The Bylaws of the Gamma Tau Chapter of the Psi Upsilon Fraternity
Last modified September 26, 2012
The Gamma Tau Chapter of the Psi Upsilon Fraternity was chartered December 19th, 1970. The purpose of the Chapter is to remain a relatively small group of friends who hold close fraternal ties in the original tradition of social fraternities. The Chapter strives to achieve the original goals of friendship and service for which the Psi Upsilon Fraternity was founded.
The bylaws of the Gamma Tau Chapter of the Psi Upsilon Fraternity have been created to provide order and organization for the Gamma Tau Chapter in any endeavors that they undertake. It is the responsibility of each MEMBER of the Gamma Tau Chapter to abide by these bylaws and to bring to the attention of the other MEMBERs any violations of these bylaws that they may witness.
ARTICLE I: The Bylaws
Section 1: Definitions
As used in these bylaws, the term:
- MEMBER refers to a person who is classified as a PLEDGE, BROTHER, ALUMNUS, or HONORARY BROTHER.
- PLEDGE refers to a person as described in Article II, Section 1, Law 1.
- DEPLEDGE refers to the termination of a PLEDGE’s status as a PLEDGE by the brotherhood.
- PLEDGE TERM refers to a period of time described in Article II, Section 1, Law 1.
- BROTHER refers to a person as described in Article II, Section 2, Law 1.
- ACTIVE BROTHER refers to a status conferred upon a BROTHER, along with accompanying rights, privileges, and requirements, who has fulfilled his financial obligation to the Chapter.
- PERSONAL LEAVE refers to a status conferred upon a BROTHER, along with accompanying rights, privileges, and requirements, who has been absolved of their brotherly responsibilities to the Chapter. (See Article 2, Section 2, Law 1 for details.)
- ALUMNUS refers to a person as described in Article II Section 3, Law 1.
- HONORARY BROTHER refers to a person as described in Article IX, Section 11 of the Psi Upsilon International Constitution.
- ACTIVE BROTHERHOOD refers to all persons classified as an ACTIVE BROTHER.
- EXECUTIVE COUNCIL refers to the governing body of the Chapter as described in Article III, Section 1, Law 1.
- SIMPLE MAJORITY refers to a number greater than 50% of the group in question.
- THREE-FOURTHS MAJORITY refers to a number greater than or equal to 75% of the group in question.
- QUORUM refers to the minimum number of people necessary to hold a meeting, and is defined for the purposes of these bylaws to be a SIMPLE MAJORITY of the group in question.
Section 2: Ratification and Amendments
Law 1: Ratification
- These bylaws must be approved by a THREE-FOURTHS MAJORITY favorable vote of the ACTIVE BROTHERHOOD during a regularly scheduled Brother’s Meeting. Once approved, these bylaws render void all previous bylaws and conflicting motions of the Gamma Tau Chapter.
Law 2: Amendments
The following procedure shall be used to amend the bylaws:
- A bylaw amendment must be brought up during the new business portion of a regularly scheduled Brother’s Meeting. The proposed amendment will then be discussed.
- Once discussion has been completed, the proposed amendment will be automatically tabled for two weeks.
- The proposed amendment will be discussed again during the old business portion of the next regularly scheduled Brother’s Meeting following this two-week period.
- When discussion has concluded, the meeting chairman shall call for a motion to vote and upon receiving a second, a vote shall be taken.
- For an amendment to be adopted it must receive a THREE-FOURTHS MAJORITY of favorable votes of the ACTIVE BROTHERHOOD.
Section 3: Bylaw Policies
Law 1: Conflicts
- No part of these bylaws may be in conflict with or in violation of the precepts of Psi Upsilon, the International Constitution, the Ritual, or any national, state, university, or local laws or regulations.
- If a section of the bylaws is ruled to be in conflict with or in violation of the before mentioned documents, that section will be immediately deemed null, void and non-enforceable. The parliamentarian or his appointee will immediately draft a proposal to amend the bylaws to correct the section in conflict.
- If a question of how to interpret any part of these bylaws occurs, the following procedure shall be used to resolve the issue:
- The parliamentarian, or in his absence the President, shall present his interpretation of the passage in question.
- At this time, any ACTIVE BROTHER may motion to reject the interpretation presented. If there is a second, the President shall call for a vote. The vote requires a SIMPLE MAJORITY of favorable votes of those ACTIVE BROTHERs present to pass.
- If the motion passes, other interpretations may be presented and voted upon. Any interpretation presented requires a SIMPLE MAJORITY of favorable votes to be accepted. Votes shall be taken until an acceptable interpretation is agreed upon.
- Once an interpretation is agreed upon, the Internal Affairs commitee shall write a Bylaw amendment to clarify the passage in question and in such a way that agrees with the decided upon interpretation.
Law 2: Deference
- These bylaws defer to Roberts Rules of Order for any definitions or procedures that are not formally defined herein or in the ritual.
ARTICLE II: Membership
Section 1: Pledges
Law 1: Definitions
- A PLEDGE is a full-time Georgia Tech student who has been offered a bid, accepted that bid, and has been through the installation ceremony, but has not been through the initiation ceremony or otherwise ended their pledgeship.
- A PLEDGE TERM is the period of time between initiations.
Law 2: Requirements
- A PLEDGE must complete the following requirements before he will be considered for initiation:
- Complete the entire New Member Education program and then pass the Chapter and International tests over the material.
- Design and construct a paddle and have it signed by each ACTIVE BROTHER and PLEDGE. The paddle should be designed as to allow it to be easily hung up on display and carried around by the PLEDGE. The paddle should be completed and all signatures collected a minimum of two weeks before the initiation ceremony.
- Attend a PLEDGE outing planned by the ACTIVE BROTHERHOOD by which time the PLEDGE class shall have elected a PLEDGE class, set the PLEDGE dues, and chosen a big BROTHER if they have not already done so.
- Pay his PLEDGE dues.
- Participate in one or more philanthropy events (to be approved by the philanthropy chairman) totaling not less than 10 hours.
- Help the PLEDGE class plan and organize a Social event (to be approved by the Vice President of External Affairs) and then participate in the event.
- Help the PLEDGE class plan and organize a project (to be approved by the Vice President of the House) to improve the Chapter House in a lasting and permanent manner and then participate in the event.
- Have a minimum GPA of 2.2 for the previous semester.
- The Psi Upsilon Pledge Pin must be worn at all times except when it is impractical, such as during participation in athletic events or while sleeping.
- A PLEDGE must complete the entire initiation Ritual.
