UMDNJ-Newark Chapter ByLaws
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY PROFESSORS BIOMEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES
ARTICLE I – NAME
The name of the organization shall be the Newark Chapter of the Biomedical and Health Sciences of New Jersey Council of the American Association of University Professors Chapters (Newark Chapter -
ARTICLE II – OBJECTIVES
The objectives of the
1.The maintenance and improvement of the quality of medical, dental, nursing, and
2.The support of the principles and policies of the AAUP, including academic freedom, tenure, and
3.The pursuit of quality and equity in academic employment relationships;
4.The furtherance of the economic welfare and well being of the members of the
5.The administration and enforcement of the contract between AAUP and the University in accordance with the collective negotiations agreement and the laws of the State of New Jersey; and
6.Communication to/from its membership to/from the University and to/from the National AAUP.
ARTICLE III - MEMBERSHIP
A. The Newark Chapter of
shall have full voting rights, may hold any office, serve on any committee or be a Chapter representative to any organization.
C.Representation Fee Payers
ARTICLE IV - OFFICERS
1.The Officers of the Newark Chapter
2.The terms of office shall be for one year beginning on September 15th and ending
on September 14th. When it is not possible for the terms to begin on September 15th the incumbent officer’s terms will be extended until the election results are counted and verified, but new officers’ terms will still end on the following September 14.
3.In case of a vacancy in the office of President, the
4.In case of a vacancy in the office of Secretary or Treasurer, the Board of Governors shall make an interim appointment to fill the vacancy until the next regular election as provided for in Article VI.
5.In the case of a vacancy in the office of
6.Except for interim appointments, all officers shall be elected by secret ballot of the membership as provided for in Article VI.
7.All officers shall, by virtue of the office, be members of the Board of Governors.
a.President - The President shall preside at Board of Governors and Chapter meetings, develop agendas, be an ex officio member of all committees except the Nominating Committee, be the official representative of the Chapter to the Administration, the National AAUP and to any other organization designated by the Chapter and, ordinarily, a representative to the
c.Secretary - The Secretary shall be responsible for keeping, maintaining and distributing the minutes of Chapter and Board of Governors meetings. The Secretary shall be responsible for maintaining copies of all official correspondence, reports, records, and other documents and for their preservation in a permanent form. At the end of each term of office, the Secretary shall collect all the records for that term and be responsible for transmitting them in good order together with all previous records to the incoming Secretary. The Secretary shall be required to make any of these documents available to any Active Member upon reasonable notice. The Secretary shall preside at Chapter and Board of Governors meetings in the absence of the President and Vice President.
d.Treasurer - The Treasurer shall be responsible for the collection of all Chapter monies, and for the discharge of all financial obligations of the Chapter. The Treasurer shall keep the official financial records of the Chapter and is authorized to sign checks.
The Treasurer is authorized to oversee the membership list and it shall be provided to the Treasurer upon request.
The Treasurer shall keep a monthly record of income and expenditures and shall present a
copies of all financial records and correspondence to the Secretary for preservation in the permanent records. The Treasurer shall be authorized to:
1.Pay National dues for those Chapter members participating in dues check- off or similar plan;
2.Pay all legal and administrative fees which have been contracted for by the Board of Governors and/or Chapter;
3.Pay all other bills which have been authorized by the Board of Governors and/or Chapter;
4.Keep a petty cash discretionary account not to exceed a monthly sum determined by the Board of Governors;
5.Keep an agency account for payment to the University for services rendered; and
6.Present the books of the Chapter upon request by the Board of Governors or the Chapter, and if deemed necessary have them audited by a Certified Public Account who is not a member of the Chapter.
ARTICLE V - BOARD OF GOVERNORS
1.The Board of Governors shall act for the Chapter in carrying out the purposes of the Chapter, establish Committees for the Chapter, and shall have the authority to approve expenditures and obligations for the Chapter.
a.The Board of Governors shall consist of the Officers of the Chapter and members from each of the following constituencies of the Chapter: nine members from NJMS, three members from NJDS, three members from SHRP and one member each from SN and Library. If, in the future, PERC recognizes any Constituencies as members of the bargaining unit, the number of voting members of the Board of Governors shall be enlarged. The Board of Governors may be enlarged to a maximum of 25 members. A proportional change in membership from other units may have to be made to accommodate new constituencies. This requires a
b.Although each constituency is entitled to members on the Board of Governors, such members shall be elected by and be representatives of the
3.Executive Committee representatives to the Council
Part 1: Beginning after the next Council election cycle (on or about October 1, 2013):
The Newark Chapter shall have at least two (2) representatives to the Council, who will ordinarily be the Chapter President and the immediate past Chapter President. Additional
Part 2: From amendment ratification through the next election cycle:
The representatives to the Council elected or appointed prior to April 15, 2013 under the
4.The Board of Governors shall, through its representatives to the
a.The following committee shall be established by the Board of Governors on an ad hoc basis: Nominating and Elections Committee (cf. Article VI, Sections 1a and 1b).
b.The Board of Governors may establish other ad hoc committees as the need arises. The charge of all ad hoc committees must be limited to a specific goal and may not exist for a period of time longer than three months without specific renewal of its charge.
c.The Board of Governors may establish Standing Committees as the need arises.
d.Establishment of ad hoc committees requires a simple majority. Establishment or termination of Standing Committees requires a 2/3 vote.
