The activities of the International Centre for Olympic Studies are guided by the Centre's By-laws. They were enacted in July 1994, and last amended in December 2009. They are reproduced in full below.
The framing and modifications of by-laws governing the structure and opera-tion of the Centre shall be the business of the Executive Council (hereafter referred to as Council).
Council shall serve as a board which approves the business of the Centre, including budgetary matters.Council shall be vested with the power to select new Council members, and appoint persons to carry out functions associated with the Centre as prescribed by the by-laws or as deemed necessary.
Council shall be vested with the power to recommend to the Director of the School of Kinesiology the termination of those whose performance is judged to be incompatible with the best interests of the International Centre for Olympic Studies (ICOS).
The appointment of the Director of ICOS shall be the business of the School of Kinesiology’s Appointments Committee. The Council shall provide input to the Appointments Committee, which, in turn, makes a recommendation to the Director of the School of Kinesiology.The functions of the Centre shall be the ultimate responsibility of the Director, subject to approval by Council.The term of office for the Director of ICOS shall normally be five years, renew-able, but shall be negotiated between the candidate and the Director of the School of Kinesiology.If the Director of ICOS goes on Sabbatical Leave, Study Leave, or other tempo-rary leave assignment, the Director of the School of Kinesiology, in consulta-tion with the Appointments Committee, shall appoint an “Acting Director.”
In the event that a member of Council (voting or ex-officio) is a nominee for Director of the Centre, that person shall be excluded from all deliberations and voting regarding an appointment to the position.
The Council’s rules or order shall be Robert’s Rules of Order in all cases where they are not inconsistent with these By-laws.
These By-laws for the International Centre for Olympic Studies were enacted by vote of the Council on Friday, February 18, 1994, effective July 1, 1994. By decision of Council the By-laws as they pertain to the terms of the Director and general members of Council were made retroactive to July 1, 1992. By decision of Council the By-laws as they pertain to the appointment of the Director, the term of the Director, and the appointment of the Chief Editor of Olympika, were amended on December 15, 2009.