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SACA MISSION STATEMENT

The student ACA (SACA) is a professional organization representing chiropractic students. SACA serves to preserve, protect, improve and promote the chiropractic profession and the services of future doctors of chiropractic for the benefit of the patients they will serve. The mission of SACA is to build a better future for the chiropractic profession to benefit the patients and the community by advancing the professional development of chiropractic students through service, leadership, and advocacy.

STANDARD BYLAWS of the

STUDENT AMERICAN CHIROPRACTIC ASSOCIATION

ARTICLE I NAME

The name of this organization shall be The Student American Chiropractic Association. Herein after referred to as SACA.

ARTICLE II OBJECTIVES

The objectives of this organization are:

Section A. To develop a deeper understanding among students of chiropractic of all aspects of the chiropractic profession by ensuring that all available information concerning the profession receives the widest possible dissemination.

Section B. To develop an understanding of the need for a professional, representative organization.

Section C. To influence students to maintain the highest possible professional and educational standards as a student within the chiropractic colleges.

Section D. To keep students informed of affairs and events concerning chiropractic, nationally and locally, and to insure the active involvement of students in the functioning and decision-making of this organization.

Section E: To work for the development of programs to provide the opportunities for all students to participate in the affairs of the profession.                

Section F: To encourage seminars or courses of study with any of the councils of the ACA.

Section G: To encourage professional and ethical consultations with members of allied professions                                              

Section H. To cooperate with the ACA and it’s departments.

Section I. To provide a base for membership and develop future leaders in the American Chiropractic Association.

Section J. To provide a base for networking and cooperation amongst students and ACA members from around the country.

Section K. To advance and promote the chiropractic profession through legislative action and community outreach.

ARTICLE III MEMBERSHIP - DUES

Section A. Qualifications:

  1. Applicants for membership shall be students of an accredited chiropractic college, a chiropractic program pending accreditation, or a pre-chiropractic program/chiropractic preparatory course of study. 
  2. Application for membership shall be made on a prescribed form furnished by the ACA.

Section B. Cancellation and Reinstatement.

  1. Cancellation of membership may be made by recommendation of the SACA National Executive Board, herein after referred to as SNEB, and a 2/3 affirmative vote at any national business meeting of SACA.
  2. Reinstatement may be made by submission of a new application for membership, and approval by the SACA Membership Committee in consultation with SNEB.

Section C. Dues for ACA recognition of membership in any SACA chapter are prescribed in the Bylaws of the ACA.

ARTICLE IV - NATIONAL OFFICERS

Section A: Nominations and Elections of National Chair and Vice Chair positions.

  1. National positions of SACA Chair and Vice Chair shall be elected for the coming year at the annual SACA business meeting of the National Chiropractic Leadership Conference, herein after referred to as NCLC.  These newly elected national officers shall take office immediately after NCLC.
  2. Any SACA member from the respective colleges, may run for the office of National Chair or Vice Chair provided that: by the time of the election the member (1) has been present for the entirety of a national SACA business meeting (held at the National Chiropractic Leadership Conference or at the SACA Leadership Conference) or attended the ACA House of Delegates meeting, and (2) is currently serving or has served in the capacity of SACA executive board member at his or her respective college, or is currently or has served as a national SACA committee chair or vice chair.
    1. Ballot elections will follow on the last day of the annual meeting. All SACA Delegates will vote on the national officers. The elections shall be governed by the election rules prescribed in the Rules of Procedure of the ACA Council of Delegates.
  3. To be eligible for the office of National SACA Chair and Vice Chair, the nominee must be able to fulfill his or her full term of the elected National Office position for which he holds petition. No more than one hundred and twenty days (120) days may pass after the nominee's graduation to cessation of the term of that National Office position. The officer must maintain ACA membership during the one hundred and twenty days (120) days as a national officer.
  4. No national officer shall be eligible to serve more than one term in the same office.
  5. Qualification for the position of Immediate Past Chair shall be the completion of one term as SACA National Chair, in the term immediately preceding the beginning of the present term.

      Section B: National SACA Officers Duties.

