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ARTICLE I

SECTION 1The name of this chapter shall be Iota Sigma Chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi Fraternity at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.

ARTICLE II

Objectives

SECTION 1The objectives of this chapter shall be to further the individual welfare of its members; to foster scientific research in the fields of commerce, accounts and finance; to educate the public to appreciate and demand higher ideals therein; to promote and advance in institutions of college rank courses leading to degrees in business administration.

ARTICLE III

Laws

SECTION 1 The laws of this Chapter shall be the Ritual, the Constitution and Statutory code of Alpha Kappa Psi, the interim edicts of the Board of Directors, or National Chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi Fraternity, these bylaws and the Rules and Procedures of the Iota Sigma Chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi.

SECTION 2This Chapter may pass rules and regulations for local government from time to time not inconsistent with the Ritual, the Constitution and Statutory code of Alpha Kappa Psi, or the interim edicts of the National Chapter or the Board of Directors.

SECTION 3These bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the quorum present after first reading the proposed amendment at the previous meeting, but in no case shall the student member have the right or the power to change, alter, or amend any portion thereof which is a requirement of the Ritual, the Constitution and Statutory Code of Alpha Kappa Psi, or the interim edicts of the National Chapter or the Board of Directors of Alpha Kappa Psi. All amendments and changes made in these bylaws and Rules and Procedures shall be made in writing in triplicate to the Executive Director for submitance to National President and Constitution committee for official approval.

ARTICLE IV

Voting Power

SECTION 1Only student members of this Chapter in good standing shall possess the right to vote.

SECTION 2A majority of the student members of this Chapter in good Standing shall constitute a Quorum for the conduct of business. We will conduct the votes nameless and active member updates will be done by the secretary so that members will be aware if they are not able to vote.

SECTION 3Members, who have been suspended, for either financial delinquency or non-attendance, have lost right to vote until their suspension is lifted and are not to be counted in the determination of a quorum for this Chapter.

ARTICLE V

Membership

SECTION 1This Chapter shall consist of duly initiated and affiliated students and former students of the College of Business Administration of Sam Houston State University together with faculty and honorary members as it may receive into membership.

SECTION 2Members in good standing shall be those initiates who, having satisfied the requirements of the laws of this Chapter, are contributing to the financial support of the Chapter and national organization by paying all its obligations.

SECTION 3This Chapter shall possess four general classes of membership: Student, Faculty, Honorary, and Alumni.
A. Student members shall be those undergraduates or graduate students pursuing courses for degrees Minors in Economics, Commerce or Business Administration in the College of Business Administration and who have expressed their firm intention of securing degrees therein, and Members affiliated under the provisions of SECTION 5 of these bylaws
B. Faculty members shall be those members of the faculty of the College of Business at Sam Houston State University
C. Honorary members shall be those members not on the faculty of Sam Houston State University to whom membership officially approved in advance by the Chapter Advisor, District Director, Regional Director, and the National president of Alpha Kappa Psi have been extended as an Honor and Distinction.
D. Alumni members shall be those members no longer enrolled as students or on the Faculty of the College of Business Administration.

SECTION 4Membership shall not be granted to any member or former member of another professional fraternity in commerce or business administration and no member of this Chapter shall affiliate with another such fraternity in competition with Alpha Kappa Psi.

SECTION 5Former student members who have graduated but are enrolled for other academic work in this institution, regardless of department or level of study or members who have transferred to and enrolled in this institution may affiliate with this Chapter subject to its rules and vote. Such members, however, shall not be required to affiliate with this Chapter unless they desire to do so and shall not be subject to its dues or fees unless this Chapter approves their affiliation. Upon notice to this Chapter by any such member of the desire to affiliate with this Chapter shall their affiliation be permitted. Upon approval by this Chapter such member shall be enrolled as a member in good standing with all right, privileges, and benefits of the fraternity including the right to vote, provided, however, that such persons agree to pay all local and national dues for the period of affiliation as well as to satisfy the other requirements of the fraternity. To qualify for affiliation with this Chapter a former member of another Chapter shall present a certificate of good standing, from such Chapter or from the Executive Director of Alpha Kappa Psi. Immediately following affiliation of such a member with this Chapter, the Treasurer shall notify the Executive Director and request the name is entered on the Chapter roll.

