NABA Bylaws2018-10-04T17:23:13+00:00

Bylaws of the Nevada Association for Behavior Analysis

PROPOSED Bylaws of the Nevada Association for Behavior Analysis

August 2018

Article I: Name and Purpose

The name of this association shall be the Nevada Association for Behavior Analysis (NABA). NABA is a non-profit corporation incorporated in the State of Nevada.  NABA is a state organization whose purpose is to promote intellectual exchange, facilitate professional development, and inform related public policy in the interest of advancing the field of behavior analysis.[1]

Article II: Membership

NABA shall have four classes of members: Full Members, Student Members, Affiliate Members, and Sustaining Members.  Membership shall be contingent upon the payment of NABA dues and fulfillment of the following conditions:

  • Full Members shall hold a masters or doctoral degree or equivalent in a field related to behavior analysis.Full Members may vote on matters related to NABA.
  • Student Members shall provide documentation of full-time student status by an official of their training institution. Student Members do not have voting privileges except in the election of the Student Representatives.[2]
  • Affiliate Members shall be those who do not meet the requirements of either Full or Student Members.Affiliate Members do not have voting privileges.
  • Any member can support NABA financially by paying the fee of Sustaining Members and receive recognition as such.

Membership fees are to be posted on the NABA website. Voting members must meet the qualifications of Full Members and pay the related fee. The membership year shall be July 1stthrough June 30thof the following year.[3]

Article III: Activities and Services

NABA should hold at minimum one event each year to provide educational opportunities to members. NABA shall maintain a web site that includes information about the organization and behavior analysis as relevant. NABA shall inform public policy matters as appropriate.[4]

Article IV: Dues and Fees

Membership dues and convention registration fees shall be set by a vote of the Board.  Affiliate Member dues and fees shall be set such as to not exceed 80% of Full Member dues and fees. Student Member dues and fees shall be set such as not to exceed 25% of Full Member dues and fees.[5]

Article V: Officers and Governance[6]

NABA shall be governed by a Board made up of eight officers[7], including: President, Secretary/Treasurer, At Large Representative, Student Representative, and the newly elected counterparts for each position.  The officers must be full members of NABA. All board members are elected for a two-year term, with the first year being designated as an “elect” position during which they work with their counterpart to learn the position roles and responsibilities. Each term of office begins on the first day of January following the election.[8]All board members have voting rights.

The President/President-Elect must hold a Ph.D. in behavior analysis or related field. The President is responsible for ensuring the association operates in accordance with the bylaws. The President presides over a monthly board meeting and calls for votes on association matters as required. The President presides over the business meeting held at the annual convention and submits an annual report on the activities of NABA to the ABAI Council.

The Secretary/Treasurer is responsible for maintaining the association’s business and financial records. The Secretary/Treasurer is responsible for documenting actions taken during board meetings and business meetings, recording votes of the Board and membership, and maintaining rosters and financial information related to membership and convention registration.  The Secretary/Treasurer shall make a report to the members at the annual business meeting.

The At Large Representative shall be responsible for developing and maintaining the association’s website, social media accounts, and membership listserv through which communications to the association’s members may be achieved. The At Large Representative responds on behalf of the Board to inquiries from the membership or general public.

The Student Representative must be a graduate student in Behavior Analysis or a related field at the time of his/her election. The Student Representative and Student Representative-Elect lead the Conference Committee in planning the annual convention[9]. The Student Representative communicates the needs of the student membership of the association to the Board.

The President shall form standing committees and task forces, as needed. In consultation with the Board, the President is responsible for maintaining the Committee Operating Procedures which outline committee membership requirements, member roles and responsibilities, and the terms of office for committee chairs.

Article VI: Voting Rights and Elections

At the annual convention, the President, or a representative appointed by the President, shall convene a business meeting to conduct the affairs of the association.

