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Illinois Association for Behavior Analysis (ILABA): Bylaws

Adopted June 2011

Revised July 2016

Revised September 2017

Revised December 2018

Revised October 2019
Revised February 2020

Article I: Name and Purpose

The name of this Organization shall be the Illinois Association for Behavior Analysis (ILABA). ILABA is a regional organization whose purposes are to promote the analytical science of behavior and the application of its associated technologies within the State of Illinois. Specifically, the organization will:

  1. Serve as a scientific and professional reference group for all in the State of Illinois who identify themselves as scientists or practitioners in disciplines that embrace the principles and practices of behavior analysis.
  2. Promote research that will advance understanding of both human and animal behavior.
  3. Identify and promote the use of effective and humane behavioral systems in meeting the educational and habilitative needs of all persons within the State of Illinois.
  4. Advise political, legislative, and policy-making bodies with respect to all matters pertaining to behavior analysis in the State of Illinois.
  5. Organize and sponsor an annual convention that will serve as a forum for presentation of scientific and technological achievements as well as for discussion of the affairs of the organization at the discretion of the Board.
  6. Publish and distribute an official newsletter devoted to dissemination of scientific and technological achievements within the scope of behavior analysis and to matters of interest to the membership.

Article II: Membership

ILABA shall have three (3) classes of members: Full, Student/Technician, and Affiliate. Membership is contingent upon payment of ILABA dues and upon fulfillment of the following conditions. Membership dues will be set by a vote of the Board.

  1. Full Members must hold a minimum of a master's degree in psychology, behavior analysis, or a related discipline.
  2. Student/Technician Members are those Members who do not meet criteria for Full membership and are either:
    1. currently enrolled in a college degree program or in a post-graduate training program
    2. in behavior analysis or a related discipline and/or
    3. working full or part time in the delivery of behavior analytic services under the supervision of a behavior analyst.
  3. Affiliate Members are those who do not qualify as Full Members or Student/Technician Members.


Article III: Board Composition and Governance

  1. Elected Positions- The following Elected Positions will comprise the Board and constitute all voting members of the Board.These positions will be elected to a four-year term.The first year will be served as elect, the second two years will serve in the elected position, and last year they will serve as past elected official. The Board Members consist of:
    1. President - The President is elected to a four-year term. President-Elect should be a past or current member of the board and voted upon by the current board. As President-Elect, this person is responsible for shadowing the current President for training purposes. During the President's term, the President is responsible for coordinating Board meetings and implementation of strategic actions at the discretion of the Board. In the event that a President cannot complete their term, the President-Elect will assume the office. In the event there is no President elect, a presidentwill be voted on from the existing board members. The past President will chair meeting until the President is voted on.

    1. Communications Coordinator - The Communications Coordinator serves a four-year term. This person conducts officer elections, communicates to members as needed, assists in managing committees, creates and disseminates the newsletter, and manage social media accounts.  
    2. Secretary - The Secretary serves a four-year term. The Secretary will keep minutes at all board meetings, archives important documents related to organization business, serve as Parliamentarian, and supports the President.
    3. Conference Coordinator - The Conference Chairperson serves a four-year term. This person manages the annual conference operations, secures venue, presenters, and posted presentations for the annual conference.
    4. Members at Large - Four Members at Large will serve as committee chairs and advise organization policy as needed. Members at Large serve four-year terms. Their elections shall be staggered so that one Member at Large is elected each year.
    5. Student Representative - The Student Representative functions in the same capacity as a Member at Large and serves a two-year term. The Student Representative will focus on student engagement committee.


  2. Appointed Positions - The following positions are appointed by the Board and do not have voting privileges:
    1. Treasurer - The Treasurer manages the organization's financial affairs in consultation with the Board. The Treasurer will be appointed by nomination of a Board Member and require a majority vote of Board Members to be appointed.This position has no term limits. In the event that the Treasurer wishes to resign, a 90-day notice shall be provided to the Board. The Board shall appoint a successor during the 90-day window. In the event that the Board wishes to change the appointment of the Treasurer, a majority Board Member vote is required to remove and replace the then current Treasurer.
  1. Committees - All committee members are required to be current ILABA members. Committee Members serve at the appointment and discretion of the Committee Chair. Each Committee Chair is responsible for maintaining an accurate list of its committee members and maintaining Committee Minutes.  Each committee will be overseen by a Board Member.
  2. Removal of Board Member - A Board Member may be removed without cause from the Board if such removal is approved by a majority vote of the Board Members then in office. Additionally, if a board member fails to attend three (3) or more Board meetings in any twelve (12)-month period, the Board shall vote on whether to remove said Board Member from the Board.
  3. Resignation - If a Board Member chooses to resign, they are required to provide a resignation letter and at least sixty (60) days notice.
  4. Replacement - In the event of death, incapacity, removal, or resignation, or election of any of a Board Members to different Elected Position (e.g., member-at-large to president), the ILABA Board shall, by majority vote, elect a successor to serve in the Board Member’s vacated position until the next election cycle is completed. This successor of any vacated Elected Position (with the exception of Student Representative) may be any Full member or an existing Board Member who is scheduled to rotate off the Board who may be appointed and have their term extended. In the event that the vacated position is the Student Representative, the Student Representative can only be filled with Student/Technician Member.


