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Collegiate Membership

The Collegiate category of membership includes undergraduate and graduate students duly enrolled in an institution represented by an active chapter of Kappa Omicron Nu.

Eligibility

Undergraduate students shall

  • Have declared a major in family and consumer sciences or one of the specializations in the human sciences,
  • Have completed 45 semester hours or equivalent,
  • Rank in the top 25% of their class in the unit.

Graduate students shall

  • Be enrolled in a graduate program in family and consumer sciences or one of the specializations in the human sciences,
  • Have completed 12 semester hours of graduate work or equivalent, and
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Any chapter, at its discretion, may establish higher collegiate eligibility criteria.

Election of Members

Chapter policies for election of members must comply with the provisions in the National Kappa Omicron Nu Constitution and Chapter Bylaws. Membership in Kappa Omicron Nu is open to qualified candidates including persons with disability, without regard to age, color, gender, national origin, race, religion, and/or sexual orientation.

Procedures

  • Recruitment: As part of the recruitment process, an informational session is recommended for those interested in membership.
  • Invitations: Potential members are invited to membership. Chapters are urged to use the official materials to maintain uniform content and quality for recruitment of members. Printed and online invitations are available at the Adviser Portal. Invitation letterheads with envelopes and two brochures, "Kappa Omicron Nu" and "A Matter of Honor," are available from the Kappa Omicron Nu Shop. The image of the chapter and the standards of the honor society are reflected through the quality of the locally prepared invitation letter. Invitations should be issued about a month in advance to assure adequate time for response. This will allow time to call non-respondents to encourage acceptance and make arrangements for those who need to pay the fee at a later date.
  • Orientation: An informal orientation session is recommended for candidates.
  • The Handbook for New Members is available online.
  • Initiation: Attendance of candidates, though not mandatory, is encouraged. The Kappa Omicron Nu initiation ceremony shall have three elements: Dignity and beauty in setting and apparel, an impressive ritual, and the pledge of loyalty to the ideals and objectives of Kappa Omicron Nu. Other aspects of initiation may be planned by each chapter in accordance with its needs and desires.
  • National Reports: Within two (2) weeks of initiation, each chapter shall file the following forms with the Kappa Omicron Nu National Office:
  • Online Registration and/or payment through the Adviser Portal
    (Students may register and pay through kon.org/register)
  • Initiation Remittance Form or invoice generated through the Adviser Portal

 

Professional Membership

The Professional category of membership includes alumni of collegiate chapters as well as faculty and other alumni not previously initiated into Kappa Omicron Nu or its predecessor societies.

Eligibility

Professionals shall have made a distinctive contribution to the profession; shall have earned one or more degrees in family and consumer sciences or one of the specializations in the human sciences; shall have earned one or more degrees outside of the field or its specializations, are working in the profession, and shall have a minimum class rank as an undergraduate student (upper 25%) or graduate student (3.5 GPA).

Election of Members

Chapter policies for election of members must comply with the provisions in the National Kappa Omicron Nu Constitution and Chapter Bylaws. Membership in Kappa Omicron Nu is open to qualified candidates including persons with disability, without regard to age, color, gender, race, creed, national origin, race, religion, and/or sexual orientation.

Procedures

  • Recruitment: Chapters are encouraged to establish a procedure for recruiting professional members. Any active member may nominate a prospective professional member. The Professional Membership Nomination Form shall be submitted to the campus or alumni chapter executive committee which shall determine if the minimum criteria have been met. Professionals may petition for membership by submitting the Professional Membership Application Form to the National Office. The application will be assigned to the appropriate collegiate or alumni chapter (including the National Alumni Chapter) which shall determine if the minimum criteria have been met.
  • Invitations: Potential professional members are invited to membership. Chapters are urged to use the official materials to maintain uniform content and quality for recruitment of members. Printed and online invitations are available at the Adviser Portal. Invitation letterheads with envelopes and two brochures, "Kappa Omicron Nu" and "A Matter of Honor," are available from the Kappa Omicron Nu Shop. The image of the chapter and the standards of the honor society are reflected through the quality of the locally prepared invitation letter. Invitations should be issued about a month in advance to assure adequate time for response. This will allow time to call non-respondents to encourage acceptance and make arrangements for those who need to pay the fee at a later date.
  • Orientation: An informal orientation session is recommended for new professional members.
  • The Handbook for New Members is available online.
  • Initiation: Attendance of candidates, though not mandatory, is encouraged. The Kappa Omicron Nu initiation ceremony shall have three elements: Dignity and beauty in setting and apparel, an impressive ritual, and the pledge of loyalty to the ideals and objectives of Kappa Omicron Nu. Other aspects of initiation may be planned by each chapter in accordance with its needs and desires.
  • National Reports: Within two (2) weeks of initiation, each chapter shall file the following forms with the Kappa Omicron Nu National Office:
  • Online Registration and/or payment through the Adviser Portal
    (Students may register and pay through kon.org/register)
  • Initiation Remittance Form or invoice generated through the Adviser Portal