The KORCOS Constitution was formulated in 1989.
It underwent its first restudy from April 12, 1997 to September 9, 2006
and was adopted by the organization at its last date of restudy.
The KORCOS Board started a second restudy
of the KORCOS Constitution on the 3rd of November 2012. 

CONSTITUTION OF THE KOREA COUNCIL OF OVERSEAS SCHOOLS
(KORCOS)
1989
 
As amended April 12th, 1997, September 9th, 2006 and accepted as further amended from November,  2012 to February, 2014.
 
ARTICLE I: NAME AND DEFINITION
 
SECTION I: Name
 
The name of this Association shall be “The Korea Council of Overseas Schools” (hereinafter referred to as KORCOS).
 
KORCOS upholds the following vision, mission and goals:
 
Vision
KORCOS focuses on the growth and development of professional practitioners in the fields of education, communication, environment, technology and related fields to meet the demands of a constantly changing world.
 
Mission
KORCOS upholds the mission of planning, strategizing and implementing professional development activities through the collaboration, cooperation, connectedness and consortia of members.   
 
Goals
KORCOS targets:
  1. to be inclusive in its membership involving as many institutions and organizations that support international education, the environment and technology, through collaboration in achieving the vision, mission and goals of the organization.
  2. to pool resources from the membership, that support professional development activities such as the KORCOS International Education Conference, Youth Leadership Institutes, and Job-Alike Meetings.
  3. to engage the active participation of KORCOS members in various professional development activities through professional presentations and meetings, facilitating the sharing of various fields of expertise.
  4. to award KORCOS grants as funds may be available that benefit the KORCOS community.
  5. to hold university credit consortia with universities that support the vision, mission and goals of KORCOS. 
  6. to cooperate with non-KORCOS entities that may hold programs that support similar vision, mission and goals.
 
SECTION II: Definition  
 
As used herein, “overseas schools” shall mean
  • Preschool
  • Elementary
  • Secondary
  • University
  • Graduate
  • Post-graduate
  • Institutions and organizations that sponsor international education, the environment, communications and technology
 
  • located in the Republic of Korea, that offer international education with English as the main medium of instruction, 
  • that are accredited institutions and organizations, or are working towards accreditation, 
  • whose members are directly or indirectly involved with international style instruction and curricula, or 
  • institutions and organizations whose missions are directly or indirectly related to international education, environment, communications and technology.
 
 
ARTICLE II: OBJECTIVES AND PURPOSES
 
The objectives and purposes of KORCOS for which the Council is formed are as follows:
  •  To enrich the processes of education for all member schools
  •  To promote the professional growth of the educational staff of member schools
  •  To facilitate communication and cooperative action among all member schools
  •  To promote intercultural understanding and partnership through the activities of member schools
  •  To cooperate with other organizations and individuals pursuing the same or similar objectives as KORCOS
 
 
ARTICLE III:  NON-PROFIT, NON-POLITICAL AND ?NON-SECTARIAN CHARACTER OF KORCOS
 
SECTION I: Non-Profit
 
KORCOS shall be non-profit; it shall not have authority to issue stock, and it shall not be conducted or operated for profit. 
 
KORCOS may participate in fundraising activities during any of its conferences, job-alike activities, and other such collaborative activities with other institutions or organizations, for the purpose of raising funds for the KORCOS Grants, and to support professional development plans.
 
KORCOS shall have three divisions to support its professional development goals:  International Education, Environment and Technology
All three arms of KORCOS shall collaborate in planning, strategizing and implementing activities pursuant of the vision, mission, goals and overall character of KORCS.
 
 
SECTION II: Non-Political / Non-Sectarian
 
KORCOS shall, in its aims and activities, be politically neutral and non-sectarian.
 
 
ARTICLE IV:  MEMBERSHIP
 
SECTION I: Eligibility
 
KORCOS members are schools and organizations as defined in Article I, pay a membership fee, and attend meetings on a regular basis when possible.  
 
Each KORCOS member is entitled to a maximum of two (2) votes.  Members may select in May, two (2) KORCOS Board Representatives, preferably one representing administration and one teacher representative.  
 
KORCOS Board Representatives are required to familiarize themselves with the KORCOS Constitution and the duties and responsibilities of a KORCOS Board Representative as defined by the KORCOS Constitution. 
 
KORCOS Board Representatives register their complete names, positions, email addresses and contact phone numbers with the KORCOS Secretary.
 
Duly registered KORCOS Board Representatives or proxies are entitled to claim their travel stipend, depending on fund availability, after full attendance with active participation in a KORCOS General Board meeting. Travel stipends are neither cumulative nor retroactive.
 
Three Types of KORCOS Membership:
 
Full Membership
  • Full Membership is open to schools, institutions, and organizations supporting the objectives and purposes of KORCOS. 
  • Full Membership allows all faculty and staff of the member institution or organization, attendance and participation in KORCOS professional development activities. 

