Member Resources:
2004 Annual Session Adopted Resolutions

Membership 

Resolution 100-2004 Re-authorization of the Task Force on Membership Benefits and Non-Dues Revenue 

Resolution 101-2004 Financial Aid Repayment 

Resolution 103-2004 Member dues increase 

Education and Licensure 

Resolution 200-2004 Re-authorization of the Task Force on Dental Licensure Reform

Resolution 201-2004 Assuring Dental Student Competence (1999, revised 2002) 

Resolution 202-2004 Dental School Disclosure of Information to Prospective Students (1997, revised 2002)

Resolution 203-2004 Exchange Opportunities (1973) 

Resolution 204-2004 Tuition Increase Control (1980, revised 1993) 

Resolution 205-2004 Evidence Based Dentistry 

Resolution 207-2004 ASDA Support for the ADA Task Force on the Creation of a Single National Exam 

Resolution 208-2004 Collection and Dissemination of Economic Facts on Dentistry

Resolution 209RC-2004 Amendment of Merit-Based Admission for Dental Programs 

Governance and Professional Issues 

Resolution 300-2004 Increasing the number of Trustees needed for a quorum 

Resolution 301-2004 Financial responsibilities of local chapters and the Association 

Resolution 302-2004 Policies of the Association 

Resolution 303-2004 ADA Delegates and Alternate Delegates to be included as appointed officials 

Resolution 305-2004 Rhode Island Dental Association Delegate to be included as appointed official 

Resolution 306-2004 Special Needs Dentistry 

Resolution 307-2004 Update of Constitution and Bylaws with gender-neutral wording 

Resolution 308-2004 Seating of ASDA Delegates to ADA House of Delegates 

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Resolution Number: 100-2004

Title: Re-authorization of the Task Force on Membership Benefits and Non-Dues Revenue

Financial Impact: None relative to 2003-2004

Reference Committee Assignment: Membership

Sponsors: Council on Membership 

Board of Trustees Comments: The Board of Trustees recommends a yes vote.

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee recommends a yes vote.

Background:
The Task Force on Membership Benefits and Non-Dues Revenue was authorized by the 2003 House of Delegates. Recruiting new members is essential to ASDA’s continued success. In order to recruit members, it is important to have incredible benefits, and in order to provide benefits, it is necessary to have both dues and non-dues revenue to pay for the benefits.

Therefore, be it

RESOLUTION
Resolved, that a Task Force on Membership Benefits and Non-Dues Revenue be authorized for 2004-05 to meet during the Fall and Winter Leadership Conferences; and be it further
Resolved, that the members of the 2004-05 task force be appointed by the Executive Committee and include no less than four members who are either consultants or members of the Board of Trustees and who are already funded to the Fall and Winter Leadership Conferences; and be it further
Resolved, that this task force review current benefits for all membership categories, make recommendations on what needs to be publicized or eliminated as benefits, as well as brainstorm and implement new benefits; and be it further
Resolved, that this task force work to review current non-dues revenue areas such as the National Board reprints and the MBNA credit card, as well as explore new areas.

Resolution Number: 101-2004

Title: Financial Aid Repayment

Financial Impact: None

Reference Committee Assignment: Membership

Sponsors: Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees Comments: The Board of Trustees recommends a yes vote.

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee recommends a yes vote.

Background:
ASDA Policy Statement F-2, Financial Aid Repayment currently reads:

The American Student Dental Association advocates that all current and former dental students repay their educational loans in a responsible and timely fashion. It urges the administrative officers of dental schools to intensify their efforts to collect outstanding and overdue loans in order to meet standards that may be imposed as criteria to receive new loans. The association urges dental schools to provide more financial aid counseling to dental students.