Full members may vote at the business meeting. Initiatives proposed at the business meeting shall be enacted if endorsed by a majority of the voting full members.  Changes to the bylaws shall be put to full members by mail ballot or voted on during the business meeting.  Changes to the bylaws shall be enacted by a two-thirds majority of those participating in the vote.[10]

At the business meeting, the President shall invite nominations and ask nominees if they are willing to stand for election.  Those who are willing to serve shall become candidates. Full members shall select among the candidates by paper or electronic ballot.[11]  A candidate is elected if endorsed by a majority of the full members who vote during the voting period.

The Student Representative shall convene a meeting of student members at the annual convention to conduct the affairs of the Association pertinent to student members.  At the student meeting, the Student Representative shall invite nominations and ask nominees if they are willing to stand for election.  Those who are willing to serve shall become candidates. Student members shall select among the candidates by paper or electronic ballot.  A candidate is elected if endorsed by a plurality of the student members who vote during the voting period.

[1]Revised to include the expanded purpose and activities of the association into the area of public policy. Also, revised to clarify the purpose as advancing the field of behavior analysis within the state of Nevada.

[2]Clarifies that students do have limited voting privileges.

[3]The membership year was previously listed as the calendar year, but this was changed a number of years ago to better align with recruiting and registration for the conference.

[4]This section is revised to reflect the expanded activities of the association.

[5]This section is revised to reflect actual practice.

[6]This entire section was revised for purposes of clarification and organization.

[7]Revised to reflect participation of the “elect” board members.

[8]Revised to reflect actual practice.

[9]Included to formalize the Student Representative/Student-Representative Elect’s ongoing leadership of the conference committee.

[10]Clarified throughout to indicate that endorsement is by those who participate in the vote.

[11]Revised throughout to reflect that voting on board members does not necessarily occur at the business meeting.

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NABA Bylaws revised 10/9/11

Bylaws of the Nevada Association for Behavior Analysis

October 9-2011

(Revisions – February 20, 2007; October 11, 2009, February 15, 2010, October 17, 2010)

Article I: Name and Purpose

The name of this association shall be the Nevada Association for Behavior Analysis (NABA).

NABA is a non-profit corporation incorporated in the State of Nevada. NABA is a state

organization whose purpose is to promote intellectual exchange and professional development in

the field of behavior analysis. NABA currently maintains no physical address but will maintain

a P.O. Box and email address for correspondence.

Article II: Membership

NABA shall have four classes of members: Full Members, Student Members, Affiliate Members,

and Sustaining Members. Membership shall be contingent upon the payment of NABA dues and

fulfillment of the following conditions:

• Full Members shall hold a masters or doctoral degree or equivalent in a field

related to behavior analysis. Full Members may vote on matters related to

NABA.

• Student Members shall provide documentation of full time student status by an

official transcript of their training institution. Student Members do not have

voting privileges.

• Affiliate Members shall be those who do not meet the requirements of either Full

or Student Members. Affiliate Members do not have voting privileges.

• Any member can support NABA financially by paying the fee of Sustaining

Members and receive recognition as such. Any Sustaining Member that meets the

qualifications of a Full Member may vote on all matters related to NABA and will

be considered a Full Member,

Membership fees are to be posted on the NABA website. Voting members must meet the

qualifications of Full Members (Masters or Doctoral degree in behavior analysis or related field)

and the pay Full Member fee. The membership year shall be the calendar year.

Article III: Activities and Services

NABA should hold an event each year to provide educational opportunities to members.

NABA shall maintain an informative Web Site.

Article IV: Dues and Fees

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Membership dues and convention registration fees shall be set by a vote of the Full Members.

Affiliate Members dues and fees shall be equal to those of Full Members. Student Member dues

and fees shall be set such as not to exceed 25% of Full/Affiliate Member dues and fees.

Article V: Officers and Governance

NABA shall be governed by a Council made up of four officers, including: President, President-

Elect, Secretary/Treasurer, and At Large Representative. Other than the president and presidentelect,

student member with master’s degree. The Officers must be Full Members of NABA. The

President/President-Elect must hold a Ph.D. in behavior analysis or related field. All officers

hold a two year term.

