Bylaws of the American Psychological Association - Article XI: Boards and Committees

  1. The boards and committees of the Association shall consist of the standing boards and committees provided by these Bylaws and such other boards and committees as may be established in accordance with the Association Rules. Members of standing boards and committee, except those serving as ex officio or as otherwise stated in these Bylaws, shall be elected for staggered terms by Council. Nomination of candidates shall be the responsibility of the Board of Directors, after receiving recommendations from the relevant boards and committees. At least two persons shall be included on a slate for each vacancy on the board and committee election ballot. Selections of members to committees other than standing committees and those reporting directly to the Board of Directors and Council shall be the responsibility of the board through which the committee reports, with the approval of the Board of Directors. The respective standing boards shall have the responsibility for the supervision and coordination of the committees of the Association whose activities fall within their scope. Except as otherwise provided in these Bylaws, each standing board and committee shall annually elect its own Chair. Standing boards and committees shall meet not less often than annually at the call of their Chair. They shall report annually in writing to the Board of Directors and Council.

    If a standing board or committee believes that there is reasonable cause to remove a member from said body, a vote may be taken by the board or committee to petition the Board of Directors to remove said member. If, with the exception of the individual in question, two-thirds of all members vote to remove said member, then a petition requesting removal shall inform the Board of Directors of the basis for, and the evidence supporting, said removal. The Board of Directors shall give said member the opportunity to fully respond in writing to the petition. The Board of Directors, by a two-thirds vote of all members, may remove said member if it determines that there is reasonable cause for removal and that removal is in the best interest of the Association.

  2. The Membership Board shall consist of no fewer than eight Members and one Affiliate of the Association. At least two of the members shall be Fellows of the Association. The remaining members shall be selected to represent the diverse memberships of the Association. Members of the Board shall serve for staggered terms of three years each, except when filling a vacancy on the Board. The Board shall have responsibility for the oversight of membership recruitment and retention activities for the Association. The Board shall have the authority to elect qualified persons to initial Member or Associate member status. The Membership Board is responsible for establishing and regulating the APA criteria that the Fellows Committee uses to review and to recommend member nominees for election to Fellow status. The Board shall receive nominations from the Fellows Committee and shall forward recommendations without alterations or comments to the Board of Directors.

  3. The Finance Committee shall consist of the Treasurer and not fewer than three Members of the Association, elected for terms of not less than three years. The Treasurer shall serve as Chair. It shall be the duty of the Finance Committee to present an annual budget, to review the annual financial statements of the Association, and to nominate the professional auditors who shall be elected annually by the Board of Directors.

  4. The Board of Convention Affairs shall consist of not fewer than six Members of the Association, three to be elected every other year for a term of not less than four years. The President may each year appoint to this Board one or more Members of the Association for terms of one to four years at his/her discretion. It shall be the responsibility of this Board to recommend policies and procedures to be followed in planning the Annual Convention, to coordinate the programs of Divisions and other organized groups within the Association, and to arrange for programs of general interest at the time of the Annual Convention.

  5. The Ethics Committee shall consist of not fewer than eight persons, at least seven of whom shall be Members of the Association, elected from different geographical areas, for terms of not less than three years. Members of the Ethics Committee shall be selected to represent a range of interests characteristic of psychology. The Ethics Committee shall have the power to receive, initiate, and investigate complaints of unethical conduct of Members (to include Fellows), Associate members, and Affiliates; to report on types of cases investigated with specific description of difficult or recalcitrant cases; to dismiss or recommend action on ethical cases investigated; to resolve cases by agreement where appropriate; to formulate rules or principles of ethics for adoption by the Association; to formulate rules and procedures governing the conduct of the ethics or disciplinary process for approval by the Board of Directors acting on behalf of Council; and to interpret, apply, and otherwise administer those rules and procedures. The work of the Ethics Committee, including information and recommendation on all cases before it, shall be kept confidential, except as provided by the Ethics Committee in rules and procedures approved by the Board of Directors, consistent with the objectives of the Committee and the interest of the Association.

