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Governance & Guiding Documents

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

    Constitution

    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 Board of Direction has been working on revisions to the Society’s governing documents to prepare ASCE for today’s rapid changing profession. This process began in January 2019, with a thorough review of the Constitution. At its January 9, 2020 meeting, the Board of Direction approved by two-thirds vote on second reading amendments to the Constitution and recommends the membership approve the revisions when presented on the May 2020 election ballot.

    The proposed revisions and explanation of the changes may be reviewed in advance of the election ballot. If you prefer, you may view a clean copy of the Constitution as proposed.

    If you have questions regarding the proposed amendments to the Constitution, please contact pmontgomery@asce.org.

    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.

    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.   

    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 Washington, DC on March 14-15, 2020 and received for information and first reading amendments to the Society's Bylaws.  The Board will take action on these amendments at its meeting on July 10-11, 2020.  Members who have questions or concerns regarding these amendments should contact their Region Director.  View the amended language and intent.

  • 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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