The Constitution of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association in Cambridge

Last updated:  (Approved by AGM and executed in May 2018 )

1     Name

The name of the Society shall be the Chinese Students and Scholars Association in Cambridge (CSSA-CAM), which will be referred to as the Association hereinafter.

2     Objects

2.1  The general objects of the Association are for the benefit of CSSA-CAM members and of the Chinese students, scholars, and residents in Cambridge more generally. The Association’s primary objects include:

(1)   Promoting understanding of the history, culture, economic and political development of China.

(2)   Widening access to Cambridge University, Chinese Embassy and other China-related resources in UK;

(3)   Hosting events including, but not limited to, talk series on China-related topics, career workshops, academic symposiums and sports to increase members’ confidence, skills and aspirations;

(4)   Providing opportunities to encourage the communication and exchange of ideas with other academic institutions in China;

(5)   Promoting co-operation with local Chinese communities.

3     Membership

3.1  Membership Application

(1)   General Membership: any student or scholar from the Cambridge area including, in particular, members of the University of Cambridge, who agrees with the Constitution of the Association, can become a member of the Association by application. Cambridge residents are also eligible to apply and become general members by subscribing SOC-CSSA mailing list.

(2)   Voting Membership: in order to be voting members, you have to be both a general member and a member of Cambridge University with a valid university card.

3.2  Membership Termination

Any member of the Association may terminate his or her membership at any time by notifying the Executive Committee in writing. The Executive Committee may expel any member whose conduct is likely to disgrace the good name of the Association. Such expulsion shall be subject to confirmation at the General Meeting (see 5) of the Association.

3.3  Rights and Obligations of Members

(1)   All members have the right to be present at any of the Association’s meetings and activities.

(2)   All members have priority to attend the activities of the Association over non-members.

(3)   All members have the right to express their opinion on the Association’s affairs, but only voting members can vote or propose petitions (which require signatures of more than thirty voting members) to the Executive Committee.

(4)   All voting members who meet the criteria (see 6.1) have the right to be elected as the President or any other executive officers of the Association.

(5)   All members shall support and comply with the Constitution of the Association.

(6): Member of CSSA-CAM should follow the Code of Conduct at all times.

4     Committee

4.1  Committee

The Committee consists of the Executive Committee and other Committee members who are appointed by the elected President, Vice Presidents, Secretary and Junior Treasurer (see 4.2.(2)). There must always be a majority of Cambridge University students in statu pupillari.

4.2  Executive Committee

(1)   The Executive Committee (hereinafter referred to as EXCO) consists of the President, the two Vice Presidents (the Internal Vice President and the External Vice President), the Secretary and the Junior Treasurer and other officers (excluding the Senior Treasurer).

(2)   Five officers (the President, the two Vice Presidents, the Secretary and the Junior Treasurer) shall be elected each year at the Annual General Meeting (see 5.1). The other officers shall be appointed by the five elected officers (see 4.2.(7)).

(3)   The President shall be the primary leader of the Committee who has the right to represent the Association, co-ordinate the Committee, and oversee all activities that are related to the Association. The President shall have the responsibility of ensuring the effective performance of the duties of Executive members, individually and collectively. The president shall have the authority to call on Executive Committee meetings. The President shall ensure that the registration of the Association at the University is completed (e.g. submission to the Junior Proctor of the annual accounts, elected officers, amendments to the Constitution).

(4)   The two Vice Presidents shall assist the President in the running of the Committee; and shall be prepared to assume the powers and duties of the President in the case of a vacancy. The Internal Vice President shall coordinate the officers in organising the Association’s regular activities. The External Vice President shall deal with the liaison with other organisations and external sponsors.

(5)   The Secretary shall deal with correspondence, keep archives of all official records and documentations, register new members and notify members of the Association’s meetings and agendas.

(6)   The Junior Treasurer shall manage the Association’s financial accounts.

(7)   The other officers are referred to as the Heads of Divisions (e.g. Sports Division, Sponsorship Division and Culture Division) in the Association. The total number of the officers and their duties shall be decided by the five elected officers.

(8)   The Senior Treasurer shall be appointed by the five elected officers. The Senior Treasurer shall oversee the running of the committee and to audit or arrange for the audit of the financial accounts of the Association each year. The Senior Treasurer shall be a member of the Regent House of Cambridge University, or another suitable person approved by the Junior Proctor of Cambridge University.

