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NHS By-laws

NHS By-laws

Bylaws of the Hutto High School Chapter of National Honor Society

 

Article I

Name and Purpose

Section 1.  The name of this chapter shall be the Hutto High School Chapter of the National Honor Society of Secondary Schools which appears as such on the charter (No. 13102) granted March 29, 1966, by the National Honor Society, duly signed by members of the National Council of the National Honor Society.

Section 2.  The purpose of the chapter shall be to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render services, to promote leadership, and to develop character in the students of Hutto High School.

 

Article II

Powers

Section 1.  This chapter operates under the direction of and in full compliance with the NHS National Constitution.  See www.nhs.us/constitutions.

Section 2.  The chapter adviser is given the authority to supervise the administration of chapter activities, as delegated by the school principal.

Section 3.  Final authority on all activities and decisions of the chapter resides with the school principal. (See article V, Section 1 of the National Constitution.)

Section 4.  Nondiscrimination.  Our chapter of NHS maintains policies and practices that are designed to prevent discrimination against any qualified candidate or member on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex (gender), and disability.  This policy of nondiscrimination applies to all practices, including the chapter administration and the selection, discipline, and dismissal of members.

 

Article III

Membership

Section 1.  Membership in this chapter is an honor bestowed upon deserving students by the faculty and shall be based on the criteria of Scholarship, Service, Leadership, and Character.

Section 2.  Membership in this chapter shall be known as active and graduate.  Active members become graduate members at graduation.  Graduate members have no voice or vote in chapter affairs. 

Section 3.  To be eligible for selection to membership:

  1. Candidates must be classified as a junior or senior during active membership.
  2. Candidates must have been in attendance for a period equivalent to one semester at Hutto High School.
  3. Candidates must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.0.
  4. Candidates, upon meeting the grade level, enrollment, and GPA standards, shall then be considered based on their service, leadership and character.

Section 4.  An active member of the National Honor Society who transfers to this school will be automatically accepted for membership in this chapter upon receipt of membership acknowledgement from the previous school’s principal.  The Faculty Council shall grant to the transferring member one semester to attain the membership requirements and, thereafter, this member must maintain those requirements for this chapter in order to retain his/her membership.

Section 5.  Upon request, an active member of this chapter who transfers from this school will be given a letter signed by the principal, indicating the status of his/her membership.

 

Article IV

Selection of Members

Section 1.  The selection of members to this chapter shall be by a majority vote of the Faculty Council which consists of five faculty members appointed by the principal.  A sixth member may be chosen to serve as a substitute in the event one of the five members is unavailable to vote.  The chapter adviser shall be a non-voting, exofficio member of the Faculty Council.

Section 2.  The selection of active members shall be held once a year during the second semester of the school year.

Section 3.  Prior to the final selection, the following shall occur:

  1. Students’ academic records shall be reviewed to determine scholastic eligibility.
  2. All students who are eligible scholastically (i.e. candidates) shall be notified and asked to complete and submit the Candidate Form for further consideration.
  3. The faculty shall be requested to evaluate candidates determined to be scholastically eligible using an evaluation form provided by the chapter adviser.
  4. The Faculty Council shall review the Candidate Forms, faculty evaluations and other relevant information to determine those who fully meet the selection criteria for membership.

Section 4.  Candidates become members when inducted at a special ceremony.  There will be one selection period and induction ceremony for each school year.  Students nominated for induction must be present at the ceremony to become an active member.

 

Article V

Obligations of Members

Section 1.  Annual dues for this chapter shall be $10.  Dues will be payable to the chapter within 30 days after the start of the school year for current active members and prior to induction for new members.

Section 2.  Each member of this chapter who is in good standing with regard to membership standards and membership obligations shall be granted the privilege to wear the emblem adopted by the National Honor Society.

Section 3.  Any member who withdraws, resigns or is dismissed from the chapter shall return the emblem and his/her membership card.

Section 4.  Any member who is under a letter of warning or is not in good standing with the chapter at the time of graduation will not be entitled to a National Honor Society seal on his or her diploma or entitled to wear the honor stole and/or medallion at the graduation ceremony.

 

Article VI

Officers

Section 1.  The officers of the chapter shall be president, vice president, secretary and historian.

Section 2.  The student officers shall be elected at the last meeting of each school year.  All returning members in good standing with the chapter are eligible to run for a position as an officer.  Any active member can nominate an eligible member as a candidate for office.

Section 3.  Voting shall be by secret ballot.  A majority vote shall be necessary to elect any officer of this chapter.  If the first vote does not yield a majority, a second vote shall be taken of the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes. 

Section 4.  It shall be the duty of the president to preside at the meetings of the chapter, and serve as the official representative of the chapter at school and community functions.  The president shall prepare the meeting agendas, oversee chapter activities, create committees and oversee their performance.  Meeting agendas will be submitted to the chapter adviser prior to the meeting.

Section 5.  The vice president shall preside in the absence of the president.

