PREAMBLE
For the purpose of promoting high scholastic standards at Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, Louisiana, maintaining the chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi chartered and installed at Southeastern Louisiana University, on May 11, 1956, and furthering the ideals and objectives of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the members of the Southeastern Louisiana University Chapter do hereby adopt the following Bylaws for our government.  cThe name of this organization is the Southeastern Louisiana Univeristy Chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

Section 2.  Purposes.  The primary purposes of this organization 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.  Governing Regulations.  This organization shall be governed in accordance with the Bylaws of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Inc., as adopted by the 2007 Triennial Convention, with amendments, if any, which may be made from time to time, and by the provisions of these Bylaws with amendments, if any, which may be made from time to time.

ARTICLE II
Membership
Section 1.  Eligibility.  The following persons, and no others, shall be eligible for membership in this Chapter:

a.   Undergraduate students of sound character in any department or division of the 
University if they:

1)  Have been registered in Southeastern Louisiana University for at least one year, and who, in the second semester of their junior year, rank scholastically in the upper seven and one-half (7 ½) percent of the class, after completing seventy-two semester hours. 

2)  Have been registered in Southeastern Louisiana Univeristy for at least one year, and who, in their senior year, rank scholastically in the upper ten percent of the class. 

b.   Graduate and professional students of sound character who are candidates for an advanced degree in any department or division of the University, who rank scholastically in the upper ten percent of all graduate and professional students currently enrolled, who had an outstanding undergraduate record as evaluated by the chapter selection committee, and who meet one of these following requirements:

1)  They have been registered as post-baccalaureate students in the University on a full-time basis for at least one academic year or on a part-time basis for the equivalent of at least one academic year.

2)  They are former post-baccalaureate students who have been awarded an advanced degree by the University subsequent to the last previous election of members to the chapter.

c.   Members of the faculty, including the administrative, research, and extension staffs, whose scholastic records and outstanding achievement have rendered them worthy of membership.

d.  Members of the faculty or staff who do not hold a collegiate degree, but who have distinguished themselves professionally, provided prior approval for their initiation is obtained from the National Board of Directors.

e.   Alumni of the University from a class of five or more years' standing selected on the basis of outstanding achievement since graduation and a high scholastic record while attending the University.

f.   Members of a national honor society functioning in the manner of Phi Kappa Phi who meet the membership requirements of the Chapter, provided they are elected within one year after the Chapter's installation.

g.   Persons who qualify under the Bylaws of the National Society as Active Members-Emeriti, Active-for-Life Members, Distinguished Members, and Honorary Members.

Section 2.  Limitations.  The election from eligible members is subject to the following limitations:

a.   The number of members elected in any year from the alumni shall not exceed two percent of the number of undergraduate and graduate students invited that year. If the chapter invites fewer than two hundred (200) students per year, it may initiate a maximum of four (4) persons per year from the eligible alumni or alumnae of Southeastern Louisiana University.

b.   The maximum number of members invited in any year from the faculty and professional staff shall be three percent of the total number of graduate and undergraduate students elected that year. If the number of invitees is less than 200, a maximum of six (6) members from the faculty, administration, and professional staff may be invited. Election of six faculty, administration, and professional staff members is not mandatory.

c.   Only one individual each year may be nominated by the Chapter for Honorary Membership.

d.   Only one individual each year may be nominated by the Chapter for Distinguished Membership.

Section 3.  Election of Members.  All elections to membership shall be by ballot at a regularly called meeting of the Chapter at which a quorum is present.

a.   An affirmation vote of two-thirds of the active members present shall be necessary for election.

b.   Only active members who are faculty and staff members of Southeastern Louisiana Univeristy may vote in the election of faculty and staff members.

c.   All persons who have been elected to membership in the Society shall be notified by letter from the Secretary and upon acceptance shall be publicly honored in an appropriate manner.

d.   Reports of those who accept election shall be made to the Executive Director of the Society within thirty days by the Secretary.

Section 4.  Classes of Membership.  Members shall be classified in accordance with Article II of the National Bylaws.

Section 5.  Membership Responsibilities. 

a.  Members should conduct themselves at all times in a manner consistent with integrity and high ethical standards.

b.  If a member fails to conduct himself/herself in a manner consistent with integrity and high ethical standards, his/her membership may be revoked by his/her Chapter's Executive Committee or by the Society's national Board of Directors in accordance with Society policy.

c.  If his or her membership is revoked, the former member has the right to appeal this decision to the President.

