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Supreme Constitution of the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity

 

PREAMBLE

ARTICLE I – Name

ARTICLE II – Membership

ARTICLE III – Supreme Council

ARTICLE IV – Supreme Board of Governors

ARTICLE V – Officers

ARTICLE VI – Fiscal Control Board

ARTICLE VII – Endowment and Life Membership

ARTICLE VIII – Title to Property

ARTICLE IX – Committees

ARTICLE X – Chapters and Alumni Clubs

ARTICLE XI – Disciplinary Proceedings

ARTICLE XII – Miscellaneous Provisions

ARTICLE XIII – Amendments

PREAMBLE

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The Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity proclaims that it has been founded and is dedicated to promote and encourage, among its members:

Personal perfection, a reverence for God and an honorable life devoted to the ideal of service to all mankind; lasting friendships and the attainment of nobility of action and better understanding among all faiths;

The pursuits of those benefits which derive from vigorous participation in university and college activities and from pleasant application to literary, cultural and general social undertakings; and

The unbiased judgment of our fellows, not by their rank nor worldly goods, but by their deeds and their worth as men.

ARTICLE I

Name

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Section 1. The name of this fraternity shall be the

ALPHA EPSILON PI FRATERNITY, INC.

Section 2. The words or Greek letters “ALPHA EPSILON PI” shall not be used by any chapter, club, individual or group of individuals in the name of any corporation which may be formed.

ARTICLE II

Membership

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Section 1. There shall be five classes of membership in this fraternity: (a) undergraduate, (b) alumni, (c) faculty, (d) honorary and (e) associate.

(a) An Undergraduate member shall be one who is in attendance at the college or university where his chapter is located, who has not received the degree for which he was matriculated at the time of his initiation or such other undergraduate degree as he may subsequently elect to pursue. Undergraduate membership may be conferred by either:

(1) A chapter such membership may be conferred by secret individual ballot of the members of the chapter, upon any male student attending the college or university where such chapter is located, who is in good standing at and pursuing a course leading to a degree from the college or university, believes in God, has been previously pledged by the chapter and who has complied with all the requirements of the chapter and Supreme Board of Governors, each chapter determining for itself whether such election shall be by a unanimous vote of the members of the chapter or with negatives votes not exceeding 10% of its members; provided, however, that any chapter shall have the discretion to require up to three (3) negative votes for such an election; provided, however, the Supreme Board of Governors shall be empowered to waive and/or suspend such requirements to comply with the rules, regulations and declarations of the administrations of the college or university where any chapter or colony is located or to be located; or

(2) The Supreme Board of Governors such membership may be conferred by the unanimous vote of the Supreme Board of Governors upon any male student attending a college or university at which there is no established chapter, who has complied with the requirements; provided, however, that the Supreme Board of Governors shall be empowered to waive and/or suspend such requirements to comply with the rules, regulations and declarations of the administrations of the college or university where any chapter or colony is located or to be located.

(b) An Alumnus member shall be one who is:

(1) any member, other than an associate, faculty, or honorary member, no longer in attendance at the college or university where the chapter in which he was initiated is located; or

(2) any member of any chapter, the charter of which has been revoked or suspended; or

(3) any alumnus of a newly chartered group upon whom membership has been conferred by the Supreme Board of Governors.

(c) A Faculty member shall be one who is, at the time of his initiation a member of the faculty of an accredited college or university and upon whom membership may be conferred by the Supreme Board of Governors, by a two thirds vote of such Board.

(d) An Honorary member shall be one who is an individual of note or distinction upon whom such membership shall have been specially conferred by the Supreme Board of Governors, by a two thirds vote of such Board.

(e) An Associate member shall be one whose affiliation is desired by an established chapter or alumni club of this fraternity, who may be of a status other than those otherwise provided for in this Article and whose application is approved by a two thirds vote of the Supreme Board of Governors.

Section 2. No person who is a member of any general college fraternity which is a member of the National Interfraternity Conference shall be eligible for any class of membership.

Section 3. Initiation into this fraternity confers membership for life, except that members may be expelled in accordance with the provisions of this Constitution.

Section 4.

