Our Constitution

Preamble

Believing that all men are social creatures and that friendships of college men are lasting ones, we do hereby seek to promote these associations through a social fraternity which will uphold the true standards of brotherhood, and do hereby adopt the following constitution:

ARTICLE 1. Name and Purposes

SECTION 1. The name of this Fraternity shall be Sigma Tau Gamma.

SECTION 2. The purpose of this Fraternity shall be to promote the welfare of its members as provided in this Constitution, and the Laws of the Fraternity which are based upon it. It shall endeavor to promote the highest ideals of manhood, brotherhood and citizenship according to the Principles of the Fraternity. It shall uphold the tradition and ideals of the institutions in which its collegiate members are students.

ARTICLE 2. Organization of the Fraternity

SECTION 1. This Fraternity shall consist of collegiate chapters and alumni chapters governed by a Grand Chapter made up of representatives of the chapters.

SECTION 2. Collegiate chapters shall be organized on the campuses of colleges and universities. Members of this Fraternity shall join the Fraternity as members of one of these collegiate chapters.

SECTION 3. Alumni chapters shall be organized among members of this Fraternity who are no longer undergraduate members of collegiate chapters.

ARTICLE 3. Membership

SECTION 1. There shall be three classes of membership in this Fraternity: collegiate, alumni and honorary.

SECTION 2. Any male student who is regularly enrolled in a college or university at which a collegiate chapter of this Fraternity is established shall be eligible for initiation into membership in this Fraternity as a collegiate member, provided that he is not a member of another general social fraternity that is a member of the National Interfraternity Conference, and that he is, prior to nomination for pledging or initiation, in good, acceptable academic standing as defined by the college or university.

SECTION 3. Members of the Fraternity who have left college shall be alumni members. Members who are graduate students and are not affiliated with a collegiate chapter are also alumni members. Men who are alumni of groups accepted into the Fraternity as collegiate chapters, who are in good standing and who are otherwise eligible according to the Constitution and Laws, shall be granted the privilege of initiation into the Fraternity and shall thereafter enjoy the rights and privileges of alumni members.

SECTION 4. Honorary membership in this Fraternity may be bestowed upon men who are eligible according to the Constitution and Laws.

SECTION 5. Men accepted for membership in this Fraternity shall be intiated according to the Laws and the Rituals of the Fraternity.

SECTION 6. Initiates of this Fraternity shall pay initiation fees and membership dues according to the Laws. SECTION 7. Membership in this Fraternity shall be for life, except when terminated by expulsion as hereinafter provided by the Constitution and Laws. Every member shall be obligated to obey the Constitution and Laws.

ARTICLE 4. Chapters

SECTION 1. The membership of this fraternity shall be organized into collegiate and alumni chapters.

SECTION 2. Collegiate chapters shall be organized on college and university campuses which grant bachelors degrees, or in two-year colleges which are accredited as two or four-year degree granting institutions by the appropriate regional association.

SECTION 3. Alumni members of the Fraternity living in a general locality may organize and belong to an alumni chapter.

SECTION 4. Authority to grant charters to petitioning groups shall be vested in the Board of Directors of the Fraternity.

ARTICLE 5. The Grand Chapter 

SECTION 1. Authority to legislate for the good of the Fraternity, and to adopt and amend the Constitution and Laws of the Fraternity, shall be vested in the Grand Chapter.

SECTION 2. The Grand Chapter shall consist of the Board of Directors and three elected delegates from each collegiate chapter and one elected delegate from each alumni chapter, together with such other members as may be hereafter provided by the Laws of the Fraternity.

SECTION 3. Each authorized member of the Grand Chapter shall have one vote.

SECTION 4. The Grand Chapter shall meet biennially.

ARTICLE 6. Board of Directors

SECTION 1. The governing body of this Fraternity shall be the Board of Directors, which shall have the final authority for all actions not otherwise provided by the Constitution and Laws.