6.Meetings - Within the first month of their term of office, the President shall call a meeting of the Board of Governors at the earliest convenient date. At that meeting, the Board of Governors shall determine the dates, times and places for its meetings. The President may call Special meetings provided (1) an agenda is presented, (2) a reasonable effort is made to contact all Board members and (3) there is a quorum. The President must call Board meetings upon receipt of petition by two Board members or ten Active Members subject to the same restrictions as above. Any Active Member may attend Board of Governors meetings. The Board of Governors may, by majority vote of those present, go into executive session. The President may invite any person or persons to attend Board of Governors meetings.
7.Quorum: a quorum of the Board of Governors shall be ten persons including Officer and
8.Parliamentary Authority: Parliamentary procedure at all meetings shall be in accord with Robert's Rules of Order, Revised, (latest edition), except when these Rules conflict with the Chapter
9.Recall: Any Officer or Board of Governor member may be removed from office by a recall vote. In the event recall proceedings are instituted, the accused Officer or Board member shall have full opportunity to make a presentation before the Chapter membership at a meeting at which a quorum of 25% of the membership must be present after notice of at least 15 days. A 2/3 vote of the membership present and voting shall be required. In the event that the President is being considered for recall, the
ARTICLE VI - ELECTIONS
1.Nominating and Elections Committee
a.The Board of Governors shall appoint a Nominating and Elections Committee consisting of at least one member from each of the following constituencies of the Chapter:
Nominating Committee shall present its report at a regularly scheduled Chapter meeting, ordinarily to be held in the Spring.
b.The Nominating and Elections Committee shall submit the names of one or more candidates for the Offices of President,
c.The Nominating and Elections Committee shall distribute the ballots for all elections, verify that those returned ballots are valid, count the ballots and report the results to the Board of Governors, and the Chapter. The Nominating and Elections Committee shall conduct:
1.Elections for Officers and Board of Governors
2.Special Elections to fill vacancies
4.Voting approval of the negotiated contract(s)
5.Any other voting procedure requiring a mailed ballot to the membership.
e.The election of Chapter Officers and Board of Governors shall ordinarily take place in the Spring, and new Officers and Board members shall take office the following September. Exceptions can be made in special circumstance with the approval of 2/3 vote of the Board of Governors, with an established quorum.
f.At the Spring meeting at which the Nominating and Elections Committee makes its report, additional nominations may be made from the floor provided that each nominee's consent has been obtained in advance and each nominee for an Officer position has previously served for a minimum of two years on the Board of Governors in a
shall be chosen according to the highest,
g. Special Elections: In the event that a vacancy occurs, the Board of Governors shall select a person to fill the position for the remainder of the year.
ARTICLE VII - NEWARK CHAPTER
1.At least one Chapter meeting shall be held every year.
2.Special meetings of the Chapter shall be called upon petition. The petition must be signed by a minimum of ten members and must state the reason for requesting a meeting. Special meetings must be called within three weeks after receipt of the petition by the Board of Governors.
3.Ten percent of the membership of the Chapter shall constitute a quorum for a meeting of the Chapter following due notification.
4.Parliamentary procedure at all meetings shall be in accord with Robert's Rules of Order, Revised, (latest edition), except when these Rules conflict with the Chapter
5.Chapter meetings shall be open to all members of the bargaining unit and to any other groups or persons who may wish to attend. The Chapter may, by majority vote of the full
ARTICLE VIII - INTERNAL GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES
2.The Hearing Committee shall hold formal hearings, but will not be bound by the formal rules of legal evidence on the matter it is charged with investigating. The decision and recommended relief, if necessary may be of lesser or greater import than that requested by the grievant. The Hearing Committee must make its final
report within ninety calendar days of its formation by the Board of Governors which must, in such cases, establish a date for submission of a report. The Hearing Committee's recommendation will be final and binding on the Chapter unless appealed by a principal party to the proceedings.
3.If a written request is lodged with the Board of Governors within thirty calendar days of the issuance of the final report of the Hearing Committee, a vote of the Members must be taken on appeal. The appeal shall be heard at the next regularly scheduled Chapter meeting, or a Special meeting may be called. The appeal will be as to whether or not to accept the final recommendations of the Hearing Committee. The vote shall be taken by mail ballot. The vote of the Members shall be final and binding on the Chapter. If the decision of the Hearing Committee is not accepted, a New Hearing Committee shall be appointed by the Board of Governors. The new Hearing Committee must report its decisions and recommendations to the Chapter within thirty calendar days for acceptance subject to the same provisions as above.
ARTICLE IX - AMENDMENTS
1.Amendments to these Bylaws may be proposed for consideration at any regular or special Chapter meeting, provided that the proposed amendment shall have been included in the written notice of the meeting. Amendments may be presented by petition signed by ten percent of the full
2.Passage of any amendment shall require a majority of those voting. The vote shall be taken by secure electronic or paper ballot, the method used for balloting at the option of the Board of Governors.
ARTICLE X - RATIFICATION
These Bylaws shall be in force upon ratification by a majority of members voting by mail ballot or (if the method is approved by the Chapter leadership) by a simple majority of those members voting by secure electronic voting.
Amended October 10, 2013
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