  6. The Election Committee shall consist of the Past President, acting as Chair, and the two other most recently retired Presidents of the Association. The Election Committee shall be responsible for the conduct of elections by voting Members of the Association, shall determine the results of all such elections, shall investigate complaints about APA elections, and shall certify the outcome of elections to the Board of Directors and Council. The Election Committee shall also oversee the voting Bylaws amendments and shall certify the results.

  7. The Policy and Planning Board shall consist of not fewer than nine Members of the Association, three of whom shall be elected each year and each of whom shall serve for an initial term of not less than three years. The Policy and Planning Board shall be selected to represent the range of active interests within the Association. No person shall be eligible to serve more than two consecutive terms. The Policy and Planning Board's function shall be the consideration of current and long-range policy. As a continuing body, it shall recommend to the Members, Board of Directors, and Council such changes in existing policy and such extensions or restrictions of the functions of the Association, its Divisions, or State/Provincial/Territorial Psychological Associations as are consonant with the purposes of the Association. The Policy and Planning Board shall report annually by publication to the membership. It shall review the structure and function of the Association as a whole in every fifth year and shall make recommendations by written report to Council and by publication to the Association.
  8. The Publications and Communications Board shall consist of no fewer than nine Members of the Association. Members of the Board shall serve for staggered terms of six years. In addition, the Treasurer and chief staff officer shall be ex-officio members, without vote, of the Publications and Communications Board. It shall be the function of this Board to make recommendations on current and innovative plans and policies on the acquisition, management, initiation, or discontinuance of journals, separates, bibliographic and related publications, and information services. It shall appoint Editors, except the Editor of the official organ of the Association.

  9. The Board of Educational Affairs shall consist of not fewer than twelve Members of the Association, who shall serve for terms of not less than three years each. It shall have general concern for all educational and training affairs which transcend more than one Division or group of psychologists. Members of the Board of Educational Affairs shall be selected to represent the range of interests characteristic of psychology in all its aspects.

  10. The Board of Professional Affairs shall consist of no fewer than nine Members of the Association, who shall serve for terms of three years each, except when filling a vacancy on the Board. The Board of Professional Affairs shall be responsible for developing recommendations for and monitoring the implementation of APA policy, standards and guidelines for the profession of psychology, maintaining relationships with other professional organizations and groups appropriate to its mission, recognizing contributions to the profession of psychology through awards and honors, proposing to the Association ways to enhance the profession of psychology, and fostering the application of psychological knowledge in order to promote public welfare. Insofar as possible, members of the Board of Professional Affairs shall be elected to represent the range of interests characteristic of the profession of psychology.

  11. The Board of Scientific Affairs shall consist of not fewer than nine Members of the Association, who shall serve for terms of not less than three years. It shall have general concern for all aspects of psychology as a science, including the continued encouragement, development, and promotion of psychology as a science; scientific aspects of the program at the Annual Convention; and psychology's relations with other scientific bodies. It shall have particular responsibility for liaison with agencies giving financial support to scientific projects, for awards and honors in recognition of scientific achievement, and for seeking new ways in which the Association can assist scientific activities. Members of the Board of Scientific Affairs shall be selected to represent the range of interests characteristic of psychology in all its aspects.

  12. The Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest (BAPPI) shall consist of not fewer than ten members elected for three-year terms. Nine of the members must be Members of the American Psychological Association. The tenth member shall be a public member appointed by BAPPI for up to a three-year term. The mission of the Board shall be to encourage the generation and application of psychological knowledge on issues important to human well-being. It shall have general concern for those aspects of psychology that involve solutions to the fundamental problems of human justice and that promote equitable and just treatment of all segments of society. BAPPI shall encourage the utilization and dissemination of psychological knowledge to advance equal opportunity and to foster empowerment of those who do not share equitably in society's resources. The Board shall be concerned with increasing scientific understanding and training in regard to those aspects that pertain to, but are not limited to, culture, class, race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age and disability. The Board shall support improving educational and training opportunities for all persons in psychology and continue the promotion of culturally sensitive models for the delivery of psychological services. The Board shall be sensitive to the entire range of APA activities as they pertain to the mission of this Board and make recommendations regarding ethically and socially responsible actions by APA when appropriate. The composition of the Board shall reflect diversity in terms of ethnic minorities, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities and religion, as well as the range of interests characteristic of psychology in all its aspects.