House Rules

Goals and Mission

“The Study Association maintains as its goal the strengthening and enabling of interpersonal relationships of students of Communication & Multimedia Design at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences and the improvement of study-related aptitudes of members together with strengthening the relationship of said students and external parties and everything supportive or circumstantially related to that, all of this in the broadest possible terms.” – (art. 2-1).

This means that Study Association GLiTCH focuses on assisting students in exploring their years, their industry and all related activities, in any way deemed fit by the board, within limitations as set down in other articles of the founding statutes, as well as regulations specifically detailed within this document.

Study Association GLiTCH should be the facilitator for students’ professional growth and sense of community.

Founding

These statutes and the official registration of the Study Association GLiTCH with the chamber of commerce as a non-profit foundation with a core goal of representing common professional interests for students of CMD Groningen [Belastingdienst: “Collectieve Belangenbehartiging”] took place in academic year 2017/2018 by the then sitting (and founding) board consisting of Kjell Neumann, Vasil Kichev, Michelle Brachwitz, Soshanna Botter, Lisa Sijnstra and Aram Bos.

In 2014, Study Association GLiTCH was started as a student initiative by Kjell Neumann, Ewout Bos, Mark Huizenga & Thomas van Halteren as an accompanying entity for the at the time newly instated Game Design & Development major. At a later date, this initiative joined as a Study-Section under Study Association KIC, reporting directly to their sitting board. Later, the decision was made to diverge and start a new Study Association aimed at the entirety of CMD, but with a focus on Game Design students.

Target Audience

As already mentioned, Study Association GLiTCH is a study association which has the legal possibility of reaching out to the entirety of CMD. However, there is an obvious outlier with this bachelor – Game Design. Students within this major are noticeably different with their approach towards social interaction and career development. The Game Design students have expressed numerous times that the existing study associations do not fit their needs and need to be approached differently. Study Association GLiTCH strives to be a fitting facilitator for this group and its particular needs.

Core Values and Ideals

Study Association GLiTCH finds itself in the responsible situation of being a socially leading structure and creating a community for an incredibly international target audience. Ensuring everyone gets along and feels welcome is no simple task. We provide a list of core values here in the hopes of guiding others on this path, and providing a guideline for those situations when the procedures in this document fall short of solving a problem or answering a question. Going against the association’s core values and ideals is grounds for termination of membership.

Transparency

Study Association GLiTCH and all of its members commit to conducting all association related activities in a transparent manner.

Openness

We are committed to having as few restrictions to being a part of Study Association GLiTCH as possible within the framework of the standard study association model.

Inclusivity

Study Association GLiTCH is committed to giving a chance and space to any and all different types of people. Anybody is welcome as long as they believe in the common vision, values, and ideals of the association.

Respect to internal and external entities

Anybody associated with Study Association GLiTCH must be respectful towards other study associations, partners, members, and any other entities. Remain civil and do not insult.

Facilitation

Study Association GLiTCH strives to provide all it can for its members. In social, entrepreneurial and educational manner, it aims to provide opportunities and solutions for all its members.

Study-Oriented

Study Association GLiTCH aims to keep close relations to its roots in the gaming major, providing content tailored to its audience, with the close cooperation of the study and university as a whole. This study association finds it important to provide additional educational value on top of the curriculum already on offer within  the major in order to make our members know their talents have a place within the industry and to prepare them better for the future.

Membership

Many of the following chapters will cover the participation of current and former members in the larger entity that is Study Association GLiTCH. We should note at this point then, the distinction between three kinds of members; regular members, ‘active’ members, and honorary members. Regular and honorary members are distinguished in the statutes (art. 4-1,2,3), where the honorary member differs from a regular member in receiving membership from the sitting board for special contributions to the association in the past, to be approved by general assembly (see 4.1).

