Constitution vs. By-Laws

It used to be common for organizations to have both constitutions and bylaws. However, today, it is recommended that organizations combine the functions of these documents into one, the bylaws.

If an organization has both constitution and bylaws, the constitution specifies the organization’s structure, not policies or procedures. The bylaws can specify structure (especially when there is no constitution) those policies and rules which cannot be suspended, except by procedures specified in the bylaws.