Bylaws

Article I: General:

  1. Name. The name of this corporation shall be the International Society for Research on Impulsivity.
  2. Authority. International Society for Research on Impulsivity is incorporated as a non-profit organization under the Texas Non-profit Corporation Act.
  3. Office. This corporation shall have an office in Houston, Harris County, Texas.
  4. Fiscal Year. The fiscal year shall begin on the first day of January and end on the last day of December.
  5. Reimbursement of Expenses. Members of the Executive Committee shall not receive compensation for their services on behalf of the society, but may be reimbursed for approved out of pocket expenditures made on behalf of International Society for Research on Impulsivity.

Article II: Purpose:

  1. International Society for Research on Impulsivity is organized and operated exclusively for educational and scientific purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.
  2. IRSI will advance, promote, support and facilitate communication regarding research into the causes and consequences of impulsivity and impulse control disorders. Towards this end, the society will:
    1. Aid and stimulate mental health professionals and others in the study of impulsivity and impulse control disorders.
    2. Maintain an Impulsivity website (www.Impulsivity.org) which will allow for online news dissemination and discussion of research findings, funding opportunities and developments in the study of impulsivity and impulse control disorders.
    3. Conduct one or more scientific meetings annually for its members and other clinicians and researchers interested in impulsivity and impulse control disorders.
    4. Help coordinate research efforts amongst its members.
    5. Provide advice to legislative bodies and governmental agencies concerning impulsivity and impulse control disorders.

Article III: Meetings:

  1. An annual business meeting shall be held concurrently with a major scientific meeting. The President and Secretary shall announce and make arrangements for the business meeting. The President will preside at the meeting and the Secretary-Treasurer shall cause the minutes of the meeting to be recorded. At this meeting each officer shall report on his/her activities undertaken on behalf of International Society for Research on Impulsivity during the preceding year.
  2. Scientific meetings shall be scheduled and arranged by the Executive Committee. Generally there will be one annual scientific meeting held concurrently with a major U.S. or international scientific meeting. Papers to be presented at the scientific meeting must be submitted or sponsored by an society member.
    1. Meetings of the Executive Committee shall be scheduled as required and may be held via electronic means.

Article IV: Membership:

  1. There shall be four categories of membership: Regular Members, Charter Members, Student Members, and Corporate Members.
  2. Regular Members will ordinarily be individuals who have an earned doctoral degree and who have demonstrated, by virtue of their research, clinical work and/or professional writings, an interest in impulsivity and impulse control disorders, who have completed an application for membership which has been accepted by the Executive Committee and who have paid dues for their first year of membership. Regular Members have voting rights.
  3. Charter Members shall be those individuals who, in addition to meeting the criteria for Regular Membership, have joined International Society for Research on Impulsivity prior to, or at the time of the first annual meeting. Charter Members have voting rights.
  4. Student Members will be individuals who are in a post-doctoral, doctoral, or predoctoral training program, and who have an interest in a career in research, and or clinical work related to impulsivity and impulse control disorders, who have completed an application for membership which has been accepted by the Executive Committee and who have paid dues for their first year of membership. Student Members do not have voting rights.
  5. A corporation with an interest in the activities of International Society for Research on Impulsivity may become a Corporate Member by submission of an application which is approved by a majority of the Executive Committee. The duties, privileges and responsibilities of Corporate Members are as determined from time to time by the Executive Committee. Corporate Members do not have voting rights.
  6. Termination from membership may occur under the following circumstances:
    1. Failure to pay any sums due and owing the society in a timely manner, as defined by the Executive Committee.
    2. Resignation filed in writing with the Executive Committee.
    3. Upon a two-thirds vote of the Executive Committee in instances of violations of ethical, professional, or scientific standards.

