The name “HSG Alumni” denotes an association within the meaning of Arts. 60ff. of the Swiss Civil Code, which unites current and former students of the University of St.Gallen (HSG).
The association is based in the City of St. Gallen.
1) The association shall aim to foster ties among current and former students, as well their relations and exchange with their University, and to promote lifelong learning and an allround exchange of experience. Furthermore, the association shall aim to support the University of St.Gallen financially, in particular in teaching, research and executive education, above and beyond what can be achieved with public funds.
2) In order to pursue these objects, the association shall develop projects and offer its members services in selected areas. In particular it shall
1) In order to attain its object, the association may create suitable organisations and motivate members to engage in pro bono activities.
2) In order to attain the objects of the association, the association may hold shares in companies, including through the establishment of companies.
1) The member categories shall be “active members”, “community members” and “honorary members”.
2) Every active member shall be eligible to vote and have one vote. Active members shall actively contribute towards the promotion of the object of the association.
3) Active membership may be acquired by the following private individuals:
4) Community membership shall be granted on the strength of the University of St.Gallen’s performance mandate to HSG Alumni in the University Statutes to all the students enrolled at the University of St.Gallen at the Bachelor’s Level and/or the Master’s Level or to doctoral students, as well as graduates after their studies provided they do not waive their community membership. The Executive Board may provide that further categories of persons, such as students of the executive education Master’s programmes of the University of St.Gallen, may become community members.
5) Community members shall not have any obligations and do not have a vote but may be consulted concerning important business.
6) The association meeting may appoint honorary members. Their status shall be regulated by the Executive Board.
1) Membership shall expire through resignation, expulsion or death.
2) Any member may resign by means of a written declaration of resignation to the Alumni Office, with an e-mail being sufficient therefor.
3) Active members shall also have the option of changing to community membership instead of resigning.
4) Any membership fees paid before resignation or changeover to community membership shall not be reimbursed.
The association may organise itself in subgroups (chapters, clubs or national organisations). The regulation thereof shall be incumbent on the Executive Board.
The organs of the association shall be
1) The association shall annually hold an Ordinary General Meeting.
2) An Extraordinary General Meeting shall be held on the strength of a resolution of the Executive Board or if 500 voting members demand one such.
3) The General Meeting shall have the following powers:
4) The Executive Board shall invite the voting members to the General Meeting at least 15 calendar days in advance, such invitation to be sent by post or by e-mail to the last known address, with a list of the agenda items.
5) Voting members submit motions for additional business until 10 days before the General Meeting at the latest, either by post or by e-mail to the Executive Board.
6) The General Meeting may be conducted physically and/or virtually through suitable technical platforms.
7) Community members may participate in the General Meeting as guests.
1) Unless expressly otherwise agreed, the General Meeting makes its decisions and conducts its elections by an open vote of a majority of the voting members present.
2) Any complete or partial revision of the Statutes may only be decided by a majority of two thirds of the votes cast.
3) In elections, a relative majority shall be decisive in the second voting round.
4) Decisions may also be made
1) The Executive Board of the association shall consist of the President and a minimum of 5 further members who are elected for 3 years by the General Meeting.
2) The Executive Board directs the association; in particular, the following functions are incumbent on it:
3) The meetings of the Executive Board shall be convened by the President. They may be conducted virtually through suitable technical platforms or by telephone. The Executive Board may make decisions regarding motions ta-bled by the President by circular resolution, by letter post, e-mail or online survey.
4) The President of the University, the Delegate for Executive Education and the President of the Student Union may be invited to Executive Board meetings in an advisory capacity.
The association shall have an office, which is run by the Chief Executive Officer. The Alumni Office shall support the Executive Board in its activities and be responsible for the operative implementation of projects and activities. The Executive Board shall issue business rules. The Alumni Office shall receive its directives from the President and report to the President.
The auditors shall be appointed by the General Meeting for 3 years. The auditors shall annually audit the financial statement of the association and submit a written report to the Ordinary General Meeting.
The financial year of the association shall be identical with the calendar year.
The financial resources of the association shall consist of
Solely the assets of the associations shall be liable for any obligations.
1) Active members shall pay a membership fee, which shall be determined annually by the General Meeting.
2) Active members who fail to pay their membership fee despite a reminder may be converted to community members. The Executive Board shall regulate any details.
3) Community members shall not pay an annual membership fee.
1) The association may provide its members with services related to the objects pursued by the association.
2) The use of services provided by the association may be subject to payment and/or reserved for active members. Any details shall be regulated by the Executive Board.
1) The processing of personal data by the association shall be regulated in Data Processing Regulations. The General Meeting shall at least regulate the fundamentals and determine the purposes for which member data may be used and the extent to which such data may be disclosed to third parties for the pursuit of the objects of the association. The regulation of any details may be delegated to the Executive Board.
2) In particular, the association shall be entitled to exchange member data with the University of St.Gallen. For this purpose, the Executive Board shall draw up a data processing agreement with the University of St.Gallen.
3) The members’ contact data shall be accessible to the other members unless a member has objected to publica-tion (opt-out possibility in the profile).
4) Any public publication of members’ contact data or disclosing member data for commercial purposes shall be contingent on the consent granted by the members concerned.
5) As a rule, communication with members shall be conducted by e-mail or other electronic means of communication. Members shall make their current e-mail address available for this purpose.
1) The association shall be dissolved by resolution of the General Meeting if a minimum of three fourths of the voting members present approve the motion for dissolution. Motions for dissolution shall be made known to the members with the invitation to the General Meeting.
2) In the case of dissolution, the assets of the association shall be passed on to the University of St.Gallen as a special fund.
Art. 21 Entry into force
The Statutes shall replace those of 17 May 2018 and shall enter into force pursuant to the resolution of the General Meeting of 15 November 2021.
Please note: this translation is provided for information purposes only and has no legal force.