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Bye-Law No. 1 – Responsibilities of Directors (Trustees)

1. The responsibilities of Directors, also known as Trustees, constituted under the Institute's Memorandum and Articles are contained in the relevant statutes, namely the Companies Acts and legislation and rules controlling the work and operation of Charities. Directors are required by law to comply with this legislation.

2. The over-riding duty of a Director is to the Institute.

3. A Director is required to declare any pecuniary interest in any activity relevant to his/her work

as a Director of the Institute to the Company Secretary.

4. Directors are responsible for:

(a) The determination of the security related educational character and mission of the

Institute and for oversight of its activities.

(b) The effective and efficient use of resources, the solvency of the Institute, and for

safeguarding its assets.

(c) Approving annual estimates of income and expenditure.

(d) Establishing the framework for the payment and conditions of employment of

employees and the circumstances for the termination of employment of employees.

(e) Maintenance of confidentiality of discussions, debates and circulated papers

concerning appropriate Institute matters.

5. The offer and acceptance of gifts or invitations by Directors, other than those considered to be

insignificant and in the normal course of business, should be reported to the Company


Bye-Law No. 2 – Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics

Members of the Institute of all grades are expected to:

(a) To conduct their personal and business activities with honesty, integrity, and within the

highest moral principles avoiding any conduct which could be interpreted as

prejudicial or detrimental to their profession, the Institute and its members, or the wider

security industry.

(b) To conduct all work within the bounds of legality, morality and recognised professional


(c) To safeguard the professional reputation or practice of themselves, professional

associates and members of the Institute, clients and employers.

(d) To ensure that they and those who work for them act in accordance with best practice

and the highest ethical standards.

(e) To safeguard confidential information, whatever its source, and prevent unauthorised


Bye-Law No. 3 – Committee Structure and Responsibilities

1. General

(a) The Chairman of a Committee will collate the opinions of the Committee Members and

submit a written report before each meeting of the Board of Directors and

additionally as required.

(b) The Chairman of a Committee will ensure that any intended financial expenditure by

the Committee has the approval of the Chairman of the Finance Committee before

committing such expenditure.

(c) A copy of the minutes of all Committee Meetings will be forwarded to the Company

Secretary within two weeks of the holding of such a meeting.

(d) The Chairman of a Committee and the Committee Members will monitor the

national and/or international activity of the Committee's field of responsibility and

report any changes in the existing situation to the Board of Directors accordingly.

(e) The Chairman of the Board of Directors and the Chief Executive will be ex-officio

members of all Committees.

(f) The Chairman of a Committee, appointed by the Board of Directors, will subsequently

appoint Committee Members, from within the membership of the Institute, with the

approval of the Board.

(g) Except for the purposes of necessary short term liaison, there will be no cross

membership of the Question Committee, the Marking Committee or the tutorial

team engaged by the franchisee of the Learning Programmes.

2. Finance Committee – The direct responsibilities of the Committee will be to:

(a) Ensure the financial liquidity of the Institute.

(b) Approve all matters subject to financial expenditure.

(c) Recommend to the Board of Directors means of increasing the financial resources

of the Institute.

(d) Recommend to the Board of Directors appropriate annual subscription rates for all

categories of Institute membership.

(e) Control of all financial matters concerning the Institute.

3. Academic Liaison Committee – The direct responsibilities of the Committee will be to:

(a) Maintain and improve the existing learning and examination systems including study


(b) Prepare and present revised and new examinations at senior levels on security

related subjects based on appropriate study materials and recommending appropriate


(c) Establish and maintain liaison with the Question Committee and with appropriate seats

of learning to further the Institute's examination portfolio.

(d) Consider the introduction and availability of the Institute's examinations in domains

outside the United Kingdom.

(e) Liaise with the Distance Learning Programme franchisee(s) in the presentation of


4. Question Committee (Panel) – The direct responsibilities of the Committee will be to:

(a) Prepare the question content for Institute examinations inclusive of specimen answers.

(b) Liaise with the Learning Programme providers concerning the standards of tuition.

(c) Liaise with the Academic Liaison Committee on new examination standards.

(d) Maintain liaison with the Institute's accreditation bodies as appropriate.