- ACTIVE BROTHERS, BROTHERS on PERSONAL LEAVE, and ALUMNI who had held ACTIVE status during the most recently concluded Fall or Spring semester and are present at the voting meeting are referred to in this law as the “ELIGIBLE BROTHERHOOD”. In order for a PLEDGE to be initiated, he must be voted into the brotherhood by the ELIGIBLE BROTHERHOOD. Only PLEDGES that have met all of the requirements in part one of this section will be considered. There will be no more than 3 meetings per calendar year where a vote is taken to initiate PLEDGE(S), and no fewer than 1, provided that there exist any MEMBERs with PLEDGE status. The process for conducting the vote on the initiation of PLEDGES is as follows:
- A vote, by secret ballot, will be taken of the ELIGIBLE BROTHERHOOD. Three types of votes may be cast for this ballot:
- YES - The voting BROTHER wishes the PLEDGE to be initiated into Psi Upsilon.
- NO - The voting BROTHER wishes for the PLEDGE to maintain his PLEDGE status and not be initiated at this time.
- VETO - The voting BROTHER has irreconcilable issues with the PLEDGE and strongly opposes his initiation at this time.
- Non-personal vote totals are to be recorded for the purpose outlined in Way 3. Any such results must be obliterated before any other PLEDGE may be initiated. They will consist of the total votes cast in each of the three categories (YES, NO, or VETO).
- After each vote, the votes will be tallied and interpreted as follows:
- If the pledge receives a THREE-FOURTHS MAJORITY of YES votes from the ELIGIBLE BROTHERHOOD and zero votes of VETO, then the pledge is initiated.
- If the pledge receives ten percent (rounded down, to a minimum of 2) or greater votes of VETO on a single vote tally, then the remainder of the votes (consisting of YES and NO votes) is discarded, and the PLEDGE is not initiated. A motion to DEPLEDGE the PLEDGE will immediately be placed on the table to be discussed at the next regularly scheduled Brother’s meeting. The procedure for this vote is outlined in Section 5 Law 1 of these Bylaws.
- If the pledge receives any votes of VETO below the threshold in part ‘ii’ and/or fails to earn a THREE-FOURTHS MAJORITY of YES votes from the ACTIVE BROTHERHOOD, then discussion is reopened. Following this discussion, a second vote will occur. The procedure for this vote shall differ from the first in following Ways:
- If the PLEDGE receives no votes of VETO, but does not receive a 3/4 majority of YES votes, then the pledge is not initiated.
- If the PLEDGE receives between one and 10 per cent votes of VETO, and this is not a third or later vote on the same PLEDGE during the same meeting, then the remainder of the votes is discarded and discussion is reopened. Following this discussion another vote will occur by the procedure in Way 3.
- If the vote is a third or greater vote, and the total results have not changed from the previous vote, then this will be the final vote and the results stand. In this case, any remaining votes of VETO will be counted as NO votes. A THREE-FOURTHS MAJORITY of YES votes from the ELIGBLE BROTHERHOOD are required to initiate, as per normal procedure.
- A vote, by secret ballot, will be taken of the ELIGIBLE BROTHERHOOD. Three types of votes may be cast for this ballot:
- During each PLEDGE TERM, screening vote proceedings will take place over the course of two consecutive meetings according to the following procedure.
- On the first meeting, each PLEDGE will be discussed. In the time between the two meetings, it is the responsibility of each PLEDGE’s big Brother to make sure steps to resolve conflicts dealing with his little Brother have been taken.
- On the second meeting, only new information should be presented and the votes will be taken. Each ACTIVE BROTHER will cast one vote per PLEDGE by secret ballot.
- A vote of YES indicates that the Brother casting it would like the PLEDGE in question to continue his or her pledge process.
- A vote of ABSTAIN removes the Brother casting it from the voting population. This should be taken to mean that the Brother casting it does not know the PLEDGE in question well enough to form an opinion about him or her.
- A vote of NO indicates that the Brother casting it would like the PLEDGE in question to be DEPLEDGED.
- A vote of STRONG NO indicates that the Brother casting it has a serious opposition to the PLEDGE in question continuing and that trying to address the issues prompting the vote has yielded no (or negative) results.
- If there are more than 25% abstains, a revote may be called. The vote will be retaken at once with no discussion, with these results being final.
- Totals for each PLEDGE shall be calculated.
- Any PLEDGE receiving at least 50 per cent votes of YES, AND fewer than 20 per cent (rounded down) votes of STRONG NO, will continue his or her pledge process.
- Any PLEDGE receiving fewer than 50 per cent votes of YES, OR at least 20 per cent (rounded down) votes of STRONG NO, will be released from his or her pledge process.
- Have their pledgeship renewed by the BROTHERHOOD within one month of the start of the PLEDGE TERM.
- Re-complete the requirements outlined above under PLEDGE requirements. Re-completion of any or all of these requirements may be waived by a simple majority vote of the BROTHERHOOD.
Law 3: Rights and Privileges
- PLEDGEs may not attend any portion of a meeting that deals with matters of membership, initiation, the Ritual, or any other secret business of the chapter.
- PLEDGEs may not take part in any official vote.
- During the PLEDGE period each PLEDGE should be made to feel that he has a part in the affairs of the Chapter. The PLEDGEs should be encouraged to take an active part in the social professional and athletic programs of the Chapter. PLEDGEs should be to visit the Chapter House frequently to associate with the MEMBERs.
- PLEDGEs shall be encouraged to take part in special or routine work of a constructive nature in and about the Chapter House to the advantage of the Chapter.
- There shall be NO activity or function required of a PLEDGE by any MEMBER of Psi Upsilon which violates the precepts of Psi Upsilon, the National Constitution, the Chapter bylaws, or which violates any national, state, or university laws or regulations.
- If a conflict of interest exists between a PLEDGE and his big brother, as determined by a SIMPLE MAJORITY of the ACTIVE BROTHERHOOD, the PLEDGE shall choose a new big brother from the ACTIVE BROTHERHOOD.
Section 2: BROTHERs
Law 1: Definition
- An ACTIVE BROTHER is a person who has been initiated and is currently enrolled as a graduate or undergraduate student at the Georgia Institute of Technology. ACTIVE BROTHERS will have all of the rights and requirements described by Laws 3 and 4. During the first semester after initiation a BROTHER will be known as a NEOPHYTE and be required to pay initiation fees but not chapter dues; these members will be reported as “New Member Initiated This Academic Year” during the first membership report after their initiation. All other ACTIVE BROTHERS will be reported as “Undergraduates”.
- An ACTIVE BROTHER may request PERSONAL LEAVE in times of duress or under the criteria specified below by raising a motion to grant PERSONAL LEAVE as described by Section 5. These brothers will be reported as “Undergraduates” unless they meet the criteria specified below.
- It is the recommendation of these bylaws that any brother who has requested personal leave two or fewer times, who has been active for over six semesters, who is currently enrolled in graduate school, or who makes a significant commute to campus be granted personal leave.
