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AAUP - Chapter Bylaws

Roane State Community College Chapter
American Association of University Professors
Adopted October 4, 2019

Article 1: Name

The name of the organization is the Roane State Community College Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP or the Association).

Article 2: Purposes

The purposes of this chapter are to:

  1. Support the policies and goals of the Association as set forth in Article 1 of the AAUP constitution, and in all matters act in harmony with the principles and procedures of the national Association and its constitution;
  2. Facilitate the cooperation of teachers and research scholars in universities and colleges, and in professional schools of similar grade, for the promotion of the interests of higher education and research, and in general to increase the usefulness and advance the standards, ideals, and welfare of the profession;
  3. Defend academic freedom at Roane State Community College and throughout academe;
  4. Encourage faculty participation in governance at Roane State Community College;
  5. Protect and advance the professional status and interests of all faculty;
  6. Facilitate the dissemination of information on higher education principles and practices;
  7. Inform the academic community about AAUP standards and policy statements; and
  8. Develop necessary and proper chapter programs for the accomplishment of the aforementioned purposes.

In furtherance of the purposes described above, but not in limitation thereof, the chapter shall have power to conduct studies; to disseminate statistics and other information; to engage in appropriate fundraising activities; to conduct promotional activities, including advertising and publicity, in or by any suitable manner of media; to hold such property as is necessary to accomplish its purposes; and to employ individuals to further its purposes under Article 2. This chapter is organized and operated for the above stated purposes, and for other nonprofit purposes. No part of any net earnings shall inure to the benefit of any member.

Article 3: Members

Eligibility for membership in this chapter shall extend to all current and retired faculty members at Roane State Community College who are national members of the American Association of University Professors, except for associate members. All chapter members may vote in chapter matters.

Article 4: Officers and Organization

The officers of this organization shall be a president, vice-president, and secretary-treasurer. The term of office shall not exceed two years. Persons so elected may serve two consecutive terms.

President: The duties of the president shall include carrying out the policies of the chapter, appointing all committees of the chapter, exercising general supervision over the activities of the chapter, and presiding at meetings of the chapter and executive committee. The president shall be a member ex officio of all committees.

Vice-president: The duties of the vice president shall include those usually appertaining to the office and those delegated by the president. In the absence of the president, the vice president shall serve in the president's stead.

Secretary-treasurer: The duties of the secretary-treasurer shall include keeping a record of all proceedings and correspondence of the chapter, certifying chapter delegates to the Association's annual meeting, preparing or overseeing the preparation of newsletters for distribution to the faculty if such shall be desired, and maintaining official contact with the Association. It shall be the duty of the chapter secretary-treasurer to provide the secretary-treasurer of the Association the names of the officers of the chapter and the chapter bylaws and to conduct the correspondence of the chapter with the Association secretary-treasurer. The secretary-treasurer shall keep an accurate record of all funds received and disbursed. At the request of the executive committee, the secretary-treasurer shall prepare an annual chapter budget and report of finances and submit them for approval. Additionally, it shall be the duty of the secretary-treasurer to remit to the Association and/or to the applicable state conference any dues collected on behalf of the Association and/or conference. In the absence of the president and vice-president, the secretary-treasurer shall preside at meetings of the chapter.

When an officer has resigned or is disqualified, the office shall be filled by a special election of the chapter, which shall be held as promptly as is feasible. The executive committee is empowered to fill vacancies in any elective office until a special election is held. The person so elected shall hold office for the remainder of the term. Officers elected by secret ballot shall also serve as chapter delegates/alternates to AAUP meetings and any applicable AAUP state conference meetings in the order listed above.

Article 5: Dues

The chapter may establish chapter dues. Any chapter dues will be established by a secret ballot vote conducted among voting chapter members. The vote may by conducted either by mail ballot or, after reasonable notice, at a regular or special membership meeting. Chapter members must pay current AAUP dues, any mandatory conference dues, and chapter dues.

Article 6: Committees

  1. Executive Committee
    The Executive Committee shall consist of the elected officers of the chapter, the immediate past president, and a member elected at large. It shall act as a governing body of the chapter, but only in pursuit of a prior resolution of the chapter or as needed to uphold the bylaws. The majority of the elected members of the Executive Committee shall constitute a quorum for conduct of business of the committee.
    The Executive Committee shall assume responsibility for the chapter’s continuing effective presence at Roane State Community College, keeping all positions on the Executive Committee filled as vacancies occur. Among the duties of the Executive Committee are the following:
    1. Meet regularly to enable response to any faculty members seeking assistance;
    2. Conduct the business of the chapter between chapter meetings;
    3. Regularly recruit members and encourage maintenance of membership in established members;
    4. Make necessary appointments to complete an unexpired term of any officer;
    5. Set the agenda for chapter meetings;
    6. Consult regularly with the administration on matters of mutual interest; and
    7. Respond to inquiries from the media.
  2. Other Committees
    The chapter may create additional standing and ad hoc committees as necessary to promote the welfare of the chapter. The chair and members of these committees shall be appointed by the executive committee. Some such committees may be, but are not limited to:
    1. Academic freedom and tenure
    2. Status of women and minorities
    3. Professional ethics
    4. Accreditation of colleges and universities
    5. Elections, dues, and chapter organization
    6. Relationships with local, state, and federal governments
    7. Faculty participation in college and university governance
    8. Economic status of the profession

Article 7: Meetings

The chapter shall hold regular meetings at least twice each academic year.

Special meetings of the chapter may be called by the president or a majority of the executive committee. Written notice of such meetings shall be provided each member by the secretary-treasurer of the chapter at least five days in advance of the meeting date. The president shall call special meetings of the chapter within seven days of being so directed by the executive committee or by a petition signed by ten percent of the members.

The quorum required for the transaction of business at all meetings of the chapter shall consist of 20 percent of the members.

Article 8: Dissolution

Upon dissolution of the chapter, its assets shall be distributed to the Association, a charitable and educational organization.

Article 9: Amendments

These bylaws may be amended by the three-fourths affirmative vote of a quorum of the chapter at a regular or special meeting, provided that notice setting forth the proposed amendment or amendments with reasons thereof and setting forth any known objections thereto shall have been sent to each member at least thirty days prior to the meeting. A petition of ten percent of the chapter membership may also initiate amendments. The approval of two-thirds of the active membership responding to a written ballot under the preparatory conditions cited above shall also constitute approval.

Article 10: Procedures

Robert’s Rules of Order Revised shall be the authority for this chapter in matters of procedure not specified above.

Enacted this 4th day of October in the year 2019.


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