SECTION 6Every member of this Chapter shall be initiated in due form in accordance with the official and complete Ritual of Alpha Kappa Psi and shall pledge an oath of allegiance as provide therein.

SECTION 7No member in good standing shall be discriminated against by having the right to hold office, or vote denied or abridged: except that of honorary, alumni, or faculty members shall not be eligible to vote or hold office in this Chapter. Also, in order for a member to be nominated for president they must have served as a member for at least a year.

SECTION 8Resignation of membership from this Chapter and from Alpha Kappa Psi is unqualifiedly prohibited.

ARTICLE VI

Election to Membership

SECTION 1Student membership:
A. Undergraduate students: Undergraduate student candidates proposed for membership in this Chapter must have expressed firm intent to secure a degree or minor in commerce, economics, or business administration or its equivalent, and must possess a Sam Houston State University grade point average of not less than 2.2, or the equivalent for a transfer student and have fulfilled such requirements and regulations as Sam Houston State may require.
B. Graduate students: A graduate student may be proposed for membership in this Chapter provided the student is pursuing a course in commerce, economics, business administration, or its equivalent and has fulfilled such requirement where Sam Houston State may require.

SECTION 2Faculty Membership. Faculty membership shall be those officers of the College of Business of Sam Houston State or any other college or university at which there is no existing Chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi.

SECTION 3Honorary Membership. Distinguished persons not eligible for initiation under any other class of membership may be selected as Honorary members provided however, that the election to membership shall conform to section four of this article of these bylaws and provided further upon election by the Chapter an Honorary member. The Regional Director and National President of Alpha Kappa Psi before the member is initiated.

SECTION 4Election to membership in this Chapter may be taken at a regular meeting provided a quorum is present. The prospective member’s name must be presented By one member of this Chapter and seconded by another member after which it shall lie on the table for one week before further action is taken. Upon unanimous vote of the, however, this provision requiring one weeks interval may be waived. Voting on the candidate shall be by secret ballot. Four percent of the Chapter never to exceed ten percent of this Chapter’s membership unfavorable votes shall reject a prospective member but upon request of any member a second test ballot shall be taken immediately. If a prospective member is rejected, the individual cannot again be proposed for membership for a period of three months after the date of rejection. This shall apply to student, faculty and honorary classes of membership.

ARTICLE VII

Pledging and Initiation

SECTION 1Members of Alpha Kappa Psi Fraternity shall be accepted and initiated into membership only by and through a college chapter. There shall be no discrimination because of race, creed, sex, religion, national origin, or handicap.

SECTION 2This Chapter, under the direction of the Vice President of Membership, shall adopt a program of study on the history, organization, administration, and ideals of Alpha Kappa Psi Fraternity in conformance with the Handbook of Alpha Kappa Psi. Pledges shall be required to successfully complete the program before initiation. The program of study shall conclude with a standard examination, prepared by the Executive Director, to be taken by the pledge, which shall be graded by this Chapter: the results of which shall be forwarded to the Executive Director.

SECTION 3Each prospective pledge must:
A. Be enrolled at Sam Houston State University
B. Meet requirements and regulations with respect to Fraternity rushing and pledging prescribed by this Chapter.
C. Express firm intention of completing a course of study in commerce, business, or business administration, or their equivalent and receiving a degree in same.
D. Possess a GPA of not less than 2.2.
E. Two letters of recommendation that cannot be from a family member.
F. Be invited to join the Fraternity and approved for pledging by the members of this Chapter.

SECTION 4A vote to select pledges may be done at any regular meeting of this Chapter provide a quorum is present. A prospective pledge must be proposed by one member and seconded by another member, after which a motion for vote must lie on the table for one week before a final vote is taken. However, upon unanimous vote of this Chapter, this provision requiring one-week interval before a final vote can be waived in exceptional cases. Voting shall be by secret ballot. The number of unfavorable votes needed to exclude an individual shall not exceed 15% of this Chapter’s members in good standing. The percentage established by this Chapter should be 10%. Upon request of any member, a discussion may be held, and a second vote shall be taken before recess or adjournment of the meeting. If a prospective member is rejected, that individual cannot again be proposed to be a pledge again until the entire pledge program is repeated. Similar vote may be taken during the pledge program to determine whether pledges qualify to continue in the pledge program.

