ARTICLE I -- NAME
The National Scholastic Honor Society for colleges and universities with a Catholic tradition shall be known as Delta Epsilon Sigma.
ARTICLE II -- PURPOSES
The purposes of this Society shall be to recognize academic accomplishments, to foster scholarly activities, and to encourage a sense of intellectual community among its members.
ARTICLE III -- NATIONAL OFFICERS
Officers and Terms
The National Officers of the Society shall be a President, Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer, and Chaplain. The President, and the Vice-President shall be elected for terms of two years. The Secretary-Treasurer and the Chaplain shall be appointed by the Executive Committee for a term of three years. Newly elected officers shall be installed at the first meeting of the Executive Committee following their election.
The President and the Vice President of the Society shall be elected by mail ballot of members, in accordance with procedures set forth in the Bylaws of the Society.
ARTICLE IV -- EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
The Executive Committee shall consist of the National Officers of the Society, and four other members to be elected for staggered three-year terms. This committee has responsibility for carrying on the business of the Society.
The Executive Committee may authorize other committees as needed.
ARTICLE V -- CHAPTERS
A chapter of the Society may be chartered and established in any incorporated and regionally accredited college or university with a Catholic tradition granting Bachelor's or higher degrees, in accordance with the provisions set forth in the Bylaws of the Society. There shall also be a chapter at-large. Nominations for membership in this chapter may be submitted to the National President by any member of the Society, and elections to this chapter are by a majority vote of the Executive Committee.
The chapters of the Society shall be named by letters of the Greek alphabet in the order of their establishment as chapters.
Chapter Constitutions and Bylaws
Each chapter shall adopt its own constitution and bylaws, which must be consistent with the National Constitution and Bylaws and which must be filed with the National Secretary-Treasurer.
Each chapter, except the chapter-at-large, shall elect officers. Each chapter shall also have a faculty advisor, who is a member of the Society and who shall be responsible for the conduct and well-being of the chapter. The name of the faculty advisor shall be filed with the National Secretary-Treasurer.
Suspension or Forfeiture of Charter
The Executive Committee of the Society shall have power to place on probation, suspend, or dissolve any chapter whenever it deems that the welfare of the Society shall be served by such action. No chapter shall be placed on probation, suspended, or dissolved without the opportunity of presenting its case before the Executive Committee.
ARTICLE VI -- MEMBERSHIP
Any person who shall have met the requirements set forth in the Bylaws of the Society shall be eligible for membership in the Society.
Each chapter of the Society shall elect its new members in accordance with its own constitution and bylaws.
A person shall be a member of this Society after initiation in accordance with the ceremony prescribed by the Society and after meeting the obligations and requirements as established by the Society, the Executive Committee, and the local chapter. The amount of the initiation fee shall be the sum of the national fee and the fee of the local chapter.
Membership in the Society is continuing and transferable from chapter to chapter.
ARTICLE VII -- THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY
Any member of the Society may propose legislation, but the power of legislation for the Society shall be vested in the National Assembly except as herein limited.
At the National Assembly each chapter represented shall have one vote, and excepting in action upon amendments to the Constitution, each member of the Executive Committee shall have one vote. No member attending a National Assembly may have more than one vote.
Election of Delegates
Delegates shall be elected by each chapter promptly after official notice of the call of the National Assembly has been received by the chapter. The chapter shall notify the Society of the results of the election.
Time and Place
The National Assembly shall be held at a time and place fixed by the Executive Committee or as specified by the previous National Assembly. Each chapter shall be given at least thirty days' notice of the time and place of the National Assembly.
ARTICLE VIII -- OFFICIAL PUBLICATION
The official publication of the Society is the Delta Epsilon Sigma Journal. The Executive Committee has the power to appoint the Editor of the Journal, who must be a member of Delta Epsilon Sigma. Subject to the approval of the Executive Committee, the editor determines the policy, costs, and periodicity of the JournaL
ARTICLE IX -- AMENDMENTS
This Constitution may be amended at a National Assembly by an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the represented chapters. Proposed amendments must be sent to all chapters at least thirty days before the National Assembly. The National Assembly may adopt an amendment not proposed in advance by an affirmative vote of three-fourths of the chapters represented. The Executive Committee may also submit amendments by mail to the chapters. The chapters shall be given a period of sixty days for voting. Any chapter failing to return its vote within the said sixty days shall be counted as voting in the affirmative. In this case a three-quarters affirmative vote is required for adoption.
