Bylaws

Name and Acronym
Purpose
Membership and Dues
Affiliation
Meetings of Membership
Member Sanctioned Activities
Standing Committees
Amendments

Article I. Acronym and Definitions

  1. The name of this association shall be the Academic Counselors Association. The official acronym of this association shall be ACA.
  2. A quorum is a simple majority of members present or ballots cast.
  3. All votes are ratified by a simple majority of votes cast in person, by proxy, or electronically.

Article II. Purpose

The Academic Counselors Association was created as a forum for sharing ideas and exchanging information related to the delivery of advising services at The University of Texas at Austin. A primary goal is to provide its members with opportunities for professional development and peer support, ultimately building a network of resources to enhance student access in college. Equally important is the representation and promotion of the interests of academic advising within the larger university community.

Article III. Membership and Dues

Section 1. There shall be no discrimination for reasons of religion, age, race or ethnicity, color, sex, marital status, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation.

Section 2. Types of Membership

1. Eligibility

Membership shall be open to faculty members, administrators, counselors and staff at The University of Texas at Austin. Members must be eligible to participate as outlined by The University Office of the Dean of Students and the Office of the Vice President for Business Affairs, and agree to abide by the rules and regulations of The University. Individuals shall become members in good standing upon payment of dues.

2. Rights of Membership

Members in good standing shall be eligible to vote, hold office, and attend meetings of the association, and are entitled to all the services and benefits provided by the association.

 

Section 3. Dues

The establishment of dues shall be the responsibility of the Executive Committee and shall be administered in accordance with the rules and regulations regarding accounting as set forth by The University Office of the Dean of Students. Any change in the dues shall require a vote of the membership.

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Article IV. Affiliation

The Academic Counselors Association at The University of Texas at Austin will be affiliated with the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).

Article V. Meetings of Membership

Section 1. The membership shall meet at scheduled times as determined by the calendar devised by the Executive Committee. The calendar year shall run from August to July. Special interest meetings of the membership shall be held with the approval of the Executive Committee. The calendar year shall run from August to July. Special interest meetings of the membership shall be held with the approval of the Executive Committee.

Section 2. The Program Chair(s) is responsible for the preparation of the agenda with the advice and approval of the Executive Committee. Individual members shall submit agenda items to the Executive Committee in advance of the meeting.

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Article VI. Member-sanctioned Activities

All actions purposing to have official consensus of ACA shall be presented to the membership at a regularly scheduled meeting.

Article VII. Standing Committees

Section 1. Executive Committee

The Executive Committee of ACA shall be comprised of the President, Vice-President/Program Chair, President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, Historian, and Communications Coordinator. Any of these positions may be shared by no more than two members, if they so chose to run as a team. These offices shall be elected by a vote of the membership. A member may not hold the same office for more than three years consecutively. The President of ACA shall be the Chair of the Executive Committee.

A. President-President runs the general ACA meetings. Provides the agenda for and facilitates Executive Committee meetings to plan and discuss upcoming projects and events; represents ACA on the Educational Policy Committee; represents ACA on the Provost Council for Academic Advising; involves members in committees and delegates responsibilities. Keeps lists of objectives, and establishes regular meeting times for ACA in consultation with the Executive Committee. Assists in program planning, fund-raising, and represents ACA when the occasion arises. Ensures that accounts are cleared and provides a written year-end report, including a financial report compiled by the treasurer to the membership. Provides orientation for, and turns over all materials to, successor.

B. Vice President/Program Chair - in absence of the President or at the request of the President, performs the President's duties. Serves as program chairperson for ACA: conducts membership survey regarding ACA projects, programs and social events; reserves rooms, sets dates, agenda and program content for meetings in consultation with the President; recruits sponsors to provide refreshments for general meetings. Coordinates and assists chairpersons of committees. Coordinates activities to welcome new members to ACA. Provides orientation for, and turns over all materials to, successor.

C. Treasurer - sets up account for new officers: makes deposits and writes checks for reimbursements and payments through the bank; maintains accurate banking records of all events sponsored by ACA. Registers ACA with the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development and the Vice-President of Business Affairs. Renews NACADA membership annually. Must be ex officio member of all committees involving money. Produces a financial report for the membership. Keeps ACA roster updated and distributed. Co-owner of ACA e-mail distribution list. Provides orientation for, and turns over all materials to, successor.

D. Secretary - records and distributes minutes of each general ACA meeting to membership; carries on correspondence as necessary. Secretary shall be Chair of Nominations Committee and is responsible for administering the election process of new officers. Co-owner of ACA e-mail distribution list. Provides orientation for, and turns over all materials to, successor.

E. Historian - keeps photos and records of ACA events documenting annual projects and programs. Edits and publishes ACA newsletter each semester highlighting programs and members in individual colleges/schools and departments. Is responsible for ACA's inventory of materials and equipment. Must be member of at least one other standing committee with the exception of Advisory Council. Provides orientation for, and turns over all materials to, successor.

