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PKP Chapter 191 Constitution

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 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 and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.

Article III: Government

A. 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.               

B. 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.

C. 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.

D. There will be four standing committees: Executive, Membership, Non-student Membership, and Fellowship. 

1. 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 Non-Student 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.

2. The Membership Committee, appointed by the Executive Committee, will present a list of seniors, juniors, and graduate students for membership.

3. The Non-student Membership Committee, appointed by the Executive Committee,    will present a list of faculty, professional staff and alumni for membership.

4.  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.

E. 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    

A. Membership shall be classified in accordance with Article II of the National Bylaws.

1. Chapter Affiliated: They have been elected and initiated to the chapter, or have affiliated with the chapter by having paid local and national dues for the current year.

2. Chapter Affiliated-for-Life: They have been elected and initiated to the chapter, or have affiliated with the chapter and have paid the Chapter Active-for-Life membership fee (or have been accorded this status by action of the Chapter  Executive Committee). These individuals may or may not have also be National Active-for-Life members.

3. Chapter Inactive: They have been elected and initiated to the chapter, but have not paid local and national dues for the current year. They may be returned to affiliated status when dues are paid for the current year.

B. Student membership eligibility will be based on these criteria:

1. Undergraduate students of sound character (no formal university code violations) in any department or division of the university if they: 

a. Have completed at least 24 graded semester hours or the equivalent at APSU and who in their junior year rank scholastically in the upper seven and one-half (7.5%) percent of the class, after completing at least seventy-two (72) graded semester hours or the equivalent.

b. Have completed at least 24 graded semester hours or the equivalent at APSU and who in their senior year rank scholastically in the upper ten (10%) percent of the class, after having completed at least 96 graded hours or the equivalent.

c. Are former baccalaureate students who have been awarded a degree by the University subsequent to the last previous election of members to the chapter. (These baccalaureate graduates are ranked with current seniors to determine eligibility for induction.)

2. Graduate and professional students of good character (no formal university code violations) who are candidates for an advanced degree in any department or division of the University, who rank scholastically in the upper 10% of all graduate and professional students currently enrolled, who have had an outstanding undergraduate record as evaluated by the chapter selection committee, and who meet one of the following requirements:    

a. Who 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 (have attained 16 graded hours of credit as a graduate level).

b. Who 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. (These post-baccalaureate graduates are ranked with current students to determine eligibility for induction.)

3. Eligibility may be determined separately for each academic unit within a member institution for both undergraduate and graduate students.

C. Members of the faculty, professional staff and alumni will be considered for election to membership only in the Spring Semester. Their numbers and qualifications as outlined in the chapter By-laws. 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.

1. 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:    

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

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

c. References who might be contacted concerning the above points as well as character and other pertinent matters. Other items deemed valuable in the support of the proposal.

D. Persons who qualify under the Bylaws of the National Society as Active Member - Emeriti, Active-for-Life Members, Distinguished Members, and Honorary Members. National Society guidelines will be followed for the selection of these members.

E. Limitations for the selection to membership

1. The total number of graduate students elected to membership shall not exceed ten percent of the number of students receiving graduate degrees in that year. Election of the full ten percent is not mandatory.

2. The number of members elected in any year from the alumni shall not exceed one percent of the number of undergraduate and graduate students elected that year. (If fewer that 200 student members are elected per year, a maximum of two members may be elected each year from the eligible alumni.)

3. The number of members elected in any year from the faculty and staff shall not exceed two percent of the number of undergraduate and graduate students elected that year. (If fewer that 200 student members are elected per year, a maximum of four members may be elected each year from the eligible faculty).

4. Only one individual each year may be nominated by the Chapter for Honorary or Distinguished Membership; however the National Board may, upon justification, permit more than one nomination from a chapter in any year.

F. 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, or by circulated ballot with requirements for elections to be determined by the officers of the chapter.  

1. An affirmative vote of two-thirds of the affiliated members present shall be necessary for election or if done by mail, an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the affiliated members who return ballots. (An unreturned ballot is considered an affirmative vote).

2. Only affiliated members who are faculty or professional staff members of Austin Peay State University may vote in the election of faculty and staff members.

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

Article V: Meetings

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

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

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

Article VI: Dues

A. Before initiation, all persons elected to membership will pay to the chapter an initiation fee. This fee entitles the member to one-year affiliated membership in both the local and national organizations of Phi Kappa Phi, an engraved membership certificate, a standard emblem (a key, a pin, or a tie tac), 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.

B. 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         

A. 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.

[Revised Fall 2004, Approved by the Chapter 191 Membership December 9, 2004.]

[Prior version of the PKP #191 Constitution]