Rho Sigma Kappa honors society is an association of primarily collegiate chapters whose purposes are to recognize and encourage high academic scholarship and/or leadership in some broad or specialized field of study.
In 1993, the Alpha Chapter of Rho Sigma Kappa was inaugurated at IUP. This honor society recognizes exemplary performance in the safety sciences. Membership is based on nomination by program faculty and requires completion of at least 15 credits in the major and meeting minimum grade point averages, as well as other evidence of superior performance. Typically, only between 5 and 10 percent of Safety Sciences students qualify for membership in Rho Sigma Kappa.
Membership in Rho Sigma Kappa is open to individuals without regard to race, color, creed, handicap, or national origin. Members are selected based upon the following rules for eligibility:
The officers of this organization shall include the president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer.
The officers of Rho Sigma Kappa are elected by a majority vote at a meeting of this organization held during the Spring semester. Officers serve for the following school year. To be eligible for nomination as an officer, a student must be currently enrolled in good standing at IUP and have two semesters remaining at IUP prior to graduation.
The president presides at meetings, initiates the formulation of organizational objectives for each year, establishes committees to carry out organizational activities, and appoints committee chairpersons as necessary. The president chairs the executive committee.
The vice president assumes the duties of the president whenever deemed necessary by the executive committee and serves as a member of the executive committee. The vice president also manages the nomination process and oversee the selection of new members.
The secretary records the minutes of all meetings of this organization, executes all organizational correspondence, and keeps a roster of all present and past members of Rho Sigma Kappa. The secretary serves as a member of the executive committee.
The treasurer collects all membership dues, manages the financial affairs of the organization, and, at times designated by the executive committee, prepares a financial statement which properly reports the complete financial state of Rho Sigma Kappa. The treasurer also serves on the executive committee.
The advisor to Rho Sigma Kappa must be a faculty member of the organization and will serve as an ex-officio member of the executive committee. The advisor serves as a mentor and consultant to the officers of Rho Sigma Kappa as needed. The advisor for the alpha chapter at IUP is Dr. Helmut Paschold.
The executive committee plus appointed committee chairs manage the activities of Rho Sigma Kappa. The executive committee is empowered to replace any officer of Rho Sigma Kappa, but this may only occur following a majority vote of the entire committee. The executive committee will select and may select to change faculty advisors whenever needed. The executive committee should meet at least monthly during the Spring and Fall school terms.
The annual dues established for charter members is $5. The annual dues to be paid by each student member inducted thereafter shall be $10. Honorary members and professional members shall not be assessed dues. If the annual dues are not paid, the members of Rho Sigma Kappa will vote on removal from membership. The executive committee shall contact the individual to inform of his/her removal from the society.
Members whose conduct is found to have violated professionalism standards may be removed from membership with a two-thirds vote of the current members. The executive committee must review the circumstances of said conduct and allow the member in question a hearing to discuss these circumstances. The executive committee must, through a majority vote, bring a recommendation for removal from membership and present this to the membership at a business meeting.
Recommendation for removal of professional members shall be reviewed by the executive committee, to be followed by a two-thirds vote of all officers from existing chapters.
Official business of Rho Sigma Kappa is to be conducted at business meetings. These meetings must be announced and publicized, although attendance is not mandatory. To take formal action on such matters as dues increases or disciplinary action requires that a business meeting be held. The quorum necessary to conduct a business meeting is 50 percent of the currently enrolled student membership.
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