- Eligibility – Membership shall be limited to dentists, who by previous training, attainments, deportment and desire to improve the art and science of periodontology have signified a willingness to serve the organization. Exceptions may be made at the descretion of the Membership Committee and approved by the Board of Directors.
Classification: The members of this society shall be classified as follows:
- active members
- associate members
- affiliate members
Eligibility and Privileges: The eligibility and privileges for the various classification of members shall be as follows:
- Active membership: an active members shall meet one of the following criteria:
- active membership in the American Academy of Periodontology.
- diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology.
- completion of a postdoctoral program in periodontology accredited by the Council on Dental Education of the American Dental Association.
- holds a regular faculty appointment in the Department of Periodontology of an accredited school of dentistry.
- membership in the Society prior to 1969.
An active member shall have all the privileges of membership in the Academy including the right to vote, make nominations and hold office.
- Associate Membership: Any dentist in good standing in the American Dental Association or National Dental Association who is interested in the art and science of Periodontology. An associate member will have all privileges of active membership except the right to vote, make nominations or hold office.
- Affiliate Membership: Affiliate Membership: A person shall be eligible to be an affiliate member who is continuously enrolled in an Advanced Education Program in Periodontics approved by the Council of Dental Education of the American Dental Association. In the year following completion of training, application may be made for active membership.
- Election – After approval of the Membership Committee, a nominee may be elected to membership by a majority vote an an annual meeting.
- Privileges – A member in good standing shall be entitled to all rights and privileges give to any other member.
- Suspension and Reinstatement – A member may be suspended or expelled by the two-thirds vote of the Board of Directors. Suspension or expulsion may be requested for failure to pay dues or assessments or for violation of the code of ethics or for violation of the requirements of eligibility for membership or the purposes of the organization.
A suspended member may be reinstated by a two-thirds action of the Board of Directors. All arrear dues and assessments must be paid before the suspension may be lifted. Other penalties may be imposed.
An expelled member may not be reinstated.