SECTION 2. The Board of Directors shall be composed of the President, President-Elect, four Members at Large and the two immediate Past Presidents.

SECTION 3. The members of the Board of Directors shall have been initiated as members of the Fraternity.

SECTION 4. The members of the Board of Directors, with the exception of the President and the two immediate Past Presidents, shall be chosen by the Grand Chapter at the biennial meeting, and shall serve a term of two years or until their successors are elected.

SECTION 5. If at any time the Executive Director receives a petition in writing from 15 percent of the collegiate chapters representing three or more regions of the Fraternity asking for a recall of any elected officer or member of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director shall submit a ballot to each member of the Grand Chapter for each charge of recall. If the proposal for recall receives a majority of the votes, he shall inform the party in question of his dismissal from the Board. The Grand Chapter will also be notified. Without a proper vote for recall, the petition shall be dismissed.

SECTION 6. An executive officer shall be employed by the Board of Directors to direct the daily operation of the Fraternity.

ARTICLE 7. Regions

SECTION 1. There shall be geographical Regions established to facilitate the development and administration of the program of the Fraternity. The responsibility of establishing boundaries of Regions and sub-divisions of Regions shall be vested with the Board of Directors.

SECTION 2. Each Region shall have administrative officers appointed by the Board of Directors who shall be alumni or honorary members of the Fraternity.

ARTICLE 8. Ritual

SECTION 1. There shall be an official Ritual adopted by the Grand Chapter which shall be used by all chapters of the Fraternity.

SECTION 2. A Ritualist shall be appointed by the President to assist in the administration of the Ritual.

ARTICLE 9. Insignia

SECTION 1. The badge of this Fraternity shall be a four-pointed shield with a sword thrust diagonally through it from the upper left to the lower right. A chain shall connect the hilt of the sword with the point. The face of the badge shall be of blue enamel with a chevron of black enamel, faced with gold. Across the chevron shall be the Greek letters Sigma Tau Gamma, in gold. Below the chevron shall be a Grecian urn, of gold. The badge shall be of gold, or gold set with jewels.

SECTION 2. The emblem signifying that a man has been pledged to membership in this Fraternity shall be a four-pointed shield of silver divided into two equal parts vertically, the left side to be blue enamel and the right side to be silver.

SECTION 3. The coat of arms of this Fraternity shall be a armorial bearings as described; per pale azure and argent, a chevron countercharged. In chief, a scroll fesswise per pale, or and gules. On an esquire's helmet, the Crest; a circle of eighteen links, argent, Motto: Sigma Tau Gamma.

SECTION 4. The colors of this Fraternity shall be blue and white. The hues of the colors shall be specified by the Grand Chapter.

SECTION 5. The flower of this Fraternity shall be the white rose.

SECTION 6. The flag of this Fraternity shall be rectangular and divided into two equal parts, the background to be blue on the upper left half and white on the lower right half. The Crest, a circle of 18 links, shall be contained over the blue background and the Greek letters, Sigma Tau Gamma, shall be contained in blue over the white background.

ARTICLE 10. Publications

SECTION 1. The Fraternity shall publish an esoteric journal called The Saga of Sigma Tau Gamma.

SECTION 2. The Board of Directors is authorized to publish any material for the use of the Fraternity.

ARTICLE 11. Amendments

SECTION 1. If the call for the Grand Chapter meeting includes a proposed amendment, and this amendment is adopted by a three-fourths vote at this meeting, it will become a part of the Constitution. If a proposed amendment does not accompany the call for the Grand Chapter meeting, but is adopted by a three-fourths vote at the meeting, it will become a part of the Constitution, provided that the amendment shall, within sixty (60) days after the Grand Chapter meeting, be submitted for approval to all members of the Grand Chapter and shall receive a dissenting vote from less than one-third of those members of the Grand Chapter in good standing within sixty (60) days after the date of mailing the proposal.

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