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Governance & Guiding Documents

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


    The Constitution outlines the Society’s structure at the highest level. It may only be amended with approval 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.


    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.   

    Changes to the governing documents

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

    The Board of Direction convened in Charleston, SC on July 13-14, 2018 and received for information and first reading the following amendments to the Society's Bylaws.   The Board will take action on these amendments at its meeting on October 11-12, 2018.   Members who have questions or concerns regarding these amendments should contact their Region Director.  The amended language and intent can be viewed by clicking on the articles below.

    Bylaws, Article The Committee on Student Members recommends a revision to match current practice and eligibility requirements for establishing new Student Chapters (domestic and internationally).

    Various Articles in the Bylaws to eliminate use of the Strategic Initiative Committee as directed by the Board of Direction.   

  • 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