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UW IFC Constitution

UW IFC Constitution

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University of Washington Interfraternity Council Constitution
Unanimously ratified and enacted this 9
th
day of November, 2011
PREAMBLE
2
 ARTICLE I. NAME AND PURPOSE
2
 ARTICLE II. MEMBERSHIP
2
 ARTICLE III. THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
3
 ARTICLE IV. OFFICERS OF THE INTERFRATERNITY COUNCIL
5
 ARTICLE V. ELECTIONS
8
 ARTICLE VI. STANDARDS BOARD
 
9
 ARTICLE VII. FINANCES
13
 ARTICLE VIII. CONSTITUTION MANAGEMENT
14
 APPENDIX I. BY-LAWSAPPENDIX II. CODE OF CONDUCTAPPENDIX III. CORE VALUESAPPENDIX IV. RISK MANAGEMENT POLICYAPPENDIX V. EXPANSIONAPPENDIX VI. DRY RECRUITMENTAPPENDIX VII. PHILANTHROPYAPPENDIX VIII. ANTI-HAZING CONTRACTAPPENDIX IX. LEVEL II HEARING SCRIPT
 
 
 
PREAMBLE
In order to promote and perpetuate the best interest of the member fraternities of the North-AmericanInterfraternity Conference (NIC) at the University of Washington, we do ordain and establish thisConstitution of the Interfraternity Council at the University of Washington.
ARTICLE I. NAME AND PURPOSE
SECTION I. NAMEThis organization shall be known as the Interfraternity Council at the University of Washington andmay be referred to as IFC hereafter in this Constitution.SECTION II. MISSION STATEMENTWe, the Interfraternity Council and our member fraternities at the University of Washington, sharingcommon values and fraternal ideals, strive to be gentlemen of integrity pursuing excellence inScholarship, Leadership, Philanthropy, Brotherhood, and Service.SECTION III. PURPOSEIt shall be the purpose of the IFC to:1.
 
Preside and act as the representative central government of member fraternities of the North-American Interfraternity Conference at the University of Washington;2.
 
Serve as the liaison between the fraternities and the University administration, Universitycommunity, and the local community in matters relevant to fraternity life;3.
 
Promote the welfare of the students within the individual fraternities;4.
 
Uphold the core values of the Greek community at the University of Washington:Scholarship, Leadership, Philanthropy, Brotherhood, and Service.
ARTICLE II. MEMBERSHIP
SECTION I. RECOGNITIONUndergraduate NIC fraternities shall hold membership in IFC, upon being accepted by IFC.Established chapters must meet the requirements set forth in Article II. Section III.SECTION II. RECOGNITION PROCEDURESA.
 
The National fraternity must comply with the expansion policy as outlined in this Constitution.B.
 
All newly admitted members and colonies will be considered Associate Members of IFC until allUniversity and IFC requirements are met. Associate Members will not have the right to vote in anyLegislative Council meeting, but will be allowed all other benefits of full membership.SECTION III. REQUIREMENTS OF MEMBERSA.
 
For a chapter or colony to be considered in good standing with IFC, it must meet the followingrequirements:1.
 
The chapter must be in good standing with its National Headquarters as well as theUniversity of Washington.2.
 
The chapter must follow all local, state, and federal laws and University of Washington policies.3.
 
The chapter must be current with all documentation required by IFC and the University of Washington.4.
 
The Chapter must be current with all financial obligations to IFC. Any chapter delinquentof financial obligations after the established deadline is subject to fines, penalties, and/or immediate suspension of IFC recognition as determined by the Vice President (VP) of Administration with the guidance of the VP of Standards. Payment plans may be set up withthe VP of Administration.
 
5.
 
The chapter must adhere to the IFC Constitution and By-Laws.6.
 
 New member class must maintain a 3.0 GPA, on a four-point scale, during the quarter inwhich they undergo new member education, as calculated by the Office of Fraternity andSorority Life (OFSL).7.
 
Active membership must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA each quarter, on a four-point scaleas calculated by the OFSL.8.
 
All chapters must be represented at all IFC meetings, unless an excused absence has beengranted. (Fines and punishments for missing meetings can be found in Article III. TheLegislative Council.)B.
 
If a chapter does not meet the requirements in part A, the chapter will be automatically placed on probation until it meets with the IFC Standards Board to develop an appropriate course of action tocorrect the problem(s).SECTION IV. PROBATIONFraternities placed on probation will lose all voting rights and may face other sanctions if deemednecessary by the Standards Board. Any member of a chapter that is on probation may not run for or hold any elected position in IFC.SECTION V. EXCEPTIONSCertain fraternities that are not NIC member fraternities will be allowed membership into IFC. Thosefraternities will need to follow the procedures and meet the requirements listed above, as well as seek an approval of the Legislative Council by a two-thirds (2/3) vote. Phi Delta Theta fraternity andKappa Sigma fraternity are currently the only approved member fraternities, but that is subject tochange pending a Legislative Council approval.
ARTICLE III. THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
SECTION I. DUTIES AND MEMBERSThe supreme legislative body of IFC shall be the Legislative Council, which shall consist of all of the Presidents of the member fraternities.SECTION II. VOTINGA.
 
Members shall have one (1) vote in the Legislative Council. In order to vote, the member’s chapter must be in good standing.B.
 
A chapter is not in good standing if they are suspended or have an outstanding balance with IFC.C.
 
The default chapter delegate to IFC will be the chapter President.D.
 
When the chapter President has an excusable absence, the President must send an official delegate,who must be registered with the VP of Administration at least eight (8) hours prior to that meeting.The official delegate will then be a voting member of the Legislative Council.E.
 
If a President must have another member of his chapter represent his chapter’s vote in LegislativeCouncil meetings due to a consistent time conflict, he may do so with approval of the ExecutiveBoard.F.
 
If a chapter has two (2) or more unexcused absences in a quarter then voting rights will be revokedfor that quarter. Any unexcused absence will result in a $50 fine.G.
 
 No member of the IFC Executive Board shall serve as delegate to the Legislative Council during histerm of office.SECTION III. MEETING INFORMATIONA.
 
The Legislative Council shall meet at least four (4) times during each quarter (excluding Summer quarter).B.
 
Each chapter with appropriate facilities may hold a meeting at their chapter house at the request of the Executive Board.C.
 
Guests will be allowed to attend meetings if the Executive Board approves them prior to that meeting.D.
 
There will be a maximum of twenty (20) minutes granted to guest speakers per meeting chosen onfirst-come, first-serve basis. Guest speakers must provide information that is relevant to IFC and its

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