Therefore, be it

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that Policy Statement F-2, Financial Aid Repayment, be amended as follows:

The American Student Dental Association advocates that all current and former dental students repay their educational loans in a responsible and timely fashion. It urges the administrative officers of dental schools to intensify their efforts to collect outstanding and overdue loans in order to meet standards that may be imposed as criteria to receive new loans. The association urges dental schools to provide more financial aid counseling to dental students, including counseling on alternative loan repayment programs and debt consolidation, and be it further

Resolved, that the American Student Dental Association’s Council on Membership research all major loan repayment and consolidation options available to dental students, and be it further

Resolved, that the information found by the Council on Membership be posted on the American Student Dental Association website and printed in ASDA News annually, and be it further

Resolved, that the American Student Dental Association send an explanation of the amended policy immediately and a copy of the report, when completed, to the financial aid offices of all CODA accredited Dental schools.

Resolution Number: 103-2004

Title: Member dues increase

Financial Impact: Yes

Reference Committee Assignment: Committee on Membership

Sponsors: Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees Comments: The Board of Trustees recommends a yes vote.

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee recommends a yes vote.

Background:
A financial status review revealed that ASDA must review options for dues increases to support additional member services and overall increases in the cost of operations.

Therefore, be it

RESOLUTION 


Resolved, that ASDA national dues be considered on an annual basis by the Board of Trustees; and be it further
Resolved, that national dues for active members be increased to $67, beginning with the 2006 budget.

Resolution Number: 200-2004

Title: Re-authorization of the Task Force on Dental Licensure Reform

Financial Impact: None relative to 2003-2004

Reference Committee Assignment: Education and Licensure

Sponsors: Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees Comments: The Board recommends a yes vote.

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee recommends a yes vote.

Background:
In the past eight years, the Task Force on Dental Licensure Reform (TFDLR) has been able to influence change in the licensure process. Assigning this important responsibility to a task force, rather than relying on the limited time of other association officers, has been the key to much of ASDA’s success.

Therefore, be it

RESOLUTION 


Resolved, that a Task Force on Dental Licensure Reform be authorized for 2004-05 and funded to meeting during the fall and Winter Leadership Conferences and during a spring conference call; and be it further
Resolved, that the members of the 2004-05 Task Force on Dental Licensure Reform be appointed by the Executive Committee and include six members who are either consultants or members of the Board of Trustees, one Executive Committee member, one member-at-large, and one (non-voting) staff liaison.

Resolution Number: 201-2004

Title: Assuring Dental Student Competence (1999, revised 2002)

Financial Impact: None

Reference Committee Assignment: Education and Licensure

Sponsors: Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees Comments: The Board of Trustees recommends a yes vote.

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee recommends a yes vote.

Background:
ASDA Policy Statement A-4, Assuring Dental Student Competence, currently reads:

It is the position of the American Student Dental Association that all dental schools accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation graduate only students who have achieved competency in all required areas. In cases of unsatisfactory student performance, dental schools should provide positive intervention. In cases where students fail to demonstrate competence after reasonable attempts at remediation, dismissal or other opportunities within the dental profession should be pursued.

Therefore, be it

RESOLUTION 


Resolved, that Policy Statement A-4, Assuring Dental Student Competence, be amended as follows:

It is the position of the American Student Dental Association that all to encourage the administrators of all U.S. dental schools accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation to graduate only students who have achieved competency in all required areas. In cases of unsatisfactory student performance, dental schools should provide positive intervention and allow for reasonable attempts at remediation.

Resolution Number: 202-2004

Title: Dental School Disclosure of Information to Prospective Students (1997, revised 2002)

Financial Impact: None

Reference Committee Assignment: Education and Licensure

Sponsors: Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees Comments: The Board of Trustees recommends a yes vote.

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee recommends a yes vote.

Background:
ASDA Policy Statement A-6, Dental School Disclosure of Information to Prospective Students, currently reads:

It is the position of the American Student Dental Association that dental schools should provide prospective students with adequate levels of current and accurate data pertaining to the likelihood of successful and timely completion of the dental degree, both prior to and throughout the application process.

