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Constitution


Constitution of the Delta Sigma Chapter

Alpha Phi Omega

Last Updated December 2001

Preamble

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

Section 1

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.

Section 2

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.

Section 3

Faculty, Scouting, and Community Advisors will have all of the privileges of active membership in

this Chapter except that of voting power.

Section 4

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.

Section 5

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.

Section 6

Honorary members may be elected at the discretion of the Chapter to serve without voting power.

Section 7

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

Section 1

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

himself/herself.

Section 2

All Chapter officers and advisors shall be installed according to the installation ceremony provided

by the National Office.

Section 3

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.

Section 4

Officers may succeed themselves only once, if so elected by the Chapter.

Section 5

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.