CSTA Utah Chapter Bylaws

Article I: Name and Affiliation

The organization will be known as the CSTA Utah chapter (hereafter referred to as Chapter), a local chapter of the Computer Science Teachers Association (hereafter referred to as CSTA).

The Chapter is a legal and separate entity from the CSTA and the CSTA’s incorporation status and tax status do not extend to the Chapter, unless the chapter is approved by CSTA to join a future CSTA IRS group tax exemption.

Article II: Purpose

CSTA is a membership organization that supports and promotes the teaching of computer science and other computing disciplines. CSTA provides opportunities for K-12 teachers and students to better understand the computing disciplines and to more successfully prepare themselves to learn and teach computer science.

The mission of the Chapter is to further the mission of the CSTA and to encourage the sharing of ideas and activities for computer science teachers in Utah

The policies of the Chapter shall not reflect any political partisanship, nor any preference, discrimination, or limitation based upon sex, race, or religious affiliation.

Article III: Membership

Section 1: Membership standing

All members of the Chapter shall be members in good standing of the CSTA.

Section 2: Minimum membership

The Chapter shall have a minimum of five (5) members, not all from the same institution.

Article IV: Governance

Section 1: Elected Leadership

The Chapter shall be governed by a Past-President, President, President-Elect, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer elected by the membership of the Chapter. No member of the Chapter shall receive compensation for serving in the leadership of the Chapter.


In the event of a vacancy in the position of President, President-Elect, Secretary, or Treasurer, an alternate shall be appointed by a majority vote of the Leadership. The appointee shall hold the office until the next regularly scheduled election for that office.

Elections will be held once a year before school starts in the Fall.The following officer will be elected annually: President-Elect. The following officers will be elected on a two-year schedule: Secretary, Treasurer with the Secretary on odd numbered years and the Treasurer on even numbered years.

The President-Elect will hold a one-year term, moving to President the following year. The President will hold a one-year term, moving to Past-President the following year. The Secretary and Treasurer will be elected for two-year terms on opposite years.

Section 2: Duties of the Leadership

The Past-President of the Chapter is responsible for ensuring a smooth transition in leadership. This individual provides guidance to the President and President-Elect on all issues relating to Governance.The Past-President will assist in setting the agenda for meetings.

The President of the Chapter is responsible for scheduling and chairing leadership meetings, meetings of the membership, and communicating with the CSTA Chapter Liaison. The President is responsible for setting the agenda for meetings. The President is also responsible for planning regular general membership meetings, including location, agenda, speakers, and other related activities.The President is also responsible for setting a plan for the Chapter activities for the coming year.

The Vice-President President Elect of the Chapter is responsible for chairing meetings of the membership in the President’s absence. The President Elect will assist in the setting of the agenda for meetings, planning regular general membership meetings, including location, agenda, speakers, and other related activities.

The Secretary of the Chapter is responsible for sending out meeting notices and maintaining meeting minutes and the membership roster. The Secretary is also responsible for keeping a record/history of all of the Chapter’s activities.

The Treasurer of the Chapter is responsible for the financial management of the Chapter.

Section 3: Meetings.

The Chapter shall hold regular membership meetings. One meeting per year shall include election of the Chapter leadership. (Possible meetings could include: CSTA Utah Conference, CS Education Week, Winter UACTE Conference, UCET Conference, Summer CTE Pathway conferences, webinars, regional meetups, CS training workshops, etc.)

Section 4: Appointed advisors

The following advisors can be appointed by the leadership of the Chapter to help with the running of the Chapter. 

A Publicist for the Chapter who is responsible for coordinating public media coverage, social media, member notification of events, and can be spokesperson for the chapter.

All appointed advisors will be non-voting members of the leadership. Possible other positions could include: elementary CS teacher, middle school or junior high CS teacher, high school CS teacher, college or university CS teacher, webmaster, USBE CS specialists, conference organizing member(s), etc. Duties for appointed advisors will be as assigned the Chapter leadership.

Article V: Chapter Obligations

Section 1: Annual Report

The Chapter shall submit an annual report to the CSTA consisting of the activities of the Chapter during the preceding year and the proposed plan for the Chapter for the upcoming year.

Section 2: Membership Roster

The Chapter shall submit a complete membership roster (including contact information) to the CSTA at least semi-annually. (June & December) 

Section 3: Leadership Roster

The Chapter shall submit a complete roster of the Chapter leadership (including contact information) to the CSTA annually and whenever changes occur in leadership or contact information. 

Section 4: Other Obligations

The Chapter shall promptly provide other information to CSTA as requested.

Article VI: Amendments

These Bylaws may be amended by a vote of 2/3 of the Chapter membership and approval of the CSTA Board of Directors.

Article VII: Dissolution

The Chapter may be dissolved by a vote of 2/3 of the Chapter membership or by the CSTA Board of Directors. Any funds remaining for the Chapter upon dissolution and after the payment of legitimate debts shall revert to CSTA.


First organizing meeting: 19 May 2011 at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, UT