Such information should include, but not be limited to, current and past graduation rates, patient pool size, student pass/fail rates on the National Board Dental Examination Parts I and II, historical lists of annual tuition and fee data, including other related information of concern to prospective students, since such information is critical to making an informed and educated decision about attending a dental school.

Therefore, be it

RESOLUTION 


Resolved, that A-6, Dental School Disclosure of Information to Prospective Students, be amended as follows:

It is the position of the American Student Dental Association that dental schools should provide prospective students with adequate levels of current and accurate data pertaining to the likelihood of successful and timely completion of the dental degree, both prior to and throughout the application process.
Such information should include, but not be limited to, current and past and present graduation rates, patient pool size, student pass/fail rates on the National Board Dental Examination Parts I and II, patient pool size, historical lists of annual tuition and fee data, including and any other related information of concern to prospective students that may influence their choice of schools., since such information is critical to making an informed and educated decision about attending a dental school.

Resolution Number: 203-2004

Title: Exchange Opportunities (1973)

Financial Impact: None

Reference Committee Assignment: Education and Licensure

Sponsors: Task Force on Education and Licensure

Board of Trustees Comments: The Board of Trustees recommends a yes vote.

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference committee recommends a yes vote.

Background:
ASDA Policy Statement B-1, Exchange Opportunities, currently reads:

It is the position of the American Student Dental Association that national and international exchange experiences be accredited and formalized in the dental school curricula.

Therefore, be it

RESOLUTION 


Resolved, that B-1, Exchange Opportunities, be removed from The American Student Dental Association policies.

Resolution Number: 204-2004

Title: Tuition Increase Control (1980, revised 1993)

Financial Impact: None

Reference Committee Assignment: Education and Licensure

Sponsors: Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees Comments: The Board of Trustees recommends a yes vote.

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee recommends a yes vote.

Background:
ASDA Policy Statement F-3, Tuition Increase Control, currently reads:

The American Student Dental Association encourages the administrations of all U.S. accredited dental schools to develop and utilize an estimated costs increase statement for incoming students. In the event that an unresolved dispute over tuition arises involving a dental school and its students, the association will request the school to substantiate the tuition increase.

Therefore, be it

RESOLUTION 


Resolved, that Policy Statement F-3, Tuition Increase Control, be amended as follows:

The American Student Dental Association encourages the administrations of all U.S. accredited dental schools to develop and utilize an estimated costs increase statement for incoming and existing students. In the event that an unresolved dispute over tuition arises involving a dental school and its students, the association will request the school to substantiate the tuition increase.

Resolution Number: 205-2004

Title: Evidence Based Dentistry

Financial Impact: None

Reference Committee Assignment: Education and Licensure

Sponsors: Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees Comments: The Board recommends a yes vote on the resolution as amended.

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee recommends a yes vote.

Background:
During the 1990’s, the concept of evidence-based medicine (EBM) emerged in the health professions as a means of integrating the best available scientific research with everyday patient care. At the time, the movement toward evidence-based practice led the ADA to consider appropriate application of the evidence-based approach in dentistry.

The American Dental Association defines the term “evidence-based dentistry” as follows:
Evidence-based Dentistry (EBD) is an approach to oral health care that requires the judicious integration of systematic assessments of clinically relevant scientific evidence, relating to the patient’s oral and medical condition and history, with the dentist’s clinical expertise and the patient’s treatment needs and preferences.

As dental education continues to evolve into the 21st century it is time for the American Student Dental Association to investigate a way to education and support the practice of Evidence Based Dentistry.

Therefore, be it

RESOLUTION 


Resolved, that the Association supports the concept of Evidence Based Dentistry (EBD) as defined by the American Dental Association, and be it further
Resolved, that the Council on Dental Education and Licensure consult with the appropriate agencies and initiate a program to educate the membership of EBD, and be it further
Resolved, that the Council on Dental Education and Licensure report to the 2005 House of Delegates on its efforts.