(a) Any undergraduate member of this fraternity who transfers to another college or university where there is a chapter shall have the option of affiliating with that chapter or not, as he desires, provided that:

(1) He shall have a certificate of clearance from the original chapter of his initiation, or from the chapter from which he transfers, certifying that he left in good standing; and

(2) That the chapter to which he transfers votes to accept him as a member of that chapter by a majority vote of all undergraduate members in good standing of said chapter present and voting.

(b) An alumnus member in good standing may become a member of an alumni club by application to such club.

ARTICLE III

Supreme Council

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Section 1. The Supreme Council shall be the supreme governing body of this fraternity. It shall consist of the officers and members of the Supreme Board of Governors, the duly authorized delegates from all chapters and alumni clubs, regional representatives, all Past Supreme Masters, all Executive Vice Presidents Emeritus and all voting members of the Fiscal Control Board not otherwise entitled to representation.

Section 2.

(a) The Supreme Council shall meet annually in convention at a time and place determined at its previous convention or by the Supreme Board of Governors.

(b) A special meeting of the Supreme Council may be called during the period between annual meetings, by either a two thirds vote of the full membership of the Supreme Board of Governors or by a petition of a majority of the established undergraduate chapters in good standing.

Section 3.

(a) Each chapter and alumni club shall be entitled to three delegates and three alternates to the Supreme Council, who shall be duly elected by the unit designating them as such.

(b) Each chapter in good standing, each chartered alumni club, each officer and member of the Supreme Board of Governors, each Regional Governor, each Past Supreme Master, each Executive Vice President Emeritus and all voting members of the Fiscal Control Board not otherwise entitled to representation shall be entitled to one vote, but no one individual may cast more than one ballot. There shall be no proxy voting.

Section 4. A quorum of the Supreme Council shall consist of a majority of the voting power of the fraternity, exclusive of Past Supreme Masters.

ARTICLE IV

Supreme Board of Governors

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Section 1. There shall be a Supreme Board of Governors which shall consist of the following: Supreme Master, Supreme Master Elect, Supreme Scribe, Supreme Exchequer, Supreme Sentinel, the Immediate Past Supreme Master, three (3) Supreme Governors without designation and two (2) Undergraduate Supreme Governors.

Section 2.

(a) The Supreme Board of Governors shall be elected by the Supreme Council at its annual convention by individual, secret ballot of a majority of the voting units, for a term of one-year or until the successor for each respective position has been duly elected and has qualified for said position.

(b) For exoteric purposes, the officers of the fraternity may be designated respectively: International President, International President Elect, International Secretary, International Treasurer and International Sentinel.

(c) Upon the termination of his term as Supreme Master (except by death, resignation, or removal from office), the Supreme Master shall become the Immediate Past Supreme Master and shall serve in such capacity until a successor replaces him as the Immediate Past Supreme Master. As the Immediate Past Supreme Master, he shall automatically become a member of the Supreme Board of Governors and shall serve thereon as long as he is Immediate Past Supreme Master. Thereafter, he shall not again be eligible for election to the Supreme Board of Governors until after the lapse of one (1) year.

(d) Supreme Governors without designation shall not hold office as such for any more than six (6) consecutive terms. The Undergraduate Supreme Governors shall not hold office for more than one (1) annual term and shall not be eligible to succeed themselves as Undergraduate Supreme Governors.

(e) Each member of the Supreme Board of Governors, other than the Immediate Past Supreme Master, (who shall serve pursuant to subsection (c) hereof) and the Supreme Master (unless a first term Supreme Master shall have notified the Nominating Committee of his desire to serve a second consecutive one-year term pursuant to Article V, Section 1 (a) hereof), shall stand for election and be elected to his respective position on said Board. Except for the Undergraduate Supreme Governors, the Nominating Committee shall report its nominations for each of said positions and additional nominations as to each of said positions may be made in accordance with the procedures provided for in Article IX), Sec. 1 (g) of this Constitution. Nominations for Undergraduate Supreme Governors may only be made by the delegates to the Supreme Council from the floor of the Supreme Council. A separate election shall be held as to each position on the Supreme Board of Governors and each of the delegates to the Supreme Council shall be entitled to cast one (1) vote for his nominee to each of said positions on the Supreme Board of Governors. There shall be no cumulative voting.

Section 3. The Supreme Board of Governors shall be empowered to:

(a) Conduct the business and affairs of the International Fraternity during periods between meetings of the Supreme Council;

(b) Act as a tribunal in all cases involving breach of oath, violation of rituals, suspensions and expulsions;

(c) Decide all cases involving the interpretation of the provisions of this Constitution and the rituals. Concurrence of at least two thirds of the membership of the entire Supreme Board of Governors shall be necessary for a ruling on the interpretation of any provision of this Constitution or the rituals;

(d) Grant or suspend the charters of the chapters and alumni clubs;

(e) Establish geographical regions of the Fraternity.

Section 4. Meetings of the Supreme Board of Governors shall be held whenever necessary, upon the call of the Supreme Master or at the request of at least three members of the Supreme Board of Governors.

Section 5.

(a) The Supreme Board of Governors may, by a two thirds vote of the entire Board, remove any one or more of its members found delinquent in the performance of their duties.

(b) The Supreme Board of Governors shall be empowered to fill any vacancy in that body by a majority vote of the entire Board; provided, however;

(1) If such vacancy is one created by the death, resignation, inability to serve, or removal of the Supreme Master, said vacancy shall be filled automatically by the Supreme Master Elect;

(2) If such vacancy is one created by the death, resignation, inability to serve, or removal of the Immediate Past Supreme Master, said vacancy shall be filled by the election of the Supreme Board of Governors of a Past Supreme Master;

(3) If such vacancy occurs in the position of Undergraduate Supreme Governor, it shall first be automatically filled by the alternate Undergraduate Supreme Governor, if there be one;

(4) If such vacancy occurs in any other position on the Board, whether it be a position held by an officer or member without designation, it shall be filled by an election of anyone qualified to be a member of the Supreme Board of Governor, but said person shall not hold a position of any designation.

(c) Any vacancy filled by the Board as provided for herein shall fulfill the term of the member of the Board whose position has been vacated and said ember shall serve until succeeded.

Section 6. In the execution of their duties, members of the Supreme Board of Governors shall not be liable for the solvency of any depository or for any error of judgment or any act of omission or commission, except only for gross negligence or for malfeasance in office.

ARTICLE V

Officers

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Section 1. Supreme Master

(a) The Supreme Master Elect shall become the Supreme Master upon termination of the term of the Supreme Master, unless the Supreme Master be re elected to a second successive term in which event, the Supreme Master Elect shall serve in that position for an additional term and will become Supreme Master at the termination of the Supreme Master’s second term. No Supreme Master shall be eligible to serve a second consecutive one-year term unless:

(1) He shall have notified in writing, the Chairman of the Nominating Committee by March 1, of his willingness to serve a second year as Supreme Master;

(2) He shall have been nominated to serve a second year by the Nominating Committee; and

(3) He shall receive a majority vote of the Supreme Council to be retained as Supreme Master.

(b) No Supreme Master shall be eligible for more than two consecutive one-year terms.

(c) The Supreme Master shall have power to call meetings of the Supreme Board of Governors. He shall preside at all meetings of the Supreme Board of Governors and of the Supreme Council. He shall decide questions of order and have such other duties as are customarily delegated to a presiding officer under parliamentary procedure. Rulings of the Supreme Master may be overruled by a majority vote of the Supreme Board of Governors or the Supreme Council. He shall be responsible to assure that the oath of office is administered to the incoming members of the Supreme Board of Governors. He shall delegate to the other members of the Board the duties they are to perform and shall appoint all committees and Regional Governors, subject to the approval of the Supreme Board of Governors.

(d) He shall submit (in writing) and file with the Supreme Scribe, at the annual meeting of the Supreme Council, a report of his activities and the progress of the fraternity during his administration and may make, therein, such recommendations as he deems appropriate.

(e) In the event that the Supreme Master shall resign, die, or shall be removed by reason of permanent disability which prevents him from fulfilling his duties during his incumbency or for any other reason, the Supreme Master Elect shall automatically become Supreme Master and assume the duties of that office.

Section 2. Supreme Master-Elect

(a) The Supreme Master Elect shall have been, at the time of his election as such, a member of the Fraternity for at least six years and a member of the Supreme Board of Governors for at least three years.

