Standing Rules

The most recent version of the Standing Rules can be downloaded here.

Please note that this file should be up-to-date with any amendments to the Standing Rules, which the body enacts from time to time.  However, you should verify that this is the most recent version based on the date listed, if there were any recent amendments.

  • The Standing Rules function as the "by-laws" of the Assembly and help establish what positions and committees exist as well as further governing the regular operations of the Assembly, insofar as such provisions to not conflict with the Constitution.  The Standing Rules are essentially the second highest governing document for RUSA, yielding to the Constitution while taking precedence over other legislation or motions moved by the Assembly.
  • The ability of the Assembly to enact standing rules is derives from Article 7 of the Constitution, which states, among other things, that:
    • The Assembly has the power to enact such rules by a two-thirds vote,
    • The Internal Affairs Committee is tasked with preparing amendments to the Standing Rules, and
    • The purpose of these rules is to "facilitate it's [RUSA's] operations."
  • The Parliamentarian is tasked under the Standing Rules to provide guidance when necessary in order to ensure that actions taken by RUSA, or any of its component parts, are in compliance with these rules.  The Parliamentarian, from time to time, offers opinions as to how these rules should be interpreted.  More information about this can be found under the Interpretations section of this website.
  • While the Standing Rules provide some structure for the procedures of the body, the Standing Rules designates a parliamentary authority, specifically Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised, to help provide additional rules and procedures, specifically concerning debate and actions taken during meetings of the Assembly.  In the event of a contradiction between Robert's Rules and the Standing Rules, however, the Standing Rules takes precedence.