Amendments to the Society’s Constitution and/or Bylaws

The petition deadline for the FALL 2018 meeting in Boston, MA is May 2, 2018. Here is a PDF of the Guidelines for preparing petitions, which are in the ACS Governing Documents (Bulletin 5) at Also, here is a signatures page for your convenience. Comments on petitions for consideration are due within 30 days after the Council meeting to or to the chair of the committee that was assigned primary responsibility. Contact us at if you have any questions.

Status of ACS Petitions
Petition & Status Committee with Primary
Responsibility or Status

Election of Committee Chairs

   Revised for Council action March 21, 2018 in New Orleans, LA: PDF

   Orig FYI: PDF

Committee on Committees (ConC) This petition proposes that the voting members of each of the Standing Committees of the Council, Society Committees, Other Joint-Board Council Committees, and Other Committees of the Council would elect their own Chairs instead of the Chairs appointed by the President and Chair of the Board. Also, the Committee on Committees would no longer assist and advise in the selection of Chairs of these committees.

Composition of Society Committees

   For Council action  March 21, 2018 in New Orleans, LA: PDF

Committee on Committees (ConC) This petition removes the requirement that Chairs and Vice-Chairs of Society Committees be voting Councilors. It also reduces the requirement for the number of voting Councilors on Society Committees from at least two-thirds (2/3) to a majority.

Affiliation with Other Technical Organizations

   Orig for consid: PDF

Committee on Membership Affairs (MAC) This petition proses to add DAC and LSAC to Bylaw XI, Sec. 3, because each committee is charged in Bylaw III, Sec. 3, d, under their respective duties to act for Council, in collaboration with C&B, in approving affiliations with other technical organizations.

Rename and Remove Restrictions for International Chemical Sciences Chapters

   Orig for consid: PDF

Committee on Membership Affairs (MAC) This petition proposes to rename International Chemical Sciences Chapters as International Chapters, and propose to remove the restrictions to receive an allotment of funds and to be entitled to elected Council representation. It also clarifies that it may assess its members Chapter dues.

International Chemical Sciences Chapters

   Defeated: PDF

Defeated by Council 8/23/2017 An International Chemical Sciences Chapter would be able to receive financial support, which could be granted by the Board of Directors, although this is not specified. The text of not being entitled to elected representation on the Council was deleted, which would appear to permit international chapters to elect Councilors, but if this is the case, then Constitution Article VII would need to be amended, too.

Removal of Officers and Councilors

   Defeated: PDF

Defeated by Council 4/5/2017


Local Sections, Divisions, or five members of Council would be authorized to pettion CPC to remove Councilors, Alternate Councilors, and elected officials of a Local Section or Division for neglect of duties, etc.The procedures document passed by a majority of Council, but it was contingent on approval of the petition - PDF.
Rights of Affiliates

   Word | PDF  
Effective 6/1/2017
Local Sections and Divisions may allow in their bylaws for Local Section Affiliates and Division Affiliates to be nonvoting members of the Executive Committee and to be appointed as committee chairs, and for Society Affilaites to vote for an elective position in the Local Section or Division, but not for Councilor or Alternate Councilor.

Extend the Unemployed Members' Dues Waiver

   Word | PDF

Effective 9/28/2016
Unemployed members of the Society are allowed to remain as members without paying dues for up to three years, as long as their status is reaffirmed each year.

Member Expulsion

   Word | PDF

Effective 1/1/2016 Procedures for member expulsions wereremoved from the Bylaws and put in procedures developed by the Committee on Membership Affairs and approved by Council: PDF

Preferential Voting

   Word | PDF

Effective 1/1/2016
Preferential voting was added to the Bylaws for District Director. These procedures and others for preferential voting in elections for President-Elect and Director-at-Large were removed from the Bylaws and put in procedures developed by the Committee on Nominations and Elections and approved by Council: PDF

Petition Deadlines

To submit new petitions for consideration by Council:

Petition Submission Deadlines
Deadline Applicable Council Meeting
May 2, 2018 Fall 2018 ACS national meeting in Boston, MA, August 22, 2018
December 12, 2018 Spring 2019 ACS national meeting in Orlando, FL, April 3, 2019

FYI: the Society’s Constitution Articles XVII and XVIII and Bylaw XIV pertain to petitions for changing the ACS Governing Documents (Bulletin 5).

Council-approved amendments to the Society’s Constitution "shall be submitted to the membership for vote at the time of the next SOCIETY election...." (Article XVIII, Sec. 2, f, second paragraph). Bylaw V, Section 2, d, establishes the deadline of the next election as being "on or before October 10...."

Deadline for Official Comments on Petitions

“Within 30 days after the Council meeting at which a petition to amend the Constitution and/or Bylaws has been presented for consideration, opponents of the proposed petition may submit written arguments to the chair of the committee which has been assigned primary substantive responsibility; the chair shall prepare summaries of these arguments and of any rebuttals by proponents, for inclusion, in association with the proposed amendment, in the agenda of the Council meeting at which action is to be taken....” (ACS Governing Documents, Constitution Article XVIII, Sec. 2, d)

Contact C&B

For questions or comments about petitions or the petition process, contact the Committee on Constitution and Bylaws Staff Liaison, Barbara Polansky: