Iota Tau Alpha has three main objectives:
- To function as an honor and professional society for students of Athletic Training
-To stimulate interest, scholarly attainment, and investigation in Athletic Training Education
-To promote the dissemination of information and new interpretations of the Society's
activities among students of Athletic Training Education
Article I – Name
The name of this society shall be Iota Tau Alpha Athletic Training Education Honor Society.
Article II – Purpose
The Purpose of Iota Tau Alpha Athletic Training Education Honor Society shall be to function as an honor and professional society for student of Athletic Training Education. Iota Tau Alpha activities shall be designed to stimulate interest, scholarly attainment, and investigation in Athletic Training Education, and to promote the dissemination of information and new interpretations of the Society’s activities among students of Athletic Training Education.
Article III – Insignia
The official emblem of the Society shall consist of a statue of Nike encircles by a wreath and the three Latin initials of the organization underneath.
The coat of arms shall be that officially adopted by the founder – 2004.
The pattern copies of the emblem shall be the coat of arms maintained in the national archives official design.
The colors of the Iota Tau Alpha Society shall be red, yellow and blue.
The flower of the Iota Tau Alpha Society shall be a red rose of the type commonly referred to as The American Beauty.
Article IV – Membership
The membership shall be devided into six classes: regular, associate, graduate, honorary, alumna/us and corporate. Iota Tau Alpha is a non-discriminating organization that does not consider age, race, color, creed, sex,
national origin or sexual preference.
Regular members shall:
a) Be undergraduate majors in Athletic Training Education at an institution where a chapter of Iota Tau Alpha is located.
b) have completed at least one term of the second year of a four-year curriculum or its equivalent
c) have completed at least three term courses in Athletic Training Education, with an average grade of
B or better of which at least one is not an introductory course.
d) be in good academic standing. Only regular members may hold the constitutionally specified chapter offices, vote on chapter membership, nomination on national questions, and represent the chapter or vote at national conventions.
Associate members shall be those undergraduates whose interests include Athletic Training Education in some significant way but who are ineligible for regular membership. Associate members shall be eligible to participate in all local, state, district, and national activities except those specifically reserved to regular members
by this constitution.
Chapter honorary members may be elected by any Iota Tau Alpha Chapter in recognition of significant accomplishment as an athletic trainer, or outstanding services to the chapter.
Athletic Training Education majors who have graduated from an institution at which a Iota Tau Alpha
Chapter is later granted may become alumni members of the new chapter. Regular members who have become inactive may become alumni members with payment of the appropriate fees.
Corporate members shall be corporations, institutions or other organizations which support
undergraduate education in Athletic Training Education. A corporation may be elected to membership by a majority of the National Executive Committee. Corporate members will receive a membership certificate for display. Also, each corporate member will also have the privilege of providing a display at the national, district, or state conventions.
National honorary members may be elected by the biennial convention on nomination by national officers. (Any member or chapter may propose prospective nominees.) Such membership shall be reserved for persons of outstanding accomplishment and statue in the field of Athletic Training or Athletic Training Education or persons rendering outstanding service to Iota Tau Alpha.
Regular graduate and honorary members may wear the official insignia and shall remain members forlife unless removed under the provisions of Section 11. Associate members who are affiliated with the local chapter and may not wear the official insignia. Unless regular graduate and honorary members qualify for regular membership, their affiliation shall terminate automatically.
Members shall be nominated to various categories by a committee that includes both regular members and faculty. Election shall be by at least a majority vote of the regular members present at a regular meeting.
A regular member transferring from one institution to another shall be automatically eligible for membership in a Iota Tau Alpha Chapter in another institution unless the regular members do not qualify under the normally prescribed requirements of their new chapter.
Each chapter shall adopt specific membership requirements which are not in conflict with the
requirements outlined in Section 2 and which are meaningful in the specific local situation. It is presumed that local chapters will require high standards of conduct in nominees and members. No person shall be refused nomination on any basis other than failure to meet requirements in this constitution or in chapter by-laws.
A regular member of a Iota Tau Alpha chapter may be removed from membership only for just cause by a vote of three-forths of the entire voting membership. Any such removal must be approved by the chapter advisor (counselor) and is subject to appeal to the National Executive Committee.
Stated local membership requirements shall be submitted to the chapter advisor and the District Director for approval. In case of disagreement or conflict between local requirements or local action and this constitution, the matter shall be referred to the National President for Adjudication subject to final appeal to the National Executive Committee.
The National Executive Committee shall, from time to time, adopt by-laws, regulations and definitions as are necessary to accomplish the equitable and reasonable application of these provision.