Resolution Number: 207-2004

Title: ASDA Support for the ADA Task Force on the Creation of a Single National Exam

Financial Impact: None

Reference Committee Assignment: Education and Licensure

Sponsors: Council on Dental Education and Licensure

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee recommends a yes vote.

Board of Trustees Comments:

Background:
The 2001 ADA House of Delegates adopted Resolution 114H-2001 that directed the Association to sponsor a task force that included equal representation from the American Association of Dental Examiners, the American Student Dental Association, the American Dental Education Association and the committee on the new dentist to consider the role of patient based examinations and other potential methods for evaluating clinical competency for licensure. This task force met for the past three years, most recently in July of 2004.

The Task Force members included Dr. T. Howard Jones, chair (ADA), Dr. John Cosby (AADE), Dr. Scott Froum (ASDA), Dr. Kenneth Kalkwarf (ADEA), Dr. Randall Ogata (CND), Dr. Deron J. Ohtani (ADA), Dr. Ender Ozgul (CND), Dr. Josh Ries (ASDA), Dr. Cynthia Riffle (AADE), and Dr. John Williams (ADEA).

Task force members provided an update from their constituencies on relevant activities undertaken by each agency in the past year.

AADE representatives called for the Task Force to support their efforts to develop the national examination in as much as they have already begun this process. From AADE’s perspective, they are the most qualified to develop a national examination, and do not see a role for ADA or other organizations in the process. AADE stated that they support a national clinical examination that uses human subjects, and they do not support the use of portfolios in the licensure process. AADE representatives requested that the Task Force affirm its support for their effort and indicated that they welcome comment from all interested parties as the process evolves.

The remaining members of the Task Force agreed with the AADE’s decision to create a single uniform national licensure examination, however, disagreed that the creation of this exam should be the sole responsibility of the AADE. The Task Force proposed that this exam be a collaborative effort from the appropriate communities of interest including, but not limited to, the ADA, ADEA, AADE, CND, and ASDA. A resolution was adopted and submitted to the Board for comment.

The following resolution is presented for the consideration of the House of Delegates.


Resolved, that the ADA appoint a task force to develop a national examination for the evaluation of clinical competency of candidates for licensure to include representatives from the appropriate communities of interest as members of and/or consultants to the Task Force.
The Board commends the Task Force for its outstanding work and the progress made in coming forward to the House of Delegates with this excellent report. The Board agrees with the Task Force that it is time for the development of a national clinical licensure examination, and the Board also concurs with the Task Force that the development process should be collaborative, with input from all communities of interest.

However, this resolution fails to mention what organizations compose the “communities of interest”. It is extremely important that the student’s perspective be considered when creating this exam and the American Student Dental Association is one of those “communities of interest”.

Therefore, be it

RESOLUTION 


Resolved, that ASDA supports the ADA appointment of a Task Force to develop a national examination for evaluation of clinical competency of candidates for licensure to include representatives from the appropriate communities of interest including, but not limited to, ADA, ADEA, AADE, CND, and ASDA.

Resolution Number: 208-2004

Title: Collection and Dissemination of Economic Facts on Dentistry

Financial Impact: Cost of surveys

Reference Committee Assignment: Education and Licensure

Sponsors:

Bradford Allen, Second Delegate Virginia Commonwealth University
Naveen Vinnie Kwatra, Virginia Commonwealth University
Clay Weisberg, First Delegate Virginia Commonwealth University
Brian Jones, Region Four Trustee
Scott Froum, Consultant on Dental Education and Licensure
Board of Trustees Comments:

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee recommends a yes vote.

Background:
ASDA members deserve to be provided with updated statistical information concerning the financial and economic aspects of dentistry pertinent to dental students. This information includes the following: new dentist salary trends, average dental student debt upon graduation, new dentist average loan repayment time frame and amounts, and new dentist demographics. While this information is contained in several ADA surveys and available for purchase, many students are unaware of how to obtain this information or cannot afford to pay for the surveys. This information would serve as an added value for membership in ASDA.

