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Lambda Pi Eta Chapter Constitution

Communication and Emerging Media

Constitution of Lambda Pi Eta

USCA Chapter

Article I - Name

The name of the Communication Honor Society shall be Lambda Pi Eta. The National Communication Association will assign the chapter designation.

Article II - Purpose and Activities

Section 1. The purposes of Lambda Pi Eta shall be: (a) to recognize, foster and reward outstanding scholastic achievement in communication studies; (b) to stimulate interest in the field of communication; ( c) to promote and encourage professional development among communication majors; ( d) to provide an opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas in the field of communication; ( e) to establish and maintain closer relationships and mutual understanding between communication studies faculty and students; (f) to engage in service activities and promote civic responsibility, and (g) to explore options for graduate education in communication studies.

Section 2. Lambda Pi Eta is the honor society of the National Communication Association
(NCA). Lambda Pi Eta exists to further the mission of the Association and is subject to the Association's policies and procedures.

Section 3. The USCA chapter of Lambda Pi Eta may sanction undergraduate honors conferences; propose programs and workshops at national, regional, and state professional association conventions; recognize outstanding undergraduate scholarship with awards or prizes; recognize outstanding faculty contributions in undergraduate teaching, program advising, or chapter advising; establish programs of faculty-student mentorships; and conduct other activities consistent with the stated purposes of Lambda Pi Eta.

Article III - Membership

Section 1. Eligibility for Membership. To be eligible for consideration for admission, applicants must have completed 60 semester credit-hours; have a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 for all courses taken; be in the upper 35% of their institutional academic class; have at least a 3.25 GPA for all communication studies courses; completed the equivalent of 12 semester credit­hours in communication studies; and currently be enrolled as a student in good standing, as determined by the institution's policies. In addition, students should display commitment to the field of speech communication. In addition, all persons considered for membership shall exhibit high standards of personal and professional character and shall support the purposes of the honor society.

Section 2. Election to Membership. Once each semester, Communications Department faculty and current members of the honor society will have the opportunity to nominate members. The faculty advisor is responsible for verifying that nominees meet the credit and GPA requirements in Article III, Section 1. If there are questions about an individual's eligibility, the faculty advisor and the officers will meet to make a final decision regarding election to membership. If a consensus is not achieved, the advisor has the ultimate responsibility for determining eligibility. All those deemed eligible will be invited to become members.

Section 3. No rushing and/or social pressure shall be used to ensure acceptance of invitation to membership or for initiation into membership.

Section 4. The chapter shall collect and transmit to the National Communication Association an initiation fee for each member eligible for membership in the local chapter and a list of new members by December 1 and/or April 1 of each year. Dues must be paid before membership certificates will be processed.

Section 5. The chapter shall transmit to the National Communication Association the names of any student who has previously paid an initiation fee and is still an active member of the chapter by December 1 and/or April 1 of each year.

Section 6. Students who are members of Lambda Pi Eta and transfer to USCA will automatically be a member of the USCA chapter.

Section 7. Privileges of Membership. A member in good standing shall be eligible to vote at all chapter meetings of the Society, be eligible for election to chapter offices, be eligible to attend scholarly presentations and colloquia of the sponsoring academic department, and be eligible to represent the local chapter at state, regional, and national conventions. Individuals shall not be considered members of the National Communication Association by virtue of their membership in Lambda Pi Eta.

Section 8. Honorary Members. The local chapter may, by majority vote, confer Honorary Member status upon communication faculty members or individuals who demonstrate exceptional commitment to the goals of the Society or make outstanding contributions to the academic goals of the chapter. Honorary Members may not vote or hold office in the Society or the chapter, or represent the chapter at the national meeting.

Section 9. Non-Discrimination. Selection for membership shall be made without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, physical disabilities, physical qualities, or age.

Article IV - Chapter Offices and Elections

Section 1. Offices. The officers of the honor society shall be President, Vice• President/Scholarship, Treasurer and Secretary. The chapter may elect in a given year by majority decision of the chapter to install a differing leadership structure. In addition, a faculty advisor shall be elected or appointed annually from the faculty or staff of the sponsoring academic unit.

Section 2. Requirements for Office. Officers shall be full-time students.

Section 3. Duties of Office. Each officer shall have the following responsibilities.

(a) The President shall announce all meetings, preside in the conducting of business, and actively promote the purposes of Lambda Pi Eta in the university community.

(b) The Vice President/Scholarship Officer shall be responsible for special programs and projects, and serve in the absence of the President. She or he shall be responsible for encouraging academic excellence and stimulating intellectual inquiry among the members through activities such as inviting guest speakers, informing members of opportunities for research and involvement in professional associations, recruiting new members, and presenting awards for outstanding contributions.

(c) The Treasurer shall be responsible for collecting annual chapter dues, collecting and transmitting initiation fees and information, establishing a yearly budget, disbursing funds for appropriate organizational expenses, and accounting for all funds.

(d) The Secretary shall keep a complete set of minutes of the business of the chapter, deposit the minutes with the faculty advisor at the expiration of the term in office, assure adequate media coverage of the activities of Lambda Pi Eta, and keep a record of chapter activities.

Section 4. Terms of Office. Officers shall be elected for terms of one academic year. All officers shall be elected at the last regular meeting of the academic year (April) and shall assume the duties oflheir respective officers at the first regular meeting of the next academic year or at the end of the current semester during which they are elected. A majority of a quorum of the members shall determine the election. Voting may be conducted by ballot, by mail, or by voice, but lhere &hall be no voting by proxy.

Section 5. If a person is elected to office but cannot complete the term she/he is to be replaced by an election of the current membership.

Section 6. An officer may be removed from office by two thirds of a quorum of voting members present at a regularly scheduled meeting.

Section 7. Committees. The President, or alternative officer, may appoint such committees as shall be appropriate for furthering the purposes of Lambda Pi Eta.

Article V - Meetings

Section 1. Regular meetings of the organization shall be held every month of the academic year. The President may call additional or special meetings at any time.

Section 2. There may be as many as two meetings a year for the purpose of electing new
members-one in the fall and one in the spring. The Vice President and Secretary are responsible for providing the voting members with advance notice of the date and time of these meetings.

Section 3. The initiation of new members shall be conducted as soon after election of members as is feasible. The Vice President and Secretary are responsible for providing all members with notice of the date and time of the induction ceremony.

Article VI - Chapter By-Laws

Section 1. A majority of a quorum of the members shall detennine the election of officers.
Voting may be conducted by ballot, by mail, or by voice, but there shall be no voting by proxy.

Section 2. The chapter shall determine the method for setting a quorum for the conducting of
chapter business for the given year.

Section 3. Dues for local chapter membership shall be determined, collected, and retained by the chapter. All voting members shall pay semesterly dues, to be set by a majority of voting
members at the last regular meeting of the academic year (April) for the subsequent year.

Section 4. There shall be a local initiation fee of $5.00 in addition to the national induction tee.

Section 5. Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revise shall govern in all matters not stipulated in
this constitution.

Section 6. A member of the honor society "in good standing" shall be defined as a member who has paid the current semester's dues, and attended at least one meeting during the previous
semester.

Article VII - Amendments

Section 1. The Constitution may be amended by three-fourths of a quorum at a regularly
scheduled meeting, provided the proposed amendment has been placed before the membership in writing at the prior regular meeting.

Section 2. The Chapter By-Laws may be amended by a majority vote at any meeting if a
quorum is in attendance, and if the proposed change has been placed before the membership in writing at the prior regular meeting.

Adopted October 2001