ALPHA PHI SIGMA
MU ZETA CHAPTER
The National Criminal Justice Honor Society
FLORIDA NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
Section 1. Name. The name of this organization shall be known as Mu Zeta at Florida National University, a local chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, which is the National Criminal Justice Honor Society located at 4425 West 20 Ave, Hialeah, FL 33013. This office shall be the business office of the resident agent, as required by the Florida Nonprofit Corporation Act.
Section 1. Mission. The Mission of Alpha Phi Sigma is to promote analytical thinking, rigorous scholarship and life long learning; to keep abreast of the advances in scientific research; to elevate the ethical standards of the criminal justice professions and to sustain in the public mind the benefit and necessity of education and professional training.
Section 2. Purpose. Colleges and universities which grant baccalaureate or advanced degrees that support this mission may establish chapters and individual membership with the Society.
Undergraduate and graduate students and professionals of sound scholarship and character who support this mission may be elected to membership.
Section 3. Goals. The Goals of Alpha Phi Sigma Mu Zeta Chapter shall be to honor and promote academic excellence; service; leadership and unity.
Section 4. Oath of Membership. In the presence of the Alpha Phi Sigma members here assembled, I do hereby solemnly promise to uphold the ideals and traditions, maintain high moral character and commit myself to be governed by the Bylaws of the Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society and the local and national officers.
Section 1. Membership. The Mu Zeta Chapter shall have the following members:
Collegiate Members and Faculty Members (otherwise known as “Active Members”);
Honorary Members (otherwise known as “Members”) and Alumni Members (otherwise known as Alumni Members or Alumni Association Members) Criteria for memberships are set forth below.
Section 2. Criteria for Membership. Members of Mu Zeta Chapter shall meet the following minimum membership criteria:
- Collegiate Members (Active Members). Collegiate members shall be students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs at Florida National University. Nominations of collegiate members shall be made by the chapter advisor. Membership applications shall be signed by the chapter advisor, submitted to and accepted by the National Headquarters.
- Undergraduate students shall be enrolled in Florida National University, have declared a major, minor or equivalent in the criminal justice or related field (such as Legal Studies or Paralegal Studies), have completed three full time semesters or its equivalent, have a minimum GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale and rank in the top 35% of their class. A minimum of four courses of the above course work shall be in the criminal justice field or Legal Studies, or Paralegal Studies. Members shall pay the local chapter fee of $30.00.
- Graduate students shall be enrolled in a graduate program in criminal justice or related field; have completed four courses; have a minimum GPA of 3.4 on a 4.0 scale or rank in the upper 25% of their class.
- Transfer Members. Any Alpha Phi Sigma member who transfers to Florida National University shall be accepted into Mu Zeta Chapter and shall pay the local chapter fee of $30.00. After one term, the member shall be subject to all rules, regulations, and requirements of Mu Zeta Chapter. National Headquarters will not issue a new certificate of membership unless specifically requested by the chapter advisor and paid for by the member.
- Alumni Members. Any Alpha Phi Sigma member who has graduated from Florida National University and joined membership into the Mu Zeta Chapter prior to graduation, may continue to be part of the collegiate active membership and may hold office as long as the chapter dues are paid and current.
- Faculty Members . Faculty and administration involvement is recognized and encouraged. Candidates for faculty membership must be full-time faculty, adjunct faculty, or administrators or in a criminal justice related field. They must have completed a minimum of one year full-time teaching/administrative duties at Florida National University and be elected by the committee. Membership applications shall be approved and signed by the chapter advisor, submitted to and accepted by National Headquarters.
- Honorary Members (Members). Honorary membership recognizes community people who have made distinctive scholarly and research contributions to the criminal justice field or who have provided outstanding support for Mu Zeta Chapter. Honorary Members may not be students. The Mu Zeta Chapter Advisor shall approve nominations. Mu Zeta Chapter may grant no more than three honorary memberships in any academic year. Honorary Members must be elected by a 2/3 vote of the chapter committee. Members may elect Honorary Members during a regular meeting. Membership applications shall be approved and signed by the chapter adviser, submitted to and accepted by National Headquarters.
- Professional Members (Members). Others meeting the following criteria may be elected to professional membership by Mu Zeta Chapter and contribute a one-time fee to National Headquarters.
- earned one or more degrees in criminal justice or related field with a minimum cumulative 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale and rank in the top 35% of the class as undergraduates or with a minimum cumulative 3.4 GPA on 4.0 scale or rank in the top 25% of their class as graduate students and not been previously initiated into the Society, or
- working in the field of criminal justice as a criminal justice practitioner for a minimum of two (2) years and earned one or more degrees in a non-related field with a minimum cumulative 3.2 GPA on 4.0 scale and rank in the top 35% of the class as undergraduates or with a minimum cumulative 3.4 GPA or rank in the upper 25% of their class as graduate students.
- Alumni Members. Mu Zeta Chapter alumni members in good standing at the time of graduation from Florida National University are alumni members and may be part of the committee and officer board.