ARTICLE III
The Executive Committee
Section 1.  Officers.  The officers of this Chapter shall be a President, a Faculty Vice President, a Chapter Secretary, a Treasurer, a Public Relations Officer, and two (2) Student Vice Presidents, all of whom shall be Active-Members-Affiliated. These officers shall be faculty, staff, local non-faculty members, or students for the Student Vice President offices. These officers together with the immediate Past President shall constitute the Chapter Executive Committee.

Section 2.  Election of Officers.

a.  The President, President-Elect, Chapter Secretary, Treasurer and Public Relations Officer shall be elected for a two-year term at a regularly called meeting of the Chapter, at which a quorum is present, before the end of the spring semester. The President-Elect shall serve for two years, then become President.

b.   The slate of elected officers shall be sent promptly, and in no case later than June 15, to the Executive Director of the Society.

Section 3.  Duties of Officers.

a.   It shall be the duty of the President to call and preside at all meetings of the Chapter and of the Executive Committee, to appoint committees deemed necessary or helpful in furthering the business of the Society, to vote in behalf of the Chapter on ballots and other materials sent to the Chapter by the National Society, and to fulfill the other usual responsibilities of the office of the President.

b.   It shall be the duty of the President-Elect to preside at meetings in the absence of the President and to succeed to the Presidency in the event of death, incapacity, or resignation of the President. 

c.   The Secretary is responsible for maintaining records and supplies for the Chapter.  It shall be his/her duty to maintain correspondence and other files related to the National Office and affairs of the Chapter, to prepare with the assistance of the Registrar lists of eligible candidates to be voted on by the Chapter, and to prepare materials and documents required for the initiation of candidates.

d.   The Treasurer is to receive and deposit and account for all monies received by the Chapter from dues and other sources, to pay all bills approved by the Executive Committee, to arrange for the investment of all funds not required for current operation, to prepare an annual budget and arrange for an annual audit of the record books, to prepare an annual report of the financial condition of the Chapter, and to prepare and submit reports required by the National Office.

e.   It shall be the duty of the Public Relations Officer to disseminate news of Chapter activities to the various media, to submit news of Chapter activities to the various media, to submit news items for the National Office, and to make whatever other steps he/she deems advisable to promote the purpose of the Chapter and the Society.

f.   It shall be the duty of the immediate Past President to serve as a member of the
Executive Committee.

g.   It shall be the duty of the Student Executive Vice-Presidents to participate in the Executive Committee and to help with chapter activities.

Section 4.  Duties of the Executive Committee.  It shall be the responsibility of the Executive Committee to supervise annual and long-range planning of Chapter activities, to advise and assist Chapter officers and committees, to have jurisdiction over matters pertaining to the Chapter but not provided for in these Bylaws of the National Society, and in the delegates to the general and special conventions of the Society, and in the event of the loss of any Chapter officer by reason of death, incapacity, or resignation to appoint a temporary officer to serve until the election of new officers. 

ARTICLE IV
Meetings
Section 1.  Calling of Meetings.  Chapter meetings will be held upon call of the President of the Executive Committee.  All active members shall be duly notified of chapter meetings by the Campus Secretary.

Section 2.  Quorum.  Ten Active Members-affiliated, including at least a majority of the Executive Committee, shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at any regular or special meeting.

Section 3.  Procedure.  In all matters not specified by the Bylaws or the Bylaws of the National Society, the procedures set forth in the current edition of Robert's Rules of Order shall be used.

ARTICLE V
Fees, Dues, and Assessments
Section 1.  Initiation Fees.  Each newly elected member before initiation shall pay to the National Honor Society, through the Chapter Treasurer, an initiation fee established by the Society entitling him/her to a membership certificate and a standard badge.  Also, included in this fee are the first year's national dues, which entitle the member to one-year subscription to the Phi Kappa Phi Forum (the Phi Kappa Phi journal).  In addition, he/she shall at the same time pay an initiation fee established by the Chapter, which shall be equivalent to the current year's Chapter dues, such monies to be used to pay expenses incurred by the Chapter for initiation ceremonies and other activities.  No membership shall be valid unless these fees have been paid. 

Section 2.  Active Membership Dues.  All active members other than those newly initiated shall pay of the National Office local annual dues in an amount determined by vote of the Chapter together with national annual dues in an amount determined by the Society's Board of Directors.  All dues payments shall be made to the National Office in response to the annual dues statement sent to each member. 

ARTICLE VI
Amendments
Section 1.  Amendments.  These Bylaws may be amended by the affirmative vote of a majority of the Executive Committee.

Section 2.  Limitations.  All amendments to these Bylaws shall be in harmony with the Bylaws of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Inc.

Section 3.  When Bylaws are updated solely to reflect changes in Society Bylaws as approved by Convention, the chapter bylaws may be amended without a vote of the general membership.

updated 3/12/11