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Kappa Delta Pi: Bylaws

Walden University Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi Bylaws

Revision Date:  January 31, 2018

Bylaws for the Walden University Chapter of

Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education


Article 1 – The Chapter

Section 1 Name

The designation for the           Walden University      Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi

is the   Alpha Epsilon Xi                                 Chapter

Section 2 Purpose

 The purpose of the ___Alpha Epsilon Xi___ (Greek chapter name) Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi shall be to promote excellence in and recognition of outstanding contributions to education. Kappa Delta Pi shall endeavor to maintain a high degree of professional fellowship among its members, to quicken professional growth, and to honor achievement in educational work. To these ends, it shall invite to membership persons who exhibit commendable professional qualities, worthy educational ideals, and sound scholarship, without regard to race, age, color, religion, sex, or disability. 

Section 3 Chapter Year

The chapter year shall begin on July 1 and end on June 30.

Section 4 Authority

In all matters of organization and procedures, the Constitution, Bylaws, and Rituals of the International Society of Kappa Delta Pi shall have precedence and should be consulted.

Article II: Membership

Section 1

Membership in the Alpha Epsilon Xi (Greek chapter name) Chapter is open to undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty members, and other professional educators. 

Invitation to membership in an active chapter at an institution shall be dependent upon fulfillment of the following qualifications without regard to race, age, color, religion, sex, or handicapping condition.

Note: Chapters may increase any of the following requirements, but it must be stated in these bylaws.

1.1 Undergraduate

When seeking membership as an undergraduate student, the following requirements must be met:

1.11     full undergraduate standing at Walden University (college/university);

1.12     have no less than first-term sophomore standing (the equivalent of at least 4 (four) quarters earned by the end of the term prior to initiation);

1.13     have at least 12 hours (or the equivalent) of professional education courses programmed, in progress, or completed, except in fifth-year credential programs;

1.14     and, demonstrate that they have a cumulative GPA ranking in the upper quintile of the institution, school, or college, or have a cumulative GPA of 3.35 or higher on a scale of 4.0 for all coursework completed.

1.15     pay national KDP and local dues and be in good standing. 

1.2 Graduate

When seeking membership as a graduate student, the following requirements must be met:

1.21     full graduate standing at Walden University (college/university);

1.22     completed 15 (fifteen) quarters of graduate work at Walden University (college/university) where the student is enrolled;

1.23     have at least 12 hours (or the equivalent) of professional education courses programmed, in progress, or completed except in fifth-year
             credential programs;

1.24     and, a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher on a scale of 4.0 for all graduate coursework completed.

1.25     pay national KDP and local dues and be in good standing.  

1.13 Faculty

The number of faculty initiated at any one initiation ceremony shall not exceed the number of other initiates. When seeking membership as a faculty member, a candidate must:

1.31     be a faculty member of Walden University (college/university);

1.32     give evidence of support for the Chapter and its programs.

1.33     pay national KDP and local dues and be in good standing.  

1.14 Professional Members

When seeking membership as a professional member, a candidate must:

1.41     meet qualifications for graduate students listed in 1.22; or

1.42     hold a master’s or other advanced degree; or

1.43     obtain two letters of recommendation from two supervising administrators; and

1.44     have a distinguished performance record consistent with the ideals of Kappa Delta Pi.

1.45     pay national KDP and local dues and be in good standing.  

1.15    Honorary Members

Qualifications and limitations include:

1.51     record of distinguished service in the cause of education.

1.52     honorary membership is not open to a person eligible for another membership category listed above or one who holds a degree in education.

1.53     no chapter may elect more than two (2) persons to honorary membership during any 1 (one) Society year.

1.54     a person approved for an honorary membership shall be initiated according to the appropriate ritual.

1.55     do not pay dues the first year. All other subsequent years the honorary member shall pay national KDP and local dues and be in good standing.  

1.16    Students seeking alternative certification and/or licensure:

Qualifications and limitations include:

1.61     hold a baccalaureate degree.