Therefore, be it

RESOLUTION 


Resolved, that the ASDA Council on Dental Education and Licensure be assigned the duty of obtaining and reviewing the ADA surveys pertinent to dental student economic issues and compile a summary report of the important findings from the surveys; and be it further
Resolved, that the ASDA council on Dental Education and Licensure 1) post this report on the student lounge section of ASDAnet.org and 2) present this report in an edition of ASDA News and 3) ensure that the summary of these surveys be maintained by the Council, and be it further
Resolved, that the above duty be permanently added to the official job description of the ASDA Council on Dental Education and Licensure; and be it further
Resolved, that this summary and report be completed on an annual basis.

Resolution Number: 209RC-2004

Title: Amendment of Merit-Based Admission for Dental Programs

Financial Impact: None

Reference Committee Assignment: Education and Licensure

Sponsors: Reference Committee on Education and Licensure

Board of Trustees Comments:

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee recommends a yes vote.


RESOLUTION 


Resolved, that HOD 204RC-2003 be amended as follows
Resolved, that ASDA supports a merit-based admissions process for all dental education programs; and be it further
Resolved, that ASDA opposes any admissions process that is based on willingness to enter into a contractual agreement that ASDA opposes any admissions process that compromises the current academic standards.

Resolution Number: 300-2004

Title: Increasing the number of Trustees needed for a quorum

Financial Impact: None

Reference Committee Assignment: Governance and Professional Issues

Sponsors: Council on Governance and Professional Issues

Board of Trustees Comments: The Board of Trustees recommends a yes vote.

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee recommends a yes vote.

Background: HOD 303-2003 increased the number of Trustees from ten (10) to eleven (11), resulting in a total voting membership of thirteen (13). The previous quorum threshold of ? now requires nine (9) members.

Therefore, be it

RESOLUTION 

 

Resolved, that the Constitution and Bylaws article X, Quorum, be amended as follows:

Section 2. Board of Trustees

A quorum of the Board of Trustees shall consist of eight (8) nine (9) voting members.

Resolution Number: 301-2004

Title: Financial responsibilities of local chapters and the Association

Financial Impact: Separates debts and obligations of the Association from those of local Chapters

Reference Committee Assignment: Governance and Professional Issues

Sponsors: Council on Governance and Professional Issues

Board of Trustees Comments: The Board of Trustees recommends a yes vote.

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee recommends a yes vote.

Background:
A legal review was conducted in the fall of 2003 of the Association’s governance documents. After reviewing the Constitution and Bylaws, the Association’s legal counsel, Paula Goedert, attorney-at-law, recommended that our governance documents be amended to separate the debts and obligations of the American Student Dental Association from its Chapters.

Therefore, be it

RESOLUTION 


Resolved, that the Constitution and Bylaws be amended as follows:

Section 3. Chapters

Each dental school shall be eligible for a charter as a predoctoral Chapter of this Association as defined in the Bylaws. Predoctoral Chapters are separate legal entities. The association is not responsible for debts or obligations of predoctoral chapters and predoctoral chapters are not responsible for the debts or obligations incurred by the association. Predoctoral Chapter membership shall consist of the active members of each dental school. The purpose of a predoctoral Chapter shall be:


To promote the objectives of the Association and membership therein among local dental students.

To educate, inform and involve local members in the activities of the Association at all levels.

To provide local members with representation by two Delegates to the Association's House of Delegates.

To function as a form of local student government. The nature of each predoctoral Chapter shall be determined only by its member constituency.

Each undergraduate institution shall be eligible for a charter as a predental Chapter of this Association as defined in the Bylaws. Predental Chapters are separate legal entities. The association is not responsible for debts or obligations of predental chapters and predental chapters are not responsible for the debts or obligations incurred by the association. Predental Chapter membership shall consist of the predental members of each undergraduate institution. The purpose of a predental Chapter shall be:


To provide information and facilitate application to dental school.