Section 6.  The secretary shall keep the minutes of the meetings and be responsible for all official correspondence. The minutes will be submitted to the chapter adviser.

Section 7.  The historian shall record chapter activities.

Section 8.  Officers and faculty adviser(s) shall collectively be known as the chapter’s Executive Committee.  The executive committee shall establish annual goals for the chapter and have general charge of the meetings and the business of the chapter.  Any action by the executive committee is subject to the review of the chapter members.

 

Article VII

Meetings

Section 1.  Regular meetings of this chapter shall be held monthly.  Special meetings can be called by the president with the approval of the adviser.

Section 2.  All meetings shall be open meetings and shall be held under the sponsorship of the adviser or other member of the faculty selected by the principal.

Section 3.  Members are required to attend each monthly meeting.  If a member fails to attend two meetings during one semester, the member will be issued a letter of warning with an appropriate consequence as determined by the faculty adviser.  Members who fail to attend three or more meetings in a semester will be reviewed by the Faculty Council and may face dismissal from the chapter.

 

Article VIII

Activities

Section 1.  The chapter shall determine one or more service projects for each year.

Section 2.  All members shall regularly participate in these projects.  Non-participation may result in consequences or dismissal from the chapter.

Section 3.  These projects shall have the following characteristics:  fulfill a need within the school or community, have the support of administration and the faculty, be appropriate and educationally defensible, and be well-planned, organized, and executed.

Section 4.  Each member shall have the responsibility for choosing and participating in individual service hours.  This is in addition to the chapter projects to which all members contribute.  Members will complete 10 service hours by the deadline as determined by the adviser.  Three of these hours must be community service, and three must be designated as tutoring.  Members must provide documentation of service hours and how they benefit the school or community.  Non-participation may result in consequences or dismissal from the chapter.

Section 5.  To be eligible to wear the NHS stole and/or medallion at graduation, members must have completed all service requirements and be in good standing with the chapter.

 

Article IX

Discipline and Dismissal of Members

Section 1.  Any member who falls below the standards of scholarship, leadership, character or service may be considered for discipline or dismissal from the Hutto High School Chapter of the National Honor Society.  A member of the national Honor Society is expected to maintain his/her academic standing and take an active role in service and leadership in his/her school and community.

Section 2.  If a member’s cumulative grade point average falls below the standard in effect when he/she was selected, he/she will be given a written warning and one semester for improvement.  Seniors who fall below the standard after the first semester of their senior year, will have until the end of the 5th six weeks grading period to improve.  If the cumulative grade point average remains below standard at the end of the warning period, the student will be subject to further disciplinary action by the Faculty Council that can include consideration of dismissal from the chapter.

Section 3.  Violations of the law or school regulations can result in immediate consideration of the dismissal of a member.  These violations include, but are not limited to:  DUI; stealing; destruction of property; cheating; truancy; or possession, selling or being under the influence of drugs at school or school-related activities or in the community.

Section 4.  Offenders of the school conduct code (such as profanity, failure to comply, disruption of class, unexcused absences, tardiness, etc.) will receive a written warning notification.  A conference may be requested by either party (Faculty Council or student).  If the member is involved in another violation of the school conduct code, the member may be considered for dismissal. 

Section 5.  Chapter officers, as representatives of the chapter, can be removed from their positions as a consequence of disciplinary action taken by the Faculty Council.

Section 6.  In all cases pending dismissal:

  1. The member will receive written notification from the adviser/Faculty Council indicating the reason for dismissal.
  2. The member will be given the opportunity to respond to the charges at a hearing before the Faculty Council prior to any vote on dismissal (in accordance with due process identified in Article X of the National Constitution).  The member has the opportunity to present a defense either in person or via a written statement presented in lieu of the face-to-face hearing.  Following the hearing, the Faculty Council will then vote on whether to dismiss.  A majority vote of the Faculty Council is needed to dismiss any member.
  3. The results of the Faculty Council vote will be presented to the principal for review, and then stated in a letter sent to the student and parents.  Dismissed members must surrender membership cards and emblems to the adviser.
  4. The Faculty Council’s decision may be appealed to the building principal. 
  5. A member who is dismissed or resigns may never again be considered for membership in the National Honor Society.

Section 7.  In lieu of dismissal, the Faculty Council may impose disciplinary sanctions upon a member as deemed appropriate.

 

Article X

Ratification, Approval and Review

Section 1.  These bylaws will be approved upon receiving a two-thirds affirmative vote of all active members of the chapter, a majority affirmative vote of the Faculty Council, and approval by the principal.

Section 2.  These bylaws shall be reviewed, and if necessary, revised annually.

 

Article XI

Amendments

These bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds affirmative vote by the chapter’s active members.  The exceptions are the articles pertaining to Membership, Selection of Members, and Discipline and Dismissal of Members, which are developed by the Faculty Council with the approval of the principal.

 

Revised 5/27/2016