  1. National Chair
    1. Presides at and organizes the SACA meetings or functions at the ACA’s NCLC, the annual ACA meeting and the SACA Leadership Conference.
    2. Executes such documents on behalf of the SACA chapters as necessary by prior approval of the ACA Executive Vice President.
    3. Acts as the official spokesperson and representative of the SACA National Board of Directors to the ACA House of Delegates.
    4. Assures that chapter Presidents at their assigned liaison schools fulfill designated duties.
    5. Organizes future meetings with the National Vice Chair.
    6. Assures proper communication between the SNEB and the ACA.
    7. Acts as the national contact for political information along with the National Legislative Chair.
    8. Assigns committees and appoints committee chairs in SACA standing rules.
    9. Serves as Immediate Past Chair for one term following their elected term.
  2. National Vice Chair
  1. Presides at the ACA’s NCLC, the ACA annual meeting and the SACA Leadership Conference, in the absence of or at the request of the National Chair.  
  2. Assists the National Chair in his or her duties.
  3. Assumes other duties as the National Chair directs.
  4. Assures that chapter Presidents at their assigned liaison schools fulfill designated duties.
  5. Organizes with the Chair all the planning for future meetings.
  6. Monitors all established and ad hoc SACA national committees.
  7. Immediate Past Chair
    1. Represents SACA at ACA’s NCLC, the ACA Annual Meeting, Conference Calls, or any other ad hoc meeting in the absence or at the request of the National Chair or National Vice Chair.
    2. Presides over any SACA meeting at the request of the National Chair or National Vice Chair.
    3. Assists the National Chair in any duties.
    4. Ensures the current National Chair continues any ongoing projects begun during the previous term.
    5. Serves as a mentor and a resource reference for all proceedings under the current National Chair.

Section C. The SACA National Chair, with the approval of the SACA Board of Directors, shall appoint a Legislative Committee.  The SACA National Legislative Committee shall consist of a National Legislative Chair and Vice Chair.  The National Legislative Chair shall report directly to the SACA National Chair on a quarterly basis.

Section D. Duties of the National Legislative Chair and Vice Chair.

  1. Assimilate, assemble, and disseminate information on legislative issues of concern by the profession and students at the national level.
  2. Information will be disseminated to the ACA headquarters, to all SACA chapters, the SACA National Chair and Vice Chair through a quarterly report and as needed throughout the year.
  3. Maintain an ongoing communication with chapter Legislative Representatives.
  4. Be responsible for developing and maintaining contact with the ACA Legislative Committee.
  5. Be responsible for developing and implementing programs and legislation to specific issues as they arise.
    1. As Chair of the Legislative Committee, the National Legislative Chair may use his or her best judgment in appointing additional, but uncompensated, committee members to help fulfill these duties.
  6. Assures that chapter Presidents at the assigned liaison schools fulfill their designated duties.

Section E. By virtue of office, the SACA National Chair, SACA National Vice Chair, SACA Legislative Chair, SACA National Vice Legislative Chair and SACA Immediate Past Chair, or their designated representative, shall receive travel and per diem reimbursements in accordance with ACA policies for attending NCLC, SACA business meetings, and any additional ACA-required events.

Section F. Removal of a National Officer

1. A recall of any SACA National Officer may be initiated by any of the SACA National Officers or by a Chapter Delegate contacting any SACA National Officer.

  1. Once a recall is initiated, a vote of the remaining four of the five SACA National Officers will take place during a special meeting, via a written or an electronic vote. A unanimous vote of the remaining four of the five National Officers will result in a recall.
  2. Written recall results are sent to the SACA Advisory Committee Chair(s) and the SACA Staff Liaison by a written or electronic method.
  3. The SACA Advisory Committee shall investigate the charges, and if sufficient reason is found for recall, the vote of the SACA National Officers will be upheld.
  4. The recalled SACA National Officer may appeal to the Executive Committee of the ACA to overturn the recall. The final decision of the ACA Executive Committee will be final and binding.
  5. Should the SACA National Officer in question be recalled, the remaining SACA National Officers may appoint an Officer Pro Tem to assume the duties of the vacated office for the duration of that unexpired term.
  6. Notice: Chapter officers will be notified that an Officer Pro Tem has been installed.

ARTICLE V COMMITTEES

Section A. These Committees are formed to contribute to the efficient operation of SACA and are dedicated to a specialty or service within SACA.

Section B. Committees may be authorized to perform specific duties by action of the National Chair, or SNEB. SNEB establishes rules and regulations for the operation of committees, which may be revised as needed as part of the SACA Standing Rules. These rules, objectives, and suggested action programs are subject to the approval of the House of Delegates.

Section C. The following committees will be appointed by the National Chair:

Communications

Leadership Conference

Legislative Affairs

Membership

Specialty Councils

Research

ARTICLE VI CHAPTERS

Section A. SACA members will be organized by college. The name of the SACA chapters will be (name of college) Student American Chiropractic Association. Herein after referred to as (name of college) SACA.

