AHEAD Texas Bylaws

ARTICLE I: NAME AND PURPOSE

SECTION 1
The name of this organization is the Association on Higher Education And Disability in Texas (AHEAD in Texas). AHEAD in Texas was established in 1992 and incorporated in the State of Texas as a non-profit corporation in 2000. AHEAD in Texas is an affiliate of the International Association on Higher Education And Disability, formerly known as the Association on Handicapped Student Service Programs in Post-Secondary Education. AHEAD in Texas (hereafter known as the Affiliate) shall educate, train and communicate with professionals of various educational agencies serving students with disabilities attending any public or private post-secondary institution in the State of Texas. AHEAD in Texas does not discriminate against any individual with regard to race, color, gender, age, national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other constitutionally or statutorily impermissible reason. This policy extends to all programs and activities supported by AHEAD in Texas.

SECTION 2
The purpose of the Affiliate shall be to serve as a non-profit organization providing expertise and information on disability issues, rights of persons with disabilities, educational and professional development opportunities to higher education disability service providers and other professionals/interested parties, promoting coordination between agencies, associations and organizations for the purpose of promoting opportunity and advocacy for college and university students with disabilities and supporting legislation that benefits higher education and students with disabilities.

ARTICLE II: STRUCTURE

AHEAD in Texas (hereafter referred to as the Affiliate) is created as a volunteer professional organization directed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Board of Directors will be composed of elected officers whose responsibility will be to carry out the mission of the Affiliate through policy formation, the execution of fiduciary responsibility, and maintenance and growth of the organization.

ARTICLE III: MEMBERSHIP

SECTION 1
Membership shall be open and available to any interested person according to membership and dues categories as established by the Board of Directors and contained in the bylaws with rights and responsibilities contained therein.

SECTION 2
Membership levels:

  1. Institutional Membership - Higher Education
    Directors/Coordinators/Counselors/Staff of Disability Services at 2 and 4 year public and private colleges and universities. This membership level is eligible to hold office and has full voting privileges. This membership is transferable to another staff member at the same institution if there is a change of staff during the membership year as long as the original membership was paid for by the institution.
  2. Professional - Higher Education Other
    Directors/Coordinators/Counselors/Staff of Disability Services at 2 and 4 year public and private colleges and universities. In addition, Directors/Coordinators/Counselors/Case Managers of other agencies/professional organizations providing services to and promoting access or advocating for post-secondary students with disabilities can also serve as professional members This membership level is eligible to hold office and has full voting privileges. This membership is not transferable unless upgraded to the institutional level (higher education only).
  3. Associate
    Former professional members, administrative/support staff at any agency/professional organization/post-secondary institution, advocates or family members of students with disabilities. This membership level is not transferable, not eligible to hold office and has no voting privileges.
  4. Emeritus Professional
    Individual retired from positions in higher education who were previous members of AHEAD in Texas. This membership level is not transferrable, not eligible to hold office and has no voting privileges.
  5. Student
    Individuals enrolled as full-time students in an undergraduate or graduate program at an institution of higher learning. This membership level is not transferable, not eligible to hold office and has no voting privileges.

SECTION 3
The membership/dues year shall run from January 1 - December 31.

ARTICLE IV: EXECUTIVE AUTHORITY

SECTION 1
Executive Authority shall be vested in the Board of Directors, composed of elected Officers. The Board of Directors is empowered to do all things permitted by law and to exercise all authority within the purposes stated in the bylaws contained herein.

SECTION 2
The officers of the Affiliate shall be the President, President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, Immediate Past-President, Director of Membership/Communication, and Director-at-Large.

SECTION 3
All officers shall be elected at-large from the active and eligible voting members of the Affiliate by a date set by the Board of Directors. A date that occurs at least one (1) month prior to the spring conference.

SECTION 4
The term of office for the President, President-Elect, and Immediate Past-President shall be for a period of one (1) year. The term of office for the Treasurer, Secretary, Director of Membership/Communication and Director-at-Large shall be for a period of two (2) years. In the event of a vacancy in the office of President, President-Elect shall assume the duties of the President without prejudice to the ensuing term of office. All other mid-term vacancies shall be filled by presidential appointment and approved by a majority of the officers.

SECTION 5
The terms of all officers will begin June 1 of the year following election.

SECTION 6
The officers shall have full authority to conduct the affairs of the Affiliate between meetings of the Board of Directors.

SECTION 7
Such authority must remain within the provisions of and not conflict with the bylaws, decisions, actions or policies established by the Affiliate.

SECTION 8
Nomination and elections of Officers will be in accordance with procedures established by the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE V: OFFICERS

SECTION 1
The officers of the board shall be the President, President Elect, Immediate Past President, Secretary, Treasurer, Director of Membership/Communication, and Director-at-Large. Duties of the Officers of the Board shall be delineated in the Board Policy and Procedure Manual.

ARTICLE VI: FINANCE

SECTION 1
The Board of Directors shall be responsible for maintaining the fiscal integrity of the Affiliate and for ensuring financial stability and growth.

SECTION 2
Income shall be derived from sources consistent with the purpose and mission of the Affiliate.

SECTION 3
The fiscal year shall be January 1 through December 31.

SECTION 4
The Treasurer will serve as the chief financial officer of the Affiliate.

SECTION 5
Affiliate funds shall be invested in instruments which are insured and/or are of a type and level of risk approved by the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors shall review periodically the types of instruments and the level of risk allowed for investments.

SECTION 6
The financial and accounting records of the Affiliate will be compiled into a summary report at the close of the fiscal year in a manner prescribed by the Board of Directors.

SECTION 7
All financial transactions, fees and references made thereto will be in U.S. funds.

ARTICLE VII: COMMITTEES

SECTION 1
The Affiliate President, in conjunction with the Board of Directors, shall establish, maintain, and dissolve such Standing and AD hoc Committees as may be needed to conduct its business and activities. Chairs of each committee will be selected and appointed by the President.

SECTION 2
Chairs of Standing and AD hoc Committees may be expected to attend Board meetings and report on activities of their respective committees. Committee chairs function in an adjunct and advisory manner to the board and do not have voting privileges on Board matters.

ARTICLE VIII: IMPEACHMENT AND REMOVAL

SECTION 1
An elected officer may be impeached by the Board of Directors for actions that are seriously negligent, fraudulent, illegal, and/or unethical within the duties of the respective office.

SECTION 2
Impeachment procedures will be delineated in the Board Policy and Procedure Manual.

ARTICLE IX: PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY

The most current edition of Robert's Rule of Order shall be the Parliamentary guidelines for proceedings of the Affiliate whenever it does not conflict with Constitution and /or these bylaws.

ARTICLE X: AMENDMENTS

SECTION 1
Amendments or other changes in these bylaws may be initiated in the following ways:

  1. The President may propose amendments.
  2. The Board of Directors may propose amendments.
  3. Any active voting member may submit, in writing, a proposed amendment to the Board of Directors.

SECTION 2
The Board of Directors will consider the proposed amendment(s) upon approval of a simple majority of the Board of Directors; the amendment shall be made available to the entire membership for vote.

SECTION 3
Upon two-thirds approval of those voting from the general membership the amendment shall become part of these bylaws.