Bylaws of the Marshall University chapter
The Gamma Beta Phi Society
The name of this organization shall be the Marshall University chapter of the Gamma Beta Phi Society. This chapter is an integral part of the national organization of the Gamma Beta Phi Society and shall adhere to the policies laid down in the National Constitution. Its Coats of Arms, Motto, Watchword, Colors, and Emblem shall be those of the National Organizations.
This chapter shall be a non-secret, nonprofit, scholastic honor, educational/service organization for students at Marshall University.
Membership therein shall not be excluded by , nor shall it exclude from, membership in any other social, academic, or fraternal organization. Membership therein shall not be restricted by race, sex, or creed.
The purpose of the Gamma Beta Phi Society is exclusively educational within the meaning of Section 501© (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954. It shall not engage in activities not permitted by that Code (or corresponding provisions of any future United States Internal Revenue Law). No part of its net earnings shall inure to the benefits of its members, officers, or other private person, except that it may pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and make distributions in furtherance of its purpose. No substantial part of the organization's activities shall involve political propaganda or campaigns, or the attempt to influence legislation.
The objectives of the organization are to recognize and encourage excellence in education; to provide the development of leadership ability and character in its members; and to foster, disseminate, and improve education through appropriate service projects. This Chapter of the Society shall implement these purposes by procedures consonant with the local situation and in cooperation with the faculty and administration of Marshall University.
Students invited into membership in this chapter shall be presently enrolled at Marshall University, and must be committed to excellence in education, to good character, and to service. Any student, full or part-time, who has completed twelve (12) hours of college work, excluding any pass-fail work or hours earned due to placement tests such as CLEP or CEEB is eligible for membership provided he/she is enrolled in a program leading to the associate, bachelors, or graduate degree and also meets the other requirements for membership.
Any student whose cumulative grade point average ranks within the top twenty (20) percent of his/her class meets the scholastic requirements for membership.
Graduate students are eligible for membership provided they have completed twelve (12) hours of graduate work and rank among the top twenty (20) percent of graduate students and meet any other criteria required of undergraduate members. An undergraduate member who graduates in good standing may continue his or her active membership throughout graduate school.
Students who were members in good standing of Gamma Beta Phi chapters at other institutions and who transfer to this institution are automatically members of this chapter...just as any other member.
Each inductee must pay the one-time membership fee set by the National Senate. He/she must also pay the local dues as set by the executive committee. (Other local assessments may not be made upon the membership, but voluntary contributions can be requested).
Each inductee must take the membership pledge.
Any student who rejects membership when first invited will not be invited again, except upon appeals to and approval of the Executive Committee.
Induction of new members hall take place during the fall and/or spring semester.
The induction ceremony shall be a dignified occasion. There shall be no hazing of an inductee either that which would result in physical discomfort or that which would cause mental embarrassment.
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