SECTION 5An individual who has accepted an offer to become a pledge of this Chapter shall take the pledge oath as stated in the Ritual of Alpha Kappa Psi, administered by the Master of Rituals, preferably at the Chapter meeting after which candidates have been voted upon. The Oath of Pledge ship shall be binding upon the pledge but not upon this Chapter.

SECTION 6This Chapter shall present each pledge with an official pledge pin at the time of pledging and instruct each pledge to wear that pledge pin on the left coat/jacket lapel, the left blouse/shirt collar or on a sweater over the heart. Each pledge pin shall be returned upon the conclusion of pledging; if a pledge pin is not returned its cost shall be paid to this Chapter by the pledge to which it was assigned. At the beginning of each pledge period this Chapter will inform each pledge of the financial obligations they will assume if initiated into membership.

SECTION 7The minimum length of this Chapters pledge program shall be five weeks, except in the case of freshman pledges the minimum shall be three months unless a shorter period is approved by the regional director. Any pledge who does not meet all the requirements of the pledge program shall be automatically dropped from pledging.

SECTION 8To qualify for initiation into membership each pledge must:
A. Fulfill the qualifications for admittance to the pledge program. Certification of grade average must be obtained from the proper official at Sam Houston State University.
B. Fulfill any additional requirements by this Chapter and Sam Houston State University.
C. Have successfully completed the pledge program and the national examination.
D. Have favorably appeared before a Court of Honor as specified in the Ritual of Alpha Kappa Psi.
E. Have paid the full initiation fee.
F. Be invited to and approved for membership by the members of this Chapter.

SECTION 9 At the conclusion of the pledge program a final vote must be taken by the members of this Chapter to determine the eligibility of pledges for ritual initiation. Voting procedures shall be the same as used for admitting candidates into pledging as stated in section 4 above, except that the motion for acceptance does not have to lie on the table for any time period.

SECTION 10All pre-ritualistic initiation ceremonies, regardless of their character, must be conducted in a place where attendance is restricted to members and pledges of this Chapter only, where activities cannot be observed by others. These activities shall be strictly confined within a Chapter house, meeting hall or reserved room with controlled access, and shall be under the supervision of this Chapters Master of Rituals. Actions or activities at these ceremonies that may be construed as demeaning in nature, physical or mental are expressly prohibited.

SECTION 11Members may be initiated into this Chapter only by the complete and respectful use of the initiation ceremony specified in the Ritual of Alpha Kappa Psi. This Chapter should use standard ritual regalia, available from the National Chapter, for initiation and other ceremonies. All other equipment or paraphernalia in initiation exercises is prohibited.

SECTION 12This Chapter shall hold at least two initiations during a each academic year, the first of which shall be within ninety days after the opening of the fall term, and the other at such time as the chapter deems advisable.

ARTICLE IX

Meetings

SECTION 1This Chapter shall hold at least two business meetings a month during the college year at which time a quorum shall be present

SECTION 2Each meeting shall be held at Seven p.m. during the college year unless directed otherwise by vote.

SECTION 3The business meetings of this Chapter shall be conducted in an orderly manner in conformance with Roberts Rules of Order 2nd edition and in conformance with the procedure for conduct of meetings of Alpha Kappa Psi. The order of business will be as follows:
1. Opening meetings according to Alpha Kappa Psi procedure.
2. Roll call.
3. Reading of minutes from previous meeting.
4. Officer reports.
5. Reports from standing committees.
6. Reports from special committees.
7. Unfinished business.
8. New business.
9. Reading of communications.
10. Collection of accounts and reading of fines.
11. Discussion and or balloting of prospective members.
12. Announcements
13. Adjournment according to Alpha Kappa Psi procedure

SECTION 4Special meetings of this Chapter may be called by its President or by a majority vote of its Executive Committee.

SECTION 5Attendance at all meetings of this Chapter shall be compulsory on the part of the student members, and absence therefore without valid reason shall incur the penalties hereinafter provided in these Bylaws.

SECTION 6The President shall chair all Chapter meetings. In the absence of the President, the Vice- President of Professional Affairs and Administration shall chair the meetings. Should both officers be absent, any member of the Executive Committee can call the meeting to order and a temporary chairman be elected to preside.