Regular Memberships

Regular memberships are granted by the sitting board. Membership can be requested by a student of Communication & Multimedia Design at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences through the online or written request forms. Memberships are granted by the sitting board , although any member may object to individual memberships during a GMA. Memberships are granted by the board if the applicant in question has fulfilled the requirement of yearly contribution. The sitting board may vote to not grant somebody a membership by majority vote if sufficient reason can be found.

Active Members

Any regular member can chose to become ‘active’ in the study association by participating in committees or the board. Any type of volunteer work in this domain designates a member as ‘active’. While this legally does not entitle them to additional rights or benefits, it is a designation internally used to describe enthusiastic members and a board may choose to provide this group with preferential treatment in the selection of future committees.

Alumni Members

Alumni members are those who are prepared to support the association financially with a minimum contribution of a regular member fee per year. Additionally, alumni members have the same rights to that of a regular member, with one exception: alumni members do not have the right to vote at general members assembly.

Honorary Members

The association’s sitting board may at any time and upon anyone’s request consider granting an individual honorary membership by acceptance through a majority vote by the General Members Assembly vote for past services rendered to the good of the Study Association as a whole (art. 4-1). An honorary membership negates the restrictions of a traditional membership and allows, in essence, anyone to become a member (regardless of student status). Honorary members are exempt from contribution requirements and retain their membership until the sitting board revokes this through General Members Assembly vote on grounds of violation of statutes or general conduct agreements.

Procedure for the Attainment of a Regular Membership

Procedure for the Refusal of a Membership by the Sitting Board

If membership is objected to by a vote, the rejected person is stripped from their privileges as a member and have their money refunded by the treasurer within two weeks.

Membership Cancellation Procedure

Any member is eligible to cancel their membership. To do so, they must inform the secretary of their decision. The secretary must then remove the member in question from the member list and all mailing or marketing lists. The membership fee is non-refundable if the request for cancellation is received more than a month after confirmation of membership.

Committees

Sitting Board

When mentioning the ‘sitting board’, we refer to the group of members chosen by the nomination committee to lead the study association as its board of leadership from September of the next academic year until August of the same period. A board will be referred to as the ‘sitting board’ from the moment that the previous board hands over day-to-day activities related to the association, regardless of the nomination by GMA having taken place or not.

The board holds a final responsibility to its members to act in the best interests of the association and the pursuit of its goals. It also holds the responsibility to the supervisory board to communicate and execute the long-term goals of Study Association GLiTCH as laid down by previous boards to the best of their abilities.

When dealing with any parties external to Study Association GLiTCH (other associations, the Hanze, partners, etc.), any two board members are allowed to act on behalf of the association, unless a member or group of members is specifically granted this power by the board for a case previously discussed in a complete board meeting. 

Sitting Board Composition

The sitting board shall be comprised solely of active students of Communication & Multimedia Design at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences . Any year of the study may participate.

Study Association GLiTCH was started by- and for game design students but welcomes students from all CMD majors to join as members. A membership thusly also ensures that these students are eligible to be nominated upon application for board membership.

Three official roles are to be filled within the association, namely:

Chair

The chairperson manages day-to-day operations of our association. The right candidate must be ready to build, facilitate and maintain the association’s mission, values and culture, provide inspired leadership to the sitting board, establish a great relationship with the member base and maintain the course for the association’s strategy. This individual leads board meetings, general assemblies. Due to the chairperson’s ultimate responsibility, their opinion carries more weight in undecided votes and, with the agreement of the supervisory board, possess the power to overturn decisions they deem hurtful for the association and to restructure problem areas. The chair is the person who any single committee member, associate, or regular member may approach with concerns of any kind relating to the association.

