Postdoctoral Association at Western

Constitution

Updated October 5, 2012

Article I - Name

The organization shall be known as "The Post-doctoral Association at Western" and herein after referred to as PAW.  The term "postdoctoral scholars" refers to both postdoctoral fellows and postdoctoral associates.

Article II - Membership

The membership of the PAW shall consist of three categories

  1. All persons in post-PhD research projects at The University of Western Ontario, excluding those persons hired as technicians and those who hold faculty positions or those who are registered at The University of Western Ontario as students, and who meet the definition of postdoctoral appointee of the accompanying document "PAW Mission Statement" shall be classified as Active Members. Membership begins upon commencement of post-PhD research and continues until termination of project or reclassification of the individual concerned.
  2. Non post-doctoral persons may be asked to be Associate Members. Associate members include but are not restricted to past active members, visiting post-doctoral associates, president or designate of the Graduate Students' Association of The University of Western Ontario and president or designate of the Faculty Association of The University of Western Ontario. Associate members, excluding past active members, shall be appointed for a period of 1 year with start and termination dates to be determined by a majority vote of the PAW Executive Committee. Associate members shall enjoy all privileges of membership but may not vote or hold office and may not speak or otherwise participate in meetings of the PAW executive except by permission by a majority vote of the PAW Executive Committee. Associate members shall not be required to pay fees.
  3. The PAW Executive Committee may confer Honorary lifetime Memberships on any person. Nominations may only be made by active members. Honorary members shall enjoy all privileges of membership but may not vote or hold office and may not speak or otherwise participate in meetings of the PAW Executive Committee except by permission by a majority vote of the PAW Executive Committee. Honorary members shall not be required to pay fees.

Article III - Mission

The missions of the PAW shall be

Article IV – Government

Article V - Rights and Obligations

Active members of the PAW shall be obligated to

All active members of the PAW shall have the right to

Article VI – Meetings

Article VII - The PAW Executive Committee

Article VIII - The PAW Council

Article IX - The PAW Judicial Board

There is established by this Constitution, a body entitled, "The PAW Judicial Board". Notwithstanding any article of this Constitution, the PAW Judicial Board will function within the jurisdiction of the PAW to address grievances against the PAW Executive Committee and to arbitrate all disputes regarding adherence to the Bylaws and to PAW policy. 

Please note: This constitution has not been officially ratified by the PAW membership. It is a working copy. Any complaints, comments, omissions, or proposed amendments can be addressed to the PAW executive. This document is based almost entirely on the constitution of The Postdoctoral Association of the University of Calgary (PDAC).

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