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Constitutional Changes

On the agenda of the 2013 annual meeting will be numerous proposed amendments to the AAUP constitution—most of them minor, but a few major. The primary substantive change proposed is a shift in the process of elections of Council members from the current annual cycle to a biennial one. The motivation for this recommendation was the increased cost in recent years, in staff time and money, of conducting national elections.

When the Council requested that the legal staff and the Committee on Organization of the Association examine the constitution and make recommendations to achieve this purpose, it also directed a comprehensive review of the constitutional language to guarantee that it comports with the current legal status of the Association, is clear and unambiguous, and is stylistically consistent. This resulted in a large number of recommended changes. The proposed language is available for your review at

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