Code, Bylaws, and Policies


Code, Bylaws, and Policies

Like any big institution, the AMS is governed internally and externally by a set of documents and principles that come together to form what they call Code, Bylaws and Policies.

Constitution and Mission Statement:

The Constitution is the supreme document that outlines the names, rules and procedures for dissolution and formation of the AMS. Everything else flows from the framework of the Constitution. The AMS’s objectives and guiding principles, which were left out of the constitution because it makes more sense that way, were laid out in the Mission Statement that was approved by Council back in 1994. From these two documents you get the institutional framework and objectives of the AMS.

Bylaws and Code:

The Bylaws provide a structure for governing the day-to-day operations of the AMS in a manner consistent with the Constitution. They’re separate from the constitution because they deal with facts of life that are more likely to change and they like the ability to review and refine their stance on that stuff. The Code offers even more detailed interpretation of bylaws and how they work in practice


Policies are the enforceable rules and regulations of daily life at the AMS. Every AMS employee is issued a handbook that outlines these rules and what they mean on their first day. Again, because times change, they make a point of reviewing and overhauling these rules periodically.

Internal Policies Added in 2014


Once in a while it becomes necessary for the general body of students to voice their approval or disapproval of controversial policy changes. The AMS isn’t going to raise fees, amend the bylaws, or conduct other potentially divisive business without the consent of the student body, and for that reason they have big votes, called referendums.

Other rules:

For further information on the governing documents, contact AMS Archivist Sheldon Goldfarb.