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2017 House of Delegates Adopted Resolutions

Education & Licensure  

200RC-2017    Reference Committee Substitution - Amendment to Current Statements of Position or Policy ‘A-5 Disclosure of Graduation Requirements’
 
201RC-2017    Reference Committee Substitution - Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Undocumented Students in Dental School
 
202-2017    Amendment to Current Statements of Position or Policy ‘E-4 Sensitivity to Diversity’
 

Membership & Professional Issues  

300-2017    ASDA Membership Dues Increase
 
301-2017    Amendment to Current Statements of Position or Policy ‘A-16 Dental Student Participation in Lobby Days and Organized Dentistry Events’
 
302-2017    Rescission of Current Statements of Position or Policy ‘A-13 Dental Student Participation in the “Give Kids a Smile” Program’
 
303-2017    Professional Oaths for Dental Students
 
304-2017    Teledentistry in Dental Education
 
305-2017    Touro College of Dental Medicine ASDA Chapter
 

Governance  

400-2017    Amendment to Bylaws Article IV. Leadership, Section 3. National Leader
 
401-2017    Amendment to Bylaws Article VII. Elections, Section 1. Candidacy, A. ‘Official Candidate’
 
402-2017    Rescission of Bylaws, Article VII. Section 2. ‘Nomination’
 
403-2017    Amendment to Bylaws Article VIII. Standing Committees
 
404-2017    Rescission of Bylaws Article IX. Special Committees
 
405-2017    Amendment to Standing Rules of the House of Delegates, Section 2. Organization of the House of Delegates, B. ‘Seating’
 
406-2017    Amendment to Standing Rules of the House of Delegates, Section 7. Elections, A. ‘Candidate Information’
 
407-2017    Amendment to Standing Rules of the House of Delegates Section 7. Elections, B. ‘Election Code of Conduct’
 
408-2017    Amendment to Standing Rules of the House of Delegates Section 7. Elections, C. ‘Presentation of Platform to the House of Delegates’
 
409-2017    Amendment to Standing Rules of the House of Delegates, Section 7. Elections, F. ‘Casting Ballots’
 

 

Education & Licensure Resolutions


Resolution Number: 200RC-2017

Title: Reference Committee Substitution - Amendment to Current Statements of Position or Policy ‘A-5 Disclosure of Graduation Requirements’

Sponsor(s): Education and Licensure Reference Committee

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that ASDA’s Current Statements of Position or Policy ‘A-5 Disclosure of Graduation Requirements (1997, revised 2002)’ be amended to read as follows:

A-5 Disclosure of Graduation Requirements (1997, revised 2002)
It is the position of the American Student Dental Association that dental schools are responsible for:
  • Informing their students of all graduation requirements upon enrollment., and for 
  • Providing related guidelines including initial licensure information and explanations of these requirements.
  • Documented notification to students informing them of changes in curriculum within a reasonable timeframe. 

House of Delegates Action: Adopted.

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Resolution Number: 201RC-2017

Title: Reference Committee Substitution - Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Undocumented Students in Dental School

Sponsor(s): Education and Licensure Reference Committee

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that ASDA’s Current Statements of Position or Policy ‘E-4 Sensitivity to Diversity (1993, revised 2002, 2014)’ be amended to read as follows:

E-4 Sensitivity to Diversity (1993, revised 2002, 2014)

It is the position of the American Student Dental Association that each dental school should assure that its faculty and administration are sensitive to the cultural diversity and changing demographics of today's dental students. Care must be taken to ensure that the dental school provides a safe and humane environment for all students and all members of the dental team, both physically and psychologically. Sexist, discriminatory, or other similarly insensitive language and practices are totally unacceptable.

Faculty members should review their course content and styles to use inclusive language, to eliminate all potentially offensive language and graphics, and to present information in an objective manner which is sensitive to differences in gender, ethnicity, age, religion, politics, and physical abilities.

The American Student Dental Association defines diversity as: differences and variations among and between individual characteristics, demographics and professional choices, including, but not limited to, race, religion, ethnic background, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identification and gender expression. ASDA recognizes the unique challenges faced by these diverse populations of students.