- A BROTHER on PERSONAL LEAVE will be required to pay international dues but will have none of the other requirements described by Law 3.
- A BROTHER on PERSONAL LEAVE will have all of the rights described by Law 4 with the exception of the right to vote.
- A BROTHER who is on his or her co-op work semester, is taking his or her official semester break (as defined by the Georgia Institute of Technology) and is not residing in the chapter house, or is studying abroad may request to be reported as “Not Enrolled in school”. These brothers will have all of the rights of brothers on PERSONAL LEAVE but will not be required to pay international dues.
- An ACTIVE BROTHER who has not met his financial obligations to the chapter may be assigned the status of PROBATION as follows:
- The status of PROBATION shall be assigned by a decision of the Judicial Board.
- A Brother on PROBATION shall not take part in social, athletic, professional, or Ritual activities of the Chapter.
- A BROTHER on PROBATION may become an ACTIVE BROTHER at any point during their PROBATION status by full payment of their financial obligation to the Chapter.
- All BROTHERs shall be considered ACTIVE BROTHERs for a given semester and will be held responsible for meeting all of the requirements associated with that status unless:
- The BROTHER formally requests, in person or in writing, for temporary ALUMNUS status at or before the second Brother’s Meeting of the semester.
- The BROTHER is SUSPENDED, granted PERSONAL LEAVE status, or placed on PROBATION.
- The BROTHER has been previously SUSPENDED for a term that will not expire before the first Brother’s Meeting of the semester.
- The BROTHER is an ALUMNUS.
Law 2: Status Resolution
- At the second meeting of the semester, all petitions for PERSONAL LEAVE status should be reviewed by the ACTIVE BROTHERHOOD.
- Each request must be approved by a THREE-FORTHS MAJORITY of the ACTIVE BROTHERHOOD, not including those BROTHERS who have petitioned for PERSONAL LEAVE status.
- ACTIVE BROTHERS who have been continuously delinquient in payment of dues shall be referred to the Judicial Board by the Vice President of the House.
Law 3: Requirements
- Each ACTIVE BROTHER will have set upon him the personal responsibility to meet the following financial obligations:
- Payment of monies by any BROTHER must be applied first towards any debt they may owe to the Chapter. No monies paid by said persons may be applied towards dues, social events, or any other Chapter related items or events for the current semester until their entire outstanding debt is paid in full.
- All dues for the current semester shall be paid before the second Brother’s Meeting of the current semester.
- If a BROTHER cannot pay his debt and dues in full by the above deadlines, he shall make a payment plan, with the Treasurer’s approval, that will pay off his entire financial obligation by the end of the current semester. Such a plan must be submitted to the Treasurer by the second meeting of the semester.
- In cases of extreme financial crisis, a BROTHER may ask that his dues be divided equally amongst the ACTIVE BROTHERHOOD for the current semester. Such a motion must be made at the first meeting of the semester and requires a UNANIMOUS vote of the ACTIVE BROTHERHOOD.
- If a BROTHER fails to meet these financial obligations, a motion to suspend may be brought as per Article II, Section 5, Law 2.
- Each ACTIVE BROTHER shall have set upon him the personal responsibility to meet the following attendance requirements:
- To be present for all Full House Cleanups.
- To attend all PLEDGE related ceremonies, including but not limited to PLEDGE installation, the PLEDGE outing, and PLEDGE initiation.
- To attend all ALUMNI related events, including but not limited to Founders Day and Alumni Weekend.
- To be present for each day of Full House Cleanup Week.
- To be present for each evening of Rush Week.
- To arrange to meet with the Scholarship Chair once per semester to discuss his grades and any need and/or plan for improvement.
- To be present for the entirety of all Brother’s Meetings and Rush meetings.
- The ACTIVE BROTHERHOOD may vote to designate any event as an “attendance required” event and fine those ACTIVE BROTHERS absent, however, attendance shall NOT be required of any ACTIVE BROTHER for any event for which he is not given at least two weeks advance notice of the attendance requirement.
- Fines for any of the above events may be set or modified by the member of the EXECUTIVE COUNCIL in charge of the event and then approved by a SIMPLE MAJORITY of the ACTIVE BROTHERHOOD at least two weeks before each event and be available in the written policy of the appropriate committee.
- An ACTIVE BROTHER may be excused from a required event by any the following manners:
- ACADEMIC EXCUSES: An ACTIVE BROTHER may be excused from any required event by submitting in writing to the member of the EXECUTIVE COUNCIL in charge of the event a school-related reason for his absence prior to the event missed. The acceptance of the excuse is subject to the approval of the member of the EXECUTIVE COUNCIL in charge of the event.
- OTHER EXCUSES: If an absence is not excused by academic reasons, then the fee may be reduced or absolved by a decision of the Judicial Board.
- An ACTIVE BROTHER shall complete 10 hours of philanthropy per semester excluding the summer semester. If at the start of the current semester an ACTIVE BROTHER has failed to complete his philanthropy obligation for the previous semester, he shall have two weeks to submit a written plan for the timely completion of the outstanding hours to the philanthropy chair. For any ACTIVE BROTHER who has failed to submit such a plan, the philanthropy chair shall at the next available Judicial Board meeting of the current semester ask that the Judicial Board determine an appropriate response.
- An ACTIVE BROTHER shall maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 and an academic standing of “Good” as defined by official transcript. At the first EXECUTIVE COUNCIL meeting of the current semester, the EXECUTIVE COUNCIL shall move for inactivity of members whose cumulative GPA is under 2.0 or who are not in Good academic standing at the end of the previous semester.
- An ACTIVE BROTHER must actively participate in at least one standing committee.
- An ACTIVE BROTHER shall do everything in his power to meet the requirements of ACTIVE BROTHER status and to maintain that status until such time as they are granted ALUMNUS status.
- No ACTIVE BROTHER, BROTHER on PERSONAL LEAVE, or ALUMNUS shall discuss any information about the contents of the Ritual, Brother’s Meeting, or any other matter considered secret by the Chapter to any person who has not been initiated into Psi Upsilon. Any failure to meet this requirement should be brought to the attention of the Judicial Board who may then recommend SUSPENSION or EXPULSION proceedings against the BROTHER in question.
Law 4: Rights and Privileges
- An ACTIVE BROTHER is granted the right to attend all meetings, ceremonies, and social events and other official activities of the Chapter.
- An ACTIVE BROTHER is granted the right to vote in any matters concerning the Chapter and this right shall not be suspended or denied so long as the MEMBER maintains his ACTIVE BROTHER status.
- ACTIVE BROTHERs shall have the highest priority in matters concerning the use of the Chapter House and related facilities, specifically the assignment of rooms and parking spaces, and the use of the house for official Chapter functions.
