Constitution of the Association for College and University Religious AffairsPreamble:
Recognizing the influence of religion and spirituality on various aspects of higher education, several colleges and universities have assigned personnel and resources to guide, nurture, and enhance religious and spiritual affairs for the sake of their educational mission.
In November of 1959, some of those designated to lead religious and spiritual life within college and university settings gathered in Chicago, for the purpose of cultivating professional competence and relationships. By constituting themselves as charter members of a new organization, participants constructed and approved a Constitution and By-laws.
Our Constitution, updated in 2017, is as follows:
Article I – Name
The name of the organization shall be the Association for College and University Religious Affairs (ACURA).
Article II – Goals and Purposes
1. To assemble for consultation college and university faculty and staff members who are assigned institutional responsibility for matters related to religion and spirituality.
Article III – Membership Categories
1. Institutional Membership: Institutional Membership covers all staff employed by a college or university to support the work of religious/spiritual/ethical life on a campus.
a. Each institutional member may send multiple faculty and/or staff to meetings.
2. Individual Membership: Individual Membership covers one individual who is employed by their college or university to support the work of religious/spiritual/ethical life on campus.
Article IV – Meetings
There shall be at least one annual meeting, to include a business session. The dates of this meeting are to be determined by the Executive Committee. Other meetings may be called by the Executive Committee when appropriate.
Article V – Finance
The organization shall be financed by membership dues, contributions from individuals, foundations and organizations, income from conferences and programs, and other sources that may become available.
Article VI – Executive Committee and Officers
1. The Association shall be directed by an Executive Committee composed of up to nine at-large members and four officers. The immediate past president serves as an additional at-large member for the year following their respective presidency. Only those currently enrolled as individual or institutional members are eligible for election to the Executive Committee.
a. Plan for annual meetings.3. Executive Committee Categories
Article VII – Amending the Constitutiona. At-large members shall be organized in three classes of up to three members each, each with a three-year commitment. At-large members may serve two consecutive terms as at-large members before being off the Executive Committee for at least one year.
This Constitution may be amended, rejected, or altered in whole or in part by a majority vote of the members present at any meeting of the Association, when a 30-day notice of the vote has been given.
By-Laws of the Association for College and University Affairs
Section I- MEMBERSHIP DUES AND REGISTRATION FEES
1. The Executive Committee shall set the specific membership fees for each membership category as defined in the Constitution on an annual basis. The membership fees for the following academic year shall be presented at the annual business meeting and ratified by a majority vote of all members present at the annual business meeting as outlined in Section II.
Section II- VOTING RIGHTS
1. Individuals included in an Institutional Membership each receive one vote in the business of the Association.
Section III- AT-LARGE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. The structure and term of office of members of the Executive Committee and Officers are defined in the ACURA Constitution. All members of the Executive Committee shall be individual or institutional members in good standing.
a. Actively participate in meetings, phone consultations, and email conversations to continue the work of the Association between Annual Meetings.
Section IV- OFFICER RESPONSIBILITIES
1. The President shall chair the Executive Committee meetings and the business meetings of the Association. They will coordinate with the other officers, the immediate past-president, and the full Executive Committee the basic work of the association.
Section V- QUORUM
1. A quorum for annual and special meetings shall be one-third of the voting members.
Section VI- BY-LAW AMENDMENTS
1. By-law amendments may be proposed by institutional or individual members or the Executive Committee at any annual or special meeting and shall be adopted by a majority vote of those present.