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Southern Criminal Justice Association Constitution

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The name of this association shall be the Southern Criminal Justice Association.



The objectives of this association shall be:

  •  To provide for communication among members, with other associations of higher education and training, and with the agencies of the criminal justice system;
  • To promote a philosophical approach of criminal justice as a systemic process;
  • To promote the highest standards in criminal justice education, training, and practice;
  • To foster the highest ethical and personnel standards in criminal justice and allied fields;
  • To promote high standards in criminal justice planning and research.



Regular membership shall be open to individuals who support the purposes and Objectives of the Southern Criminal Justice Association. Student membership shall be open to students interested in criminal justice and enrolled at an accredited educational institution. Membership is subject to approval by the Board of Directors.


Board of Directors

The voting members of the Board of Directors shall be composed of the immediate past president, the elected officers, and five (5) Directors-at-Large. All members of the Board of Directors shall be regular members in good standing of the Association.



The Officers of the Association shall be:

  • President
  • First Vice President (President Elect)
  • Second Vice President (1st Vice President Elect)
  • Treasurer

All Officers shall be regular members in good standing of the Association. One Director-at-Large member of the Board of Directors will be responsible for keeping accurate minutes of the proceedings of the Board of Directors, the Annual Meeting and special and called meetings.


Elections of officers and Directors-At-Large shall be conducted by mail ballot prior to the Annual Meeting and in accordance with the procedures set by the Board of Directors.


The date(s), time, and location, of the Annual Meeting shall be determined by the Board of Directors.


Amendments to the Constitution
The Constitution may be amended by mail ballot. Constitutional amendments should be labeled” Amendments to the Constitution.” Proposed amendments may be received from the Constitution and Bylaws Committee of the Association, or by the Board of Directors, or by petition from twenty-five percent (25%) of the membership. A majority vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the valid ballots received on a mail ballot is
required for the passage of a Constitutional Amendment. Procedures for balloting shall be established by the Board of Directors.

Original Constitution effective October 26, 1972
Amended October 18, 1973
Amended October 17, 1974
Amended May 9, 1977
Amended October 10, 1984
Amended October 11, 1985
Amended February, 1987
Amended September 30, 1988 Amended October 3, 1991
Amended October 5, 1994
Amended April 14, 2005
Amended March 16, 2012


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