Laws

Foreward

The Laws of the Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity are enacted by the Grand Chapter. The Laws are based upon and are subordinate to the Constitution and are intended to give direction, definition and effect to the purpose of the Constitution.

LAW 2. Organization of the Fraternity

SECTION 1. The program of the collegiate chapter shall be planned for the successful accomplishment of the purposes of the Fraternity among collegiate members.

SECTION 2. Alumni members of the Fraternity shall share an active role in the direction and guidance of the collegiate chapters.

SECTION 3. The program of the alumni chapter shall be planned primarily for the successful accomplishment of the purposes of the Fraternity among the alumni members of the Fraternity.

LAW 3. Membership Law

3A. Collegiate Members

SECTION 1. Election to collegiate membership in this Fraternity shall be in accordance with the Laws of the Fraternity and of the chapter.

SECTION 2. An invitation to pledge this Fraternity is an invitation to become a member and, upon acceptance, implies an obligation on the part of both the chapter and the pledged man.

SECTION 3. A prospective member shall be called an associate. To complete requirements for membership, each associate shall pursue an official course of study prescribed by the Fraternity and shall satisfactorily complete it before being initiated.

SECTION 4. Initiation into membership shall be by the prescribed Ritual and in conformance with the Laws. Every candidate shall sign the Obligation for Membership before being initiated.

SECTION 5. A member of the Fraternity who enrolls as an undergraduate student in a college or university at which there is a collegiate chapter of the Fraternity, other than the chapter by which he was initiated, shall affiliate with that chapter and shall continue full obligations to the Fraternity.

SECTION 6. A member of the Fraternity who enrolls as a graduate student in a college or university at which there is a collegiate chapter of the Fraternity, other than the chapter by which he was initiated, may affiliate with that chapter and continue full obligations to the Fraternity.

SECTION 7. A collegiate chapter need not accept the affiliation of a transfer member from another chapter unless he is in good standing in the chapter from which he is transferring. If his affiliation is accepted, the name of the transferring member shall be entered upon the current roll, but shall not be inscribed upon the roll of initiated of the second chapter.

SECTION 8. An initiate of this Fraternity shall receive a membership card and a membership certificate and a life subscription to The Saga of Sigma Tau Gamma.

SECTION 9. There shall be an Alumni Association for each collegiate chapter with which each alumni member of that collegiate chapter shall affiliate. Each alumni association shall promote the fraternal interest of its members in its collegiate chapter through regular communications. It shall advise and counsel with its collegiate chapter officers. The alumni association, which shall be incorporated as a non-profit organization, shall also own the real property of the chapter and be responsible for its supervision.

LAW 3B. Alumni Members

SECTION 1. Collegiate members of this Fraternity shall become alumni members when they leave college or university. Graduate students who are members may choose to become alumni members while in graduate school.

SECTION 2. Every alumni member may participate in the alumni program of the Fraternity. He is encouraged to participate fully in the rights and privileges of membership by affiliating with a regularly organized alumni chapter in the area of his residence.

LAW 3C. Honorary Members

SECTION 1. A chapter desiring to initiate an honorary member shall petition and receive permission from the Board of Directors of the Fraternity.

SECTION 2. An honorary member of this Fraternity shall enjoy all the rights and privileges of membership.

SECTION 3. An honorary member, having been initiated according to the Constitution, Laws and Ritual, and having signed the Obligation of Membership, shall be subject to the disciplines of the Fraternity.

LAW 3D. Fees

SECTION 1. Every initiate into this Fraternity shall pay a membership fee before his initiation. The Grand Chapter shall set, by resolution, the amount and structure of the membership fee.

SECTION 2. Each collegiate chapter shall pay to the Fraternity the membership fee for each collegiate member initiated by that chapter into the Fraternity.

SECTION 3. Collegiate members shall pay chapter dues to support their chapter program. Chapter dues shall be set by the chapters.

SECTION 4. Alumni members may support the alumni program through a system of dues or fees.

SECTION 5. Payment of membership fees must be made within the time limits, procedures and conditions set by policy of the Board of Directors. Thereby, each initiate shall receive a membership manual, a badge, a membership card, a membership certificate and a life subscription to The Saga of Sigma Tau Gamma.