Chair Responsibilities:

Chair Requirements:

Treasurer

The treasurer leads the company from a financial perspective. They work alongside other board members and take ownership of all company fiscal and regulatory matters. They personally manage the association’s bank accounts, manage membership payments and allocate budgets for activities. They are also in charge of managing external funds and communications therein, like the HG fund.  The treasurer maintains documentation and records proficiently to ensure correctness and promptness of deliverables. They handle and resolve inquiries regarding billing problems and disputes, and keep spreadsheets for reconciliation purposes. Duties will include managing accounting records, evaluating and managing risk, ensuring compliance with regulations, publishing financial statements, overseeing accounting operations, analyzing financial data, monitoring expenditure, forecasting revenue, coordinating auditing processes, and ensuring accuracy of financial information.

Treasurer Responsibilities:

Treasurer Requirements:

Secretary

To ensure success, the secretary should be organized, have strong research skills and must be exceptional communicators with a keen interest in providing reliable and accurate support to the rest of the board while working with confidential information. Top candidates will possess strong problem solving and office coordination skills, and exhibit excellent time management.

Secretary Responsibilities:

Secretary Requirements:

Additionally, there are two non-statutory board member roles which are crucial for this study association:

Head of External Relations

The position comes with great responsibility, as heads of external relations are accountable for public perception of an association. Managing this perception involves developing marketing and communication strategies, understanding the importance of timing and setting, responding to crises and setbacks, ensuring the association’s visual representation is appropriately maintained,  overseeing a marketing committee and ensuring that information released is consistent with the strategy at large. Ideal candidates for this role should be creative and innovative, multimedia savvy, well-organized, and must be excellent writers and communicators.

Main Responsibilities:

Tasks:

Head of External Requirements:

Head of Internal Relations

This person handles the creation and management of all committees, communicates with their chairpeople and must approve all actions they take. They are the direct link between the committees and the board.

Head of Internal Relations Responsibilities:

Head of Internal Requirements:

Confirmation Procedure

After the selection and introduction of a new board, confirmation by the general member base still has to take place. At this moment, members can object to the confirmation of individual board members by voting against their appointment at the concerning General Members Assembly.

The procedure for confirmation is as follows:

  1. The GMA meeting and notes clearly announce the introduction of a new board and broadcast the possibility of instating this new board through all common channels of communication.
  2. The proposed board members introduce themselves, their roles, their aspirations and motivation for doing this during the GMA and all relevant channels of external communication.
  3. When confirmed during the GMA in October by at least ⅔rds  of the attending members, the proposed board members are documented in the appendices and now from that point in hold full responsibility for the roles they have taken up.

Upon refusal of confirmation by the general assembly:

If the assembly cannot reach a ⅔ majority vote on the confirmation of a board member, the nomination committee will reconvene with any members of the sitting board that HAVE been confirmed by the assembly, if any. Together, these will determine a suitable substitute for nomination and eventual confirmation at the next general assembly.

Supervisory Board

As customary in associations with a yearly changing board composition, an entity is tasked with providing an overview and an overarching vision to any sitting board. This group consists of people experienced with the association to help maintain the long-term vision of Study Association GLiTCH.

The primary responsibility for this group is to provide involved guidance to the sitting board. The sitting board and the supervisory board stand side-by-side, but do not directly govern one another.

The supervisory board has the power to call a meeting within two weeks and has the authority to suspend questionable activities until this meeting takes place. This meeting has to take place within two weeks from the request with at least half the members of each board participating in person or remotely. This meeting can be called if the supervisory board agrees in a majority vote. If an agreement can’t be reached in the said meeting by the present representatives, the matter is put up for a vote at the next General Members Assembly.

The supervisory board approves the various budgets.

Supervisory Board Composition & Nomination

The supervisory board consists of former students included as honorary members, active Communication & Multimedia Design teachers and/or regular students under regular memberships forming a group equal in number to the sitting board. The supervisory board should strive to always have at least one teacher in its ranks.

Once per year, the supervisory board is required to retrospect and assess the validity of each member’s participation in the board. If any member is deemed to not be able or willing to sufficiently participate or contribute to the yearly requirements, they must give up their position to a suitable replacement.

