Bylaws

  1. NAME: The name of the committee shall be Educational Development and Practices Committee of the American Forensics Association. (Referenced as "the Committee" in these Bylaws.)
  2. CHARGE: The Committee shall address educational issues brought forward by the AFA President, AFA National Committee or AFA membership. These may include but are not limited to; development of training materials for forensic educators, reviewing AFA Code of Ethics addressing questions of forensic practice among member institutions.
  3. CHAIR:
    1. Selection: The Chair of the Committee shall be elected from and by the membership of the Committee. All members with continuing terms shall be eligible for the Chair position. Chairs may be re-elected for as long as their Committee appointment term.
    2. Term: The Chair shall serve a one-year term. The term begins at the completion of the AFA national convention.
    3. Vacancy: In the event that the Chair is unable to complete a term the AFA President shall conduct an election among the Committee membership for a replacement to finish the term.
    4. Duties: The Chair shall preside over all Committee meetings, complete a report of the Committee's proceedings and present this report to the AFA at its annual meeting and conduct any other duties as assigned by the AFA President.
  4. MEETINGS:
    1. Times: The Committee shall meet during the AFA National Convention at a time designated by the AFA National Council.
    2. Quorum: A quorum shall be three members of the Committee.
    3. Voting:
      1. Each member of the Committee shall have a vote. Proxies shall be specific to particular issues and must be submitted in writing with signature, to the chair.
      2. Voting may also take place during the year via e-mail or conference call.
  5. APPROVAL: The Bylaws shall become effective upon a simple majority vote of the Committee.
  6. AMENDMENTS:
    1. Submission: Any member may propose an amendment to the Bylaws by submitting a written statement of proposal, with rationale, to the Committee Chair. The submission must be made one month prior to the annual meeting. The Chair shall notify all Committee members of the proposal.
    2. Consideration: Amendments shall be discussed at the annual meeting.
    3. Approval: Amendments to the Bylaws require a majority approval from the Committee. This vote may take place at the annual meeting or via e-mail.