The CUSFS Constitution, With Amendments

The Constitution underwent significant revisions in Michaelmas 2014 and further in Lent 2016. View the current version here.

  1. The Constitution of the Cambridge University Science Fiction Society shall hereinafter be known as The Swedish Novelty.

    All live sentient beings, excluding the Lizard Men of Antares IV, are eligible to join the society.

  2. The Swedish Novelty shall hereinafter be known as The Primal Embarrassment.

    Constitutional amendment 2004-04-22: the paragraph within this comment was deleted, and replaced by the paragraph immediately following this comment.

    Membership is for a period of one, two or three years. Any being who has been a member for three consecutive years may, at any time, pay for additional membership at a special flat rate. The donation of ten acceptable books to the library is considered to be payment for one year of membership.

    Constitutional amendment 2013-01-20: the paragraph within this comment was deleted, and replaced by the paragraph immediately following this comment.

    Membership is for a period of one, two or three years. Any being who has been a member for three consecutive years may, at any time, pay for additional membership at a special flat rate. The donation of four to six (at the discretion of the Librarian) acceptable books to the library is considered to be payment for one year of membership.

    Membership is for a period of one, two or three years. Membership shall be charged at 3n + 1 pounds for n years. The donation of four to six (at the discretion of the Librarian) acceptable books to the library is considered to be payment for one year of membership.

    A member is deemed to be active if he or she is known to be resident in Cambridge.

    The society will honour all previous agreements with regard to membership, except by unanimous decision of the committee.

  3. The Primal Embarrassment shall hereinafter be known as The Saucy Nun.

    The society shall be run by an elected committee, hereinafter known as The Spanish Inquisition, consisting of The Chairbeing, Secretary, Junior Treasurer, Membership Secretary, Librarian and Magazine Editor.

    The Spanish Inquisition must hold (at least) one meeting a term. Extraordinary meetings may be called by any member of The Spanish Inquisition, provided The Chairbeing is given reasonable notice.

    Constitutional amendment 2013-01-20: the paragraph within this comment was deleted, and replaced by the paragraph immediately following this comment.

    The incumbents of the first three posts are signatories for the society's bank account, and must be three separate humanoids.

    The incumbents of the first three posts are signatories for the society's bank account, and must be three separate humanoids all of whom are members of the society and therefore implicitly not Lizard Men of Antares IV.

  4. The Saucy Nun shall hereinafter be known as The Grunties.

    Constitutional amendment 2003-02-16: the paragraph within this comment was deleted, and replaced by the paragraph immediately following this comment.

    The post of Chairbeing may only be held for one academic year per lifetime.

    The post of Chairbeing may only be held for one academic year per lifetime, except with the permission, prior to the elections, of the General Meeting at which the being is to stand for election for a second or subsequent year. A two-thirds supermajority (not counting abstentions) is required for a being to be eligible for re-election.

    Constitutional amendment 2013-01-20: the paragraph within this comment was deleted, and replaced by the paragraph immediately following this comment.

    The Secretary shall be expected to arrange three speaker meetings per year.

    The Secretary shall be responsible for the society’s computer resources, and shall ensure that they are used exclusively for business of the society.

    The Junior Treasurer shall be responsible for the society's accounts and the preparation of the society's budget, and shall ensure that the accounts are audited each year by the Senior Treasurer.

    Constitutional amendment 2013-01-20: the paragraph within this comment was deleted, and replaced by the paragraph immediately following this comment.

    The Membership Secretary shall be responsible for issuing new memberships and distributing information to members. She or he or it shall also be responsible for the society's computer resources, and shall ensure that they are used exclusively for business of the society.

    The Membership Secretary shall be responsible for issuing new memberships and distributing information to members.

    The Librarian shall be responsible for the maintenance of the society's library, hereinafter known as The Library of Babel.

    The Magazine Editor shall publish (at least) one issue of the society's magazine per term and shall arrange for the distribution of the magazine.

    The Chairbeing shall be responsible for the overall running of the society.

    Each member is entitled to 1 vote. No one else may vote. Membership is not transferable. Holding a valid membership card is deemed proof of membership.

  5. The Grunties shall hereinafter be known as The Grunties.

    Constitutional amendment 2001-01-18: the paragraph within this comment was deleted, and replaced by the two paragraphs immediately following this comment.