ASDA supports the recruitment of an applicant pool that represents the continually diverse population. ASDA encourages the appropriate dental school admissions agencies to give equal admissions consideration to undocumented students with intent to seek legal permanent status. ASDA supports the promotion of access to care for underserved diverse populations through legislative advocacy at the state and national levels. ASDA supports the development and enhancement of opportunities to create open communication regarding diversity among associations within organized dentistry.

ASDA supports the incorporation of diversity training and cultural competence as part of dental education. ASDA supports the retention of diverse dental students and new dentists in organized dentistry.

House of Delegates Action: Adopted.

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Resolution Number: 202-2017

Title: Amendment to Current Statements of Position or Policy ‘E-4 Sensitivity to Diversity’

Sponsors: Rachel Kim, Buffalo
  Jesse Adamson, President-Elect, Buffalo

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that ASDA’s Statements of Position or Policy ‘E-4 Sensitivity to Diversity (1993, revised 2002, 2014)’ be amended to read as follows:

E-4 Sensitivity to Diversity (1993, revised 2002, 2014)

It is the position of the American Student Dental Association that each dental school should assure that its faculty and administration are sensitive to the cultural diversity and changing demographics of today's dental students.

Care must be taken to ensure that the dental school provides a safe and humane environment for all students and all members of the dental team, both physically and psychologically. Sexist, discriminatory, or other similarly insensitive language and practices are totally unacceptable. Faculty members should review their course content and styles to use inclusive language, to eliminate all potentially offensive language and graphics, and to present information in an objective manner which is sensitive to differences in gender, ethnicity, age, religion, politics, and physical abilities.

The American Student Dental Association defines diversity as: differences and variations among and between individual characteristics, demographics and professional choices, including, but not limited to, race, religion, ethnic background, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identification and gender expression. ASDA recognizes the unique challenges faced by these diverse populations of students.

ASDA supports the recruitment of an applicant pool that represents the continually diverse population. ASDA supports the promotion of access to care for underserved diverse populations through legislative advocacy at the state and national levels. ASDA supports the development and enhancement of opportunities to create open communication regarding diversity among associations within organized dentistry.

ASDA supports the incorporation of diversity training and cultural competence as part of dental education. ASDA supports the retention of diverse dental students and new dentists in organized dentistry.

ASDA supports reasonable academic accommodations for religious and cultural observances.

House of Delegates Action: Adopted.

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Membership & Professional Issues Resolutions


Resolution Number: 300-2017

Title: ASDA Membership Dues Increase

Sponsor(s): 2016-17 Executive Committee

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that ASDA national dues for active predoctoral, predental and international dental student membership increase $3 from established dues effective for the 2019 membership year.

House of Delegates Action: Adopted.

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Resolution Number: 301-2017

Title: Amendment to Current Statements of Position or Policy ‘A-16 Dental Student Participation in Lobby Days and Organized Dentistry Events’

Sponsor(s): 2016-17 Governance Work Group

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that ASDA’s Current Statements of Position or Policy ‘A-16 Dental Student Participation in Lobby Days and Organized Dentistry Events (2016)’ be amended to read as follows:

A-16 Dental Student Participation in Lobby Days and Organized Dentistry Events (2016)

The American Student Dental Association encourages U.S. dental schools to allow the dental school curriculum to accommodate students interested in participating in national and state-level events related to organized dentistry when appropriate., including lobby days.

ASDA emphasizes the necessity for Sstudents taking advantage of such curriculum accommodations should to be in good academic standing. and maintain appropriate academic standards, while making up all missed work in a timely fashion.

House of Delegates Action: Adopted.

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Resolution Number: 302-2016

Title: Rescission of Current Statements of Position or Policy ‘A-13 Dental Student Participation in the “Give Kids a Smile” Program’

Sponsor(s): 2016-17 Governance Work Group

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that ASDA’s Current Statements of Position or Policy ‘A-13 Dental Student Participation in the “Give Kids a Smile” Program (2005)’ be rescinded:

A-13 Dental Student Participation in the “Give Kids a Smile” Program (2005)

The American Student Dental Association encourages U.S. Dental Schools that participate in the "Give Kids a Smile" Program to allow the dental school curriculum to accommodate the students interested in participating in the event.