SECTION 6. Each alumni member of a local fraternity or colony which is installed as a collegiate chapter of this Fraternity, who is certified in good standing and eligible according to ARTICLE 3 of the Constitution, may be initiated as a member upon payment of a fee set by resolution of the Grand Chapter, and shall receive a membership card, a membership certificate and a life subscription to The Saga of Sigma Tau Gamma.

SECTION 7. A person who is eligible for honorary membership in this Fraternity according to ARTICLE 3 of the Constitution, may be initiated following approval of a petition from a collegiate chapter or alumni chapter accompanied by a fee set by resolution of the Grand Chapter, and shall receive a membership card, a membership certificate and a life subscription to The Saga of Sigma Tau Gamma.

LAW 4. Chapters

Law 4A. Admission of Collegiate Chapters

SECTION 1. Collegiate chapters shall be established as authorized by the Constitution and Laws, and upon installation shall henceforth be bound by the Constitution and Laws, as shall all the members.

SECTION 2. Chapters shall be designated by the letters of the Greek alphabet in order, provided that when the single alphabet has been used, the alphabet shall be repeated with the prefix Alpha, then Beta, then Gamma, and the other letters in order as long as they are necessary.

SECTION 3. A fee set by Grand Chapter resolution shall be charged for the chartering and installation of a new chapter.

SECTION 4. Accepted petitioning groups shall pay all expenses incident to the installation except the expenses of the installing officer.

SECTION 5. members of a colony may be initiated as members of the Fraternity, and if initiated, they shall be obligated to the Constitution, Laws and Rituals.

SECTION 6. A colony shall be obligated to the Constitution, Laws and Rituals, and shall have all the privileges of a collegiate chapter except that it shall not have a vote in the Grand Chapter, provided that it shall be under the guidance of designated members of the fraternity during the period it remains in the status of a colony, and shall make reports as required and shall submit the names of all candidates for membership to these membres for their approval, prior to initiation.

SECTION 7. A colony may be installed as a collegiate chapter or dissolved at the discretion of the Board of Directors of the Fraternity, but if dissolved, this action shall not affect the membership obligation, rights and privileges of members of the Fraternity in good standing upon the date of dissolution, and they shall then become alumni members of the Fraternity.

LAW 4B. Collegiate Chapters SECTION 1. Each collegiate chapter shall hold a regular meeting once each week during the college year, provided that for sufficient reasons a regular meeting may be postponed for not more than one week. It shall be the duty of every member to attend all chapter meetings unless excused in advance for reasons considered sufficient.

SECTION 2. Each collegiate chapter shall have an alumni association composed of the alumni members of the chapter. 1. Each alumni association shall meet at least once per year at which time directors shall be elected. 2. Each alumni association shall be eligible for certification by the Fraternity provided that it submits to the National Office by June 30 of each year an annual report consisting of a roster of members, directors and officers together with a fee set by Grand Chapter resolution.

SECTION 3. Each collegiate chapter shall follow the procedures and shall furnish such reports using specified forms as are required by the Laws and by request of the Board of Directors of the Fraternity.

SECTION 4. Each collegiate chapter shall emit promptly to the Executive Office the dues and fees which are prescribed by the Constitution and Laws.

SECTION 5. Collegiate chapters shall have no power to amend these Laws, but shall each adopt chapter laws which deem it necessary, provided that said laws are not in conflict with the Constitution, Laws or Rituals of the Fraternity. A copy of the chapter laws and any changes shall be deposited by each chapter with the Executive Office.

SECTION 6. Each collegiate chapter shall hold its regular election of officers annually. Members must meet academic eligibility requirements set by Grand Chapter resolution to hold elective office in a collegiate chapter.

SECTION 7. Each collegiate chapter shall pay into the General Fund of the Fraternity, dues to be set by Grand Chapter resolution.

SECTION 8. The Collegiate chapter organization shall be according to a common plan throughout the Fraternity. It shall be defined by resolution of the Board of Directors and set forth in the official membership manual A Chain of Honor.

SECTION 9. Each collegiate chapter may levy fees and dues upon its members in addition to fees, dues and other payments to the Fraternity.

SECTION 10. Each college chapter shall observe Founders Day, on its anniversary or on a date as near it as possible with appropriate ceremonies.