The supervisory board can at any time choose to remove one of its members by 66% majority vote. New supervisory board members are discussed with the sitting and advisory boards and admitted by a 51% majority vote within the supervisory board itself.

Nomination Committee

The nomination committee is a group of experienced active members tasked with the selection and assessment of potential nominees for future boards

Nomination Committee Composition

The nomination committee can comprise of any collection of three members, including at least the currently serving chairman and one supervisory board member. The other member of this committee is optional and can be selected by the other two.

Nomination Committee Appointment Procedure

The nomination committee is the only exception to the regular method of recruitment for committees as its participating members are selected not just by the sitting board, but also the supervisory board

Oversight Committee

The oversight committee is a small entity of knowledgeable active members tasked with providing end-of-year oversight to the executive level before wrapping up for the year. Chiefly amongst its responsibilities is the confirmation of the integrity of the yearly financial report and the completeness and validity of board documents. It consists of two people, one of which is part of the supervisory board.

End of year retrospective procedure

Committee Formation Process

All members from any year may express their interest for any committee, regardless of experience or background. In fact: no position in committees may be filled at the start of a semester without it having been advertised to the member base beforehand. However, the sitting board reviews all these applications and decides which are accepted.

The following committees are a standard, and must always exist:

  1. The Design Committee
  2. The Oversight Committee
  3. The Nomination Committee (exempt)

The forming of all committees (but the nomination committee) adheres to the following procedure:

If an applicant refuses their acceptance into a committee on the grounds of changed expectations or whichever other reason, the next viable applicant is offered the position. Similarly, if a committee member decides to give up their position during a semester, a replacement is picked from the applicants at the start of that period if existent.

A board member, as a rule, can not take part in committees. They are welcome to step in and assist when needed but will take no primary responsibilities in the initial assignment of responsibility within them. Active engagement in the low-level operations of a committee by a board member indicates that the board member is either too involved or the committee is dysfunctional on its own and is subject to revaluation and restructuring by the head of internal relations and the chairman.

The head of internal relations and the chairperson retain their right to restructure committees when necessary after discussion in a board meeting.

Crucial Events and Structures

General Members Assembly

The general members assembly (GMA) is a gathering of students held with the primary purpose of ratifying changes and proposal in a structured and unambiguous manner. Members attend this event at their own behest, casting votes on subjects and voicing their opinions. This is a meeting with the intent of confirmation and communication to ensure very clear communication and approval/disapproval of activities and choices by the board and its committees. GMAs are best held in a working environment.

General Members Assembly Organization Procedure

General Members Assembly Execution Procedure

General Members Assembly Communication Procedure

General Members Assembly Documentation

A general members assembly should always be introduced some time in advance to the general member base accompanied by the GMA Agenda and supporting documentation. This document outlines the agenda on a point-to-point basis for the upcoming GMA, with items to vote for, decisions and activities to confirm by majority vote and subjects up for public debate. This section consists of nothing but bullet points categorised into these three segments.

This is accompanied by appendixes where needed to elaborate on each of these points or subjects, enlightening members on the background information of each topic needed to come to an informed conclusion or opinion. This can include historical records, meeting notes or personal essays from the board amongst others. The secretary is responsible for this document’s compilation and distribution.

AFTER the GMA, the secretary or chair summarizes outcomes and clearly lists decisions and outcomes of public debates in a point-by-point manner. This document will be shared with the member base within a week of the GMA taking place.

In both instances these documents should be compiled in the most objective manner possible, so as not to colour or influence decisions or reporting thereon by the member base. Examples: Budgets, this document, agenda for the meeting (structure of the meeting, points of discussion, voting matters, questions to the audience), notes from previous GMAs, final report from last year for the first GMA, documents detailing new strategies we want to implement, archive of relevant documents, supporting documents to relevant agenda topics.