(b) In the temporary absence or temporary disability of the Supreme Master, the Supreme Master Elect shall assume the duties of that office for such period.

(c) He shall supervise the activities of all Regional Governors in performance of their respective duties and shall perform such other duties as may be assigned to him by the Supreme Master or the Supreme Board of Governors.

Section 3. Supreme Scribe

(a) The Supreme Scribe shall have been, at the time of his election as such, a member of the Fraternity for at least six years and a member of the Supreme Board of Governors for at least one year.

(b) He shall cause to be prepared an accurate record of the proceedings of the Supreme Council and of the Supreme Board of Governors and shall perform such other duties as are customary to the office of Supreme Scribe, or as he may be directed to perform by the Supreme Master or by the Supreme Board of Governors.

(c) He shall be custodian of the Fraternity Seal and shall have complete charge of placing the Fraternity Seal on all official documents.

(d) He shall, when authorized by the Supreme Board of Governors, cause charters to be issued to new chapters and clubs.

Section 4. Supreme Exchequer

(a) The Supreme Exchequer shall have been, at the time of his election as such, a member of the Fraternity for at least six years and a member of the Supreme Board of Governors for at least one year.

(b) The Supreme Exchequer shall cause to be prepared the annual budget in conjunction with the Fiscal Control Board and shall be charged with the responsibility of causing complete and accurate financial records of the Executive Office to be maintained.

(c) He shall carry out any and all other duties as assigned to him by the Supreme Master or the Supreme Board of Governors.

Section 5. Supreme Sentinel

(a) The Supreme Sentinel shall have been, at the time of his election as such, a member of the Fraternity for at least six years and a member of the Supreme Board of Governors for at least one year.

(b) He shall maintain order at all meetings of the Supreme Council and at all meetings of the Supreme Board of Governors and shall be in charge of admission to all brothers seeking to gain entrance to meetings of the Supreme Council and the Supreme Board of Governors.

(c) He shall carry out such other duties as may be assigned to him by the Supreme Master or the Supreme Board of Governors.

Section 6. Each Supreme Governor shall have been at the time of his election as such a member of the Fraternity for at least five years. He shall perform faithfully such duties as may be, from time to time, assigned to him by the Supreme Master or by the Supreme Board of Governors.

Section 7. Undergraduate Supreme Governors

(a) Each Undergraduate Supreme Governor shall have been, at the time of his election as such, an undergraduate member of the Fraternity, in good standing for a period of one year. Each Undergraduate Supreme Governor candidate shall certify to the Supreme Council that he will not graduate from his college or university prior to April 15 in the year in which he is to serve. He shall perform faithfully such duties as may, from time to time, be assigned to him by the Supreme Master, by any duly elected officer, or by the Supreme Board of Governors.

(b) The alternate Undergraduate Supreme Governor shall be chosen as that brother who shall receive the second greatest number of votes on the final ballot for the second position of Undergraduate Supreme Governor.

(c) A candidate, whose chapter or colony is not in good standing, shall be ineligible for election to the position of Undergraduate Supreme Governor.

Section 8. Regional Governors

(a) Each Regional Governor shall have been, at the time of his appointment as such, a member of the Fraternity for at least three years.

(b) The Regional Governor, in each respective region, shall be charged with the following duties:

(1) Regular visitation and inspection of chapters and chapter houses;

(2) Supervision of activities of chapter supervisors and through the chapter supervisors, the supervision and direction of activities of the individual chapters;

(3) Participation and direction of annual regional conclaves of chapters and alumni clubs;

(4) To encourage the authorization of alumni clubs and their participation in all Fraternity activities;

(5) Such other duties as may be assigned by the Supreme Master and the Supreme Board of Governors.

Section 9. Executive Committee

(a) There shall be designated an Executive Committee of the Supreme Board of Governors which shall consist of the Supreme Master, Supreme Master Elect, the Immediate Past Supreme Master or his successor and the Supreme Scribe; provided, however, if any of these positions (other than that of Immediate Past Supreme Master) be vacated by reason of the death, resignation, or removal of any designee, the Supreme Board of Governors shall fill said vacancy on said Committee by an election of any of its members to said position until a successor to the vacancy has been elected.