SECTION 11. Each collegiate chapter shall observe Fellowship Day on or about February 26, the birthday anniversary of Wilson C. Morris, first sponsor of the Fraternity, with appropriate ceremonies.

LAW 4C. Alumni Chapters

SECTION 1. Upon receipt of a petition signed by at least 15 alumni members of the Fraternity in good standing, residing in a given general locality, the Board of Directors of the Fraternity may grant a charter to operate as an alumni chapter. The charter fee shall be set by Grand Chapter resolution.

SECTION 2. Each alumni chapter shall bear a name denoting the general locality in which the chapter is located.

SECTION 3. Any alumni member of the Fraternity in good standing, residing in the locality of an alumni chapter, shall be eligible for membership in that chapter.

SECTION 4. Alumni chapters may make such laws as they deem necessary for the conduct of their affairs provided that such laws shall not conflict with the Constitution, Laws or Rituals of the Fraternity.

SECTION 5. Each Alumni Chapter shall submit an annual report to the Fraternity regarding its activities and meetings on or before June 30 in order to remain in good standing. Each Alumni Chapter shall pay an annual fee set by Grand Chapter resolution to the Fraternity on or before June 30 in order to remain in good standing.

LAW 4D. Collegiate Chapter Advisory Board

SECTION 1. Each collegiate chapter shall have a Chapter Advisory Board.

SECTION 2. The Chapter Advisory Board shall be composed of four members, at least one of whom shall be an alumnus of the Fraternity, without regard to chapter affiliation.

SECTION 3. The Regional Vice President shall appoint the Chairman of the Chapter Advisory Board.

SECTION 4. The Chairman of the Chapter Advisory Board, the officers of the Alumni Association or of the house corporation and the officers of the collegiate chapter shall select the remaining three members of the Chapter Advisory Board.

SECTION 5. The purposes of the Chapter Advisory Board shall be primarily to assist the collegiate chapter to achieve the objectives and ideals of the Fraternity, through an advisory relationship. These shall be comprehensive and shall include all helpful measures necessary to assure the continuous operation of the collegiate chapter and chapter house at high levels of efficiency and usefulness, and conformance to the Constitution and Laws of the Fraternity, and to chapter laws and house rules.

SECTION 6. The Chapter Advisory Board shall meet regularly once a month during the college year, and may meet as often as necessary.

LAW 5. Grand Chapter

SECTION 1. Each collegiate chapter in good standing shall be entitled to three delegates to meetings of the Grand Chapter provided that two of the said delegates be elected by and from the undergraduate members of the collegiate chapter and the one remaining delegate shall be elected by and from the members of the alumni association of the collegiate chapter, provided that the alumni association is certified by the Fraternity. Each such delegate shall be entitled to one vote. Between meetings, the vote of each collegiate chapter shall be cast as a unit of one.

SECTION 2. Each alumni chapter in good standing shall be entitled to one delegate to meetings of the Grand Chapter. Each such delegate shall be entitled to one vote. Between meetings the vote of each alumni chapter shall be cast as a unit of one.

SECTION 3. Members of the Board of Directors of the Fraternity shall each have one vote.

SECTION 4. Past Presidents of the Fraternity shall each have one vote.

SECTION 5. No vote shall be cast by proxy.

SECTION 6. The delegate representing a collegiate chapter or an alumni chapter shall be a member in good standing of that chapter and the Fraternity.

SECTION 7. The biennial meeting of the Grand Chapter shall be called by the President not less than sixty (60) days before the convening.

SECTION 8. Each collegiate chapter shall send a representative to the Grand Chapter. Failure to send a representative shall result in a fine of five hundred dollars ($500.00) to the chapter, payable to the Fraternity.

SECTION 9. Each undergraduate chapter shall pay a semiannual fee set by resolution of the Grand Chapter to the Fraternity, to be used as Grand Chapter meeting registration fee. The remainder of the total sum collected in the interim between the Grand Chapter Meetings shall be refunded to the chapter following their registration at the Grand Chapter meeting. Failure to register at the Grand Chapter shall result in forfeiture of the Grand Chapter fee. Such forfeiture shall not constitute payment of the Grand Chapter fine.

SECTION 10. Each Alumni Chapter shall send a representative to the Grand Chapter meeting.