SECTION 7All non-speaker meetings shall be closed to all persons not fully initiated by the Rituals of Alpha Kappa Psi.
 
ARTICLE X

Duties, Requirements, and Selection of Officers

SECTION 1The offices of this Chapter shall be President, Vice-President of Professional Activities and Administration, Vice-President of Membership, Vice-President of Performance Evaluation, Secretary, Treasurer, and Master of Rituals as elected by the Chapter. Chaplain, Warden, Alumni Secretary, Director of Public Relations, Chapter Historian, Chapter Advisor, Inter-Club Representative, Chapter Auditor, and Incentive Program Coordinator as appointed by the President. Note the appointed by the Regional Director. Their duties are as follows:
A. President:
1. Be the executive officer of the Chapter.
2. Has the power to call Special Sessions when necessary.
3. See that the officers of this Chapter discharge their duties faithfully, impartially, accurately and promptly.
4. Enforce strict observances of the laws of the Fraternity.
5. Have the power to appoint any offices or committees not provided for in the Bylaws or in the laws of the Fraternity.
6. Decide points of order.
7. Have the authority to preside over any committee of the Chapter if they so desire.
8. May engage in contractual agreements on the conditions that the membership agrees to approve the contract by a 2/3 vote of a quorum of members in good standing and that the contract does not last longer than the term of office. Contracts must also be counter-signed by the Treasurer and viewed by the Chapter Advisor.
9. Will not be entitled to vote within the Chapter except in the following cases:
a. Election of the National/Regional Delegate.
b. Election of Chapter Officers.
c. Election of candidates into membership.
d. Amendments to the Bylaws.
e. In the event of a tie vote.
10. Shall have such further powers and duties as may be prescribed by the laws of this Fraternity.
B. Vice-President of Professional Activities and Administration.
1. Shall assist the President in the performance of duties to administer the Chapter.
2. Succeed the President in the event of a disability to perform the functions of the office of President.
3. Carry through all programs of a professional nature and coordinate the Professional Programs Committee in accomplishing its goals.
C. Vice-President of Membership
1. Shall be responsible for the instruction of pledges as stated in Article VII of these Bylaws.
2. Report on the progress of this office through a regular communication including all information pertaining to the pledges.
3. Have such duties as prescribed by the laws of the Fraternity.
D. Vice-President of the Performance Evaluation
Shall be responsible for forwarding reports for the Performance Evaluation to the proper places.
Report to the Chapter all pertinent information pertaining to this office.
Coordinate the Performance evaluation committee in accomplishing its goals.
E. Secretary
1. Shall keep accurate records and complete minutes of the Chapter meetings.
2. Be the custodian of all records, files, and documents of the Chapter.
3. Be responsible for all general correspondence of the Chapter.
4. Keep a record of all proposals for membership.
Keep a record of everyone initiated into the Chapter and a separate record of all
Pledges and initiates, suspensions, expulsions, and deaths within the Chapter and shall
send duplicates to the Executive Director within five days of the recording thereof and
supply such reports as may be requested by the Chapter or Fraternity within five days
from receipt of request.
6. Shall notify the Regional Director, Executive Director, Sectional Director, and District
Director of the names and addresses of the new officers immediately after their election.
7. Shall have further powers and duties as prescribed by the laws of the Fraternity.
F. Treasurer
1. Shall properly maintain the Alpha Kappa Psi system and keep an accurate account of all monies received and expended and make expenditures only upon the written authorization of the President: the books shall be open at all times to the Chapter.
2. Deposit all monies to the credit of the Chapter and to the name of the Fraternity.
3. Prepare budgets covering all necessary running expenses of the Chapter for the School year at the beginning of the fiscal year and shall send a copy thereof to the Executive Director.
4. Forward to National Chapter initiation fees and membership records (Form M-1) of new members within five days of initiation.
5. Promptly forward to the Executive Director notification (Form M-2) that a member has been Suspended, expelled, graduated, or left school.
6. Furnish such reports as may be requested by the Fraternity offices within five days of receipt of request.
7. Must be bonded to the National Chapter under a blanket surety bond covering all Chapters for faithful performance of duty.
8. Shall countersign contracts as provided for in Article X Section 1a.
9. Have such powers and duties as prescribed by the laws of the Fraternity.
G. Master of Rituals
Chair the Initiation Committee.
Be in direct charge of all ritualistic inventory and secret work of the Fraternity.
Conduct the office in strict concordance of the Ritual of Alpha Kappa Psi.
Assist the Vice-President of Membership in the instruction of Pledges.
