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Welcome to the Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA)! SOTA is a University of Scranton organization for Occupational Therapy majors.  We hold a variety of community service, educational, and advocacy events throughout the school year.  We hope to foster relationships between different classes, spread awareness of occupational therapy on campus and in the local community, and promote involvement in the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). 


Membership minimums/semester include: 

4 meetings, 1 service event, 1 fundraiser/donation, and 1 speaker


Spring 2019 Meetings:

Monday, February 4th

Tuesday, February 19th

Monday, March 4th

Tuesday, March 26th

Monday, April 8th

Tuesday, April 23rd

Monday, May 6th


 Meetings are always at 8PM & locations will be texted out the day of.

***Text @sota18 to 81010 to subscribe to club updates***

Portal Information

Description

The purpose of SOTA is to promote knowledge of the profession of occupational therapy on campus, and within the community. SOTA members are active both on campus and in the Scranton community throughout service activities. Members also attend regional and national conferences to gain knowledge and become more active in the profession. The members of the clubs bring back information gained at the conferences and share with other students and help implement new trends in the community.

Category

Academic

President's Name

Sara Codispoti

President's Class Year

2019

Vice President's Name

Jaclyn Hardcastle

Vice President's Class Year

2020

Treasurer's Name

Sarah Aberasturi

Treasurer's Class Year

2019

Secretary's Name

Katie Moloney

Secretary's Class Year

2019

Other Officer's Name

Lucy Fulton

Other Officer's Position

Community Service Representative

Other Officer's Class Year

2019

Other Officer's Name

Annaliese Roller

Other Officer's Position

Community Service Representative

Other Officer's Class Year

2021

Other Officer's Name

Julia Forbes

Other Officer's Position

Social Media and Technology Representative

Other Officer's Class Year

2020

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) is to promote knowledge and advocate for the profession of occupational therapy on the campus of the University of Scranton.

Bylaws

SOTA Constitution
I. Name: Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) of the University of Scranton
II. Purpose: The purpose of the Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) is to promote knowledge of the profession of occupational therapy on the campus of the University of Scranton.
III. Membership Qualifications:
A. All members must be current Occupational Therapy students at the University of Scranton or students of other majors who have an interest in pursuing occupational therapy in the future.
B. Active membership requires the member to pay the annual dues and attend at least 4 of the meetings and one community service event per semester.
C. Inactive members will be listed after the end of each semester.
D. All members are expected to uphold the objectives and purpose of the organization.
E. If any member fails to uphold the purpose and objectives of the organization, does not meet membership requirements, or does not comply with University policies, he/she may be held accountable and in jeopardy of losing their membership. Reason for removal of member must be presented to the Executive Board. Written notification shall then be presented with reason for removal to the member in question. After the member in question has had his/her right to speak to the board/membership on their own behalf and a vote is taken, he/she may be removed by a 2/3’s vote of the active voting members.
F. Only active SOTA members have voting rights.
IV. Dues/Fees: An annual due will be collected at the beginning of each fall semester. The amount will be determined each year by the executive board. Members failing to pay their dues will be deemed inactive for the semester.
V. Officers: The required officer positions include: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Community Service Representative, AOTA Student Delegate, and two representatives for each class (including graduate students). These officers are elected to serve a term starting in the fall semester following the elections and ending at the conclusion of the spring semester. These officers are included in the Executive Board.
President
Eligibility
-Current sophomore or junior
-Member of AOTA
-Active member in SOTA as demonstrated by consistent participation in SOTA events
Responsibilities
-Schedule, set agendas, and lead SOTA Meetings on a consistent basis each semester
-Communicate regularly with the University Club Moderator and OT Dept. Club Advisor
-Oversee the other SOTA officers and representatives and assist them as needed
-Provide leadership to SOTA officers and members to ensure the successful implementation of SOTA events (e.g., Specialty Fair, LARC Dance, Global Day of Service, OT Month)
-Initiate new events to achieve SOTA goals
-Inform class representatives about information that needs to be sent to their classmates about SOTA events
-Collaborate with other University clubs to meet common objectives

