Membership fees shall be reviewed on an annual basis by the AARAO Executive. If changes to the current fees are recommended by the Executive they must be approved by a vote of the membership at the Annual General Meeting. Any change in fees shall be proposed by the Executive by way of Notice of Motion to the membership at least one month prior to the Association’s next general meeting.
Membership fees are invoiced early May and due by August 1 of each year for the following membership year. Those institutions whose membership fees are in arrears will not be entitled to participate in membership activities until such time as the membership fees have been paid in full.
No refund of membership fees will be issued to institutions whose membership has been suspended or terminated.
The fee for Associate Members shall be one-half that of Regular Members.
There will be no fee for Honorary Members.
The fee for Corporate Members shall be twice that of Regular Members.
The Association shall hold a general meeting every spring. While the Executive Committee shall have power to advance, postpone or cancel a meeting in case of emergency, a duly constituted general meeting must be held within each calendar year.
Additional Special General Meetings (SGM) of the membership shall be held upon receipt of a request by at least five members in good standing setting forth the reasons for calling such a meeting. The President shall be required to call a SGM within seven (7) days of receipt of such a request. Fourteen (14) days notice must be provided to each member.
A quorum for the transaction of business at any Annual General, General, or Special Meeting shall consist of no less than two thirds of Voting Member Institutions, to include representatives on the Executive where the majority of the Atlantic Provinces are represented.
Accidental omission to give or non-receipt of notice to any member shall no invalidate the proceedings at any meeting of the Association.
The Annual General and the General Meetings are the only meetings held for the membership, unless a Special General Meeting is called
The location of general meetings of the Association shall rotate among the Atlantic Provinces Universities and Colleges and be decided upon by the Executive in response to bids to host by member institutions.
Meetings of the Executive will be held as often as may be required, but at least once every quarter. All Executive meetings shall be called by the President, by the Secretary, or by any two Executive Members.
Any four (4) voting, Executive Members shall constitute a quorum.
An annual professional development event such as a conference, workshop or meeting shall be held at minimum once per calendar year.
Nominations for each election as officers of the Association shall be made at every second general meeting, a majority of those present and voting being necessary to elect.
The President shall:
serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the Association and assume full responsibility of the operations of the Association;
preside at all meetings of the Association at which she/he is present, or assign a chairperson in cases where she/he is not present; ensure good governance of all such activities;
serve as Chair of the Executive Committee;
support, understand the critical roles and ensure the execution of duties of, the members of the Executive Committee;
provide an annual State of the Association report to the Executive Committee and the Association;
act on the Association’s behalf in all legal and public matters.
The Vice-President shall:
serve as the chief assistant to the President;
normally become President following the end of a term as Vice-President;
become President should that office become vacant. Should this occur the Vice-President shall be eligible for full term as President in the period upon succession to Presidency;
assume responsibility for the professional development for the membership. This includes the development and advocacy for professional development workshops, seminars, and certificates as appropriate. This also includes ensuring annual professional development activities for admissions and registrar’s office professionals at the annual events sponsored by the Association;
represent, or ensure representation of, the Executive Committee on the planning committee for the professional development events, and conferences;
The Recruitment and Admissions Managers Committee (RAMC) Chair shall:
serve as liaison between the AARAO Executive and RAMC;
coordinate the annual post-secondary recruitment fair for the Association’s members and registrants to access schools across Canada and internationally. The RAMC Chair shall also manage scheduling problems or discrepancies as well as liaise between AARAO fair participants and fair hosts;
provide reports of the activities of RAMC to the Executive.
The Secretary shall:
record and store the minutes of the Association’s meetings, and the minutes of the meetings of the Executive Committee;
assume responsibility for all official executive correspondence of the Association;
assume responsibility for the archives of the Association during term of office,
ensure the archives are securely stored, and ensure the transferal of those archives to the incoming Secretary when appropriate;
assume responsibility for the receipt of applications for new institutional members, and present a membership recommendation to the Executive Committee.