Have such powers and duties as prescribed under the laws of the Fraternity
H. Chaplain
1. The Chaplain shall have such powers as prescribed under the laws of the Fraternity.
I. Warden
1. Shall maintain an accurate and current copy of the bylaws.
2. Will ensure that each member is in possession of the pass grip and word.
3. Shall have such powers as prescribed under the laws of the Fraternity.
J. Alumni Secretary
1. Must be an undergraduate student appointed by the President.
2. Assist in all matters pertaining to the alumni and alumni relations.
3. Be charged with the compilation of an up-to-date records file; and establishment and maintenance of contact with alumni members of this Chapter.
4. Promote interest in the creation and affiliation with the and affiliation with Alumni Chapters.
5. Compile the Chapter Directory of names, addresses, and place of employment of chapter alumni.
6. Notify Alumni Chapters of names and addresses of members locating in cities where Alumni Chapters are located.
7. Have such duties as prescribed by the laws of the Fraternity.
K. Director of Public Relations
1. Be appointed by the President.
2. Supply data, reports, information, and material for publication in the diary and Houstonian.
3. Be responsible for all publicity of the Chapter.
4. Publish a Chapter news bulletin once a semester about the chapter.
L. Chapter Historian
1. Be appointed by the President.
2. Compile a history of the chapter from the beginning through the tenure of office.
3. Maintain a scrapbook of the publicity of the Chapter.
4. Assist and cooperate with the History Committee of the National Chapter.
5. Have such powers as prescribed by the laws of the Fraternity.
M. Chapter Advisor
The Chapter Advisor shall meet the following: The Regional Director shall require from each college chapter the names of three resident alumni of faculty members who are qualified to serve as Chapter Advisor, recommending one of them to serve as the advisor. From the names submitted, the Regional Director shall select annually a chapter advisor who shall be responsible for the proper conduct of the college chapter in all locale, regional, and national fraternity matters. They shall be accountable to the Regional director in an advisor’s duty to report to the Regional Director any violations of the laws or policies of the Fraternity within the Chapter. In the event of such violations, the advisor shall have no authority to impose a penalty nor have penal rights whatsoever.
Shall forward such reports as may be requested by the Board of Directors to Regional Director who will in turn, forward them to the proper place.
Shall view any contracts that may go before the Chapter for consideration as stated in Article X section 1a.
Shall also have such powers and duties as prescribed by the laws of the Fraternity. In the event the names of the alumni or faculty are not forwarded within thirty days after the request to do so as herein set forth the Regional Director without further notice shall appoint a chapter advisor.
N. Inter-Club Council Representative
1. Be appointed by the President.
2. Be responsible for representing the Chapter at all ICC Meetings.
3. Report back to the Chapter the actions of the ICC.
O. Chapter Auditor
1. Be appointed by the President.
2. Be an accounting major having completed or will complete by the fall semester the auditing course offered by Sam Houston State University.
3. Be responsible for the annual audit on the Chapter books and must forward a copy of the audit to the Executive Director.
P. Personal Incentive Program Coordinator
1. Be appointed by the President
2. Shall maintain the tally of points earned by the members through the personal Incentive Program.
3. Shall be responsible for the notification and collection of fines; these will then be submitted to the Treasurer for deposit.
Section 2This Chapter shall select a National Representative and an Alternative to represent it at each meeting of the National Chapter, and a Delegate and Alternate to represent it at Regional Conferences. The National Representative shall be elected no later than May 31st preceding the National Chapter Meeting and Regional Conference. To be eligible for selection as a delegate a member must be in good standing and have at least a year of college work to be completed at the time of election. They should also intend to return as a member of the Chapter the following year. The Secretary of this chapter shall forward to the Executive Director and Regional Director the credentials of the delegate and alternate immediately after their election. Transportation of the delegate will be reimbursed by the National Chapter in accordance with national reimbursement policy.
Section 3All officers of this Chapter shall be elected in the month of April and will be installed in the month of April in accordance with the installation ceremony of the Ritual of Alpha Kappa Psi. The offices of President, VP-Administration, VP-Performance Evaluation, Secretary, and Treasurer will serve for a tem of one year. The VP-Membership and Master of Rituals will serve semester long terms. Election of officers in the fall will be at the last meeting in December. Within five days of the election, the incumbent Secretary will notify the Executive, Regional, Sectional, and District Directors.

