RI Chapter By-Laws

Bylaws of the Rhode Island Association for Behavior Analysis International

Article I – Name

The name of this organization shall be the Rhode Island Association for Behavior Analysis (RI-ABAI).  RI-ABA is a not-for-profit membership organization whose purpose is to promote the specific interests of its members, within the scope of these bylaws.

Article II – Purpose

RI-ABA is an organization for people interested in behavior analysis. RIABA works to promote behavior analysis by:

  1. Promoting and providing training opportunities in Behavior Analysis
  2. Providing a forum for the discussion of research and conceptual issues in behavior analysis
  3. Maintaining a website containing information about the organization and about behavior analysis in Rhode Island and elsewhere.
  4. Functioning as the Rhode Island contact for and representative of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI)
  5. Promoting cooperation between behavior analytic organizations in other countries, regions, states and localities.

 

Article III – Membership

1. Categories of Membership

Membership is open to all persons interested in Behavior Analysis in the State of Rhode Island.  Membership shall be in one of four classes of Members:  Full Members, Associate Members, Student Members, and Affiliate Members. Members of each class are entitled to the rights and privileges of RI-ABA membership as are appropriate for their membership category.

 

  1. Full Member status shall be granted to individuals who apply for membership in RI-ABA and are Full Members of ABA.
  2. Associate Member status shall be granted to individuals who apply for membership in RI-ABA and meet the requirements to become Full Members of ABAI as outlined below but are not currently Full Members of ABAI. Associate Members of RI-ABA shall possess a minimum of a master’s degree in psychology, behavior analysis, or a related discipline and shall also demonstrate competence in either the experimental or applied analysis of behavior.
  3. Applicants may demonstrate competence in the experimental analysis of behavior by submitting evidence that their training included a minimum of one year’s supervised laboratory research and that their graduate project, thesis, or dissertation was an investigation based in the experimental analysis of behavior.
  4. Applicants may demonstrate competence in the applied analysis of behavior by providing evidence that their training included a minimum of one year’s supervised practicum in the applied analysis of behavior, and that their graduate project, thesis or dissertation was an investigation based in the applied analysis of behavior.
  • Applicants whose formal training does not include the above experiences may demonstrate their competence in behavior analysis by submitting evidence of two or more years supervised experience in the experimental or applied analysis of behavior, or by making significant contributions to knowledge in behavior analysis as evidenced by research publications, or such other means as may be determined by the RI-ABA Membership Committee.
  1. Student Member status shall be granted to individuals who apply for membership in RI-ABA and are enrolled in an academic degree program, internship, or resident program relevant to a career in behavior analysis. Applications for Student Member status must be accompanied by proof of enrollment in an academic degree program, internship, or residency program. Student Members shall have the right to vote only for a student representative to the Board of Directors.
  2. Affiliate Member status shall be granted to individuals who apply for membership in RI-ABA and do not meet the criteria for Full, Associate, or Student Member status.
  3. A person who wishes to become a member must submit a completed application form and pay annual membership dues (if any). Applicants shall also submit such additional information, including transcripts, diplomas, references and other documents that the Board of Directors may require to verify they meet the requirements for membership.
  4. Each Member shall be a Member for an initial term commencing on the date such person is approved for membership and continuing until the next December 31. Membership shall be renewed for the period January 1 through December 31 of any year, if a Member pays the member dues for such year.
  5. Any Member who has not paid his or her yearly dues by the date of RI-ABA’s annual membership meeting shall not be allowed to vote at this meeting. Any Member whose yearly dues are not paid in full within five months after such payments are due, and to whom notice of delinquency has been sent to the last known address, shall be removed from membership.  Thereafter, a Member may be reinstated by applying in writing to the Secretary and paying dues for the year in which reinstatement is requested.
  6. Any Member desiring to resign shall submit a written resignation to the Secretary. Membership may be reinstated by paying the dues for the year in which reinstatement is requested.
  7. The Board of Directors, by a two‑thirds majority vote, may suspend or expel any RI-ABA member for cause after appropriate notice and hearing. On written request to the Secretary, the RI-ABA Board of Directors, by a two‑thirds majority vote, may reinstate a former member on such terms as the Board of Directors may deem appropriate.
  8. Membership is by the calendar year.

2. Voting

Full members in good standing shall be entitled to one vote on all matters brought before the Chapter. There shall be no proxy voting.

  1. The presence of not less than five percent of the total number of Full Members, shall constitute a quorum and shall be necessary to vote on all matters brought before a meeting of the Members.
  2. Each Full Member is entitled to one (1) vote on each matter submitted to a vote, except the election of the Student Representative. Student Members shall have the right to vote only for the election of the Student Representative.

Articles IV – Officers

1. Officers

The officers of the RI-ABAI shall be the President, the President-Elect, the Past-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Community/Consumer liaison, Legislative liaison. 

2. Terms of Office

The term of office for all officers shall be one year to commence at the conclusion of the meeting presided over by the current President who shall then assume office of Past-President. Elections shall be held at the last quarterly meeting of the year and new officers shall formally assume office at the next quarterly meeting.

3. Duties

The duties of the officers shall be as specified.

