Omega Chi Epsilon had its inception at the
University of Illinois in the spring of 1931. The idea for such an
organization originated with Mr. F. C. Howard. With the counsel of
Professors Keys and Krase, A. Garrell Deem, Ethan M. Stifle and John W.
Bertetti undertook to develop the idea. They drew up a set of By-Laws,
designed a key and petitioned the Council of Administration for a charter,
which was subsequently granted. They thus became the Alpha Chapter of
Omega Chi Epsilon.
Article I - Name and Objective
Section 1 - The name of this organization
shall be the Alpha Delta Chapter of Omega Chi Epsilon, National Chemical
Engineering Honor Society (See Note 1).
Section 2 - The objective of the Society
shall be to recognize and promote high scholarship, original investigation
and professional service in Chemical Engineering.
Section 3 - This Society is organized
exclusively for charitable, educational and scientific purposes including,
for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that
qualify as exempt organization under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal
Revenue Code of 1954 (or the corresponding provision of any future United
States Internal Revenue Law).
Section 4 - No part of the net earnings of
the Society shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to, its
members, officers or other private persons, except that the Society shall
be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services
rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the
purpose set forth in the above Section 3 of Article I hereof. No
substantial part of the activities of the Society shall be the carrying of
propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the
Society shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the
publishing or distribution of statements), any political campaign on
behalf of any candidate for public office. Notwithstanding any other
provision of these articles, the Society shall not carry on any other
activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by an organization exempt
from Federal income tax under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue
Code of 1954 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States
Internal Revenue Law) or (b) by an organization, contributions to which
are deductible under Section 170 (c) (2) of the Internal Revenue Code of
1954 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal
Article II - Officers
Section 1 - The elective officers of each
chapter of this Society shall be the President, Vice President, two Co-Secretaries ,
Treasurer, and Faculty Advisor. Each chapter shall have the privilege of
designating additional elective officers as conditions warrant. All
chapter officers shall be elected in accordance with the chapter's By-Laws
(See Note 2).
Section 2 - All active members shall be
eligible to hold any office, except that no member may simultaneously hold
more than one of the offices named in Section 1 and that no member may hold the same office for more than one full term.
Section 3 - Each officer shall be elected
by a majority vote of the active members of the chapter. He or she may be
removed from office by a three-fourths vote of the active members of the
chapter. No member may hold the same office for more than one full term. A
member succeeding to an expired term in any office is eligible for
election to a complete term in that office.
Section 4 - The duties of the officers
shall be as follows:
a. The President shall perform all the duties
usually pertaining to the office and shall also be a member of the
National Council (See Note 3). The President shall preside at all
meetings, act as an official representative of the Chapter at any function
requiring such a representative, and shall see that the other officers of
the chapter perform their duties in accordance with the By-Laws. The
President shall approve all disbursements.
b. The Vice President shall perform the duties of
the President in the absence of or in the case of resignation of the
President. In case the Vice President shall succeed to the Presidency of
the Chapter, a successor VP shall be elected to fill the unexpected term
as soon as possible.
c. The Co-Secretaries shall perform the duties usually
pertaining to the office, issue all notices, be responsible for all
records of the chapter, including an official copy of the Chapter's
By-Laws. The Co-Secretaries shall furnish all members with a copy of these
By-Laws, shall keep the roll of the active members which shall be called
at each meeting, shall keep the minutes at the Chapter meeting, and shall
handle routine correspondence of the Chapter with other Chapters and the
National Officers. The Co-Secretaries shall be responsible for maintaining the chapter's website, including posting chapter meeting minutes, upcoming activities, and Officer contact information on the site. The Co-Secretaries shall promptly report elections of
officers and of the new members to the Executive Secretary. Upon leaving
office, the Co-Secretaries should leave a written report of Chapter activities
and recommendations for improving the Chapter operation for the incoming
Co-Secretaries. Finally, the Co-Secretaries should make an annual report on chapter
activities to the Executive Secretary, and keep the Executive Secretary
informed of the names and addresses of all chapter officers.
d. The Treasurer shall collect and care for all
money and properties (besides records) belonging to the chapter, and shall
make payments on the written approval of the President for Chapter
e. The Faculty Advisor must hold the rank of at
least Assistant Professor or equivalent. He or she shall be a member ex-offocio
of the Council (See Note 3) and shall serve as liaison between the chapter
and the school. The Faculty Advisor shall guide the Chapter in their
actions and activities.
