Casa Zimbabwe Constitution (2002)
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Casa Zimbabwe (CZ), a house of the University
Students' Cooperative Association (USCA), is the house located at
2422 Ridge Road, Berkeley CA 94709. CZ shall be organized as
- CZ is a non-profit housing cooperative. Members are obligated to
live cooperatively and respectfully, in keeping with the Rochdale
- The members of CZ hold the following inalienable rights and
- Members have the right to use all house facilities unless it
harms the general welfare of the house or threatens the privacy
of others. Members have the responsibility to maintain and
protect the house facilities.
- Members have the right to a clean and functional house.
Members have the responsibility to keep the house clean and
- Members have the right to anonymously or publicly file
grievances. Members have the responsibility to not file
frivolous or excessive grievances.
- Members have the right to accurate, timely information
regarding the affairs of the house, unless the information is
sensitive or private. Members, in particular those who hold
elected positions, have the responsibility to provide said
- Members have the right to participate in all house-sponsored
functions. Members have the responsibility to treat
house-sponsored functions respectfully.
- Members have the right to run for any elected position.
Members who hold elected positions have the responsibility to
fairly serve the membership and to not abuse the power granted
- The Office of Housing of the USCA has jurisdiction over the
admission and dismissal of members.
- Council is the governing body of CZ. Council must have the
following minimum requirements:
- There must be at least 24 hours notice of the meeting given to
- There must be at least 20% of the membership present.
- Council has the authority to dismiss members. Dismissal
proceedings must be in compliance with the USCA Administrative
- The membership can amend the Constitution through a house-wide
vote. The membership must be given the text of the amendment at
least one week prior to voting. Approval of the Constitutional
amendment requires 2/3 of all members to vote in favor. (For
example, if there are 127 members, there must be at least 85
approval votes in order for the motion to pass. Abstention votes
and non-voting members votes still count towards the total vote
- The membership can amend the Bylaws through Council. Approval of
a Bylaw amendment requires a 2/3 Majority Vote in two consecutive
- The Constitution or Bylaws may not change during summer
- Upon approval, amendments to the Constitution or Bylaws take
effect immediately. A Bylaw is considered void if it contradicts
the Constitution. A House Policy is considered void if it
contradicts the Constitution or the Bylaws.
- The Constitution, Bylaws and House Policies shall not be in
conflict with the Articles of Incorporation or USCA Bylaws. The
USCA Board of Directors is the final judge of all disputes.