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Congress Regulations

USI Congress 2021 is being held online for a second year.  The documents below outline the procedures amended to allow for the Congress to be carried out in line with the principles of the USI Constitution, whilst recognising the special nature of the online event.

Standing Orders

Proposed Standing Orders  (to be adopted by the National Council Members incorporeally)

Schedule Temporary 2021 X

Recognising the special circumstances of the Coronavirus Pandemic and the legislation in place to prevent gatherings in 2021, the National Council adopts the following Emergency Standing Orders for Congress 2021.


The business of the Congress shall be conducted in accordance with the following Emergency Standing Orders:

  1. The time for the beginning of the online plenary and adjournment of all debates shall be fixed by the Executive Team.  No formal business shall be conducted after 16.00.
  2. A plenary session of the Congress will take place beginning at 9am on each day when Congress is to be convened, at which the Congress Director and Chair of Steering will lay out the plan for the day and any technical points to be borne in mind by delegates.
  3. A member of Steering Committee, appointed by that Committee shall preside at all sessions of the Congress.
  4. The Chairperson of the session or any other member of the Steering Committee shall not exercise a vote at any session of the Congress or participate in any substantive debate.
  5. The Chairperson of the session shall have general responsibility for ensuring that discussion is conducted in an orderly fashion and that speakers are not interrupted except as provided for in these Standing Orders.They shall enforce any time limits and other matters recommended by Steering Committee and approved by Congress by simple majority vote.
  6. Every previously prioritised motion, amendment or report shall be proposed by a member of the Executive Team or a delegate from a Member Organisation and shall thereafter be open for discussion.
  7. No member shall speak more than once on the same question (unless it is a report) except the mover of the original resolution who shall be allowed the right of reply to the discussion immediately before the vote is taken.

There will be two rounds of speeches in favour and two against, from pre-nominated speakers in each case.

  1. Voting on resolutions shall take place in the order recommended by Steering Committee and approved by Congress.

Voting on motions shall be by electronic recorded vote through the ZOOM software.

  1. Procedural Motions

The following procedural motions may be moved prior to the commencement of the debate.  Such Procedural Motions shall be moved by the proposer of the procedural motion indicating the procedural motion in the Text Chat for the online platform.  The procedural motion will take place immediately.

9a. A motion that the question be put without further debate;

9b. A motion that the question not be put and that further debate not take place;

9c. A motion that the question be taken in parts specified by the proposer, with each part to be decided upon by the Congress;

9d. A motion to refer (or refer back) the matter to a specified later time or meeting or Officer or Committee or National Council;

9e. A challenge to the Chairperson’s ruling;

9f. A motion of no confidence in the Chairperson;

  1. Procedural motions shall require a seconder and cannot be proposed during a point of order or during the act of voting or during a speech.
  2. The proposer of any procedural motions may speak to it for one minute followed by one speaker against it for one minute. The proposer of the substantive motion shall have priority in speaking against procedural motions except in the case of procedural motions (e) and (f) where the Chairperson shall have priority. The motion shall then be put to a vote without discussion.
  3. When procedural motions (e) or (f) is proposed the Chairperson shall immediately leave the chair until it is determined. If procedural motions (e)is carried the Chairperson shall rule in accordance with the procedural motion. If procedural motions (f) is carried, the Chairperson to whom it relates shall not take the Chair for the remainder of the session
  4. The Chairperson may refuse to put any procedural motion if one of similar effect and related to the same subject matter has been defeated within the previous fifteen minutes.
  5. If procedural motion (a) is carried, the Chairperson shall allow the proposer the right of reply (summation) before proceeding to the vote.
  6. Only one procedural motion may be proposed at any one time; amendments may not be proposed to procedural motions.
  7. A point of order shall take precedence over all other business except the act of voting, unless it relates to the conduct of the vote. It may be raised by any member provided they raise the point immediately and states that they is rising “on a point of order” and specifies the matter to which the point of order relates. A point of order shall relate only to the procedure adopted or to the conduct of the meeting.
  8. The method of voting in USI Elections shall be by electronic vote on the USI Congress 2021 website with each delegate having one vote in each election for which they are eligible to cast a ballot.
  9. Suspension of standing orders may be used to facilitate business which is not on the agenda and that can only be introduced by suspension of Standing Orders. Standing Orders, other than this order and Standing Order number one may be suspended upon a motion to that effect being passed by a two-thirds majority of those present and voting. Such motions shall require a seconder, shall state the purpose for which it is sought to suspend Standing Orders and the maximum period for which they are to be suspended, and shall be put to a vote without discussion. They may not be proposed while a member is speaking on a point of order or during the act of voting. Only that business for which Standing Orders are suspended may be discussed during the suspension. These Standing Orders shall not be changed during the course of Congress.
Proposed Congress Timetable

(Note that this timetable may be subject to change up until adopted formally by the USI Congress in Plenary Session.)

Tuesday 6 April 2021         

  • 9.30      Meeting Opens
  • 10.00    National Council
  • 10.30    President’s Opening
  • 10.45    Election Hustings
  • 13.00    Lunch
  • 13.30    Congress Training
  • 13.45    Policies Due to Expire Session 1
  • 15.00    CLOSE
  • 19.00    Speed Meeting

Wednesday 7 April 2021

  • 9.00       Meeting Opens
  • 9.15       Governance Committee Report
  • 10.30    Academic Affairs
  • (BREAK AT 11.00  – 5 Mins)
  • 12.30    Lunch
  • 13.00    Welfare
  • 14.00    Union Organisation
  • 15.00    Close
  • 19.00    Congress Got Talent

ELECTION POLLS OPEN 15.00.  Close 18.00.

Submission of Emergency Motions CLOSES 19.00

Thursday 8 April 2021

  • 9.00       Meeting Opens
  • 9.15       Constitutional Amendments
  • 9.45       Equality & Citizenship
  • (BREAK at 11.00 – 5 Mins) – Election Results
  • 11.30    Gaeilge
  • 13.00    Lunch
  • 13.30    National & International Affairs
  • 14.30    Emergency Motions / Undiscussed Motions
  • 15.15    Officer Reports
  • 16.00    Close of Congress – President Elect