The President shall:  Schedule at least one meeting per quarter, Chair regularly scheduled meetings, Develop agenda and distribute one week before scheduled meeting.

The President-Elect shall:  Assist in developing meeting agenda, Call for and keep records of nominations for organizational officers, Run election of new officers.

The Secretary shall:  Keep records of chapter correspondence, Take of minutes at all meetings, Distribute copies of minutes to the executive board within 2 weeks of meeting, Distribute copies of minutes to members upon request via email or by posting on the website.

The Treasurer shall:  Keep all financial records, Give the financial report at each meeting, Make an electronic copy of the finance report available to secretary for inclusion in meeting minutes, and maintain bank account.

The Community/Consumer Liaison shall:  Maintain contact with consumer organizations, Report relevant developments at regular meetings, Prepare short report for news page on the website when appropriate.

The Legislative Liaison shall:  Monitor legislative developments, Report relevant developments at regular meetings, Prepare short report for news page on the website when appropriate.

Regularly scheduled meetings shall be chaired by the President.  In the event that the President cannot attend a meeting, responsibilities of the chair will be delegated to the next ranking officer.

4. Replacement

In the event of death, incapacity, or resignation of any of these officers, the Board shall, by majority vote, appoint a successor to serve until the conclusion of the term of the replaced member.

Article V – Executive Committee and Board

1. Composition

There shall be an Executive Committee consisting of the President, President-Elect, the Past-President, and Secretary, Treasurer, Consumer and Legislative liaisons. The Board shall consist of the Executive Committee and at least three additional members-at-large elected for staggered three-year terms. In the first election, one member-at-large shall be elected for a one-year term, one member-at-large shall be elected for a two-year term and the third member-at-large shall be elected for a three-year term. None of the officers shall serve simultaneously as member-at-large of the Board.

2. Meetings

The Board shall meet at least once annually at a time and location as deemed appropriate by the President. A meeting of the Board may also be called by action of three members of the Board who shall notify the remaining members at least two weeks in advance of the proposed meeting.

3. Quorum

For purposes of transacting business of the Chapter, a quorum shall consist of four members of the Board.

4. Removal and Replacement

Members of the Board who fail to maintain membership in good standing in the Chapter or who fail to attend two consecutive meetings of the Board are subject to removal by a majority vote of the remaining members of the Board. A tie-vote shall be construed as affirmation for removal. Positions vacated for any reason shall be replaced by a majority vote of the remaining members; such successors to serve until elections occur at the Annual Meeting of the Chapter.

Article VI – Nominations and Elections

1. Nominations

Each year, the PresidentElect or his or her designee shall email all Full members a nomination ballot for President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, Legislative Liaison, Consumer/Community Liaison and for the number of At-Large members of the Board necessary to complete the voting membership of the Board. For each office that appears on the nominating ballot, each Full member may propose up to four names and may nominate the same person for more than one office.

The President and/or person designated by the President shall ask those nominated if they are willing to stand for election. No one may hold two offices at the same time, so if a voting member received nominations for two offices, the President shall request that the individual choose the office for which he or she wishes to be a candidate.

After the list of candidates has been determined, the PresidentElect shall send to all Full members whose membership dues are paid a ballot for all matters to be voted upon, this shall include a statement on which the names of the candidates for each office are listed in alphabetical order with a optional brief biographical description of each nominee. Members of the Board shall be elected by a plurality of the votes cast at an election.

2. Terms

Elections shall be held at the last quarterly meeting of the year and new officers shall formally assume office at the next quarterly meeting. Officers shall hold office until their elected successors assume office in their stead.

Article VII – Meetings

1. Annual Business Meeting

There shall be at least one annual business meeting of the Chapter. Notice of the annual business meeting of the Chapter shall be given to all members in good standing not less than three months prior to the scheduled date.

2. Quorum

A quorum at the annual business meeting shall consist of not less than 4 members in good standing present and voting.

Article VIII – Committees

1. Committees

The Committees of the Chapter shall consist of such standing committees as may be provided by these bylaws and such special committees as may be established by vote of the Board, and may include:

2. Membership

The Membership Committee shall consist of a chair appointed by the President, who shall appoint at least two additional members with the advice and consent of the Board.

3. Program

The Program Committee shall be appointed by the Board. The primary duty of the Program Committee shall be organization and management of the Chapter’s Annual Convention and facilitating continuing education for the membership.

4. Publications

The Publications Committee shall be appointed by the Board. The role of the Publications Committee shall be to edit, publish, and distribute such other items as shall be designated by the Board. The budget of the Publications Committee shall be submitted prior to the annual meeting of the Executive Committee and shall be reviewed and approved at that time

Article IX – Dues

1. Dues

Dues for the various categories of membership shall be established by a simple majority vote of the Board. This action can be rescinded by a three-fifths majority vote of those present and voting at the Annual Business Meeting of the Association. In this case the Board shall propose an alternate schedule of dues for approval by simple majority of those present and voting.

2. Collection

Dues shall be payable in the time and manner prescribed by the Board and published to the membership at large at least six months prior to the due date.

Article X – Amendments

1. Process

This constitution and bylaws may be amended only by two-thirds vote of the members voting. Amendments may be proposed by simple majority vote of the Board.