Section 4To hold an office in the Chapter, a member must be in good standing and have fulfilled all requirements of the Ritual of Alpha Kappa Psi.

Section 5A petition of one-half of the student members in good standing shall be necessary to bring the question of removing an officer before the next meeting of the chapter for discussion and vote. A two-thirds majority vote of the student members in good standing of the Chapter shall be necessary to remove an officer from office.

Section 6It shall be the personal and fraternal duty of the outgoing officers of the Chapter to turn over to their successors all data records, reports, items, and assets pertaining to their offices, to this chapter, and to Alpha Kappa Psi, at the same time instructing the incoming officers on the duties and proper administration of their respective offices. It shall also be the duty of the new officers to secure from the former officers all data, records, and assets pertaining to the conduct of their offices together with such instruction ands advice as will enable them to perform the duties and responsibilities to the various offices satisfactorily.

ARTICLE XI

Committees

Section 1The standing committees of this Chapter shall be the:
1. Executive Committee
2. Alumni Committee
3. Auditing and Finance Committee
4. Bylaws Committee
5. Performance Evaluation Committee
6. Initiation Committee
7. Membership Committee
8. Professional Program Committee
9. Research Committee
10. Scholarship and Publication Committee
11. Service and Welfare Committee
12. Social Committee
13. Telephone Committee
14. Fund-Raising Committee
15. Public Relations

A. Executive Committee: The Executive Committee shall be responsible for the general management of the Chapter during the interim between Chapter meetings. It shall consist of the President, VP-Professional Activities and Administration, VP-Membership, VP-Performance Evaluation, Secretary, Treasurer, Master of Rituals, Chaplain, Warden, Alumni Secretary, Bylaws Chairman, and the Personal Incentive Program Coordinator. The President shall chair this committee.

B. Alumni Committee: The Alumni Committee shall contact alumni members of the chapter to interest them in its activities and secure their cooperation and support of its programs. It shall be in charge of all activities relating to the alumni. The Alumni Secretary shall chair this committee.

C. Auditing and Finance Committee: The Auditing and Finance Committee shall be elected by the Chapter and consist of preferably one public accountant. An annual audit shall be made immediately after the close of the fiscal year, April 1 to March 31. The committee shall report back directly to the Chapter and a copy of the audit shall be forwarded to the Executive Director of Alpha Kappa Psi. The President shall appoint the chairman of this committee with a two-thirds vote of the chapter consenting the nomination.

D. Bylaws Committee: The Bylaws Committee shall be responsible for the Bylaws of the Chapter, and shall have referred to it all matters involving interpretation thereof. The chairman of this committee shall be appointed by the President.

E. Performance Evaluation Committee: The Performance Evaluation Committee shall coordinate and maintain the Chapter Performance Report (CPR). They will be responsible for following up whenever necessary information is needed to be forwarded to the national office before the dates due. The Vice-President of Performance Evaluation shall chair this committee.

F. Initiation Committee. The Initiation Committee shall have charge of all initiator ceremonies and secret work of the Chapter. The Master of Rituals shall chair this committee and select the members thereof.

G. Membership Committee. The Membership Committee shall be in charge of investigating and obtaining prospective members for the chapter out of the student body of the College of Business and shall have general supervision of the rushing and pledging activities of the Chapter. The Vice-President of Membership and Master of Rituals shall be members of this committee.

H. Professional Program Committee. The Professional Program Committee shall have charge of all professional activities of the Chapter. It shall plan and carry through programs of a professional nature for the benefit of both the Chapter and its school of Business. The Vice-President of Professional Activities and Administration shall chair this committee.

I. Research Committee. The Research Committee shall formulate and conduct research projects for the Chapter and report on them. The ideals must be of a business nature and be original in thought. The chairperson of this committee shall be appointed by the President.

