3. Membership

The membership of the Society includes the three (3) types as described below. The Society may add other forms of membership as necessary to further its mission, subject to the procedures governing the amendment of the statutes in article 8.

  1. Individual membership: Any person can become an individual member by applying for membership and paying the Society's annual dues.
  2. Institutional membership: Organizations whose objectives are compatible with those of the Society can join as institutional members subject to approval by the Executive Committee. These include educational and scientific institutions, business and industrial enterprises, government organizations, and non-profit institutions. Dues for institutional members are determined by the Executive Committee. Each institutional member can designate a representative who will have the same rights and privileges as an individual member.
  3. Student membership: Any student at an educational institution can become a student member provided s/he is certified as a current student by a member of the academic staff of the institution at which s/he is enrolled. Student members are eligible to pay reduced dues at rates determined by the Executive Committee. Student members have all the privileges of individual members except for voting rights.
  4. Each individual member shall have one vote. Proxy voting is not allowed.
  5. The decisions of the General Assembly shall be made by a simple majority of votes cast. Such votes may be cast electronically, except as otherwise stated by the Statutes. Electronic voting may be organized prior to the General Assembly. Votes cast electronically shall be considered as valid as votes cast in person at the General Assembly.