(b) The Executive Committee shall function between regular meetings of the Supreme Board of Governors and shall be empowered to act on behalf of the Supreme Board of Governors between such regular meetings, either by mail or by actual meeting in session.

(c) The Executive Committee shall have the same powers as the Supreme Board of Governors, but shall exercise said powers only in situations of emergency.

(d) Any proposal adopted by the Executive Committee which does not receive three (3) affirmative votes shall be referred to the entire Supreme Board of Governors.

ARTICLE VI

Fiscal Control Board

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Section 1. There shall be a Fiscal Control Board, which shall consist of, not less than seven (7) nor more than seventeen (17) members to be elected in the manner hereinafter provided. Each member of the Fiscal Control Board shall be, at the time of his election, an alumnus of not less than six (6) years duration, shall not be a member of the Supreme Board of Governors at the time of his election or at any time during his service on the Fiscal Control Board and shall have served either as a member of the Supreme Board of Governors for six (6) years or as a Past Supreme Master.

Section 2. Seven (7) members of the Fiscal Control Board shall be elected by the Supreme Board of Governors. The term of those members of the Fiscal Control Board elected by the Supreme Board of Governors shall be three (3) years. No such elected member shall serve more than three (3) consecutive full three year terms and shall not be eligible for re election to the Fiscal Control Board until after the lapse of one (1) year. The election by the Supreme Board of Governors to fill a vacancy on the Fiscal Control Board for any unexpired term shall not be considered in determining the limitation of tenure as specified herein.

Section 3. The balance of the members of the Fiscal Control Board, not to exceed ten (10) members, shall be elected to the Fiscal Control Board by those members of the Fiscal Control Board elected to their positions by the Supreme Board of Governors. The term of these elected members shall be three (3) years. Each of these members shall be eligible for re election to the Fiscal Control Board upon the expiration of their term. Any vacancy created during their term of office may be filled by the Supreme Board of Governors. Those members elected by the Fiscal Control Board during the calendar year 1975 may be elected to a term of less than three (3) years but not less than one (1) year and shall serve until their successor is appointed.

Section 4. The seven (7) members of the Fiscal Control Board elected by the Supreme Board of Governors shall be the only members thereof who shall have a vote on matters coming before said Board. All other members shall be entitled to all of the other rights and privileges of a member of the Fiscal Control Board, but shall not have the right to vote.

Section 5. The Fiscal Control Board shall elect its own Chairman, Vice Chairman and such other officers as it deems necessary. However, any officers of the Fiscal Control Board shall be chosen from those members elected by the Supreme Board of Governors. The Executive Committee shall consist of said officers who shall have the power to act between meetings of the Fiscal Control Board. The Fiscal Control Board may formulate its own rules of procedure.

Section 6. The Supreme Board of Governors shall fill each vacancy on the Fiscal Control Board among those seven (7) members elected by said Supreme Board of Governors, by a separate election for said vacancy and by a separate ballot cast to fill said vacancy. All nominations shall be made for each vacancy on the Fiscal Control Board. There shall be no cumulative voting in the election to fill these vacancies. The balance of the members of the Fiscal Control Board shall be elected by those members elected by the Supreme Board of Governors in a manner and by those procedures prescribed by the Fiscal Control Board.

Section 7. The Fiscal Control Board shall act as trustees and have the duties and powers enumerated as follows:

(a) To establish and supervise all financial policies of the International Fraternity;

(b) To raise, receive, disburse and invest all endowment monies and properties of the International Fraternity;

(c) To supervise the financial affairs of all national and chapter Housing Corporations and retain the custody of all instruments of title and other documents pertaining to chapter and national properties and assets;

(d) To approve and supervise all national fund raising projects or plans and to administer the endowment and other national funds.

Section 8.

(a) The authority of the Fiscal Control Board shall be final with respect to investment of endowment, loan and other earmarked funds, but the Board shall give due consideration to the recommendations of the Supreme Board of Governors in connection with these investments; and further, the Board shall be subject to review by and mandate of the Supreme Board of Governors with respect to current fiscal operations.