- Alumni Association Members. Alumni Association Members are Alpha Phi Sigma alumni members who have applied for membership in the Alumni Association. There are three categories in the National Alumni Association: Annual, Lifetime, and Professional Members.
- Annual – Alumni shall apply for membership and contribute an annual fee to the Alumni Association.
- Lifetime – Alumni shall apply for membership and contribute a one-time fee.
Section 3. Additional Qualifications/Nondiscrimination. Membership in Mu Zeta Chapter is open to qualified candidates including persons with disability, without regard to age, color, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, ancestry, veteran’s status, and political association.
Section 4. Privileges of Membership. Active Members shall have the right to vote, hold appropriate office, be elected or appointed to committees of the Mu Zeta Chapter. Honorary members shall have all the privileges of active members except the right to vote, hold office or serve on committees, unless allowed at the chapter level.
Section 5. Dues. The national dues, fees and assessments for each category of membership shall be determined annually by the National Advisory Board. Local chapter dues shall be set as part of Mu Zeta Chapter’s standing rules by a simple majority vote of active members. The annual dues running through fiscal year starting in July and ending in June, shall be $30.00 unless otherwise voted to be changed.
Section 6. Voting of Active Members. Each Active Member of Mu Zeta Chapter is entitled to one vote upon each matter submitted to a vote at a chapter meeting of its members. Chapter voting is in accordance with the bylaws of this chapter.
Section 7. Resignation of Membership. An active member desiring to resign from the Society shall submit such resignation in writing to the Chapter Advisor. The Chapter Advisor shall forward the acceptance of such resignation to the Executive Director who will remove the name from the national registry. Any member having resigned from membership may be reinstated with good reason upon application to the Chapter Advisor and upon meeting such uniform terms and conditions as may be established by the Chapter and the National Advisory Board. After acceptance by the Chapter Advisor, it is then submitted with explanation to the Executive Director. A member resigning shall not be entitled to return of dues, either local or national.
Section 8. Suspension or Termination of Membership. In addition, membership in the Society may be suspended or terminated by the Alpha Phi Sigma National Advisory Board for just cause. Sufficient cause for such suspension or termination of membership may result from violation of the National Bylaws or any lawful rule or practice adopted by the Society or other conduct deemed by the National Advisory Board to be prejudicial to the best interests of the Society. A statement of the charges shall be sent by registered mail to the last recorded address of the member, accompanied by notice of the time and place of the meeting at which the charges are to be considered. At least thirty days notice shall be given, and the member shall have the opportunity to appear in person or to be represented by counsel and to present any defense to such charges before action is taken by the National Advisory Board. The Board may adopt such rules as may be necessary to assure due process to the member. The decision for suspension or termination shall be by a two-thirds vote of the National Advisory Board. A member suspended or terminated for just cause shall not be entitled to return of dues.
Section 1. Qualifications. Officers must abide by the same rules as active members and maintain a GPA of 3.2. Officers must abide by the contract signed when accepting office.
Section 2. Elected Officers. The chapter must have at least four elected officers representing the functions of President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer elected annually by the end of the fiscal year, deemed to be by the end of June. The elected officers shall be the members of the Chapter Executive Committee. What follows is the composition of the Mu Zeta Chapter. The officers of this organization will be: (a) President, (b) Vice President, (c) Treasurer, (d) Secretary, (e) Communications Officer/Social Coordinator, and (f) Historian.
Section 3. Term of Office. An officer shall serve for one year from his/her swearing-in, or until his/her successor is appointed or elected. Officers may only be appointed by the chapter advisor during the first year of the chapter’s inception or operation.
Section 4. Elections. General elections will be held to replace officers whose terms are due to expire. Special elections shall be held when an office is vacated before a term has expired. Nomination of candidates: A candidate for office must be nominated by a voting member during the first meeting in June in the case of general elections or during the meeting immediately prior to special elections. Time of Elections: General elections shall be held during the first meeting in June and special elections shall be held as necessary. Form of Vote: All elections shall be by secret ballot.
Section 5. Duties.
- President: Shall be the chief executive officer of the organization and shall preside over meetings; and shall abide by the contract signed at the beginning of office.
- Vice President: Shall assume the duties of the President during his/her absence and shall succeed to the position in the event that the position becomes vacant, until a special election can be held; shall be responsible for writing or amending the Bylaws of Alpha Phi Sigma and submitting them for approval to the total voting membership at the last meeting in April.
- Secretary/Treasurer: shall keep records of all meetings, record meeting minutes and be responsible for all official Alpha Phi Sigma correspondence; shall be the financial officer of Alpha Phi Sigma; shall report on accounting of revenues and expenses upon request at any organizational meeting; shall prepare, at the end of each school year, all financial records for audit.
