Kappa Epsilon Constitution

Constitution Table of Contents:

  1. Article I: Name
    1. The name of this organization shall be Sigma Chapter of Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, Inc. The organization is a professional fraternity and student organization at The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy.
  2. Article II: Objectives
    1. Sigma Chapter shall function as a unit of the national organization, exercise the privilege of selection and initiation of individual members, and send at least two delegates to the biennial convention which governs this fraternity.
  3. Article III: Membership
    1. Any student at The University of Arizona is eligible to be an active member and may hold office.
    2. Non-students may act as associate members, but may not vote or hold office.
    3. Membership in this fraternity shall consist of collegiate members of Kappa Epsilon. Alumnae (if there is no alumnae chapter), professional, associate, and honorary members may participate; however; only collegiate members may hold office or vote in chapter meetings.
    4. Candidates for membership shall be selected according to the national bylaws of Kappa Epsilon Fraternity and the bylaws of Sigma Chapter.
      1. Initiated collegiate members shall select candidates for membership by a secret ballot. Upon two-thirds vote of the chapter members in good standing, the candidates shall be invited to become members.
      2. After acceptance, the candidate shall be pledged by the official service, shall receive instruction about fraternity matters, shall fulfill all other pledge requirements as defined in the chapter bylaws, and shall pass an examination covering instruction.
      3. Upon two-thirds vote of the chapter members present and in good standing, a pledge shall become a member, following initiation by the official service.
    5. Qualifications for membership are as follows:
      1. Each pledge shall serve as a pledge for six weeks, shall abide by rules governing pledging and initiation adopted by this chapter, shall wear the official pledge pin at all fraternity functions, shall receive instruction in fraternity matters, and shall be under the leadership of the leadership of this chapter.
      2. A pledge shall successfully pass a final written examination on the material covered in the pledge program. A pledge shall be required to complete on fund-raising, one social and on professional community service project during the pledge time or the semester immediately following initiation as a member.
      3. A the time of initiation, each new member shall pay $55, which shall initiate them into National Kappa Epsilon.
    6. A member in good standing shall meet all finacial obligations to the Grand Council of Kappa Epsilon and Sigma Chapter.
  4. Article IV: Advisor
    1. This chapter shall be required to have an advisor from The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, who shall be approved by the dean, be present at a majority of its meetings and whose input shall be considered when making fraternity decisions.
  5. Article V: Administration
    1. This chapter shall keep all records in permanent books duly labeled and dated so that they may form a history of the chapter.
  6. Article VI: Not-for-profit statement
    1. This is a not-for-profit organization.
  7. Article VII: Statement of non-discrimination
    1. This organization shall not discriminate on the basis of age, color, ethnicity, gender, national origin, disability or handicap, race, religion, sexual orientation, Vietnam Era veteran status. This policy will include, but is not limited to recruiting, membership, organization activities or opportunities to hold office.
  8. Article VIII: Financial obligations
    1. Each member shall pay annual dues of $40, of which the required amount shall be paid to the national executive office for national annual dues. The remainder shall be retained for fraternity expenses.
  9. Article IX: Statement of non-hazing
    1. This organization will not conspire to engage in hazing, participate in hazing, or commit any act that causes or is likely to cause bodily danger, physical harm, or personal degradation or disgrace resulting in physical or mental harm to any fellow student or person attending the institution.
  10. Article X: Statement of compliace with campus regulations
    1. This organization shall comply with all University and campus policies and regulations and local, state, and federal laws.
  11. Article XI: Parliamentary authority
    1. The rules contained in Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised shall govern all meetings in matters not covered by these bylaws.
  12. Article XII: Amendments
    1. The chapter bylaws may be amended by two-thirds vote of the members present and in good standing at any meeting provided notice of such proposed amendment be given to all members at least one meeting prior to the voting.
Originally posted: August 27, 2013
Last updated: September 4, 2014
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