Kappa Kappa Psi


Kappa Kappa Psi Chapter Constitution

Chapter Constitution

Kappa Upsilon – Marist College

National Charter: November 27, 1919

Chapter Established: May 6, 2001

All policies outlined in the constitution of the Kappa Upsilon Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi at Marist College shall be superceded by the governing rules of the Student Government Association of the College and the National Constitution of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity.



Be it known that Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Fraternity for College Band members, is an organization operating exclusively in the field of the college and university bands, and for the following several purposes:

1.  To promote the existence and welfare of the college band and to cultivate at large a wholesome respect for their activities and achievements.

2.   To honor outstanding band members through privilege of membership extended as a reward for technical achievement and appreciation in music.

3.   To stimulate campus leadership and promulgate an uncompromising respect

through the medium of the college band for gracious conduct, good taste, and unswerving loyalty.

4.  To foster a close relationship between college bands and promote a high average

of attainment by the performance of good music and selection of worthwhile projects.

5.   To provide a pleasant and helpful social experience for all engaged in college band work and to cooperate with other musical organizations in any manner consistent with .the purposes of the institution at which chapters are located.

I.       Organization and Structure

1.1  The name of this organization shall be Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity for College and University Band members. Kappa Kappa Psi was incorporated under the laws of the Sovereign State of Oklahoma as of November 27, 1919.

1.2  The name of this Chapter shall be Kappa Upsilon.  Kappa Upsilon was chartered at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY on May 6, 2001.

1.3  The Robert’s Rules of Order, unless otherwise specifically stated in this constitution shall govern the deliberations of all component parts of the Fraternity assembled in meeting.

1.4  Kappa Kappa Psi expressly prohibits discrimination by any component part of the Fraternity or by any person acting on behalf of the Fraternity on the basis of race, national origin, gender, religion, handicap, sexual orientation, or marital status.  Rather, it is the policy of the Fraternity to foster a spirit of mutual understanding and respect among all people, especially those involved with college and university bands, remembering that music is the universal language.

1.5  Kappa Kappa Psi expressly prohibits “hazing” by any component part of the Fraternity or by any person acting on behalf of the Fraternity.  Please consult the Marist College Student Handbook and the Kappa Kappa Psi National Guide to Membership for a full definition of the terms and conditions of “hazing”

1.6  Recognizing the dangers and problems associated with the use and abuse of alcoholic beverages and controlled substances, Kappa Kappa Psi does not condone the use of alcoholic beverages or controlled substances at any Fraternity event.  The disciplinary measures associated with failing to comply with this shall be handled with immediate expulsion from the chapter, and may result in chapter suspension or expulsion.  Please refer to the Policy on Controlled Substances contained in the Marist College Student Handbook and Kappa Kappa Psi National Guide to Membership for details.

1.7  The Executive Council of the Fraternity is composed of the following elected positions:  President, Vice President of Membership, Vice President of Service, Treasurer, and Secretary.  Ad hoc positions will serve on the Executive Council at the discretion and request of the President.

1.8  Proposed amendments to this constitution shall be presented in writing at a regularly called Executive Council meeting of the Fraternity.  Proposed amendments will only be accepted into this constitution  with a three-fourths (3/4) favorable vote.

1.9  If there is a majority favorable vote, yet it does riot satisfy a three-fourths majority the proposal will be up for discussion  and revision, and proposed  at the next called amendment meeting.

II. Executive Council

2.1   The active members of a chapter shall elect its officers at a regularly called meeting of the chapter.

2.2   The election of officers must comply with the calendar detailed by the Marist College Student Government Association.

2.3   Each chapter officer shall be an active member of the Fraternity at the time of election and a regularly enrolled student at the college during the term of office. Each officer shall possess more than the ordinary business ability and shall be capable of representing the chapter under all ordinary conditions. Each officer shall have the best interests of the Fraternity at heart and shall be willing and able to devote the necessary  time to the execution of the office.  The Chapter Sponsor shall have the authority to exempt any officer from a specific requirement of office.

2.4   The election of chapter officers shall be made from the floor of the meeting and a majority of all votes cast shall be necessary for election.

2.5   Officers will serve for a period of one year without compensation.

2.6   The President shall preside at all meetings of the chapter  and shall be a member ex officio of all chapter committees.  The President shall sign all checks for monies disbursed and shall sign all contracts and other instruments of business involving the chapter.  The President shall be designated as the official prepare and send all reports to the National Executive Director of the Fraternity.

2.7   The Vice President of Membership shall, in the absence of the President, preside at meetings of the chapter and shall advance the purposes of the Fraternity as stated in the Preamble of this Constitution.   The Vice President  of Membership shall be responsible for the education, training, and initiation of all new members.

2.8   The Vice President of Service, will serve as third in executive command.  The Vice President of Service will coordinate service projects that will run accordance with the purposes detailed in the Preamble of this Constitution.

