Student Orgs

Omega Kappa Fraternity

Student Organization Name
Omega Kappa Fraternity
Type
Social Greek
Statement Of Purpose/ Mission
We the members of the Omega Kappa Fraternity choose to come together to promote a healthy social and academic atmosphere, to foster and maintain existing friendships, and to develop new ones. We strive to develop what can be the best for each individual. We encourage leadership, individual responsibility, and community service. The Fraternity’s strength springs from a common bond, a proud history, and the worth of the individual within the group. The Omega Kappa Fraternity is an organization that does not discriminate on any basis. As the oldest fraternity at Gustavus, we seek to continue to set a good example for the future members of the Omega Kappa Fraternity.
Constitution
CONSTITUTION OF THE OMEGA KAPPA FRATERNITY Article I. Mission Statement and Preamble We the members of the Omega Kappa Fraternity choose to come together to promote a healthy social and academic atmosphere, to foster and maintain existing friendships, and to develop new ones. We strive to develop what can be the best for each individual. We encourage leadership, individual responsibility, and community service. The Fraternity’s strength springs from a common bond, a proud history, and the worth of the individual within the group. The Omega Kappa Fraternity is an organization that does not discriminate on any basis. As the oldest fraternity at Gustavus, we seek to continue to set a good example for the future members of the Omega Kappa Fraternity. Article II. Name This fraternal organization shall be known as the Omega Kappa Fraternity of Gustavus Adolphus College. Article III. Body Section A. Membership The eligibility for membership and the number of active members in this fraternity shall be determined by the rules and regulations of the Inter-Greek Senate of Gustavus Adolphus College. Membership is limited to those who have completed the activities and requirements in Article IX of the Omega Kappa Constitution. A member is considered a brother because of the common bond developed through the fraternity. Section B. Application and Election Application for membership shall be governed by the regulations of the Inter-Greek Senate and Gustavus Adolphus College. Clause 1. All those who bid the fraternity are given the opportunity to go through initiation unless it is decided by a majority of the active members of the fraternity that their membership would be detrimental to the fraternity. Clause 2. A final vote for membership in the Omega Kappa Fraternity will be taken at the end of the Rush period after a pledge has successfully completed the requirements of the Rush period. All active members in the Omega Kappa Fraternity may vote in this election. If a majority of members vote in this affirmation then the pledge shall be considered a full member of the Omega Kappa Fraternity, If a majority of active members vote negative, then that pledge shall note be considered a member of the Omega Kappa Fraternity. Clause 3. All absentee ballots must be presented to the secretary before the final voting meeting. All other absentee ballots will not be counted. Section C. Initiation All newly elected members shall undergo initiation rites in order to acquaint them with the members of the fraternity and to develop and learn a cooperative fraternity achievement ethic. This is achieved through brotherhood building activities and general exposure to the positive aspects of Greek life. These include specifically, but not exclusively, working together to achieve desired goals in activities such as scavenger hunts, trust activities, memorization activities, etc, as well as taking advantage of opportunities for physical activity, and the opportunity to help those who may not be able to help themselves, i.e., the elderly and disabled. Clause 1. All newly elected members shall be called pledges until the completion of initiation and formal induction into the Omega Kappa Fraternity. Clause 2. All pledges are responsible to the Rush Chairman as elected by the active members of the Fraternity at a regular business meeting. Article IV. Officers Section A. Officers The officer of the Omega Kappa Fraternity shall be President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Sgt. at Arms (Fall only,) Rush Leaders (Fall only,) Inter-Greek Representatives, and Historian. These officers constitute the Omega Kappa Fraternity Executive Board. In order to be elected to the office of President of the Omega Kappa Fraternity, the member must have served at least one semester as a member of the Executive Board. Section B. Qualifications In order to be elected, the officer must be in good standing with the fraternity and the college. The officer must have paid dues for the semester in which he is to serve. He must attend all meetings. Any member who has been found guilty of violations of the alcohol policy or the hazing policy may not attain the rank of President, Vice President, or Inter-Greek