Omega Chi Epsilon
U N I V E R S I T Y of H O U S T O N
BY-LAWS

Introduction

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 Revenue Law).

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 expenses.

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 Officers

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 Chapter

     (1) who are registered students of the University of Houston and who are working toward a degree in chemical engineering;

or

     (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 members;

or

     (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 active members.

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 chapter.

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 Chemical Engineer.

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 by members.

Article VI - Initiation

Section 1 - Each candidate shall be required to bring a written acceptance of the invitation to membership.

Section 2

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 tolerated.

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.

NOTES

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 Constitution reads:

"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 Constitution states:

Section 2 - Active membership shall be limited to:

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 grading bases.