Article IV: the National Committee

  1. Committee membership.
    1. The voting membership of the National Committee shall consist of:
      1. the chair or National Committee Representative of each district;
      2. one representative from each of the geographic regions (as defined by the Constitution of the AFA);
      3. The Chair of the National Committee;
      4. the tournament Director.
    2. Ex-officio membership of the National Committee shall consist of:
      1. the President of AFA;
      2. the tournament Host;
      3. the Chair of the Board of Trustees;
      4. the Chair of the Educational Development and Practices Committee of the AFA;
      5. the Chair of the AFA Professional Development and Support Committee;
      6. any other members that the National Committee shall determine facilitate their deliberations.
    3. All voting members of the National Committee shall have the following minimal qualifications:
      1. a member of AFA;
      2. received at least a baccalaureate degree.
    4. Election procedures.
      1. The members representing districts shall be elected to office in accordance with Article III, Sections B.2., C.1., E.1. of this Charter in district election procedures.
      2. By November 1 of the appropriate year, the regional representative shall be appointed by the President of AFA with the advice of appropriate regional associations and with the approval of the AFA National Council.
      3. The Chair of the National Committee shall be elected by a majority of the Committee at the meeting of the National Committee at NDT.
      4. The tournament Director and the tournament Host shall be appointed by the Chair of the National Committee and approved by a majority vote of the Committee.
    5. Term of Office.
      1. The Chair of the National Committee shall serve one year.
      2. All members representing districts and regions shall be elected or appointed for two year terms, with half elected or appointed each biennium. The representatives from even numbered districts and the Midwestern and Western regions shall be elected or appointed in odd numbered years. The representatives from odd numbered districts and the Eastern and Southern regions shall be elected or appointed in even numbered years.
      3. The tournament Director and the tournament Host shall serve as long as the National Committee wishes to retain their services, as long as those appointed to such positions consent to serve.
      4. Terms of office shall begin on May 1.
    6. Vacancies that occur on the National Committee shall be filled as soon as possible using the procedures specified in Section 4 above. Such members shall serve the remainder of the term for which the vacancy occurred.
  2. Powers and Duties.
    1. The following rights shall be reserved to the National Committee:
      1. a. to regulate the number and geographic boundaries of the districts;
      2. to establish a uniform formula for determining the number of teams which the districts may qualify for the National Tournament;
      3. to establish and administer procedures for operation of the National Tournament in compliance with this Charter, the AFA Code of Ethics, and the Standing Rules for the Operation of the National Debate Tournament.
    2. The duties of the chair of the National Committee shall be:
      1. to preside at meetings of the National Committee;
      2. to report committee activity to the annual meeting of the AFA;
      3. to appoint such subcommittees as specified in the Standing Rules or as she/he deems appropriate;
      4. any other duties as designated by the AFA or by the National Committee.
    3. The National Committee shall select the following officers:
      1. a secretary selected from among the Committee who shall maintain and report to the National Committee and to subscribers the minutes of the Committee; maintain an up-to-date list of institutions carrying on forensics programs as well as the subscriber status and instructional staff of these programs; and perform any other duties specified by the National Committee;
      2. a tournament Host who shall be responsible for such arrangements at the hosting institution as the National Committee shall request;
      3. a tournament Director who shall have the following rights and duties:
      4. (1) to work with the Board of Trustees in developing a budget for the NDT;
        (2) to work with the Vice-President of AFA on publicity for NDT;
        (3) to work with the chair of the AFA Educational Development and Practices Committee to implement AFA Code of Ethics sanctions;
        (4) to request any guidance she/he wishes from the National Committee in areas not covered by existing policies and procedures;
        (5) to implement the policies and procedures of the AFA and the National Committee in conducting the National Tournament;
        (6) to report annually to the National Committee on the National Tournament including presentation of motions to alter NDT policies and procedures to facilitate work with the Tournament;
        (7) any other duties specified by the National Committee.
  3. Rules of Procedure.
    1. A quorum of two-thirds of the voting members shall be required for transaction of National Committee business.
    2. Robert's Rules of Order (newly revised) shall govern committee business.
    3. Voting rights.
      1. Voting members of the National Committee shall have all the rights and privileges endowed on the Committee.
      2. The ex-officio members shall have the right to address the Committee but shall not have voting rights on any matter.
      3. In their absence from a National Committee meeting, any member of the Committee may be represented by another person from his or her constituency who shall assume his or her voting rights.
    4. Majorities required for enactment.
      1. Policy decisions with respect to the Standing Rules for the Operation of the National Debate Tournament shall require a two-thirds vote of members present and voting, or a simple majority in two consecutive years. All policy and procedure decisions applicable to the Tournament on an on-going basis shall be enacted into the Standing Rules for the Operation of the National Debate Tournament.
      2. Changes in the Standing Rules of the National Committee shall require a majority vote of all those present and voting.
    5. The chair shall call meetings as necessitated by committee business with the following stipulations:
      1. all meetings shall be open;
      2. at one National Committee meeting each year, students shall be invited and encouraged to voice their opinions regarding the operation of the National Tournament;
      3. at a meeting each year at the AFA National Convention, all AFA members and NDT subscribers shall be invited and encouraged to voice their opinions regarding the operation of the National Tournament.