Chapter Bylaws

Passed after a review and comment period by the Appalachian AAUP in August, 2019.


The name of this organization is the Appalachian State University 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 the 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 Appalachian State University and throughout academe;
  4. Encourage faculty participation in governance at Appalachian State University;
  5. Protect and advance the professional status and interests of Appalachian State University faculty and all faculty;
  6. Facilitate the dissemination of information on higher education principles and practices;
  7. Inform the academic community about AAUP standards and policy statements; and
  8. 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 fundraising activities; to conduct promotional activities, including advertising and publicity, in or by any suitable manner of media, such as posters, email messages, blogs and other social media; to hold such property as is necessary to accomplish its purposes; and to employ individuals to further its purposes under Article II. 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 for reimbursement of expenses incurred by prior unanimous agreement of the Executive Committee.


Eligibility for membership in this chapter shall extend to all current and retired faculty members and graduate students at Appalachian State University who are national members of the American Association of University Professors, except for associate members. All chapter members may vote in chapter matters.


The officers of this organization shall be the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The term of office shall be two years. Officers may serve no more than two consecutive terms.

President: The duties of the President shall include carrying out the policies of the chapter, appointing all committees 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 committees.

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: The duties of the Secretary 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 to provide the Treasurer of the Association the names of the officers of the chapter and the chapter bylaws and to conduct the correspondence of the chapter with the Treasurer. In the absence of the President and Vice President, the Secretary shall preside at meetings of the chapter.

Treasurer: The Treasurer shall keep an accurate record of all funds received and disbursed. At the request of the Executive Committee, the treasurer shall prepare an annual chapter budget and report of finances, and submit them for approval. It shall be the duty of the 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, Vice President, and Secretary, the 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.


The chapter may establish chapter dues. Any chapter dues will be established by a vote conducted among voting chapter members. The vote may be conducted either by electronic 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.


  1. Executive Committee
    The Executive Committee shall consist of the elected officers of the chapter and the immediate past president. 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:
    Meet regularly;
    Respond to faculty members seeking assistance;
    Conduct the business of the chapter between meetings;
    Call for nominations for and vote on the chapter's annual Academic Freedom and Faculty Governance Award;
    Regularly recruit members and encourage maintenance of membership;
    Keep the chapter's communication materials up to date;
    Make necessary appointments to complete an unexpired term of any officer;
    Set the agenda with appropriate notice for chapter meetings;
    Consult regularly with the administration on matters of mutual interest, including scheduling the annual chapter meetings with the Provost; and
    Respond to inquiries from the media.

  2. 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, this committee shall encourage membership recruitment and maintenance.

  3. Other Committees
    The chapter may create additional standing and ad hoc committees as necessary to promote the welfare of the chapter and its mission. The chair and members of these committees shall be appointed by the Executive Committee, and may include non-chapter members as the Executive Committee deems appropriate. Some such committees may be, but are not limited to:
    Academic freedom and tenure
    Status of women and minorities
    Professional ethics
    Accreditation of colleges and universities
    Elections, dues, and chapter organization
    Relationships with local, state, and federal governments
    Faculty participation in college and university governance
    Economic status of the profession
    Faculty salaries


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.

Votes will pass with a majority vote of the members present.

Online voting (for example, to amend these bylaws) is allowed, and cases of electronic votes require a quorum of 20% of the chapter membership to vote.


Upon dissolution of the chapter, its assets shall be distributed to the American Association of University Professors, 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.


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