House of Delegates Action: Adopted.

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Resolution Number: 303-2017

Title: Professional Oaths for Dental Students

Sponsors: 2016-17 Council on Professional Issues
  John Barrett, Boston
  Steven Feldman, Legislative Liaison, District 3, Maryland

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that the American Student Dental Association supports dental schools that institute a professional oath for their students during white coat ceremonies; and be it further

Resolved, that ASDA recommends that dental school administrators and faculty include students in the development and periodic evaluation of the professional oath; and be it further

Resolved, that the adopted policy be distributed in Spring 2017 to all deans of all dental schools, as well as offices of student affairs.

House of Delegates Action: Adopted.

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Resolution Number: 304-2017

Title: Teledentistry in Dental Education

Sponsors: 2016-17 Council on Professional Issues
  Abby Halpern, Chair of the Council on Advocacy, Georgia
  Douglas Reid, Legislative Liaison, Meharry

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that the American Student Dental Association supports the Comprehensive ADA Policy Statement on Teledentistry; and be it further

Resolved, that ASDA encourages dental schools to incorporate teledentistry into their respective didactic curricula and to utilize teledentistry in clinical settings when appropriate; and be it further

Resolved, that the adopted policy be distributed in Spring 2017 to dental school deans, offices of academic affairs and clinical affairs and shared with the American Dental Association, the American Dental Education Association, and the American Association of Public Health Dentistry.

House of Delegates Action: Adopted.

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Resolution Number: 305-2017

Title: Touro College of Dental Medicine ASDA Chapter

Sponsor(s): 2016-17 Executive Committee

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that Touro College of Dental Medicine chapter be recognized as an ASDA chapter pending completion of the requirements as stated in the Standing Rules of the House of Delegates and confirmation by the Board of Trustees.

House of Delegates Action: Adopted.

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Governance Resolutions


Resolution Number: 400-2017

Title: Amendment to Bylaws Article IV. Leadership, Section 3. National Leader

Sponsor(s): 2016-17 Governance Work Group

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that ASDA’s Bylaws Article IV. Leadership, Section 3. National Leader be amended to read as follows:

Section 3. National Leader

National leaders are members of the association who serve on the Board of Trustees or any of its standing committees. National leaders Standing committee members are appointed by the Board of Trustees in accordance with the Standing Rules of the Board of Trustees.

House of Delegates Action: Adopted.

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Resolution Number: 401-2017

Title: Amendment to Bylaws Article VII. Elections, Section 1. Candidacy, A. ‘Official Candidate’

Sponsor(s): 2016-17 Governance Work Group

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that ASDA’s Bylaws Article VII. Elections, Section 1. Candidacy, A. ‘Official Candidate’ be amended to read as follows:

A. Official Candidate

An eligible member wishing to be an official candidate for president/vice president, speaker of the House of Delegates or district trustee must submit an application and required materials to the executive director by the established deadline. An oOfficial president/vice president or speaker of the House candidates isare named on the ASDA website in ASDA News, receives formal district caucusing privileges and has his/her name printed on ballots.

House of Delegates Action: Adopted.

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Resolution Number: 402-2017

Title: Rescission of Bylaws, Article VII. Section 2. ‘Nomination’

Sponsor(s): 2016-17 Governance Work Group

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that ASDA’s Bylaws, Article VII. Section 2. ‘Nominations’ be rescinded:

Section 2. Nomination

An official candidate shall be formally nominated on the floor of the House of Delegates at the association’s Annual Session by a predoctoral member who is not a current or former national leader of the association. A write-in candidate may be nominated by a predoctoral member on the floor of the House of Delegates following the nomination of official candidates. Nomination is not required for eligibility.

House of Delegates Action: Adopted.

