CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS OF THE CHI CHAPTER
OF OMEGA CHI EPSILON

Preamble
We, the members of the Chi Chapter of Omega Chi Epsilon, do hereby establish this Constitution in order that our purpose be realized to its fullest extent.

Article I - Name and Objective
Section 1 - The name of this organization shall be the Chi Chapter of Omega Chi Epsilon, National Chemical Engineering Honor Society. The names “the Chi Chapter,” “Omega Chi Epsilon,” or a permutation thereof will refer to this organization.

Section 2 - The objective of the Chi Chapter shall be to recognize and promote high scholarship, original investigation, and professional service in Chemical Engineering.

Section 3 – The Chi Chapter understands and is committed to fulfilling its responsibilities of abiding by University of Maryland, College Park policies.

Section 4 - 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 organizations 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 5 - 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 purposes set forth in the above Section 3 of Article I hereof. No substantial part of the activities of the Society shall be the carrying on 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 the 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 elected executive officers of this Chapter shall be the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Faculty Advisor.

Section 2 - All active members of the Chapter shall be eligible to hold any office, except that no member may simultaneously hold more than one of the offices named in Section 1. The Faculty Advisor must hold rank of Assistant Professor or above.

Section 3 - No member may hold the same office for more than one full term. A member succeeding to an unexpired 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:

  1. 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. The President is the Chapter’s member of the National Council.

  2. The Vice President shall perform the duties of the President in the absence of or in case of resignation of the President. In case the Vice President shall succeed to the Presidency of the Chapter, a successor shall be elected to fill the unexpired term as soon as it is practicable.

  3. The Secretary shall issue all notices and be responsible for all records of the Chapter, including an official copy of the Chapter's By-Laws. The Secretary shall furnish all members with a copy of these By-Laws, shall keep the roll of active members which shall be called at each meeting, shall keep the minutes of the Chapter meetings, and shall handle routine correspondence of the Chapter with other Chapters and the National Officers.                                                                 
  4. The Treasurer shall collect and care for all money, properties, and financial records of the Chapter and shall make payments on the written approval of the President for Chapter expenses.

  5. The Faculty Advisor is an ex-officio member of the National Council 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, Secretary, Treasurer, and Faculty Advisor.

  1. The President shall be Chair of the Officers’ Council.

  2. The Officers’ Council shall conduct whatever business it deems necessary to facilitate the organization’s regular business meetings.

  3. The President shall have the authority to call meetings of the Officers’ Council.

  4. A majority shall constitute a quorum for a meeting of the Officers’ Council.

  5. The Officers’ Council shall keep a record of its meetings and the business conducted. This record becomes part of the minutes of the Chapter.


Article III - Election of Officers
Section 1 - Officers shall be elected at the end of Spring semester and shall serve for one year.

Section 2 -The new officers shall take office at the adjournment of the election meeting.

Section 3 - Nominations for office shall be made by the active members at a regularly scheduled meeting of the Chapter. Each nomination must be accompanied by the pledge of the nominee to serve in the office if elected.

Section 4 - One-half of the active members shall constitute a quorum for election of officers. A majority vote 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 -A special election shall be held to fill any vacant office 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 6 – The removal of any officer in violation of Omega Chi Epsilon’s purpose or Constitution 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 limited to persons officially connected with the University of Maryland, College Park as faculty, staff or currently enrolled students. Students enrolled in the spring semester as well as students enrolled in summer school are eligible for summer membership. Membership shall be restricted to those students who have attained a high scholastic record in their studies and have those traits of 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.

  1. Active members shall be those members of the Chapter who (1) are registered students of the University of Maryland College Park, are working toward a degree in chemical engineering and have completed or are working to complete the service required of active members; or (2) have received a degree in chemical engineering and are working toward another degree in some other field and have expressed the desire to remain as active members; or (3) are no longer students of the University of Maryland College Park but are attached to the University in some professional capacity and have expressed a desire to remain as active members.