4.3  Election Committee

(1)   The election committee shall organize and oversee the whole election process

(2)   The election committee shall be organized by the outgoing president and EXCO who is not running in the election

(3)   The application to the election committee shall be open to all voting members expect for those running in the election

4.4  Advisory Board

The Advisory Board shall operate as an external consultant for the Association. The Advisory Board consists of members of the previous EXCO of the Association and other advisors officially appointed by the current EXCO. The Advisory Board can only express their opinions and provide suggestions but cannot make decision on any matters regarding the association. For the issues raised by members of the advisory board, the current EXCO should provide an official reply.

5     General Meeting

5.1  Annual General Meeting

An Annual General Meeting (hereinafter referred to as AGM) shall be held in Cambridge during the first two weeks of the Easter Full Term each year. All members shall be informed of the AGM by written notice of no less than fourteen days. The agenda of the AGM shall include:

(1)   Approved minutes of previous AGM and any EGM (see 5.2) held since last AGM.

(2)   An annual report from the President.

(3)   An annual review of the Association’s account from the Junior Treasurer.

(4)   A General Election (see 6).

(5)   A Vote of Amendment to the Constitution can be put on the agenda.

(6)   Any further business.

5.2  Extraordinary General Meeting

An Extraordinary General Meeting (hereinafter referred to as EGM) shall be held in Cambridge at any time during full Terms when an issue requires the input of entire membership of the Association and is too serious or urgent to wait until the next AGM. All members shall be informed of the EGM by written notice of no less than fourteen days.

(1)   An EGM may be called when:

  1. a) Requested in writing by more than two-thirds of the EXCO or more than fifty members. Or,
  2. b) Requested in writing by more than ten members with clear evidence that the Constitution is violated, or
  3. c) When so directed by the Junior Proctor

(2)   A Motion of No Confidence against the President can be put on the agenda at an EGM. If the no-confidence motion is approved, the incumbent President shall step down with an immediate effect. The Internal Vice President shall become the Acting President until the next AGM is held.

(3)   A Vote of Amendment to the Constitution may be put on the agenda of the EGM.

5.3  The quorum for the General Election, the Motion of No Confidence against the President or the Vote of Amendment to the Constitution shall be one hundred and twenty. The number of votes (including the spoiled votes) shall reach the quorum.

5.4  All Motions shall be passed by more than two-thirds of the voting members voting at the General Meetings.

5.5  The Secretary shall inform members of the agenda at least five days prior to the General Meetings.

6     General Election

6.1  Candidates for the offices of the President, the two Vice Presidents, the Secretary and the Junior Treasurer shall meet all of the following conditions:

(1)   Be a student or scholar from the University of Cambridge.

(2)   Be a member of the Association. For the candidates of the President, a membership for at least one academic year (by the date of the General Election) is additionally required.

(3)   Be at least eighteen years old (by the date of the General Election).

(4)   Be nominated by at least two other members.

(5)   Shall continue study or work at the University of Cambridge for at least one year after the General Election.

(6)   No person shall be elected as the President for more than one year.

6.2  Procedures of the General Election

The General Election shall be democratic and fair in principle, with its process public and transparent, in accordance with the following procedures:

(1)   Nominations for office shall be invited by the Secretary no later than twenty one days before the date of the AGM.

(2)   Nominations for office shall be closed fourteen days before the date of the AGM.

(3)   If no nomination for an office is received by the close of nominations, there shall be an extension of seven days.

(4)   The list of candidates shall be published to members preferably fourteen days but at least seven days before the date of the AGM.

(5)   Voters shall be registered members of the Association as defined in para 3.1 (2). Voting shall be in person by secret ballot with one vote per person. Any form of proxy or delegated votes is invalid.

(6)   Candidates shall be elected by simple majority vote of voting members attending and voting. In the case of equal votes, a further election shall be held:

each candidate may make a short speech, and votes shall be re-cast on the same date.

(7)   Unfilled offices that received no nominations before the General Election shall be filled after the General Election, by persons appointed to office by the outgoing EXCO, voting by simple majority among themselves.

6.3  The General Election shall only be held at the AGM.

6.4  On the date of General Election, the outgoing EXCO and the newly elected EXCO shall agree on a deadline for the handover of all properties belonging to the association.

6.5  The campaign budget shall comply with the limit set by the election committee.

7     Financial Matters

7.1  The Junior Treasurer shall maintain a bank account to hold the Association’s funds.

7.2  The Junior Treasurer shall provide documents of budgets, interim accounts and annual audited accounts of the Association’s Fund upon member’s request.