Sitting- and Supervisory Board End of Year Session

After the last week of the last block of the academic year, the sitting board hands in their report of the preceding year, including a personal report on personal progress and achievements in organising events and activities, and a collaborative report on all the study-association’s activities, finances and events. This report is compiled by the sitting board with the following structure:

  1. A personal reflection from each board member on their time as board (~200 words)
  2. A group report on each event organized by the SA, including at least:
  1. A financial report by the treasurer on the full financial year (equal to board year), with:
  1. An internal report by the head of Internal Relations on the operations on each committee, with:
  1. A final personal note by the chair on the timeline of the year, the sitting board’s performance, -mood and personal achievements over the year. (~500 words)

This report is compiled with the collaboration of all the sitting board’s members, who (upon agreement) share it with the head of the supervisory committee to share with the rest of the supervisory board. The supervisory committee will take circa two weeks to review this document and will convene at the end of these two weeks to discuss the contents of this report, making sure to assess the following:

The supervisory board plans a review session with the still sitting board around that time to personally debrief the board about their experiences and learn any potential last informal thoughts of the participating members about their activities.

At the end of this ‘review period’ the supervisory board submits a short report on the performance of the board and the state of the study association. Significant attention should be paid in this report to how well the SA is conforming to long term goals as set by previous boards, including a set of recommendations for the following board on how to best improve this in their year of leadership.

Nomination Procedure

In the second round of committee participation advertising, openings for the following year’s board positions are also included in the communication towards the member base. This is the very start of the nomination procedure, where the nomination committee comes into play, fulfilling its role as semi-impartial assessing entity.

The nomination committee will receive all applications for board membership received in response to this communication. They will also approach potential personal picks. All applicants must be interviewed by the entirety of the nomination committee. Assessment is based on each person’s ability to follow procedures, suitability for each board role, enthusiasm for the study association and all other factors deemed relevant and agreed upon by the nomination committee.

Assessment is done as quickly as possible with applications closing at the beginning of May. The nomination committee announces their picks before the end of the school year at a Study Association  GLiTCH organized social event.

Transitional Period

The nominated board officially becomes the sitting board after approval by the first GMA of the year during the month of October, despite being unofficially designated as such from the last introductory session of the preceding year onwards. However, the transitional period does not end until either all members of the previous sitting board have agreed that it has or until the end of the fourth week of the educational year. The period starts once the nomination committee delivers its picks for a new board, and these are approved by the supervisory board, sitting board and finally: GMA. The approval by the various boards must take place no later than 4 weeks before the end of the educational year.

The transitional period consists of two parts: the pre-handover phase and the post-handover phase. During the pre-handover phase the elected board gets the chance to attend the final 4 meetings of the currently active board to get a sense of daily operations. Additionally, weekly introductory meetings will be held where the sitting board runs through documentation and regulation with the elected board and helps them get acquainted with their upcoming roles. This means 4 of such sessions will be held, suggested to be structured as follows:

Meeting 1: Introductory meeting to get the new board comfortable with one another and having them meet or be acquainted with the supervisory board. Attendance by at least one of its members is requested.

Meeting 2: Review session of this document. The new board is introduced to the rules and regulations that will help them explore their upcoming role and the expectations of the SA towards them.

Meeting 3: Organising a trial event in the form of an end-of year drinks event. The elected board together organises the traditional end of year drinks night as a simple introductory event to get them acquainted with the core activity of the SA: organising events and adding value.

Meeting 4 (final week): Official handover of the former board to the new one. Each member of the old board shares their interpretation and experiences of their personal roles with their successor.

The previous board members have the right to attend the weekly meetings of the new board during the second part of the transitional period to help explain the procedures detailed in this document and to put the new board in the correct frame of mind for their respective roles. Additionally, they can help with problem solving and still function within their roles on big and crucial issues which the new board does not feel comfortable with for the time being. This, however, needs to be coordinated with all the relevant members from the sitting and the nominated board.

