Immaculate Conception School NJHS Chapter Bylaws
Article I: Name and Purpose
Section 1 - The name of this chapter shall be the Chapter of the
National Junior Honor Society of Immaculate Conception
Section 2 - The purpose of this chapter shall be to create an
enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render
service, to promote worthy leadership, and citizenship, and to
encourage the development of character in students of Immaculate
Article II: Membership
Section 1 - Membership in this chapter shall be known as active and
honorary. Honorary members become graduate members at graduation.
Graduate and honorary members have no voice or vote in chapter
Section 2 - Membership in this chapter is an honor bestowed upon
deserving students by the faculty, and shall be based on the
criteria of scholarship, service, leadership, citizenship, and
Section 3 - Eligibility
a. Candidates eligible for election to this chapter must be in the
third quarter of sixth grade or grades seventh through
b. To be eligible for selection to membership in this chapter, the
candidate must have been in attendance for a period of two quarters
at Immaculate Conception School.
c. Candidates eligible for selection to the chapter shall have a
cumulative average of 85 or above, on grade level, in all subjects.
This scholastic level of achievement shall remain fixed, and shall
be the required minimum level of scholastic achievement for
admission to candidacy. All students who can rise in scholarship to
or above such standard may be admitted to candidacy for selection
d. Upon meeting the grade level, attendance, and GPA standard
requirements, candidates shall then be considered based on their
service, leadership, citizenship, and character.
Article III: Selection of Members
Section 1 - The selection of members to this chapter shall be by a
majority vote of the Faculty Council consisting of five faculty
members appointed by the principal. The chapter adviser shall be
the sixth, nonvoting, ex officio members of the Faculty
Section 2 - Prior to selection, the following shall occur:
a. Students' academic records shall be reviewed to determine
b. Students who are eligible scholastically ("candidates") shall be
notified and asked to complete and submit the Student Activity
Information Form for further consideration for selection.
c. The faculty shall be requested to evaluate candidates determined
to be scholastically eligible using the official evaluation form
provided by the chapter adviser.
d. The Faculty Council shall review the Student Activity
Information Form and faculty evaluations in order to determine
Section 3 - The selection of new active members shall be held once
a year during the third quarter of the school year.
Section 4 - Candidates become members when inducted at a special
Section 5 - Once selected and inducted, all members are expected to
maintain the standards by which they were selected and maintain all
obligations of membership.
Section 6 - An active member of the National Junior Honor Society
who transfers from this school will be given a letter indicating
the status of his or her membership and signed by the principal or
Section 7 - An active member of the National Junior Honor Society
who transfers to this school will be automatically accepted for
membership in this chapter. The Faculty Council shall grant to the
transferring member two quarters to attain the membership
requirements and, thereafter, this member must maintain those
requirements for this chapter in order to retain his or her
Article IV: Discipline and Dismissal
Section 1 - Any member who falls below the standards of
scholarship, leadership, character, citizenship or service may be
considered for dismissal from the Immaculate Conception chapter of
the National Junior Honor Society. A member of the National Junior
Honor Society is expected to maintain his or her academic standing
and take an active role in service and leadership to his or her
school and community.
Section 2 - If a member's cumulative average falls below the
standard in effect when he or she was selected (85 or above average
in all subjects), he or she will be given a written warning and a
time period for improvement. If the report card grades remain below
standard at the end of the warning period, the student will be
subject to further disciplinary action by the Faculty Council,
which may include consideration of dismissal from the
Section 3 - If a member fails to perform any of the published
obligations of membership, he or she will be given a written
warning and a time period for improvement. If the obligation
remains unmet at the end of the warning period, the student will be
subject to further disciplinary action by the Faculty Council,
which may include dismissal from the chapter.
Section 4 - Violation of the law or school regulations can result
in dismissal of a member. These violations include, but are not
limited to, stealing; destruction of property; cheating; truancy;
or possession, selling, or being under the influence of drugs or
alcohol at school or school-related activities.
Section 5 - Offenders of the school conduct code (such as use of
profanity, failure to comply, unexcused absence, excessive
tardiness, etc.) will receive written warning notification. A
conference may be requested by either party (Faculty Council,
student, or parent). If the member is involved in another violation
of the school conduct code, the member may be considered for
Section 6 - In all cases of pending dismissal:
a. The member will receive written notification indicating the
reason for possible dismissal from the adviser or Faculty Council.