Law 5: Big Brothers
- An ACTIVE BROTHER is eligible to act as the BIG BROTHER of a PLEDGE if he or she meets the following requirements:
- The ACTIVE BROTHER declares to the Vice President of Member Education that he or she is willing and able to be a BIG BROTHER, no later than during the second regularly scheduled BROTHERS MEETING of the semester.
- The ACTIVE BROTHER, over the course of his or her previous academic semester attained a GPA of no less than 2.2.
- The ACTIVE BROTHER was not placed on PROBATION at any point over the course of the previous semester.
- The ACTIVE BROTHER had no more than 2 unexcused absences from required events over the course of the previous semester.
- The ACTIVE BROTHER is in good academic standing with the Georgia Institute of Technology.
- An ACTIVE BROTHER who meets all but one of the above requirements may have the remaining requirement waived by a THREE-FOURTHS MAJORITY favorable vote of the ACTIVE BROTHERHOOD.
Section 3: Alumni
Law 1: Definition
- An ALUMNUS is a person who has been initiated and who is considered an ALUMNUS by the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Law 2: Rights and Privileges
- ALUMNI are not required to pay any dues to the Chapter but are required to cover the cost of their participation in any event not specifically organized for ALUMNI.
- ALUMNI are encouraged to visit and participate in the activities of the Chapter.
- ALUMNI may attend all Brother’s Meetings and may make motions and recommendations.
- ALUMNI may attend all social and ritual events of the chapter provided they have paid off all outstanding debts to the chapter.
- ALUMNI may participate in and chair committees and hold offices that are not part of the EXECUTIVE COUNCIL.
- ALUMNI may not participate in any official vote.
Law 3: Requirements
- ALUMNI are required to organize themselves into a support organization, the purpose of which shall be to guide the growth and development of the Chapter.
- ALUMNI should make every effort to attend Founder’s Day and Alumni Weekend events organized by the Chapter.
- ALUMNI are required to pay any balance owed to the Chapter as soon as is possible after being granted ALUMNI status.
Section 4: Honorary Brothers
Law 1: Definition
- An HONORARY BROTHER is a person, not otherwise eligible for membership, who the fraternity has selected in recognition of their outstanding achievement and devotion to the Fraternity and its development and growth, and who has subsequently been initiated.
- An HONORARY BROTHER may attend Brothers’ Meetings, present motions, hold chairs and maintain memberships in committees.
Law 2: Selection
- In order for a person to become an HONORARY BROTHER, a list of their accomplishments and specific examples of their contributions to the fraternity must be made, and said person must then carry a vote of the ACTIVE BROTHERHOOD conducted in the following manner:
- A vote, by secret ballot, will be taken. Three types of votes may be cast for this ballot:
- YES - The voting BROTHER wishes the person to be initiated into Psi Upsilon.
- NO - The voting BROTHER does not believe that the person deserves this honor at this time.
- VETO - The voting BROTHER vehemently opposes making said person an HONORARY BROTHER.
- If the person receives a THREE-FOURTHS MAJORITY of YES votes and zero votes of VETO, then the person is an HONORARY BROTHER upon initiation.
- If the person receives one or more votes of VETO, or does not receive a THREE-FOURTHS MAJORITY of YES votes, then the person retains their current status in relation to the chapter.
- A vote, by secret ballot, will be taken. Three types of votes may be cast for this ballot:
- Any vote to select someone as an HONORARY BROTHER shall be announced no less than two weeks in advance, at a regularly scheduled Brother’s Meeting.
- A person may come up to a vote to be made an HONORARY BROTHER no more than once per semester.
Section 5: Release of PLEDGEs and BROTHERs
Law 1: Pledges
- A motion to DEPLEDGE a pledge may be submitted:
- If the pledge enters into any negotiations for securing membership in any other social fraternity.
- If the pledge evidences unwillingness to conform to directions given for preparation for initiation.
- If the pledge refuses to complete or to regard seriously the various steps in the initiation.
- If the pledge fails to respect the secrecy of the Chapter by asking BROTHERs, ALUMNI, or other PLEDGEs, to disclose information about the content of secret meetings such as the Brother’s Meeting, EXECUTIVE COUNCIL Meetings, or about the content of the Ritual.
- One or more ACTIVE BROTHERs feel, for any reason, that the PLEDGE would not make a good BROTHER of Psi Upsilon.
- By decision of the Judicial Board.
- If, at anytime during a PLEDGE’s pledgeship, any ACTIVE BROTHER feels that a PLEDGE should be DEPLEDGED for any of the reason listed in Paragraph 1, then that BROTHER may bring up a motion proposing that the pledge be DEPLEDGED. The following guidelines will govern such, motions:
- This motion may not be proposed at any meeting where there has been, or is planned, a motion to be made to initiate any PLEDGE(s).
- This vote requires a SIMPLE MAJORITY of the ACTIVE BROTHERHOOD to pass. If this vote passes, then the PLEDGE is immediately DEPLEDGED.
- A PLEDGE will be automatically DEPLEDGED if he has not been initiated within two PLEDGE TERMS after accepting his bid unless he is granted an extension of his pledgeship, not to exceed two PLEDGE TERMS, via a SIMPLE MAJORITY favorable vote of the ACTIVE BROTHERHOOD.
- A PLEDGE may upon his own request, after the President, Pledge Education Committee Chairman, or the Big Brother of the PLEDGE have discussed the matter with him and have clearly determined his reasons for the request, suspend his pledgeship for a period not to exceed one semester.
- A PLEDGE may upon his own request, after the President, Pledge Education Committee Chairman, or the Big Brother of the PLEDGE in question have discussed the matter with him and have clearly determined his reasons for the request, terminate his own pledgeship.
- A PLEDGE who has terminated his own pledgeship or who has been suspended or DEPLEDGED shall return his PLEDGE pin to the Pledge Educator.
Law 2: Suspension and Expulsion of BROTHERs
- A BROTHER may bring up a motion to grant PERSONAL LEAVE. A motion to grant PERSONAL LEAVE must include a recommended BROTHER’S KEEPER and requires a THREE-FOURTHS MAJORITY of the ACTIVE BROTHERHOOD, excepting the vote of the person in question. The purpose of this liaison is to encourage continued participation, and to help resolve the issues which lead to the motion to grant PERSONAL LEAVE.
- If at any time a motion to grant PERSONAL LEAVE fails, a motion to EXPEL will be immediately brought forward and tabled for two weeks. If the brother chooses to become ACTIVE before this motion comes off the table, the motion will be dismissed.
- If the motion to EXPEL fails, the BROTHER will be given one week to pay his dues, after which time he will be placed on PROBATION.
