Suspension, Expulsion & Resignation Procedures

Suspension, Expulsion & Resignation Procedures

Suspension/Expulsion of an Initiated Member
 
1) BY-LAWS ARTICLE II.  THE MEMBERS

                (a)           No Member may be suspended or expelled from Membership in the Fraternity except upon written notice of the cause and an opportunity for a hearing.

                (b)           The Undergraduate or Alumni Chapter or the Board of Directors, whichever is to consider the matter, shall provide the Member written notice setting forth a statement of the alleged cause, the possibility that he may be suspended or expelled, the date, time and place at which the Undergraduate or Alumni Chapter or the Board of Directors shall meet for a hearing on the matter and a statement of the rights and procedures to which the Member is entitled at such hearing.  The Board of Directors may prescribe a form of written notice to be used in the Fraternity's Policies.  An appropriate officer of the Undergraduate or Alumni Chapter or the Secretary of the Fraternity shall cause the written notice to be delivered to the Member at least 14 days prior to the scheduled hearing.

                (c)           The Undergraduate or Alumni Chapter or the Board of Directors may appoint a committee to present the alleged cause at the hearing.  The Member shall be entitled to the aid and assistance of any other Member to respond to the alleged cause.  The Member shall be entitled to present such witnesses or other evidence as he feels appropriate and necessary to respond to the alleged cause.  Should the Member fail to appear at the hearing as set forth in the written notice, the alleged cause shall be deemed admitted and conclusively established.  During the course of the hearing and at all times, the Undergraduate or Alumni Chapter or the Board of Directors shall extend to the Member every assistance to establish the truth or to present any mitigating circumstances.

                (d)           At the conclusion of the hearing the Undergraduate or Alumni Chapter or the Board of Directors shall vote first upon the alleged cause and, if found to be established, then upon whether to suspend or expel the Member from Membership in the Fraternity.  If a Member is suspended or expelled, an appropriate officer of the Undergraduate or Alumni Chapter shall provide to the Secretary of the Fraternity or the Board of Directors shall record in its minutes a statement setting forth the cause found to be established, the vote and whether the Member was suspended or expelled.  Until such statement is received by the Secretary of the Fraternity no suspension or expulsion shall be effective.  Upon receipt of such statement, the Member shall be suspended or expelled from Membership in the Fraternity effective immediately, irrespective of whether any appeal has been or may be taken.  A suspended or expelled Member's rights in the Fraternity shall not be reinstated unless and until the period of suspension expires or the Assembly of Trustees reverses the suspension or expulsion and reinstates the Member.

 

                (e)           Within 30 days of the vote of the Undergraduate or Alumni Chapter or the Board of Directors, the Member may appeal the decision by sending a notice of appeal to the Secretary of the Fraternity setting forth a brief statement of any substantive or procedural reason why he should not be suspended or expelled.  The appeal shall be heard at the next Assembly of Trustees.  The Undergraduate or Alumni Chapter or Board of Directors and the suspended or expelled Member each may appear and may make a statement.  The Assembly of Trustees by majority vote may affirm, reverse or modify the order of suspension or expulsion and to reinstate the Member.  The Secretary of the Fraternity, at the direction of the Assembly of Trustees shall provide written notice of the decision of the Assembly of Trustees to the suspended or expelled Member and to his Chapter.
 
2) CONSTITUTION ARTICLE II. THE MEMBERS
               
                Section 6:  Suspension From Membership
                For cause, an Undergraduate or Alumni Chapter or the Board of Directors, by a vote of a majority of the Members of that Undergraduate or Alumni Chapter present at a meeting of that Chapter or the Directors present at a meeting of the Board, in accordance with the procedures provided in the Fraternity's By-Laws, may temporarily suspend a Member from Membership in the Fraternity for a period not to exceed three years.  An Undergraduate Chapter may suspend only an Undergraduate Member of that Chapter.  An Alumni Chapter may suspend only an Alumni Member of that Chapter.  A Member suspended from Membership in the Fraternity by his Chapter or the Board of Directors may appeal such suspension to the next Assembly of Trustees, whose decision shall be final.
           
            Section 7:  Expulsion From Membership

            For cause, an Undergraduate or Alumni Chapter or the Board of Directors, by a vote of two-thirds of the Members of that Undergraduate or Alumni Chapter present at a meeting of that Chapter or the Directors present at a meeting of the Board, in accordance with the procedures provided in the Fraternity's By-Laws, may permanently expel a Member from Membership in the Fraternity. An Undergraduate Chapter may expel only an Undergraduate Member of that Chapter.  An Alumni Chapter may expel only an Alumni Member of that Chapter.  A Member expelled from Membership in the Fraternity by his Chapter or the Board of Directors may appeal such expulsion to the next Assembly of Trustees, whose decision shall be final.
               
3) Submit the following to IHQ:

        Copy of dated notice given to the member 14 days in advance of hearing, (a) giving the date, time, and place of the hearing, (b) detailing the charges, (c) the possible penalties, (d) the member's rights of appeal.
        After the hearing, a report stating the (a) charges, (b) total number of members present at hearing, (c) result of vote: # for suspension/expulsion, # against suspension/expulsion, # abstaining, (d) copy of notice to member advising of results of hearing - if member not present at hearing.

 
Resignation of an Initiated Member
 
CONSTITUTION ARTICLE II.  THE MEMBERS
           
            Section 8:  Resignation from Membership

            A Member of the Fraternity may resign his Membership in the Fraternity by sending a notice of his resignation to the Secretary of the Fraternity and to his Undergraduate or Alumni Chapters.

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