The President shall be elected for a two-year term, serving as President-Elect during the first

year and President during the second year. The Secretary/Treasurer and At-Large Representative

shall be elected for two-year terms.

One Student Representative shall participate as a voting member of the Council. A student

representative elect will serve on the council but will be a non-voting position. The student

Representative must be a graduate student in Behavior Analysis at the time of his/her election.

The Student Representative shall hold a two year term, the first year as the representative elect

and during the second year as the current student representative. The President shall preside of

the Business Meeting held at the annual convention and submit an annual report on the activities

of NABA to the ABAI Council. The President shall select the site of the convention and make

appropriate arrangements for a convention to be held at this site.

The President shall appoint a Program Chair for a term of one year. The Program Chair shall be

responsible for developing and implementing the annual meeting. The Program Chair shall be

responsible for developing all meeting materials .

The President shall form Standing Committees and Task Forces, as needed, and appoint their

Chairs. The period in which such entities are in operation, and the terms of office of their

Chairs, shall be determined by the President in consultation with the Officers of the Association.

The President-Elect shall provide assistance to the President in conducting the business of the

association.

The Secretary/Treasurer shall be responsible for maintaining the Association’s records, including

those pertaining to the actions taken at the Business Meeting, membership and convention

registration. The Secretary/Treasurer shall make a report to the members at the Business

Meeting.

The At-Large Representative shall be responsible for developing and maintaining the

Association’s Web Site, through which regular communications to the Association’s members

may be achieved.

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In the event an officer vacates a position prior to the completion of his/her term, nominations

will be sought by the remaining board members via communication with all current full

members. In the case of a student member vacating a position prior to the end of his/her term,

nominations from student members will be solicited. In both cases, a vote will be requested of

the appropriate voting member block. In the event that the vacant seat would disrupt the

activities and mission fulfillment of NABA, the board may appoint a person to hold the position

until the position can be filled by nomination and vote.

In the event an officer is unable to fulfill his/her duties or his/her actions have violated

professional conduct standards, state or federal law, or engages in behavior that may have

detrimental impact on the organization, the board may vote to have that board member removed.

In this case, nominations and voting actions would follow the same course as if the position was

vacant.

Any expense exceeding $100.00 must be approved by the board given the voting rights

describing in Voting Rights and Elections.Article VI: Voting Rights and Elections

At the annual convention, the President, or a representative appointed by the President, shall

convene a Business Meeting to conduct the affairs of the Association.

Full members may vote at the Business Meeting. Initiatives proposed at the Business Meeting

shall be enacted if endorsed by a majority of the voting Full Members. Changes to the Bylaws

shall be put to Full Members by mail ballot or voted on during the Business Meeting. Changes

to the Bylaws shall be enacted by a two-thirds majority.

At the Business Meeting, the President shall invite nominations and ask nominees if they are

willing to stand for election. Those who are willing to serve shall become candidates. Full

Members present at the Business Meeting shall select among the candidates by paper or

electronic ballot. A candidate is elected if endorsed by a majority of the Full Members voting at

the Business Meeting.

The Student Representative shall convene a meeting of student members at the annual

convention to conduct the affairs of the Association pertinent to Student Members. At the

Student Meeting, the Student Representative shall invite nominations and ask nominees if they

are willing to stand for election. Those who are willing to serve shall become candidates.

Student members present at the meeting shall select among the candidates by paper ballot. A

candidate is elected if endorsed by a plurality of the student members voting at the Student

Meeting. The term of office shall begin upon the conclusion of the Student Meeting at which the

elections are held.

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Other meetings of the board may be scheduled from time to time apart from the membership of

the organization and votes may be taken an items pertaining to the organization. A quorum at

these meeting requires at least 3 of the 5 voting members of the board. Items are passed with a

voting majority.

Article VII: Conflict of Interest

Officers must immediately disclose any matters in which a conflict of interest may arise during a

voting matter. Related to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) stipulations, unfair benefits to

members, officers, or others may incur IRS penalties.