- An ACTIVE BROTHER may be suspended for a period not to exceed one year by a THREE-FOURTHS MAJORITY vote of the ACTIVE BROTHERHOOD, excepting the vote of the persons in question. A BROTHER may be expelled by a THREE-FOURTHS MAJORITY vote of the ACTIVE BROTHERHOOD excepting the vote of the person in question. A period of suspension should have an ending date that corresponds with the end of the semester.
- All votes concerning suspension or expulsion shall occur at regularly scheduled Brother’s Meetings and all ACTIVE BROTHERs shall be given notice at least two weeks in advance of the meeting that a question of suspension or expulsion is to be considered. BROTHERs for whom suspension or expulsion is to be considered shall be informed no less than two weeks in advance and in writing of the basis of such action by the Vice President of Internal Affairs.
- A BROTHER who is suspended shall cease all fraternal activities and associations with the Chapter during the period of suspension. He shall have no vote in Chapter affairs and shall not take part in social, athletic, professional or Ritual activities of his Chapter. If he is currently a resident of the Chapter House, he will be given 60 days to vacate the premises. It is recommended that the Chapter consider a motion to ban the BROTHER from the Chapter House if such punishment is necessary.
- A BROTHER who is expelled shall cease all fraternal activities and associations with the Chapter. He shall have no vote in Chapter affairs, may not attend chapter meetings, and shall not take part in Ritual activities of his Chapter. He shall return his BROTHER’s Badge. Brothers who are expelled will be reported as “Expelled after Initiation” during the first membership report after expulsion. It is recommended that the Chapter consider a motion to ban the BROTHER from the Chapter House if such punishment is necessary.
- As disciplinary action the Judicial Board may ban non-members including those of BROTHERS who have been expelled. Non-members who have been banned may not enter the Chapter House or property.
Law 3: Voluntary Termination of Membership
- Psi Upsilon recognizes no voluntary termination of membership once a MEMBER has been initiated.
Law 4: Reinstatement of Suspended Members
- A MEMBER suspended by the Chapter shall be reinstated when his period of suspension has elapsed, or by a THREE-FOURTHS MAJORITY favorable vote of the ACTIVE BROTHERHOOD taken at the first or second Brother’s Meeting of the semester.
ARTICLE III: The Executive Council (EC) and other Officers
Section 1: Officers of the Executive Council
Law 1: Definition and Purpose
- The purpose of the EC is to be the primary governing body of the Chapter. The EC will:
- Handle the routine business and day-to-day decision making associated with the operation of the Chapter.
- Make important decisions on behalf of the Chapter whenever it is called to do so by the bylaws, or when a decision must be made before such time as a Brother’s Meeting can be arranged.
- Enforce the bylaws of the Chapter and recommend fines, suspension, or expulsion of MEMBERs for infractions of the bylaws.
- The EC shall consist of the following officers: President, Vice President of the House, Vice President of Member Education, Vice President of Internal Affairs, and Vice President of External Affairs.
- All official decisions of the EC must be made with a QUORUM of the EC present.
- Any decision made by the EC may be overturned by a THREE- FOURTHS MAJORITY vote of the ACTIVE BROTHERHOOD.
- All officers will have the following duties:
- To maintain Continuity Folder which shall include but is not limited to:
- Minutes from all committee meetings chaired by the officer.
- Notes and records of all projects planned or carried out by the officer or their committee.
- Useful contact information.
- Other notes and documents pertaining to their office.
- Digital data as applicable.
- To hand down and explain the contents of his Continuity Folder to his successor when he leaves office.
- To ensure that minutes and attendance are taken at each Committee meeting that he chairs.
- To exhaust all available means to meet the requirements of his office for his entire elected term.
- To give reports at House and Brother’s meetings on the state of affairs of the office and ongoing projects, events, etc.
- To submit budgetary items to the Treasurer for approval.
- To aid the Vice President of Member Education with Rush at his request.
- To submit scheduling items to the Vice President of Internal Affairs for approval.
- To submit all event plans to the Vice President of External Affairs to ensure compliance with regulations.
- To maintain Continuity Folder which shall include but is not limited to:
- The EC will have the following duties:
- To meet weekly to set an agenda for the Brothers Meeting and report on the sate of affairs of their offices.
- To actively disclose any official actions to the rest of the ACTIVE BROTHERHOOD.
Law 2: Responsibilities of the President of the Fraternity
- The office of President of the Fraternity shall be the highest office of the Fraternity.
- To represent Brother Archon in all ritual activities of the Chapter.
- To represent Leonardo in the TMNT.
- To chair Brothers Meetings.
- To attend all IFC meetings.
- To chair the EC and schedule its weekly meetings.
- To ensure that the other BROTHERs of the EC perform the duties prescribed to them by these bylaws.
- Keep himself familiar with the activities of the other members of the EC.
- To dutifully perform the role of other EC members in their absence.
- To oversee and be responsible for the general good health and operation of the Chapter.
- To create or dissolve duties not enumerated by these Bylaws to the Committees as he determines would be beneficial to the operations of the Chapter.
- To reside in the Chapter House in order to better perform his duties.
- To complete the Membership Report and mail it to the International Office on time.
Law 3: Responsibilities of the Vice President of the House
- The office of Vice-President of the House shall be the second highest office of the Fraternity.
- To represent Brother Thesauristes in all ritual activities of the Chapter.
- To represent Donatello in the TMNT.
- To chair the weekly House Meetings.
- To chair and schedule the weekly meetings of the House Committee.
- To assign duties to the members of the House Committee and ensure that these duties are performed.
- To keep himself familiar with the activities of the other members of the House Committee.
- To dutifully perform the role of other House Committee members in their absence.
- To reside in the Chapter House in order to better perform his duties.
Law 4: Responsibilities of the Vice President of Member Education
- The office of Vice-President of Member Education shall be the third highest office of the Fraternity.
- To represent Brother First Angelos.
- To represent Master Splinter in the TMNT.
- To chair and schedule the Pledge Education Meetings.
- To be the single point of contact for all Rush matters.
- To chair and schedule the weekly meetings of the Member Education Committee.
- To assign duties to the members of the Member Education Committee and ensure that these duties are performed.
- To keep himself familiar with the activities of the other members of the Member Education Committee.
- To dutifully perform the role of other Member Education Committee members in their absence.
Law 5: Responsibilities of the Vice President of External Affairs
- The office of Vice-President of External Affairs shall be the fourth highest office of the Fraternity.
- To represent Brother Second Angelos.
- To represent Michelangelo in the TMNT.
- To attend all IFC meetings.
- To be the single point on contact for Chapter compliance with State, Federal, Institutional and IFC regulations (Risk Management).
- To be the official representative of the Chapter to all outside organizations.
- To chair and schedule the weekly meetings of the External Affairs Committee.
- To assign duties to the members of the External Affairs and ensure that these duties are performed.
- To keep himself familiar with the activities of the other members of the External Affairs Committee.
