From the statute of THE ALBANIAN SOCIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION (ALBSA)
Article 4: Membership
4.1 There shall be both collective and individual members of ALBSA, who may be either regular or affiliated.
4.3 ALBSA is open to all those individuals that work, develop, teach or study in the field of sociology or related disciplines, regardless of their personal beliefs, party affiliation, gender, religion, ethnicity, wealth etc. Evaluation for individual membership is performed by the Membership and Finance Commission.
4.4 Members of over 65 years of age are considered life members. They are considered in good standing upon acquiring membership, or for effective members, from the moment they reach 65 years of age.
4.5 Honorary Member can be any individual, Albanian or not, with a protrude scientific and publishing activity, or other special contributions to it. Decisions on Honorary Members are taken by the ALBSA Assembly.
4.6 Affiliated individual members can be researchers bearing comparable qualities as Assembly members but living outside the Republic of Albania territory, as well as professional of other fields whose work or contributions correspond to the object of the association’s activity.
4.7 Student Members are individuals that study sociology or a related science. They form the students section.
Article 5: Rights and Duties of Members
5.1 To remain members in good standing, the ALBSA members must have paid their membership dues for the current year and votes in respect to the Statutes. The membership dues are determined by the Executive Committee, following the proposal of Membership and Finance Committee.
5.2 A member in good standing has the right to:
Take part to the association activities, to elect and be elected;
Be part of 1-3 Thematic Sessions (Research Committees);
Take part in the referendum voting;
Receive free of charge, the electronic version of the scientific journals;
Take part free of charge, to ALBSA’s conferences or scientific activities – national or international, and by a reduced fee (under 50 per cent) for activities held jointly with other institutions.
Represent the association to national or international activities, in respect to the delegation and notification rules, set by the Executive Committee.
To apply for projects in the name of the association, manage them in accordance to their objectives and the principle transparent activity, in accordance to procedures determined by the Executive Committee.
To monitor the association’s organizational, scientific and economic activity and be informed on everything happens in the framework of the organization.
5.3 Collective members receive free of charge ALBSA’s scientific periodical and are provided with space in its official site.
5.4 ALBSA members have the duty to:
Endorse the statute, work for its implementation and pay the membership fee;
Work for improving the association’s public image and authority;
5.5 ALBSA members have the right to abandon the association, without reasoning. In case of abandoning, they take their part of responsibility in relation of the organization’s duties toward third parties until they are members.
5.6 Being Expelled from ALBSA is considered an extreme measure. It is ruled by the Executive Committee for major violations of the statute, financial discipline, Ethic Code cases or unjustified long term absence.