Constitution of the Association for College and University Religious Affairs
Recognizing the multi-faith character of present-day university enrollment and the increasing concern displayed by national religious bodies in the mist to students, many administrations have deemed it essential to assign specific staff members administering religious affairs in the university community.
Consultations among the individuals first designated for this work in Midwest state universities resulted in the gathering of representatives in Chicago in November 1959 for the purpose of cultivating professional competence. Constituting themselves as charter members of a new organization, the participants have drawn up and approved a Constitution and By-laws as follows:
Article I – Name
The name if the organization shall be the Association for College and University Religious Affairs.
Article II – Objects
The particular objects for which this Professional Association is formed are as follows:
- To bring together for consultation university staff members who are assigned administrative responsibility for the coordination of religious affairs.
- To clarify by discussion, conference, research and publication the role of religion in the university life.
- To advise and encourage student intercollegiate, inter-religious conferences and activities.
- To seek to relate itself to other professional university personnel agencies.
- To maintain liaison with national educational and religious organizations and foundations.
- To foster the training of personnel for the coordination of university religious affairs and for leadership in community inter-religious activity.
- To serve as a resource to private and governmental agencies in interpreting abroad and at home the multi-faint aspects of American life.
- To encourage University research and prepare publications on religion in American life.
Article III – Membership
- Institutional Membership:Universities in which administrative responsibility for religious coordination assigned to a member of the university staff may become members. Each university may designate its representatives at any meeting.
- Individual Membership:Persons designated by universities for the function of coordination, while so employed, may become members.
- Associated Membership:Associate Membership is open to the following persons:
- Full-time workers in the campus ministry.
- Persons authorized by their universities for such membership and coming from universities where there is at present no pattern of administrative responsibility for the coordination of religious affairs, but where there is a genuine interest to develop such a pattern.
- Persons working with religious groups which are recognized as student religious organizations by their universities.
- Regional and national officers of the educational boards of denominations and faiths.
Article IV – Meetings
There shall be an annual meeting, the date to be determined by the Executive Committee. Other meetings may be called by the Executive Committee when desirable.
Article V – Finance
The organization shall be financed by membership dues, contributions from individuals, foundations and organizations, and income from conferences and programs.
Article VI – Executive Committee
The Association shall be directed by an Executive Committee composed of not more than nine, nor less than four members. The Officers shall be ex-officio members. The Executive Committee for liaison and consultant purposes. The immediate Past-President shall be an ex officio member of the Executive Committee. It shall be the responsibility of the Executive Committee to plan for all meetings, make necessary decisions, and administer the programs of the Association.
Article VII – Committees
The Association shall carry out its plans through committees appointed by the Executive Committee and authorized by the membership at regularly called meetings. Committees are responsible to the Executive Committee.
Article VIII – Officers
There shall be a President, a Vice-President, a Secretary-Treasurer, elected from those in the Association who hold at their various universities the position responsible or the coordination of religious affairs. A nominating committee shall present nominations. An election of officers and executive committee members shall take place at the annual meeting.
Article IX- Members
This Constitution may be amended, rejected, or altered in whole or in part by a majority vote of the members present at any meeting of the Association, when a 30-day notice has been given.
By-Laws of the Association for College and University Religious Affairs
Section I- MEMBERSHIP DUES AND REGISTRATION FEES
- Institutional Membership- universities, as defined in Article II A, shall pay annual dues of $60.00.
- Individual Members- members, as defined in Article III B, shall pay annual dues of $25.00.
- Associate Members- persons defined in Article III C, shall pay annual dues of $25.00.
Section II- VOTING RIGHTS
- Institutional Membership carries with it one vote. It is the prerogative of the person administratively responsible for religious coordination to cast this vote, or assign a proxy to do so.
- Individual Membership carries with it one vote. Persons who hold Individual Membership in addition to being from Institutions holding Institutional Membership may exercise their own Individual Membership vote.
- All members may vote except when the President declares a substantive issue; then only Institutional Membership and Individual Members may vote.
Section III- EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP TERM OF OFFICE
There shall be nine members of Executive Committee in addition to the three officers. Their term of office shall be three years and they may be elected to a second term. Their tenure of office shall be of such that three shall be elected at each annual meeting.
Section IV- OFFICE OF THE TREASURER
The Treasurer shall receive and disperse funds of the Association. They shall collect membership dues and make a financial report at the meeting. The fiscal year shall be from July 1 to June 30.
Section V- QUORUM
A quorum for annual and special meetings shall be one-third of the voting members.
Section VI- AMENDMENTS
By-laws may be proposed by individual members or the Executive Committee at any annual or special meeting and shall be adopted by a majority vote of those present.