Vice President
Eligibility
-Current freshman, sophomore or junior
-Member of AOTA
-Active member in SOTA as demonstrated by consistent participation in SOTA events
Responsibilities
-Help SOTA President as needed to ensure success of SOTA events and attain SOTA goals
-Fill in for the SOTA President if the President is unable to fulfill job requirements

Treasurer
Eligibility
-Current freshman, sophomore or junior
-Member of AOTA
-Active member in SOTA as demonstrated by consistent participation in SOTA events
Responsibilities
-Collect annual dues from each class
-Manage the club account to ensure sufficient funds for SOTA events
-Collect the money from clothing sales and other fundraisers and deposit in account
-Manage the SOTA budget to ensure all funding money is used appropriately and not wasted
-Remain in contact with the student government treasurer about funding expenses, revenues, and goals

Secretary
Eligibility
-Current freshman, sophomore or junior
-Member of AOTA
-Active member in SOTA as demonstrated by consistent participation in SOTA events
Responsibilities
-Take notes at meetings
-Send meeting notes to class representatives for them to forward to their class so all students receive accurate information about SOTA activities and goals
-Maintain SOTA Facebook group page
-Hang flyers to promote all SOTA events in the OT department (and throughout the campus, if appropriate)
-Maintain and update club webpage

AOTA Student Delegate (ASD)
Eligibility
-Current sophomore
-Active member of SOTA as demonstrated by consistent participation in SOTA events
-Member of AOTA
Responsibilities
-Keep members up-to-date on AOTA news
-Plan trips to Student Conclave, POTA and AOTA Conference
-Obtain student input pre-conference about their concerns and priorities to bring to the Student Conclave, POTA and AOTA Conference in a formalized manner
-Provide a formal post-conference presentation to club members about the conferences attended as a representative

Community Service Representative
Eligibility
-Current sophomore or junior
-Active member of SOTA as demonstrated by consistent participation in SOTA events
-Member of AOTA
Responsibilities
-Plan and implement community service activities
-Plan, schedule, coordinate, and implement the ARC dances
-Maintain the logs and obtain signatures of SOTA members at all community service events

Social Media and Technology Specialist
Eligibility
-Current freshmen, sophomore, or junior
-Member of AOTA
-Active member of SOTA as demonstrated by consistent participation in SOTA events
Responsibilities
-Keep SOTA website and social media sites (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) up to date on current events. Meetings, resources, and opportunities
-Engage and educate peers on proper social media usage
-Decide on additional social media platforms that may benefit the chapter and implement their use.

Freshmen Class Representatives (2)
Eligibility
-Current freshmen
-Member of AOTA
Responsibilities
-Assertively share information about SOTA events and fundraisers to their respective class
-Take and keep a record of attendance of each grade at each SOTA event and meeting
-Actively participate in Executive Board functions
-Will advise members when they are at risk of losing membership due to inactivity or lack of participation and will then advise the Executive Board of students who need to be removed

Junior Class Representatives (2)
Eligibility
-Current sophomores
-Active member of SOTA as demonstrated by consistent participation in SOTA events
-Member of AOTA
Responsibilities
-Take control of the design, ordering, promotion, and distribution of SOTA club clothing
-Assertively share information about SOTA events and fundraisers to the Junior class
-Take and keep a record of attendance of junior class students at each SOTA event and meeting
-Actively participate in Executive Board functions
-Will advise members when they are at risk of losing membership due to inactivity or lack of participation and will then advise the Executive Board of students who need to be removed

Sophomore and Senior Class Representatives (2)
Eligibility
-Two (2) for each grade
-Active member of SOTA as demonstrated by consistent participation in SOTA events
-Member of AOTA
Responsibilities
-Assertively share information about SOTA events and fundraisers to their respective class
-Take and keep a record of attendance of each grade at each SOTA event and meeting
-Actively participate in Executive Board functions
-Will advise members when they are at risk of losing membership due to inactivity or lack of participation and will then advise the Executive Board of students who need to be removed

