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Writing a Constitution

Why is a Constitution Important?

A constitution is the founding document of your organization and provides a basic governing structure. It outlines your mission, goals, officer responsibilities, meeting rules, and membership requirements. A constitution is also important to provide consistent leadership, as it will be passed on to future officers.

Constitution Writing Tips

  • Bring all stakeholders together, including your advisor and founding members, to write the Constitution.
  • Start by writing your mission, which is a statement that explains your group's purpose.
  • Write your constitution in a broad manner, so that future leaders can use it.
  • Write your constitution with the future in mind. Do not use proper names, dates, locations, and exact meeting times.
  • Keep your constitution in an editable digital format (Microsoft Word document), a permanent digital format (pdf) for web use, and a hard copy in print.
  • Distribute your constitution (or have available on the web) each year so that all members are familiar with the rules of the organization.

Sample Constitutions

General Constitution




Academic Competition



Last Updated: 5/31/12