(b) An annual budget shall be prepared by the Supreme Board of Governors and submitted to the Fiscal Control Board for its approval. No expenditures in excess of $1,000.00 over and above any budget allocation shall be made by the Supreme Board of Governors without the approval of the Fiscal Control Board. An annual budget of the Fiscal Control Board shall be prepared by it and submitted to the Supreme Board of Governors for its information.

Section 9. The Fiscal Control Board is hereby authorized to employ such paid employees as may be necessary to carry out its duties.

Section 10. The Fiscal Control Board shall hold or invest all funds trusted to it in chapter houses of Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Pi Holding Corporation bonds, in loans to the Supreme Board of Governors, or in such securities as a prudent man would select and make his own property, having primarily in view the preservation of the principal of the funds and the amount and regularity of the income to be derived there from.

Section 11. In the execution of their duties, members of the Fiscal Control Board shall not be liable for the solvency of any depository or for any error of judgment or any act of omission or commission, except only for gross negligence or for malfeasance in office.

Section 12. Any member of the Fiscal Control Board elected by the Supreme Board of Governors may be removed from office by the Supreme Board of Governors at the annual convention if the records of the Fiscal Control Board disclose that such elected member has failed to attend at least two thirds of the scheduled meetings of the Fiscal Control Board held during the year next preceding the convention; provided, however, that proof be submitted to the Supreme Board of Governors, that such member was notified by the Secretary of the Fiscal Control Board after each of his absences.

ARTICLE VII

Endowment and Life Membership

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Section 1. Every member, except honorary or faculty members, shall at the time of his initiation, pay into the Endowment Fund a sum to be fixed by the Supreme Council in part payment of his life membership. The Supreme Board of Governors may modify this provision under such circumstances as they may deem necessary and proper.

Section 2. Every member, except honorary and faculty members shall, upon payment of a sum equal to the difference between the amount paid toward his life membership and a sum specified by the Supreme Council, become a life member of the Fraternity and, thereafter, shall not be liable for any national dues. Members initiated prior to September 1, 1955 shall pay a total of $50.00 for life membership.

Section 3. Every member of the Supreme Board of Governors shall, within sixty days of his election to the Board, pay the balance of his life membership.

Section 4. Every initiate shall be required to pay annually a part of his national dues toward his life membership until the total of national dues have been paid, making him a life member, as provided in Section 2 of this Article. Said annual amount is to be collected and paid by each chapter to the Executive Office, each chapter being responsible for each active member of said chapter and provided further, that each initiate may pay the entire balance due on his life membership at the time of his initiation, or any time thereafter, in lieu of the annual payments. Life members shall receive the magazine of the Fraternity for life without further cost.

ARTICLE VIII

Title to Property

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Section 1. Title to all property, both real and personal, which may be in the individual chapters, shall belong to said individual chapters so long as said chapters shall remain in good standing as a chapter of Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity.

Section 2. In the event that a chapter shall cease to be in good standing, shall withdraw, or its relationship as a chapter of the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity shall be terminated, all the property of said chapter, both real and personal, including monies, shingles, cofas and other personal effects, shall become the property of the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity.

Section 3. Title to the badge of the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity shall remain at all times in the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity.

Section 4. Nothing set forth in this Article shall be construed as an assumption by the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity, Inc. of liabilities of the individual chapter or chapters.

ARTICLE IX

Committees

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Section 1. There shall be appointed by the Supreme Master, with the advice and consent of the Supreme Board of Governors, the following standing committees:

(a) Scholarship Committee, which shall consist of a Scholarship Commissioner who may appoint such additional persons as required and who shall encourage, promote and maintain high scholastic standards in the undergraduate chapters;

(b) Awards Committee, which shall determine awards by the International Fraternity at the annual convention of the Supreme Council;

(c) Convention Committee, which shall plan and supervise the arrangements for the annual convention;

(d) Leadership Education Committee, which shall plan and supervise the arrangements and program for the School of Fraternalism;

(e) Financial Committee, which shall screen and review all matters pertaining to finance and fiscal affairs assigned to them for recommendation by the Supreme Board of Governors;

(f) Personnel Practice Committee, which shall be composed of at least three members, two of whom shall be members of the Supreme Board of Governors and one of whom shall be an elected member of the Fiscal Control Board, shall plan and supervise employment policies of the International Fraternity;

