name of this organization shall be the _________ Chapter of
Kappa Omicron Nu, hereinafter referred to as the Chapter and
the National Society.
MISSION AND PURPOSES
Omicron Nu is a national honor society dedicated to recognizing
and encouraging excellence in scholarship,
research, and leadership in family and consumer sciences.
The mission is empowered leaders. To accomplish this mission,
_______ Chapter shall
scholarship and encourage intellectual development,
research and foster the spirit of inquiry,
distinction for high achievement,
student and faculty dialogue,
the intellectual environment of higher education institutions,
high standards of practice and ethical behavior, and
attitudes of professional responsibility for the public
Any additional professional objects/purposes (that relate
to the national mission above) unique to the individual chapter
may be inserted here.
1. Active Members. Collegiate and professional members
whose financial obligations to the Chapter and to the
National Society are paid and current are active members,
with all privileges of active membership, including the right
to vote, hold office, serve on committees, and be elected
a delegate to Conclave.
Collegiate members shall be students enrolled in undergraduate
or graduate programs at the time of initiation.
Membership requirements must meet the minimum criteria as
stated in the Constitution of the National Society. Any chapter,
at its discretion, may establish higher criteria.
Undergraduate students shall be enrolled in (name of
institution), have declared a major in (name
of Unit) or one of its specializations, have
completed _____ semester hours or equivalent, and rank in the
top 25% (or more restrictive) of their class. Transfer students shall have completed
_____ semester hours at (name of institution).
Graduate Students shall be enrolled in a graduate program
in (name of unit), or one of its specializations,
have completed ____ semester hours of graduate work or equivalent,
and have a minimum grade point average of ____ on a 4.0 scale.
Professional Members. Alumni of collegiate chapters shall
be professional members. Others meeting the following criteria
may be elected to professional membership: (a) earned one
or more degrees in family and consumer sciences (or alternate
unit title) with a ____ grade point average as undergraduates
or ____ as graduate students and not have been previously
initiated into Kappa Omicron Nu or its predecessor societies,
or (b) have earned one or more degrees qualifying them to
work in the field with a ____ grade point average as undergraduates
or ____ as graduate students and have made a distinctive contribution
to the profession.
2. Nominations for Membership.
Nominations of collegiate members shall be made by the Chapter
Advisory Council. Nominations of professional members shall
be made by the Chapter with the approval of the Chapter Advisory
Chapters are eligible to nominate for National Honorary Membership
persons outside the field, excluding those who are employed
in the field, who have made distinctive scholarly and research
contributions to the field.
3. Election shall be by ballot vote. A two-thirds vote
4. The membership process shall include an informational
meeting, orientation session, and initiation activities.
5. Membership in _____ Chapter is open to qualified
candidates including persons with disability, without
regard to age, color, gender, national origin, race, religion,
and/or sexual orientation.
6. Upon initiation, a member shall pay an initiation
fee and national dues as established by the National Society,
and local dues as established by the Chapter. Undergraduate
collegiate members shall not be required to pay further national
dues until after the baccalaureate degree is granted.
1. The officers of this chapter shall be the President,
Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Editor.
There must be at least three elected officers representing
the above functions. A chapter may also have other officers
if desired, such as president-elect, additional vice presidents,
recording and corresponding secretaries, historian, etc.
2. At the regular chapter meeting preceding the meeting
at which the election of officers is to be held, a nominating
committee of ____ active members shall be elected. The chair
shall be a member of the Executive Committee (Article
VII, Section 1), and at least one member shall be a
faculty member of (name of institution). It
shall be the duty of the committee to nominate candidates
for the offices to be filled at the regular meeting in (month).
Before the election, additional nominations from the floor
shall be permitted.
3. The officers shall be elected by ballot to serve
for one year or until their successors are elected, and the
term of office shall begin _____.
Term of office may vary, however, it is recommended that no
member serve more that two years in the same office.
4. No member shall hold more than one office at a time,
and no member shall be eligible to serve more than two
terms in the same office.
5. Should the office of President become vacant, it
shall be filled by the Vice President. A vacancy in any other
office shall be filled by the Executive Committee with the
approval of the Chapter Advisory Council.
6. . Any
elected officer of the Chapter may be removed for just cause.
Sufficient cause for such removal may be violation of the
Chapter Bylaws or Society Constitution or any lawful rule,
practice, or procedure adopted by the Chapter or other conduct
deemed to be prejudicial to the best interest of the Chapter.
For removal of an elected officer for cause, it shall be
necessary for the Chapter Executive Committee to hold a formal
hearing. A statement of the charges shall be sent by
registered mail to the last recorded address of the officer,
accompanied by notice of the time and place of the meeting at
which the charges are to be considered. At least thirty days
notice shall be given, and the officer shall have the
opportunity to appear in person or to be represented by
counsel and to present any defense to such charges before
action is taken. The Chapter Executive Committee shall adopt
such rules as may be necessary to assure due process to the
officer. Upon a two-thirds affirmative vote, the Chapter
Executive Committee shall recommend removal to the Society
Board of Directors. The Society Board of Directors shall, by
majority vote, approve or reject the recommendation of the
Chapter Executive Committee either at the next meeting or
through an electronic meeting.
