Name of Organization and Governance Structure

The Academy for Critical Incident Analysis, hereafter known as ACIA, is established at John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York.

Mission Statement

The Academy for Critical Incident Analysis, at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, has been established with the support of the Dart Foundation, to promote and disseminate scholarly research relating to the emergence, management and consequences of critical incidents. ACIA sponsors scholarship and research, hosts conferences and symposiums, and maintains research archives of incident records. ACIA also supports the development and dissemination of course curricula and supporting media for the teaching of critical incident analysis, and supports related instruction at the graduate and undergraduate level at John Jay College.

The ACIA Council

Section 1. The ACIA Council provides for oversight and strategic advice for ACIA, including but not limited to the following:

Planning conferences and events;
Planning for publications and serving as blind reviewers of papers and proposals;
Reviewing and commenting on course proposals;
Advising on the development of the ACIA Archive;
Assessing emerging critical incidents;
Identifying strategic opportunities.

Section 2. The Council consists of 6 John Jay College faculty members. Members serve for three-year terms, and may serve for multiple terms.

Section 3. The ACIA Council shall hold at least two regular meetings a year. A quorum occurs when more than half of the Council members are in attendance, whether by electronic means or in person. All meetings will be conducted using Robert’s Rules of Order.

Section 4. A member can resign from the ACIA Council by making a request to the ACIA Council Chair. A member can be removed by unanimous vote of the remaining members of the ACIA Council.

Section 5. The Chair of the ACIA Council shall be elected by the Council from among the members of the Council. The Chair shall preside at formal meetings of the Council.

Section 6. The Council may establish, by amendment of these Bylaws, ACIA Panels which shall function as specialized subcommittees of the ACIA Council. Each panel shall have a chair and an Executive Committee appointed annually by the Executive Director.  Panel members are appointed by the ACIA Council. The following ACIA Panels are hereby established:

  • ACIA Panel on Critical Incident Education: This panel consists of representatives of each college or university offering or preparing to offer undergraduate or graduate courses in critical incident analysis.
  • ACIA Panel on Critical Incident Research: This panel consists of scholars using or preparing to use the ACIA Archive. The Panel shall approve changes to structure and technical design of the Archive Dataset, and shall approve levels of access to components of the database by scholars, students and the general public.
  • JCIA Editorial Board: This panel formulates the scholarly focus of the Journal of Critical Incident Analysis, and recommends editorial policy to the Managing Editor and the ACIA Council. The Editorial Board also designates a roster of referees for the peer review of submitted articles. The roster shall include the members of the Panel on Critical Incident Education and the Panel on Critical Incident Research.  The Chair of the Board also serves as the Managing Editor.

Adoption and Publication

Section 1: Upon approval by a two-thirds vote of the Faculty members of the ACIA Council, these bylaws shall take effect.

Section 2: Any change of these bylaws requires a two-thirds vote of the Executive Committee.

Section 3: Upon approval, the bylaws shall be posted on the ACIA’s Web site, and hard copies shall be made available to Executive Committee members and “ex officio” members.