The name of this organization shall be the Colorado Association for Behavior Analysis. It shall be chartered and exist as an organization under the laws of Colorado. It shall be represented by the initials COABA.
To advance awareness, development, and access to the science and practice of behavior analysis in the state of Colorado by:
- Encouraging the understanding of behavior analysis in academic, research, and natural environments.
- Supporting the design and application of effective and evidence-based behavioral procedures to improve the quality of life of the citizens of Colorado.
- Serving as a professional reference group for those who identify themselves as scientists or practitioners in disciplines that embrace the principles and practices of behavior analysis.
- Informing political, legislative, and policy-making bodies with respect to all matters pertaining to behavior analysis.
- Organizing colloquia, symposia, and workshops that shall serve as forums for the presentation of scientific and technological achievements, clinical practice, and discussion of
the affairs of the organization.
- Publishing and distributing information on behavior analysis.
- Developing a culture to support ethical problem-solving and decision-making for scientists or
practitioners in disciplines that embrace the principles and practices of behavior analysis.
Membership is by the calendar year and is open to all persons interested in or actively engaged in
behavior analysis. Membership shall be in one of three classes.
Full Member: Any individual holding (a) a graduate degree in a discipline directly related to or
involving behavior analysis and whose professional commitment includes teaching, research, and/or
practice in behavior analysis or (b) BACB certification (BCBA-D, BCBA, and BCaBA) may apply for
membership in this category. Full members in good standing shall be entitled to one vote on all
matters brought before the chapter with the exception of voting for the student representative to
the Executive Board (hereafter referred to as “the Board”).
Affiliate Member: Any individual evidencing interest in the discipline of behavior analysis, but lacking
formal training therein, may apply for this class of membership.
Student Member: Any individual pursuing formal training in the discipline of behavior analysis but not
yet gainfully employed therein on at least a half-time basis may apply for membership in this
category. Such application must be accompanied by documentation verifying the applicant’s student
status. Student members in good standing shall be entitled to one vote for student representative to
A person wishing to become a member must submit a completed application form and pay the
annual membership dues established by the Board. Applicants shall also submit any additional
information, such as transcripts, diplomas, or references, as requested to verify they meet the
requirements for membership.
The Board, by a five-sevenths majority vote (quorum), may suspend or expel any member for cause
after appropriate notice and hearing. By a five-sevenths majority vote the Board may also reinstate a
former member on such terms as it deems appropriate.
Article IV—Executive Officers
The officers of the Colorado Association for Behavior Analysis shall be the president, the president-elect, the secretary, the treasurer, and three directors. The President, President-elect, three directors, secretary and treasurer are voting positions.
2. Terms of Office
The term of office of the president-elect shall be one year to commence at the beginning of the year
following the announcement of election results, ending when the office of president is assumed for
two calendar years. This position is allowed one vote on executive business (all business conducted
by the board, and voting issues presented to the membership)
The term of office of the president shall be two years to commence at the conclusion of the one-year
president-elect term. The president shall not be eligible for nomination for an additional presidency
(starting with president-elect) until after one year has passed since the conclusion of his or her
service as president. This position is allowed one vote on executive business.
The term of office for the five directors shall be three years. Each director is allowed one vote on
The board shall appoint the secretary and treasurer of the board at the first meeting of each calendar
year in a meeting with quorum representation. The secretary is not eligible for nomination as president-elect until after completing his or her service as secretary. This position is allowed one vote on executive business.
The treasurer is not eligible for nomination as president-elect until after completing his or her service
as treasurer. This position is allowed one vote on executive business.
If applicable, the student representative shall be a student member serving a one-year term. This is a
non-voting position on executive business (all business conducted by the Board, and voting issues
presented to members). The student representative and other student members may vote in
electing the next student representative (if applicable).
The president-elect shall attend and participate in all Board and member meetings, observe, and
assist in the administration duties of the president.
The president shall preside at all Board and member meetings. The president shall exercise general
supervision over the affairs of the chapter.