Section 5 - The Officers' Council shall consist of the President, Vice President, Co-Secretaries, Treasurer, and Faculty Advisor.
a. The President shall be Chair of the Officers' Council.
b. The Officers' Council shall conduct whatever business it deems necessary to facilitate the Chapter's regular business meetings.
c. The President shall have the authority to call meetings of the Officers' Council.
d. A majority shall constiture a quorum for a meeting of the Officers' Council.
e. The Officers' Council shall keep a record of its meetings and the business conducted. This record becomes a part of the minutes of the Chapter.
Article III - Election of
Section 1 - Officers shall be elected by
April 15 and shall serve for one year (See Note 4).
Section 2 - The new officers shall take
office at the adjournment of the election meeting.
Section 3 - Nominations for office shall
be made by active members at a regularly called meeting of the Chapter.
Each nomination must be accompanied by the pledge of the nominee to serve
in the office should he or she be elected.
Section 4 - One-half of the active
members shall constitute a quorum for election of officers. A majority of
those present shall be required for election. If no nominee receives a
majority on the first ballot, a second ballot shall be held between the
two leading candidates.
Section 5 - The Faculty Advisor shall be
elected in odd-numbered years for a term of two years and may be
reelected. Elections shall be held at the same time as that of other
officers in these odd-numbered years.
Section 6 - A special election shall be
held to fill any vacant offices occurring before the next regular
election, except that a vacancy in the office of President shall be filled
by the Vice President until the next election.
Section 7 - A recall election for any office may be initiated by action of the Officers' Council or by vote or written request of three-fourths of the active membership. Three-fourths of the active members shall constitute a quorum for a recall. A majority vote shall be required for recall.
Article IV - Membership
Section 1 - Membership shall be restricted
to those students who have attained a high scholastic record in their
studies and who have those traits of personality and leadership that make
them likely to succeed in their chosen profession.
Section 2 - The membership of the Chapter
shall consist of active and inactive members.
a. Active members shall be those members of the
(1) who are registered
students of the University of Houston and who are working toward a degree
in chemical engineering;
(2) who have received a
degree in chemical engineering and who are working toward another degree
in some other field and who have expressed a desire to remain active
(3) who are no longer
students of the University of Houston but are attached to the University
in some professional capacity and who have expressed the desire to remain
b. Members of the Chapter who are students of the
University of Houston, but have not expressed the desire to remain active
members, are inactive members.
Section 3 - A member of a Chapter of Omega
Chi Epsilon who transfers to the University of Houston from another
institution and who so desires shall be received into full fellowship of
the Chapter upon presentation of his or her credentials to the President
of this Chapter.
Article V - Election of Members
Section 1 - There shall be at least one
but no more than two election meetings each year at which active and
inactive members can be elected. The time of election shall be set by the
Section 2 - Honorary members shall be
nominated by a chapter. Nominations shall be submitted to the National
President. A person receiving the approval of the National President and
three-fourths vote of the Council shall be elected to honorary membership.
Section 3 - All resident members shall be
properly notified of a meeting for the election of members at least three
days in advance by the Chair of the Eligibility Committee. The eligibility
lists must not be displayed to any outsider and must be returned at the
end of the election meeting to the Co-Secretaries, who shall destroy all except
one copy for the files of the Chapter. One-half of the active members
shall constitute a quorum for the election of members.
Section 4 - All students scholastically
eligible shall be considered for election to active membership.
One-half of the active members shall constitute a quorum for the
election of members. Voting, on the basis of character and leadership,
shall be by secret ballot; candidates must be acceptable on both points.
Each candidate must be considered individually, and must be discussed and
elected or passed over before the next candidate may be considered. Free
discussion of each candidate is encouraged, but the proceedings of the
election meeting shall be kept strictly secret. An affirmative vote of at
least 80% of the active members present shall be required for election.
