|We, the undersigned, to further common purposes, do hereby agree to organize and adopt the following articles of association:|
|Article I - Name
The name of this association shall be THE SOCIETY OF EXPERIMENTAL SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY (hereafter referred to as "SESP").
|Article II - Non Profit
The association is not organized for pecuniary profit or financial gain, and no part of its assets, income, or profit shall be distributable to, or inure to the benefit of, its members, directors, or officers except to the extent permitted under law.
|Article III - Principal Office
The principle office of the association shall be at 630 Convention Tower, City of Buffalo, County of Erie, State of New York. The association may have such other offices as may from time to time be designated by its members or its executive committee.
|Article IV - Agent
The name and address of the registered agent of the association upon whom process against the association may be served is Sheila Graziono, 633 Convention Tower, City of Buffalo, County of Erie, State of New York.
|Article V - Notice
The post office address to which the Secretary of State shall mail a copy of any notice required by law is: Sheila Graziono, 633 Convention Tower, Buffalo, New York, 14202.
|Article VI - Purposes
The purposes of this association shall be:
- To consider and deal by all lawful means with common problems involved in social psychology and to secure cooperative action in advancing common purposes of the members of the association.
- To do anything necessary and proper for the accomplishment of any purposes set forth in the statement of principles adopted by the founders of this association.
- To provide a medium for professional interchange by recognized social psychologists. It will hold such meetings as may facilitate this general purpose. SESP will concern itself with matters of a scientific character that arise within the field of experimental and social psychology.
- To advance the theory and practice of experimental and social psychology by:
- Encouraging social psychology research, tests, and other original work.
- Encouraging the preparation of original papers on social psychology topics.
- Holding panels, discussions, lectures and forums for the presentation and discussions of original papers.
- Publishing papers and reports and disseminating knowledge and experience of value to social psychologists.
- Encouraging intercourse among social psychologists for the mutual exchange of knowledge and experience.
|Article VII - Powers
In furtherance of the objects described above, but not in limitation thereof, the association shall have power to collect and disseminate statistics and other information, to conduct investigations, to engage in various fund-raising activities, to conduct promotion activities, including advertising and publicity, in or by suitable manner or media, and to hold such property as is necessary to accomplish its purposes.
|Article VIII - Membership
(a) Active Membership. Anyone is eligible to become an active member of this association, with full voting and other privilege, provided the person is qualified under such rules as the membership committee may provide.
(b) Association Membership. Anyone interested in the activities of the association may be awarded an associate membership under such terms and with such privileges as the membership committee may determine.
(c) Voting. Each active member shall be entitled to one vote in the affairs of the association. Proxy voting is permitted.
(d) Nominations. Persons who identity themselves as social psychologists, regardless of disciplinary affiliation, may be nominated for membership by any member. Nominations shall be acted upon by a membership committee, in accordance with the following special qualifications: Evidence of substantial contribution to social psychology as an empirical science; significant publication in recognized journals or in books.
|Article IX - Dues
The Executive Committee will establish yearly dues sufficient to maintain SESP. Dues may be varied from year to year, but dues shall be the same for all active members. Any member who defaults in payment may be dropped from membership. Such a member may apply for reinstatement in SESP subject to approval by the Executive Committee.
|Article X - Membership Meetings
(a) Annual Meeting. There shall be an annual meeting of the association during the month of October, unless otherwise ordered by the executive committee, for electing officers, receiving reports, and transacting other business. Meetings shall be open to active and associate members. Notice of these meetings, issued by the secretary, shall be mailed to the last recorded address of each member at least 30 days before the time appointed for the meeting.
(b) Quorum.Twenty five percent of the active members of this association, when present at any meeting, shall constitute a quorum, and in case there is less than this number, the presiding officer may adjourn from time to time until a quorum is present.
|Article XI - Officers and Committees
(a) Elective Officers. The elective officers of this association shall be chair of the executive committee, secretary, and treasurer. Other officers may be established and appointed by the active members of the association at the regular annual meeting. The secretary and the treasurer may be the same person.
(b) Standing Committees. This association shall have at least two standing committees: An executive committee and a membership committee. The composition of these committees shall be determined by the bylaws. The executive committee shall be elected by the membership at large as specified in the bylaws. The membership committee shall be elected by the executive committee.
|Article XII - Bylaws
The laws, heretofore adopted by the Executive Committee, pro tem, and approved by the prospective membership, will remain in force. Such bylaws may be amended or repealed, in whole or in part, in the manner provided therein, and the amendments to the bylaws shall be binding on all members, including those who may have voted against them.
|Article XIII - Distribution of Property on
In the event of dissolution of this association, its property shall be distributed as follows: Assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the federal government, or to a state or local government, for a public purpose.
|Article XIV - Prohibitions
None of the activities (substantial or otherwise) of the association shall be carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, or participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office. The association is not organized or operated for the benefit of private interests.
|Article XV - Duration
The duration of the existence of the association shall be perpetual.
|Article XVI - Nondiscrimination
The association does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, national and ethnic origin in its membership.
|Article XVII - Amendments to Articles
These articles may be amended or repealed, in whole or in part, by a majority vote at any duly organized meeting of the association.