THE BYLAWS OF THE CITADEL CHAPTER OF THE
HONOR SOCIETY OF PHI KAPPA PHI
Name and Objectives
Section 1 The name of this society is The Citadel Chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, herein referred to as this Chapter.
Section 2 The primary objectives of this Chapter are to promote the pursuit of excellence in all fields of higher education and to recognize outstanding achievement by students, faculty, and others through election to membership, and through various awards for distinguished achievement.
Section 3 This Chapter operates as Chapter 212 of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, a nonprofit corporation, incorporated in the State of Michigan, and as such operates under the rules and bylaws of the same.
Section 1 Membership in this Chapter is open to scholars of sound character from all academic disciplines.
Section 2 The following membership categories apply to chapter membership:
2.1 Active Members.
2.11 Active Members--Affiliated. They have been elected
and initiated by this Chapter or another chapter of The Honor
Society of Phi Kappa Phi and have paid their chapter and national
dues for the current year.
2.12 Active-for-Life Members. They have been elected and
initiated by this Chapter or another chapter of The Honor
Society of Phi Kappa Phi, have paid the required Active-for-
Life Membership fee, or have been accorded this status by
action of the National Board and paid the chapter dues for
the current year unless they are accorded Active Members--
Emeriti status. The Chapter may establish a one time fee
which may be paid by such individuals in lieu of yearly dues.
2.13 Active Members--Emeriti. They have been elected and
initiated, have retired from professional duties, and have
been recommended for this status by this Chapter and
approved by the Executive Director. Upon payment of a one-
time fee, paid either by this Chapter or the individual, these
members are granted Active-for-Life membership. Chapter
dues are voluntary.
2.2 Inactive Members.
2.21 They have not paid national and chapter dues for the
2.22 Such members shall be returned to active status when
the national and chapter dues are paid for the current year.
Section 3 Persons elected and initiated into membership remain members for life even though they do not maintain active membership.
Section 4 Eligibility for election to membership by this Chapter shall be confined to the following: (The Chapter may invoke even stricter standards for membership.)
4.1 Undergraduate students of sound character in any department of The Citadel if they
4.11 Have been registered at The Citadel for at least one year,
are enrolled in the second semester of their junior year in a
course of study leading to a baccalaureate degree and rank
scholastically in the upper 7.5 percent of their class.
4.12 Have been registered at The Citadel for at least one year,
are in their senior year, are enrolled in a course of study leading
to a baccalaureate degree, and rank scholastically in the upper eight
percent of their class.
4.13 The combined number of juniors and seniors elected to
membership by this Chapter shall not exceed 10% of those who
will be candidates for graduation in that year.
4.2 Graduate students of sound character who are candidates for any advanced degree at The Citadel, have made an outstanding record in graduate study, may be elected to membership if the following minimum criteria are met.
4.21 Graduate Students who have attained a 4.0 cumulative grade point average at The Citadel, and also meet the following criteria:
a) are candidates in good standing for an advanced degree at The Citadel,
b) have been enrolled for at least one session during the previous calendar year, and
c) have completed either 30 hours or 80% of their degree requirements (whichever comes first).
4.22 Those students meeting the criteria given above will be presented to the membership for purposes of election. A simple majority of yes votes of the membership responding will constitute election to membership.
4.3 Members of the institution faculty, including the administration, research, and extension staff,
whose scholastic and/or outstanding achievement have rendered them worthy of membership.
4.31 These individuals should posses a collegiate degree.
4.32 A committee should be appointed by the President to
secure nominations preferably with vitae and justifying statements.
4.33 The committee should evaluate the nominations on the
basis of teaching excellence, academic excellence as evidenced
by research and by professional activities, and service to The
Citadel and make its recommendations to the membership for
4.34 The election of faculty should be limited to no more than
three (3) individuals during an academic year.
4.4 Graduates of The Citadel. These should be persons whose achievements since graduation have been outstanding and where scholastic records while in college were high with an increasing emphasis on the former as the period since graduation becomes longer.