Law 6: Responsibilities of the Vice President of Internal Affairs
- The office of Vice-President of Internal Affairs shall be the fifth highest office of the Fraternity.
- To represent Brother Epistlographos and/or Grammateus.
- To represent Raphael in the TMNT.
- To attend the International Convention meetings.
- To be the single point of contact for all scheduling matters.
- To chair and schedule the weekly meetings of the Internal Affairs Committee.
- To assign duties to the members of the Internal Affairs and ensure that these duties are performed.
- To keep himself familiar with the activities of the other members of the Internal Affairs Committee.
- To dutifully perform the role of other Internal Affairs Committee members in their absence.
Section 2: Other Elected Officers
Law 1: Responsibilities of the Treasurer
- To be the single point of contact for all financial matters.
- To collect money from those who owe money to the Chapter and to assess and see to the payment of bills for Chapter services and functions.
- To maintain current detailed ledgers of accounts held with and by the Chapter.
- To keep each MEMBER regularly appraised of their financial standing with the Chapter and to provide financial status information of a MEMBER's account at the request of that MEMBER.
- To collect all fines, including those for event absences, meeting absences, and failure to perform house jobs.
- To propose a budget for the upcoming semester at the last meeting of every semester.
- To attend House Committee meetings.
Section 3: Installation and Removal
Law 1: Nomination and Election
- The term length for all officers shall be approximately one calendar year beginning on the date of their Installation and ending when their successor is installed.
- Nominations for officers whose term of office will expire at the end of the current semester shall be opened at the fifth to last Brother’s Meeting of the current semester and reopened immediately before elections.
- Nominations for an office that has been prematurely vacated shall be opened during the meeting it becomes vacant and reopened immediately before elections.
- Only ACTIVE BROTHERs currently enrolled at the Georgia Institute of Technology are eligible for nomination.
- No nomination shall be considered officially accepted until such time as the nominee has placed in writing his qualifications and submitted them to the chairman of the meeting.
- Elections for offices whose current office’s term will expire at the end of the current semester shall be held at the third and second to last Brother’s Meetings of the semester.
- Elections for offices that have been prematurely vacated shall be held at the next regularly scheduled Brother’s Meeting following the meeting at which the office was vacated.
- The Installation of new officers shall occur during the meeting following the initiation following the last officer’s election.
- The procedure used for election of officers shall be as follows:
- Elections shall be held in the order of highest office of the EXECUTIVE COUNCIL to the lowest over a period of two Meetings, where the top two offices take place at the first Meeting and the last three offices take place during the second Meeting. The election of the Treasurer will take place immediately following the election of the Vice-President of the House.
- At the start of elections, all candidates will be asked to leave the room. The candidates shall return one at a time in alphabetical order to give a speech and answer any questions.
- Any candidates who cannot be available at the time of the election, must have their qualification sheet and/or speech read by an appointed assistant at the election, and be available by phone to answer any questions.
- Once all candidates have given their speeches and answered questions, all candidates will be asked to wait in another room while the Chapter discusses the candidates.
- The ACTIVE BROTHERHOOD will then vote on the candidates via secret ballot.
- Brother’s may abstain from voting. Write in votes shall not be permitted. All voters must write on the ballot the full name of a nominee or “No Confidence”. If any other type of vote is cast, the vote will be considered void and will be retaken.
- The acting chairman of the meeting and the acting recording secretary will count the votes.
- A candidate must receive a SIMPLE MAJORITY of favorable votes of the ACTIVE BROTHERHOOD to be elected.
- If no candidate receives a SIMPLE MAJORITY of favorable votes, all proxy votes will be permanently discarded, and a runoff vote will immediately occur between the two candidates with the most votes.
- In the event that a SIMPLE MAJORITY of votes are cast “No Confidence”, or in the event that the first or second highest scoring vote was “No Confidence”, all proxy votes will be permanently discarded, the candidates will be asked to immediately return to the meeting and the meeting shall return directly to the pre-election nominations phase.
- Once a winner has been determined, the candidates will be asked to return to the meeting and the results announced.
- Any officer who shall not have ACTIVE BROTHER status during summer semester may appoint a substitute representative to hold the post during that semester.
Law 2: Resignation
- Officers are expected to dutifully complete their terms, but are permitted to resign their office in cases of extreme emotional or academic hardship.
- In the event an officer resigns his office, he shall continue to faithfully execute the duties of that office until such time as a replacement is elected or appointed, or until two weeks passes.
- The President shall assume the duties of offices outside the EXECUTIVE COUNCIL if the two-week period expires without a suitable replacement being determined. The President shall faithfully complete the duties of that office while making every effort to find a replacement.
Law 3: Involuntary Removal from Office
- Should an officer become an ALUMNUS during their term, they shall be automatically removed from office.
- Officers may be removed from office by a THREE-FOURTHS MAJORITY vote of the ACTIVE BROTHERHOOD.
- Any officer for which a motion for involuntarily removal from office will be submitted, as well as all ACTIVE BROTHERs, must be notified no less than two-weeks prior to the meeting at which the issue is to be discussed. The officer in question shall be notified in writing.
ARTICLE IV: Committees
Section 1: Committees of the Chapter
Law 1: Definition and Purpose
- The purpose of these Committees is to be the primary decision making and discussion bodies of the Chapter. The Committees will:
- Be chaired by the vice presidents.
- Be assigned tasks by the president during the Brother’s meetings.
- Decide courses of action to accomplish their tasks.
- Present these courses of action to the brotherhood through their Chair.
- The Committee system shall consist of the following Committees: House Committee, Member Education Committee, Internal Affairs Committee, and External Affairs Committee.
- All ACTIVE BROTHERS have the responsibility to be an active member in one of the Committees.
Law 2: Responsibilities of the House Committee
- The House Committee shall be chaired by the Vice President of the House.
- To aid the Vice President of the House in his financial duties including but not limited to collecting rent and parlor fees.
- To manage the House and the Chapter’s property.
- To act as an agent of PUSOG for the purpose of issuing and collecting housing contracts, eviction notices, etc.
- To secure the lodge room during Brothers Meetings.
- To be responsible for the condition of the Chapter house and to work with PUSOG to make sure the Chapter house and grounds stay in good repair.
- To establish parking and room allocation policies with due consideration to fraternity status, debts owed, etc.
- To see that all entrances to the house are locked after midnight, or after the conclusion of any official event which lasts past midnight.
- To ensure that the House remains clean, and to improve the condition of the House.
- To assign house jobs, ensure their completion.
- To coordinate and conduct monthly full house cleanups.
- To buy supplies for the house (soap, sponges, cleaner, paper towels, toilet paper, etc.)
- To coordinate and conduct Full House Cleanup Week and to ensure the house remains clean during Rush Week.