Article IV: Elections and Voting

  1. Elections
    1. Elections will occur during the month of February with the newly elected Board to take office on March 1.
    2. The Communication Coordinator shall invite nominations for Elected Positions that are either vacant or whose term is expiring from all Members (Full, Student/Technician, Affiliate) via email. The nomination period shall end the latter of twenty (20) business days from the date of the call for nominations email or when each vacant or expiring Elected Position has at least one (1) nominee who has accepted said nomination.
      1. In order to accept a nomination as a President, Secretary, Communications Coordinator, a Member at Large or Conference Coordinator, a candidate must be a Full member of ILABA and approved by a majority vote of the current Board.
      2. In order to accept nomination as the Student Representative, said individual must be a Student/Technician Member of ILABA and currently enrolled in a college degree program or post-graduate training program in behavior analysis or related discipline.
    3. Elections will be held electronically; candidate bios for all Elected Positions will be sent to all current ILABA members along with the ballot. A candidate is elected to his/her nominated position if said candidate received a majority of the votes of the members who voted via the online election process. Incomplete ballots will be tabulated with any omissions in the ballot being a non vote and the calculation of the majority being adjusted.
    4. The Board will abstain from voting in elections.
    5. In the event that an Elected Position election results in a tie:
      1. the Board will vote to break the tie (President abstaining) when 2 nominees.
        1. In the event the Board vote results in a tie, the President’s vote will break the tie.
      2. Whereas there are 3 or more candidates, the vote will go back to Membership with the top 2 candidates being included on the ballot.
    6. The results of the individual Elected Position election will be communicated to each candidate, via email and then announced to all of the Members of ILABA.
    7. Nominations and voting for Board positions and other organizational business may be conducted online at other times, as situations dictate.
    8. No Full Member may hold two (2) Elected Positions at the same time. To accept a new Elected Position, said individual must resign from a current Elected Position via formal resignation letter and will begin duties of new position on a timeline deemed appropriate by the current board.
    9. Any person elected to a vacant Elected Position will serve for the period of time remaining term of that Elected Positions.


  2. Board Meetings
      1. Quorum - A quorum is defined as at least 75% of  Board Members. A majority is required to move a motion forward. When voting online, a minimum of at least 3 business days are required to allow board members sufficient time to respond.
      2. The board shall meet no less than once per month (one meeting may coincide with the annual conference and one with the annual retreat). Meetings may be called by a majority petition of the Board Members.
      3. The board shall hold an annual full day work meeting.
    1. Conflict of Interest/Confidentiality - ILABA board members must not engage in conflicts of interest that could potentially damage the association or affect decision-making of issues regarding the association. Board Members must disclose any potential conflicts of interest each year and engaging in a conflict of interest may result in termination of board duties. Additionally, all Board Members must adhere to strict confidentiality regarding board meetings and association business.


Article V: Convention

  1. ILABA shall hold an annual convention at a time and place determined by the President and with the consensus of the Board. Registration costs for the convention vary by membership status. At the annual convention, the President, or a representative appointed by the President, shall convene a Business Meeting to conduct the affairs of the organization. Initiatives proposed at the Business Meeting, other than bylaw amendments, will be enacted if endorsed by a majority of Members voting.

Article VI: Amendments

  1. Amendments or changes to these Bylaws may be suggested by any Board Member, and are implemented if endorsed by more than two-thirds of all members voting at the Business Meeting or online voting. Proposed amendments or changes must be submitted in writing to the Board thirty (30) days prior to the Business Meeting.

Article VII: Fiscal Year

  1. The fiscal year of ILABA shall be the twelve month period ending on the thirty-first (31st) day of December.


Article VIII: Non-Discrimination   

  1. The Board, Members, and Officers of this ILABA and the persons that this ILABA seeks to serve shall be selected entirely on a nondiscriminatory basis with respect to sex, age, race, religion, physical disability, military service, family status, national origin, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.