acs student chapter – sample bylaws the following example can be used as a model to develop or revise the bylaws of your acs student chapter
ACS Student Chapter – Sample Bylaws
The following example can be used as a model to develop or revise the
bylaws of your ACS Student chapter. It can be modified to suit your
specific local situation or circumstance.
Bylaws of the ______________________ (name of college or university)
Student Chapter of the American Chemical Society.
Article I. Name
The name of this organization shall be the _________________ (name of
college or university) Student Chapter of the American Chemical
Article II. Objectives
The objectives of this Chapter shall be to afford an opportunity for
students of the chemical science to become better acquainted, to
secure the intellectual stimulation that arises from professional
association, to obtain experience in preparing and presenting
technical material before chemical audiences, to foster a professional
spirit among the members, to instill a professional pride in the
chemical sciences, and to foster an awareness of the responsibilities
and challenges of the modern chemist.
Article III. Membership
The membership of this organization shall be composed of a minimum of
6 student members of the American Chemical Society. Students who are
not an ACS student member may be chapter members but may neither hold
office nor have voting power.
Article IV. Officers
The officers of this Chapter shall be a President, a Vice-President, a
Secretary, and a Treasurer, who shall constitute the Executive
Committee. The officers shall be elected at the first meeting in
_______________ (month) from nominees chosen by ___________________
(nominations from the floor, a nominating committee, etc.). They shall
take office in ________________ (month) and shall hold office for one
year or until their successors are duly elected.
Article V. Duties of Officers
Section 1. The duties of the Chapter officers shall be such as usually
pertain to their respective offices and such other duties as may be
assigned to them from time-to-time by the Executive Committee.
Section 2. The duties of the President shall be to preside over
meetings of the Executive Committee and membership in the ordinary
course of conducting business, as well as to appoint, with the
approval of the Executive Committee, all committee chairs and
Section 3. The duties of the Vice President shall be to assist the
President in the direction and management of the Chapter and assume
the duties of the President in the event of her or his unavailability
or inability to serve.
Section 4. The duties of the Secretary shall be to keep accurate and
up-to-date records of the minutes of the meetings of the Executive
Committee and Chapter, maintain a list of the full Membership under
Article III, send notices to the Membership as the business of the
Chapter may require, submit a report to the Membership at its annual
meeting, and preside over meetings in the absence of the President and
Section 5. The Treasurer shall have charge of the Chapter’s funds,
keep accurate and complete records of all financial transactions,
receive dues, make only those disbursements authorized by the
Executive Committee, and render an account of all transactions and the
financial condition annually to the Executive Committee at times
established by the Executive Committee.
Article VI. Faculty Advisor
The Chapter, at its annual election, shall elect as its Faculty
Advisor a faculty member who is a member of the American Chemical
Society, whose duties shall be to advise the Chapter both in its local
activities and in its relations with the Society. The Advisor shall be
kept informed of all Chapter activities and shall advise the Chapter
on any policy matters.
Article VII. Professional Advisor
The Chapter, at its annual election, may select as its Professional
Advisor a non-faculty member of the American Chemical Society. This
person shall assist the Chapter in its relations with the Local
Section of the Society and with the industrial community.
Article VIII. Meetings
Regular meetings shall be held ____________________ (on the first
Tuesday of each month, once a month, etc.). Special events may be
arranged through the Executive Committee. There shall be at least four
activities per year.
Article IX. Dues
The annual national dues of the student member shall be sent
individually to the Society or may be transmitted by the Treasurer of
the Chapter. Local dues of $________ shall be collected annually by
the Treasurer of the Chapter. Membership in the Chapter is limited to
those who have paid local dues.
Article X. Chapter Reports
The Chapter shall submit a chapter report of its activities to the
Society. This report shall be submitted online in the Spring at least
once every three years. The Society shall be informed promptly of the
results of all elections of officers and Faculty Advisors.
Article XI. Amendments
These bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the members,
provided that the amendments shall have been proposed at least one
meeting previous to the time of voting. Such amendments shall confirm
to the ACS regulations established for ACS student chapters.