F. Communications Coordinator - serves as the official press agent for ACA. Coordinates all press releases, website information, and e-mail correspondence with the public. In partnership with the President, serves as main fundraising agent for the association. Must be ex officio member of any committee receiving donations or any committees involving web redesign, public relations, etc. and serves on the FUNdraising Committee. Provides orientation for, and turns over all materials to, successor.

G. President-Elect - shall be elected for the term of one year to observe the administration of the association. At the end of his/her term, the President-Elect shall automatically become the President for a term of one year. The President-Elect chairs the ACA Advisory Council. Provides orientation for, and turns over all materials to, successor.

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Section 2. ACA Advisory Council

The ACA Advisory Council shall be comprised of a cross-section of the ACA general membership and additional non-members at the President's discretion. The President-Elect, in consultation with the outgoing ACA President, shall appoint council members to serve a 2-year term to begin on August 1 of the academic year. The outgoing ACA President will automatically be appointed for a one-year term on the Advisory Council. The charge of the ACA Advisory Council shall be to provide advice and feedback to the ACA Executive Committee and the ACA general membership. The ACA Advisory Council shall take proactive measures to review trends in the academic advising profession and their impact on the University of Texas community. All proposals from the ACA Advisory Council must go to the ACA Executive Committee for approval, which will then decide what action(s) should be taken.

Section 3. Nominations Committee

The Nominations Committee oversees nominations for, and election of, ACA officers. The Nominations Committee will solicit nominations from the ACA membership for officer positions listed in Article VII, Section 1. If there are no nominations for one or more positions, the Nominations Committee will solicit members directly for those positions. The Nominations Committee sends election ballots to voting members, tallies the ballots received, ratifies the elections, and reports on election results to current President. The Secretary shall be the Chair of the Nominations Committee. Provides orientation for, and turns over all materials to, successor.

Section 4. Professional Development Day Committee

The Professional Development Day Committee plans ACA's annual Professional Development Day event. The chair of the Professional Development Day Committee shall be chosen by vote, by appointment of the membership, or by the President. Interested volunteers shall make up the membership of the Professional Development Day Committee. At least one Executive Committee member should be a member of the Professional Development Day Committee. Provides orientation for, and turns over all materials to, successor.

Section 5. Holiday Party Committee

The Holiday Party Committee plans ACA's annual Holiday Party. The chair of the Holiday Party Committee shall be chosen by vote, by appointment of the membership, or by the President. Interested volunteers shall make up the membership of the Holiday Party Committee. At least one Executive Committee member should be a member of the Holiday Party Committee. Provides orientation for, and turns over all materials to, successor.

Section 6. Annual Advising Event Committee

The Annual Advising Event Committee plans ACA's yearly campus-wide advising event. The chair of this Committee shall be chosen by vote, by appointment of the membership, or by the President. Interested volunteers shall make up the membership of this Committee. At least one Executive Committee member should be a member of the Annual Advising Event Committee. Provides orientation for, and turns over all materials to, successor.

Section 7. Awards and Recognition Committee

The Awards and Recognition Committee meets as needed to oversee, nominate, and/or award professional development and student scholarships, ACA advising awards, and NACADA award nominations. This committee will be appointed by the President and will contain no less than 5 members from different units on campus. The President will be a member of this committee and will appoint a Chair of the committee. The Treasurer will be an ad-hoc member of the Awards and Recognition Committee when monies are being distributed. Provides orientation for, and turns over all materials to, successor.

Section 8. FUNdraising Committee

Coordinates fundraising efforts for ACA scholarships, awards, and other endeavors and promotes social interaction among ACA members. This committee focuses on internal fun and funds, and works in collaboration with the Communications Coordinator and ACA officers. Interested volunteers shall make up the membership of the committees. Provides orientation for, and turns over all materials to, successor.

Section 9. Resources for Ongoing Advisor Development (R.O.A.D.) Committee

The R.O.A.D. Committee generates, sponsors, coordinates, and serves as a clearinghouse for professional development opportunities for advising professionals on campus. It promotes the benefits of professional development for all advising professionals. Interested volunteers shall make up the membership of the committees. Provides orientation for, and turns over all materials to, successor.

Section 10. Mentor Program Committee

The Mentor Program Committee supplements professional training by connecting new ACA members with experienced ACA members. This program provides a support system and encourages involvement in ACA, NACADA, and other professional development opportunities. Interested volunteers shall make up the membership of the committees. Provides orientation for, and turns over all materials to, successor.

Section 11. All other committees shall be ad hoc and, as such, be formed by ACA membership when such need arises. The chair of each committee shall be chosen by vote, by appointment of the active membership, or by the President. Interested volunteers shall make up the membership of the committees.

Article VIII. Amendments

Any proposed amendment(s) to the by-laws of ACA shall be made available to the membership electronically and/or at a regularly scheduled meeting at least thirty (30) days before a vote is taken on the proposed amendment. At any time, a member of ACA may propose an amendment to the Secretary. The Executive Committee will then constitute a By-laws Committee on an ad-hoc basis to review proposed amendments.

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