- To conduct move-in and move-out inspections of all rooms.
- To manage and maintain the kitchen of the Chapter.
- To establish policies for the use of the Chapter kitchen.
- To ensure that these policies are followed and that the kitchen remains clean.
- To maintain the network of the Chapter.
- To operate and maintain computers, networking equipment, telephone equipment, and network/telephone wiring owned by the Chapter.
- To act as liaison to the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Office of Information Technology.
- To conduct Fundraising for the Chapter to assist with the financial stability of the Chapter.
- To manage the fund raising projects.
- To keep accurate records of all money raised and spent, and ensure that the Treasurer has a copy.
- To keep accurate records of all money raised and spent, and insure that the Treasurer has a copy.
- To keep accurate records of all money raised and spent, and insure that the Treasurer has a copy.
Law 3: Responsibilities of the Member Education Committee
- The Member Education Committee shall be chaired by the Vice President of Member Education.
- To aid the Vice President of Member Education in his Rush duties including but not limited to:
- To prepare a rush calendar of events for each Rush Week.
- To ensure the Chapter has all the necessary materials to conduct Rush and Rush events.
- To keep pictures or extensive notes on rushees.
- To maintain contact with outstanding bid holders and keep the Chapter appraised of their status.
- To educate the Pledges.
- To conduct PLEDGE education sessions as needed follow the guidelines set down in the Garnet Book and the College tablet.
- To assist the pledges in the organization of pledge chapter improvement project, the pledge service project, and the pledge social event.
- To assist and ensure that the PLEDGEs choose a Big Brother no later then after the conclusion of the pledge outing.
- To ensure that the PLEDGEs complete their paddles no later then two weeks before initiation.
- To ensure pledge attendance at House and Pledge Education Meetings.
- To organize and oversee the formation of a pledge outing.
- To coordinate and conduct the Ritual of the Chapter.
- To be intimately familiar with the official Psi Upsilon ritual as well as all Chapter rituals.
- To maintain a supply of items needed to conduct the various rituals.
- To organize and conduct a yearly Brother’s Retreat.
- To coordinate and conduct ritual preparation.
- To plan and coordinate the pledge installation dinner.
- To educate the Members.
- To conduct session to educate the members on the policies and history of the Chapter including Rush and House policies.
- To oversee the BROTHER’S KEEPERs of BROTHERs currently on Personal Leave.
- To aid the Members in their pursuit of education at Georgia Tech.
- To meet with each ACTIVE BROTHER and PLEDGE once per semester to discuss that person’s academic performance and any need or plan for improvement.
- To coordinate tutors and study partners in the Chapter.
- To ensure the Chapter meets IFC minimum standards for scholastic achievement.
Law 4: Responsibilities of the External Affairs Committee
- The External Affairs Committee shall be chaired by the Vice President of External Affairs.
- To aid the Vice President of External Affairs in his Risk Management duties including but not limited to:
- To ensure that all official Chapter functions are conducted in a safe manner.
- To monitor and police chapter Social events.
- To be familiar with State, Federal, Institutional and IFC regulations as they pertain to the chapter.
- To ensure that Sober Monitors are available at all Chapter events.
- To interface between the IFC and the Chapter.
- To encourage participation in IFC committees and activities.
- To encourage Brothers to apply for IFC scholarships, run for IFC offices, and participate in IFC committees.
- To coordinate with IFC committee chairmen to keep abreast of their activities.
- To ensure that all the committees in the Chapter are conforming to IFC minimum standards.
- To coordinate and conduct a philanthropy event for the Members once a semester.
- To keep records of both the time spent and money collected/contributed in philanthropic events for each Member.
- To complete and submit IFC philanthropy forms.
- To ensure the Chapter meets IFC minimum standards for philanthropy.
- To coordinate and conduct a Greek Week and Homecoming events.
- To coordinate efforts with the Brotherhood during these events.
- To advertise Greek Week/Homecoming events and encourage participation.
- To attend all Greek Week/Homecoming related IFC meetings.
- To ensure that all entry fees are paid, as necessary.
- To coordinate and conduct Greek Week/Homecoming projects.
- To coordinate and conduct the social events of the Chapter.
- To coordinate and conduct the seasonal party, coke and donuts, LAN parties, as well as any other social parties that may occur.
- To ensure that a list of Members is available for all social events for the purposes of maintaining an invite list for these events.
- To coordinate and conduct several “non-party” social activities per semester such as: Weekly outings to local restaurants/bars/clubs; Rafting trips/camping or other outdoor recreation; Weekend revelry such as capture the flag, football, ultimate, V-ball, etc.
- To produce content for publishing in the Georgia Tech yearbook, including photograph of current brotherhood and other materials as required.
Law 5: Responsibilities of the Internal Affairs Committee
- The Internal Affairs Committee shall be chaired by the Vice President of Internal Affairs.
- To aid the Vice President of Internal Affairs in his scheduling duties including but not limited to:
- To create and maintain a current calendar of events at least one term in advance.
- To coordinate with the other Committees for the events on this calendar.
- To correspond with the members to give ample notification of all events.
- To provide a public calendar.
- To compile and manage the History of the Chapter.
- To ensure a proper record is kept of major events in the Chapter (“period Intentionally Omitted” Intentionally Omitted)
- To collect and compile Psi U stories, pictures, etc. and maintain them in a permanent archive.
- To conduct relations with the Alumni of the Chapter.
- To release an Alumni Newsletter, which goes by the name “The Golden Cogwheel”, once per semester.
- To keep an up to date record of ALUMNI information including addresses and phone numbers.
- To coordinate and conduct annual Alumni Weekend and Founders Day events to be held during Greek Week and Homecoming respectively.
- To work with the Vice President of the House to mail letters along with newsletters to those Alumni who still have a balance due to either PUSOG or the Gamma Tau Chapter.
- To conduct relations with the International Office and the other Chapters of the Fraternity.
- To produce correspondence and records relating to the Chapter activities.
- To produce the Chapter Newsletter in a timely and regular manner.
- To maintain the Chapter web sites and keep the information contained on them accurate and up to date.
- To manage these Bylaws.
- To be intimately familiar with the Psi Upsilon International Constitution, Roberts Rules of Order, IFC rules and regulations, Georgia Tech rules and regulations, motions passed by the Chapter, and these bylaws.
- To maintain a current copy of these bylaws and make changes as amendments are voted on.
- To review all bylaw amendments for technical requirements, and to ensure that they do not conflict with any other section of these bylaws.
- To conduct an annual State of the Bylaws Address to the Brotherhood.
- To propose amendments to these bylaws that would clean-up, simplify, or otherwise improve the readability of these bylaws.
- To propose amendments to these bylaws that would keep these bylaws in-line with the manner in which the Chapter conducts business.
- To manage the records of the Chapter.
