TOS Membership

Qualifications and Rights

A. ACTIVE MEMBERS

1. Qualifications

Active Members shall be interested in the advancement of the objectives of the Society and shall satisfy one (1) or more of the following criteria:

i. Hold a graduate degree in oceanography, marine engineering, or related science or engineering field;

ii. Presently enrolled in oceanography, marine engineering, or related maritime studies at an accredited institution of higher learning;

iii. Have equivalent experience, as determined by the Society’s Council, in an activity in which his or her knowledge is applied to the advancement or applications of oceanic or related sciences; or

iv. Other persons deemed, in the sole discretion of the Society’s Council, to have advanced the objectives of the Society by activities such as management, public service, policy and leadership or contributions to ocean education.

2. Rights

Only Active Members are eligible to vote on matters requiring votes from the Society’s membership as outlined in these Bylaws, the Society’s Articles of Incorporation or otherwise by law.  Only Active Members are eligible to hold office and to be members of the Council with such further limitations as may be imposed by these Bylaws.

B. ASSOCIATE MEMBERS

1. Qualifications

Those eligible to become Associate Members shall be individuals not otherwise qualified to be an Active Member, but otherwise interested in the advancement of the objectives of the Society (such as high-school students or interested members of the public), and also satisfy any additional requirements the Council may outline.

2. Rights

Associate Members do not have the right to vote on matters requiring votes from the Society’s membership as outlined in these Bylaws, the Society’s Articles of Incorporation or otherwise by law.  Additionally, Associate Members are not eligible to hold office and to be members of the Council with such further limitations as may be imposed by these Bylaws.

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