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Student Chapter and Student Affiliate Chapter Model Bylaws
    Article 1. Name and ASLA Affiliation
    Article 2. Purpose
    Article 3. Sponsorship and Support
    Article 4. Chapter Membership
    Article 5. ASLA Designation, Seal, and Logo
    Article 6. Public Statements
    Article 7. Chapter Dues
    Article 8. Executive Committee and Elections
    Article 9. Committees
    Article 10. Meetings and Votes
    Article 11. Ratification and Amendments
    Article 12. Disbandment

    Supplemental Guidelines

    Article 1.  Name and ASLA Affiliation

    101.  The name of the organization shall be the [insert name and “Student” or “Student Affiliate”] Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, hereinafter referred to as the Chapter.  The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) will be referred to as the Society.  Terms that are common to both the Chapter and the Society, e.g., president or executive committee, will refer to the Chapter unless otherwise specified.

    102.  The Chapter shall operate in accordance with these Bylaws as an autonomous organization endorsed by and affiliated with the Society.  Membership in the Chapter and payment of Chapter dues are separate and apart from membership in the Society and payment of national Student Member or Student Affiliate Member dues.  While membership in both the Chapter and the Society is beneficial and encouraged, Chapter membership is not restricted to Student and/or Student Affiliate Members of the Society.

    Article 2.  Purpose

    201.  The purpose of the Society is the advancement of knowledge, education, and skill in the art and science of landscape architecture as an instrument of service in the public welfare.  To this end the Society promotes the profession of landscape architecture and advances the practice through advocacy, education, communication, and fellowship.

    202.  The purpose of the Chapter shall be to bring students together through organized activities that:  1) are consistent with the purpose and policies of the Society; 2) enhance understanding of the Society, the profession, and related disciplines; 3) improve skills and knowledge and complement the educational curriculum; and 4) encourage participation in the programs and activities of the Society, its professional chapters, and other student and student affiliate chapters.

    Article 3.  Sponsorship and Support

    301.  The Chapter shall have a coordinator designated by the executive committee of its sponsoring ASLA professional chapter.  The coordinator shall be a Full or Associate Member of the Society and shall attend Chapter meetings.  The coordinator and the Chapter president shall serve as liaisons for the Chapter to its sponsoring ASLA professional chapter, supporting educational institution, and the Society.

    302.  The Chapter shall have a faculty advisor designated by the Executive Committee of the Chapter.  The advisor shall be a faculty member of the supporting program and a Full, Associate, or Affiliate Member of the Society.

    Article 4.  Chapter Membership

    401.  Membership in the Chapter is separate and apart from membership in the Society.  While membership in both the Chapter and the Society is beneficial and encouraged, Chapter membership is not restricted to Student and/or Student Affiliate Members of the Society.

    402.  Membership in the Chapter shall be extended to all interested students of landscape architecture and students enrolled in related courses of study at its supporting educational institution.

    403.  Chapter members in good standing shall uphold the Bylaws of the Chapter; abide by the policies of the supporting educational institution; and shall not be in arrears in dues or other financial obligation to the Chapter.

    404.  Membership in the Chapter may be revoked for failure to uphold the Bylaws of the Chapter or abide by the policies of its supporting educational institution.

    Article 5.  ASLA Designation, Seal, and Logo

    501.  The official designation of the Chapter shall be the [insert name and “Student” or “Student Affiliate”] Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.  The seal or logo of the Society may be used with the official Chapter designation, or the abbreviated designation, [insert name and “Student” or “Student Affiliate”] Chapter, ASLA, for business and professional purposes such as Chapter stationery, documents, publications, directories, signs, and websites.  The Chapter designation and the seal or logo of the Society shall not be used to indicate that a firm, company, or any other group, organization, or institution is a member of or has any standing in the Society.

    Article 6.  Public Statements

    601.     The Executive Committee may issue public statements in the name of the Chapter.  However, such Chapter statements shall not be contrary in any way to the public policies of the Society as established by the Board of Trustees.  No public statements shall be issued by the Executive Committee purporting to have the approval of the Society or its sponsoring professional chapter without first obtaining the written consent of the executive vice president of the Society and the president of its sponsoring professional chapter, except in the case of a direct quote from an officially adopted and published public policy of the Society.

    Article 7.  Chapter Dues

    701.  Payment of Chapter dues is separate and apart from payment of national Student Member and Student Affiliate Member dues.  While membership in both the Chapter and the Society is beneficial and encouraged, Chapter membership is not restricted to Student and/or Student Affiliate Members of the Society.

    702.  The Chapter may establish dues for its members and collect and disburse such funds as are necessary for its operations and accomplishing its purpose.

