AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY PROFESSORS
Gary, IN 46408
IUN-AAUP Home Page: http://www.iun.edu/~aaupnw
Article I- Name
The name of this organization is the Indiana University Northwest chapter of the American Association of University Professors
Article II - Purposes The Purposes of this chapter are to:
Article III - Members
The membership of this chapter shall be limited to those persons who are National members of the American Association of University Professors with the status of Full-time, Entrant, Part-time, Emeritus, or Graduate Student Member.
Chapter membership shall become effective upon payment of chapter dues in an amount determined by the Executive Committee and as approved by a two-thirds vote at a meeting of the chapter in accordance with the procedures specified in Article V - Dues. Notification of membership in the chapter shall be the responsibility of the chapter Executive Committee.
Article IV- Officers and Organization
The officers of this organization shall be a president, vice president, 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 a general supervision over the activities of the chapter, and presiding at meetings of the chapter and Executive Committee. The president shall supervise the regular and continuous recruitment of new members, using suggestions supplied by National AAUP and others as may be applicable to the institution. In the absence of the president, the vice president shall serve in the president's stead. The president shall be a member ex officio of all committees, but the president shall not be counted in determining a quorum in these committees.
Vice President: The duties of the vice president shall include those usually appertaining to the office and those delegated by the president.
Secretary: The duties of the secretary shall include keeping a record of all proceedings, and correspondence of the chapter, certifying chapter delegates to the Annual Meeting, preparing newsletters for distribution to the faculty [in the absence of another person delegated that responsibility], maintaining official contact with the National Association, its officers and staff.
Treasurer: The treasurer shall receive the dues of the members and keep an accurate record of all money received and of all disbursements, promote the establishment of dues deduction to facilitate the recruitment and retention of members, prepare an annual budget and report of finances, and submit for approval an annual chapter budget. The treasurer shall preside at meetings and assume responsibility for the leadership of the chapter in the absence or withdrawal of the president, vice president, and secretary, and until a new Executive Committee can be elected.
When an officer has resigned or is disqualified, the office shall be filled by a special election of the chapter. 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 unexpired term.
Article V- Dues
Article VI- Committees
The Executive Committee shall consist of the elected officers of the chapter, the immediate past president, and [two] members 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 constitution. 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 the institution, keeping all positions on the executive committee filled as vacancies occur. Among the duties of the Executive Committee are the following:
The names of all candidates shall be sent to members by the secretary at least one month before the chapter election meeting. Additional nominations of candidates for elective office may be submitted from the floor by an active member of the chapter. A plurality of votes shall be required for election to any office.
Standing Committees A chapter may create standing and ad hoc committees from time to time as they are deemed necessary to promote the welfare of the chapter s program at the institution. The chair and members of these committees shall be appointed by the Executive Committee. Some standing committees may be as follows:
Academic freedom and tenure
Status of women and minorities
Accreditation of colleges and universities
Membership, elections, dues, and chapter organization
Relationships with local, state, and federal governments
Faculty participation in college and university governance
Article VII- Meetings
The chapter shall hold regular meetings, not less than twice each academic year.
Special meetings of the chapter may be called by the president or a majority of the Executive Committee. Written or e-mail notice of such meetings shall be provided each member by the secretary of the chapter at least five days in advance of the date selected. The president shall call special meetings of the chapter within seven days when directed by the Executive Committee or by petition signed by ten percent of the members of the chapter.
The quorum required for the transaction of business at all meetings of the chapter shall consist of 20 percent of the active members of the chapter.
Article VIII - Amendments
This constitution may be amended by the three-fourths (3/4) affirmative vote of a quorum of the chapter at a regular or special meeting, provided that a 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 (30) days prior to the meeting. A petition of ten (10) percent of the chapter membership may also initiate amendments. The approval of two-thirds (2/3) of the active membership responding to a written ballot under the preparatory conditions cited above shall also constitute approval.
Roberts Rules of Order Revised shall be the authority for this chapter in matters of procedure not specified above.