Section B. Chapter Officers 

  1. Each chapter shall elect a Chapter Executive Committee.
  2. The elected executive officers of this SACA Chapter shall be a president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, public relations chair and legislative representative.
    1. If there is no student petition for any of the roles of Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Public Relations Chair, or Legislative Representative, the President shall assign the duties of the vacant position to the fulfilled roles, with that student’s acceptance.
    2. These officers shall perform the duties generally as ascribed to each office in Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised, Current Edition.
    3. Additional duties may be assigned by means of standing rules.
  3. Qualifications and Election:
    1. Executive Officers shall be nominated and elected for a one-year term at a SACA Chapter meeting held between February 1 and May 31. All newly elected chapter officers will take Office immediately upon election.
    2. Ballot elections will follow immediately after nominations as deemed possible.
    3. Only current SACA members may vote in chapter elections
    4. To be able to fulfill the normal terms of the chapter's SACA Delegate and Alternate Delegate offices, the Chapter President and Vice President should have at least 12 months left in completing their college requirements in order to qualify as candidates for these offices unless there is no petition for said office.
    5. No officer shall be eligible to serve more than two terms in the same office unless there is no petition for said office.
    6. No officer shall be eligible to hold an office in any other national chiropractic organization which has a philosophy contrary to that of the ACA. Violation of this section will be determined by the Executive Board of Governors of the American Chiropractic Association. Sustained violations of this section result in an automatic removal from office.
  4. Recall of a Chapter Officer
    1. A recall of any SACA Chapter Officer may be initiated by any of the Chapter Officers by contacting any SACA National Officer.
      1. Once a recall is initiated, a vote of the remaining Chapter Executive Committee will take place via a special meeting. A unanimous vote of the remaining Chapter Executive Committee will result in a recall.
      2. Written recall results are sent to the SACA Advisory Committee Chair(s) and the SACA Staff Liaison by written or electronic method.
      3. The SACA Advisory Committee shall investigate the charges, and if sufficient reason is found for recall, the vote of the SACA Chapter Officers will be upheld.
      4. The recalled SACA Chapter Officer may appeal to the Executive Committee of the ACA to overturn the recall. The final decision of the ACA Executive Committee will be final and binding.
      5. Should the SACA Chapter Officer in question be recalled, the remaining Chapter Executive Committee may appoint an Officer Pro Tem to assume the duties of the vacated office for the duration of that unexpired term. A notification of this decision will be made available to the governing body including student government associations and administration of student affairs of the respective college or institution.
      6. Notice: Chapter officers will be notified that an Officer Pro Tem has been installed.
  5. Chapter Representatives to the ACA.
    1. The President by virtue of office shall assume the positions of Delegate at the SACA Business Meetings at NCLC and Leadership Conference.
    2. The Chapter Vice President by virtue of office shall assume the position of Alternate Delegate at the SACA Business Meetings at NCLC and Leadership Conference.
    3. The Chapter Legislative representative by virtue of office shall assume the position of Alternate Delegate at the SACA Business Meetings at NCLC and Leadership Conference if the Chapter Vice President is unable to assume the duty.
    4. The Chapter Executive Committee may choose to appoint a substitute in the place of the above-named officers should one or all of the above-named officers be unable to attend or fulfill the duties of Delegate or Alternate Delegate.
    5. The Delegate shall be the representative of their chapter to the SACA Committee of the ACA. The Delegate will be required to attend all annual meetings of the ACA and the SACA.
    6. The Alternate Delegate shall serve in the capacity of the Delegate if the Delegate, for any reason, cannot perform the duties of his office.
    7. The Delegate, or the Alternate Delegate acting as Delegate, shall receive travel and per diem reimbursements in accordance with ACA policies.

Section C. Meetings

  1. The regular meetings of this Chapter shall be held each month during the college year. Time and date of the meetings to be established in the Standing Rules.

 

  1. Special meetings may be called by the President, chapter executive officers, or by SNEB. Special meetings shall be called upon the written request of at least ½ of the chapter board.
    1. The purpose of any special meeting shall be stated in the call.
    2. At least three (3) days notice shall be given for special meetings.
  2. Quorum: The quorum for any meeting shall be 50% of the elected officers and representatives.

Section D. Finance

  1. Provisions for financing the administration of each SACA Chapter will be provided by the House of Delegates of the ACA.
  2. Each chapter shall establish their own bank account to furnish funds in support of their chapters’ activities in accordance with university policy.
  3. The chapter treasurer and chapter president shall oversee the finances.
  4. The Chapter president shall make the final determination on distribution and utilization of funds.

ARTICLE VII PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY

Section A. Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised, Current Edition, shall apply to all the meetings of this organization and to all questions of procedure and parliamentary law not specified in these Bylaws.

Section B. Nothing in these Bylaws is intended to conflict with the charter provisions, articles of incorporation or Bylaws of the ACA, which take precedence.

ARTICLE VIII AMENDMENTS
These Bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the ACA House of Delegates. Chapters may submit, through the SACA Chair, amendments for House of Delegates approval.

Rev. February 2019