Representative for one semester from the time of the offense. Section C. Election The election of the officers shall be held during a regular business meeting during the semester before the elected officers are installed. All active members are eligible to vote in the election of officers. Section D. Term of Office All officers shall serve for one semester until their successors are duly elected. Section E. Duties The President shall preside at all meetings, enforce the constitution and by-laws, appoint all committees, and handle all elections. The Vice President shall perform the duties of the President in his absence and act as chairman of all social activities. The Secretary shall keep the proceedings, maintain the fraternity files, post time and place of meetings, and assist the President in all elections. The Treasurer shall administer the funds of the fraternity, collect dues, and handle all the other financial matters concerning the fraternity. The Inter-Greek Senate Representatives shall represent the fraternity in the Inter-Greek Senate. The Historian will keep the roster, election results, computer files, constitution and by-laws, and all pertinent fraternity historical information. The Sgt. at Arms will be in charge of Rush activities for the semester in which they occur. The Rush Leaders will handle the activities designed for Rush in the semester in which it occurs. Section F. Vacancies All vacancies shall be filled at the next business meeting by special election. Article V. Advisor Section A. Office The Omega Kappa Fraternity shall have a faculty/ staff advisor. The advisor, if possible, shall be an alumni member of the Omega Kappa Fraternity. Section B. Duties The advisor shall attend meetings upon the request of the active members, or when the advisor deems it necessary that he attend. The advisor shall review and sign off all pledging and rush activities as acceptable. The advisor shall also act as liaison between the college and the fraternity. The advisor shall guide the fraternity, as his term shall generally exceed the four years in which fraternity members normally graduate. Article VI. Academics Section A. Requirements Active members of the fraternity must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5. Pledges must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 to be considered for election into the fraternity. Section B. Enforcement If an active member’s grade point average falls below a 2.5, he is barred from the fraternity meetings until the standard is met at midterm or semester’s end. Article VII. Judicial Board and Judicial Procedures Section A. Powers The Judicial Board shall have the power to impose disciplinary sanctions against the fraternity members for violations of the alcohol policy, hazing policy, or federal or state law. The limit of this power is the power to expel a member from the fraternity. Section B. Members The Judicial Board shall consist of the President, Vice President, Secretary, I.G.S. Representatives, Treasurer, and one member elected from each class. Section C. Possible Sanctions First Offense: Member is barred from the next fraternity function. Second Offense: Member is made inactive for the remainder of the semester and cannot attend any fraternity function for the remainder of the semester. Third Offense: Member is expelled from the fraternity. Section D. Limits to the Judicial Board Powers The Omega Kappa Judicial Board is not bound to the sanctions listed in Section C. The Judicial Board shall have the power to decide any and all sanctions against a member. Article VIII. Law The Omega Kappa Fraternity shall abide by all federal, state, and local laws. The Omega Kappa Fraternity shall adhere to College policy. Article IX. Rush Section A. Definition Rush is defined as a period in which pledges become members of the Omega Kappa Fraternity. This Rush period includes, but is not limited to, memorization of fraternity history, memorization of fraternity member names, memorization of fraternity songs, calisthenics, cooperative labor projects, and community services. Section B. Stipulations The length and times of rush shall be approved by the I.G.S. in cooperation with the Dean of Students. The fraternity, in cooperation with I.G.S. agrees to the terms governing rush as outlined in the Draft Summary of Requirements and Recognition of Fraternities and Sororities section three. Article X. Pledge Rights and Grievance Policy Section A. Pledge Grievance Policy and Procedure Any pledge can file a written grievance to the President or Vice President as soon as possible after an alleged violation of the pledge bill of rights, fraternity alcohol policy, or hazing policy. This action will result in an informal “grievance resolution session” where executive members of the fraternity and the fraternity advisor will attempt to resolve the problem(s) with any parties involved. If the person making the grievance is not satisfied with result of the meeting, he can request that the Fraternity Judicial Board be