The Treasurer shall:
ensure the development and submission of an annual budget for presentation at the Annual General Meeting;
ensure all invoices and financial obligations of the Association are invoiced, expensed, and paid, as necessary; secure the approval of the President on all invoices before payment;
organize and expedite the payment for such “pooled expense” arrangements as may be authorized by the Executive Committee;
ensure that member institutions have submitted the appropriate annual membership fees;
ensure that member, and registered, institutions have submitted the appropriate AARAO Fair participation fees as indicated by the RAMC Chair;
prepare and present financial statements to the Executive at each of its meetings;
maintain an accurate roster of institutional membership, and related institutional information including contact person(s), of the Association; report changes in the membership list to the Executive Committee;
advise the Executive Committee on fiscal responsibility, best practice, and costing of various activities of the Association.
The Past President shall:
be an advisory, and non-voting role;
serve as the chief advisor to the President;
assist in the planning of programs, workshops, and conferences as needed;
serve as Chair of the Nominating Committee, for the election of new officers, at each general meeting;
serve as a resource person to the Executive Committee, and to the Association, to ensure continuity of the Association.
The ARUCC Representative shall:
represent the interests, and official positions, of the Association and its membership, to the ARUCC Executive;
table ARUCC agenda matters at the Association’s Executive Committee for discussion and position statements, prior to ARUCC meetings;
provide reports of the activities of ARUCC to the Association Executive Committee and an annual update to the Association membership;
serve as the liaison between the Association and ARUCC.
The Chairperson of the Atlantic Registrars Committee (ARC) shall:
represent the registrarial needs of the Association and members to the Association Executive Committee;
coordinate the annual ARC committee meeting;
provide reports of the activities of ARC to the Executive Committee and an annual update to the Association membership.
The Communication Officer shall:
assume responsibility for marketing and communications on behalf of the Association;
support content development for use across multiple communication platforms;
promote AARAO sponsored events through media and promotions; providing support to those event conveners;
liaison with web developer;
support and oversee the listservs and mass communications of the Association.
develop the AARAO fair schedule with input from the RAMC chair and be responsible for any scheduling changes to the overall schedule.
serve as chair of the RAMC committee meeting if the RAMC chair is unable to attend.
Terms of Office
Elected officers shall be elected at every second annual general meeting of the Association for a two year term. They shall hold office from the adjournment of the general meeting at which they are elected until the adjournment of the general meeting at which their successors are elected. Officers are eligible for re-election. An elected officer may not hold the same position in excess of four years (two terms), but may be eligible for re-election to the same position after a one-year vacancy.
To ensure continuity certain officers of the Executive committee will have terms that run opposite each other. The positions of Secretary and RAMC Chair will renew every two years on even years and the positions of Treasurer and Communications Officer will renew every two years on odd years.
The Executive Committee shall have authority between general meetings to fill any vacancy not otherwise provided for.
Ad Hoc committees may be appointed by the President with the approval of the Executive Committee.
The President or delegate thereof shall be ex-officio, a member of all committees.
Each member institution is eligible to appoint one member to the RAMC. The RAMC, consisting of Recruitment and Admissions Managers, shall:
take responsibility for coordinating joint recruitment initiatives of member institutions;
actively seek new opportunities to promote and advance the greater cause of Atlantic post-secondary education in all markets;
serve as a forum for communication amongst Recruitment and Admissions Managers, observing a model similar to AARAO itself;
appoint a Domestic Lead to coordinate collective recruitment activities in areas of Canada outside the Maritime Provinces.
Each member institution is eligible to appoint one member to the ARC. The ARC, consisting of Registrars or senior designates, shall:
actively seek new opportunities to promote and advance the greater cause of Atlantic post-secondary enrolment administration;
serve as a forum for communication amongst institutional registrar’s offices, observing a model similar to AARAO itself;
reflect and support various institutes, such as articulations and transfers, within the region.
These By-Laws may be amended at any annual general meeting by a two-thirds vote of the voting members present. One month’s notice of motion shall be required except where all of the members present and voting agree to accept the motion from the floor.
Amendments shall be initiated by, or submitted by members, to the Executive Committee for governance review prior to presentation to the membership.
In the case of dissolution, the Executive Committee shall compile all monetary assets and distribute equally amongst current Regular Membership institutions in good standing.