We the members of Kappa Sgima Chi have come together to develop camaraderie which in the face of adversity shall remain strong and will uphold the morals and values of the fraternity, college, and community by creating relationships and promoting respect between these institutions. those within the fraternity shall cultivate a nurturing environment which shall instill a healthy lifestyle within their academics and social affiliations. This fraternity does not discriminate in any form and believes that by creating this union we may use our knowledge from our diverse members to better ourselves through common morals and values. We strive to assist each member to become a well-balanced individual in their personal and communal endeavors.
ARTICLE 1 - Name
The name of this organization shall be the Kappa Sigma Chi Fraternity
ARTICLE 2 – Purpose
To provide a non-hazing environment for those that wish to be part of a social fraternity.
To facilitate positive self-growth through various social and community activities.
To become a valued service in the Gustavus Adolphus College and Saint Peter communities.
To promote the positive aspects of each individual in the fraternity.
To promote the values of group interaction and cooperation.
To recruit candidates who wish to be part of the Kappa Sigma Chi Fraternity.
ARTICLE 3 – Officers
The officers of the Kappa Sigma Chi will be as follows:
1) President: The president shall preside over all fraternity meetings, facilitate communication between the officers and group, and delegate responsibilities to officers and committee heads.
2) Vice-President: The vice president shall serve in the place of the president when he cannot fulfill his duties. He will work with the president in delegating responsibilities. He shall serve as the public relation head, ie. Setting up activities with other groups, etc.
3) Secretary: The secretary shall take attendance and minutes at all meetings of the fraternity, organize intercommunication between fraternity members, and prepare semester reports for all the members (active or inactive).
4) Treasurer: The treasurer shall be in charge of keeping all financial records. He will collect all fraternity dues along with being in charge of all fraternity funds.
5) Risk Manager: The risk manager shall serve as the historian for the fraternity. He will oversee the members of the fraternity in order to retain the morals and values of the fraternity. He shall also make sure that all amendments brought forth do not change the overall mission of the association.
Officers shall serve one-year terms.
Officers may serve no more than two consecutive terms in any one particular office.
Officers will be elected one month prior to the end of each fall semester and will shadow the current officer in the position elected to until the semester concludes.
Notification of elections shall be given at least one week prior to the actual event.
Any active member may run for any office, with the exception of the office of the president. The president must have held at least one other office or chair position prior to election.
No one member may hold more than one position except in the case of the Risk Manager.
Officers shall be elected by a simple majority of all active members.
Vacancies during the term shall be filled in a timely manner by a simple majority vote of all active members.
ARTICLE 4 – Meetings
The fraternity shall hold weekly meetings during the school year.
Special meetings may be called at the discretion of the president or at the request of any active member.
Special meetings are not mandatory.
The secretary shall notify all members at least twenty-four hours before any meeting, special or regular.
Attendance shall be taken at all regular meetings.
ARTICLE 5 – Committees
The fraternity shall contain both standing and special committees.
Committees exist to address areas of focused or special concern.
Members shall serve on committees on a voluntary basis.
All committees shall have a chair who will be appointed by the president in collaboration with the vice president.
Chairs shall be responsible for making regular reports to the fraternity on the committee’s progress.
Kappa Sigma Chi shall have the following standing committees:
2) Community Service
3) Fund raising
Special committees may be formed according to the needs of the fraternity.
Special committees shall be dissolved upon the completion of their designated duties.
ARTICLE 6 – Membership
The fraternity shall have the following types of members:
1) Pledge: One who has announced their desire to become an active
member, and has been accepted into a pledge class. Pledges are allowed to attend all pledge functions and meetings. Pledges may withdraw from the pledge process at any time for any reason. In addition, there will be a vote midway through the pledging process whereby the actives will vote on granting membership to each pledge. If a pledge does not receive a majority vote he will be issued a warning telling him so. At the end of pledging there shall be another vote to determine the official membership status of each pledge. Each pledge must receive a majority vote to become a member of Kappa Sigma Chi fraternity. Pledges rights are further stated in the Pledge Bill of Rights.
2) Active: One who has completed the pledging process and has paid their dues and insurance in a timely manner. Actives have a responsibility to adhere to the rules of the fraternity and be a positive and helpful member of the organization. Actives may attend all functions and meetings.
3) Inactive: One who consciously decides not to be an active participant of the fraternity. One can become inactive through formal announcement to an officer of the fraternity or by not paying dues. Inactives may not attend functions or meetings and forfeit their right to vote, but have a right to information on current activities and decisions. Any inactive may reactivate at any time by informing an officer and paying their dues.
4) Probate: One who is forced inactive. A member may be a probate due to academic or disciplinary probation. Probates have a right to information on current activities and decisions within the fraternity but forfeit their right to vote and attend meetings or events. The time that one remains a probate is decided by the judicial board in accordance with their power and college policies.
5) Alumni: One who was at any time an active member but has graduated from college. Alumni are entitled to attend any fraternity function. They may attend meetings upon request and subsequent approval. Alumni will be kept up to date of fraternity activities through a mailing list.