To promote the objectives of the Association and membership therein among local predental students.

To educate, inform and involve predental students in the activities of the Association at all levels.

Resolution Number: 302-2004

Title: Policies of the Association

Financial Impact: None

Reference Committee Assignment: Governance and Professional Issues

Sponsors: Council on Governance and Professional Issues

Board of Trustees Comments: The Board of Trustees recommends a yes vote.

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee recommends a yes vote.

Background:
A legal review was conducted in the fall of 2003 of the Association’s governance documents. After reviewing the Constitution and Bylaws, the Association’s legal counsel, Paula Goedert, attorney-at-law, made the following observations:

  • Article X, Section 1 of the Bylaws grants the responsibility for determining the policies of the Association to the House of Delegates.
  • Section 2 of the Bylaws states that the responsibility for administration and management of the Association shall be vested in the Board of Trustees.
  • The Operating Policies and Procedures of the Board of Trustees, however, states that the duties of the Board of Trustees include “establishing policies and priorities for the Association’s projects, programs, and revenue-generating activities.”

Therefore be it

RESOLUTION 

Resolved, that the Constitution and Bylaws be amended as follows:

Section 1. House of Delegates

The responsibility for determining the policies of the Association shall be vested in a House of Delegates whose number, qualifications, selection, term of office, powers, responsibilities, and meetings shall be specified in the Bylaws. The Board of Trustees shall have powers to set interim Association policies between meetings of the House of Delegates. The next House of Delegates must adopt interim policy set forth by the Board of Trustees for those policies to become permanent association policy. Interim policies not adopted by the House of Delegates expire at the close of Annual Session.

Resolution Number: 303-2004

Title: ADA Delegates and Alternate Delegates to be included as appointed officials

Financial Impact: None

Reference Committee Assignment: Governance and Professional Issues

Sponsors: Council on Governance and Professional Issues

Board of Trustees Comments: The Board of Trustees recommends a yes vote.

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee recommends a yes vote.

Background:
All current elected and appointed officers of ASDA are included in the constitution and bylaws except for ADA delegates and alternate delegates.

Therefore, be it

RESOLUTION 

Resolved, that Part V, Elected and Appointed Officers, of the Constitution and Bylaws be amended as follows:

Section 11. ADA Delegates

A. Representation
Every region shall be represented in the ASDA delegation to the ADA House of Delegates. Five Delegates, five Alternate Delegates and a Secretary will be selected and registered as official ADA Delegates, Alternates and Secretary by the Board of Trustees at the April Board of Trustees meeting. The ASDA delegation will include regional representatives, the Executive Committee, Immediate Past President, Speaker of the House of Delegates, and may include other at large ASDA members. The ASDA delegation shall vote on all matters pertaining to ADA House business prior to the next ADA HOD meeting. The ADA Delegates, Alternate Delegates, and Secretary shall serve as the Associations spokespersons and vote according to the policies adopted by the ASDA House of Delegates. When no guiding policy is available, each delegate shall vote in accordance with the majority opinion of the ASDA delegation.

B. Qualifications

  • Each candidate must be nominated by his or her region during a caucus held at the Regional Meetings and hold current active membership in good standing with a local chapter.
  • Candidates must have a demonstrated interest in the goals and objectives of the Association.
  • Candidates must be thoroughly knowledgeable about the association's history, philosophy, policies and positions.
  • Candidates primary loyalty must be to students and to the association and not to any other individual or organization.
  • Candidates must attend the ASDA Annual Session preceding the ADA Annual Session.
  • Candidates must be available and willing to carry out the duties and responsibilities of the position.
  • Graduating seniors not holding a national position are ineligible for nomination.

