Adjunct Clinical Faculty Association

Constitution and Bylaws of the Adjunct Clinical Faculty Association in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford School of Medicine

I.  Name: The Adjunct Clinical Faculty Association of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of the Stanford University School of Medicine.

II. Purpose:  The Adjunct Clinical Faculty Association is a non-profit, non-political organization with the following purposes:

1. To contribute to the high quality of clinical instruction in the medical school;

2. To provide channels of communication between Adjunct Faculty and other segments of the Department of Psychiatry of the Medical School and the University, e.g., administration, academic senate, house staff, students, etc.;

3. To activate the Adjunct Faculty for participation in the formulation of policies of the Department of Psychiatry of the Medical School and the University as they apply to teaching and patient care, and in the implementation of those policies;

4. To encourage and provide continuing education for the Adjunct Faculty utilizing the facilities of the Department, the Medical School, and the University.

III. Membership:

1. Qualifications for membership:

1. All members of the of the Adjunct Clinical Faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, including its Emeriti and those holding Senjor Lecturerer status, are automatic members of the Association..
ii. Licensure to practice profession in California.
iii. Certification by Council of candidate's fulfillment of qualification for membership.
iv. Voluntary payment of dues when requested for approved purposes.

2. Requirement for resignation: Member's resignation will be automatic by written notification by the member.

3. Initial membership; the initial membership shall consist of those persons presently members of the Adjunct Faculty of the Department of Psychiatry of the Stanford University School of Medicine. Initial membership shall cease at the end of the first year.

4. Subsequent application for membership is to be made to the Council who shall follow the above qualifications for membership.

IV. The Council:

1. The governing body of the organization shall be a Council of 8, plus 2 alternates, elected by the general membership at a time designated by the Council. These persons shall assume membership on the Council for two years immediately following their election. Vacant seats on the Council may be filled by majority vote of the Council until the next annual meeting. The Council, by majority vote, may select at its discretion additional persons as ex officio members. The Council shall appoint four persons among its members as Chair Person, Vice Chair Person, Treasurer and Secretary. Both council and general membership meetings shall be chaired by persons selected by the Council.

V. Election Procedures:

1.  Council members will be nominated by the nominating committee and elected by a plurality of the membership voting by means selected by the Council.

2. The Nominating Committee will consist of three council members and three members at large.

VI. Meeting of the Association:

1. Annual meeting:

At least one meeting of the general membership shall be held each year, which shall be designated the Annual Meeting. The business of that meeting will include reports by the Council and other matters as may be necessary. 

2. Special Meetings:

Special meetings shall be called upon the approval of the Council or by a petition signed by 10% or more of the membership.

VII. Dues and Contributions:

1. Voluntary dues and contributions may be requested by the Council.

2. Voluntary dues and contributions shall be due and payable by a date selected by the Council.

VIII. Financial Affairs: Funds of the Council:

1. All funds of this Association shall be deposited in an accredited financial institution designated by the Council. Accounts shall be kept in the name of the Adjunct Clinical Faculty Association of the Department of Psychiatry of Stanford University School of Medicine.

2. No councilperson shall deposit any funds belonging to this Association in his personal account.

3. Funds shall be withdrawn only by an authorized check signed by one of two designated councilpersons, one of whom is designated treasurer.

4. The Council shall appoint an Auditing Committee consisting of three or more persons who shall audit the financial affairs of this Association at least once each year and shall report thereon at the annual meeting of its members.

IX. Repeal or Amendment:

1. This constitution may be amended or repealed by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the respondent members.

2. Constitutional amendment or repeal can be initiated by:

i. A petition signed by 10% of the active members;
ii. An action of the Council.

X. Dissolution:

1. This Association does not contemplate pecuniary gain or profit to its members and it is organized solely for non-profit purposes. Upon the dissolution of this Association, after paying or adequately providing for the debts and the obligations of the Association, the remaining assets shall be distributed to a non-profit fund, foundation, or corporation which is organized and operated exclusively for scientific or educational purposes and which has established its tax exempt status under Section 501 (c.3) of the Internal Revenue Code. If this Association holds any assets on trust, such assets shall be disposed of in such a manner as may be directed by the decree of the Superior Court of the County in which the Association's principal office is located, upon petition therefore by the Attorney General or by any person concerned in the liquidation.

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