ARTICLE I: Name and Location of OrganizationEdit
Section 1. This organization shall be known as the Phi Sigma Tau of the University of Missouri–Kansas City, The National Philosophy Honors Society.
Section 2. This document supersedes any previously approved constitution.
ARTICLE II: Purpose of OrganizationEdit
Section 1. The objectives of this organization shall be as follows:
- to stimulate productive scholarship and intelligent interest in the subject of philosophy;
- to encourage a professional spirit and friendship among those who have displayed marked ability in the field of philosophy;
- to popularize interest in philosophy among the general collegiate public;
- to see and promote a better understanding of philosophy among its members;
- to promote worthwhile curricular and extracurricular activities related to philosophy;
- to organize and conduct seminars, conferences, research, discussion groups, and publications in the subject of philosophy;
- to encourage beneficial interaction among the students and faculty of the UMKC Philosophy department.
Section 2. It is the desire of this chapter to recognize scholastic ability and interest in the field of philosophy at UMKC and to ensure that those possessing these attributes will be afforded the opportunity to promote these principles in Phi Sigma Tau.
ARTICLE III: MembershipEdit
Section 1. Membership in this chapter shall be active, alumni, sustaining, faculty or honorary, as detailed below.
Section 2. Membership shall be open to all duly enrolled UMKC students. Membership and activities are open to all currently enrolled students regardless of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, or Vietnam era veteran’s status.
Section 3. Primary qualifications of student candidates for active membership include high scholarship and manifested interest in philosophy. Invitation to active membership shall be from among such juniors, seniors and graduate students who meet each of the following qualifications:
- completion of at least ten (10) semester-credits of work in philosophy courses, at least one of which must be at the 300-level or higher;
- a minimum of 3.25 GPA overall;
- not less than a 3.0 GPA in philosophy courses;
Section 4. Any member of the faculty of the department of philosophy at UMKC may be invited to faculty membership. Faculty members shall possess all the privileges of active members
Section 5. Any person of recognized ability and achievement in the field of philosophy, and who is deemed worthy of special recognition by the chapter for his/her contribution to the objectives for which this chapter strives, may be elected as an honorary member. No more than two such members may be elected in any one year. Honorary members shall possess all the privileges of active members except that of holding office. The election of an honorary member must take place at any general membership meeting throughout the year. In order to be elected, 2/3rds of the membership present at that meeting must concur with the nomination of the honorary member. Officers, excluding the president, are allowed to vote. The president will preside over voting.
Section 6. Any persons duly elected to membership (other than honorary) at another institution, who subsequently enroll as students or are serving as faculty members at UMKC, shall be deemed members of this chapter.
Section 7. The Phi Sigma Tau chapter shall initiate new members at such a time as is deemed advisable by the organization’s officers and faculty advisor. Initiations must occur annually, but can also occur biannually.
Section 8. The privileges of membership of an active member once initiated may be suspended or revoked by the unanimous vote of the entire chapter.
ARTICLE IV: Officers and CommitteesEdit
Section 1. Officers of this chapter shall be: a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Public Relations and Treasurer.
Section 2. Officers of this organization must be chosen in an election format open to all current members. Every effort will be made to notify all members of said election and, further, to reasonably accommodate the needs of all members desiring to participate.
Section 3. All officers shall be elected by majority of those active members present and voting at the designated Spring meeting or initiation. The current President will preside over the elections. Potential officers can nominate themselves, or can be nominated by other members of the Phi Sigma Tau chapter. Nominees may make brief speeches before the votes are cast. Votes will be cast by secret ballot. The President will cast a vote only in the case of a tie. If the election is close, the President may choose to have a run-off election between the leading candidates.
Section 4. Officers must meet minimum eligibility requirements, including a cumulative GPA of 2.5 and (6) credit hours of current enrollment, and must not be on student conduct disciplinary or honor code probation. The requirement to be enrolled in six (6) credit hours will be waived for Doctoral students who have completed their formal degree course work, have passed their comprehensive or matriculation examination, and are continuously enrolled in at least one hour of research in the Fall and Winter semesters.
Section 5. Only active members in good standing shall be eligible to hold officer. Officers shall serve a term of one academic year.
Section 6. The duties of the President shall be as follows:
- to call special meetings of this chapter;
- to appoint committees and committee chairmen as s/he deems necessary;
- to be responsible (with the Faculty Advisor) for arranging speakers, programs, and entertainment for meetings of the chapter;
- to see to it that the chapter follows the general policy direction as set forth in Article II;
- to name the time and location of the meetings.