1.62     completion of at least 12 (twelve) semester hours or 4 (four) quarters of an alternative certification program;

1.63     and, demonstrate a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.35 on a 4.00 scale.

1.64     pay national KDP and local dues and be in good standing.  

Section 2 Chapter Membership

2.1       Election to Membership

The membership committee of the local chapter shall present the names of persons found eligible for consideration to:

2.11     active members of the local chapter, or

2.12     the chapter executive committee

2.2       Election to Membership

A favorable vote of a majority of members participating in the vote is required for election as long as the group constitutes a quorum under the chapter’s governing documents.

2.3       Transfer of Membership between Chapters

An active member of the Society may transfer membership from one chapter to another with the appropriate notification to the Society Headquarters. Multiple chapter memberships are permissible.

2.4       Involuntary Suspension of Individual Members

A member may be suspended for cause. A two-thirds (2/3) vote of the chapter executive committee is required for suspension of chapter membership, and a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Executive Council is required for suspension of Society membership.

Article III – Finances

The Chapter Treasurer, with the assistance of the Counselor, shall keep accurate records of the assets and the liabilities of the Chapter, and shall receive and expend Chapter monies as the Executive Committee directs. Finances are housed and maintained by the Student Services Department at Walden University, Walden University, LLC Universities, and Walden University, LLCin Baltimore, MD.

Section 1 Initiation Fee

The Chapter shall remit to the Society Headquarters of Kappa Delta Pi required information for each initiate, along with the required fees within two weeks of initiation.

Section 2 Local Dues

Annual dues for the    Alpha Epsilon Xi         (Greek chapter name) Chapter shall be determined by a majority vote of active members present at a regular Chapter meeting and submitted to Headquarters on the Annual Report. Annual local dues are not to exceed annual Society dues.

Annual dues in the amount of $65.00 for one year shall be the membership dues to include:

  1. $ 47.00 for the National Kappa Delta Pi Dues
  2. $ 18.00 for the Alpha Epsilon Xi Chapter Local Dues

Section 3 Commencement Regalia

The purchase of commencement regalia, including cap, gown, hood, honor cord, honor stole, and honor medallion and ribbon are the sole responsibility the AEX member. The purchase of KDP honor graduation merchandise is at the discretion of the AEX member.

Article IV – Initiation

All candidates for membership in the             Alpha Epsilon Xi        (Greek chapter name) Chapter shall be initiated according to the prescribed Society ritual during the months of June and December.

Members initiated previously by another chapter of the Society may be formally received into the             Alpha Epsilon Xi        (Greek chapter name) Chapter according to the official Society reaffirmation ritual.

Article V – Chapter Officers

Each chapter shall include a minimum of President and Treasurer. Refer to the Society bylaws for the responsibilities of officer positions. Additional officers, as indicated in the chapter bylaws and chapter model (selected biennially), should be elected by the chapter.

Officers of the __Alpha Epsilon Xi__ Chapter may consist of the following: Faculty Counselor, Incoming Faculty Counselor, President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Chair, Historian, and Educational Foundation Representative/Fundraising Coordinator. Additional officers may be elected at the discretion of the Executive Committee.

Section 1 Qualifications

All candidates for officer positions should be active members of both the Society and the

  __      Alpha Epsilon Xi         (Greek name) Chapter.

Officers must be active members of the Chapter at Walden University      and the Society.

Section 2 Election

Officers shall be elected and installed a minimum of once each academic year and be reported to Headquarters no later than two weeks after elections are completed.

2.1       Method of Election. Chapter officers for the ensuing term shall be elected during any regular meeting of the chapter, or through a ballot sent to all active members, or through an electronic poll, or through a combination of all methods.

2.2       Voting. A majority vote of active members participating in the vote shall be required for election.

2.3       Vacancies. Should a chapter office become vacant because of resignation, neglect of duty, or other causes, the Counselor and/or President may call a special meeting for the purpose of filling the vacancy. The procedure for filling the vacancy shall be the prerogative of the chapter and shall be described in the chapter bylaws.