Graduate Class Advisors (2)
Eligibility
-Current Senior
-Active member of SOTA as demonstrated by consistent participation in SOTA events
-Member of AOTA
Responsibilities
-Assertively share information about SOTA events and fundraisers to their respective class
-Serve as a liaison between the graduate and undergrad students, especially in regards to the Thomas Jerome House activities
-Actively participate in Executive Board functions
-Will advise members when they are at risk of losing membership due to inactivity or lack of participation and will then advise the Executive Board of students who need to be removed
VI. Elections of Officers: Elections must be held in the spring semester approximately one month before the new officers list is due to student government. It is the President’s job to provide adequate notice of the upcoming elections to the members of the organization.
Elections are by secret ballot. In the event of a tie, a run-off between those candidates who tied will take place the following week. If a tie still remains, the elected officer will be determined by a simple majority vote of the Executive Board, after individual interviews.
In the event that a required officer position becomes vacant during the school year, the President must motion for the election. In the event that the President’s position is vacated, the Vice President takes on the interim responsibilities of the President and calls for a motion for the election. In the event that the Vice President’s position is vacated, the Secretary makes the motion. In the event that the other officers’ positions are vacated, the Treasurer makes the motion. The motion must be seconded. The motion carries with a simple majority vote of the Executive Board. The members must be notified one week prior to said election.
If the event that any other position is vacated during the school year, a simple majority vote of the Executive Board is required for the election. The members must be notified of said election.
VII. Removal of Officers: If any officer fails to uphold the purpose and objectives of the organization, fulfill the duties of office, meet membership requirements, or does not comply with University policies, a vote of “no confidence” must be presented to the Executive Board. Written notification shall then be presented with reason for removal to the officer in question. After the officer in question has had his/her right to speak to the board on their own behalf, a vote is taken from the Executive Board. The officer in question does not have a vote. He/She may be removed by a majority vote of the Executive Board.
VIII. Advisor(s): The advisor is appointed by the Occupational Therapy department. He/She must be willing to serve. The minimum duties for the advisor to fulfill his/her role is to meet with the organization President and/or the organization Executive Board a minimum of once a month, be placed on all communication venues the organization has set in place, attend a minimum of 1 meeting/event the organization holds a semester, and provide general advisement/guidance to the organization and its members on organizational matters.
IX. Meetings: The Executive Board meetings are held approximately one week prior to the monthly or twice monthly, pre scheduled organization meetings. At least one general member meeting must be held each month during the spring and fall semesters unless the Executive Board puts in place a special condition. The decision to call a special meeting or cancel a monthly meeting may be made by the Executive Board when deemed necessary. Adequate notice must be provided to the general members.
A quorum shall be composed of 50% + 1 of current, active voting members.
X. Rules of Order: Meetings shall be run according to Robert’s Rules of Order.
XI. Amendments: The Student Occupational Therapy Association shall operate in accordance to all University and Student Government provisions. Any amendment or bylaw changes regarding SOTA shall be passed by majority vote and will be considered pending until presented to and reviewed by Student Government.
XII. Anti-Hazing Clause: This organization prohibits its members, both individually and collectively, from committing any acts of hazing as defined herein:
Hazing means any action or situation which recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health of safety of a student for the purpose of initiation of admission into or affiliation with this organization. Such terms shall include, but not be limited to, any brutality of a physical nature, such as whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics, exposure to the elements, forced consumption of any food, liquor, or drug, or any other substance, or any forced activity which could adversely affect the mental or physical health, the safety or dignity of the individual to the extreme mental stress, such as sleep deprivation, forced exclusion from social contact, forced conduct which could result in extreme embarrassment, or any other forced activity which could adversely affect the mental or physical health, the safety or dignity of the individual.
For the purpose of this section, any activity as described above upon which the initiation of admission into or affiliation with this organization is directly or indirectly conditioned shall be presumed to a ‘forced activity,’ the willingness of an individual to participate in such activity notwithstanding.
XIII. Organization Agreement: This organization agrees to abide by all University and Student Government policies as previously outlined and to update the organization’s records whenever there is a change.

Moderator Name:

Rita Fleming-Castaldy