LAW 8. Discipline

Law 8A. Collegiate and Alumni Member Discipline

SECTION 1. Charges may be brought against a collegiate member or alumni member of the Fraternity by any Fraternity member or chapter advisor for one or more of the following offenses.

<0l> Flagrant breach of the obligations assumed upon initiation. Violation of the Constitution, Laws, Policies or Ritual of the Fraternity. Persistent failure to meet financial obligations to the Fraternity. Failure to comply with college or university regulations. Condoning the practice of hazing or violating the provisions of the Code of Conduct as defined by the Fraternity. Violation of the Risk Management Policy, as defined by the Fraternity, including the prohibition against the purchase of beverage alcohol through the chapter treasury or by individual members in the name of or on behalf of the chapter. The possession, sale and/or use of any illegal drug or controlled substance on chapter premises or at any chapter-sponsored event or at any event that would suggest association with the Fraternity to a normal observer. Violation of chapter by-laws or policies by collegiate members. Encouraging or conspiring by an alumni member with a collegiate member or chapter to violate the Constitution, Laws, Policies or Rituals of the Fraternity or provisions of the Code of Conduct and Risk Management Policy as defined by the Fraternity.

SECTION 2. Disciplinary action concerning collegiate members shall be made by the proper standing collegiate Chapter Judicial Board, the Regional Vice President or the Executive Vice President, with provision for appeal. Every chapter shall have a Chapter Judicial Board. The Board shall consist of three undergraduate members and one alternate elected by and from the undergraduate members of the chapter, and a chapter advisor and alumni member of the chapter. The president of the chapter shall make nominations and coordinate with the Regional Vice President who shall appoint the advisor and alumni members. If charges are brought against an undergraduate member of the Chapter Judicial Board, a member feels that they cannot objectively serve or if a member is not available, the alternate shall take the place of the member for that hearing. The Chapter Judicial Board shall elect a chairman. The jurisdiction Chapter Judicial Board is limited to only those cases where charges are being brought against a collegiate member by his chapter or by another collegiate member of the same chapter.

SECTION 3. When a hearing is held, the following procedures shall be followed:

  1. Charges shall be filed in writing with the Chairman of the Chapter Judicial Board. If a proper Chapter Judicial Board has not been formed, or if charges are being made outside the jurisdiction of a Chapter Judicial Board, the charges shall be filed with the Executive offices which shall take action consistent with policies set by the Board of Directors.
  2. A copy of the charges shall be mailed or hand delivered directly to the charged individual by a member of the Chapter Judicial Board at least three days prior to the hearing specifying the place and time of the hearing.
  3. The Chapter Judicial Board shall conduct the hearing with both the individual bringing the charges and the individual being charged having the opportunity to be present and to present their cases.
  4. The accused member must plead "guilty" or "not guilty." If no plea is expressed, a plea of "not guilty" will be entered in his behalf. When the plea of "not guilty" has been entered for the accused, evidence for the charge and defense shall be heard.
  5. The Chapter Judicial Board shall render a decision of guilty or not guilty, and shall prepare a written statement of the decision for the record; a copy going to the accused, the chapter and the Executive Office of the Fraternity.
  6. If a plea of guilty is entered by the accused member or a decision of guilty has been rendered by the Chapter Judicial Board, the following penalties may be levied.
    1. a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500.00)
    2. a suspension of the guilty member for a specified length of time from the activities of the chapter and a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500.00).
    3. expulsion of the member from the Fraternity.
  7. Notification of a decision of guilty with the penalty of expulsion shall be sent to the expelled member by registered or certified mail.
  8. Decisions of the Chapter Judicial Board may be appealed in writing to a Judicial Review Board within thirty (30) days upon receipt of the notification of the decision.
  9. At the expiration of the thirty (30) day interval, and no appeal having been made, the Chapter Judicial Board decision shall be final. If the penalty was expulsion, the Executive Office shall be notified, and where possible the expelled member's pin and certificate of membership shall be obtained from him.

SECTION 4. If an appeal is filed with the Executive offices of the Fraternity, or if any decision made by the Regional Vice President or Executive Vice President has been appealed, there shall be a review before a Judicial Review Board. The Board of Directors shall establish one or more Judicial Review Boards, as needed or desired, which have complete authority to render decisions on any complaint properly brought under the appeal provisions of this section. The Board of Directors shall establish such rules of procedure as are necessary for the Judicial Review Boards.

SECTION 5. Any decision of a Judicial Review Board may be appealed to the Board of Directors of the Fraternity. The Board of Directors shall render a decision to uphold, uphold but modify the penalty or reverse the decision of the Judicial Review Board.

SECTION 6. Any decision of the Board of Directors of the Fraternity may be appealed to the Grand Chapter. The Grand Chapter may allow a committee to conduct hearings and provide a recommendation to the full House of Delegates who shall render a decision to uphold, uphold but modify the penalty or reverse the decision of the Board of Directors of the Fraternity. The decision of the Grand Chapter shall be final.