Article V: Officers:

  1. The IRSI shall have four officers: President, President-elect, Immediate Past-President, and Secretary-Treasurer.
  2. The President shall serve for one year. During this term the President shall have primary responsibility for the scientific meetings and other activities of the society. Notwithstanding, all substantive actions of the President shall be approved by at least three members of the Executive Committee as they are implemented. The President shall schedule, announce, and make arrangements for all meetings of the society and plan the program of these meetings in cooperation with the President-elect. The President will represent International Society for Research on Impulsivityto the scientific public and to government agencies.
    1. The President-elect shall serve in this office for one year before becoming President. During this year the President-elect shall develop advance planning for meetings to be held during the following year. The President-elect shall assist the President in developing and implementing the current meetings of the society. Arrangements for meeting rooms shall be the responsibility of the President-elect. The President-elect will act as editor of any electronic newsletter issues and will be responsible for any bulk mailings to the membership.
    2. The Secretary-Treasurer shall serve for two years. The Secretary/Treasurer shall keep financial records and minutes of actions, shall keep membership records, shall act as membership chairman, shall supervise the nomination and election of new officers, shall collect membership dues, and shall be responsible for any property of the society.

Article VI: Finances:

  1. The Secretary-Treasurer shall manage the finances of International Society for Research on Impulsivityand report to the membership annually on the financial status of the society.
  2. International Society for Research on Impulsivity monies derived from dues cannot be spent for the following items without advance approval by the majority of members present at the annual business meeting: travel expenses, secretarial expenses, honoraria for invited speakers, stipends for students to assist at meetings, awards for papers. Any International Society for Research on Impulsivity monies for travel expenses shall be limited to members of the society only.
  3. The President and/or Executive Committee may apply for and obtain outside funding from government or private agencies to support the costs of scientific meetings, teaching sessions, publications, etc.

Article VII: Executive Committee:

  1. The affairs of the International Society for Research on Impulsivity shall be managed by an Executive Committee consisting of the four officers and four members-at-large.
  2. The members-at-large shall serve for a three-year term with one new member elected each year. Officers will serve terms as outlined above in Article V.
  3. Executive Committee members may serve no more than two consecutive terms.
  4. All Officers and Members-at-large shall take office on the first day of January after their election.
  5. Unscheduled vacancies on the Executive Committee may be filled by the Executive Committee until the next regular election, at which time the Members shall elect a member to fill the position for the duration of the vacant term of office.
  6. The Executive Committee shall from time to time appoint subcommittees as required. Membership on subcommittees need not be limited to the membership of the Executive Committee.

Article VIII: Election of Officers and Members-at-large:

  1. The Secretary-Treasurer shall be responsible for the election of officers and members-at-large.
  2. The procedures for nomination and election shall be as follows:
    1. In June, a request for nominations shall be mailed to all members of IRSI. Members shall be asked to nominate themselves or another member whom they have ascertained is willing to serve if elected.
    2. If fewer than three nominations are received for any office or member-at-large position, the Executive Committee shall nominate additional members such that there are three nominations for each office.
    3. Before September 1, a ballot including all candidates will be e-mailed to each Regular Member and Charter Member.
    4. Completed ballots will be returned to the Secretary-treasury for tabulation. The Secretary-Treasurer will keep all votes confidential.
    5. The new officers and members-at-large shall be notified of their election by the Secretary-Treasurer by October 15. The election results shall be announced to the membership at the annual business meeting.
    6. At least 3 of the officers or members-at-large must from outside the United States.

Article IX: Amendments:

  1. Proposed amendments to the bylaws shall be presented to the voting members of the International Society for Research on Impulsivity by either a) approval of the Executive Committee or, b) upon receiving a petition endorsed by not less than 5% of the voting members of the society.
  2. Voting shall be conducted by ballot as set forth above in Article VIII.

Article X: Annual Dues:

  1. Annual dues will be charged all applicants and shall be payable upon admission to membership in International Society for Research on Impulsivity.
    1. The annual dues shall be payable on or before December 1st of each year and shall cover the period from January 1st through December 31st.
  2. Annual dues shall be $100 for Charter Members, Regular Members, and $50 for Student Members.
  3. Annual dues for corporate members shall be $750. For problems with this web site please contact secretary@impulsivity.org