisory Committee;
g. to provide the VSCA office with directions and map to the host school;
h. to obtain custodian for the day (VSCA will determine reimbursement);
i. to set up Advisers’ Hospitality Room with appropriate amenities;
j. to create a welcome sign for regional meeting;
k. to set up registration table and provide guides for participants; and
l. to submit appropriate records, forms, and receipts and submit to State Office within 30 days of completion of the meeting (a stipend determined by the VSCA Advisory Committee will be paid after receipt of records).

VSCA Refund Policy

The refund policy for the Virginia Student Councils Association shall be:
1. All refund requests should be addressed to the VSCA State Office, 4909 Cutshaw Avenue, Richmond, VA 23230. For any questions about refunds, please contact (804) 355.2777.
2. Refund requests submitted in writing at least 12 business days prior to the scheduled event will be eligible for 100% return of the registration fee paid.
3. In the event that the request for refund is received after the event, or less than 12 business days prior to the scheduled event, the following conditions will apply:
a. Maximum refund will be 50% due to costs incurred by VSCA.
b. A letter must be received from the SCA adviser or school principal stating a brief explanation and the name of the individual who made payment (i.e., school, student, etc.).
c. A letter must be received from the individual who canceled with a full explanation.
d. These letters should be postmarked within five (5) days after the end of the VSCA activity.
e. Refunds will be considered in the event of the following:
1) Death in immediate family
2) Accident/illness involving hospitalization
3) Contagious or incapacitating illness (requires doctor’s excuse)
4) (Adult participant only) Change in position (i.e., teacher to guidance counselor) f No refunds
will be given in the event of a scheduling error on the participant’s part.
g Refund requests not meeting the above criteria will be forwarded to the VSCA Advisory Committee for review.