General Position Responsibilities

**Please note that these are suggestions, and not requirements

  • Presides over the Cabinet Meetings and House Meetings in the absence of the President.
  • If President vacates his/her position, Vice-President assumes their responsibilities for the remainder of the term.
  • Oversees house committee structure.
  • Meets from time to time with house committee chairs.
  • Announces campus activities at house meetings (educational programs, leadership and involvement opportunities, etc.).

A House Vice-President should know:

  1. The dates and times of Hall Council meetings.
  2. The house constitution and by-laws.
  3. The house committees and their responsibilities.
  4. The house meeting procedures.
  5. The house officer election procedures.

Vice-President FAQs:

How can I best represent my house members?

  • Constantly bring up issues at house meetings and get the house members’ feedback.
  • Set up a box or an envelope where residents can give anonymous feedback about a particular issue.
  • Set up a house e-mail list, and post discussion questions.
  • Keep the house members informed through flyers, newsletters, e-mails, bulletin boards, etc. about the issues you need feedback on

How do I develop and maintain a committee system?

A committee system can help other residents feel more connected to the house, and also lightens the workload of the officers. click here to view a sample committee structure

A STANDING COMMITTEE is one that is in place each year. Standing committees are usually indicated in your constitution, and can include:

  • Social Committee (chaired by the Social Chair)
  • Education/Diversity Committee (Chaired by Educational Programming Chair)
  • Finance Committee (Chaired by Treasurer)

Other committees can be formed if needed throughout the year. All committees should have a specific task to complete, and a deadline for when to accomplish their mission. Such committees might include:

  • Wellness Committee
  • By-Laws Review Committee
  • Special Events Committee (for events like Homecoming)

Committee chairs are decided either by the constitution (Standing Committees), can be appointed by the President, or are elected from within the committee.

A VP should meet with all committee chairs twice a month to get updates.

Each committee should give a report at house meetings.

One way to promote involvement on the house is to ask each resident serve on at least one committee. Pass around a sign-up sheet at the first house meeting.