J. Scholarship and Publications. This committee shall monitor the GPA's of the graduating students for spring and summer semesters and award the scholarship: award to the graduating AKPsi senior with the highest GPA. It shall be the duty of this committee to suggest and develop publications for the Chapter and to edit and distribute them. The chairperson of this committee shall be appointed by the President and the Director of Public Relations and Historian shall be a member.

K. Service and Welfare. This committee shall suggest, conduct, and supervise projects for the service and welfare for the College of Business, the University, students, and or local institutions or citizens. The chairperson of this committee shall be appointed by the President.

L. Social Committee. This committee shall have charge of all social functions of the Chapter except those delegated to special committees. The President shall appoint the chairperson and the Treasurer shall serve as a member.

M. Telephone Committee. This committee shall have the duty of informing the membership of any changes in outline, special general meetings, special functions, or any pertinent information necessary to the operation of the Chapter. The chairperson shall be appointed by the President.

N. Fund-Raising Committee. This committee shall have the duty of planning and organizing all activities relating to increasing the Chapter funds. The committee shall be appointed by the President and the Treasurer shall serve as a member.

O. Special Committee. The President shall have the power to appoint any officer or special committee not provided for in these Bylaws.

1. Banquet Committee. This can be a subcommittee or a standing committee, as the Chapter deems fit. It shall be responsible for the planning and coordinating of the annual Yellow Rose Banquet.

2. Expansion Committee. This committee shall investigate eligible universities and colleges without active chapters of Alpha Kappa Psi and report to the Regional Director the desirability and possibility of establishing a chapter on them.
Section 2The President of this Chapter shall have the power to preside over any committee of the Chapter if it so desires.
Section 3Members of the committees may be removed by the Executive Committee at the request of the chairperson.
Section 4 For the transaction of any committee business, a majority vote of the members present shall decide and govern.
Section 5 It is a member’s duty to serve on at least one committee as listed by these Bylaws as either a committee member or as a chairperson of a committee.
Section 6 Attendance at committee meetings shall be compulsory on the part of the members and absence without valid reasons shall incur the penalties hereinafter provided by the Bylaws.


Section 7 Committee membership is appointed by the Executive Committee of the Chapter.

ARTICLE XII

Finances

Section 1 The fiscal year of this Chapter shall be April 1st to March 31st.
Section 2 A financial budget for the fiscal year covering all necessary running expenses of the Chapter shall be prepared by the Treasurer at the beginning of each fiscal year and be submitted to the Chapter for approval. Upon approval, this budget shall be observed as the official financial budget of the Chapter for the fiscal year it covers.
Section 3 The initiation fee of the Chapter shall be $100.00 and paid to the Treasurer in two installments of $50.00. The 1st installment at 1st vote and the 2nd installments at 2nd vote. The amount must be paid in full and so stated to the Master of Rituals before the Initiation and Ritual work of a candidate shall be received. The National Initiation Fee shall be forwarded to the National Chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi through the office of the Executive Director within five days after the initiation of a member to cover the cost of said member’s certificate, recognition pin, and membership in the fraternity at large. Note: the $20.00 Installation fee is due to the National Office within days of installation of pledges.
Section 4 On October 15th and February 15th of each year this Chapter through its Treasurer shall pay to the Executive Director the semi-annual National Chapter dues for each student member in school on those dates. A $25.00 late fee will be imposed after these dates and the penalty thereof will be credited to the Savings Fund.
Section 5 The accounts of the Chapter shall be recorded in the Alpha Kappa Psi recording system by its Treasurer. The accounts shall be audited annually by the auditing committee. A copy of said audit being promptly forwarded to the Executive Director of Alpha Kappa Psi.
Section 6 All banks accounts, securities, funds, trust agreements, and assets shall be maintained in the name of the Chapter. All funds of the Chapter shall be deposited in the name of the Chapter and all disclosures shall be made only by check or voucher signed by the Treasurer and counter signed by the President.
Section 7 The Treasurer of this Chapter shall be bonded under a surety bond, which shall be taken out by the National Chapter and the cost of same paid for by this Chapter.
Section 8 The Treasurer shall read into the minutes of each meeting a record, including names and amount of all collections and expenditures since the last meeting.
Section 9 This chapter shall establish a savings fund to be used for the building or purchase of a Chapter house or for the maintenance of Chapter office. This Chapter may not own or lease real property, or otherwise acquire title to real property, unless the Chapter has legally incorporated under the laws of this state. Five dollars from each student’s dues shall be set aside into this fund.
Section 10 From the semester dues of 100.00 a Travel Fund will be maintained for trips to National Chapter meetings, Regional Conferences and Chapter Clinics. Five dollars from each member’s dues will be set aside into this fund.
Section 11 Every member in good standing of this Chapter shall have the right to pay the National Chapter life membership fee, which shall entitle that member to become a life member of the Fraternity. Payment must be made before graduation or demit from this Chapter, or within twenty-four months thereafter; otherwise a more costly life membership fee will apply. Payment shall be made to the chapter, and sent to the National Headquarters. All life members shall be entitled to receive for life all future issues of The Diary, a life membership certificate, and such other publications as may be decided upon by the National Executive Committee, and shall be exempt from payment of national alumni dues.

