REV 1 Bylaws
The ISA Bylaws describe the overall structure and operation of the Society. The Bylaws can only be modified; i.e. amended; with the approval of the Council of Society Delegates. This is defined in Article XXIII. Proposals for changes to the Bylaws should be reviewed and preferably approved by the ISA Executive Board and all affected leaders, prior to submission for inclusion on the Council of Society Delegates agenda in accordance with the Bylaws requirements.

REV 2 Manual of Organization and Procedures
The Manual of Organization and Procedures (MOP) is intended to provide the balance of the details of the organization, responsibilities, and procedures for each of the various governance bodies, Society officers, and all associated groups and committees supported by ISA volunteer leaders.

REV 2.1 Revision Process
At any time a revision can be proposed by any group to the MOP documentation, and as things change over time it is best to keep the MOP up to date. In order to maintain this documentation, keeping it in line with current practices, each group and committee is encouraged to periodically review and recommended revisions to their own section of the MOP. Recognizing that review of the MOP may not occur on a consistent basis, the Executive Board should appoint a task force or committee to conduct a periodic review no less frequently than every three years. All revisions to the MOP must be approved by the Executive Board although they may also be reviewed and approved by the Assemblies and other affected groups. For departments and Assemblies, this is a task that would be appropriate to assign to an incoming VP-elect.


REV 2.2 Structure of the MOP
The MOP as revised in 2014/15 has adopted a specific structure for presentation of material with an intent to provide consistency throughout. The following outlines are examples of the structure which is intended to be maintained. When new material, in particular, is to be added to the MOP care should be taken to identify the appropriate location where this material would apply. Addition of new major sections should be done only when there is no reasonably appropriate location in the existing structure where it would fit.
 
Primary Governance Bodies and Standing Committees
 
TLA 1 Purpose
Include in this section the fundamental reason for this group to exist.
 
TLA 2 Organization
Include in this section the complete description of all members in the group. Tables are encouraged for the group membership and when appropriate, the chair. See the following example.
 
TLA 2.1 Membership
a Size 28, plus chair [Bylaws article XIV paragraph 1]
b Members chosen by Section Delegates
c Members approved by Ex-officio
d Member qualifications/ restrictions Ex-officio
e Member Term - Concurrent with their terms
f Member reelection/ or reappointment - Yes, see Bylaws Article X, Paragraph 3, e
 
TLA 2.2 Chair (if this level of detail is needed)
a Chair nominated by Geographic Assembly
b Chair approved by Geographic Assembly
c Chair qualifications/ restrictions May not be a current Vice President or Vice President-elect.
Chair is non-voting, except in case of tie.
d Chair Term One year
e Chair reappointment Four year lifetime maximum
 
TLA 3 Responsibilities
Include in this section a detailed list of group responsibilities and may also include specific responsibilities for leaders within the group such as vice president, vice president-elect, director, and committee chair.
 
TLA 4 Administration
Include in this section instructions regarding how this group conducts its business. Much of this is common among all groups as described in the Conduct of ISA Business Meeting [POG]. The following subheadings are included to allow for specific instructions where appropriate. Additional subheadings can be added as needed.
 
TLA 4.1 Meeting Procedures
TLA 4.2 Frequency of Meetings
TLA 4.3 Reporting Frequency
 
TLA 5 Procedures
Include in this section procedures and instructions describing specific tasks for which the group is responsible. It is acceptable for a group to have no specific procedures.
 
TLA 6 Standing Committees
Include in this section the standing committees of the group, if any. When a standing committee is included the same structural information (1 Purpose, 2 Organization, etc.) must be included. It is also acceptable for a group to have no standing committees.
 
REV 2.3 Policies and Operational Guidelines Material
The Society policies and operational guidelines are to be consistent with the ISA Bylaws, all laws and rules governing 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations in the United States, the State of North Carolina, and any laws or rules of the applicable jurisdictions where Society entities and activities are located.
 
The material included in these two categories may be formatted as best suits effective presentation and reference capability.
 
ISA Policies
This material covers specific policies related to how ISA conducts business and interactions with individuals including members, volunteer leaders, employees, and other organizations.
 
ISA Operational Guidelines
This material includes guidelines and information related to typical activities and operations within the Society.