Article I - Name
The name of this society shall be Phi Zeta Honor Society for the Biological Sciences, University of Houston-Victoria Chapter.
Article II - Purpose
The Purpose of the Phi Zeta Honor Society shall be to function as an honor and professional society for students of the biological sciences. Its activities shall be designed to stimulate interest, scholarly attainment, and investigation in the biological sciences, and to promote the dissemination of information and new interpretations among students of the life sciences.
Article III - Insignia
Section 1. The official emblem of the Society shall be a shield-shaped key upon which are engraved a coiled serpent and the three initials of the organization.
Section 2. The coat of arms shall be that officially adopted by the 1947 Biennial Convention.
Section 3. The pattern copies of the key and coat of arms maintained in the national archives shall be the official design.
Section 4. The colors of the Society shall be red and green.
Section 5. The flower of the Society shall be a red rose of the type commonly referred to as American Beauty.
Article IV - Membership
Section 1. The membership shall be divided into four classes: regular, honorary, alumni, and corporate. Beta Beta Beta is a non-discriminating organization that does not consider age, race, color, creed, sex, national origin or sexual preference.
Section 2. Regular members shall be:
a) Undergraduate or graduate majors in a biological science at an institution where a chapter of Beta Beta Beta is located.
b) Shall have completed at least one term of the second year of a four-year curriculum or its equivalent.
c) Shall have completed at least three term courses in a biological science, of which at least one is not an introductory course, with an average grade of 3.0 GPA or its equivalent in those biology courses.
d) Shall be in good academic standing.
Only regular members may hold the constitutionally specified chapter offices, vote on chapter membership nominations and national questions, and represent the chapter or vote at national conventions.
Section 3. Chapter honorary members may be elected by any chapter in recognition of significant accomplishment as biologists, or of outstanding service to the chapter.
Section 4. Biology majors who have graduated from an institution at which a charter is later granted may become alumni members of the new chapter. Alumni members will receive an individual subscription to BIOS. Regular members who have become inactive may become Alumni members with payment of the appropriate fee.
Section 5. Corporate members shall be corporations, institutions or other organizations which support undergraduate education in the biological sciences. A corporation may be elected to membership by a majority of the National Executive Committee. Corporate members will be listed in each issue of BIOS and each corporate member will receive a membership certificate for display. Each corporate member will also have the privilege of providing a display at the national or district conventions.
Section 6. National honorary members may be elected by the biennial convention on nomination by the national officers. (Any member or chapter may propose prospective nominees.) Such membership shall be reserved for persons of outstanding accomplishment and stature in one or more of the biological sciences or persons rendering outstanding service to Beta Beta Beta.
Section 7. All members may wear the official insignia and shall remain members for life unless removed under the provisions of Section 11.
Section 8. Members shall be nominated to the various categories by a committee that includes both regular members and faculty. Election shall be by at least a majority vote of the regular members present at a regular meeting.
Section 9. A regular member transferring from one institution to another shall be automatically eligible for membership in a chapter in his new institution unless he does not qualify under the normally prescribed requirements of his new chapter.
Section 10. A regular member of a chapter may be removed from chapter membership only for cause by a vote of 3/4 of the entire voting membership. Any such removal must be approved by the chapter advisor (counselor) and is subject to appeal to the National Executive Committee.
Article V - Chapter Government
Section 1. Each chapter shall adopt by-laws which set forth the specific policies and practices it deems necessary for the effective functioning of the chapter in the local situation. Each chapter shall have full authority to regulate its local affairs as it sees fit, subject to the restrictions of Section 2 of this article.
Section 2. There shall be no provisions in chapter bylaws which are contrary to this constitution or the national by-laws which derive therefrom. The National Executive Committee shall have the power to annul any local by-laws which it holds to be in violation of the provisions or clear intent of this constitution, but it shall not do so without prior consultation with the chapter concerned. Such consultation shall make clear the objection to the by-law concerned and give the chapter an opportunity to state its reasons regarding the provision as valid.
Section 3. Chapter by-laws and all amendments thereto shall be filed with both the appropriate Regional Vice President and the District Director who shall bring to the attention of the National President any provisions which may violate Section 2 of this article.