Section 5 - The eligibility of persons for
election to the Chapter shall be determined as follows.
a. The President shall appoint an Eligibility
Committee to examine the records of the members of the junior, senior and
graduate classes in Chemical Engineering to determine those scholastically
eligible for election. Should the problem of student access to records
arise, the Faculty Advisor will supply a list of the members of the
junior, senior and graduate classes who are scholastically eligible for
election. No one shall be elected to membership in the Chapter who has not
completed the following courses: CHEE 1331, CHEE 2331, CHEE 2332, MATH 3321, MECE 3400 or CHEE 3300. Those undergraduates who are classified as seniors by the Unversity of Houston and who have at least completed the following courses: CHEE 3363, CHEE 3333, CHEE 3334 shall be classified as seniors. All other candidates shall be classified as juniors (See Note 6).
b. Grading patterns vary, so those chapters which
consider candidates in the upper 1/4 or 1/3 of their class are expected to
maintain such high scholastic standards that no candidate is elected whose
scholastic record is not in keeping with the high standards of the
Society. Each person elected must have trails and characteristics of
leadership that make him or her likely to succeed as a truly professional
i. Juniors: Those juniors having an overall grade
point average of 3.25 or more shall be eligible for election.
ii. Seniors: Those seniors having an overall
grade point average of 3.00 or more shall be eligible for election.
iii. Graduates: Graduate students shall be
eligible for election upon completion of nine semester hours (or
equivalent in quarter hours) of courses in chemical engineering, counting
towards a graduate degree in chemical engineering. Their grade point
average, based upon their graduate work, including completed research,
must be 3.5/4.0 or higher.
iv. The scholastic average of each candidate
shall be determined as follows: The letter grades given at the University
of Houston shall be given the following values: A = 4, B = 3, C = 2, D =
1, and F= O. The total hours in each grade shall be multiplied by the
value as signed to respective letter grade and these products totaled.
This total is divided by the sum of the number of credit hours to obtain
the average (See Note 8).
Section 6 - A student overlooked shall be
considered at the next regular election meeting either upon the basis of
the scholastic average that the student had at the time the candidate
should have been considered, or upon the basis of the candidate's later
scholastic average, if it should be higher. If the student should graduate
before the next election meeting, the candidate shall be considered at a
special election at a regular business meeting. Failure of a person to be
elected does not bar him or her from consideration at future election
meetings. Those elected shall be notified by letters delivered personally
Article VI - Initiation
Section 1 - Each candidate shall be
required to bring a written acceptance of the invitation to membership.
a. Pledge duties are permissible, but they shall
not consume an inordinate amount of the candidate's time to the detriment
of his or her schoolwork.
b. Each candidate shall be required to read the
Constitution of Omega Chi Epsilon and the Chapter by-laws and shall be
required to make a statement to that effect.
c. No joint initiation exercises of any kind
whatsoever with any other organization shall be held.
d. Offense to dignity or decency shall not be
Article VII - Finances
Section 1 - The expenses of the Chapter
shall be met by the initiation fee, by any such dues and pro rata
assessments as may be voted by the Chapter. A three-fourths vote of the
total active membership shall be required to change any fees or dues or
levy any assessments.
Article VIII - Amendments
Section 1 - A proposed amendment must be
read at one meeting and voted on at the following meeting.
Section 2 - A favorable vote of two-thirds
of a quorum is necessary for an amendment.
1. The Chapter name will be assigned by National
after approval of the petition for charter.
2. Each Chapter has the privilege of designating
additional elected officers as conditions warrant.
3. Article IV, Section 4, of the National
"The council shall consist of the National
Officers, the Faculty Advisors, and the Presidents of the individual
chapters. It shall give general oversight and direction to policies under
which the Society operates."
4. Those Chapters which wish to elect officers
for one semester or one quarter should change this section accordingly.
Date requirements for elections may be included (e.g., by April 15).
5. To assure that candidates for membership are
reasonably committed to a career in chemical engineering, the candidate
should have successfully completed at least three semester hours of
chemical engineering courses, The Chapter may choose to increase the
number of hours of chemical engineering courses required for membership.
6. Article VII, Section 2, of the National
Section 2 - Active membership shall be
a. Juniors (designated as those who have
completed at least 50% of their degree requirements) who ----
1. have completed at
least three hours of chemical engineering course work, and
2. are in the upper
one-fourth of their class, or
3. have a grade point
average of 3.25/4.00.
b. Seniors (designated as those who have
completed at least 70% of their degree requirements) who ----
1. are in the upper
one-third of their class, or
2. have a grade point
average of 3.00/4.00.
c. Graduate students with a major in Chemical
Engineering who have successfully completed at least nine semester-hours
(or equivalent in quarter hours) of graduate courses in Chemical
Engineering and a GPA of 3.5/4.0 or higher.
8. Adjust this section accordingly for other