    703.  Dues amounts shall be proposed by the Executive Committee and approved by an affirmative vote by a majority of the membership.  Dues shall be collected and maintained in a manner consistent with the policies and procedures of the supporting educational institution.

    704.  All dues and funds collected shall be for the exclusive use of the Chapter in accomplishing its purpose.

    705.  No Chapter funds, property, or other assets shall inure to the benefit of any person.

    706.  All Chapter funds, property, and other assets shall become the funds, property, and assets of the supporting educational institution in accordance with its policies and procedures on disbandment of the Chapter.

    Article 8.  Executive Committee and Elections

    801.  The Chapter shall be administered by an Executive Committee composed of the elected officers and may include such additional, elected at-large members as deemed necessary for effective Chapter operations.  The officers shall be the president, the vice president, and the secretary and the treasurer or the secretary/treasurer.

    802.  The Executive Committee may act for an officer of the Chapter, or cause appropriate action to be taken, when the failure of an officer to act results in or may result in an adverse impact on the Chapter.

    803.  The terms of Chapter officers shall be a minimum of one (1) year.  No individual shall serve concurrently in more than one (1) elected office.

    804.  Officers shall be currently enrolled students at the supporting educational institution of the Chapter.

    805.  The Chapter president shall be a [insert “Student Member” if a student chapter or “Student Affiliate Member” if a student affiliate chapter] of the Society.

    806.  Elections shall be conducted in a manner consistent with the policies and procedures of the supporting educational institution.

    807.  Nominations may be put forward by any Chapter member at a regular meeting of the Chapter membership.

    808.  Vacancies occurring during term in Executive Committee positions shall be filled for the balance of the term by a majority vote of the Executive Committee.

    Article 9.  Committees

    901.  The Executive Committee may establish, assign, and dissolve the committees necessary for accomplishing the purpose of the Chapter.

    Article 10.  Meetings and Votes

    1001.  Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern the conduct of business at meetings of the Chapter and its Executive Committee.

    1002. Regular meetings of the Chapter shall be held on a schedule determined by the Executive Committee.

    1003.  More than one-half (1/2) of all Chapter members present in person shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business by the Chapter.  More than one-half (1/2) of the entire voting membership of the Executive Committee present in person shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business by the Executive Committee.

    1004.  All motions committing the Chapter to any policy or action shall be put to a vote at a duly called meeting of the Chapter membership.  Provided a quorum is present, all motions shall be approved by a majority of the votes cast.

    Article 11.  Ratification and Amendments

    1101.  Ratification of these Bylaws shall require an affirmative vote by a majority of the membership present and voting at a regular meeting of the Chapter; and shall be subject to approval by the executive committee of the sponsoring ASLA professional chapter and acceptance under the policies and procedures of the supporting educational institution.

    1102.  Proposed amendments may be sponsored by members of the Chapter.  The sponsor shall prepare the proposed amendment in writing and shall secure the endorsement of one or more members of the Chapter.

    1103.  The sponsor shall submit the proposed amendment to the Executive Committee for review to ensure consistency with the Chapter Bylaws and for assistance in rectifying any inconsistency.

    1104.  The president shall place the proposed amendment on the agenda for presentation to the membership at the next regular meeting, and on the agenda for action by the membership at the following regular meeting.  An affirmative vote by a majority of the Chapter members present and voting shall be required for approval.

    1105.  Amendments shall require approval by the executive committee of the sponsoring ASLA professional chapter and acceptance under the policies and procedures of the supporting educational institution for final adoption.

    1106.  Should any conflict arise between these Bylaws and the policies and procedures of the supporting educational institution, the secretary of the Society will work with the Chapter to resolve the issue.

    1107.  Copies of the Chapter Bylaws and any amendments thereto shall be filed with the professional chapter coordinator and the faculty advisor and shall be made available on request.

    Article 12.  Disbandment

    1201.  The Chapter may voluntarily disband by a petition to the executive committee of its sponsoring ASLA professional chapter.  If the executive committee of the sponsoring professional chapter concurs with the request, it shall forward the petition to the Executive Committee of the Society.  Disbandment shall become effective on the date of acceptance of the petition by the Executive Committee of the Society.

    1202.  The Chapter may be disbanded by the Executive Committee of the Society on the recommendation of its sponsoring ASLA professional chapter, provided the Chapter is duly notified of the charges against it, given a fair hearing of the charges, and a fair opportunity to respond.  Disbandment by the Executive Committee of the Society shall become effective on the date specified by the Executive Committee of the Society.


