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MEMBERSHIP GUIDE

Dental students are significantly influenced by the socio-economic and political contexts in which their universities are located. Therefore, their incorporation within transnational level of collaborative work has always been a prioritized concern for IADS. A wide scale of membership categories and types are offered to fit the various resources and priorities of students organizations and individual students worldwide in order to enable them get engaged with the global family.
This step-by-step Guide is intentionally designed to display membership categories and procedural regulations in a simple manner that helps interested individuals and organizations to know which membership status should match them perfectly.

I. ORGANIZATIONAL MEMBERSHIP

Any nationally or locally established organization that is governed and representing dental students in its respective geographical domain is entitled to acquire the organizational membership of International Association of Dental Students on condition that its mission and scope comply with those of IADS. General Assembly is the only legislative and auditory authority that can conclude new organizational membership applications.
Two geographical confining definitions are offered to describe the zone in which the organizations operate; National and Local.
1. National Association: any dental students organization that represents interests of more than one dental schools (faculties) students in one of world’s standing states defined by IADS Regional Categorization Scheme.
2. Local Association: any dental students organization that represents interests of ONE dental school (faculty) students.
Four membership status are available to fit the variable priorities and resources of interested applying organizations; Full, Associate, Corresponding and Affiliate Membership.
1. Full Member: a membership status that could be acquired by any local/national member organization which pay membership dues* regularly and has the full legislative and auditory responsibilities within General Assembly (voting and proposing rights).
2. Associate Member: a membership status that could be acquired by only national member organizations which have another full member organization from the same state. Associate members pay membership dues regularly and share the legislative and auditory responsibilities within General Assembly with their full national counterpart (voting and proposing rights).
3. Corresponding Member: a temporary membership status could be acquired by any new local/national member organization for only two years (at maximum and not renewable). Corresponding members don’t have to pay membership dues and don’t have the full legislative and auditory responsibilities within General Assembly (voting and proposing rights), however they can attend and during the General Assembly. By the end of two years, corresponding members are offered to continue in IADS either as “full member” or “affiliate member”.
4. Affiliate Member: a membership status that could be acquired by any local/national member organization which don’t pay membership dues and have no legislative and auditory responsibilities within General Assembly (voting and proposing rights).
Therefore organizations shall be binomially nomenclated according to geographical definition and membership statues; for example the Polish Association of Dental Students (PTSS) is a National Full Member.

* Membership Fees is part of financial dues that shall be paid annually by full member organizations. It varies according to the geographic definition;
National Full Members shall pay 250 euros annually
Local Full Members shall pay 150 euros annually

II. INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP

Individual membership has three subsets, two of them are honorably awarded while the personal membership is the only requestable one.
1. Honorary Life Membership: “Shall be persons who have made distinguished contributions to the Association. Honorary Life Members must be elected unanimously by the General Assembly and shall be ex-official members of the General Assembly without the right to vote, unless they have been certified as delegates by a Full Member.” IADS Bylaws, Chapter I, Section 4 (last update March 2018)
2. Supporting Membership: “Shall be dental students, dental surgeons and other persons interested in the Association and whose applications have been approved by the members of the Executive Committee. Where such approval is withdrawn, the Member shall automatically cease to be a Member. Supporting Members shall not have the right to vote, unless they have been certified as a delegate by a Full Member.” IADS Bylaws, Chapter I, Section 4 (last update March 2018)
3. Personal Membership: The only requestable and payable** subset of individual membership category that is offered for dental students who are not affiliated to any of IADS member organizations. This has two possible scenarios;
– Student is based in a state (or an university) where no national (or local) member organization is existing.
– Student is based in a geographical domain which is served by an IADS member organization, however he/she is not affiliated to the IADS member organization.
Personal members are entitled to join ALL programs and projects of the organization including Meetings (AC & MYM), ICEP, IVPs, IDRP, Trainings etc. However they have limited legislative and auditory rights, as they can attend the General Assembly and able to speak and propose motions, they can’t vote. While they are capable of serving the association as workforce and leadership members, they shall not be Executive Committee members.
Conclusion of personal membership applications could be solely managed by the Executive Committee or in certain cases referred to General Assembly. Read more about this procedure regulations below.

** Membership Fees is part of financial dues that shall be paid annually by personal members to maintain their membership. It’s periodically decided by the General Assembly, and currently it’s equal to 50 euros per year.

MEMBERSHIP FEATURES

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Organizational Membership” is a category of membership which is offered to every association that is formed of and represents interests of undergraduate dental students in its predefined geographic domain. All membership applications that are properly submitted at least 30 calendar days before General Assembly are automatically subjected to the GA agenda for throughout review and conclusion by direct voting.

Application Terms & Conditions
– Upon filling-in the below form properly, organization delegate should receive an automatic email confirming that Executive Committee has successfully received his/her application.
– Within 14-21 calendar days applying delegate will receive an email from the General Secretary informing him/her with the ExCo Conclusion of his/her application.
– ExCo Conclusion could be possibly one of three options (Forwarding to the following GA Session – Postponing to the one after next GA Session – Further Assessment Deemed “FAD”).
– In the event of “Forwarding to the following GA Session”, it means that application has been submitted properly before at least 30 days of the nearest GA session and so it will be publicly presented and resolved by direct voting of GA delegates.
– In the event of “Postponing to the one after next GA Session”, it means that application has been submitted properly before less than days of the nearest GA session and so it will be added to agenda of GA session that precedes the nearest one.
– In the event of “Further Assessment Deemed (FAD)”, it means that application has not been properly submitted or possible discrepancy of submitted information has been detected. Applying organization maybe requested to submit further documents or proofs.

Personal Membership” is a type of individual membership which is generally offered to every undergraduate dental student who is not affiliated (enrolled) to any IADS national or local member organization. However students from states with no IADS member organization are welcomed to apply for this type, the students from states with IADS member organizations could be possibly accepted for this type of membership under certain conditions (approval of the member organization, executive committee and general assembly).

Application Terms & Conditions
– Upon filling-in the below form properly, applicant should receive an automatic email confirming that Executive Committee has successfully received his/her application.
– Within 14-21 calendar days applicant will receive an email from the General Secretary informing him/her with the ExCo Conclusion of his/her application.
– ExCo Conclusion could be possibly one of three options (Acceptance – Refusal – Further Consultation Deemed “FCD”).
– In the event of Acceptance, applicant will be referred to Treasurer to fulfill financial due of €50 (payable annually).
– In the event of Refusal, applicant will receive a profound justified explanation for such decision and he/she is entitled to appeal against this decision for the following General Assembly session.
– In the event of Further Consultation Deemed “FCD”, applicant will be informed of reasons why his/her application couldn’t be concluded on standard time and may be requested to submit further documents.
– Membership term is 1-year (subject for renewal).

Are you interested to help your national/local organization become IADS member? Have you gone through the above sections of membership categories and procedural regulations?

Are you interested to help your national/local organization become IADS member? Have you gone through the above sections of membership categories and procedural regulations?