CONSTITUTION 

TAU ALPHA PI

PI BETA CHAPTER
 

INDIANA UNIVERSITYPURDUE UNIVERSITY AT INDIANAPOLIS
 

PREAMBLE

The purpose of this Chapter of the Tau Alpha Pi National Honor Society shall be to provide deserved recognition for outstanding achievement by technology students, to further encourage the high standards of scholastic endeavor of the students in the several technology curricula, and to establish an environment for fellowship among the many excellent technology students of Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis.


Article IName, Motto, Colors, Emblem, Key

Section 1 – Name

The Name of the Organization shall be Pi Beta Chapter at Indiana UniversityPurdue University at Indianapolis (hereafter referred to as the Society).

Section 2 – Motto

The motto, symbolized by T A II, shall not be made public but, with ritual and other secrets, shall be handed down traditionally.

Section 3 – Colors

The colors of the Society and the Chapter shall be green and gold.

Section 4 – Emblem

The official emblem shall consist of a pair of spread dividers over a gear, resting on a shield, with the motto on a ribbon unrolled over the center of the shield. The shield shall be green, the gear shall be gold, the dividers and ribbon shall be white. Green and gold plumes shall surround the design.

Section 5 – Key

The key of the Society and the Chapter shall be patterned after the official emblem.


Article IIMembership

Section 1 – Classes of Membership

Membership in the Chapter shall consist of the following classes –

A.                 Active Members – Those students who have fulfilled their requirements defined in Article II Section 2 below and have therefore demonstrated outstanding achievement in one or more of the technology curricula at IUPUI.

B.                Alumni Members – Those former active members who, because of graduation or other honorable reasons, are no longer enrolled at IUPUI.

C.                Honorary Members – Those who, through their extremely high standards and success in a field of technology or through dedicated service, have in a significant manner encouraged and promoted the purposes of the Chapter or the Society.

D.                Faculty Advisor – a member of the technology faculty at IUPUI.

Section 2 – Qualifications for Membership

A.                 Active Member – A student must

1.                Be regularly enrolled as a major in one of the technology curricula.

2.                Be in the upper 4 percent of all technology students at IUPUI, which shall be interpreted for the purposes of implementation of this constitution as all students with 32 or more credit hours having at least a minimum 3.6 grade point average, all students with 64 or more credit hours having at least a minimum 3.5 grade point average, and all students with 96 or more credit hours having at least a minimum 3.4 grade point average in order to qualify for initiation.

3.                 Have demonstrated by action and by scholarship the highest qualities of character, integrity, and good citizenship.

4.                Have evinced a willingness to support the purposes and high ideals of the Chapter and Tau Alpha Pi.

B.                 Alumni Member – An Alumni Member must have been a former active member who, having received a degree or for other honorable reasons, is not currently enrolled as a major in one of the technology curricula at IUPUI.

C.                 Honorary Member – A person whom the members believe has

1.                  Contributed significantly to the field of technology, or

2.                Achieved a high level of success and accomplishment in technology, or

3.                 By virtue of service or other assistance, demonstrated active support for the ideals and purposes of the Chapter or Tau Alpha Pi.

D.                 Faculty advisor – a current member of the Technology Faculty at IUPUI who has demonstrated a genuine concern for the scholastic accomplishments of technology students and has shown an interest in the continuing quality and development of the Chapter and Tau Alpha Pi.

Section 3 – Election of Members

A.                 Active members shall be elected by two-thirds majority vote of the member’s presents. Voting on new members shall be by secret ballot.

B.                 Alumni members – An active member will automatically become an alumni member upon written notification to the Chapter in any semester in which that member is not currently enrolled as a major in a technology curriculum at IUPUI. An alumni member, otherwise eligible as an active member, may automatically become an active member upon written notification by the alumni member to the Chapter in any semester in which that member is currently enrolled as a major in a technology curriculum at IUPUI.