ARTICLE XIII

Penalties and Discipline

Section 1
A.Any member of the Chapter who fails to pay any financial obligation in full to this Chapter within 30 days after due date shall be considered in bad standing, and shall lose the rights and privilege of membership in this chapter including the right to vote, hold office serve on committees, and participate in any business activities of this Chapter. Upon payment in full of all financial obligations the member will regain good standing and have all rights and privileges restored.
B. Any member of this Chapter who misses four (4) meeting within one semester without valid cause to this chapter’s Executive Committee shall be subject to expulsion from this Chapter by a majority vote of the Chapter with the party or parties concerned having the right to appeal to the National Executive Committee.
Section 2A fine may be imposed as set forth in the in the Rules and Procedures under the Personal Incentive Program.
Section 3Any member of the Chapter who shall violate any of the provisions of the Constitution and Statutory Code, Rituals, Bylaws, Rules and Regulations of Edicts of Alpha Kappa Psi which have been properly approved, or who shall divulge any of the secrets of the fraternity or violate any of the fundamental laws thereof, or who are guilty of conducts unbecoming to an individual of high moral character shall be deemed guilty of an offense against the fraternity or this Chapter and shall be subject to fine, reprimand, suspension, or expulsion.
Section 4A member may be fined or reprimanded as provided by in these Bylaws or by a majority vote by the Chapter but in no case shall a member be suspended or expelled except by fair and legal trial proceedings in an open meeting as provided by under Section 118 Caput XI of the Constitution and Statutory Code of Alpha Kappa Psi, except that in the case of financial delinquency of a member exceeding 30 days, automatic suspension may be made in accordance with provisions of Article VI, Section 2, Caput XI of the Constitution and Statutory Code of Alpha Kappa Psi.
Section 5In the case of the suspension or expulsion of a member, it shall be the duty of the Executive Committee through the Warden to recover the official badge of Alpha Kappa Psi and Membership Certificate of the member in question.
Section 6In the case of conviction for violation of the laws of the fraternity, the accused may appeal the case to the Board of Directors of the National Chapter.

ARTICLE XIV

Awards and Emblems

Section 1This Chapter shall confer annually the Alpha Kappa Psi Scholarship Award on the student of the senior class of the College of Business Administration who has taken two full academic years of academic work at Sam Houston State University. The specific requirements for making this award shall be as follows:
1. Recipient shall be an active member of Alpha Kappa Psi Fraternity.
2. Recipient shall possess the highest GPA among seniors in this fraternity for courses in Business Administration.
3. Recipient shall possess an overall GPA of no less than 3.25 (on a 4 point scale).
Section 2No jewelry or other merchandise for which the National Chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi has purchase agreements (i.e. Badges, badge guard pins, pledge pins, recognition pins, scholarship keys, service awards, membership certificates, ritual robes, or any article bearing the seal or coat of arms of Alpha Kappa Psi) shall be bought by t his Chapter or any member thereof, except through the office of the Executive Director of the National Chapter or from Alpha Kappa Psi official jeweler in accordance with said agreements.
Section 3No awards, other than those provided for in the Constitution and Statutory Code of Alpha Kappa Psi, bearing the coast or arms, seal, or official name of the fraternity shall be awarded or conferred by this Chapter or any member thereof without having first obtained the approval of the Board of Directors of Alpha Kappa Psi.
Section 4The official badge of Alpha Kappa Psi shall be worn only by fully initiated members, a member of the immediate family or prospective spouse.


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