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Governance & Guiding Documents

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


    The Constitution is the Society’s highest governing document, followed by the Bylaws and Rules of Policy and Procedure. Each level of governing document contains more detail about Society operations than the one preceding it, from high-level organizational structure in the Constitution to regular administrative matters in the Rules. Because of this difference in focus, the way these governing documents are amended will vary. The Constitution contains elements related to the size of the Board of Direction, the membership grades and voting rights, designates Officers and their terms, etc. These are important components of the Society on which the membership should have a say, and therefore any revisions to the Constitution must be approved by the membership.


    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.


    Th 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.

    Changes to the Governing Documents

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

    Constitutional Amendment

    The Board of Direction convened on October 26–27, 2020 and approved on second reading an amendment to the Constitution to allow Student Members the right to vote. By a vote of 66.5% in favor and 33.5% against, the membership defeated the proposed constitutional amendment intended to allow Student Members the right to vote. Amendments to the constitution require the affirmative vote of two-thirds (2/3) of those members voting.

    Bylaws Amendments

    The Board of Direction convened on April 30-May 1, 2021 and received for first reading consideration the following amendments to the Bylaws. These amendments will be presented to the Board for second reading approval on July 16-17, 2021.

    • Article, Annual Reporting. The intent of the amendment is to codify how Sections and Branches are actually submitting their Activity and Financial Reports, and allows the Executive Committee to adjust the filing dates and potential penalties for not filing.
    • Article 7.6, Inclusion on the Election Ballot. The intent of the language is eliminate the requirement that Nominees appear in alphabetical order on the Society's election ballot.

    Please direct any questions on the governing documents to [email protected].

  • 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