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Governing Documents

2016 Proposed Draft APSA Bylaws

Read the proposed new bylaws of the American Political Science Association, passed by the Council and to be voted on at the All-Member Business Meeting. The All-Member business meeting will take place on Thursday, September 1 at 12pm during the APSA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA.

Current Governing Documents

*The following documents govern and guide APSA activities, management, and operations.*

The Constitution of the American Political Science Association
The current constitution organizes the leadership and management structure of APSA.

The By-Laws of the American Political Science Association
The by-laws further detail the leadership and management structure of APSA, establishes the duties and organization of standing committees and organized sections.

The 2016 Rules for the Annual Business Meeting and Association Elections
The rules structure APSA's business meeting and elections. They are revised and adopted annually by the rules committee and the APSA council.

Elections Forms
Candidates for APSA elections must fill out the Official Nomination and Consent Forms with the signature of at least ten members. Candidates must also sign the Consent Form in order for their candidacy to be valid.

Whistleblower Policy
APSA is committed to providing honest and high standards of business and personal ethics. If a member, officer, or employee is concerned about misuse of APSA resources or property, they should contact the executive director, finance director, or the audit committee chair.

Conflict of Interest Policy
APSA members, officers, and employees should act at all times in the best interests of APSA, and avoid actual, potential, or apparent conflict of interest. If a conflict should arise, the person should contact the executive director or the president.

Anti-Harassment Policy
The APSA annual meeting is convened for the purposes of professional development and scholarly and educational interchange in the spirit of free inquiry and free expression. Harassment of colleagues, students, or other conference participants undermines the principle of equity at the heart of these professional fora and is inconsistent with the principles of free inquiry and free expression.

Archived Governing Documents
The 2015 Rules for the Annual Business Meeting and Association Elections

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