Finances

Yearly Budget

Before the start of the year, the candidate board must have compiled a budget document estimating all expenses that will occur within the upcoming academic year. This will be lead by the candidate treasurer and be accomplished with the help of the non-candidate sitting board. This must be approved by the supervisory board before the start of the year.

Semester Events Budget

At the start of every semester, the treasurer will produce a budget with specific expenses allowed for each event and other possible expenditures detailing the expenses of the general yearly budget for said semester. Also must be approved by the supervisory board within three weeks of the start of the semester.

Semesterly Expense Report

Within three weeks after the end of the semester the treasurer must produce a report explaining the financial aftermath of the semester, what exact expenses there were and how closely to the semester events budget has been followed. The first one must be handed in and approved by the supervisory board within three weeks of the semester’s end. The second one must be handed in with the final yearly report.

Communication

Office Policy

First and foremost, the office is the place for the sitting board accomplish their responsibilities towards the study association. It is a place to store precious documents and hold important meetings. Furthermore, the office is where members and other interested parties can come to meet the GLiTCH board. The office should also be a meeting point for the GLiTCH community by making it inviting and attractive.  This makes it a central community hub which must be maintained.

There also exists the previously mentioned office committee that manages it and makes it attractive to our members.

Internal Communications

File Management

As a non-profit organization, Study Association GLiTCH has access to the full Google Suite for free. This includes 30GB in a “Team Drive” on Google Drive. Only relevant board and committee @sa-glitch.nl email addresses are given access to this one. Sitting board members may also have their private emails added, but their access must be revoked when no longer in a board position.

This drive is integrated with Slack, so all relevant files can be easily and instantly linked to.

Sitting Board Meetings

The board meets at least once per week with more than half its number, only to be deviated from in case of sickness or other uncontrollable external factors. The meetings follow a structure as set down below to facilitate efficient communication and clarity.

Board Meeting Structure:

The chair retains the right to alter this general structure in order to ensure smooth operation and the proper handling of current issues.

A detailed log of what has been discussed will be kept by the secretary which will serve to update absent board members and other relevant members of decisions taken.

Should there be a tie in the vote of the sitting board, the the chair has the power to break that in their favor.

Sitting Board Communications Outside of Formal Meetings

While the board must meet regularly and take major decisions during the formal meetings, communication and decision making may still need to happen between those. These channels are maintained by the secretary at the discretion of the chairperson. There are three channels where the board can communicate:

Slack

The official Slack board for Study Association GLiTCH is located here: https://glitch-board.slack.com/

This is the main official channel for communication between the board members and the chairs of all committees. The server is segmented into relevant channels for the discussion of all possible topics. These channels are gated and access per channel is only allowed to relevant members of the association.

#business

The business channel is where business strategies are discussed and contacts of possible collaborators are posted and motivated. Included are active members with exposure to relevant contacts.

#education

All conversation regarding educational events and strategies is held in this channel. Included are the chairs of all committees organizing educational events. This is where analyses and post-mortems of the current educational landscape are discussed.

#general

This is where we discuss and ask anything that does not directly fit the other channels. This channel includes everyone on the server.

#marketing

This is where everything regarding external relations is discussed. Marketing strategies, possibilities and discussions all go here. Decisions taken will be pinned, so all important messages are visible to participants. This channel will be accessible to all board members and chairs of the various marketing committees. The Head of External Relations will facilitate work between these committees in this channel.

#meetings

This channel is only for the board members to post messages with singular topics which they would like to be discussed on the next board meeting. The chairman takes takes these into account and includes them in the agenda. After each meeting a long line of rainbow flags will be posted by the chair to separate what has already been discussed.

#off-topic

Everyone is invited to this channel and it serves as a place for casual conversation, jokes and memes.

#supervisory-board

This board is accessible only to the chairman and the supervisory board. This is their official communication channel.

Various channels for every committee and event

A channel will be created for every functioning committee, which will be their official space for communication. Involved will be only the committee members and head of internal relations.