4.4.1 Alumni may be initiated into the Chapter in absentia.
4.4.2 A maximum of two alumni members per year shall be elected.
4.5 The Chapter may award a Distinguished Service Award, the purpose of which is to recognize a Citadel alumnus, employee, or benefactor who has contributed greatly to the success of the academic programs of the college. Not more than one Distinguished Service Award may be awarded annually, and the award does not confer membership in the Chapter. The election procedure in section 5.1 of these bylaws shall govern the selection of Distinguished Service Award recipients.
Section 5 Election of Members.
5.1a Election to membership of undergraduate, graduate and alumni shall occur at a meeting of the Chapter at which seven or more members are present. An affirmative vote of two-thirds of the Active Members--Affiliated who are present at the meeting shall be necessary.
5.1b Election to membership of alumni shall be by ballot mailed electronically to all Active Members--Affiliated. An affirmative vote of two-thirds of those who return ballots shall be necessary. If more than two candidates are nominated, each voting member will have no more than two votes. Voting members may vote electronically by email or by submitting a hard copy ballot.
5.1c Election to recipients of any awards shall be by ballot mailed electronically to all Active Members--Affiliated. An affirmative vote of two-thirds of those who return ballots shall be necessary. Voting members may vote electronically by email or by submitting a hard copy ballot.
5.2 Election to membership of faculty members shall be by ballot mailed electronically to all Active Members--Affiliated. An affirmative vote of one-half of those who respond shall be necessary. If more than three candidates are nominated, each voting member will have no more than three votes. Voting members may vote electronically by email or by submitting a hard copy ballot.
Section 6 Membership Privileges.
6.1 Active members receive the regular publications of the Society and this Chapter and are eligible to vote in chapter matters.
Section 1 Chapter Governance
1.1 The elective officers shall include a President, a President-Elect, a Vice President, a Secretary-Treasurer, an Assistant Secretary-Treasurer, and a Public Relations Officer. These officers shall be Active Members--Affiliated. Officers will be faculty members, except for the Vice President and assistant Secretary-Treasurer who shall be students.
1.2 The terms of the faculty officers shall be two years. Those of the student officers will be one year. The Secretary-Treasurer and Public Relations Officer may serve up to five consecutive terms. The other officers may not serve consecutive terms.
1.3 The election of officers shall be in the spring semester after the initiation ceremony.
1.4 The duties of the Chapter officers shall be as prescribed by the National Bylaws of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
1.5 The duties of the President, Vice President, and Secretary-Treasurer shall be such as usually pertains to those offices.
1.6 The Assistant Secretary-Treasurer shall assist the Secretary-Treasurer.
1.7 It shall be the duty of the Public Relations officer to engage in such public information activities as the Chapter may desire.
1.8 The Chapter officers shall constitute an executive committee to manage the Chapter's activities.
1.9 The President-Elect will serve as President after completion of the term of the President.
1.10 Should the President-Elect be unable to serve as the President, the Secretary-Treasurer shall become the Chapter President. If he is unable to serve, then the Public Relations Officer shall become the President.
Fees and Dues
Section 1 Chapter Fees and Dues
1.1 The Chapter shall determine its own initiation fees and chapter dues. It shall be responsible for remitting the national initiation fees to the Executive Director of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
1.2 Chapter dues for years subsequent to the initiation year shall be collected by the Executive Director.
1.3 The Chapter may establish scholarships and/or prize funds.
1.4 The Chapter may establish an Active for Life chapter fee, in place of yearly dues for those members who become Active for Life Members by paying the national fee.
Rules of Procedure
Section 1 Robert's Rules of Order, as most recently revised, shall govern the proceeding of the meetings of the Chapter when not in conflict with these Bylaws.
Amendments and Revisions of Bylaws
Section 1 Amendments and revisions may be initiated by an Active Member--Affiliated.
Section 2 If endorsed by five other members at a regularly called business meeting, such amendments and revisions will then be voted by a ballot distributed to all Active Members--Affiliated. A two-thirds affirmative vote is required for adoption.
Revised April 2003