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What Are Bylaws?

Bylaws are a set of rules adopted by an Association for governing its own meetings or affairs. There are three general types of rules that are often included within bylaws:

  • Definitions of organizational structure.
  • Descriptions of the rights and duties of members. An organization’s bylaws are intended to detail the rights and duties of the members within the organization and the extent to which the general membership retains control, or to be relieved of detailed concern with, the organization’s business..
  • Descriptions of the group’s decision-making process. Before a group-decision can be made, the group must agree on what constitutes a decision, what is the process for reaching this decision, and how much agreement must exist before the decision can be regarded as reflecting the will of the group..

To view ASA Alumni Association’s Bylaws, please click here