C. Duties and Responsibilities

Delegates should assist the Association in identifying programs and developing resolutions to carry to the ADA House of Delegates that meet the needs and interests of dental students and the profession.
Delegates must be available for a conference call prior to the ADA annual session.
Delegates must attend “Introduction to the ADA House of Delegates” meeting at ASDA Annual Session.
Delegates must prepare summaries of meeting materials as assigned to be submitted to Central Office 30 14 days prior to ADA Annual Session.
Delegates must attend all caucus meetings, reference committee hearings, and other events as assigned by the Delegation Chair.

D. Selection


All regions are required to submit a nomination slate of at least three different candidates to the Board of Trustees.
The Executive Committee is responsible for preparing a slate of candidates from the regional nominations. This slate is then presented to the Board of Trustees at its spring meeting and must be approved or rejected in its entirety.

E. Term of Office
The term of office will begin with appointment at the April Board of Trustees meeting, and end at the close of the of the final adjournment of the ADA House of Delegates.

F. Vacancy
If a vacancy arises the Executive Committee may appoint an Association member to fill the position.

G. Chair of Delegation
In the absence of the Immediate Past President, the President shall serve as head of the ASDA delegation and as a delegate or alternate as well.

H. Removal from office
If a member of the delegation does not satisfactorily fulfill the duties and responsibilities of the position, the Board of Trustees may by two-thirds majority vote remove the representative from the ADA Delegation.

Resolution Number: 305-2004

Title: Rhode Island Dental Association Delegate to be included as appointed official

Financial Impact: None

Reference Committee Assignment: Governance and Professional Issues

Sponsors: Council on Governance and Professional Issues

Board of Trustees Comments: The Board of Trustees recommends a yes vote.

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee recommends a yes vote.

Background:
All current elected and appointed officers of ASDA are included in the Constitution and Bylaws except the Rhode Island Dental Association Delegate.

Therefore, be it

RESOLUTION 


Resolved, that Part V, Elected and Appointed Officers, of the Constitution and Bylaws be amended as follows:

Section 12. Rhode Island Dental Association Delegate

A. Duties and Responsibilities

Represent and act as liaison to the Rhode Island State Association.
The delegate is encouraged to assist the Association in identifying programs and developing policies to meet the needs and interests of dental students and the profession, as well as to identify areas where Association policy formation is needed.

B. Qualifications

Active member of the Association.
Individual interested in the goals and objectives of the Association.
Availability and willingness to carry out the duties and responsibilities.
Plan to practice in the state of Rhode Island.

C. Selection

Trustees from regions 1, 2 and 3 will select the Rhode Island Association Delegate.
Any active member may nominate a qualified and interested candidate, or the individual member may apply for the position personally.

D. Term of Office

The Board of Trustees will determine the term of office.

E. Vacancy

If a vacancy arises, Trustees from regions 1-3 may elect an Association member by simple majority vote to fill the position.

F. Removal from Office

If the delegate does not satisfactorily fulfill the duties and responsibilities of the position, Trustees from regions 1-3 may, by two-thirds majority vote, remove that Consultant from office.

Resolution Number: 306-2004

Title: Special Needs Dentistry

Financial Impact: None

Reference Committee Assignment: Governance and Professional Issues

Sponsors: Council on Dental Education and Licensure

Board of Trustees Comments: The Board of Trustees recommends a yes vote.

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee recommends a yes vote.

Background:
A review of ASDA’s current policies reveals that the Association does not have a policy relating to the provision of oral health care to individuals with special needs.

Therefore, be it

RESOLUTION 

Resolved, that the Association supports appropriate initiatives and legislation to improve and foster the oral health of persons with special needs, and be it further
Resolved, that constituent and component dental societies be encouraged to support state and local initiatives and legislation to improve the oral health of persons with special needs, and be it further
Resolved, that dental and allied dental programs be encouraged to educate students about the oral health needs and issues of people with special needs.

Resolution Number: 307-2004

Title: Update of Constitution and Bylaws with gender-neutral wording

Financial Impact: None

Reference Committee Assignment: Governance and Professional Issues

Sponsors: Council of Governance and Professional Issues

Board of Trustees Comments: The Board of Trustees recommends a yes vote.