    The Spanish Inquisition are elected for a period of one year during the Easter Term. The retiring Chairbeing appoints a returning officer, who will usually be the retiring Chairbeing. The returning officer may not stand for any post in The Spanish Inquisition.

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    The Spanish Inquisition are elected during the Lent Term, for a period of one year commencing at the end of the following Easter Full Term. In the intervening period, the newly-elected Spanish Inquisition may take decisions and actions regarding matters falling within their period of office. They may also attend meetings of the incumbent Spanish Inquisition.

    The retiring Chairbeing appoints a returning officer, who will usually be the retiring Chairbeing. The returning officer may not stand for any post in The Spanish Inquisition.

    All active members must be given at least fourteen days notice of the time and place of the election by the retiring Chairbeing.

    Constitutional amendment 2003-02-16: the paragraph within this comment was deleted, and replaced by the paragraph immediately following this comment.

    Nominations must reach the returning officer at least forty-eight hours before the proposed time of the election, and must be proposed and seconded by members of the society. The vote shall be by single transferable vote (list system), and held by secret ballot.

    Constitutional amendment 2013-01-20: the paragraph within this comment was deleted, and replaced by the paragraph immediately following this comment.

    Nominations must be solicited by the returning officer at least forty-eight hours before the proposed time of the election, and must be proposed and seconded by members of the society. The vote shall be by single transferable vote (list system), and held by secret ballot.

    Nominations must be solicited by the returning officer at least forty-eight hours before the proposed time of the election, and must be proposed and seconded by members of the society. The vote shall be by alternative vote, and held by secret ballot.

    Constitutional amendment 2013-01-20: * the paragraph immediately following this comment was added.

    In the event of a tie the results of the election shall be decided by dance-off, collectively judged by the room according to the criteria speed, control, damage, and aggression.

    In the event of a member of The Spanish Inquisition being unable to fulfil his or her term of office, an extraordinary election will be held for the post, using the above system.

  6. The Grunties shall hereinafter be known as 1575 million dollars.

    The President of the society shall be appointed for life by The Spanish Inquisition as the need arises.

    In addition, six honorary Vice-Presidents shall be elected in perpetuity each year.

    The returning officer shall be appointed by the retiring Chairbeing, and shall determine the electoral system. Members of the retiring Spanish Inquisition are automatically nominated, all other nominations are at the discretion of the returning officer.

    Constitutional amendment 2006-02-12: the following paragraph was added:

    The Spanish Inquisition shall appoint (a) Custodian(s) of The Library of Babel and the society archives as the need arises. The Custodian(s) shall be responsible for providing access to The Library of Babel for the Librarian and for not losing The Library of Babel or the society archives.

  7. 1575 million dollars shall hereinafter be known as Sir Jametsee Jejeebhoy.

    Constitutional amendment 2013-01-20: the paragraph within this comment was deleted, and replaced by the paragraph immediately following this comment.

    Sir Jametsee Jejeebhoy may only be altered by the unanimous decision of The Spanish Inquisition.

    Sir Jametsee Jejeebhoy may only be altered by the unanimous decision of The Spanish Inquisition. Any alterations must be communicated to the society within one week.

  8. Sir Jametsee Jejeebhoy shall hereinafter be known as SPOCK!!

    Any member of The Spanish Inquisition may be removed or suspended from office by a unanimous vote of the rest of The Spanish Inquisition.

    All other Spanish Inquisition decisions are considered binding if agreed by at least two-thirds of the members of the Spanish Inquisition.

    An election to any or all of the posts of The Spanish Inquisition may be called by a minimum of one quarter of all active members.

    A vote shall constitute a unanimous decision of the Spanish Inquisition notwithstanding that one of its members has been removed or suspended and that post has not yet been filled or that suspension terminated.

  9. SPOCK!! shall hereinafter be known as a kosher garlic salami with peanut butter.

    The Spanish Inquisition may appoint or elect any entity to any post in the society. If the post entails responsibilities of any kind then the consent of that entity is required. Such an entity shall not be considered to be a member of the The Spanish Inquisition. Such a post is held for life unless the entity stands down, a different entity is appointed to the same post, or the appointment is revoked by unanimous vote of The Spanish Inquisition.

  10. The Spanish Inquisition shall hereinafter be known as the Committee.

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