The IOA Bylaws have established the following classifications of members:
Student Affiliate Member
A student who agrees to support and advance the mission of the IOA and its Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.
Student Affiliate Members are not entitled to vote on matters that are presented to the Association.
A Retired Member is a person who has retired from the practice of ombudsmanry with a minimum of two years of service and was a Member of IOA at the time of retirement. Retired Members are entitled to vote on all matters that are presented to the Association, provided that they are current in their dues and other obligations to the Association.
The Association may recognize certain Retired Members who have served the Association and/or profession with distinction with the honorary title of Distinguished Emeritus. The Board will accept nominations from members and will select the recipients for the Distinguished Emeritus title.
Retired Members honored with the title of Distinguished Emeritus maintain all the rights of International Ombudsman Association Bylaws Approved September 29, 2016 Page 2 Retired Members but are not required to pay dues to the Association.