Example: The Executive Committee shall fill any vacancy in office occurring during the interim between elections.

Article VI – Chapter Counselor(s)

Each Chapter must have a minimum of one Counselor.

Section 1 Qualifications

The Chapter Counselor must be a member of the university faculty or staff, if an institutional chapter, and an active member of the chapter.

Section 2 Selection of Faculty Counselor and Incoming Faculty Counselor

Each active institutional chapter shall have a Chapter Faculty Counselor selected from the faculty or staff of the institution by the institution. In such chapters where there is no Counselor, the Dean or designee of the institution will be asked to perform the duties of Counselor after appropriate consultation with the members. During January of the final 6 months of a Faculty Counselor’s term, the intuition will appoint a new Faculty Counselor for the upcoming two-year term beginning in July. All provisions applicable to the Faculty Chapter Counselor shall apply to the Incoming Faculty Counselor.

Section 3 Notification of Faculty Counselor Appointment or Change

The name of the Faculty Counselor shall be forwarded to the Chapter Services Department within two weeks of counselor appointment or change. A certificate confirming the appointment shall be forwarded to the new Counselor.

Section 4 Removal of Counselor from Office

The Executive Council may, for cause, declare the office of Faculty Chapter Counselor vacant. Should this happen, representatives from the Society will work with the institution to appoint a replacement.

Article VII – Meetings

Each chapter shall hold at least two meetings during the Society year. At least one meeting shall include an initiation.

Section 1 Quorum

A quorum shall be defined in the local chapter bylaws. Quorum for the _Alpha Epsilon Xi__ chapter of Kappa Delta Pi is 2/3rds majority vote of voting members present in online voting and or in physical chapter meetings with all voters being members in good standing in the chapter.

Section 2 Dissolution of Chapter

The process for elective dissolution of a chapter can be found in the Society bylaws.

Section 3 Chapter Web Page

The Chapter Web Page shall:

3.1       Support the ideals, mission, and goals of the Society.

3.2       Not conflict in any way with the Constitution and Bylaws of the Society.

3.3       Contain the following disclaimer:

The opinions and comments expressed via this electronic forum do not necessarily reflect the views of Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education.

Article VIII – Committees

Each chapter may maintain the following committees according to their chapter model selected annually.

Section 1 Executive Committee

The executive committee shall consist of the current officers of the chapter including the Faculty Counselor and Incoming Faculty Counselor (when available), where there are such officers, and may include the immediate Past-President. It shall be the duty of the Executive Committee to supervise the general activities of the chapter, serve as the official agency for communication, act in emergencies between meetings of the chapter, conduct initiations, and ensure the completion of all required reports. 

Section 2 Standing Committees

The following committees may be appointed annually:

2.1       Membership Committee. The membership committee shall receive names of candidates’ suggestion for membership; obtain a list of valid candidates from the chapter faculty counselor, designated faculty member or appropriate college/university staff administrator such as student services; prepare a list of eligible candidates and, together with the required information, present this to the appropriate chapter body. 

2.2       Program Committee. The Vice President shall direct the Program Committee. This committee shall be responsible for planning programs for the chapter.

2.3       Fund-Raising Committee. The fund-raising committee shall be responsible for planning fund-raising projects for the chapter, the Kappa Delta Pi Educational Foundation, and/or external organizations the missions of which are consistent with Kappa Delta Pi.

Article IX – Amendments

The Bylaws of the       Alpha Epsilon Xi        Chapter may be amended at any regular meeting of the Chapter by a 2/3 vote of active members present, provided that a copy of the proposed amendment(s) has been sent to all active Chapter members at least ten (10) days prior to the meeting. Chapter bylaws must be reviewed every two years and ratified by the chapter membership.

The following signatures certify that these bylaws have been adopted for use by the

__Alpha Epsilon Xi     (Greek chapter name) Chapter.

Electronic Signatures                                                                                                                         

Chapter Counselor     Cheri Toledo                                             Date    March 26, 2018          

Chapter President       Christopher Maddox                             Date    March 26, 2018