The member and adviser will discuss the written notification in a
conference. Situations that involve flagrant violations of school
rules or the law can warrant disciplinary action without a written
warning although a hearing must still be held (see below).
b. The member will be given the opportunity to respond to the
charge against him or her at a hearing before the Faculty Council
prior to the vote on dismissal. The Faculty Council will then vote
on whether to dismiss. A majority vote of the Faculty Council is
needed to dismiss any member.
c. The results of the Faculty Council vote will be reviewed by the
principal and then, if confirmed, expressed in a letter sent to the
student, parent, and principal. Dismissed members must surrender
any membership emblems to the adviser.
d. The Faculty Council's decision may be appealed to the building
principal and afterwards through the school district discipline
e. When a student is dismissed or resigns, he or she is no longer a
member and may not be reconsidered for membership in the National
Junior Honor Society.
Section 7 - In lieu of dismissal, the Faculty Council may impose
disciplinary sanctions upon a member as deemed appropriate.
Article V: Officers
Section 1 - The officers of the chapter shall be president, vice
president, secretary, and treasurer.
Section 2 - Student officers shall be elected at the last meeting
of each school year. All returning active members are eligible to
run for a position as an officer. The position of President is
reserved for an elected member who has been with NJHS for a period
of at least one year. All active members of the chapter are
eligible to vote. Officer elections will take place after induction
of new members for the year.
Section 3 - A majority vote shall be necessary to elect any officer
of this chapter. If the first vote does not yield a majority, a
second vote shall be taken of the two candidates receiving the
highest number of votes.
Section 4 - It shall be the duty of the president to preside at the
meetings of the chapter.
Section 5 - The vice president shall preside in the absence of the
president and shall also keep a record of members' contributions to
leadership and service.
Section 6 - The secretary shall keep the minutes of meetings and be
responsible for all chapter correspondence.
Section 7 - The treasurer shall keep the record of chapter
expenses, dues, and all other financial transactions of the
Article VI: Executive Committee
Section 1 - The executive committee shall consist of the faculty
adviser and the chapter officers.
Section 2 - The executive committee shall have general charge of
the meetings and the business of the chapter, but any action by the
executive committee is subject to the review of the chapter
Article VII: Meetings
Section 1 - Meetings of this chapter shall be monthly.
Section 2 - This chapter shall conduct its meetings according to
Robert's Rules of Order.
Article VIII: Activities
Section 1 - The chapter shall determine one or more service
projects for each year.
Section 2 - All members shall regularly participate in these
Section 3 - These projects shall have the following
characteristics: fulfill a need within the school or community;
have the support of the administration and the faculty; be
appropriate and educationally defensible; and be well planned,
organized, and executed.
Section 4 - Each member shall have the responsibility for choosing
and participating in an individual service project that reflects
his or her particular talents and interests and as approved by the
chapter adviser. This is in addition to the chapter projects to
which all members contribute.
Section 5 - The chapter shall publicize its projects in a positive
Article IX: Emblem
Section 1 - Each member of this chapter who is in good standing
with regard to the membership standards and member obligations
shall have the privilege of wearing the emblem adopted by the
National Junior Honor Society.
Section 2 - Any member who withdraws, resigns, or is dismissed from
the chapter shall return the emblem to the chapter.
Article X: Dues
Section 1 - Annual dues for this chapter shall be $12.
Section 2 - Dues will be payable to the chapter treasurer within 30
days of induction.
Article XI: Powers
Section 1 - The chapter adviser is given the authority to supervise
the administration of chapter activities, as delegated by the
Section 2 - The principal shall reserve the right to approve all
activities and decisions by the chapter.
Section 3 - These bylaws are designed to amplify provisions of the
national constitution and cannot contradict any components thereof.
The chapter is obligated to adhere to the provisions of the
national constitution in all activities it undertakes.
Article XII: Amendments
Section 1 - These bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the
chapter, provided notice of the proposed amendment has been given
to members at least one month prior to the vote. The exceptions are
Articles III and IV (selection and discipline), which are developed
by the Faculty Council with the approval of the principal.
Section 2 - Bylaws and amendments must be consistent with the
constitution of the National Junior Honor Society.
Adopted April 4, 2012
Linda Santos, Principal
Jennifer Daugherty, Chapter Adviser