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2016 Approved APSA Bylaws

Read the new bylaws of the American Political Science Association which were passed by the Council, approved at the All-Member Business Meeting, and then approved in an electronic vote by the entire membership in October 2016. These bylaws will replace the current APSA constitution and bylaws at the beginning of the upcoming Council election in July.

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 2017 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.

Election Rules
The election of APSA Council members and officers occurs via electronic ballot over the summer. In accordance with the bylaws, the Nominating Committee prepares a slate of nominees. Candidates by petition are also accepted and must be submitted at least 60 days before the election. Candidates by petition for APSA elections must fill out the Official Nomination Form with the signature of at least fifty members. Candidates must also sign the Official 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 2016 Rules for the Annual Business Meeting and Association Elections
The 2015 Rules for the Annual Business Meeting and Association Elections

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