Membership eligibility

107 There is hereby established a board to be known as the Membership Eligibility Board.

108(1) The Board shall consist of not more than seven members, one of whom shall be the chair.

(2) The president of the Association shall be the chair.

(3) Each of the following shall be entitled to appoint one member to the Board:
(a) the Faculty of Education of the University of Alberta,
(b) the Faculty of Education of the University of Calgary,
(c) the Faculty of Education of the University of Lethbridge.

(4) The Association shall appoint three members.

(5) Each member other than the chair shall hold office for two years from the effective date of appointment.

(6) If a member of the Board is unwilling or unable to complete a term, the organization that appointed the member is entitled to appoint an alternate member to serve the balance of the term.

(7) The chair of the Membership Eligibility Committee (hereinafter referred to) shall be the Board’s secretary and in cases of appeal shall advise the Board of the grounds upon which decisions by the Membership Eligibility Committee were made.

109(1) Three members personally present at any meeting or hearing shall constitute a quorum of the Board.

(2) The chair shall not, except in the case of a tie, be entitled to a vote.

110 It shall be the duty of the Board:
(a) to meet at such times as are necessary to conduct its business,
(b) to prepare principles of eligibility for membership in the Association; the said principles shall be submitted to a vote of local associations and the Annual Representative Assembly in the same manner as an amendment to the Association’s general bylaws,
(c) to formulate regulations and to make recommendations to the Association regarding the administration, personnel and facilities required for the determination of eligibility for membership in the Association,
(d) to hear and act upon appeals.

111 A statement of membership eligibility shall be based upon the principles established by the Membership Eligibility Board and shall mean a document which sets forth whether or not the person therein named is eligible for membership in the ­Association.

112(1) Applications for statements of membership eligibility shall in the first instance be directed to and dealt with by an employee of the Association to be known as the qualifications secretary.

(2) An application for a statement of teacher qualifications shall be deemed to be an application under these bylaws as well, provided a statement of membership eligibility has not previously been issued.

(3) The qualifications secretary shall as soon as practicable after receipt of an application issue to the applicant a statement of membership eligibility.

(4) If the qualifications secretary determines that the applicant is ineligible for membership, the qualifications secretary shall set out the reasons.

(5) In ruling upon applications, the qualifications secretary shall have regard to the documentary evidence submitted by the applicant and any other evidence submitted in accordance with the procedures established by the Board.

113 An applicant who is dissatisfied with a statement of membership eligibility issued by the qualifications secretary may request a review of the case by the Membership Eligibility Committee.

114(1) The Membership Eligibility Committee shall consist of three members of whom one shall be the chair.

(2) The teacher education and certification officer of the Association shall be the chair.

(3) The following shall be entitled to appoint one member for rotating two-year terms:
(a) the Faculty of Education of the University of Alberta (which shall be entitled to make the first of such rotating appointments),
(b) the Faculty of Education of the University of Calgary,
(c) the Faculty of Education of the University of Lethbridge.

(4) The Association shall appoint one member.

(5) If a member of the committee is unwilling or unable to complete a term, the organization that appointed the member is entitled to appoint an alternate member to serve the balance of the term.

(6) Neither the chair nor any other member shall also be a member of the Membership Eligibility Board.

(7) The qualifications secretary of the Association shall be the secretary of the Membership Eligibility Committee and shall attend its meetings for the purpose of explaining the basis upon which the applicant was found ineligible.

(8) The Membership Eligibility Committee shall promptly deal with and rule upon:
(a) an application for a statement of membership eligibility referred to it by the qualifications secretary,
(b) a request by an applicant or by the Provincial Executive Council of the Association for a review of a statement of membership eligibility issued by the qualifications secretary.

(9) In ruling upon requests for review, the Membership Eligibility Committee shall have regard to the documentary evidence submitted by the applicant and any other evidence submitted in accordance with the procedures established by the Board and in addition shall afford the appellant an opportunity of making personal representations.

115 The chair and one member personally present at any meeting shall constitute a quorum of the committee.

116(1) An applicant or the Provincial Executive Council of the Association, as the case may be, if dissatisfied with a ruling made by the Membership Eligibility Committee pursuant to Bylaw 114(8), may appeal therefrom to the Board.

(2) The Board shall promptly deal with and determine such appeal and its decision shall be final and binding.

(3) In ruling upon appeals, the Board shall have regard to evidence submitted in accordance with procedures established by the Board and in addition shall afford the appellant an opportunity of making personal representations.

117(1) The fees to be charged to applicants for a statement of membership eligibility shall be those prescribed from time to time by the Association.

(2) The Association shall provide, as determined from time to time, clerical staff, premises, furniture, supplies and reimbursement for travel expenses and subsistence, and may pay any ­honoraria approved from time to time.