In person

Discussions in-person are healthy and efficient, but will not be considered official until documented with all relevant decisions made pinned on the appropriate Slack channel.

Email

Every board member, relevant committee member, and relevant active member will receive a custom @sa-glitch.nl address by the secretary. These are to be used strictly for external communication. All received messages and offers will be documented on Slack and, if necessary, forwarded to the relevant person. A general [email protected]sa-glitch.nl  address exists which is managed by the secretary who documents and forwards the messages appropriately.

Supervisory board

The supervisory board communicates directly with the sitting chairperson and vice versa. The chairperson provides regular updates on the goings on of the association by ensuring that all documentation and decision making is made available to the supervisory board. The supervisory board does not directly interfere with the sitting board, but has the right to call a meeting within 2 weeks of request with the entire sitting board.

This board is included only in the #supervisory-board on Slack which is the official communication channel. At the start of every month, the chairperson has to compile an email detailing the state of the association and distribute it to all supervisory board members.

External Communications

Communication outside of Study Association  GLiTCH is important due to the fact that this represents the vision, personality and attitude of the association towards the rest of the world. This association communicates in various methods to reach our audiences optimally. These methods are redefined each  year depending on the audiences’ receptiveness toward the methods defined at the beginning of the board year.

Code of Conduct

As board and committee member it is expected of these (aforementioned) members to adhere the code of conduct and code of ethics during association related events, as these members serve as representation of the association.

Study Association GLiTCH has adopted the following Code of Conduct that all Board members, agree to adhere to by participating as board member.

1. Prohibition Against Private Inurement and Procedures for Managing Conflicts of Interest

Members of the board shall conduct their personal affairs in such a manner as to avoid any possible conflict of interest with their duties and responsibilities as members of the Board. Nevertheless, conflicts may arise from time to time.

a)         When there is a decision to be made or an action to be approved that will result in a conflict between the best interests of Study Association GLiTCH and the Board member’s personal interests, the Board member has a duty to immediately disclose the conflict of interest, so that the rest of the Board’s decision making will be informed about the conflict.

b)         Any conflicts of interest, including, but not limited to financial interests, on the part of any Board Member, shall be disclosed to the Board when the matter that reflects a conflict of interest becomes a matter of Board action, and through an annual procedure for all Board members to disclose conflicts of interest.

c)          Any Board Member having a conflict of interest shall not vote or use his or her personal influence to address the matter, and he or she shall not be counted in determining the quorum for the meeting.

d)         All conflicts disclosed to the Board will be made a matter of record in the minutes of the meeting in which the disclosure was made, which shall also note that the Board member with a conflict abstained from the vote [and was not present for any discussion, as applicable] and was not included in the count for the quorum for that meeting.

e)         Any new Board member will be advised of this policy during board orientation and all Board members will be reminded of the Board Member Code of Conduct and of the procedures for disclosure of conflicts and for managing conflicts on a regular basis, at least once a year.

f)           This policy shall also apply to any Board member’s immediate family or any person acting on his or her behalf.

 2. Prohibition against harassment and discrimination

Study Association GLiTCH strives to maintain a safe and fair workplace, free from any form of harassment and discrimination. According to the values and ideals, any board member engaging in harassment or discriminatory behavior towards GLiTCH members and associates is subject to removal from their position. Complaints alleging misconduct on the part of Board members will be investigated promptly and as confidentially as possible by the supervisory committee.

3. Confidentiality

Study Association GLiTCH processes the data of all its members in any purpose necessary for the operation of the organization based on the listed mission, values, and ideals. Individual members may request their data to be deleted or managed in a different way described by the General Data Protection Act. The operating members of Study Association GLiTCH must adhere to the strict rules of protecting the personal information of every member, partner, associate or other individual.

4. Active Participation

Board members are expected to exercise the duties and responsibilities of their positions with integrity, collegiality, and care. This includes:

All types of GLiTCH members must abide by the Core Values and Ideals.

