Rules of the Cambridge University Moral Sciences Club
(as amended 29 October 2014)
1. Purposes. The name of the Club is 'The Cambridge University Moral Sciences Club'. The object of the Club is the periodical discussion of philosophical subjects, introduced by the delivery of original or communicated papers or by such other methods as may from time to time be devised.
2. Membership. Membership shall be open to any undergraduate, graduate student or senior member of the University. Visiting scholars and other persons may become members with the consent of the Officers. There may be different subscription rates for different categories of membership.
3. Annual Meeting. The annual business meeting of the Club shall be held towards the end of the Lent Term or near the start of the Easter Term. This meeting shall (i) elect a President, Chair, Senior Treasurer and Secretary for the coming academic year, (ii) receive the accounts for the preceding twelve months, and (iii) fix the subscription for the coming academic year. The annual meeting shall have power to amend the Club's Rules, provided that notice of proposed amendments has been given at two previous ordinary meetings.
4. Officers. The President and Chair shall be senior members of the University. They shall between them ensure that one of them or a suitable deputy takes the chair at meetings. The Senior Treasurer shall inspect and report on the accounts. He or she shall be a senior member of the University, and may also be President or Chair. The Secretary shall decide the programme of speakers, arrange their accommodation in consultation with the other Officers, and reimburse their reasonable travelling expenses. He or she shall publicise the meetings, keep minutes, collect subscriptions and keep the accounts, and pass on to the next Secretary the records and information needed for the efficient running of the Club. The Secretary shall affix a copy of the current Rules to the front of each new Minute Book, and shall deposit completed Minute Books with the Club's collection in the University Archives.
5. Conduct of Meetings. In the interests of better discussion the Secretary shall invite prospective speakers to give a thirty-minute paper. Papers should in any case not exceed forty-five minutes, and the Chair at each meeting shall have discretion to enforce this rule. At two meetings a year, and more if possible, the paper shall be given by a junior member of the University. Prospective speakers, whether junior members or not, may be asked whether they would like their meeting to be restricted to junior members, in which case it shall be marked with a star in the programme and senior members shall not attend.