This is the governing guidance document of the Institute's Meetings as approved by the Faculty.
THE INSTITUTE FOR BIOETHICS, HEALTH POLICY AND LAW
UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
The name of this organization shall be the Institute of Bioethics, Health Policy and Law. The address of the Institute shall be MedCenter One, 501 East Broadway, Suite 310, Louisville, Kentucky 40202.
The Director of the Institute shall be appointed by the Dean of the School of Medicine.
The responsibilities of the Director of the Institute shall be:
To direct and coordinate activities of Institute members toward the goals of the Institute.
To issue a call for and chair regular meetings of the Institute.
To issue the call for and chair an annual meeting of the Institute membership for the purpose of electing members to the Institute faculty.
Other officers may be elected at the discretion of the members.
The goals of the Institute are:
To provide an academic forum for the discussion of bioethics issues.
To encourage and facilitate interdisciplinary research on bioethics issues.
To discuss and implement successful teaching of bioethics at the University of Louisville.
The membership of the Institute shall consist of University of Louisville faculty with expertise and active interests in bioethics research, teaching, and service. Each Institute member shall hold a primary appointment in an academic department.
Self-nominations and nominations by the membership of the Institute shall be sent in writing, along with the current curriculum vitae of the candidate, to the Director of the Institute. Election to membership shall be made by a simple majority of all votes obtained by secret ballot from the members of the Institute present at a regularly scheduled meeting. Should a candidate be elected, membership will be made known to the candidate's department so that the department recognizes the effort for the Institute by the elected candidate.
Members of the Institute shall serve for three calendar years from the date of election. There shall be no limit to the consecutive or intermittent terms a member may serve. A member shall be re-elected for each three-year term by a simple majority of all votes obtained by secret ballot from the members of the Institute at a regularly scheduled meeting.
MEETINGS OF THE INSTITUTE
The Institute shall hold ten regular monthly meetings each year (the months of June and July have no regular meetings). The Director of the Institute or a person designated by the Director shall chair each meeting. Members of the Institute shall attend at least half of all scheduled meetings and a substantial number of Gheens and comparable lectures. Members who fail to attend at least half of all scheduled Institute meetings without sufficient justification may be requested to resign by the Director.
These by-laws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of members attending a regular meeting, provided that at least one month's notice of the intent to amend the by-laws and the nature of the amendment is provided to all members.