Article I: Name
The name of this organization is the Fort Lewis College Advocacy chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP or the Association).
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 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 Fort Lewis College and throughout academe;
4. Encourage faculty participation in governance at Fort Lewis College
5. Protect and advance the professional status and interests of all faculty and staff;
6. Facilitate the dissemination of information on higher education principles and practices;
7. Inform the academic community about AAUP standards and policy statements;
8. Improve the working and learning conditions at Fort Lewis College; and
9. 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; to employ individuals to further its purposes under Article II; and to take actions to further the interests of FLC faculty, staff, and students and of higher education in general. This chapter is organized and operated for the above stated purposes, and for other nonprofit purposes. No part of its assets, income, or profits shall be distributable to, or inure to the benefit of, any individual, except in consideration of services rendered.
Eligibility for membership in this chapter shall extend to all current and retired faculty members and staff at Fort Lewis College who are national members of the American Association of University Professors, except for associate members. All chapter members may vote in chapter matters.
The FLC AAUP chapter shall be governed by a 7 member council. The term of office shall be one year. Council members must be members in good standing. Council members may serve no more than two consecutive terms. Regular elections to replace council members shall take place in the spring term.
The Council members shall elect a chair who will serve for 2 months. Chairs can be reelected up to 3 consecutive times.
When a council member 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 council is empowered to fill vacancies until a special election is held. The person so elected shall hold office for the remainder of the term.
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 be 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.
A. Executive Committee
The executive committee shall consist of the elected officers of the chapter, the immediate past president, and two members elected at large. The majority 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. The executive committee shall:
1. Meet regularly;
2. Respond to faculty members seeking assistance;
3. Conduct the business of the chapter between meetings;
4. Regularly recruit members and encourage maintenance of membership;
5. Make necessary appointments to complete an unexpired term of any officer;
6. Set the agenda with appropriate notice for chapter meetings;
7. Consult regularly with the administration on matters of mutual interest; and
8. Respond to inquiries from the media.
B. Membership Committee
The membership committee shall regularly recruit new members and encourage the maintenance of membership. Working with the treasurer and other applicable chapter officers, the committee shall promote the establishment of a dues deduction plan and other appropriate plans to encourage membership recruitment and maintenance.
C. 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:
Academic Freedom and Tenure
Status of Women and minorities
Accreditation of colleges and universities
Elections, dues, and chapter organization
Relations with local, state, and federal governments
Faculty participation in college governance
Compensation, workload and climate for faculty and staff
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 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 15 percent of the members.
Upon dissolution of the chapter, its assets shall be distributed to the Association, a charitable and educational organization.
These bylaws may be amended by majority vote of the members, provided that a notice setting forth the proposed amendment or amendments an explanation thereof and known objections thereto shall have been sent to each member at least thirty days prior to the vote. Any member of the chapter may initiate an amendment.
Roberts Rules of Order Revised shall be the authority for this chapter in matters of procedure not specified above.
Enacted this 3rd day of December in the year 2013.