Section 1. The officers shall perform the duties prescribed
by these Bylaws, the Constitution of the National Society,
and by the parliamentary authority adopted by the Chapter,
and shall fulfill such other duties and requirements as may
be determined by the National Society.
Section 2. The President shall have general supervision
and direction of the officers of the Chapter, shall preside
at all meetings of the Chapter and the Executive Committee,
shall appoint (with the approval of the Executive Committee
and the Chapter Advisory Council) all chairs and members of
standing and special committees unless otherwise stated elsewhere
in these Bylaws, and shall be ex-officio member of all committees
except the nominating committee.
3. The Vice President shall have the powers of and perform
the duties of the President during any absence or disability
of the President, shall be chair of the program committee,
and shall have such other duties as may be determined by the
Executive Committee or the President.
4. The Secretary shall record the proceedings of all
meetings, maintain all membership records, attend promptly
to all chapter correspondence, maintain adequate inventory
of supplies from the National Society, and have such other
duties as may be determined by the Executive Committee or
5. The Treasurer shall be responsible for all monies
of the Chapter and shall serve as chair of the finance committee.
Accurate records of all transactions shall be kept. The National
Chapter Financial Report shall be filed by June 1. The Executive
Committee shall be responsible for causing the Treasurer's
accounts to be audited annually.
6. The Editor shall be responsible for assembling and
submitting articles for publication as requested by the National
Society, and shall serve as chair of the publicity committee.
1. Regular Meetings. The Executive Committee and Chapter
Advisory Council shall determine the number of regular meetings
to be held during the year, and shall distribute a schedule
of these meetings to each active member.
2. Special meetings can be called by the President or
the Executive Committee and shall be called upon the written
request of _____ active members of the chapter. The purpose
of the meeting shall be stated in the call, and business shall
be limited to that which is stated in the call. Except
in cases of emergency, at least three days' notice shall be
3. Quorum. Those active members present shall constitute
1. The Executive Committee shall consist of the officers
of the chapter.
2. The Executive Committee shall have general supervision
of the chapter between its business meetings, fix the hour
and place of meetings, make recommendations to the chapter,
cause all reports required by the National Society to be submitted
in a timely manner (officer list, annual report, financial
report), and shall perform such other duties as
are specified in these Bylaws and the Constitution and rulings
of the National Society.
3. Meetings of the Executive Committee shall be called
by the President or by any ____ members of the committee.
1. The Chapter Advisory Council shall consist of three
or more professional members, at least one of whom shall be
a member of the faculty of (name of unit).
2. The Chapter Advisory Council shall assist the Chapter
in fulfilling its Mission and Purposes and shall perform such
other duties as are specified in these Bylaws and the Constitution
and rulings of the National Society.
committees shall consist of the chair and at least two additional
active members. Standing committees shall be established by
the Chapter. Special committees may be established by the
President, the Executive Committee, or the Chapter. The Standing
Committees of _____ Chapter shall be:
1. The Publicity (Public Relations) Committee shall
promote Kappa Omicron Nu within the (name of
institution) community, especially within the (name
of unit). The Editor shall serve as chair.
2. The Honors Event Committee shall cooperate with the
(name of unit) to arrange events to recognize
honor students. The Vice President shall serve as chair.
3. The Initiation Committee shall make arrangements
for initiation ceremonies. A member of the Executive Committee
shall serve as chair.
4. The Program Committee shall select programs and make
arrangements for meetings. The Vice President shall serve
5. The Finance Committee shall prepare the budget and
make an annual analysis of chapter fiscal management. The
Treasurer shall serve as chair.
6. The Bylaws Committee shall submit amendments to the
Bylaws to provide for changing chapter needs and to provide
consistency with the National Society Constitution and (name
of institution) policies for student organizations.
The President shall serve as chair.
These committees may not be needed by all chapters. Some chapters
may have other committees. The Standing Committees of the
Chapter should be included in this article.
STATUS OR DISSOLUTION OF CHAPTER
remaining after providing for debts and obligations of the
Chapter shall be distributed to the National Society for
deposit in the New Initiatives Fund for special projects and
rules contained in the current edition of Robert's Rules of
Order Newly Revised shall govern the Chapter in all cases
to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent
with these Bylaws, the Constitution of the National Society,
and any special rules of order the Chapter may adopt.
Bylaws may be amended at any meeting of the Chapter by a two-thirds
vote, provided the amendment has been submitted in writing
at the previous regular meeting or has been submitted in writing
to all active members of the Chapter at least two weeks prior
to the meeting at which it is to be considered. No amendment
shall become effective until approved by the National Society.
Bylaws shall not be in conflict with the Constitution of the
National Society. Any amendment of the National Society Constitution
affecting these Bylaws shall cause this document to be amended
automatically to concur with such amendment.
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