Voting for Bylaws Change

Thank you to all who voted in the 2021 Bylaws Amendment election.  The deadline for voting has now passed.  

At the BPS Spring Council meeting in early June, and in accordance with Article VIII of the Bylaws, the BPS Council passed a motion to amend the BPS Bylaws. The main purpose of the amendments is to codify the authority of the Council to establish and enforce policies and procedures for eligibility for membership and other BPS roles and to underscore that members must comply with the Society’s policies and procedures.

Article III and Article XV would be amended to read as follows:

Membership: Membership in the Biophysical Society shall be open to scientists who share the stated purpose of the Society, and who have educational, research, or practical experience in biophysics or in an allied scientific field, and who comply with the policies and procedures of the Biophysical Society.

The Council may establish and enforce policies and procedures for eligibility for membership, volunteer leader positions, and awards, for the conduct of members, volunteers, Committee members, officers, and Council members, for disciplinary action, suspension, or revocation of membership or awards, and for removal of an officer, volunteer, Committee member, or Council member.

In addition, the amendments would add headings to Article XIV (Committees and Task Forces) and Article XIX (Subgroups). A PDF of the full, proposed amended bylaws is available here. A redlined comparison of the existing Bylaws to the amended Bylaws is available here.

As a BPS member, we ask that you vote on the proposed amendments. The amendments will be adopted if two-thirds of the members voting on the matter ratify the amendments. Thank you for participating in this process. Please submit your vote by August 18, 2021, in order to have your ballot counted in the amendment process.

To vote using the online ballot, simply log in using your myBPS account. Once you are logged in, the "Start Voting" button will be enabled.  Once you click on the "Start Voting" button, you will be directed to the online ballot form. Only Current members (including those paying the Student, Regular, Early Career and Emeritus rates) of the Biophysical Society may vote.