The Board sets the agenda for the General Meeting. WUSA’s constitution prohibits new items that were not released with the agenda from being voted on; so, any amendments proposed at the meeting must be within the scope of the original motion. The Board will include any member submitted proposals to the Agenda, provided they do not contradict the law, bylaws, or policies.

The General Meeting does not have the power to make decisions that are conferred as a responsibility of another body (i.e. the Board of Directors or Students’ Council) under WUSA’s constitution. So, a General Meeting can neither act on nor revoke/limit the exercise of any power of the Board of Directors or Students’ Council, without first amending the bylaws. In this way, the Constitution (and amendments made to it by the General Meeting) effectively limits the power of the General Meeting, ensuring that elections and referenda remain the key democratic decision-making tool in WUSA.

When adopting the Agenda, the Board traditionally includes a provision that the General Meeting accepts the course of business, and that any items that are not addressed, unless otherwise dispensed with or referred elsewhere, including due to loss of quorum, are to be referred to the Students’ Council for rendering of a decision. 

All WUSA meetings are governed by Robert’s Rules to ensure meetings are held in an orderly fashion.  

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