Section 7. The Vice-President shall assist the President and Faculty Advisor in any way possible and fulfill the duties of the President in the President’s absence.
Section 8. The Secretary shall handle all correspondence of the chapter, including the following:
- notification of members of the time and place of meetings;
- keeping the minutes of the proceedings thereof;
- keeping necessary membership information.
Section 9. The Treasurer shall handle all financial dealings of the chapter, including the following:
- collect and handle all dues, fees, etc., which pertain to this organization
Section 10. The advisor(s) for this organization shall be decided upon by the executive officers of the organization. The advisor must be a UMKC faculty or staff member. The Faculty Advisor shall assist the President in arranging speakers, programs, and entertainment for the meetings of this chapter. S/he shall also seek to provide greater communication between the student and faculty members of the organization
Section 11. Chairmen of such committees as the President may appoint shall designate the meeting times and places for the members of their respective committees as they shall deem appropriate. Important chairmanships to consider include a social chair, a publicity chair, and a chair for a speakers committee.
Section 12. Vacancies occurring on committees or in any elected office shall be filled by appointment of the President of the chapter.
Section 13. Any officer of the chapter may be removed by the concurrence of three-fourths (3/4ths) majority of the entire active membership of the chapter.
ARTICLE V: Fees and DuesEdit
Section 1. For initiation into the chapter, a one-time membership fee, including the national dues, shall be due and payable to the Treasurer or the philosophy department designate by the day of initiation, or by a time pre-arranged as deemed necessary by the officers.
Section 2. In the case of the initiation of honorary members, the chapter treasury shall be assessed for the initiation fee payable to the national office.
Section 3. All national society fees of active, faculty, and honorary members shall be paid by the Treasurer or philosophy department designate to the national office within an appropriate period of time to ensure proper recognition for initiation.
Section 4. No other dues or fees will be assessed or collected by the officers of this chapter.
Section 5. The books of account shall be kept up-to-date and open to the inspection of the University auditor.
ARTILE VI: MeetingsEdit
Section 1. Business meetings of this organization shall be held as necessary during the period August through May (excluding mid-semester break) at a time and place determined by the President to be most convenient and expedient.
Section 2. Attendance of all active members is requested at all business meetings and initiations. Notice of time and place of meetings shall be made by the officers of the chapter at least three days prior to the date of the meeting.
Section 3. Special meetings and executive officer work-sessions may be called at any time when deemed necessary by the President of the chapter.
Section 4. The procedure at all meetings, chapters and committee, shall be governed by accepted Parliamentary rules of order, and members shall observe proper decorum during the session of the chapter and its various committees.
ARTICLE VII: Anti-HazingEdit
Section 1. Hazing is strictly prohibited in the State of Missouri and by the University. Hazing is defined as any willful act, occurring on or off campus of an education institution, directed against a student or a prospective member of an organization operating under the sanction of an educational institution, that recklessly endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student or prospective member for the purpose of initiation or admission into or continued membership in any such organization. Acts of hazing include, but are not limited to:
- Any activity that recklessly endangers the physical health or safety of the student or prospective member, including but not limited to physical brutality, whipping, beating, branding, exposure to the elements, forced consumption of any food, liquor, drug, or other substance.
- Any activity that endangers the mental health of the student or prospective member, including but not limited to sleep deprivation, physical confinement, or other extreme stress inducing activity.
- Any activity that requires the student or prospective member to perform a duty or task which involves a violation of the criminal laws of this state or any political subdivision in this state.
Hazing is a class C Felony.
ARTICLE VIII: Constitution and AmendmentsEdit
Section 1. The chapter shall have the power to make and amend this constitution not inconsistent with the word and spirit of the national constitution, as may be deemed necessary.
Section 2. Amendments shall be adopted by the favorable concurrence of not less than two-thirds (2/3rds) of those members present and voting, provided that such amendment or amendments shall have been read in full of chapter.
Section 3. It is further understood that if this organization desires at any time in the future to change in any way the provisions of this constitution, that before such action is take, the organization will submit for approval to the Student Government Association and the Student Life Office every detail of the desired changes to be made.
Section 4. This constitution shall be ratified by no fewer than two-thirds (2/3rds) of the members present and voting at the business meeting of 13 February, 2009.
Approved this Sixteenth Day of April, in the Year Two Thousand, Nine.