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Governance & Guiding Documents

  • The Society and its members abide by the following documents.

    Constitution

    The Constitution outlines the Society’s structure at the highest level. It may only be amended with approval by the membership.   The membership will be asked to vote on a Constitutional amendment during the 2017 election to increase the size of the Board to 18 members to allow the third Technical Region Director to vote.

    Bylaws

    The Bylaws mirror the structure of the ASCE Constitution, providing more detail. Bylaws may be amended by the Board of Direction, with advance notice to the membership.

    The Board of Direction will meet on July 28-29, 2017 and consider amendments to the Society's Bylaws as follows.

    • Article 2.1.6 to reserve Distinguished Member status for former Society employees after a waiting period of three years.
    • Article 6 to increase the number of Technical Region Directors on the Board from two to three.
    • Article 6.0.5.6 to require the Assistant Treasurer to attend only the last two Board of Direction meetings before they assume the office of Treasurer.
    • Article 7.1.3 to modify the composition of the Board of Direction Nominating Committee and At-Large Director Review Panel.

    Rules

    The Rules of Policy and Procedure provide the most detail about the Society’s structure and operations. The Rules may be amended by the Board of Direction upon 30 days notice.

    Code of Ethics

    Individuals who join ASCE must agree to abide by the Society’s Code of Ethics. Under ASCE Bylaws, all ASCE members are required to comply with the Code of Ethics and to report any observed violations..   The Board of Direction will take action on a proposed amendment to the Code of Ethics at its July 28-29, 2017 meeting to add a new Canon 8 on Diversity and Inclusion. 

    Changes to the governing documents

    All proposed amendments to these governing documents must be reviewed by the Governing Documents Committee.

  • Have an ethics violation to report?

    To file an Ethics complaint:

    • Complete the Ethics Violation form
    • Mail your complaint to:
      American Society of Civil Engineers
      Attn: General Counsel
      1801 Alexander Bell Drive
      Reston, VA 20191

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