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Resolution Number: 403-2017

Title: Amendment to Standing Rules of the House of Delegates Section 7. Elections, D. ‘Questioning of Advancing Candidates’

Sponsor(s): 2016-17 Governance Work Group

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that ASDA’s Bylaws Article VIII. Standing Committees be amended to read as follows:

Article VIII. Standing Committees

Standing committees of the association are councils, work groups and the Editorial Board. The Board of Trustees appoints these council chairs and associates, work group chairs and the Editorial Board members. The Executive Committee assigns board members to all standing committees. and work groups.

House of Delegates Action: Adopted.

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Resolution Number: 404-2017

Title: Rescission of Bylaws Article IX. Special Committees

Sponsor(s): 2016-17 Governance Work Group

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that ASDA’s Bylaws Article IX. Special Committees be rescinded:

Article IX. Special Committees

A special committee of the association is a task force. A task force performs specific tasks not assigned to a standing committee. The task force ceases to exist after the final report is submitted or until otherwise specified. The Executive Committee or Board of Trustees may appoint the chair and members of the task force, subject to approval by the Board of Trustees.

House of Delegates Action: Adopted.

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Resolution Number: 405-2017

Title: Amendment to Standing Rules of the House of Delegates, Section 2. Organization of the House of Delegates, B. ‘Seating’

Sponsor(s): 2016-17 Governance Work Group

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that ASDA’s Standing Rules of the House of Delegates, Section 2. Organization of the House of Delegates, B. ‘Seating’ be amended to read as follows:

Delegates are seated on the House floor by chapter and district. Trustees are seated on the House floor with the delegates from their respective districts. The Executive Committee is seated on the front stage with the speaker and secretary of the House (executive director). Invited guests and council chairs are traditionally seated at the back of the House floor. Alternate delegates and other staff members and guests are traditionally seated behind the House floor.

The secretary and staff shall arrange for the seating of delegations in the House of Delegates. following district numeric order, provided that in each successive year the first set of delegations comprising a district will be returned to the end of the list for the next Annual Session. The seating chart rotates on an annual basis to promote fairness.

House of Delegates Action: Adopted.

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Resolution Number: 406-2017

Title: Amendment to Standing Rules of the House of Delegates, Section 7. Elections, A. ‘Candidate Information’

Sponsor(s): 2016-17 Governance Work Group

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that ASDA’s Standing Rules of the House of Delegates, Section 7. Elections, A. ‘Candidate Information’ be amended to read as follows:

President/vice president and speaker of the House candidates’ letter of intent and CV’s can be found on the ASDA website at least three weeks prior to the Annual Session.

President/vice president candidates’ platforms are posted electronically can be found on the website, are published in the issue of ASDA News immediately prior to Annual Session and are distributed to participants at the Annual Session.

House of Delegates Action: Adopted.

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Resolution Number: 407-2017

Title: Amendment to Standing Rules of the House of Delegates Section 7. Elections, B. ‘Election Code of Conduct’

Sponsor(s): 2016-17 Governance Work Group

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that ASDA’s Standing Rules of the House of Delegates, Section 7. Elections, B. ‘Election Code of Conduct’ be amended to read as follows:

All president/vice president and speaker of the House of Delegates candidates must agree to the following guidelines before beginning their election campaigns. The intent of these guidelines is to encourage fair campaigning by ASDA members and maintain dignified and courteous conduct.
  1. Candidates and their supporters shall not use ASDA central office stationery or business cards issued by the central office to promote and support a candidate. However, the use of the official ASDA logo on campaign materials is permitted. 
  2. Candidates shall not, and shall not cause or request their supporters to, make negative personal comments against their opponents or refer disparagingly to other candidates, but should focus the campaign on their own positive attributes rather than on negative characteristics of the opposing candidate.
  3. There shall be no packaged food, other gifts or campaign tokens distributed or used by the candidates as part of the candidates’ campaigns. These items include but are not limited to badges, clothing, pins, and other small campaign tokens with the candidate’s name, signs, banners or printed material.
  4. Entertaining by the candidates will not be permitted in any suite or meeting room reserved or funded by ASDA.
  5. A candidate may solicit a delegate or alternate delegate by phone, mail, e-mail, social media or fax; however the ASDA central office will not provide any of this information.
  6. Candidates are only permitted to use their own personal funds for their campaign.
  7. Third party endorsements (such as corporate sponsors or other professional organizations) are not allowed.
In the event that the Board of Trustees adopts a resolution related to the candidacy of an individual member seeking a president/vice president or speaker of the House position, trustees must provide the aforementioned resolution to their caucuses during the first caucus following the board decision. The candidate must be informed of the resolution prior to the first caucus meetings following the board decision so that the candidate may choose to address this issue during the candidate’s speech and/or caucus forums. The Executive Committee and Board of Trustees may address the House of Delegates in regards to this issue if they deem it necessary.