Law 8B. Collegiate Chapter Discipline SECTION 1. Charges may be brought against a collegiate chapter of the Fraternity by any Fraternity member or chapter advisor for one or more of the following offenses:

  1. Violation of the Constitution, Laws, Policies or Ritual of the Fraternity.
  2. Failure to comply with college or university regulations.
  3. Persistent failure to meet financial obligations to the Fraternity.
  4. Condoning the practice of hazing or violating the provisions of the Code of Conduct as defined by the Fraternity.
  5. Violation of the Risk Management Policy, as defined by the Fraternity, including the prohibition against the purchase of alcohol through the chapter treasury or by individual members in the name of or on behalf of the chapter.
  6. The possession, sale and/or use of any illegal drug or controlled substance on chapter premises or at any chapter-sponsored event or at any event that would suggest association with the Fraternity to a normal observer.

SECTION 2. The Board of Directors shall establish one or more Judicial Review Boards, as needed or desired, which have complete authority to render decisions on any complaint properly brought under the provisions of the Constitution or Laws of the Fraternity as herein described in this Law 8B.

SECTION 3. The Board of Directors shall establish such rules of procedure as are necessary to comply with Law 8B.

SECTION 4. Upon an adverse finding against a collegiate chapter, the Judicial Review Board shall direct one or more of the following sanctions:

  1. A fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000.00)
  2. Warning, Propation, Provisional Chapter or Suspension status, as defined by the Fraternity.

SECTION 5. Any decision of a Judicial Review Board may be appealed to the Board of Directors of the Fraternity. The Board of Directors shall render a decision to uphold, uphold but modify the penalty or reverse the decision of the Judicial Review Board.

SECTION 6. Any decision of the Board of Directors of the Fraternity may be appealed to the Grand Chapter. The Grand Chapter may allow a committee to conduct hearings and provide a recommendation to the full House of Delegates who shall render a decision to uphold, uphold but modify the penalty or reverse the decision of the Board of Directors of the Fraternity. The decision of the Grand Chapter shall be final.

SECTION 7. Upon an emergency condition, in which it is not feasible to wait for a meeting of the Judicial Review Board, a meeting of the Board of Directors or a conference call of either of these boards, the Executive Director or the Executive Vice President may suspend temporarily the charter of a chapter provided that charges are brought against the chapter within ten (10) days of the temporary suspension. The maximum severity of a temporary suspension shall be defined by the Board of Directors. A temporary suspension shall remain in effect until changed by a Judicial Review Board or the Board of Directors.

Law 8C. Alumni Chapter and Alumni Association Discipline

SECTION 1. Charges may be brought against an Alumni Chapter or Alumni Association by any Fraternity member or chapter advisor for one or more of the following offenses:

  1. Violation of the Constitution, Laws, Policies or Ritual of the Fraternity.
  2. Persistent failure to meet financial obligations to the Fraternity.
  3. Condoning the practice of hazing or violating the provisions of the Code of Conduct as defined by the Fraternity.
  4. Encouraging or conspiring with a collegiate member or chapter to violate the Constitution, Laws, Policies or Rituals of the Fraternity or provisions of the Code of Conduct and Risk Management Policy as defined by the Fraternity.

SECTION 2. The President of the Fraternity shall appoint an investigator who shall be a member of the Fraternity. Should the investigator determine there is just cause to pursue the charge, a hearing of the alumni chapter or alumni association shall be initiated through the Board of Directors.

SECTION 3. A hearing shall be conducted according to the following procedures:

  1. A copy of the charge shall be delivered to the president of the accused alumni chapter or association by registered or certified mail at least thirty (30) days prior to the date of the hearing.
  2. The Board of Directors shall conduct the hearing.
  3. The Board of Directors shall render a decision of guilty or not guilty within thirty (30) days of the hearing and shall prepare a written statement of the decision for the record; a copy going to the accused chapter.
  4. When a decision of guilty is rendered by the Board of Directors, the following penalties may be set by the Board of Directors:
    1. a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000.00)
    2. if a temporary suspension was issued, the temporary suspension may be lifted.
    3. a temporary suspension may be issued or affirmed for a specific length of time with or without (i) specific remedies of action and/or (ii) an accompanying fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000.00).

SECTION 4. Any decision of the Board of Directors of the Fraternity may be appealed to the Grand Chapter. The Grand Chapter may allow a committee to conduct hearings and provide a recommendation to the Full House of Delegates who shall render a decision to uphold, uphold but modify the penalty or reverse the decision of the Board of Directors of the Fraternity. The decision of the Grand Chapter shall be final.

