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American Sociological Association: Bylaws Article 5
ARTICLE V. Committees
Section 1. Committee on Publications.
(a) There shall be a Committee on Publications, consisting of the immediate Past President, the Secretary, and six members elected by the voting membership of the Association, two each year for staggered three-year terms. The Committee shall choose a chair from among the elected members who have served at least one year on the Committee.
(b) The Committee on Publications shall be responsible for all proposals for the establishment of a new publication or for major modifications in an existing publication of the Association, subject to the approval of the Council.
Section 2. Committee on Nominations.
The Committee on Nominations shall consist of eleven members, elected by the voting membership of the Association for staggered two-year terms, plus the Vice President, ex officio without a vote, who shall act as chair.
Section 3. Program Committee.
Each Program Committee shall be selected by the President-Elect two years before the Annual Meeting for which the Committee is responsible and will be reviewed by the Council. The Council shall have the right to suggest modification or to augment the Committee if it deems appropriate. The Program Committee shall consist of nine to eleven persons: The President-Elect, serving as Chair, the Vice-President-Elect, the Secretary, and six to eight other members of the Association selected as follows: Each year, the Council will appoint four to six members from a list presented by the President-Elect. Two of these members shall be appointed for two-year terms and others for one-year terms. The Program Committee shall consider requests from temporary and informal groups of Association members for opportunities to meet and discuss topics of special interest to them. Three sessions at each Annual Meeting, including the session devoted to the Presidential Address, may at the option of the President-Elect, be under the exclusive control of the President-Elect.
Section 4. Committee on the Executive Office and Budget.
(a) The Council shall select a committee on the Executive Office and Budget consisting of seven members: The Secretary, The President-Elect, the President, the Past-President, and three members appointed by the Council on the recommendation of the Secretary for staggered three-year terms. The Secretary shall be chair.
(b) The Committee shall have responsibility for the Executive Office, subject to the policies and directives of the Council, and shall report regularly to the Council. The Committee in cooperation with the President, the Executive Officer, and the chair of the Committee on Publications, shall annually propose to the Council a budget for the ensuing year. At the end of the first half of each fiscal year it shall review the receipts and expenditures to date and if necessary make recommendations for adjustments in the budget. It shall, subject to Council policies, have the responsibility and authority for the investment and reinvestment of funds owned and held by the Association.
Section 5. Committee on Sections
(a) The Committee on Sections, consistent with Article VI of these By-Laws, shall have the responsibility to guide the Association on the administration of sections to include the creation and continuation of sections. The Committee on Sections shall advise ASA Council on section policies and procedures. In addition, the Committee will serve as liaison between sections and ASA Council.
(b) The Committee on Sections shall consist of nine members. Three members shall be appointed by Council for three-year terms based on the recommendation of the President. Three of these members shall be appointed from among the Association membership and three shall be appointed from among the Council members-at-large. Three members shall also be elected for three-year terms by current section chairs from among current section chairs according to section membership size. All terms will be staggered.
Section 6. Committee on Professional Ethics.
(a) The Committee on Professional Ethics ("COPE") shall have responsibility for promoting ethical conduct by sociologists at the highest professional level through development and sponsorship of educational activities for ASA members and other sociologists, investigation of complaints concerning the ethical conduct of members of the ASA, and imposition of sanctions when a violation of the ASA Code of Ethics has occurred. COPE shall also have responsibility for recommending to the Council proposed changes in the Code of Ethics to be submitted to the membership for approval from time to time.
(b) COPE shall carry out its responsibilities in accordance with Policies and Procedures to be adopted by the Council which may provide for discipline of members and former members of ASA, including termination or suspension from membership and suspension of certain privileges of membership, in the case of violations of the ASA Code of Ethics.
(c) COPE shall consist of nine (9) members who shall serve staggered terms of three (3) years each. The members of COPE shall be appointed by the Council on the recommendation of the Committee on Committees. No member shall serve more than two (2) successive terms.
Section 7. Committee on Awards.
(a) The Committee on Awards shall have oversight of all ASA awards. The Committee on Awards shall have the responsibility to guide the Association on policies and procedures for all awards. Also, the Committee shall propose or consider proposals to establish new awards.
(b) The Committee shall consist of six members appointed by Council for three-year terms based on the recommendation of the Committee on Committees. Three members shall be appointed from among the Association membership and three members shall be appointed from among the Council members-at-large.
Section 8. Committee on Committees.
(a) The Committee on Committees shall be responsible for making ranked recommendations to Council for appointments to all Award Selection Committees and Status Committees. Additionally, the Committee on Committees shall make ranked recommendations to Council for appointments to the Awards Committee, the Committee on Professional Ethics, and the at-large portion of the Committee on Sections. The Committee on Nominations will have the responsibility of nominating the candidates for the Committee on Committees.
(b) The Committee on Committees shall be composed of eight members each serving two-year terms. Four are to be elected at-large and four in seats reserved for specific institutional constituencies (one seat each for members employed by PhD-granting institutions; by MA and 4-year institutions; by 2-year schools; and by non-teaching institutions and in self-employment) with two at-large and two reserved seats up for election each year.
Each committee shall work within the budget as approved by the Council, under the policies established by the Council, and shall make an annual report to the Council.
Reports of committees shall be published and distributed to the membership annually.
In the event of the anticipated or actual absence of one or more members of a committee at scheduled committee meetings, the President and the Secretary are empowered to appoint temporary members using the criteria for selection ordinarily employed in appointing members for the committee in question. The President and the Secretary are also empowered to designate temporary chairs for all committees in the event of anticipated or actual absence of the regularly appointed chair. Temporary members or chairs of any committee shall have all the powers respectively of regular members or chairs for the period of their temporary appointment.