Did you know that OSCA has to review and submit ByLaws to ASCA every 5 years? Now is the time for our state organization to review our ByLaws to make sure they are serving our state to the best of our ability!
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BYLAWS of the OKLAHOMA SCHOOL COUNSELOR ASSOCIATION
ARTICLE I: NAME AND MISSION
ARTICLE I, SECTION 1. The name of the Association shall be the Oklahoma School Counselor Association (OSCA), a chartered state chapter of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA).
ARTICLE I, SECTION 2. OSCA expands the image and influence of professional school counselors. OSCA empowers professional school counselors with the knowledge, skills, linkages, and resources to promote equity, access to a high-quality education and overall success for every student in school. The mission of OSCA shall be to represent professional school counselors and to promote professionalism and ethical practices.
ARTICLE II: MEMBERSHIP
ARTICLE II, SECTION 1. Types of Membership. This Association shall include four types of membership: Professional, Retired, Student and Affiliate.
ARTICLE II, SECTION 2. Requirements of Membership. In order to qualify for one of the three types of membership, the following requirements must be met for each category of membership being sought.
ARTICLE II, SECTION 3. Dues. Dues for all categories of membership shall be set and established by the Board of Directors.
ARTICLE II, SECTION 4. Rights and Privileges. Professional, Retired, and Student Members shall be eligible to vote, indicate motions of parliamentary proceeding, and shall be eligible for elective office or appointment to the Board.
ARTICLE II, SECTION 5. Severance of Membership. Association members who do not renew their membership before their membership expiration date will no longer be considered members of OSCA. Membership may be revoked for revocation of license or credential or for any conduct that tends to injure the association, or adversely affect its reputation, or which violates principles stated in the OSCA Bylaws. Any member charged with engaging in misconduct shall be given the opportunity to file an appeal to and have a hearing before the Board of Directors, whose decision shall be final.
ARTICLE II, SECTION 6. Nondiscrimination. The Oklahoma School Counselor Association does not knowingly engage in or support activities that discriminate on any basis as addressed in ASCA’s Ethical Standards for School Counselors.
ARTICLE III: OSCA OFFICERS AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS
ARTICLE III, SECTION 1. Officers. The Officers of OSCA shall be the Past President, President, President-Elect. The officers make up the Executive Board of OSCA.
ARTICLE III, SECTION 2. Board of Directors.
ARTICLE III, SECTION 3. Duties of Office.
ARTICLE III, SECTION 4. Nominations and Elections.
year prior to being elected.
ARTICLE III, SECTION 5. Meetings.
ARTICLE III, SECTION 6. Vacancies.
ARTICLE III, SECTION 7. Removal from Office. An elected officer or member of the Board may be removed from office, for cause, by a two-thirds majority vote of the Board of Directors.
ARTICLE III, SECTION 8. Compensation and Reimbursement of Expenses. Members of the OSCA Board of Directors shall not receive any compensation for services, but their necessary expenses shall be paid in accordance with OSCA Bylaws. Members of the OSCA Board of Directors shall not benefit financially or materially from their service on the Board of Directors.
ARTICLE IV: BUSINESS AFFAIRS OF THE ASSOCIATION
ARTICLE IV, SECTION 1. Fiscal Year. The fiscal year shall begin July 1 and end the following June 30.
ARTICLE IV, SECTION 2. Property of the Association. In the event the Association should be dissolved, none of its property shall be distributed to any of the members. Instead, all of its property shall be transferred to such organizations(s) as the Board of Directors shall determine to have purposes and activities most nearly consonant with those of the Association.
ARTICLE IV, SECTION 3. Annual Meeting. There shall be an annual business meeting of the membership of the Association at the annual conference. Minutes of this meeting will be secured.
ARTICLE V: INDEMNIFICATION
ARTICLE V, SECTION 1. OSCA Association indemnifies the Board of Directors from all judgments, fines, amounts paid in settlement, and reasonable expenses, including attorney's fees, actually, and necessarily incurred or imposed as a result of such actions or proceedings or an appeal therein, imposed upon or asserted against him or her by reason of being or having been such an officer and acting within the scope of his or her official duties, but only when the determination shall have been made judicially or in the manner hereinafter provided in good faith for the purpose when he or she reasonably believed to be in the best interest of the association, and in the case of criminal action or proceedings upon a finding that or if a quorum under is not obtained with due diligence upon the opinion in writing of independent legal counsel, that the Board of Directors member has met the foregoing applicable standard of conduct if the undergoing determinations to be made by the Board of Directors it may rely as to all questions of law on the advice of independent counsel.
ARTICLE VI: AMENDMENT OF BYLAWS
ARTICLE VI, SECTION 1. Amendments. These Bylaws may be amended by a majority vote at a general membership meeting as provided in this section.
ARTICLE VI, SECTION 2. Publication. The Bylaws of OSCA shall be published on the OSCA website in their entirety and shall be available to any member upon request.