The officers of the association shall be charged with the implementation and monitoring of these guidelines and has the power to remove a candidate from the ballot. Upon receipt of a written complaint, or upon initiation of a review of campaign-related material, the officers shall determine if a violation has occurred. If a violation has occurred, which will be determined by a majority of voting committee members, the president shall send written notification of the violation to the candidate. Any candidate so adjudicated shall have an automatic right of an expedited appeal to the officers via electronic meeting or other timely means. If a violation has occurred, as determined through this process, the candidate shall be deemed to have forfeited his or her status as a candidate and may not be elected to office in the subsequent election. Any officer that is a candidate must declare a conflict of interest.

Each president/vice president or speaker of the House candidate must be officially nominated by a person of his or her choice at the House of Delegates Business Meeting II scheduled on Thursday morning. An official candidate shall be formally nominated on the floor of the House of Delegates at the association’s Annual Session by a predoctoral member who is not a current or former national leader of the association. A write-in candidate may be nominated by a predoctoral member on the floor of the House of Delegates following the nomination of official candidates. Nomination is not required for eligibility. Nominators will be allowed 1 minute maximum to nominate and introduce their candidate, including a brief explanation of the candidate’s experience and previous ASDA positions held. Should there be fewer than three official candidates for president/vice president or fewer than one official candidate for speaker of the House, it is the responsibility of the House to nominate someone from the floor. Each president/vice president and speaker of the House candidate must also designate an escort who will serve as a neutral party and escort each candidate through the caucuses. The escort will be responsible for monitoring the door and time.

Each candidate receives a copy of these guidelines and a statement to sign, certifying that he/she has read the guidelines; promises to abide by them; will immediately report any deviations of which he/she becomes aware to the officers of the association; and will notify and try to correct any supporter upon learning of an actual or potential deviation.

House of Delegates Action: Adopted.

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Resolution Number: 408-2017

Title: Amendment to Standing Rules of the House of Delegates Section 7. Elections, C. ‘Presentation of Platform to the House of Delegates’

Sponsor(s): 2016-17 Governance Work Group

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that ASDA’s Standing Rules of the House of Delegates Section 7. Elections, C. ‘Presentation of Platform to the House of Delegates’ be amended to read as follows:

Each candidate for president/vice president will have exactly seven (7) minutes to present his or her platform to the members of the House of Delegates. Each candidate for speaker of the House will have exactly five (5) minutes to address the House of Delegates. During speeches, projectors will only display headshot, name, graduation year and school. Presentations will be given in alphabetical order by last name, beginning with candidates for president/vice president. All candidates who are not addressing the House will be escorted out of the room. Delegates are not permitted to pose questions to the candidates at this time. A staff member will keep time and signal the candidate.

House of Delegates Action: Adopted.

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Resolution Number: 409-2017

Title: Amendment to Standing Rules of the House of Delegates, Section 7. Elections, F. ‘Casting Ballots’

Sponsor(s): 2016-17 Governance Work Group

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that ASDA’s Standing Rules of the House of Delegates, Section 7. Elections, F. ‘Casting Ballots’ be amended to read as follows:

Election polls are open on the first day of House of Delegates business. Delegates are responsible for voting during the specified time this time period and must present valid credentials to the election staff in order to receive a ballot. Elections are conducted by secret written ballot. Only certified delegates are permitted to participate in the elections of the House of Delegates.

House of Delegates Action: Adopted.

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