C.                 Honorary members shall be elected annually by a two-thirds majority vote of the members present.

D.                 Faculty advisor shall be elected annually by two-thirds majority vote of the members present.

Section 4 – Rights, Privileges, and Responsibilities of Membership

All members of the Chapter shall be entitled to the full rights, privileges, and responsibilities of membership with the exceptions listed below –

A.                 Alumni members, honorary members, and faculty advisors shall not have a vote in the business of the Chapter.

B.                 Alumni members shall not receive issues of the national magazine or other official publications without payment of regular subscription rates.

C.                 Honorary members shall not pay an initiation fee, shall not regularly receive issues of the national magazine or other official publications, and shall not be instructed in the ritual or other elements of secrecy pertaining to the Society. The Chapter will pay the $35 fee for the key and certificate.

Section 5 – Resignation and Expulsion of Members

All members are expected to act in accordance with the ideals of the Society and with the purposes and requirements of the Chapter as set forth in its constitution and by-laws.

A.                 If for any reason a member wishes to resign from the organization, the member must submit to the Chapter executive council a written letter of resignation.

B.                 At the beginning of a semester in which an active member in good standing is not currently enrolled as a major in one of the technology curricula at IUPUI, the member must submit written notification to the Chapter Executive Council, thus automatically reverting to the status of alumni member.

C.                 A member whose cumulative grade point average falls below 3.20 must resign from the organization.

D.                 A member may be expelled for behavior or actions which are not in accord with the ideals of the Society or the Chapter, or for behavior or actions which bring discredit to Tau Alpha Pi or the Chapter.

E.                  Expulsion proceedings may be initiated by the Chapter. A vote to expel a member shall require a two-thirds majority of the active membership by secret ballot.


Article IIIOfficers

            Section 1 – The officers of the Chapter shall be

A.                 President,

B.                 Vice-President, and

C.                 Secretary.

Section 2 – Duties of the Officers

A.                 Duties of the President shall include

1.                  Plan, call, and conduct all Chapter meetings

2.                  Establish and appoint members to committees which are deemed necessary to conduct Chapter business, and to dissolve those committees which are no longer necessary

3.                 Call special meetings as required to conduct Chapter business which, by its emergency nature, can not be postponed until the next regularly scheduled Chapter meeting

4.                 In the event of the absence of the elected secretary, the president in charge has the power to delegate authority to any active member present

B.                 Duties of the Vice-President shall include

1.                  In the absence of the President, the duties of that office shall be assumed by the Vice President

2.                  Supply the Society Executive Secretary with material for publication in the national magazine.

3.                  As parliamentarian, ensure that the articles of the Tau Alpha Pi National Honor Society Constitution and By-Laws, the Chapter Constitution and By-Laws, and Robert’s Rules of Order are not violated.

4.                  Perform such other duties as are delegated by the President.

C.                 Duties of the Secretary shall include

1.                  Maintain and keep current the official copies of the Chapter Constitution and By-Laws and other official documents.

2.                  Conduct all correspondence of the Chapter except as specifically prescribed elsewhere.

3.                  Be responsible for and distribute to the members as required, all official documents, written descriptions of ritual and secrecy, and such official forms as may be entrusted to the Chapter.

4.                  Maintain a record of the proceedings of the Chapter meetings and of the meetings of the Chapter Executive Council.

5.                  Maintain a complete and accurate financial record of Chapter funds.

6.                  Collect all monies for the Chapter, administer its funds, and in conjunction with the Chapter Executive Council, act as disbursing agent for the Chapter.

7.                  Periodically, as deemed appropriate, report to the Chapter on the current status and disposition of the funds entrusted to the office.

8.                  Keep the National Secretary informed on the scholastic records of all active members, to supply names and other biographical data of each new member, to forward all initiation fees and other monies to the Executive Secretary, and to answer all correspondence from the National Executive Secretary.

9.                 Verify that members and prospective members satisfy the requirements for membership.

10.              Perform such other duties as might be delegated by the President.

Section 3 – Election of Officers

Officers shall be active members and shall be elected for one academic year, the term of office beginning with the start of the Fall Semester.

