Believing that all men are social creatures and that the friendships of college men are lasting ones, we the men of Beta Kappa Chapter of Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity, do hereby seek to promote these associations through a social fraternity which will uphold the true standards of brotherhood and do hereby establish the following Constitution.
ARTICLE I - NAME
The name of this organization shall be "Beta Kappa Chapter of Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity", hereinafter called the "Chapter".
ARTICLE II – PURPOSE
The purpose of the Fraternity shall be:
A. To promote the highest ideals of manhood, brotherhood, and citizenship according to the Principles of the Fraternity.
B. To provide an atmosphere that will permit members to grow in academic strength, community involvement, and social fulfillment, while recognizing the individuality of each.
C. To promote true brotherhood and a better social life among all with whom the members may be associated, both within and without the Fraternity.
D. To uphold the traditions and
ideals of Beta Kappa Chapter of Sigma Tau Gamma and the
E. To take an active and positive role in the university community.
ARTICLE III - POWER OF THE CHAPTER
Section 1: This Constitution shall conform to the National Constitution and Laws of Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity, hereinafter called the "Fraternity".
Section 2: All powers not delegated in the National Constitution and Laws are hereby reserved to this Chapter.
ARTICLE IV - MEMBERSHIP
Section 1: There shall be three classes of membership for this Collegiate Chapter as outlined by the National Constitution and Laws: Collegiate, Alumni, and Honorary.
A. A Collegiate member shall be defined as any regularly initiated member who is enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse as a full-time student. The collegiate membership shall govern the affairs of Beta Kappa Chapter.
B. An Alumnus shall defined as collegiate member who leaves the university, through graduation or otherwise, or a graduate student who chooses to become an alumnus through Law 3b, Section 1 of the National Laws. Alumni shall affiliate with the Beta Kappa Chapter through the Alumni Association.
C. A Honorary member shall be defined as any man ineligible for initiation as a collegiate member who meets the requirements set forth in the National Constitution and Laws. Honorary members shall affiliate with Beta Kappa Chapter through the Alumni Association.
Section 2: Collegiate membership in this Chapter shall be awarded through the completion of an associate program. The Associate Program is a probationary period prior to initiation wherein the associate and the Chapter must evaluate one another to predict the future interaction of each. This Chapter embraces the statement on hazing in the Code of Conduct of the Fraternity.
ARTICLE V - OFFICERS
Section 1: The senior officers of this Chapter shall be the President, Executive Vice-President, Vice-President of Membership, Vice-President of Programs, and Vice-President of Finance.
Section 2: The President shall coordinate the activities of the four divisions headed by each of the respective Vice-Presidents and shall operate according to the Chapter Management Program of the Fraternity.
Section 3: Removal
A. Elected officers may be removed by a two-thirds (2/3) vote at any Chapter meeting or by two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Executive Board.
B. Appointed officers may be removed by a majority vote at any chapter meeting or by the President with a majority vote by the Executive Board.
C. Officers may be removed with cause by the Judicial Board by the methods outlined in the Bylaws.
ARTICLE VI - GOVERNING BODIES
Section 1: There shall be an Executive Board headed by the President and composed of the four Vice-Presidents, for the purpose of planning, coordinating, and directing the activities of the Chapter. It shall meet regularly in conjunction to Chapter meeting and upon the call of the President.
Section 2: There shall be a Judicial Board to handle all disciplinary and financial problems and disputes between members, associates, and affiliates on matters of which may be detrimental to the health, welfare, and well being of the Chapter. It shall operate according to the methods outlined in the National Laws.
ARTICLE VII - ALUMNI BODIES
Section 1: This Chapter shall operate with a Beta Kappa Alumni Association as called for in the National Fraternity Constitution and Laws.
Section 2: This Chapter shall operate with a Chapter Advisory Board as called for in the National Fraternity Constitution and Laws.
Section 3: This Chapter shall actively work to establish and support Alumni Chapters as called for in the National Fraternity Constitution and Laws.
ARTICLE VIII - GOVERNMENT
Section 1: The Chapter shall adopt such needed bylaws by a majority vote at any Chapter meeting, provided that notice was given at least at the preceding weekly meeting and a written copy was given to the President at that time.
A. A motion to amend or add Bylaws shall state what article(s) and section(s) are to be amended.
B. Bylaws are enacted immediately upon their adoption.
C. The Bylaws shall include all the rules of the Chapter that shall last for more than the semester in which they were adopted.
Section 2: The Chapter shall adopt such needed polices by a majority vote at any meeting of the Chapter that shall last only during the duration of the semester in which they are adopted.
Section 3: Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised, shall govern this organization in all cases not covered by this Constitution, the Bylaws, and policies of the Chapter, or the Constitution and Laws of the National Fraternity.
ARTICLE IX - AMENDMENTS
Section 1: This Constitution shall be amended by a three-fourths (3/4) vote at any Chapter meeting, provided that notice was given at least at the previous weekly meeting and a written copy was given to the President at that time. A motion to amend this Constitution shall state what article(s) and section(s) are to be amended. Amendments shall take effect immediately upon their adoption.
This Constitution, Bylaws, and policies of the Chapter, shall
conform to the Constitution and laws of the state of