If the president is unable to preside over a meeting, that responsibility shall fall to a director. If he or
she is unable to preside, the president-elect shall assume the responsibility. The secretary shall keep the records of the chapter and the Board; conduct official correspondence; serve ex officio as a member of all committees as deemed necessary by the Board and issue programs of meetings; and receive applications for membership and give notice of all inductions into
membership. The secretary is also responsible for the counting of nomination and election ballots, as
well as the ballots in any referenda submitted to the voting membership.
The treasurer shall have the responsibility for all chapter funds and shall have authority to disburse
these funds for purposes authorized by the Board. The treasurer shall keep a record of all money
received and all disbursements made and submit an annual report of the chapter’s financial status.
The treasurer shall bring to the attention of the Board and the members such matters as are deemed
necessary for the appropriate operation of the organization.
Replacement: In the event of death, incapacity, or resignation of any of these officers, the Board
shall, by majority vote (quorum), appoint a successor to serve until the conclusion of the term of the
replaced member. Any officer may be removed at any time by vote of a majority of voting members.
Article V—Executive Board
Composition: There shall be an Executive Board consisting of the president, president-elect,
secretary, treasurer, three directors, and (if available) one student representative. Additionally, the
Board may appoint a committee or individual to assist with the operation of the association. The
committee members may attend meetings and provide recommendations but may not vote on
Board business. The roles and responsibilities of the committees shall be arranged through a contract
with the individuals appointed to the positions.
Meeting: The Board shall meet at least once annually at a time and location deemed appropriate by
the president. A meeting of the Board may also be called by action of three members of the Board
who shall notify the remaining members at least two weeks in advance of the proposed meeting.
Quorum: For purposes of transacting the business of the chapter, a quorum shall consist of fivesevenths or four-sixths (when a president-elect is not in place) of the members of the Board.
Removal and Replacement: Members of the Board who fail to maintain membership in good standing
in the chapter or who fail to attend two consecutive meetings of the Board are subject to removal by
a majority vote of the remaining members of the Board. Positions vacated for any reason shall be
replaced by a majority vote of the remaining board members, such successors to serve until elections
occur at the annual business meeting of the chapter.
Article VI—Nominations and Elections
Each year, the president or his or her designee shall mail and/or email to all Full members a paper or
link to a secure electronic nomination ballot for president-elect and for the number of representative
members of the Board necessary to complete the voting membership of the Board. Additionally,
each year, the president or his or her designee shall mail and/or email to all Student members a
paper ballot or link to a secure electronic nomination ballot for the student representative.
For each office that appears on the nominating ballot, each Full member may propose up to four
names. Full members may nominate the same person for more than one office.
The president and/or person designated by the president shall count the ballots and shall ask those
nominees receiving the largest number of votes for each office if they are willing to stand for election, and shall proceed through the list in the order of vote count until no more than three
candidates for each office have been obtained. No one may hold two offices at the same time, so if a
voting member receives enough nominations for two offices, the president shall request that the
individual choose the office for which he or she wishes to be a candidate.
The president and/or person designated by the president shall send to all Full members whose
membership dues are paid a ballot for all matters to be voted upon, together with a statement on
which the names of the candidates for each office are listed in alphabetical order with brief
biographical descriptions. Online solicitation of ballots shall include only voting members and shall
indicate the time, date, and place where ballots must be submitted in order to be counted.
Members of the Board shall be elected by a plurality of the votes cast in an election.
Officers and other members of the Board shall assume office on the first day of the calendar year
after their election took place. Officers shall hold office until their elected successors assume office in
The committees of the chapter shall consist of such standing committees as may be provided by
these bylaws and such special committees as may be established by a quorum vote of the Board.
Committees shall be appointed as the Board deems necessary to fulfil the mission of COABA.
Dues: Dues for the various categories of membership shall be established by a simple majority vote
of the Board (quorum). This action can be rescinded by a three-fifths majority vote of those present
and voting at the annual business meeting of the association. In this case the Board shall propose an
alternate schedule of dues for approval by simple majority of those present and voting.
Collection: Dues shall be payable in the time and manner prescribed by the Board and published to
the membership at large at least six months prior to the due date.
Any member who has not paid his or her yearly dues shall not be allowed to vote on any matter
presented to the members.
These bylaws may be amended only by two-thirds vote of the voting members. Amendments may be
passed by a quorum of the Board.