(g) Nominating Committee, which shall be composed of five (5) members whose qualifications and selection shall be as follows:

(1)

a. The Immediate Past Supreme Master, or if he shall not serve or be unable to serve for any reason, then a Past Supreme Master, appointed by the Supreme Master, with the advice and consent of the Supreme Board of Governors, who shall act and serve as chairman of the Committee;

b. A member of the Supreme Board of Governors, to be elected by the Supreme Board of Governors;

c. The Chairman of the Fiscal Control Board, or if he be unable to serve for any reason, the Vice Chairman of said Board;

d. An Undergraduate Supreme Governor elected by the Supreme Board of Governors, who shall be a non voting member;

e. An alumnus member of the Fraternity, elected by the Supreme Board of Governors, who shall have served the Fraternity as either a Field Secretary, a Regional Governor, a member of the Supreme Board of Governors, or a member of the Fiscal Control Board, but who shall not be, at the time of his election, serving as a member of the Supreme Board of Governors;

f. A member of the Fraternity, elected by the Supreme Board of Governors, who shall have served the Fraternity as either a Field Secretary, a Regional Governor, a member of the Supreme Board of Governors, or a member of the Fiscal Control Board, but who shall not be, at the time of his election, serving as an alumnus member of the Supreme Board of Governors.

(2) The Nominating Committee shall submit its recommendations of candidates for the officers and Governors to be voted upon by the Supreme Council, or any other nominations which it is delegated to make, on or before eight weeks prior to the convening of the Supreme Council at which said election shall be held and said report shall be made to the Supreme Board of Governors, which shall direct that the same be circulated to all chapters, national or regional officers and other alumni which it may direct on or before four weeks prior to the convening of said Supreme Council meeting. If any vacancy occurs among the nominees subsequent to the filing of such reports, the Committee shall fill such vacancy in a supplemental report. The supplemental report shall be circulated in the same manner as the original if time permits.

(3) The Nominating Committee may reconvene at any time after its report is made to the Supreme Board of Governors, but prior to the convening of the Supreme Council, to revise its recommendations for nominations by reason of the death or any other inability or unwillingness of a candidate to serve in the capacity to which he has been nominated.

(4) Any duly qualified member of the Fraternity, who is not so nominated by the Nominating Committee and who desires to offer himself for a position for which such nominations have been made, may do so by submitting a petition to the Executive Office of the International Fraternity, in a form and in a manner promulgated by the Executive Vice President of the International Fraternity, which shall contain the signatures of not less than twenty five members in good standing of the Fraternity. Said petition must be submitted to the Executive Office prior to sixty days of the convening of the Supreme Council at which said election shall be held and upon receipt, the Executive Office shall immediately circulate said petition in the same manner as the report of the Nominating Committee.

(5) The further nominations for such positions may be offered at the meeting of the Supreme Council upon the presentation, prior to the close of nominations, of a similar petition, duly signed by twenty five members in good standing of the Fraternity. There shall be no nominations to said positions in any other manner.

(h) Past Supreme Masters Committee, which shall consist of all Past Supreme Masters of the Fraternity. This Committee shall elect its own Chairman and shall perform such duties which may be delegated to it by the Supreme Board of Governors and the Fiscal Control Board. There shall be a convening of this Committee at least once a year and the individual members of the Committee shall bear their own expenses with reference thereto.

ARTICLE X

Chapters and Alumni Clubs

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Section 1. An undergraduate chapter may be established in any college or university of recognized standing by the Supreme Board of Governors. Each chapter shall elect a Board of Governors or Executive Committee as provided in the chapter constitution.

Section 2. Each chapter shall elect a Master, a Lieutenant Master, a Scribe, an Exchequer, a Sentinel and such other officers as it may deem necessary. Each officer of the chapter shall perform the usual duties of his office and such other duties as the constitution of the chapter may provide.

Section 3. Alumni clubs may be chartered in any city as determined by the Supreme Board of Governors and such officers as it may deem necessary for the proper management of its affairs, Fees and convention assessments payable by each class of alumni clubs shall be fixed by the Supreme Board of Governors. Each chartered alumni club shall be entitled to one vote at the annual convention regardless of class.