7.3  The records of accounts shall be kept whole and complete for examination and inspection by the Senior Treasurer and the next EXCO.

8     Mailing List and Website

8.1  The mailing list of the Association is The five elected officers shall have full and equal access to the mailing list.

8.2  The official website of the Association is

9     Dissolution

9.1  A Proposal of Dissolution can be raised by more than two-thirds of the EXCO or by a written petition with signatures of more than fifty members. The Association may be dissolved if the Proposal of Dissolution is approved by more than two-thirds of the voting members at a General Meeting.

9.2  The quorum for the Proposal of Dissolution shall be two hundred and fourty. The number of votes (including the spoiled votes) must reach the quorum.

9.3  Any motion for the Dissolution of the Association shall provide that assets remaining after all liabilities have been met shall be transferred either to

another Registered Cambridge University Society, or to the Cambridge University Societies’ Syndicate.

10   Constitution

The current EXCO shall have the final say in the interpretation of the current Constitution; appeals may be made to the Junior Proctor.

Chinese Students and Scholars Association in Cambridge



The Chinese Students and Scholars Association in Cambridge (hereafter referred to as “CSSA-CAM”) is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the well-being of all its members to ensure a positive and enjoyable experience.

All those involved in CSSA-CAM activities are therefore required to adhere to the standards of behaviour set out within this Code of Conduct and to support the mission of the CSSA-CAM. This Code of Conduct has been developed to ensure the highest possible standards of behaviour as well as promoting fairness, honesty and positive behaviour in relation to the conduct of all those representing CSSA-CAM.


CSSA-CAM respects the rights, dignity and worth of every person involved in its activities. CSSA-CAM is committed to members enjoying CSSA-CAM in an environment free from discrimination, intimidation, harassment and abuse. CSSA-CAM believes that it is the responsibility of all of its members to challenge discriminatory behaviour and promote equality of opportunity.


Members of CSSA-CAM are solely responsible for their conduct when representing the CSSA-CAM. Members must therefore:

  • Respect the rights, dignity and values of others;
  • Treat facilities, staff and students at the University of Cambridge and other institutions with respect and abide by any rules that may apply;
  • Be aware of how their actions may be perceived by others;
  • Maintain high standards of personal behaviour at all times;
  • Conduct themselves in a reasonable manner relating to offensive language and temperament;
  • Refrain from any form of bullying or harassment of others. Harassment is any offensive conduct based on a person`s race, sex, gender identity, national origin, colour, disability, age, sexual orientation, marital status, religion or any other status protected by law;
  • Respect the decisions of officials, making all appeals through the appropriate formal process and respecting the final decision;
  • Not condone, or allow to go unchallenged, any form of bullying, harassment or discrimination if witnessed;
  • Refrain from the use of and involvement with illegal substances at all times;
  • Not act in an unlawful manner;
  • Not encourage or pressure others into acting against the code;
  • Understand the repercussions of any breaches of this Code of Conduct.


To support the CSSA-CAM, all members are expected to:

  • Take reasonable care for their own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by what they do or not do;
  • Co-operate with the society on health and safety issues;
  • Correctly use any equipment provided by the club;
  • Not interfere with or misuse anything provided for your health, safety or welfare.


CSSA-CAM wishes to promote the society positively both within the University and externally. It recognises that its publications, online, print and social media are important tools in recruiting new members and engaging with alumni and potential sponsors. It is the responsibility of all CSSA-CAM members to manage their personal social media presence responsibly. As such, all members are responsible for ensuring that they:

  • Refrain from publishing comments about other societies, clubs, members, students etc. and any controversial or potentially inflammatory subjects;
  • Avoid hostile or harassing communications in any posts or other online communications.;
  • Identify all copyrighted or borrowed material with citations and links. When publishing direct paraphrased quotes, thoughts, ideas, photos or videos, give credit to the original publisher or author;
  • Review responses to online posts and resolve any concerns before they are posted.


Should a serious breach of the Code of Conduct be identified, the nominated society member, in consultation with the society president, may suspend a member from CSSA and society activities pending further investigation.

In the event of an expulsion, the excluded member is required to return all equipment, documents and finances belonging to the Society within 7 days. He/she will not be entitled to any full or partial refund of annual subscriptions.

If the excluded or suspended member wishes to appeal the decision, that appeal should be made to the Senior Treasurer, who will consider all the facts, and whose decision will be final. An appeal as to the process of exclusion, but not a further investigation into the facts, may be lodged with the Junior Proctor.