Chapter Bylaws

ASLA Student Chapter Bylaws

This is an excerpt from the ASLA Leadership Handbook which can be found here.

Student Chapters

730. Student chapters may be chartered by the Executive Committee of the Society at educational institutions that:

730.1 grant a degree in landscape architecture at the baccalaureate or higher level from a program in landscape architecture that is accredited by an organization recognized by the Society;

730.2 or, grant a degree in landscape architecture at the baccalaureate or higher level from a program in landscape architecture that is recognized by a sponsoring ASLA chapter;

730.3 or, grant a certificate of completion from a program in landscape architecture that is recognized by a sponsoring ASLA chapter and accepted by the state licensing board as satisfying the educational requirements for admission to the state licensing examination.

Approval of chapter petitions for establishment of student chapters shall require an affirmative vote by a majority of the Executive Committee of the Society present and voting.

731. Student chapters shall undertake activities consistent with the purpose of the Society and shall be encouraged to participate in the programs and activities of the Society, its sponsoring ASLA chapter, and the other student chapters and student affiliate chapters in the region.

Designation
732. The official designation of student chapters shall be the “...” Student Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. The seal or logo of the Society may be used with official student chapter designations, or the abbreviated designation, “...” Student Chapter, ASLA, for business and professional purposes such as student chapter stationery, documents, publications, directories, signs, and web sites. Student chapter designations and the seal or logo of the Society shall not be used to indicate that a firm, company, or any other group, organization, or institution is a member of or has any standing in the Society.

Bylaws
733. Student chapter bylaws and any subsequent amendments thereto shall be subject to approval by the executive committee of its sponsoring chapter and partnering educational institution.

Dues
734. Student chapters may establish annual dues for student chapter members and collect and disburse such funds as are necessary for its operations and accomplishing its purpose.

Public Statements
735. Student chapters may issue public statements in the name of the student chapter. However, such student chapter statements shall not be contrary in any way to the public policies of the Society as established by the Board of Trustees. No student chapter shall issue a public statement purporting to have the approval of the Society or its sponsoring chapter without first obtaining the written consent of the executive vice president of the Society or the president of its sponsoring chapter except in the case of a direct quote from an officially adopted and published public policy of the Society.

Sponsoring Chapter Responsibilities
736. Chapter executive committees shall designate a liaison for each sponsored student chapter. Sponsoring chapter liaisons shall be Full or Associate Members of the Society and of the sponsoring chapter. The chapter liaison and student chapter president shall act as representatives of the student chapter to its sponsoring chapter, partnering educational institution, and the national headquarters of the Society.

737. Student chapter presidents shall be Student Members of the Society and shall serve as ex-officio, nonvoting members of the executive committee of the sponsoring ASLA chapter.

738. Awards program chairs or presidents of sponsoring chapters shall coordinate the annual selection of student honor and merit awards with the chairs of programs in the chapter area that are accredited or recognized by the chapter in accordance with Section 730. Members of sponsoring chapters shall participate in the selection of awards recipients.

National Student Representative
739. Student chapters shall elect a national student representative to the Board of Trustees of the Society each year. National student representatives shall be Student Members of the Society and nonvoting members of the Board of Trustees whose one-(1)-year terms shall begin and end at the conclusion of the midyear meeting of the board.

Charter Revocation
740. The Executive Committee of the Society may revoke student chapter charters on the recommendation of sponsoring chapters provided the student chapter is duly notified of the charges against it, given a fair hearing of the charges, and a fair opportunity to respond.

Student Affiliate Chapters

741. Student affiliate chapters may be chartered by the Executive Committee of the Society at educational institutions that desire an affiliation with ASLA and are recognized by a sponsoring ASLA chapter, but do not qualify as student chapters under the requirements established in the Bylaws. Such institutions may include, but are not limited to, those that grant an associate degree in landscape architecture or related courses of study, such as landscape design, horticulture, architecture, engineering, planning, or the natural and social sciences; or secondary schools that support landscape architecture as a possible career path.

Approval of chapter petitions for establishment of student affiliate chapters shall require an affirmative vote by a majority of the Executive Committee of the Society present and voting.

742. Student affiliate chapters shall undertake activities consistent with the purpose of the Society and shall be encouraged to participate in the programs and activities of the Society, its sponsoring ASLA chapter, and the student chapters and other student affiliate chapters in the region.

Designation
743. The official designation of student affiliate chapters shall be the “...” Student Affiliate Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. The seal or logo of the Society may be used with official student affiliate chapter designations, or the abbreviated designation, “...” Student Affiliate Chapter, ASLA, for business and professional purposes such as student affiliate chapter stationery, documents, publications, directories, signs, and web sites. Student affiliate chapter designations and the seal or logo of the Society shall not be used to indicate that a firm, company, or any other group, organization, or institution is a member of or has any standing in the Society.

Bylaws
744. Student affiliate chapter bylaws and any subsequent amendments thereto shall be subject to approval by the executive committee of its sponsoring chapter and partnering educational institution.

Dues
745. Student affiliate chapters may establish annual dues for student affiliate chapter members and collect and disburse such funds as are necessary for its operations and accomplishing its purpose.

Public Statements
746. Student affiliate chapters may issue public statements in the name of the student affiliate chapter. However, such student affiliate chapter statements shall not be contrary in any way to the public policies of the Society as established by the Board of Trustees. No student affiliate chapter shall issue a public statement purporting to have the approval of the Society or its sponsoring chapter without first obtaining the written consent of the executive vice president of the Society or the president of its sponsoring chapter except in the case of a direct quote from an officially adopted and published public policy of the Society.

Sponsoring Chapter Responsibilities
747. Chapter executive committees shall designate a liaison for each sponsored student affiliate chapter. Sponsoring chapter liaisons shall be Full or Associate Members of the Society and of the sponsoring chapter. The chapter liaison and student affiliate chapter president shall act as representatives of the student affiliate chapter to its sponsoring chapter, partnering educational institution, and the national headquarters of the Society.

748. Student affiliate chapter presidents shall be Student Affiliate Members of the Society.

Charter Revocation
749. The Executive Committee of the Society may revoke student affiliate chapter charters on the recommendation of sponsoring chapters provided the student affiliate chapter is duly notified of the charges against it, given a fair hearing of the charges, and a fair opportunity to respond.