Section 4. Membership in any alumni club shall be open to all alumni members of the Fraternity who are in good standing and who are not affiliated with any other alumni club or chapter; subject, however, to the local alumni club constitution and by-laws.

Section 5. Each chapter and alumni club shall, subject to the approval of the Supreme Board of Governors, adopt a constitution regulating its activities. An accurate copy of such constitution shall, at all times, be on file in the Executive Office.

ARTICLE XI

Disciplinary Proceedings

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Section 1. Undergraduate Chapters and Alumni Clubs The Supreme Board of Governors is, hereby, empowered to suspend or revoke the charter of an undergraduate chapter or alumni club for any infraction or violation of any law, statute, rule or regulation of any government entity, or any educational institution, or of the International Fraternity and is empowered to prescribe any lesser penalty or action pending the determination if any infraction or violation was committed and subsequent to such determination.

Section 2. Undergraduate and Alumni Members Undergraduate and alumni members shall be subject to suspension, expulsion and/or any lawful discipline for conduct unbecoming a brother, willful failure to comply with the Fraternity Oath, pledges and obligations when due, and failure to comply with any and all laws, rules and regulations of any educational institution or government entity. Any penalty or punishment which shall, in any way, affect the membership status or rights of the members in the International Fraternity, shall be done only by the Supreme Board of Governors upon two thirds vote of its entire membership.

Section 3. Supreme Board of Governors’ Powers The Supreme Board of Governors is empowered to prescribe procedures and promulgate rules and regulations which shall guarantee the chapters, clubs, or members subject to discipline a fair hearing with reference thereto and place reasonable conditions and restrictions upon the entitlement to such hearing. All powers granted herein, other than the powers reserved to the Supreme Board of Governors in Article IV, Section 3 (b), may be delegated by the Supreme Board of Governors to any committee, or individual under the directions within the framework of this Article.

Section 4. Executive Office Powers The Executive Vice President, or his designee, upon consultation with the Supreme Master, shall be empowered to:

(a) suspend the charter of an undergraduate chapter for any infraction or violation of any law, statute, rule or regulation of any governmental entity, or any educational institution or of the International Fraternity and

(b) suspend the membership status of an undergraduate member for conduct unbecoming a brother, willful failure to comply with the Fraternity Oath, pledges and obligations when due, or failure to comply with any law, statute, rule or regulation of any governmental entity, or any educational institution.

Any suspension shall be effective for thirty (30) days pending disciplinary proceedings by the Supreme Board of Governors under Sections 2 and 3, above.

All powers granted herein, other than the powers reserved to the Supreme Board of Governors in Article IV, Section 3 (b), may be delegated by the Supreme Board of Governors to any committee, or individual under the directions within the framework of this Article.

ARTICLE XII

Miscellaneous Provisions

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Section 1. The course of pledge training may include duties about the house and other duties for the chapter, but shall not include any personal service for members of the chapter or visiting alumni. Extra pledge duties may be imposed as discipline, but no pledge shall be subject to corporal punishment of any kind. Practices which have been known as “Hell Week” and any similar practices are strictly forbidden.

Section 2. No pledge shall be subject to paddling or any other form of corporal punishment or be placed in physical peril. Undignified methods, either private or public, such as quests, treasure hunts and road trips are specifically prohibited.

Section 3. The purchase, use, or reproduction of any official authorized fraternity jewelry or paraphernalia, by any individual, chapter or alumni club without the consent of the Supreme Board of Governors is strictly forbidden.

Section 4. The Supreme Board of Governors shall be empowered to promulgate rules, regulations and directives within the provisions of this Constitution to give effect to its intents and purposes.

ARTICLE XIII

Amendments

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Section 1. This Constitution may be amended by a two thirds vote of the Supreme Council.

Section 2. This Constitution may also be amended between meetings of the Supreme Council, by a two thirds vote of the entire membership of the Supreme Board of Governors, with the approval of two thirds of the chapters and chartered alumni clubs in good standing. Approval or disapproval of chapters and alumni clubs shall, in each instance, be expressed by a majority vote of the membership of such chapter or club. Chapters and clubs failing to certify their decision within thirty days shall be deemed to have approved.