Article V – Officers
The national officers shall be the President, Vice President, a Director for each District, and a Secretary-Treasurer. The President, Vice President, the last two Past Presidents, and the Secretary-Treasurer (Section 6) shall constitute the National Executive Committee.
The President shall lead in all activities of the Society. He/She shall preside at the biennial conventionand meetings of the Executive Committee and shall perform all other duties customarily associated with the office of President.
In case of absence, disability, or resignation of the President, the Vice President shall lead all activities of the Society. In the case of absence, disability, or resignation of the Vice President, the Executive Committee shall elect one of the Directors to fill the unexpired portion of the President’s or Vice President’s term in office.
Article VI – Chapter Officers
Each chapter shall elect a president, a vice president, a secretary, a treasurer, and an historian from among its regular members.
The duties of these chapter officers shall be normally assigned through process of election.
These officers should hold office for one year. The time of election and the time for assumption of duties shall be specified in the chapter by-laws.
A Iota Tau Alpha chapter shall the same time it elects officers, elect a chapter advisor (counselor) from among the Athletic Training Education faculty. The advisor shall be, or shall become by this election, a graduate member. An advisor shall serve for a term of not more than three years but, may be re-elected. The prospective regular members of a new Iota Tau Alpha chapter shall elect the first advisor (counselor) prior to the installation
of the chapter.
The chapter advisor (counselor) shall assist and advise the Iota Tau Alpha chapter and especially its officers in carrying out the chapter programs and aid in developing new policies and programs that contribute to its local effectiveness. He/She shall serve as permanent custodian of chapter records and funds in order that chapter records are maintained in good order and that each successive group of chapter officers is informed of their responsibilities. He/She may delegate duties during the academic year but shall check and reclaim all records and funds at the close of each academic year.
Iota Tau Alpha Chapter officers are responsible for submitting promptly and in correct form such reports as are requested by the national and district officers. Chapter advisors shall review reports for accuracy prior to submission.
Article VII – Conventions
The Society shall hold a national convention annually at a place and time to be chosen by the preceding convention. This national convention may be a part of the annual meeting of a more inclusive regional or national group, or it may be held separately. The National Executive Committee shall be responsible for convention arrangements, agenda and programs.
The authorized delegates duly assembled in convention constitute the highest governing and legislative body of the Society subject to provisions of this constitution requiring or permitting a poll of the chapters.
Each Iota Tau Alpha chapter shall be entitled to three voting delegates. If a Iota Tau Alpha chapter has more than twenty-five regular members, the chapter may designate one additional delegate for each added ten regular members. If present at the convention the faculty advisor may be one of the delegates. The other designated delegates shall be regular members if possible but a chapter may designate graduate members as delegates if no regular members will be in attendance.
Each validated delegate shall have one vote on all motions put to the convention. Neither proxy voting or weighted voting shall be allowed.
Rather than making a final decision, a convention may pass on a final decision from polling chapters which shall be conducted under rules and procedures prescribed in Section 2 and 3 XI. Similarly, the National Executive Committee may require that a substantive action be confirmed by a chapter poll.
Each district shall be expected to hold one or more district conventions each year. The District Director shall be responsible for insuring that such conventions occur at a suitable time and place. The primary purpose of such conventions shall be to offer an opportunity for members to present the results of their research activities to other members. Each district may organize its program and activities in such a way that facilitates its purpose.
Article VIII – Dissolution
In the event of the dissolution of Iota Tau Alpha Honor Society, the assets, if any, will be distributed to an organization that is exempt from Federal Income Tax or an organization described in 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, contributions to which are deductible, or to the Federal Government, or to a state or local government for a public purpose.
Each chapter of Iota Tau Alpha Honor Society shall include a provision identical with Section 1 of thisarticle VIII by-laws.
Article IX – By-Laws
The National Executive Committee shall, form time to time, adopt such by-laws as are necessary to carry out the provisions of this constitution. It shall be the purpose of the by-laws to state the specific procedures and practives in effect at that given time.
Article X – Amendments
Amendments of this constitution may be proposed by the National Executive Committee, any national officer or District Director, any chapter advisor, or any regular member in good standing. Any proposed amendment shall be submitted to the National President who shall submit the amendment to the next meeting of the National Executive Committee. The Committee shall report to the next national convention with its recommendations.
If a proposed amendment is approved by the majority of the validated delegates at the national convention, the amendment shall be submitted by the National Secretary to a poll of the individual chapters active as of the date of the convention. The amendment shall become effective if it is approved by two-thirds of those chapters.
A reply period of not less than sixty days nor more than ninety days shall be specified in the request for approval. The ballot shall be declared closed at the end of the specified time. The timing shall be such that any poll will be completed within the same academic year in which it is initiated