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CIAC Bylaws

Approved at the 2009 Annual Conference, April 23, 2009



The name of this organization shall be the California Intersegmental Articulation Council (CIAC) consisting of two subdivisions, the Northern California Intersegmental Articulation Council (NCIAC) and the Southern California Intersegmental Articulation Council (SCIAC).

ARTICLE II – Purposes

The purpose of the Council shall be to advocate for and to serve as a statewide forum for articulation personnel to meet, discuss, and resolve transfer, articulation and curricular issues, and to facilitate the progress of students between and among the segments of postsecondary education in California. Toward this purpose, the activities of the Council shall include, but not be limited to, providing channels of communication among the postsecondary segments and strengthening the role, functions and support of articulation by working with such groups and organizations as segmental offices, statewide faculty senates and member institutions.


  • Section 1. Membership is open to any college or university in California which is accredited by a regional accrediting agency such as WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) or is a candidate thereof.
  • Section 2. Each member institution is allowed one vote, regardless of the number of representatives from that institution present at a meeting. Only member institutions in good standing with NCIAC or SCIAC will be allowed to cast a vote. Proxy votes will be allowed if submitted to a Co-Chair in writing prior to the meeting.
  • Section 3. Good standing is defined as any member institution that has provided full payment of the annual dues as determined by NCIAC or SCIAC. Members in good standing are entitled to full rights of membership, which includes access to the CIAC List-serv, CIAC Directory, and participation in regional and statewide conferences.

ARTICLE IV – Executive Board

  • Section 1. The Executive Board of CIAC shall consist of the Executive Boards of NCIAC and SCIAC. The CIAC Executive Board shall have authority over the affairs of the Council between its meetings, shall make recommendations to the Council, and shall act as directed by the Council. No action of the Executive Board shall conflict with action taken by the Council.
  • Section 2. The chairpersons of NCIAC and SCIAC shall serve as the Co-Chairs of CIAC.
  • Section 3. The Executive Board of CIAC shall meet at least once per year at the annual CIAC Conference held in Spring. Eight Board members shall constitute a quorum as long as a minimum of four representatives from both NCIAC and SCIAC are in attendance. Not more than one regional representative shall be entitled to vote on behalf of his or her region.
  • Section 4. The Executive Board of CIAC shall call the Council meetings.
  • Section 5. The Co-Chairs of the CIAC Executive Board shall chair the Council meetings; act as liaison between NCIAC and SCIAC; act as liaison between CIAC and the segmental offices; provide leadership for the articulation community in California postsecondary education.
  • Section 6. The Executive Board of CIAC shall form both ad hoc and standing committees as deemed necessary to accomplish the tasks outlined in these bylaws. Committees shall provide reports to the Executive Board at the Board's meetings, and shall present written reports at the CIAC meetings. The standing committees shall include Legislation, Bylaws, Articulation Handbook, Articulated Voice, and Communications. The Executive Board shall be responsible for convening these committees.

ARTICLE V – Meetings

  • Section 1. A meeting of statewide members of CIAC shall be held at least once a year, normally in the Spring, unless the CIAC Executive Board orders otherwise. Notice of at least thirty (30) days is required for all meetings.
  • Section 2. The CIAC Executive Board shall set the agenda of the Council meetings.
  • Section 3. The site of the Council meetings shall alternate between Northern and Southern California, unless determined otherwise by the CIAC Executive Board.
  • Section 4. One-fourth of the CIAC membership shall constitute a quorum if no more than 65% of members attending are from any one subdivision (NCIAC or SCIAC).

ARTICLE VI – Parliamentary Authority

The rules contained in the most recent edition of Robert's Rules of Order shall govern the Council in all cases where they are not inconsistent with these bylaws and any special rules of order the Council may adopt.

ARTICLE VII – Amendment

These bylaws may be amended at the annual CIAC Conference by a two-thirds vote of those present, assuming a quorum exists as defined in Article V, Section 4. Notice of the proposed amendment must be sent to all members at least eight days prior to the meeting.