convened. This action will result in a meeting of the Fraternity Judicial Board within twenty-four hours of receipt of the grievance. The case will then be heard before the board. A pledge may file a grievance at any time during the Rush period. Section B. Depledging A pledge may also depledge at any time without threat of retribution. A pledge whose participation in Rush activities is below Fraternity expectations shall be reminded that the final vote for his membership may be negative if his participation is not improved. A pledge may not be asked or forced to depledge by any active member of the Omega Kappa Fraternity. Section C. The fraternity agrees to comply with the Inter-Greek Senate Pledge Bill of Rights. Article XI. Alcohol Policy Under no circumstances will any active fraternity member or pledge be forced or pressured to consume alcohol against his will. Nor shall an active fraternity member exert any pressure on a pledge to consume alcohol. Members of the fraternity of legal drinking age shall not furnish alcohol to minors. The fraternity does not condone and will try to prevent driving under the influence of alcohol. By, for example, requesting the keys be surrendered, or by providing a sober driver. Keys to that vehicle must be surrendered, and proper transportation by a sober driver must be provided. No fraternity activities shall involve underage alcohol consumption. Fraternity funds shall not be used for the purchase of alcohol. Article XII. Hazing Policy The fraternity accepts the definition of hazing as found in the Gustavus Guide. That definition is as follows: Hazing is those actions which cause physical harm or mental anguish – including, but not limited to – paddling of any sort; forced consumption of any harmful substance, including alcohol and other drugs; being subject to the environment without appropriate dress; exercise to the point of pain or physical exhaustion; being forced into an insecure situation, “rides”; being forced to break laws or College policy; forced or submissive behavior; deprivation of adequate study time; public displays that are humiliating; costumes or abnormal apparel in public; and public degradation. Any pledge of the Omega Kappa Fraternity has the right, according to IGS Pledge Bill of Rights, to refuse to participate in any activity without giving reason, and without fear of reprisal against him for that refusal. Article XIII. Dues All active members must pay dues. Dues must be paid by a date set by the body of active members. Preferably near the beginning of each semester. Article XIV. Inter-Greek Senate The Omega Kappa Fraternity shall be a member of the Inter-Greek Senate. The fraternity shall adhere to the Constitution & Policy of the Inter-Greek Senate. Tentative Article XV. Alumni Board Alumni members of the Omega Kappa Fraternity shall volunteer to serve on the Omega Kappa Alumni Board. This board shall serve in a resource capacity to the Fraternity and Gustavus administration. The names, addresses, and phone numbers of the Omega Kappa Alumni Board shall be provided to the S.A.O. Article XVI. Amendments Any article of this constitution may be presented for amendment. The amendment must be presented at a regular business meeting of the fraternity and ratified by two-thirds of the total active members. The amendment shall then be presented to the Student Organizations Committee. If the Student Organizations Committee approves the amendment, it shall take effect immediately.
Affiliations
Local
Application Type
apply
Members
RoleOrganization TitleFull NameE-mail
AdvisorJenny Tollefsonjtollefs@gustavus.edu
PresidentZachary Blinkinsopzblinkin@gustavus.edu
TreasurerMatt Lilledahlmlilleda@gustavus.edu
Risk ManagerMatt Lilledahlmlilleda@gustavus.edu
MemberCaleb Peckcpeck@gustavus.edu
MemberDillon Halldhall3@gustavus.edu
MemberMike Larsonmlarson8@gustavus.edu
MemberNick Nigronnigro@gustavus.edu
MemberTom Olsentolsen@gustavus.edu
MemberDavid Tranvikdtranvik@gustavus.edu
MemberEthan Prazakeprazak@gustavus.edu
MemberEric Talusetalus@gustavus.edu
MemberKeenan Madsonkmadson@gustavus.edu
MemberNick Mullenmeisternmullenm@gustavus.edu
MemberZach Berganzbergan@gustavus.edu
MemberVinny Bartellavbartell@gustavus.edu
MemberThomas Daletdale2@gustavus.edu
MemberSteven Eidenseiden@gustavus.edu
MemberRhett Schwichtenbergrschwic2@gustavus.edu
MemberPeter Selnesspselness@gustavus.edu
MemberMatt Saemrowmsaemrow@gustavus.edu
MemberLogan Roubolroubo@gustavus.edu
MemberJordan Stennesjstennes@gustavus.edu
MemberKhale Fellnerkfellner@gustavus.edu
MemberJared Henningjhennin2@gustavus.edu
MemberMichael Skreemskree@gustavus.edu
MemberDrew Olingerdolinger@gustavus.edu
MemberDylan Michalecdmichale@gustavus.edu
MemberDan Bergevin-Smithdbergevi@gustavus.edu
MemberCollin Zajicekczajicek@gustavus.edu
MemberCharlie Stokescstokes@gustavus.edu
MemberBraden Schmidbschmid@gustavus.edu
MemberAaron Lawrencealawrenc@gustavus.edu
MemberAlvaro Pintoapinto@gustavus.edu
MemberMatt Lindahlmlindahl@gustavus.edu

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