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Constitution of

The Austin Peay State University Chapter (191) of

Phi Kappa Phi (A National Honor Society)

Founded May 27, 1976

Article I: Name

This organization will be known as the Austin Peay State University Chapter (191) of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.


Article II: Purpose

This organization will encourage and recognize scholarly achievement in all schools, divisions, and colleges of the University.


Article III: Government 

(1)  The officers of this organization will be president, president-elect, vice-president secretary, treasurer, and public relations officer. They will be active members and will perform the duties usually assigned to such officers.               

(2) These officers will be elected during the Spring Semester. They will assume office immediately after the Spring Semester initiation and will continue in office one or more years or until successors have been selected.

(3) A vacancy in the office of president will be filled by the president-elect. The treasurer will assume the presidency should the offices of the president and the president-elect be vacant. The executive committee will fill vacancies in offices other than that of president.

(4)There will be four standing committees: executive, membership, non-student membership, and fellowship.

a.The executive committee will consist of officers and the immediate past president of the chapter and will be empowered to fill vacancies in the offices of president-elect, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, and public relations officer. It is charged with the responsibility of appointing a membership committee, a fellowship committee, and other such committees as may be necessary to carry on the functions of the chapter. It will make arrangements for receptions for new members, for initiations, for banquets, for representation at national conventions, and for activities or projects requiring a standing or ad hoc committee.

b.The membership committee, appointed by the executive committee, will present a list of seniors, juniors, and graduate students for membership.

c.The fellowship committee will be appointed each year by the Executive Committee and will recommend candidates to the chapter selected from the newly elected members who appear to be the best qualified applicants for the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowships. From the list of candidates presented, the chapter will select the one applicant whom they consider the most worthy of receiving one of these fellowships.

(5)One month before the regular business meeting held during the Spring Semester, the president will appoint a committee for the nomination of officers.


Article IV: Membership    

(1)Active members will be those who are affiliated with the chapter and pay local dues.  

(2)Student membership will be based on these criteria:

a.Juniors will be considered eligible for membership provided they have completed a minimum of 72 semester hours, at least half of which must have been in residence at APSU, and provided further that they have a minimum grade point average of 3.85 or reside in the upper 7.5 % of their class. All eligible juniors will be invited to join Phi Kappa Phi.

b.Graduating seniors will be considered eligible for membership provided they have a minimum grade point average of 3.65 or reside in the upper 10% of their class, at least 96 semester hours of which half will have been completed in the residence at APSU. All eligible seniors will be invited to join Phi Kappa Phi.

c.Graduate students will be considered eligible for membership provided they have a cumulative grade point average of 3.65 or better on all undergraduate courses and a cumulative grade point average of 4.0 on all graduate courses and who rank scholastically in the upper 10% of all graduate and professional students currently enrolled.

(3)Members of the faculty, staff and alumni will be considered for election to membership only in the Spring Semester. The procedures below will be followed in considering and electing such members.

There will be a standing committee appointed by the executive committee for the purpose of screening and recommending candidates for membership.

a.Any member of Phi Kappa Phi may propose to the committee a name or names for the consideration prior to February 1 in any given year. Such recommendation will be accompanied by the following:

1.Name of person(s), occupation, address.

2.Information detailing education – institutions, degrees, and dates; experience and major positions held; honors and awards; principal contributions in area of specialization.

3.References who might be contacted concerning the above points as well as character and other pertinent matters.

4.Other items deemed valuable in the support of the proposal.

 (4)Honorary members will be elected by the Board of Directors of Phi Kappa Phi upon nomination by the chapter. They will be selected from graduates of other institutions of equivalent rank, not members of the teaching, administration, research, or extension staff of APSU, who were graduated ten or more years prior to election and who have attained eminence in some line of creative endeavor. No more than one nominee for an honorary membership may be made in one year.

All elections to membership, except students, will be by secret ballot exception. An affirmative vote of three-fourths of the active members eligible to vote at an election of new members will be necessary for the election of any person to membership.

(5)Membership will not be restricted on the basis of race, sex, age, national origin, religion, creed, or physical handicap.


Article V: Meetings

(1)A regular meeting will be held during the Fall and Spring Semesters for the purpose of electing members or transacting other business.

(2)The president will call a special meeting whenever he deems it advisable or upon written request of ten active members.

(3)For the transaction of any business a quorum will consist of ten active members – affiliated including at least a majority of the executive committee. Only active members may hold office or have the privilege of voting in chapter affairs.


Article VI: Dues

(1)Before initiation, all persons elected to membership will pay to the chapter an initiation fee. This fee includes one-year active memberships in both the local and national organizations of Phi Kappa Phi, an engraved membership certificate, a standard emblem (a key, a pin, or a tietac), and a year’s subscription to the Phi Kappa Phi Focus and Forum. Election to membership in Phi Kappa Phi is permanent. After the first year, membership becomes either active or inactive depending upon whether the member pays annual dues.

(2)The secretary or the treasurer of the chapter will forward at once to the Executive Director of the Society the names of newly elected members, a check for their fees, orders for the emblems, and such other information as the Executive Director of the Society may request.


Article VII: Amendments         

This constitution may be amended by a three-fourths vote of the active members present provided that the proposed amendment has been submitted at a regular meeting and is voted upon at the next regular or called meeting. A notice of the proposed amendment must be sent to all active members at least seven days prior to the date voting upon the amendment. Upon revision of this constitution, a certified copy of the revised version will be filed with the Executive Director of the Society.