**The Epsilon Iota Chapter By-Laws are currently being updated to comply with changes made to the national by-laws. The by-laws below reflect those articles as of the last stated revision. 


(As Amended November 4, 2004)



Fairmont State



We the members of Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society, will promote academic excellence in order to make the Criminal Justice System and its practitioners more effective and ethical. We do hereby submit ourselves to be governed by the following bylaws.

Article I- Chapter Information


Section 1: Chapter Name

The name of this chapter shall be Epsilon Iota.

Section 2: Mission

The purposes of Alpha Phi Sigma shall be to promote critical 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 3: Goals

The goals of Alpha Phi Sigma shall be to honor and promote academic excellence, service 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 he bylaws of the Alpha Phi Sigma Honor Society and the Epsilon Iota Chapter.

Article II- Business


Section 1: Non Profit Status

Alpha Phi Sigma is organized exclusively for educational, charitable, and scientific purposes, including for such purposes as the making distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501 (C)(3) of the International Revenue Code of 1954 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law).

Section 2: Publicity

No part of the net earnings of Alpha Phi Sigma shall inured to the benefit of any private individual, and no substantial part of the activities of the Society shall by the carrying on of propaganda or otherwise attempt to influence legislation, and the Society shall not participate in or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution or statements) any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.

Section 3:

Upon dissolution of Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Board shall, after the paying or making provisions for the payment or all of the liabilities of the Society, dispose of all the assets of the Society, exclusively for the purposes of the Society in such manner, or to charitable, educational, religious, or scientific purposes as shall at each time qualify as an exempt organization or organizations under Section 501 (C)(3) of the International Revenue Code of 1954 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law), as the National Board Shall Determine, any such assets not so disposed of or if Alpha Phi Sigma National dissolves, funds will be given to the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences for use as student scholarships.

Article III- Members


Section 1 Classification of Members

Members shall meet the following criteria for membership. Any Chapter, at its discretion, may establish higher criteria.

A. Student Members. Members shall be full time or part time students enrolled in baccalaureate or graduate programs of fully accredited institutions at the time of initiation. Members shall be of high moral character. Membership applications shall be approved and signed by the chapter advisor.

1. Undergraduate students shall be enrolled in Fairmont State, have declared a major, minor or equivalent in criminal justice fields, have completed three full time semesters or equivalent, have a minimum grade point average of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale with a minimum grade point average of 3.2 in courses in criminal justice fields and who are in the top 35% of their class. A minimum of four courses of the above course work shall be in the criminal justice field.

2. Graduate students shall be enrolled in Fairmont State’s Master’s program, have a minimum graduate grade point average of 3.4 on a 4.0 scale, and a 3.4 on a 4.0 grade point average in criminal justice courses (A maximum of three undergraduate criminal justice courses with a minimum of 3.4 on a 4.0 scale may be applied in this area.)

B. Honorary Members. Honorary membership recognizes outstanding professional achievement and service to the criminal justice field by persons not eligible for regular or faculty membership in the Society. Nominations shall be approved by the Chapter Advisor. No more than two honorary memberships may be granted in any academic year. Honorary Members must be elected by a 2/3 vote of the chapter.

C. Alumni Members. Active members in good standing at the time of graduation from Fairmont State shall become Alumni members of the National organization. Upon payment of fees to the National organization, Alumni members may be designated Active Alumni members.

D. Faculty Members. Alpha Phi Sigma recognizes and encourages faculty and administration involvement. Candidates for membership must be full time faculty or administrators in a criminal justice related field. They must have completed a minimum of one year full time teaching/administrative duties at Fairmont State, and must be elected by a 2/3 vote.

E. Transfer Members. Any Alpha Phi Sigma member who transfers to Fairmont State shall be accepted into our Epsilon Iota Chapter and pay our fees. After one term, the member shall be subject to all rules, regulations, and requirements of our chapter. A new certificate of membership will not be issued unless paid for by the member.

Section 2: Discrimination Policy

Membership in the Society is open to qualified candidates without regard to age, color, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation and/or disability

Section 3: Privileges of Membership.

Only active members shall have the right to vote and to hold office. Only active members shall purchase honor regalia. All types of membership shall have other privileges as determined by the National Board.

Section 4: Resignation Policy

A member desiring to resign from the Society shall submit such resignation in writing to the Chapter Advisor and to the National Headquarters. l Any member having resigned from membership may be reinstated upon application to the Epsilon Iota Chapter, and the National Headquarters and by meeting such uniform terms and conditions as may be established by the National Board.