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee recommends a yes vote.

Background:
ASDA Governance Documents do not currently include gender neutral position descriptions and references.

Therefore, be it

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that Article VI Government under Section 2B and Section 5 be amended as follows

The President of the Association, elected by the House of Delegates, who shall serve as Chairman Chairperson of the Board of Trustees and who may only exercise voting privileges in case of a tie vote….

The Board of Trustees may appoint an Executive Director, who shall serve as Secretary for the Association, an Association Editor, committee chairmen chairs, as well as any other officers designated by the House of Delegates, who shall be considered officers of this Association without the right to vote.

And be it further

Resolved, that Part V under Section 1D, 2C and Section 8 of the Bylaws be amended as follows

Section 1. President

D. Duties

The President will have all those duties imposed by law and Association tradition with the Chairman Chair of the Board of any association or corporation.

Section 2. Vice Presidents

C. Powers

The Vice Presidents will have full voting privileges as members of the Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee; they shall also serve as spokesmen spokespersons for the Association at the request of the President.

Section 8. Committee Chairman Chair

All committee chairmen chairs will be appointed by the Board of Trustees to serve for standing Association committees, ad hoc committees or National Task Force Committees. All committee chairmen chairs will follow guidelines for their task provided by the House of Delegates and the Board of Trustees.

Resolution Number: 308-2004

Title: Seating of ASDA Delegates to ADA House of Delegates

Financial Impact: None

Reference Committee Assignment: Governance and Professional Issues

Sponsors: Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees Comments: The Board of Trustees recommends a yes vote.

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee recommends a yes vote.

Background:
The Rules of the ADA House of Delegates in the 2004 Manual of the House of Delegates regarding Seating of Delegations specifies that the delegates representing the American Student Dental Association shall be seated with delegations of the trustee districts in which their dental schools are located.

Through 1995, the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) had one delegate and one alternate delegate to the ADA House of Delegates. Res. 55H-1995 amended the ADA Bylaws to provide ASDA with five delegates and five alternate delegates. At that time, there was discussion about seating the student delegation together. However, many of the established dentists in the ADA House of Delegates felt that seating ASDA delegates with the trustee district where the dental school is located would provide the young delegates with an opportunity to learn from their more established peers. The ASDA president at that time deferred to the House of Delegates regarding seating; the key issue for ASDA at that time was the increase in the number of delegates.

Since that time, the leadership of ASDA has become very knowledgeable about the ADA governance process. ASDA leaders participate as consultants on ADA councils and committees and as full members of the Commission on Dental Accreditation, the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations, and on the ADPAC Board. ASDA has its own House of Delegates that meets annually and provides ASDA leadership with experience in organized dentistry. In addition, ASDA delegates have become active participants in the ADA House of Delegates, representing the voice of the predoctoral dental student member of the American Dental Association.

The current seating arrangement, while affording the students opportunity to interact with some constituent society delegates, limits their ability to interact with each other at the most critical time, when discussing resolutions on the floor of the House of Delegates and voting on these resolutions. In addition, the seating arrangement limits ASDA delegates’ ability to interact with their executive director. Constituent society staff provide information and resources to assist delegations in decision-making; the ASDA executive director also fulfills that responsibility for the ASDA delegates.

Therefore, ASDA requests a revision of the seating arrangements to allow the ASDA delegates and the ASDA executive director to be seated together on the floor of the ADA House of Delegates.

RESOLUTION 

Resolved, that the “Rules of the House of Delegates” printed in the Manual of the House of Delegates be amended in the last paragraph of the section titled “Seating of Delegations” as follows:

Delegates representing the American Student Dental Association shall be seated with delegations of the trustee districts in which their dental schools are located as a single delegation along with the president and executive director of ASDA.

and be it further

Resolved, that implementation of the foregoing amendments shall take effect with the 2005 House of Delegates.

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