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ARTICLE I -- DUTIES OF THE NATIONAL OFFICERS
The President shall have executive control of the Society, shall preside at all sessions of the National Assembly and all meetings of the Executive Committee, and shall perform such other duties as usually pertain to this office.
The Vice President
The Vice President, in the absence, disability or death of the President, shall become acting President, assuming the functions, duties, and prerogatives of the office. The Vice President may be assigned other duties by the Executive Committee.
The Secretary-Treasurer shall attend to all correspondence incident to the working of the Society; shall keep an accurate record of all proceedings of the National Assembly and shall transmit a copy of the proceedings to each chapter and to each member of the Executive Committee; shall keep an accurate record of all proceedings of the Executive Committee and shall transmit a copy to each member of the Executive Committee; shall report in the Journal actions taken by the Executive Committee affecting the chapters; shall receive petitions for new chapters; shall issue to all initiates of the Society certificates of membership; shall require each chapter to furnish such information requested by the Society; shall keep a list of members of the Society; and shall keep correspondence and records.
The Secretary-Treasurer shall be custodian of all monies of the Society; shall disburse them as directed by the Executive Committee; shall sign checks authorizing the expenditure of the funds of the Society; shall keep an itemized account of all receipts and expenditures and shall submit an audited report to the Executive Committee annually; shall make an annual report to the Internal Revenue Service as necessary for tax exemption.
The Secretary-Treasurer shall furnish bond for an amount to be determined by the Executive Committee, the cost of said bond to be paid by the Society. Remuneration for official expenses and further duties shall be fixed by the Executive Committee.
The Chaplain shall provide liturgies and spiritual guidance to the Executive Committee. The Chaplain may be assigned other duties by the Executive Committee.
ARTICLE II -- THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
The members of the Executive Committee shall perform the duties assigned by the Constitution and by the National Assembly. The Executive Committee shall meet at such places as determined by the President.
The Society shall bear the expenses of the members of the Executive Committee for their attendance at Committee meetings.
ARTICLE III -- ELECTION OF NATIONAL OFFICERS
Election of National Officers shall be by mail ballot. The President shall appoint a Nominating Committee which shall select a slate of nominees for offices in which there will be vacancies. The Vice President shall automatically be nominated to the office of President when there is a vacancy.
The selections of the Nominating Committee, together with brief biographical sketches of the candidates, shall be printed on a suitable ballot and shall be distributed to the members of the Society. After the specified date the ballots received will be counted by the Secretary-Treasurer and the results announced by the President. Election will be determined by a majority of the votes cast for each office.
ARTICLE IV -- ESTABLISHING CHAPTERS
Petition and Establishment
The President of a college or university with a Catholic tradition may submit to the Executive Committee of the Society a petition requesting the granting of a charter to a local chapter within the institution. Upon the receipt of this request, the National Secretary-Treasurer shall mail an application which is submitted for consideration by the Executive Committee. If the Executive Committee approves the application, the President shall then issue a charter.
It shall be the duty of the National President to arrange for the installation of each new chapter. The college or university of the new chapter shall be required to pay a charter fee of $100.00.
ARTICLE V -- MEMBERSHIP
To be eligible for membership in the Society, candidates must be persons who have a record of outstanding academic accomplishment, who have shown dedication to intellectual activity, and who have accepted their responsibility of service to others. Undergraduate students shall have completed at least fifty percent of the credit requirements for their baccalaureate degrees and rank not lower than the highest twenty percent of their class in scholarship. Graduate students shall have completed one-half of the credit requirements for their degree and shall have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent. Faculty, administrators, and staff members are eligible for election to membership upon recommendation of the local chapter. Alumni of an institution are eligible for election to membership if they have graduated cum laude or have fulfilled the general requirements of membership in some other manner.
There shall be a national initiation fee payable to the Secretary-Treasurer. Local fees and dues may be determined by each chapter.
Certificate of Membership
A certificate of membership approved by the Executive Committee shall be issued to each new member upon the receipt of the national initiation fee. This certificate shall bear the signatures of the President and the Secretary-Treasurer.
ARTICLE VI -- AMENDMENTS
Amendments to these Bylaws may be made upon the affirmative vote of at least a majority of the chapters at a National Assembly. The Executive Committee may also submit amendments by mail to the chapters. The chapters shall be given a period of sixty days for voting. Any chapter failing to return its vote within the said sixty days shall be counted as voting in the affirmative. In this case a two-thirds affirmative vote is required for adoption.
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