ARTICLE I. Membership and Dues
Section 1. Persons subscribing to the objectives of the Association may become Members. Those subscribing to the objectives of the Association but desiring fewer membership services may become Associate Members, pursuant to criteria established by the Council. Persons are eligible for Retired membership when they are retired from their primary place of employment and are no longer receiving payment for sociological work on a salaried basis. Students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate institutions may become Student Members. High school teachers may become High School Teacher Members.
The dues for Members, Associate Members, Retired Members, Student Members, and High School Teacher Members shall be determined by Council. Increases in dues above cost of living adjustments shall be subject to approval by all voting Members.
Section 2. Members, Retired Members, Student Members, High School Teacher Members, and Associates shall have the right to attend all meetings of the Association and shall be entitled to one subscription to the Association's newsletter plus a free choice of as many other ASA publications as Council may authorize. Members, Retired Members, Student Members, High School Teacher Members, and Associates shall have the right to initiate new business for the Association, by submitting a proposal in writing to the Executive Officer. The Executive Officer shall refer the proposal to an appropriate committee of the American Sociological Association and the committee shall submit the proposal with its recommendation for action to the Council. Only Members, Retired Members, and Student Members of the Association shall have the right to vote and to hold elected office in the Association.
Section 3. Persons previously designated as Life Members shall continue as such.
Section 4. All Members of the Association shall comply with the provisions of the ASA Code of Ethics, as adopted and revised from time to time by the membership of the Association. Membership in the Association may be suspended or terminated, and the privileges of membership may be suspended wholly or in part, for failure to adhere to the Code of Ethics in accordance with Policies and Procedures to be adopted by the Council pursuant to Article V, section 6 of these By-Laws.
Section 5. Upon the failure to pay annual dues, membership and the privileges of membership in the Association, including subscriptions to the Association's publications and the right to vote, shall be terminated on January 1 of the year following the last year for which a full payment of dues has been made.
Section 6. An application for membership received prior to October 1 in any year shall be dated back to January 1 of that year, and publications to which the person is entitled shall be sent to the member. An application for membership received on or after October 1 shall generally be dated forward to January 1 of the next year.
Section 7. Dues of Members from other countries who are residing abroad may be reduced at the discretion of the Council.