Section 5: Termination Policy

Membership in the Society may be suspended or terminated by the local chapter executive board and a 2/3 vote of the local chapter for just cause. Sufficient cause for such suspension or termination of membership may be violation of these bylaws or any lawful rule or practice adopted by the Society or other conduct deemed prejudicial to the best interest of the Society. A statement of the charges shall be sent by registered mail, return receipt, to the last recorded address of the member, accompanied by the 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 Board. The Board may adopt such rules as may be necessary to assure due process to the member.

Section 6:

The amount of any National dues, fees or assessments for any type of membership in the Society shall be established by the National Board. The local chapter shall determine the specific amount of local dues. Failure to pay local dues shall prevent the student from purchasing honor regalia.

Article IV- Officers


Section 1:

The officers of the Society shall be the President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.

Section 2: Qualifications.

During the term of office, officers shall be enrolled at least part time at Fairmont State.

Section 3: Nominations and Elections.

A. Nominations shall be from the floor at an Epsilon Iota meeting. Nominations shall be accepted only if the nominee is present at the meeting.

B. Officers shall be elected by secret ballot at the Epsilon Iota meeting immediately following meeting where the nominations are received, usually in April. A majority vote of more than half shall win the election. In the event that no candidate receives a majority vote on the first ballot, the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes shall be voted upon again by ballot. In the event of a tie, the winner shall be determined by drawing lots.

Section 4

Officers shall be elected for a term of one year, or until their successors are elected. The term of office shall begin at the start of classes for the term they are elected.

Section 5: Recall of Officers

Any officer may be recalled for failure to perform the duties of the office or conduct unbecoming of an officer. A recall may be conducted by a 2/3 vote of the chapter members.

Section 6: Vacancies

Should any office become vacant for any reason, it shall be filled by appointment of the chapter advisor.

Article V- Duties of Officers


Section 1: Duties

The officers shall perform the duties described by these bylaws and by the parliamentary authority adopted by the Society.

Section 2: President

The president shall have general supervision of all officers of the Society, and shall preside at all meetings of the Society.

Section 3: Vice President

The vice president shall assist the president in any manner, and will be in charge of recruitment and development.

Section 4: Secretary

The secretary shall keep record of the meetings of the Society.

Section 5: Treasurer

The treasurer shall prepare a chapter budget, and shall be responsible for fund raising.

Article VI- Chapter Meetings


Section 1: National Meeting

The national conference and annual meeting of the Society shall be held at a time and place relative to the ACJS National Conference.

Section 2: Chapter Meetings

The Epsilon Iota chapter meetings will be held each Thursday beginning at 12:30 p.m. and will be held in HB116.

Article VII- Committees


Section 1: Appointment

All committees may be established by the President to conduct and facilitate the business of the Society. Members of the committees shall serve terms coinciding with that of the President making the appointment.

Article VIII- Parliamentary Authority


The rules contained in the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern the Society in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these bylaws and any special rules of order the Society may adopt.

Article IX- Amendment of Bylaws


Proposed amendments to these bylaws may be submitted by any chapter member, or the Chapter advisor. Amendments shall be reviewed by the bylaws committee. Amendments, with the recommendation of the committee, shall be submitted at the next chapter meeting to be voted upon. Adoption shall be by a 2/3 vote of the chapter.


Amendment I- Active Member Status Amendment


Each member of the Epsilon Iota Chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma needs to remain in “active” status to be able to earn the privilege of receiving honor regalia to wear at graduation and to be allowed to attend National Conferences of Alpha Phi Sigma.  To achieve active status, members must fulfill 2 out of 3 of the obligations to the local chapter that are listed below.

A. Fundraisers: Each member must participate in at least three (3) fundraisers throughout the academic school year.  A minimum amount will be required for participation in each fundraiser. This amount will be set at the discretion of the Executive Board of the local chapter.

B. Meeting Attendance:  Each member must attend a minimum of three (3) meetings per semester.  Attendance consists of being present from the start through the finish of the meetings half hour time slot.  Members must sign attendance sheet in order to be counted for that meeting.

C. Activities:  Each member must participate in at least three (3) additional activities sponsored by the local chapter, i.e. pizza pick-up/delivery, FS Story, candle pick-up/delivery.  Also, each member is to participate in the local chapter’s community service project; by donating volunteer hours, donating supplies, etc.

Amendment II- Grade Point Average


The initial GPA requirement of 3.2 (for undergraduate students) and 3.4 (for graduate students) must be maintained throughout the membership to Alpha Phi Sigma.  If at any time, the grade point average of a member drops below the established requirement, such member will have one (1) semester to bring his/her GPA back up to the requirement. At any time, Epsilon Iota Chapter has the right to raise the GPA requirement.