American Association of University Professors: Constitution of the Association

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Article I-Purpose

The name of this Association shall be the American Association of University Professors ("AAUP" or "Association"). Its purpose shall be to facilitate a more effective cooperation among 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.

Article II-Membership

1. There shall be four classes of members:

a. Active Members. Any person who holds a professional position of teacher or researcher or related professional appointment, excluding administrators but including any member of ... a bargaining unit in the American Association of University Professors- Collective Bargaining Congress ("AAUP-CBC") at a college, university, or professional school of similar grade accredited in the United States or Canada, may be admitted to active membership in the Association. However, members of bargaining units in the AAUP-CBC may be admitted to active membership only if they are members of the local organization that serves as bargaining agent.

b. Graduate Student Members. Any person who is, or within the past five years has been, a graduate student may be admitted to graduate student membership. Graduate students members shall· have all rights and privileges accorded to active members under this Constitution, including the right to hold office and to vote in national elections. Graduate student members shall be transferred to active membership as soon as they become eligible.

c. Retired Members. An active member who retires may choose to be transferred to retired membership. Retired members retain all rights and privileges accorded to active members under this Constitution, including the right to hold office and to vote in national elections.

d. Associate Members. Any person not eligible for one of the other three classes of membership may be admitted as an associate member, including members of the general public ... and persons serving as higher education administrators.

2. The admission of members shall require two steps:

a. Application. Application for active, graduate student, and associate membership shall be made to the ... Association.

b. Acceptance and Notification. When an applicant's eligibility has been determined, ... the Association shall inform the applicant promptly of acceptance to membership and ... include the applicant's name in the list of new members sent to chapter officers. A person's membership may be protested, on grounds of eligibility, by an active member of the Association. If a majority of the members of the ...Committee on ...Membership and ...Dues votes to sustain the protest, the person in question ... shall be informed that his or her membership has ceased to be effective.

3. A member may resign by notifying the ... Association, and may be expelled for cause by a two-thirds vote of the Council after opportunity for a hearing. Membership shall be forfeited by nonpayment of dues under conditions to be established by the Council. Membership in good standing with the AAUP shall require that the member remit the dues established by the AAUP.


Article III-Officers

1. The officers of the Association shall be a president, a first vice-president, a second vice-president, and a secretary-treasurer.

2. The terms of office of the foregoing officers shall be two years, and shall expire at the close of the last session of the Annual Meeting following the election of their successors, or, if a meeting of the Council is held after and in connection with the Annual Meeting, at the close of the last session of the Council.

3. ...The president shall preside at meetings of the Association and the Council. …