The fraternity’s officers and members will comply with all rules set forth by the Inter-Greek Senate.
This fraternity will not refuse membership to anyone on the basis of their race, creed, national origin, religion, or sexual preference.
Article 7 – Fraternity Judicial Board
Kappa Sigma Chi shall have a judicial board to address questions and concerns of active or pledge actions which conflict with the laws of Kappa Sigma Chi.
The board shall consist of two members (one from each pledge class) elected at the first regular meeting of the year, along with the officers of the association.
Members shall serve a one-year term.
The board’s authority is limited by the Judicial Board constitution.
The board shall decide all disciplinary actions.
No disciplinary actions may be implemented without proof.
No disciplinary action may overstep the bounds of civil law or be cruel and unusual.
Any member brought before the board is not considered responsible until proven otherwise.
All individuals have the right to defend themselves or have a representative to defend them.
All judicial board hearings will be preceded by a primary review, at which time the board will hear testimony and decide if there is sufficient evidence to call a hearing.
All judicial board meetings are open to all active members of the fraternity.
All members are entitled to an appeal. To do so the member in question must present a written statement including the reason(s) for appealing to the president or vice-president.
If a judicial board member infringes or violates any rule of the fraternity they are removed from the board temporarily. They will be reinstated upon completion of the case, unless decided otherwise by the Judicial Board.
ARTICLE 8 – Pledging
Pledging shall be held in the fall semester of each year.
The pledge process is held each fall in order to create an opportunity, for those who have been accepted to do so, can join in brotherhood with current members.
No first year students shall be allowed to pledge.
Pledging shall follow the guidelines set by the Inter-Greek Senate.
Pledging shall adhere to all college policies.
Pledging shall follow the guidelines of the Kappa Sigma Chi pledge manual.
No pledge shall be caused mental or physical anguish, including “paddling” or forced consumption of any substance.
A pledge may file a grievance at any time during the pledge period. The grievance should state the violation of the Pledge Bill of Rights and be turned into the President or Vice-President. A meeting will then be called between the officers of the association and the pledge to reach a resolution.
Depledging can happen at any point during the pledge process without any fear of retribution on behalf of any members. A pledge can depledge by notifying either the President or Vice-President.
A pledge can never be asked or forced to depledge.
The following quote was written in 1914 by the founding members of the fraternity and is read to each member of every pledge class before any portion of the initiation process begins: “There is nothing in our ritual that will interfere with your religion your duties to home, country, college, or any other fraternal organization with which you may be affiliated.” Kappa Sigma Chi will never impose anything on those who pledge that is contradictory to their moral beliefs. The initiation period is for the sole purpose of building communal bonds between future members, which will last a lifetime.
All state and local laws and Gustavus policies, where applicable, will be followed by the Kappa Sigma Chi fraternity.
ARTICLE 9 – Alcohol and Drug Policy
Kappa Sigma Chi Fraternity in no way condones the use of alcohol by those not of legal drinking age.
No minors shall be allowed to possess or consume alcohol at any official Kappa Sigma Chi function. At all functions there will be a designated doorman that will not consume alcohol. It will also be his responsibility to clearly mark all persons of legal drinking age. The doorman is also responsible to not allow any person who appear to have consumed or posses an excessive amount of alcohol. Finally, the doorman will not allow any person who has consumed alcohol to drive.
No member of the fraternity shall drive while under the influence of alcohol, nor may a member knowingly allow a person to drive after consuming alcoholic beverages.
No fraternity funds will be used towards the purchase of alcohol.
All state and local laws and Gustavus policies, where applicable, will be followed by the Kappa Sigma Chi fraternity.
The fraternity does not condone the use of controlled substances by any member.
ARTICLE 10 – Community Responsibility
The Kappa Sigma Chi Fraternity has a responsibility to promote a positive self-image to the community around it.
Community projects will be decided by the community service committee and will be participated in on a voluntary basis.
Each member is responsible to volunteer for a minimum number of hours as decided by the community service committee.
The members of this fraternity do not in any way consider themselves exempt from the laws of the college, the community, or the nation.
Kappa Sigma Chi does not discriminate against anyone on the basis of their race, creed, national origin, religion, or sexual preference. Nor do we condone the actions of those that do.
This fraternity does not condone the unfounded malicious slander of any group for any reason, by any of its members.
ARTICLE 11 – Amendments
An amendment may be proposed by any active member.
Proposed amendments shall receive initial consideration and undergo a primary vote at the next regular meeting.
Proposed amendments must receive a one-fourth affirmative primary vote by members present at a regular meeting to receive consideration.
Before any amendment is voted into final adoption, an amendment meeting will be held to address the issues of the amendment.
Final voting for adoption shall take place at the regular meeting following the amendment meeting.
An amendment shall not be passed if three-fourths of a single pledge class votes in the negative.
Amendments to this constitution may be adopted upon an affirmative vote by three-fourths of all active members. This vote can only be denied action if the preceding occurs.