Constitution

ARTICLE I – NAME

The name of this organization shall be: Georgia Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (GACLEA).

ARTICLE II – PURPOSES

The purposes of this association are:

1. To promote professional ideals and standards for campus law enforcement in all areas of life safety and property safety so as to better serve the educational objectives of institutions of higher education in Georgia.

2. To promote the professional development of the members of this association and the law enforcement officers serving under them.

3. To collectively represent campus law enforcement to citizens of Georgia in order to obtain their understanding and support of professional law enforcement.

ARTICLE III – MEMBERSHIP

1. Eligibility

a. The administrators of the law enforcement or security function of every institution of higher education in Georgia are eligible for membership. The administrative officers having responsibility for protection of life and property on institutions which do not have a law enforcement or security function established are eligible for membership. Such institutions include colleges, universities, two year colleges, technical schools above the secondary level, teaching hospitals, seminaries and all other institutions of higher education which offer a degree requiring at least two years of academic credit.

b. Persons in professions other than campus law enforcement who support the standards, ideals, and purposes of the Association (such as vendors) are eligible for supporting memberships.

c. Institutions described in paragraph a are entitled to two voting memberships. (One institutional membership and one active institutional membership.)

2. Classifications, Rights and Privileges

a. Institutional Member: The senior administrator responsible for the law enforcement function. Each institution may have only one institutional member. Institutional members are entitled to hold office in the association and when present at a meeting shall have one vote on all issues before the association. Institutional members may also participate at meetings, serve on committees, receive Association publications, and attend all Association functions.

b. Active Institutional Member: Administrator/Manager responsible for a law enforcement function. Each institutional member may designate only one active institutional member from their institution. Active institutional members are entitled to hold office in the association and when present at a meeting shall have one vote on all issues before the association. Active institutional members may also participate at meetings, serve on committees, receive Association publications, and attend all Association functions.

c. Associate Member: Administrator/Manager responsible for a law enforcement function. Associate members may participate at meetings, serve on committees, receive Association publications, and attend all Association functions. An institution may have an unlimited number of associate memberships.

d. Honorary Member: Honorary membership may be granted to any individual who has worked diligently to promote the professional standards and purposes of the Association. Honorary members may participate at meetings, serve on committees, receive Association publications, and attend all Association functions.

e. Supporting Member: Supporting membership may be granted to those in professions other than campus law enforcement who support the standards, ideals and purposes of the Association (such as vendors, etc.) Supporting members may attend Association meetings and functions and address the membership upon invitation of the executive committee.

3. Election to Membership

a. Persons desiring membership in the Association must make application to the membership committee.

b. The membership committee will determine the eligibility of applicants and present a recommendation to the membership at the next scheduled quarterly meeting. Membership will be awarded upon majority vote.

c. Honorary membership may be granted upon nomination by a current member in good standing and a vote of approval of two-thirds majority of voting members present at a meeting.

4. Charter Member: Those members who attended the first Association meeting are designated charter members. All charter members may be eligible for honorary membership.

5. Dues: Dues shall be prescribed in the by-laws of the Association.

ARTICLE IV – ORGANIZATION

1. Officers – The officers of the association shall be: a president; a vice-president, a secretary; and a treasurer. The term of officer for each shall begin at the conclusion of the Fall meeting and extend through the following Fall meeting. The vice-president shall automatically succeed the president. The vice-president, secretary, and treasurer shall be elected at the Fall meeting.

2. Powers and Duties

a. The president shall be the executive officer of the Association and shall preside at all meetings of the Association. The president shall have authority to appoint all committees and to appoint replacements for elected officers who vacate their terms prior to expiration, such replacements to complete the unexpired term only.

b. The vice-president shall act for the president in the president’s absence. The vice-president shall succeed the president for the remainder of the term of office if the president is unable to continue in office for any reason.

c. The secretary shall give notice of all meetings of the Association, keep a record of the minutes of such meetings, be responsible for the records of the Association, handle correspondence of the Association, and provide the membership with copies of minutes and other publications of the Association.

d. The treasurer shall collect all funds owed to the Association, dispense all funds for expenditures duly authorized, and maintain accurate accounts of same. The president of the Association will appoint an assistant treasurer who will co-sign all checks drawn on the Association’s account. The president may assume this responsibility.

e. The Executive Committee (composed of the president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and immediate past president) shall have the authority to approve the payment of all routine operational expenses of the Association. The Executive Committee shall also have the authority, when the essence of time precludes the presentation before the membership in regular session, to approve the expenditure of Association funds up to five hundred dollars ($500.00) for special projects and causes deemed by the Committee to be in support of the purposes of the Association.

ARTICLE IV – BYLAWS

The Association may, at any regular meeting, adopt and change any bylaws which do not violate the provisions of this constitution.

ARTICLE VI – MEETINGS

1. The frequency and location of meetings shall be as prescribed in the bylaws.

2. A quorum shall consist of a majority of the voting members registered at any regular meeting.

3. Procedure at meetings shall follow the parliamentary rules as stated in Roberts’ Rules of Order.

ARTICLE VII – AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION

1. Any and all articles, sections, or paragraphs of this constitution may be amended by vote or approval by three-fourths majority of the voting members registered at a regular meeting.

2. Voting upon amendments shall be limited to proposals which have been presented to the membership for discussion at the last regular meeting before such voting.

3. The president shall appoint a committee, consisting of no less than three members, on constitution and bylaws. This committee shall have the duty of annual study of the constitution and bylaws and, further, shall study each proposed amendment to the constitution and submit a recommendation on such proposal to the membership at the meeting on which the proposal is to be voted upon, prior to such voting.

Meeting Minutes