Social Work

Phi Alpha Constitution

CONSTITUTION of Kappa Sigma Chapter
Effective Date: Dec. 1, 2001

Phi Alpha Honor Society

Western Illinois University
Department of Social Work
1 University Circle

Macomb , Illinois 61455


Eager to promote a closer bond among students of social work and to enter into a more intimate fellowship with those dedicated to the promotion of humanitarian goals and ideals by a professional group for which quality educational preparation is deemed imperative, students and faculty involved in social work education at Western Illinois University resolve to sponsor a chapter of Phi Alpha National Honor Society, thereby to foster high standards of education for social work and to invite into membership those who have attained excellence in scholarship and distinction of achievement as students of social work.

Article I
(Supreme Law)

This chapter of Phi Alpha shall be affiliated with the National organization known as Phi Alpha National Honor Society and to its National Council.  The Chapter Constitution and by-laws shall be consistent with the Constitution and statutes of the national organization 

Article II

The name of this organization shall be known as The Phi Alpha Honor Society.  The organization is a student scholastic organization at Western Illinois University.

Article III

The objectives of this organization shall be:

Section 1. To recognize and promote scholastic achievement among students and faculty involved in the undergraduate social work program at Western Illinois University.

Section 2.  To recognize, improve and further the goals of social work in the community, state, nation and world.

Section 3. To promote interest in preparation for a career in social work.

Section 4. To encourage continued study and research at the undergraduate level, graduate level and in professional practice.

Section 5. To recognize professional social workers and others whose service, contributions, and leadership are held in esteem.

Article IV

Section 1.  The supreme governing body shall be the National Council as defined in the National Constitution.

Section 2.  The governing body of this chapter shall be the executive body as defined in the By-Laws.

Article V

Membership in this organization shall include:

 Section 1. Any student at Western Illinois University is eligible to be an active member and may hold office.

Section 2. Non-students may act as associate members, but may not vote or hold office

Section 3.  Full time faculty members having an official connection with the social work curriculum may be granted membership upon invitation of the Executive Committee and approval of the chapter membership.

Section 4. Honorary membership may be granted to professional social workers and others whose support of social work education and practice merit such recognition.

Article VI

The officer of this organization shall be president, vice president, secretary-treasure.

Section 1.  Election of officers

a.  Officers will be elected by written ballot, with each active member casting a vote.  A majority of voters will constitute a victory.
b.  Nominations for office will be accepted at the last meeting of the academic year.  A candidate for office shall have been a member of the organization for at least one semester prior to their nomination. Election of officers will take place at the last meeting of the academic year.
c.  Officers will assume office for the period of one year.

Section 2. Recall of officers.

a.  Officers are subject to recall for malfeasance in office.
b.  Recall procedures will be initiated at the request of 6 active members.
c.  A hearing will be conducted at a regular meeting for the presentation of evidence.  Notice will be given to the entire membership two weeks prior to the hearing date.
d.  The hearing will be presided over by a committee of three members of the organization, who are not directly involved in the recall. Duties of the committee will include a chair, recording secretary, and liaison.  Chair -maintains order and directs proceedings. Recording secretary-keeps a written record of the proceeding and will preparea formal report.  Liaison-provide a source of communication between the parties and the committee in an effort to assure due process.
e.  At the end of evidence presentation a written vote will be called.   A quorum must be present at the time of voting.  A simple majority of those active members voting at the recall is necessary to remove any officer.

Article VII

Section 1.  Chapter meetings shall be held a minimum of two times during the academic year

a.  Meetings for this organization will be open to all active members, faculty and student programs representatives.  Notice of the first meeting of the academic year will be posted two weeks prior. Dates and times of subsequent meetings will be decided at the first meeting by the members present and will be posted.
b.  The president may call special meetings.  Notice will be given to the membership at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.

Article VIII

Section 1.  Constitutional Amendments

a.  This constitution and by-laws may be amended by a majority vote of the Executive Committee and ratified by a three-fourths vote of the chapter membership.  A quorum must be present for all constitutional issues.  The proposed amendment shall be provided in writing to all member of the organization.
b.  Voting on amendments requires two-week notice to the membership
c.  Approved amendments will become effective upon acceptance and
approval of the members and the Vice President for Student Services.

Section 2.  All other business brought to the organization will be passed by a simple majority vote. 
Section 3.  Motions involving the election of officers or expenditures exceeding $100.00 require a quorum to be present.

Article IX
(Not-for-profit Statement)

This is a not-for-profit organization fundraiser are conducted to finance benevolent and service related activities.