            Section 4 – Resignation and Impeachment of Officers

A.                 Officers who wish to resign their elected office may submit to the membership a written letter of resignation.

B.                 An officer may be removed from office only for reason of behavior or actions which are not in accord with the ideals of the Society or the Chapter, or behavior or actions which bring discredit to the Society or Chapter.

C.                 Proceedings to remove from office may be initiated by the Chapter. The recommendation for removal must pass by two-thirds majority of the active membership. Voting on a recommendation for removal must be by secret ballot.

Article IVMeetings

            Section 1- Frequency of Meetings

A.         The chapter shall schedule meetings as seem desirable to the Chapter membership based on the activities and purpose of the Chapter.

B.                   Meetings will be at least twice per semester.

Section 2 – Quorum Required for Business

After notice of the meeting has been mailed to all active members a quorum shall consist of the currently present at the time a vote is taken to decide a particular piece of business, subject to a minimum of 5 people present.


Article VScope of By-Laws

            Section 1 – Scope of By-Laws

The By-Laws of this Chapter shall govern the matter of fees, assessments, election of members and officers, meetings, and rules of order for the Chapter.

            Section 2 – Amendments of the By-Laws

By-Laws may be amended by an affirmative two-thirds vote of the members present at the meeting.


Article VIAmendments to Constitution

            Section 1 – Proposal of Amendments

Amendments may be proposed by a Chapter Officer or by a petition signed by a majority of the active members.

            Section 2 – Publication of Proposed Amendment

The proposed amendment must be published and circulated to all active members at least two weeks in advance of the time scheduled for a vote on its adoption.

            Section 3 – Vote on Amendment

The proposed amendment shall be voted upon by secret ballot at a meeting designated by the Chapter officers.

            Section 4 – Adoption of Amendment

After due notification of said meeting and pending amendment a two-thirds majority vote of the active membership attending said meeting is required to adopt the amendment.


 

BY-LAWS 

TAU ALPHA PI 

PI BETA CHAPTER
 

INDIANA UNIVERSITYPURDUE UNIVERSITY AT INDIANAPOLIS


Article IFees and Assessments

Section 1 – Initiation Fee

The initiation fee for an individual member shall be seventy five dollars ($75.00), payable prior to formal initiation into the Society. Thirty Five dollars ($35.00) of this shall be forwarded to the national headquarters for the key and certificate.

Section 2 – Assessments

Chapter fees and assessments shall be recommended by the Chapter Executive Council as need arises and approved by a two-thirds majority vote of the active membership.


Article IIElection of Member

Election of members shall take place during each semester. Initiation shall take place at the end of the semester.


Article IIIElection of Officers

The officers of the Chapter shall be elected by secret ballot at the end of the Spring Semester.


Article IVMeetings

Business meetings shall occur on the campus of Indiana UniversityPurdue University at Indianapolis.

Notification of meetings to the membership shall precede the meetings by five school days minimum.


Article VRules of Order

Robert’s Rules of Order, revised shall be the authority governing all matters of procedure not otherwise specified in the constitution or these by-laws.

Amendments to the Pi Beta Chapter of the Tau Alpha Pi Constitution

 

Article II  Section 3  Item B  insert the following sentence at the end of the paragraph:

An alumni member, otherwise eligible as an active member, may automatically become an active member upon written notification by the alumni member to the Chapter in any semester in which that member is currently enrolled as a major in a technology curriculum at IUPUI.

 

Article IV Section 2 deletes the current paragraph and insert:

After notice of the meeting has been mailed to all active members a quorum shall consist of the currently present at the time a vote is taken to decide a particular piece of business, subject to a minimum of 5 people present.

 

Article VI Section 4 deletes the current paragraph and insert:

After due notification of said meeting and pending amendment a two-thirds majority vote of the active membership attending said meeting is required to adopt the amendment.

(Current paragraph before deletion - A two-thirds majority vote of the active membership is required to adopt the amendment.)





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