Article VI - Chapter Officers
Section 1. Each chapter shall elect a president, a vice president, a secretary, a treasurer, parliamentarian and an historian from among its regular members.
Section 2. Officer elections should occur during the Spring semester of each academic year. In month three, upcoming nominations will be announced to the members. During month four final nominations shall be accepted at the monthly meeting. Finally, month five of the academic year voting shall take place at the normal chapter meeting. All duties shall be turned over to the newly elected officers at the commencement of month seven before the start of the new academic year. Any executive positions not filled through the elective process shall be appointed by majority vote of the newly elected Executive Committee, before the first meeting of the new academic year.
Section 3. The duties of these officers shall be those normally assigned to such offices as outlined in SparkNote's Robert's Rules of Order.
Section 4. These officers should hold office for one year. The time of election and the time for assumption of duties shall be specified in the chapter by-laws.
Section 5. At the same time it elects officers, a chapter shall, if necessary, elect a chapter advisor (counselor) from among the biological sciences faculty. An advisor shall serve for a term of not more than three years but may be re-elected. The prospective regular members of a new chapter shall elect the first advisor (counselor) prior to the installation of the chapter.
Section 6. The chapter advisor (counselor) shall assist and advise the chapter and especially its officers in carrying out the chapter programs and aid in developing new policies and programs that contribute to its local effectiveness. The chapter advisor shall serve as permanent custodian of chapter records and funds making sure that they are maintained in good order and that each successive group of chapter officers are informed as to their responsibilities. The chapter advisor may delegate custodial duties during the academic year but shall check and reclaim all records and funds at the close of each academic year.
Section 7. Chapter officers are responsible for submitting promptly and in correct form such reports as are requested by the national and district officers. Chapter advisors shall review such reports for accuracy prior to submission.
Section 8. General committees shall be formed as outlined in SparkNote’s Robert’s Rules of Order.
Article VII - Dissolution
Section 1. In the event of the dissolution of Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society, the assets, if any, will be distributed to an organization that is exempt from Federal income tax as an organization described in 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, contributions to which are deductible, or to the Federal Government, or to a state or local government for a public purpose.
Section 2. Each chapter of Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society shall include a provision identical with Section 1 of this article in its by-laws.
Article VIII - By-Laws
The Chapter Executive Committee shall, from time to time, adopt such by-laws as are necessary to carry out the provisions of this constitution. It shall be the purpose of the by-laws to state the specific procedures and practices in effect at any given time.
By-Law I - Membership Conditions
Section 1. All members of Beta Beta Beta through Phi Zeta Chapter University of Houston-Victoria have both national and chapter membership. Once initiated, they are:
a) national members for life unless removed for cause in accordance with Article IV, Section 11 of the national constitution and
b) chapter members so long as they remain matriculated students in the chapter's home institution and meet their obligations to the chapter as specified by its by-laws.
Section 2. Follow Robert’s Rule of Order SparkNote’s Robert’s Rules of Order.
Section 3. Yearly dues are $25.00 which is due the first semester of each academic year that the member is initiated. Transfer members are exempt the first academic year if they are in good standing at their original university.
Section 4. Each calendar month per semester a chapter meeting shall be held. Members must attend at least three out of five meetings per semester.
Section 5. All members shall commit to at least ten hours of community service a semester. These hours shall be documented and given to the secretary by the last meeting of the semester.
By-Law II - Initiation Fees
Section 1. Prior to initiation members shall pay through the chapter, the following one-time national initiation fee; this is in addition to the annual chapter dues of $25.00:
a) regular member: $45.00
b) chapter or club honorary member: $45.00
c) national honorary member: none
d) alumni member: $45.00
e) corporate member: $500.00 or more annually
Section 2. Upon receipt of the initiation fee, the national Secretary-Treasurer will forward appropriate membership certificates to the chapter or club.
Section 3. For each member registered at the National Office, the chapter shall receive a two year subscription to BIOS. For each associate member registered, the chapter shall receive a one year subscription to BIOS. Each member shall have the option of receiving personally the subscription associated with his/her membership upon the payment of $1 .00 for each subscription year in addition to the initiation fee.
By-Law III - Amendments
These by-laws may be amended as outlined in SparkNote’s Robert’s Rules of Order.