Bylaw Changes for ASCA Membership Vote
November 16, 2021
Greetings!
  
During the Fall Board Meeting, the ASCA Board of Directors spent time evaluating our mission and core values to ensure the organization is living up to our purpose and meeting the needs of our members. After much discussion, dialog, and debate, the board voted to approve a new mission and to update our core values.  
 
The board also spent significant time digging into ASCA’s financials. While the organization is in a strong financial position, the unknown impacts of COVID continue to linger and require the board to take steps to ensure the long-term success of ASCA.  As such, the board voted on two financial items. The first is to update the bylaws to allow the board to raise dues no more than $10.00 per year without a vote by the ASCA membership. The second is to raise the current dues by approximately $30.00 per person, which if passed by the members will take effect July 1, 2022. The current dues rate has not been increased by more than $6.00 since 2015 and has not kept pace with the current cost of living.  
 
Our next step is for ASCA members to vote on these changes. The following timeline has been approved by the board:
 
November 16: Announcement of Proposed Bylaw Changes
 
November 22: Ballot opens for voting
 
December 17: Ballot closes
 
We ask that you take a few minutes to review the proposed changes. Click here to read the redline-version of the bylaws. Below is a brief description of the changes.


Article II: Mission and Core Values

Section A. Mission
Current Mission: The mission statement of ASCA is to advance the student conduct profession.
 
Proposed Mission: The Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA) educates, develops, and supports student-centered conduct professionals. 
 
Section B.  Core Values
Current Values 
Advocacy: We serve as the collective voice to promote and advance the highest standards of practice in the student conduct profession.

Community: We honor and engage the diverse perspectives of our members to create a “professional home” where all feel supported.

Education: We value proven and learning-centered practices, creative solutions, and effective knowledge dissemination.

Equity and Inclusion: We have a responsibility to develop the cultural humility of our members and to ensure that the Association is reflective of and responsive to multiple individual and institutional needs.

Integrity: We seek congruence between words and actions when interacting with our constituents and one another.

Leadership: We have a responsibility to provide opportunities to members in order to develop leadership capacity within our Association and in the broader student conduct profession.
 
Proposed Values
The Association for Student Conduct Administration commits to: 
  • Advocacy
  •  Addressing concerns that impact student conduct practitioners, process and the profession.
  • Belonging
  • Creating a “professional home” where all feel supported.
  • Education
  •  Creating opportunities to enhance Knowledge and Skills
  • Equity & Intentional Inclusion
  • Developing the cultural humility of our members, and ensuring that the Association’s practices are reflective of multiple, individual and institutional needs. 
  • Wellness
  • Promoting the health and wellness of student conduct practitioners. 
 
Article IV: Dues

Section A. Dues Structure
Current Dues Structure
Dues for Professional or Student membership may increase annually in proportion to the Higher Education Price Index, as approved by a ⅔ vote of the Board of Directors.  Any increase to the professional or student membership that exceeds the Higher Education Price Index shall only be changed by an affirmative vote of a majority of the eligible voting members returning a ballot. Dues for all other membership categories shall only be changed by 2/3 vote of the entire Board of Directors.  
 
Proposed Dues Structure
Dues for Professional or Student membership may increase annually by no more than $10.00, as approved by a ⅔ vote of the Board of Directors. Any increase to the professional or student membership that exceeds $10.00 shall only be changed by an affirmative vote of a majority of the eligible voting members returning a ballot. Dues for all other membership categories shall only be changed by 2/3 vote of the entire Board of Directors. 

Dues Increase 
The ASCA Board of Directors propose a dues increase of ~$29 to the professional and $5 for student memberships. The increase would take effect July 1, 2022.  
To learn more:
            Current ASCA Bylaws
            Red-Lined ASCA Bylaws Document
Voting will take place Nov. 22 through Dec. 17.
Sincerely,
Kateeka Harris
ASCA President
Jennifer Waller, PhD
ASCA Executive Director
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