Policies define the day-to-day operations of the ASU. They are generally more detailed than bylaws in outlining procedural requirements in carrying out responsibilities and directives. Policies must always be in alignment with bylaws and reflect the mission and values of the ASU. Policies are approved by Council.
An organization’s bylaws set out its purpose, create its structure, give it authority and set out the rules by which the organization governs itself and its members. Bylaws are prescriptive and consist of things we absolutely want our members to approve as structure for the ASU. While policies can be changed by Council, bylaws are more set-in stone and legally enforceable. Bylaws are approved by the membership.