Bylaws

BYLAWS

Ithaca College Chapter The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (Chapter #201)
revised May, 2011

PREAMBLE
For the purpose of promoting high scholastic standards at Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York, maintaining a chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi chartered and installed at Ithaca College, on November 2, 1977, and furthering the ideals and objectives of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the members of Ithaca College chapter do hereby adopt the following Bylaws for our government.

ARTICLE I 

Name and Objectives

  • Section 1. Name. The name of this organization is the Ithaca College chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
  • Section 2. Purposes. The primary purposes of this organization are to promote the pursuit of excellence in all fields of higher education and to recognize outstanding achievement by students, faculty, and others through election to membership, and through various awards for distinguished achievement.
  • Section 3. Governing Regulations. This organization shall be governed in accordance with the Bylaws of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Inc., as adopted by the XLI Convention on August 7, 2010, with amendments, if any, which may be made from time to time, and by the provisions of these Bylaws with amendments, if any, which may be made from time to time.

ARTICLE II

Membership

  • Section 1. Eligibility. The following persons, and no others, shall be eligible for membership in this chapter:

a. Undergraduate students of sound character in any department or division of the College if they:

1.) Have completed at least 24 semester hours or the equivalent at Ithaca College and who in their junior year rank scholastically in the upper 7.5 percent of the class, after completing at least seventy-two semester hours or the equivalent.

2.) Have completed at least 24 semester hours or the equivalent at Ithaca College, and in their senior year, rank scholastically in the upper 10 percent of the class. 

b. Graduate and professional students of sound character in any department or division of the College, who rank scholastically in the upper 10 percent of all graduate and professional students in their school, and who have completed 24 semester hours or the equivalent at Ithaca College.  While GPA will remain the primary criterion for selection, eligibility may be determined, in conjunction with the PKP Executive Board, separately for each academic unit or program within a member institution, e.g., department, school, or college. 

c.  Members of the faculty and professional staff, and administration (including the administrative, research, and extension staffs) whose scholastic records and/or outstanding achievements have rendered them worthy of membership.

d. Members of the faculty, professional staff, and administrations who do not hold a collegiate degree, but who have distinguished themselves professionally, may be elected provided prior approval for their initiation is obtained from the National Board of Directors.

e. Alumni of the College from a class of five or more years’ standing selected on the basis of outstanding achievement since graduation and a high scholastic record while attending Ithaca College.

f. Members of a national honor society functioning in the manner of Phi Kappa Phi who meet the membership requirements of the chapter, provided they are elected within one year after the chapter’s installation.

g. Persons who qualify under the Bylaws of the National Headquarters as Active Members—Emeriti, Active-for-Life Members, Distinguished Members, and Honorary Members. 

  • Section 2. Limitations. The election from eligible members is subject to the following limitations:

a. The total number of graduate students elected to membership shall not exceed 10 percent of the number of students recieving graduate degrees in that year.  Election of the full 10 percent is not mandatory.

b. The number of members elected in any year from the alumni shall not exceed 1 percent of the number of undergraduate and graduate students elected that year. (If fewer than 200 student members are elected per year, a maximum of two members may be elected each year from the eligible alumni.)

c. The number of members elected in any year from the faculty, administration, and professional staff, with the exception of the first five years after the installation of the chapter, shall not exceed 2 percent of the number of students elected that year. (If fewer than 200 student members are elected per year, a maximum of four members may be elected each year from the eligible faculty and staff.)

d. Only one individual each year may be nominated by the chapter for Honorary or Distinguished Membership; however, the National Board may, upon justification, permit more than one nomination from a chapter in any year. 

  • Section 3. Election of Members.
    All elections to membership shall be by mail ballot.

a. An affirmative vote of two-thirds of the active members shall be necessary for election.

b. An affirmative vote of two-thirds of the affiliated members present shall be necessary for election, or, if balloting is done by mail, an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the affiliated members who return ballots.

c. Only one individual each year may be nominated by the chapter for Honorary or Distinguished Membership; however, the National Board may, upon justification, permit more than one nomination from a chapter in any year.

d. All persons who have been elected to membership in the Society shall be notified by letter from the Secretary and upon acceptance shall be publicly honored in an appropriate manner.

e. Reports of those who accept election shall be made to the Executive Director of the Society within thirty days by the Secretary. 

  • Section 4. Classes of Membership.
    Members shall be classified in accordance with Article II of the National Bylaws.