  2. Members of the Chapter who are students of the University of Maryland College Park, but  are not working to complete the service required of active members, have not completed the service required of active members, and have not expressed the desire to remain active members, are inactive members.

Section 3 - A member of another Chapter who transfers to the University of Maryland College Park 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.

Section 4 - The organization does not discriminate in violation of the University’s Code of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (see http://www.president.umd.edu/policies/vi100bhtml) or in violation of University policies (see http://www.president.umd.edu/policies/vi105.html). The organization, its officers and members must agree to abide by University policies and procedures and applicable federal, state and local laws. 

Article V - Initiation of Members
Section 1 - There shall be at least one but no more than two initiation meetings each year. The Chapter Officers shall determine the date and time of initiation.

Section 2 - The eligibility of persons for election to the Chapter shall be determined as follows:

  1. The Chapter Officers shall determine whether initiates have completed the requirements of initiation. No one shall be initiated to membership in the Chapter who has not completed at least 30 semester hours of credit towards a degree in chemical engineering, including 3 semester hours of credit of chemical engineering courses. Those undergraduates having completed at least 30 semester hours of credit and have completed Introduction to Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CHBE101) shall be classified as sophomores. Those undergraduates having completed at least 60 semester hours of credit and have completed Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Thermodynamics I (CHBE301) shall be classified as juniors. Those who have completed more than 90 hours and are currently enrolled in or have completed Process Engineering Economics and Design I (CHBE444) who have not yet received a Bachelor’s degree shall be classified as seniors.

  2. Sophomores: Those sophomores having a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher or are in the upper 20% of their class shall be eligible for initiation.                                                                                                                                                    
  3. Juniors: Those juniors having a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher or are in the upper 25 % of their class shall be eligible for initiation.

  4. Seniors: Those seniors having a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher or are in the upper 33 % of their class shall be eligible for initiation.

  5. Graduates: Graduate students shall be eligible for initiation upon completion of 9 semester 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 or higher.

  6. The scholastic average of each candidate shall be determined by the cumulative GPA displayed on the candidate’s unofficial university transcript.

Section 3 - New members shall be judged for initiation as follows:

  1. The Chapter Officers shall notify initiates of the semester requirements for initiation before one third of the semester has passed.

  2. Each candidate shall be considered from the standpoint of both scholarship and leadership. The candidate shall not be elected unless acceptable of both points.

Section 4 - Honorary members may 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.

Article VI – Initiation
Section 1 - Pledge duties, as determined by a three-fourths vote of the active membership, shall be permissible. However, they shall not consume an inordinate amount of the candidate's time to the detriment of his or her schoolwork.

Section 2 - Each candidate shall hear the history and intentions of Omega Chi Epsilon, as stated by the Chapter Officers, and state the pledge of Omega Chi Epsilon in its entirety.

Section 3 - No joint initiation exercises with any other organization shall be held.

Section 4 - 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 and by fundraising events as sanctioned by the Student Government Associated of the University of Maryland.

Section 2 - A favorable vote of two-thirds 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 the total active membership shall be required to pass an amendment.

Article IX - Chapter Dissolution
Section 1 - The dissolution of the Chapter can be brought about only by action of its active membership or dissolution of the National Omega Chi Epsilon Chemical Engineering Society.

Section 2 - A favorable vote of two-thirds of the total active membership shall be required to dissolve the Chapter by its membership.

Section 3 - Upon dissolution, the residual assets of the Chapter shall be conveyed to such organization then existent, dedicated to the perpetuation of objects similar to those of Omega Chi Epsilon so long as the organization selected by the Officers’ Council is exempt under Section 501(c) (3) and 170(c) (2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 as amended, or such successor provision of the Code as may be in effect at the time of dissolution. If no such organization exists, the Officers’ Council shall donate the residual assets in support of engineering education.

Article X - Registration Renewal

The Chi Chapter of Omega Chi Epsilon will apply to the Stamp Student Union for registration on an annual basis one month after "Name of Organization's" new officer elections.