Associate Membership, Group
  • Associate Membership is open to schools, institutions, and organizations supporting the objectives and purposes of KORCOS. Associate Membership allows attendance of five (5) delegates in annual conferences but with no voting privileges at board meetings. 

Associate Membership, Individual
  • Associate membership for individuals allows attendance in annual conferences but with no voting privileges at board meetings.
 
 
SECTION II: Term

The term of membership shall be yearly, from August 1 through July 31.
 
 
SECTION III: Termination of Membership

The membership of a school, institution or organization shall cease due to:
  • failure to meet the eligibility criteria, or 
  • actions against the interests and character of KORCOS 
 
 
ARTICLE V:  OFFICERS
 
SECTION I: Officers 

The Officers of KORCOS shall be the President, Vice President for International Education, Vice President for Environment, Vice President for Technology, Secretary, Treasurer, Conference Coordinator, and Webmaster elected by and from the KORCOS Board membership. The President Emeritus is a permanent honorary position.
 
 
SECTION II: Term of Office and President Emeritus Title
 
The Officers of KORCOS shall be elected to a term of office for one year commencing in January.
The honorary Emeritus title is vested upon KORCOS Presidents with at least 10 years of devoted service to KORCOS.
 
 
SECTION III: Vacancies on the Board
 
Vacancies on the KORCOS Board shall be filled by the Board following the same procedure as when electing for officers (see Section I). Officers may be removed during the term for neglect of duties, incompetence, or abuse of position.
 
 
ARTICLE VI:  COMMITTEES
 
SECTION I: Standing Committees, Functions, Chairs and Membership
 
There shall be the following committees, respective chairs, and membership:
  • The annual KORCOS International Education Conference (KIEC) Committee consists of a minimum of five (5) members including the Vice President for International Education. The Conference Coordinator is elected from the KORCOS Board to chair the KIEC.  
  • The KORCOS Student Activities (KSA) Committee consists of a minimum of four (4) members including the Vice President for Environment.  The KSA chair is elected from the KORCOS Board. 
  • The KORCOS Communications, Information and Technology  (CIT) Committee, consists of a minimum of four (4) members and is chaired by the Vice President for CIT.
  • The KORCOS Job-Alike Meeting (KJAM) Committee consists of a minimum of three members.  The chair is elected from the KORCOS Board. 
  • The President holds an ex-officio position in all KORCOS committees.
  • The President Emeritus holds an honorary ex-officio position in all KORCOS Committees.
 
 
SECTION II: Special Committees
 

The KORCOS Grants Committee shall consist of the KORCOS Executive Board.  The President serves as committee chair. The Board may establish and appoint standing and ad-hoc committees as it sees fit. The President shall be an ex-officio member of all committees.  The President Emeritus shall be an honorary member of all committees.

 
 
ARTICLE VII:  LIABILITIES OF MEMBERS
 
KORCOS is an organization of schools, and board members and officers act merely as representatives of their schools. In the event of a legal claim against the organization, any officer or board member acting on behalf of the organization, all action will be considered on an individual basis to determine the most appropriate course of action.
 
 
ARTICLE VIII:  DISSOLUTION OR LIQUIDATON
No part of KORCOS assets shall inure to the benefit of any member, officer, or any private individual nor shall they be entitled to share in the dissolution or liquidation. In the event of dissolution or liquidation, all assets shall be transferred to an organization chosen by the KORCOS Board for charitable or educational use.
 
 
ARTICLE IX :  AMENDMENTS
The following decisions require a two-thirds majority vote from a quorum of 25 per cent of full member institutions. 
  • removal of an officer during the term of office?
  • removal of a school from membership
  • dissolution of the KORCOS organization?
  • amendments to this constitution.
 
Motions calling for any of the above four measures must be submitted in person at a general KORCOS Board meeting.  
 
 
ARTICLE X:  FUND HOLDING
 
  • KORCOS funds can only be spent to support the goals and purposes of KORCOS.
  • The funds are managed by the Treasurer, who is accountable to the President, and the KORCOS Board for any withdrawals on behalf of KORCOS.
  • Emergency disbursements may only be done with the approval of a quorum of 25 per cent of full member institutions.
 
 

 
BY-LAWS
ARTICLE I:  ADDRESS
 
The business address shall be chosen by the KORCOS Board.
 
 
ARTICLE II:  MEETING
  • The KORCOS Board shall hold a minimum of four (4) Executive Board meetings and a minimum of four (4) General Board meetings during the school year (August to June).
  • KORCOS Committees shall summon their own meetings as needed with reports rendered to the Executive Board.
  • The KORCOS Board may request an emergency meeting as needed.
 
 
ARTICLE III: QUORUM
 
A quorum of the KORCOS Board will consist of representatives from at least 25 per cent of full member institutions.
 
ARTICLE IV: PROCEDURES
 
Meetings of KORCOS will be conducted according to the most recent edition of Roberts Rules of Order.
 
 
 
 
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