Constitution of the Delta Sigma Chapter
Alpha Phi Omega
Last Updated December 2001
We, the members of the Delta Sigma Chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, National Service Fraternity,
chartered on the campus of The University of Connecticut do hereby adopt and establish the
following Constitution and By-Laws for the purpose of assembling college students in the fellowship
of the Scout Oath and Law, to develop leadership, to promote friendship, to provide service to
humanity, and to further the freedom that is our national, educational, and intellectual heritage.
Article I: Name
The name of this organization is the Delta Sigma Chapter of Alpha Phi Omega.
Article II: Purpose and Policies
This Chapter shall be known as a coed service fraternity and shall be conducted as a coed service
fraternity and shall be conducted under the policies, principles and provisions set forth in the
Constitution and By-Laws of the National Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity.
Article III: Membership
Membership shall be granted to all men and women of every race, color, creed, and sexual orientation
irrespective of their course of study or fraternal affiliation, duly enrolled, full-time, degree seeking,
and in good standing at The University of Connecticut. This Chapter shall grant membership in
this Chapter only upon approval of the applicant after the applicant has completed the membership
requirements proscribed by the Chapter and National Office.
Pledgeship in this Chapter shall be conferred upon students enrolled at The University of Connecticut
as proscribed in Section 1 of this article. The pledge period will be a time of training and
preparation in the principles of Alpha Phi Omega.
Faculty, Scouting, and Community Advisors will have all of the privileges of active membership in
this Chapter except that of voting power.
This Chapter may confer Honorary Chapter Membership upon those who have contributed
significantly to the ideals and purposes of Alpha Phi Omega. Persons so honored will have all the
rights and privileges of active membership except those of holding Chapter office and voting power.
Honorary Chapter Membership may not be conferred on undergraduates. A unanimous affirmative
vote of the active Brothers in attendance at a regular Brotherhood meeting will be necessary to
confer Honorary Chapter Membership. As per National By-Laws, Honorary Chapter Membership
may not be conferred by less than three-fourths of the active Brotherhood.
The privileges of active membership without voting power in this Chapter may be granted to alumni
members and former actives honorably separated from The University of Connecticut residing on
or near the campus at the discretion of the Chapter.
Honorary members may be elected at the discretion of the Chapter to serve without voting power.
This Chapter will have the power to permanently suspended, place inactive, or reinstate to active
membership any member for just cause after due deliberation.
Article IV: Officers
The officers of this Chapter, elected by a majority vote of the quorum present at an election meeting,
shall be: President, First Vice-President, Second Vice-President, Recording Secretary, Treasurer,
Historian, Sergeant-at-Arms, Scouting Liaison, and Alumni/Corresponding Secretary. The Chapter
shall be responsible for selecting at least five advisors: two or more must be from the faculty, one or
more Scouting Advisors and several community advisors. One will be elected by the Advisory
Board to serve as the Advisor Chairman, and will be elected once a year. He/She may succeed
All Chapter officers and advisors shall be installed according to the installation ceremony provided
by the National Office.
The following order of succession pro temporary is to be used if the President is temporarily
incapacitated: First Vice-President, Second Vice-President, and Treasurer.
Officers may succeed themselves only once, if so elected by the Chapter.
All officers and advisors shall perform their duties in accordance with National Constitution and
By-Laws, and the By-Laws of this Chapter.
Article V: Executive Board
There shall be an Executive Committee of the Chapter, also known as the Executive Board. It will
meet a minimum of once a month. This committee shall act for the Chapter between meetings and
will carry out the duties outlined in the By-Laws.
Article VI: Finance and Property
The officers of this Chapter shall cause an annual return on Form 990-a to be made to the Internal
Revenue Service in the district in which the Chapter is located.
Article VII: Amendments
This Constitution and By-Laws may be amended at any regularly called meeting of the Chapter
with a quorum present, upon affirmative vote of three-fourths of those present at the meeting,
provided that the proposed amendment(s) shall have the consideration of the Executive Board
twenty-eight days before being voted on, and provided further that such amendment(s) have been
read at a regular meeting at least fourteen days before voting. The copy of the proposed amendment(s)
will accompany the call for the regular meeting at which it is to be voted on.
Article VIII: Authority
Under no circumstances shall this Chapter pass any legislation in violation or compromise of this
Constitution, the National By-Laws, or the Standard Articles of Association signed into law, December
30, 1984. This Constitution shall be the supreme law of the Delta Sigma Chapter and will be
granted equal power with the Standard Chapter Articles of Association, superseded only by the
National By-Laws of Alpha Phi Omega.
Article IX: Dues
The Chapter dues for active membership in the Chapter shall be an amount set by the Brotherhood
for each of two semesters in a school year. At the discretion of the Treasurer, the deadline may be
extended for individual Brothers to no more than the tenth regular meeting of the semester. Brothers
who have not paid their dues by the deadline will be made involuntarily inactive.