- To record and present the minutes at each Chapter meeting.
- To maintain a permanent record of the minutes of all Chapter meetings.
- To maintain a Member information list of all Active and Alumni.
Article V: The Judicial Board
Section 1: Purpose and Scope
Law 1: Purpose
The Judicial Board will be a small group of BROTHERs who can handle appeals and settle disputes pertaining to Chapter affairs.
Law 2: Scope
The Judicial Board may decide the Chapter’s reaction to issues where:
- A person present at the house has violated the stated policies of the house,
- A BROTHER or PLEDGE has acted in a manner egregiously inconsistent with the tenets of Psi Upsilon or applicable laws,
- A BROTHER has violated policies outlined in the Bylaws of our Chapter or of the Psi Upsilon Constitution, or
- A BROTHER wishes to appeal a fine applied to their account by any entity within the fraternity other than the Judicial Board.
Section 2: Membership
Law 1: Members
- The number of primary members on the Judicial Board shall be number of the Executive Council members rounded up to the nearest odd number.
- There shall be two (2) reserve members, a first and second reserve members. In the case where primary members of the Judicial Board resign or must recuse themselves from an issue, the reserve members will take their place in their specified order. In the case where more than two reserve members are needed, the brotherhood should make a decision about how to respond.
- The requirements of members of the Judicial Board are as follows:
- All members of the Judicial Board must be ACTIVE BROTHERs.
- No BROTHER may serve concurrently on the Executive Council and the Judicial Board.
- In the event that a member of the Judicial Board cannot serve for any period during his term, an interim member will be elected to serve during his absence. Should the primary member find himself unable to serve for the remainder of his term, the interim member shall be considered his replacement as primary member.
Law 2: Terms of Office
- Each primary and reserve member of the Judicial Board will serve one-year terms, staggered so that the majority of the primary members of the Board are appointed at the beginning of each Fall semester, and the minority of the normal members Board each Spring.
- Reserve members are appointed each semester.
- Interim members may be elected during any semester, as required by Article V, Section 2, Law 1, Paragraph 4.
Law 3: Appointment
The Judicial Board shall be appointed and confirmed by the following procedure:
- Each semester, on the meeting immediately following declaration of activity, the Executive Council shall present to the BROTHERHOOD a list of candidates for the open Judicial Board positions. The list shall contain two (2) candidates beyond the number of open spaces.
- No discussion of candidates shall be in order during this meeting.
- On the next regularly scheduled meeting a vote will be held according to the following procedure:
- For each candidate, each BROTHER may vote YES or NO.
- Candidates will be assigned to positions (Primary Members, Interim Members, First Reserve Member, Second Reserve Member) in order of vote count.
- In the case of indecisive ties, seniority by initiation date will determine which candidate is granted the position.
- No candidate may be appointed to any position on the Judicial Board without a simple majority of YES votes.
Law 4: Removal
- Any BROTHER may petition for the removal of a Judicial Board member by presenting a request for their removal to the Vice President of Internal Affairs.
- The Vice President of Internal Affairs, will, at the next regularly scheduled Brothers Meeting, read anonymously the written request.
- No less than two weeks later, the brotherhood will vote by secret ballot on whether or not to remove the member in question.
- A TWO-THIRDS MAJORITY is required in order to remove a Judicial Board member.
- Any Judicial Board member may step down from their position.
- In the event of the removal of a Judicial Board member, the first reserve member will complete the removed member’s term.
- In the event that no reserve member are available a new pair of reserve members will be appointed and confirmed per the procedure given in Law 3.
Section 3: Procedure
Law 1: Judicial Standing
- Any single BROTHER or group of BROTHERs may ask for the Judicial Board to address any issue by petitioning the Board in writing.
- The Judicial Board has the right to refuse any case unless required by these bylaws and may recommend individual mediation or bringing the issue before the BROTHERHOOD.
Law 2: Meetings
- The Judicial Board should arrange among themselves a suitable time to meet weekly, and should announce this time to the BROTHERHOOD.
- Members should be available to meet outside this time frame given 48 hours notice.
Law 3: Decisions
- The Judicial Board shall be responsible for collecting any evidence and testimony necessary to render an informed decision.
- Decisions of the Judicial Board are made by a simple majority vote of the primary members. Reserve members shall substitute for primary members in the event of recusal or unavailability of any primary members.
- Following the vote, brief minority and majority decisions shall be written.
- At each regularly scheduled Brothers Meeting, a representative of the Judicial Board will present during the Officer Reports section a report of the week’s Judicial Board activity, if any, including any decisions made.
- Written decisions should be available upon request. Any objections to decisions made will be handled in the New Business section of the meeting.
- Decisions of the Judicial Board shall take effect immediately upon presentation to the BROTHERHOOD.
Law 4: Reduction of Sentences
If as part of Judicial Board decision a sentence is assigned, any BROTHER may make a motion to reduce the sentence.
- Such a motion shall be in order only during the meeting in which the decision to which it corresponds is presented.
- Prior to any discussion, a vote will be taken on whether to proceed with consideration of the motion. A SIMPLE MAJORITY shall be required to proceed.
- Discussion on whether the sentence should be reduced shall then be in order. Discussion of the extent of reduction shall not be in order.
- Following discussion a TWO-THIRDS MAJORITY favorable vote shall be required in order to reduce the sentence.
- In the event the previous motion passes, the sponsor of the motion shall be given the floor to make an immediate motion to reduce the punishment by or to a specific extent.
- The second motion must be approved by a SIMPLE MAJORITY. If this motion fails and no new motion to reduce the sentence by or to a specific extent is proposed, then the sentence is not reduced.
Section 4: Sentences
Law 1: Brothers
- The Judicial Board may not SUSPEND or EXPEL any BROTHER, but may bring up an appropriate motion as part of a sentence.
- Punishment of the Judicial Board must be consistent with the other articles of these bylaws.
- The Judicial Board may place an ACTIVE BROTHER on PROBATION subject to the following conditions:
- The period of PROBATION may not exceed the duration of the current semester.
- If a longer duration is desired, the Judicial Board may demand that the punishment be re-evaluated by the next Judicial Board at the beginning of the next semester who made decide to extend the period of PROBATION. Once again, the PROBATION may not extend beyond the current semester.
- A period of PROBATION may only be extend in this way once. If an additional period of PROBATION is deemed necessary, the Judicial Board should bring up a motion for SUSPENSION of the BROTHER in question.
Law 2: Pledges
The Judicial Board may:
- Suspend the pledge status of a PLEDGE until the next PLEDGE TERM.
- DEPLEDGE a PLEDGE.
- Ban a PLEDGE from entering the chapter house for a length of time.
Law 3: Non-members
The Judicial Board may ban a non-member from the entering the Chapter House for a length of time.