    Supplemental Guidelines

    These Guidelines are intended to assist Student Chapters and Student Affiliate Chapters in carrying out chapter operations.  The Guidelines supplement the Student Chapter and Student Affiliate Chapter Model Bylaws and follow the same order.  The model bylaws set out the minimum requirements for the operation of a student chapter.  In recognition that an academic institution may have specific requirements for the operation of a student organization, many of the sections that might be found in a set of bylaws are instead found in the following guidelines.  Student and Student Affiliate Chapters must operate within the student organization regulations of their sponsoring educational institution, and chapter organizers should work closely with the institution in establishing both their bylaws and operational guidelines within the student group/club regulations of their school.

    Chapter Membership

    It is important to remember that membership in the Chapter is separate and apart from membership in the Society.  While membership in both the Chapter and the Society is beneficial and encouraged, Chapter membership is not restricted to Student and/or Student Affiliate Members of the Society.

    The period of Chapter membership should be set in accordance with school regulations or for a defined period of time that is concurrent with the school’s term structure.

    Membership privileges should include the right to participate in Chapter meetings, activities, and events; vote in Chapter elections and on other matters requiring a vote by the membership; hold Chapter office; and serve on Chapter committees.

    Chapter Dues

    If the Chapter establishes dues for its members, it is important to remember that payment of Chapter dues is separate and apart from payment of national Student Member and/or national Student Affiliate Member dues.  While membership in both the Chapter and the Society is beneficial and encouraged, Chapter membership is not restricted to Student and/or Student Affiliate Members of the Society.

    The dues period should be concurrent with the period of Chapter membership.

    Executive Committee and Elections

    The Executive Committee should:  plan and organize Chapter activities and events; propose dues amounts for membership approval; oversee disbursement of Chapter funds in accordance with activities and events approved by the membership; set a schedule for regular membership meetings; establish, assign, and dissolve committees as necessary for effective Chapter operations; communicate effectively with the membership, sponsoring professional chapter, supporting program, and the Society; designate a faculty advisor; set election schedules and break ties in elections; fill officer vacancies occurring during term; create additional, elected at-large Executive Committee positions if necessary for effective Chapter operations; review proposed Bylaws amendments; and perform such other duties as may be necessary to accomplish the purpose of the Chapter.

    The president should:  set the time and agenda for meetings of the Executive Committee; set the agenda for regular meetings of the Chapter; call special meetings of the Chapter; preside at meetings of the Chapter and the Executive Committee; oversee Chapter activities and events; coordinate Chapter communications; in consultation with the Executive Committee, appoint the chairs and members of committees and release appointees for failure to act or other cause; serve as liaison to and a nonvoting member of the executive committee of the sponsoring ASLA professional chapter; and perform such other duties as may be required to fulfill the purpose of the Chapter.

    The vice president should:  assist the president in oversight of Chapter activities and events and coordination of Chapter communications; assume the duties of the president in the absence of the president; and perform such other duties as may be required to fulfill the purpose of the Chapter.

    The secretary should:  prepare and issue notices of Chapter and the Executive Committee meetings; record and maintain the minutes of Chapter and Executive Committee meetings; maintain the Bylaws and other Chapter records; prepare, issue, and receive ballots; administer elections; and perform such other duties as may be required to fulfill the purpose of the Chapter.

    The treasurer should:  oversee chapter finances; maintain a list of Chapter members; collect and deposit all Chapter dues and other funds; disburse such funds in accordance with activities and events approved by the membership; maintain the Chapter accounts, which shall be open at all times to inspection by the Executive Committee; report on Chapter finances at Executive Committee and regular membership meetings; and perform such other duties as may be required to fulfill the purpose of the Chapter.

    Elections should be conducted in accordance with school regulations.

    If not otherwise specified in school regulations, elections should be conducted by ballot of the Chapter membership at a regular Chapter meeting.  Votes should be counted immediately, and the results should be reported prior to the conclusion of the meeting and recorded in the minutes of the meeting.

    The date on which the newly elected officers and any at-large Executive Committee members will assume office should also be announced prior to the conclusion of the meeting and recorded in the minutes of the meeting.

    If there is a tie in the number of votes cast, the Executive Committee should elect one of the nominees to the position by a majority vote of the Executive Committee.

    Committees

    Committee chairs and members should be appointed by the president in consultation with the Executive Committee.

    Reports on committee activity should be scheduled by the president and presented by committee chairs at regular Chapter meetings.

    Meetings and Votes

    Special meetings of the Chapter may be called by the president with reasonable advance notice to the membership.

    Executive Committee meeting dates and times should be set by the president.

    The president should preside at all meetings of the Chapter and the Executive Committee.  The vice president should preside in the absence of the president.

    Election and other votes conducted by ballot at a meeting of the Chapter membership should be counted immediately, and the results should be reported prior to the conclusion of the meeting and recorded in the minutes of the meeting.

    Approved by the ASLA Executive Committee on April 29, 2009