AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY PROFESSORS
Bylaws for University of Missouri-Kansas City Chapter
Article 1- Name
The name of this organization is the University of Missouri - Kansas City Chapter of the
American Association of University Professors
Article II - The purposes of this chapter are to:
Support the policies and goals of the Association as found in Article 1 of its national
"Facilitate a more effective 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."
1. Defend academic freedom at the University of Missouri - Kansas City.
2. Encourage meaningful faculty participation in governance at the University of Missouri -
3. Protect and advance the professional status and interests of faculty, individually and
4. Facilitate the dissemination of information on higher education principles and practices.
5. Inform the academic community about AAUP standards and policy statements.
6. Participate in the state conference of chapters.
7. Develop necessary and proper chapter programs for the accomplishment of the
8. Upon dissolution of the chapter, its assets shall be distributed to National AAUP, a
charitable and educational organization or to a successor chapter organization.
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 various fund- raising activities; to conduct promotional activities, including
advertising and publicity, in or by any suitable manner of media; to hold such property as
is necessary to accomplish its purposes; and to employ individuals to represent the
chapter in lawsuits, negotiations, and for other purposes. This AAUP chapter is organized
and operated for the above stated purposes, and for other nonprofit purposes, and no part
of any net earnings shall inure to the benefit of any member.
Article III – Members
The membership of this chapter shall be limited to those persons who are National members of
the American Association of University Professors.
Chapter membership shall become effective upon payment of chapter dues in an amount
determined by the Executive Committee and as approved by a two-thirds vote at a meeting of the
chapter in accordance with the procedures specified in Article V - Dues. Notification of
membership in the chapter shall be the responsibility of the chapter Executive Committee.
Article IV-Officers and Organization
The officers of this organization shall be a president, vice president/treasurer, secretary,
membership chair, and state conference representative. The term of office shall not exceed two years.
President: The duties of the president shall include carrying out the policies of the chapter,
appointing all committees of the chapter, exercising a 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, but the president shall not be counted in
determining a quorum in these committees. The President has authority to write checks on behalf of the chapter.
Vice President :/ Treasurer: 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. The vice president shall receive the dues of
the members and keep an accurate record of all money received and of all disbursements,
promote the establishment of dues deduction to facilitate the recruitment and retention of
members, prepare an annual budget and report of finances, and submit for approval an annual
chapter budget. The Vice-President has authority to write checks on behalf of the chapter.
Secretary: The duties of the secretary/ treasurer shall include keeping a record of all proceedings,
and correspondence of the chapter, certifying chapter delegates to the Annual Meeting, preparing
newsletters for distribution to the faculty, maintaining official contact with the National
Association, its officers and staff. The secretary shall preside at meetings and assume
responsibility for the leadership of the chapter in the absence or withdrawal of the president, and
vice president, and until a new Executive Committee can be elected.
Membership Chair: The membership chair shall supervise the regular and continuous recruitment
of new members, using suggestions supplied by National AAUP and others as may be applicable
to the institution. The Executive Committee shall constitute the core of the Membership
State Conference Representative: The state conference representative will attend meetings of the Missouri State Conference and is authorized to vote on behalf of the chapter. The state conference representative must be elected by a secret ballot.
Nominations and Elections:
The Executive Committee shall serve as the Nominating Committee. Nominations of candidates
for elective office will be submitted from the floor at a Fall meeting of the chapter. Only active
members of the chapter may submit nominations. Elections shall take place by mail ballot.
Ballots will be sent to active members of the chapter. A plurality of votes shall be required for
election to any office.
Officers must be active members of AAUP and the local chapter. An officer may be removed by
the chapter membership through a 2/3s vote of active members, to be conducted by mail ballot.
When an officer has resigned or is disqualified, the office shall be filled by a special election of
the chapter. The person so elected shall hold office for the remainder of the unexpired term. The
Executive Committee is empowered to fill vacancies in any elective office until a special election
The Executive Committee is authorized to fill various appointed offices that they choose to designate. The exact list of appointed offices will vary, but might include such positions as Webmaster, Faculty Advocate Editor, or Grievance Advisor. If the President or Vice President/Treasurer gives authority in a written letter to the bank, an appointed officer may have authority to write checks on behalf of the chapter.
1. Dues may be set or increased only by a ballot vote conducted among Association Active
members in the chapter. The vote may be conducted either by mail ballot, e-mail or, after
at least a 10 day notice, at a regular or special membership meeting.
2. Chapter dues shall be levied upon members in the amount to be determined annually at
the meeting of the chapter. Payment of current national AAUP dues, conference dues in
states with comprehensive dues, and chapter dues shall be a prerequisite for chapter
Article VI - Committees
Executive Committee: The Executive Committee shall consist of the elected officers of the
chapter, the immediate past president, and all appointed officers. It shall act as a governing body of the chapter, but only in pursuit of a prior resolution of the chapter or as
needed to uphold the constitution. The majority of the elected members 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. Among the duties of the Executive Committee are the following:
1. Meet regularly to enable response to any faculty members seeking assistance.
2. Conduct the business of the chapter between chapter meetings.
3. Regularly recruit members and encourage maintenance of membership in established
4. Make necessary appointments to complete an unexpired term of any officer.
5. Set the agenda for chapter meetings.
6. Consult regularly with the administration on matters of mutual interest.
7. Respond to inquiries from the press.
8. Supervise the preparation and distribution of a newsletter to inform members and other
faculty of recent activities of local and national importance
9. Promote the establishment of a dues deduction plan to encourage membership
recruitment and membership maintenance.
Standing Committees: A chapter may create standing and ad hoc committees from time to time as
they are deemed necessary to promote the welfare of the chapter s program at the institution. The
chair and members of these committees shall be appointed by the Executive Committee. Some
standing committees may be as follows:
Academic freedom and tenure
Status of women and minorities
Accreditation of colleges and universities
Membership, elections, dues, and chapter organization
Relationships with local, state, and federal governments
Faculty participation in college and university governance
Part-time faculty issues
Article VII - Meetings
The chapter shall hold regular meetings, not less than twice each academic year.
Special meetings of the chapter may be called by the president or a majority of the Executive
Committee. Written or email notice of such meetings shall be provided each member by the
secretary of the chapter at least five days in advance of the date selected. The president shall
call special meetings of the chapter within seven days when directed by the Executive Committee
or by petition signed by ten percent of the members of the chapter.
An emergency meeting of the chapter may be called by any two elected officers with 24 hours written or email notice.
The quorum required for the transaction of business at all meetings of the chapter shall consist of
20 percent of the active members of the chapter.
Article VIII - Amendments
This constitution may be amended by the three-fourths (3/4) affirmative vote of a quorum of the
chapter at a regular or special meeting, provided that a notice setting forth the proposed
amendment or amendments with reasons thereof and setting forth any known objections thereto
shall have been sent to each member at least thirty (30) days prior to the meeting. A petition of
ten (10) percent of the chapter membership may also initiate amendments. The approval of two-thirds
(2/3) of the active membership responding to a written or e-mail ballot under the
preparatory conditions cited above shall also constitute approval.
Roberts Rules of Order Revised shall be the authority for this chapter in matters of procedure not
Note: These bylaws were last revised during the chapter business meeting held on 29 October 2010.