By-Laws

Colorado College Chapter
of the American Association of University Professors

Article I: Name

The name of this organization is the Colorado College Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP or the Association).

Article II: 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 to act in harmony with the principles and procedures of the national Association and its constitution;

2. Facilitate the cooperation of teachers and research scholars within academe for the promotion of the interests of higher education and research, and in general to increase the usefulness and advance the standards, principles, and welfare of the profession;

3. Defend academic freedom at Colorado College and throughout academe;

4. Encourage faculty participation in governance at Colorado College;

5. Support and advance transparent, equitable, and inclusive practices in the academic program and in all college procedures at Colorado College inclusive of all races, ethnicities, national origins, genders, ages, religions, gender identities or expressions, disabilities, sexual orientations, and intellectual perspectives.

6. Protect and advance the professional status and interests of all faculty;

7. Facilitate the dissemination of information on higher education principles and practices;

8. Inform the academic community about AAUP standards and policy statements; and

9. Develop necessary and proper chapter programs for the accomplishment of the aforementioned purposes.

In order to further these purposes, the chapter may conduct studies; disseminate statistics and other information; engage in appropriate fundraising activities; conduct promotional activities, including advertising and publicity, in or by any suitable manner of media; gather and administer funds and employ staff as necessary to accomplish its purposes under Article II. This chapter is organized and operated for the above stated purposes, and for other nonprofit purposes. No part of any assets, income, or profits generated by activities of the chapter shall be distributable to, or inure to the benefit of, any individual, except in consideration of services rendered.

Article III: Members

Eligibility for membership in this chapter shall extend to all current and retired faculty members at Colorado 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 IV: Officers and Organization

The officers of this organization shall be the president, vice president, and secretary- treasurer. The term of office shall be two years. Officers may serve no more than two consecutive terms.

 Chapter members who serve on the Faculty Executive Committee cannot run or serve as chapter officers.President: The duties of the president shall include carrying out the policies of the chapter, appointing all subcommittees and/or working groups 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 working groups and/or subcommittees.

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 secretary-treasurer to furnish the national Association with the names of the officers of the chapter and a copy of the chapter bylaws, and to conduct the correspondence of the chapter as needed. Should funds be raised for a particular purpose voted upon by the chapter, the secretary-treasurer shall keep an accurate record of all funds received and disbursed. Should the chapter have its own funds, the secretary-treasurer shall prepare an annual chapter budget and report of finances and submit them for approval to the members. 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 V: 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 be conducted either by anonymous survey 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 VI: Committees

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 secretary-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, especially among junior faculty.

C. Investigations Committee

The investiations committee shall be representiatives of the chapter on campus investations matters. The investigation, which will be carried out by this committee will consit of members with no previous involvement in the situation.

D. Other subcommittees and/or Working Groups

The chapter may create working groups and/or subcommittees as necessary to promote the goals of the chapter. The chair and members of these committees shall be appointed with the agreement of the president and the other members of the executive committee. The issues working groups and/or subcommittees may be organized to address include, but are not limited to, the following:  academic freedom and tenure; administrative climate and growth; the anti-racist initiative; a faculty code of conduct; faculty compensation; faculty governance; women’s concerns; and  procedure and process for complaints against faculty.

Article VII: Meetings

The chapter shall hold regular meetings at least twice each academic year, or more frequently as agreed to by the membership.

Special meetings of the chapter may be called by the president or a majority of the executive committee. 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.

Associate members cannot be present at chapter meetings unless specifically invited to address the members. Invitation to attend the meeting must be in writing.

Article VIII: Dissolution

Upon dissolution of the chapter, any assets shall be distributed to the Association, a  professional association.

Article IX: Amendments

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.

Article X: Rules of Order

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

Enacted this 20th day of November in the year 2020.

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