2.9   The Treasurer shall control the receipts and disbursements of all monies of the chapter, and shall submit recommendations concerning the financial policies of the chapter as may be required. The treasurer shall sign all checks for monies disbursed and shall prepare and be responsible for keeping records of all chapter finances.

2.10   The Secretary shall record the minutes of all meetings of the chapter and shall sign all contracts and other instruments of business incurred by the chapter.  The Secretary shall maintain a permanent record of each member of the chapter including name, address, telephone number, chapter roster number, and instrument(s)  played.  In addition, the Secretary shall be responsible for all chapter correspondence.

2.11   All committee chairpersons and ad hoc positions will be appointed by the President as necessary.

III. Meetings

3.1  A regularly called  meeting of the chapters all be held at least once a week.during the regular academic school year.  The time  of the meeting shall be determined by the chapter.

3.2  Fifty (50) percent of all active members in attendance with at least two (2) officers shall constitute a quorum at all meetings.                                                                              .

3.3  In general, the order of business at all meetings shall be:

Opening Ceremonies

Reading of Minutes

Report of Chapter Officers

Unfinished  business

New business

Report of committees

Closing ceremonies

When deemed necessary, the general order of proceedings may be changed by the Chapter President.

IV.  Membership

4.1  Chapter membership shall consist of seven types:  Active, Associate, Conditional, Inactive, Alumni, Life, and Honorary Membership. All Active, Associate, and Conditional memberships  ex:pire September 30.

4.2  An initiated member of Tau Beta Sigma shall never be granted active status in Kappa Kappa Psi chapter after the satisfactory completion of one (1) semester as a member of the college band, unless recommended by the Chapter Sponsor.  The prospective member shall be a band member who possesses unusually good character and demonstrates leadership potential.

4.3  A prospective member may be offered into the Membership Education Program with the satisfactory academic completion of a 2.85 Cumulative Grade Point Average.

4.4  Eligible individuals shall be permitted entry into the Membership Education Program at the request of an active member of the Fraternity. A negative vote of five (5) members or twenty-five (25) percent, which ever is greater, of the eligible active membership shall be required to prevent a person from entering the Membership Education Program.  If a person is rejected on a second ballot in the same meeting, the name shall not be proposed again during the current academic year.

4.5 Seventy-five (75) percent of active membership shall approve a prospective member’s entrance into the Membership Education Program.

4.6  All annual dues must be paid and up to date to maintain active membership in the Fraternity.

4.7  All active members shall attend all general meetings of the chapter; promptly pay all financial obligations; and acquaint themselves with the Chapter Constitution, District Constitution, National Constitution, the history of Kappa Kappa Psi on the local and national level; and support the. efforts and purposes of the chapter and Fraternity.

4.8  Any member of Kappa Kappa Psi what has recently been an active member of that chapter is, upon transfer and active matriculation into Marist College, and active participation in the band program, eligible to become an active member of the Kappa Upsilon Chapter.

4.9  Membership under conditional status shall be granted any previously active member of Tau Beta Sigma whose local institution does not possess an active Tau Beta Sigma chapter and who meets the transfer requirements of the Fraternity.

4.10 Refer to the National Guide to Membership for a detailed explanation of the seven (7) types of membership.

4.11  Upon due cause, a member of the Fraternity may be placed on probation following a favorable vote on the motion of seventy-five (75) percent of the chapter’s eligible voting membership and approval by the chapter sponsor.

4.12  Refer to National Constitution Section 6.519 regarding the responsibilities regarding probationary membership.

4.13  Upon due cause, a member of the Fraternity may be placed on suspension following a favorable vote on the motion of seventy-five (75) percent of the chapter’s eligible voting membership and approval by the chapter sponsor. Suspended members may not participate in any Fraternity business, projects, or activities.

4.14  Refer to National Constitution Section 6.521 regarding responsibilities regarding member suspension through resignation.  However as stated in the National Constitution,  a member may be suspended or expelled for due cause by the chapter of his/her affiliation.

V.  Priority Points

5.1 All elected officers within each chapter will receive three priority points.

5.2 Each general member will receive two priority points considering that all duties on their part have been fulfilled.

VI. Policies and Actions

6.1 The Club and any individual associated with it shall abide and conform to all Federal and New York State laws, all rules and regulations of Marist College, and all directives of the Student Government Association.  Any violation of the aforementioned criteria may result in disciplinary action taken on the club charter.

6.2 Hazing Policy:  Hazing as defined by the Marist College Student Handbook:  An act which endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student or which destroys or removes public or private property, for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition of continued membership in a group or organization.  Kappa Kappa Psi prohibits hazing of any kind. For any additional information about hazing the National Constitutions of the respective organizations should be consulted.

6.3 Attendance Policy: The attendance policy for Kappa Kappa Psi will be reviewed and enforced annually by the Executive Council of the chapter.  This policy will be distributed to current brothers by the Recording Secretary and attendance records will be kept by the Recording Secretary.   Attendance records will be used to determine the assignment of Priority Points. The full attendance policy can be found here.



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