Section 11.3

PRACTICE SPECIALTY AND COMMON INTEREST GROUP FORMATION AND DISSOLUTION

I. GROUP FORMATION

Groups may be formed and shall operate according to the Model Operating Procedures approved by the Council on Practices and Standards and the Board of Directors. Petitions to form Practice Specialties or Common Interest Groups shall be approved by the Council on Practices and Standards and the Board of Directors.

The formation of a new group is a two-step process: first the formation of a branch within another practice specialty or common interest group and then the formation of a new group. Members wishing to form a new group bring their request to the Vice President, Council on Practices and Standards who shall identify the group best suited to mentor and support this special area of interest. With the support of the mentoring group the interested members shall first develop a proposal for the formation of a branch.

The proposal shall be in writing and shall describe the proposed new special area of interest, the need for the new branch, and the potential contribution of the new branch,  practice specialty, or common interest group to the Society's vision and mission. The Administrator of the mentoring group shall submit the proposal to the Council on Practices and Standards as a motion to form a new branch. The chair of the branch shall be appointed by the group’s administrator. The branch shall operate with the support and counsel of the mentoring group until such time as it can operate independently and meet the criteria for formation. At that time, the branch may draft a petition for formation for submission to the Council on Practices and Standards. With approval from the Council on Practices and Standards, the Vice President, Council on Practices and Standards shall submit the petition to the Board of Directors.

The requirement to achieve and maintain a minimum of 500 members may be waived with the specific approval of the Council on Practices and Standards and the Board of Directors, based on the universe of potential members and the value such a group brings to the Society.

Requirements for formation of a practice specialty or common interest group are as follows:

  • A written petition shall be submitted requesting official recognition of the group by an existing Branch. It must include an outline of its purposes, objectives and proposed activities, and have a documented listing of 500 members committed to joining the new group.
  • A list of officers for the first term of office after the group is approved.  Officers must be professional members of ASSE.
  • A three-year tactical plan describing goals, objectives and strategies proposed by the new group.

Criteria to be used in evaluating the petition include the pertinence of the proposed group’s applicability to the Society's mission, possible overlap between the fields of the proposed and other groups, the size of the segment of the total ASSE membership which would be served by the new group.

Steps for approval of the new group include:

  • Approval of the Council on Practices and Standards.
  • Approval by the Board of Directors.

Newly approved groups may begin regular operations immediately upon Board of Directors approval.

II. PRACTICE SPECIALTY OR COMMON INTEREST GROUP DISSOLUTION

Any group  whose membership falls below the minimum requirement of 500 members for three consecutive months, or whose activities are contrary to or detrimental to the objectives of the Society as determined by the Council on Practices and Standards shall be placed on probation for a specified period by the Council on Practices and Standards. A group placed on probation shall show evidence within six months of steps taken to correct the cause of probation. Such evidence shall be reviewed by the Council on Practices and Standards at least semi-annually throughout the probationary period.

If, after the conclusion of the probationary period, the group has not resolved the cause of probation, the matter shall be brought before the Council on Practices and Standards. The Council, with approval of the Board of Directors, may then dissolve the group or reconstitute as a branch.


Approved By/Date: Council on Practices and Standards, Board of Directors (3/4/2016)
Replaces Edition Dated: 2011
Next Revision Due: 5/2018

 
 

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