Association status overview
Tamy's association status is determined in more detail in the Association Standing Order.
Association status is applied for from Tamy's Executive Board, which either grants or does not grant the applicant association status. In practice, the association status is applied for with a form, and the rules of the association, a list of office-holders and the latest plan of action are appended.
The application can be submitted at any time, but the Executive Board processes applications only four times a year: in February, May, September and December. Applications must be submitted to the Secretary for Organizational Affairs by email no later than the last working day of the month preceding the processing of applications. In spring term, applications must be submitted on 31 January or 30 April at the latest and in autumn term on 31 August or 30 November at the latest.
If there are several student or school associations that hold the same purpose, only one of them can be granted association status. Please note that only associations that hold the association status at the end of the year can be granted financial aid in the following spring.
Association status may be granted to an association of whose members at least half are members of Tamy. A registered association of whose members a minority belongs to Tamy may be granted association status if the association's activities support Tamy's activities and and if the Executive Board considers the number of Tamy's members in the association adequate. The association's activities must be aimed at Tamy's members and promote the intellectual, social and societal aspirations of Tamy's members.
Associations are granted either the status of a student or school association or the status of a hobby association.
Student association status may be granted to an association that is made up of the students of one or more fields of study, degree programmes or schools in the University of Tampere and are members of Tamy. The focus of the association's activities must lie on acting as a link between the members of the association, representing the members and participating in the design and development of the studies the members take.
School association status may be granted to an association that resembles a student association in purpose, but is made up of all the student associations of one or more schools in the University of Tampere.
Hobby association status may be granted to an association that centres around a hobby or a conviction. The purpose and activities of a hobby association may not clash with the purpose and activities of Tamy.
An association who holds Tamy's association status is entitled to
- apply for Tamy's financial support, i.e. the annual financial aid and the project-based project support.
- make motions to Tamy's Executive Board and Council of Representatives.
- make use of other association services offered by Tamy, such as association training and the consultation services offered by the Secretary for Organizational Affairs.
- be heard when Tamy is appointing student representatives to the University's administrative bodies (applies to student and school associations).
In order to maintain Tamy's association status, the association must
- submit an association announcement or apply for financial aid every year.
- deliver its updated rules to the Secretary for Organizational Affairs.
These are the only obligations that come with the association status. Holding the status does not make associations any less independent; Tamy does not interfere with the activities associations with the association status organize. In sum, receiving the association status demonstrates that Tamy considers the association's activities important for Tamy's members and that Tamy wants to support the association in any way it can.
An association can lose its association status if
- the make-up of its members or its actions change significantly.
- the association is caught cheating when it applies for financial support from Tamy.
- the association neglects to leave its association announcement or apply for financial aid for two years in a row.
- the association clearly and repeatedly acts against Tamy's principles.
Tamy's Executive Board is responsible for refusing the association status. If the association so wishes, it can give up its association status at any time by informing the Secretary for Organizational Affairs.