SECTION 11. Two-thirds of those present at the Grand Chapter meeting who are eligible to vote shall constitute a quorum.

SECTION 12. Before each meeting, the Board of Directors shall determine the amount of funds available for the cost of the Grand Chapter meeting, and shall determine the amount of expense allowance, if any, which will be paid to each chapter for attendance at the Grand Chapter meeting.

SECTION 13. The President of the Fraternity shall report to each Grand Chapter meeting as to the disposition of all resolutions and new business adopted at the previous Grand Chapter meeting.

LAW 6. Board of Directors

LAW 6A. Election of the Board of Directors

SECTION 1. Members of the Board of Directors of the Fraternity shall be elcted at the Grand Chapter meeting.

SECTION 2. Election to any office on the Board of Directors of the Fraternity shall be by majority vote of the qualified members of the Grand Chapter.

SECTION 3. Nominations for officers on the Board of Directors of the Fraternity shall be made by a committee appointed by the President, but additional nominations may be made from the floor of the Grand Chapter.

SECTION 4. The order of election shall be: 1. President Elect and 2. Members.

SECTION 5. The Board of Directors, at its first meeting, shall elect from its members the secretary and the treasurer and such other officers as the members deem necessary.

SECTION 6. No more than one member of any collegiate chapter shall be eligible to hold elective office on the Board of Directors of the Fraternity at one time.

SECTION 7. A vacancy on the Board shall be filled by appointment by the Board of Directors of the Fraternity, the appointment to be effective until the next election is held.

LAW 6B. Responsibilities of the Board of Directors

SECTION 1. The Board of Directors of the Fraternity is responsible to the Grand Chapter for the operation of the Fraternity between Grand Chapter meetings.

SECTION 2. The Board of Directors of the Fraternity is authorized to create advisory offices or committees, and to appoint members of the Fraternity to such offices and committees. Such officers or committees shall be non-salaried, but they shall be reimbursed for expenses incurred in the interest of the Fraternity when specifically provided for in the budget.

SECTION 3. The Board of Directors of the Fraternity is authorized to establish a Fraternity office and it authorized to pay rents for office quarters, incur expenses for operation, purchase of office equipment supplies and other costs incident tot he functions of the Fraternity's office.

SECTION 4. The Board of Directors of the Fraternity is authorized, as they deem necessary, to employ members of the Fraternity to supervise the daily operation of the Fraternity.

SECTION 5. The Board of Directors of the Fraternity is authorized to employ persons not members of the Fraternity to perform secret arial and similar duties, and to pay salaries, the amounts to be fixed by the Board of Directors of the Fraternity.

SECTION 6. The Board of Directors of the Fraternity is authorized to create a retirement program and other benefits for salaried employees.

SECTION 7. The Board of Directors of the Fraternity shall collect monies, maintain bank accounts and disburse funds of the Fraternity according to an adopted budget.

SECTION 8. The Board of Directors of the Fraternities may be authorized by the Grand Chapter to pay from Fraternity funds and to incur indebtedness for the construction of a building to house the Fraternity's office.

SECTION 9. Members of the Board of Directors of the Fraternity shall serve without compensation, but shall be reimbursed for expenses incurred in the interests of the Fraternity.

SECTION 10. At each meeting of the Grand Chapter the President of the Fraternity shall present a report fo the progress of the Fraternity since the preceding meeting, and recommendations for the good of the Fraternity.

LAW 7. Regions

SECTION 1. The chief administrative officer in each region shall be the Regional Vice President and shall represent the Board of Directors of the Fraternity within the boundaries of the Region and shall speak and act with authority in all matters according to the Constitution and Laws, and according to specific directions of the Board of Directors of the Fraternity.

SECTION 2. The Regional Vice President shall nominate and the Board of Directors shall appoint such other regional officers as may be authorized by the Board of Directors.

SECTION 3. The regional officers authorized and appointed by the Board of Directors shall be directly responsible to the Regional Vice President and shall execute the responsibility and authority of the Regional Vice President within the jurisdiction of their respective job descriptions, as defined by the Board of Directors.

SECTION 4. Regional officers shall serve without compensation, but may be reimbursed for expenses incurred in the interest of the Fraternity, provided that such expenses are specifically authorized by the Board of Directors of the Fraternity.

 

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