5. Research Committee – The direct responsibilities of the Committee will be to:

(a) Conduct research into all security related matters which may affect the Institute and its


(b) Ensure that the Memorandum and Articles of the Institute reflect the requirements of the

organisation and are appropriately practical.

(c) Prepare and maintain a Code of Practice for members.

(d) Prepare and maintain the Bye-laws of the Institute.

(e) Research all aspects of law, British Standards and other published areas including their

application which may affect the Institute and its members.

6. Marking Committee (Panel) – The direct responsibilities of the Committee will be to:

(a) Mark all Institute controlled examination answer papers and report individual results

to the Board.

(b) Liaise with the Question Panel.

7. Marketing/Editorial Committee – The direct responsibilities of the Committee will be to:

(a) Project and enhance the public image of the Institute to commerce, industry, government

and the media.

(b) Produce a quarterly newsletter.

(c) Arrange appropriate presentations to publicise the Institute, its standards and activities.

(d) Monitor relevant publications and recommend appropriate Institute response.

(e) Encourage industry, commerce and government to appoint professionally qualified

Institute members to fill appropriate appointments.

(f) Publicise the benefits of membership of the Institute to potential members and to


8. Thesis Adjudicating Committee (Panel) – The direct responsibilities of the Committee will be to:

(a) Consider and approve projected thesis titles and content submitted by members for

advancement to Fellowship.

(b) Read and consider acceptance/rejection of theses submitted by members for advancement


(c) Recommend to the Board, as appropriate, those members whose theses are considered

acceptable for advancement to Fellowship.

9. Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Committee – The direct responsibilities of the

Committee will be to:

(a) Arrange training functions, some through liaison with the Distance Learning Programme

franchisee(s), to enable the membership of the Institute to meet CPD requirements.

(b) Validate claims by members in respect of CPD undertaken.

(c) Manage the CPD system on behalf of the Institute.

(d) Assess the training courses, conferences, seminars and other functions provided by

external organisations for suitability for CPD requirements.

(e) Liaise with external providers to enable validated functions to be promoted as validated

by the Institute for CPD requirements.

(f) Arrange or co-ordinate other training and briefing functions to enable the membership

of the Institute to meet CPD requirements.

(g) Validate the CPD claims for re-admission.

Bye-Law No. 4 – Advancement to Fellowship by submission of a Thesis

1. An applicant wishing to advance to Fellowship of the Institute must be a current 'Member' or

'Diplomate' of the Institute and have held such membership for a minimum of two years.

2. Advancement may be by the submission of a thesis which will be adjudged by the Board of


3. The title and subject matter included in the thesis, which must be security related, will be of the

applicant's choice.

4. The applicant will submit to the Board the proposed title of the work on a single A4 sheet of paper

on which there will be an outline, in précis form, of the intended content of the thesis.

5. It must be clearly understood that the copyright of the submitted thesis passes to the International

Institute of Security which may, at its sole discretion, publish the work as they see fit.

6. Where candidates quote from other published material, the source of the quotation should be

given and all such quotations must be indexed and acknowledged in list form as an Appendix.

7. The submitted thesis will be in the following form:

(a) Submission will be in triplicate, each copy bound appropriately in permanent form and

suitably titled on the outside front cover.

(b) The work must be typed in black ink, double line spaced, on one side of the paper

only, on white A4 paper.

(c) The content of the thesis will be not less than 12,000 words and not more than 15,000


(d) Diagrams, photographs, drawings and/or charts, in hard copy only, may be used as

support material in either black and white or colour.

(e) The candidate's forename and/or surname must not appear anywhere in or on the

submitted thesis. A nom-de-plume must be used.

(f) The certificate provided by the Company Secretary must be completed and returned to

the office of the Institute along with the thesis in triplicate and a registration fee of

£35.00 sterling.

8. The following advice is provided:

(a) The basing of a thesis on a premise or unproved statement which is developed by

logical argument and supported by facts will be acceptable.

(b) It will not be acceptable for a thesis to include an examination of a security related

subject such as current practices unless knowledge of the subject is advanced by

original research carried out or collated by the author.

(c) Plagiarism will disqualify. Candidates may however, use short quotations to support

their views provided they are numbered, acknowledged and indexed.

9. Candidates may be requested to present themselves for oral examination in connection with the

submitted thesis.


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