Section 6. Removal of Officers. Any elected officer of the Chapter may be removed for just cause. Sufficient cause for such removal may be violation of the Chapter Bylaws or Society Bylaws or any lawful rule, practice, or procedure adopted by the Chapter or other conduct deemed to be prejudicial to the best interest of the Chapter. In the absence of college/university formal policy for the removal of elected chapter officers, for just cause, shall follow the following procedures. For removal of an elected officer for cause, it shall be necessary for the Chapter Executive Committee to hold a formal hearing. A statement of the charges shall be sent by registered mail to the last recorded address of the officer, accompanied by notice of the time and place of the meeting at which the charges are to be considered. At least thirty days notice shall be given, and the officer shall have the opportunity to appear in person, or to be represented by counsel, to present any defense to such charges before action is taken. The Chapter Executive Committee shall adopt such rules as may be necessary to assure due process to the officer. Upon a two-thirds affirmative vote, the Chapter Executive Committee shall recommend removal to the National Advisory Board. The National Advisory Board shall, by majority vote, approve or reject the recommendation of the Chapter Executive Committee either at the next meeting or through an electronic meeting.
Grounds for Removal: Any officer not fulfilling his/her duties as outlined in these bylaws and in the contract to the satisfaction of the voting membership or who has violated a university policy or Student Code of Conduct, may be removed from office. A simple majority vote of the voting committee membership shall be required for removal of any officer. Notice of Charges: The motion to remove an officer from his/her position must be presented in writing to the committee voting membership at least 2 weeks before the meeting at which the removal will be voted. Right to Fair Hearing: The officer subject of removal shall have the right to present his/her case to the membership at the meeting in which the removal is to take place. Right to Appeal: Appeals relating to the removal of officers shall be done through the Office of Associated Students Judiciary. Appeals must be made within two weeks after the vote for removal has taken place. Form of vote: All voting under this section shall be done by secret ballot.
Mu Zeta Chapter shall have a chapter advisor, who is a full time faculty member or administrator. The Mu Zeta Chapter may have assistant advisors, who are full time or part time College/University faculty or Alpha Phi Sigma Alumni. All advisors and assistant advisors should be chosen for their interest, ability to work effectively with students, and desire to promote the ideals of the Society.
Section 1: Majority.A simple majority of the total voting membership must be present for all elections.
Section 2: Parliamentary Authority. The bylaws of Mu Zeta Chapter shall be the supreme authority in parliamentary procedure at all meetings. The bylaws of Alpha Phi Sigma shall be the next highest authority.
Section 3: Frequency of Meetings. Mu Zeta Chapter shall meet a minimum of 3 times per term (8 weeks). The President or a 2/3 majority of the total voting membership may call emergency meetings. Written and/or verbal notice of Mu Zeta Chapter meetings shall be given to all members at least 7 days prior to such meetings. Written and/or verbal notice of special or emergency meetings shall be given to all members at least 3 days in advance.
Section 1: The President or the Chapter Advisor shall have the authority to appoint any special committees that will meet the needs of Mu Zeta Chapter.
Section 2: Committees may include, but are not limited to membership committee, program committee, publicity committee, fund raising committee, social committee, etc…
Section 1. Non Profit Status: Mu Zeta Chapter is a nonprofit society with an IRS assigned EIN. The Chapter will receive its assigned EIN from the IRS through Alpha Phi Sigma Headquarters.” Mu Zeta Chapter is organized exclusively for educational, charitable, and scientific purposes, including for such purposes as making 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 2. Use of Funds No part of the net earnings of Mu Zeta Chapter shall be used to the benefit of any private individual, and no substantial part of the activities of the Chapter shall involve propaganda or otherwise attempt to influence legislation, and the Chapter shall not participate in or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office (including the publishing or distribution or statements).
Section 1: Finances. The finances of Mu Zeta Chapter will come from fund raising projects, individual contributions, dues, chapter awards, and the Associated Students of Florida National University.
Section 2: Fiscal Year. The fiscal year for Mu Zeta Chapter shall begin July 1 and end June 30.
Section 3: Accounting. An annual accounting of the ledgers will be conducted by the outgoing Treasurer and shall be available to the membership for ninety (90) days following the close of the fiscal year.
STANDING RULES, BYLAWS, AMENDMENTS
Section 1: Standing Rules. This organization may approve standing rules for the specific operation of this organization.
Section 2: Bylaws. No bylaw shall be adopted that is contrary to the provisions of the Alpha Phi Sigma National Bylaws. Vote Required. The organization may adopt, amend, or rescind any bylaw by a simple majority vote of local membership. Any proposed bylaw must be publicized in writing to the members at least one week prior to the meeting at which it is to be voted one.
Section 3: Amendments. A proposal to amend the bylaws must be presented to the total membership in the form of a motion at least seven (7) days before it is to be voted upon. A proposed amendment must be adopted by a majority of the total voting membership of the chapter and must be approved by the Associated Students of Florida National University to become effective.
Section 1: Responsibility. Management of the organization shall be vested in an Executive Committee, composed of Advisor and officers, responsible to the entire membership to uphold these bylaws.
Section 2: Meetings. The Executive Committee shall meet at least twice per month to organize and plan future activities and agenda items for meetings.
Approved by [ Jelenny Hernandez, Chapter Advisor ] on [ 3/22/2011 ]