Article X
(Statement of Non-Discrimination)

This organization will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, disability, and status as a Vietnam era or disabled Veteran..  This policy will include but is not limited to recruiting, membership, organization activities or opportunities to hold office.

Article XI
(Financial Obligation)

A majority of the voting members of this organization may determine reasonable dues and fees assessed to each member at the beginning of each academic year.

Article XII
(Statement of Non-Hazing)

This organization will not conspire to engage in hazing, participate in hazing, or commit any act that causes or is likely to cause bodily danger, physical harm, or personal degradation, or disgrace resulting in physical or mental harm to any fellow student or person attending the institution.

Article XIII
(Statement of Compliance with Campus Regulations)

This organization will comply with all university and campus policies and regulations, and local, state, and federal laws.

­­Kappa Sigma Chapter
Effective Date: Dec. 1, 2001

Phi Alpha Honor Society

Western Illinois University
Department of Social Work
1 University Circle
Macomb , Illinois 61455


Chapter I
Officers of the Executive Committee

Section 1.  Officers of the organization shall consist of a president, vice president and secretary-treasurer.

Section 2.  Duties of officers

a.  President-presides over meetings. Prepares agenda. Meets with
representatives of social service agencies in the community. Arranges for guest speakers. Maintains correspondence with the advisor and members of the organization during the summer, in coordination with the vice president oversees committees, coordinates decision making, works closely with the advisor throughout the year, and assists the treasure with money matters asneeded.
b.  Vice President-presides over meetings in the absence of the president, institutes constitutional changes, organizes and oversees committees as needed, organizes activities with the organization, and reads the constitution at the first meeting.
c.  Secretary-Treasure Keeps a record of membership and attendance, takes minutes at the meeting and distributes them to the members, ensures that all new members receive a copy of necessary information (i.e. constitution, minutes, etc.)-keeps financial records, collects dues, monitor spending and collections during fundraising activities.

Section 3.  Faculty Member 
A faculty member in the undergraduate program of social work shall serve as faculty advisor and shall:
a.  Attend all meetings
b.  Oversee all functions and fundraisers
c.  Work with officers on projects involving outside social service agencies

Chapter II
Organization and procedures

Section 1.  Election of officers shall be held once each year and whenever vacancies occur

Section 2.  The Executive Committee shall consist of the President, Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer

Section 3.  The Chapter shall meet in official session at least twice a year.

Section 4.  Standing Committees may be appointed by the President and approved by the Executive Committee.

Section 5.  The President may appoint special committees.
Section 6.  The Chapter year shall begin July 1 and end June 30.
Section 7.   The Chapter shall maintain adequate and accurate records of its membership, activities and finances

Section 8.  Reading of the constitution

a.  The constitution of this organization will be read to the members present during the first meeting of each semester.
b.  Each student will receive a copy of this constitution upon becoming a member.
c.  This constitution will be available in the social work office for review by the general public.

Chapter III

Section 1.  An undergraduate student is eligible for active membership after achieving the following National minimum requirements and meeting local Chapter requirements.

a.  Declared social work as a major
b.  Achieved sophomore status
c.  Completed 8 semester hours of required social work courses.
d.  Achieved an overall grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
f.   Local chapters may establish higher standards.

Section 2.  A faculty member may be granted membership by invitation of the Executive Committee and approval of the Chapter Membership.

Section 3.  Qualified persons may be inducted into the organization any time of the year.

Section 4.  The Executive Committee with approval of the Chapter membership, may grant Honorary Membership to a maximum of two individuals per year who have made outstanding contributions to social work. Honorary Members shall not be assessed membership dues.

Section 5.  The method of granting membership shall be in accordance with procedures established by the local chapter.

Section 6.  Any member may be expelled from membership for reasons of academic or personal conduct unbecoming of a student of social work, by a three-fourths vote of the chapter membership, after a thorough investigation of the Executive Committee, and after the member so charged has been granted an impartial hearing before the Executive Committee.  Dismissal from the Social Work Program or University is cause for automatic recommendation for expulsion.

Chapter IV

Section 1.  The initiation fee shall be of sufficient amount to include the following:

a.  The initiation fee required by the National Society.
b.  The initiation fee required by the local chapter.

Section 2.  The annual chapter dues shall be established in accordance with chapter needs by action of the Executive Committee and a three-fourths vote of the chapter membership present.

Section 3.  The Executive Committee with a three-fourths vote of the
membership present may levy special fees.

Chapter V

These By-Laws may be amended by a majority vote of the Executive Committee and upon ratification by three fourths of the chapter membership present.