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The Rural Sociological Society (RSS) was officially established on December 29th, 1937

Before 1937, those interested in the discipline met as the Rural Sociology Section of the American Sociological Society, which later became the American Sociological Association. The meeting at which formation of the RSS was approved had not started with that in mind. Rather, a committee of section members appointed previously, presented a report that supported continued association with the parent organization. However, one of the five members submitted a minority report calling for separation. After substantial discussion, a vote to establish a separate organization carried out. That same day, a provisional constitution and by-laws were established by the founding RSS members.

This constitution and these by-laws, still guide activities, although they have been amended through the years as membership has increased and issues have changed.

– Willis Goudy, RSS Historian 2004-2009

RSS Ethics Documents for Review

The RSS Ad Hoc Committee to Develop a Code of Ethics (AHCDCE) and RSS Council asks that you carefully review the following documents prior to the next RSS Business Meeting to be held Friday, July 28, 2017 in Columbus, OH. Members of RSS will be asked to ratify the changes to the RSS Constitution and Bylaws to implement the Code of Ethics and accompanying policies and procedures, and establish the Ethics Committee at the business meeting.

(A) Policies & Procedures

(B) Ethics Committee documents

(C) Proposed Changes to By-Laws and Constitution