5. Commitment

As a board member, he/she recognizes the important responsibility that he/she is undertaking in serving as a board member for Study Association GLiTCH and pledges to carry out in a trustworthy and diligent manner the duties and obligations associated with their role as a board member. He/she also understands that failure to abide by this Code of Conduct may result in their removal as a Board Member.

Code of Ethics

It is the goal of this association to strive for the highest level of ethical conduct from all board and committees. This code of ethics especially applies to board members and committees of the association.

All board and committee members are required and expected to exercise the highest level of ethical standards of conduct and practice honesty at all times.

In support of this association’s standards, the following applies to all board and committee members.

The board and committee members will not:

Not adhering to or breaching this code of ethics shall be reported to the supervisory board who shall then review the case among its peers.

Data Management and Privacy Handling

Data Management

The study association stores and handles the personal information of members, membership data, possible payment methods and information, and general financial information. This information is kept for a duration dependent on the type of data and its usage. A few main varieties can be differentiated:

All documents stored on Google drive or Physically must be marked with an appropriate label stating their confidentiality level.

Data Handling

Critical information is stored by the Secretary on a Study Association GLiTCH owned device designated specifically for this purpose (currently, but not limited to,, this is the PC given to us in the office), as well as in physical form, both to be kept inside a secure storage box in the GLiTCHoffice, access to which is restricted to the sittingboard. Codes or key access to be changed at hand-over to a following board. Copies and records of sensitive or critical Study Association GLiTCH data is to be destroyed or discarded by the keeper upon losing its immediate usefulness in aiding the individual aid the new sitting board.

Data is made available for review by the Supervisory board, where sensitive information is made available by default, while critical information is to be shared upon specific request by the supervisory board Chair. This sensitive data, as well as trivial data, is to be kept in a cloud storage location accessible only to the sitting and supervisory boards, as well as the preceding sitting board (this group, for a period of time up to 6 months in length).

Physical Documentation

It is inevitable that the association will have to deal with a substantial amount of physical paperwork. While we live in a digital age and all of the internal work is done digitally, various external and internal parties would sometimes prefer to deal with paper. The following procedures and rules must be followed to ensure the smooth operation of the study association.

Discouragement

When receiving a physical document, a digital copy should be requested whenever possible. Even if that is not policy or the usual way of dealing with said entity, the secretary and all other involved members must still try and get a valid electronic copy. This is especially relevant with external entities. Anyone internal(sitting board and committees) is forbidden from creating any official documents physically. This means they must create them digitally and upload them to the relevant place to the Google Drive for that work to be valid.

Archival

All received physical documents relevant to the operation of the study association must be archived in the office in a securely locked compartment. This includes paperwork from banks, partners, sponsors and all other relevant entities. This is the responsibility of the secretary.  

Digitalization

In addition to physical archival, the conversion to digital is essential to Study Association GLiTCH’s functioning. As a completely digital association, we work exclusively this way. To maintain smooth operations, all physical documents relevant to the functioning of the association must be converted to digital representations faithful to their originals. This way members can easily reference them from Google Drive and Slack. Again, this is the responsibility of the secretary.

Photography

Members of Study Association GLiTCH give consent to Study Association GLiTCH to using photographs and/or video recordings including images of members both internally and externally to promote the Study Association.  These images could be used in print and digital media formats including print publications, websites, e-marketing, posters banners, advertising, film, social media, teaching and research purposes.

Members understand that images on websites can be viewed throughout the world and not just in the Netherlands.

Members of Study Association GLiTCH understand that some images or recordings may be kept permanently once they are published and be kept as an archive.

Members of Study Association GLiTCH have the right to request to see a copy of the information Study Association GLiTCH holds on them and have the ability to request corrections or deletions of the information that is no longer required.  Members can ask Study Association GLiTCH to stop using their images at any time, in which case it will not be used in future publications but may continue to appear in publications already in circulation.