SECTION 5. Upon an emergency condition, in which it is not feasible to wait for a full investigation, the Board of Directors may suspend temporarily the charter of an alumni chapter or alumni association, provided that charges are brought against the chapter within ten (10) days of the temporary suspension. A temporary suspension shall remain in effect until changed by the Board of Directors.

LAW 9. Ingisnia

LAW 9A. The Badge

SECTION 1. Every initiate of the Fraternity is supplied a badge, and is entitled to wear it at all times. If a member is expelled, the badge supplied to him shall be returned to the Executive Office.

SECTION 2. Every alumnus of the Fraternity in good standing shall be entitled to wear the badge of the Fraternity at all times.

SECTION 3. Any member of the Fraternity shall be entitled to purchase and wear any style of badge that is declared official that differs in ornamentation from the badge supplied by the Fraternity upon initiation.

SECTION 4. The badge of the Fraternity shall be worn only upon the left breast, above the heart, upon vest, shirt or sweater.

SECTION 5. Authority for the manufacture and distribution of the badge is vested in the Board of Directors of the Fraternity. The Board of Directors may appoint and contract with one or more jewelers to reproduce the design, manufacture, and sell the badge in any size, quality or manufacture and materials, and combinations of metals and jewels. Jewelers thus appointed shall be known as official jewelers, and they alone shall be entitled during the effective period of contracts, to reproduce the design, manufacture and sell the badge. Appointments of official jewelers and contracts with the same shall be subject to re-negotiation or cancellation within the terms of the contracts.

SECTION 6. Each order for a badge shall be written upon an official order blank, which shall be available from the Executive Office. Orders for collegiate members must be approved by the treasurer and the president of the chapter.

SECTION 7. Each order for a badge shall be approved by the Executive Director before it is placed with an official jeweler.

SECTION 8. Wearers of the badge may be permitted to purchase and wear with it an auxiliary known as a guard, linked to the badge by a chain of gold. The guard shall consist of the Greek letter or letters of the chapter name, worked in gold or gold and pearls. No other style of guard shall be worn with the badge.

LAW 9B. Coat-of-Arms

SECTION 1. The coat-of-arms of the Fraternity shall be displayed only in a dignified manner. The Grand Chapter is authorized to prescribe how it may or may not be displayed.

SECTION 2. All reproductions shall be approved by the Board of Directors of the Fraternity, and must conform with the official drawing of the coat-of-arms in possession of the Fraternity. Copies of the drawing shall be available to members and chapters.

SECTION 3. The Board of Directors of the Fraternity is authorized to have matrices cut in various sizes for the purpose of casting type reproductions of the coat-of-arms for printing stationery and such other forms as may be approved, and to have type cuts available at cost to members and chapters.

SECTION 4. The Board of Directors of the Fraternity is authorized to have the coat-of-arms reproduced by official jewelers in the form of a small gold or silver emblem to be worn on the lapel of a coat for purposes of recognition, or in the form of a gold or silver charm or pocket piece.

LAW 10. The Saga of Sigma Tau Gamma

SECTION 1. The Board of Directors of the Fraternity is authorized to publish The SAGA of Sigma Tau Gamma.

SECTION 2. The Board of Directors of the Fraternity is authorized to set aside funds derived from initiation fees, dues or other revenues, to establish a separate fund for The Saga of Sigma Tau Gamma.

LAW 11. Amendments

SECTION 1. If the call for the Grand Chapter meeting includes a proposed amendment and this amendment is adopted by a two-thirds vote at this meeting, it will become a part of the Laws. If a proposed amendment does not accompany the call for the Grand Chapter meeting but is adopted by a two-thirds vote at that meeting, it will become a part of the Laws, provided that the amendment shall, within sixty (60) days after the Grand Chapter meeting, be submitted for approval to all members of the Grand Chapter and shall receive a dissenting vote from less than one-half of those members of the Grand Chapter in good standing within sixty (60) days after the date of the mailing proposal.

SECTION 2. The Board of Directors of the Fraternity may at any time between meetings of the Grand Chapter submit an amendment in writing to all the chapters of the Fraternity and the amendment shall be adopted and become a part of the Laws if it shall receive a dissenting vote from less than one-third of those chapters in good standing within sixty (60) days after the date of the mailing proposal.

SECTION 3. Voting members of the Grand Chapter may at any time between meetings of the Grand Chapter submit an amendment in writing to the Board of Directors of the Fraternity. If endorsed by the Board, the amendment shall be distributed to the members for vote. If a dissenting vote is cast by the Board, the amendment may be re-submitted to the Board and all the other voting members of the Grand Chapter. If the amendment receives an endorsement by at least one-third of those members in good standing, the Board of Directors shall distribute the amendment to the members of the Grand Chapter and the amendment shall be adopted and become part of the Laws if it shall receive a dissenting vote from less than one-third of all those members in good standing within sixty (60) days after the date of mailing the proposal.



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