• Bylaws of the
    Lancaster Chapter of the
    National Honor Society of Secondary School

    Chapter Number 3998
    Chartered March 1, 1950
    Section 1
    The name of the organization shall be the Lancaster High School National Honor Society.
    Section 2
    The purpose of this group is to promote the ideals of scholarship, service, leadership and character within the
    school and community.
    Section 1
    Membership in this chapter shall be known as active and graduate.
    Membership of the organization shall consist of all duly inducted members currently attending Lancaster High
    Active members become graduate members at graduation.
    Graduate members have no voice or vote in chapter affairs.
    Section 2
    Membership in this chapter is an honor bestowed upon deserving students by the Faculty and shall be based on
    the criteria of Scholarship, Service, Leadership and Character.
    Section 1
    Selection of members shall be by a majority vote of the Faculty Council consisting of five (5) faculty members
    appointed by the principal annually. The chapter advisor is the sixth, non-voting, ex officio member of the
    Faculty Council.
    Section 2
    Selection Procedure:
    1. Students currently in grades 10 or 11 must meet scholarship requirements of a minimum of 89.500%
    cumulative overall high school average and have attended Lancaster High School for a minimum of one
    (1) semester to be eligible for membership.
    2. Students are notified by mail if they met the scholarship requirement. They then may pick up a Student
    Activity Information Form that must be completed and returned by the specified due date.
    3. Eligible students are then rated by faculty members and staff on character and leadership.
    4. All information is then reviewed by the Faculty Council. This Council consists of five (5) faculty
    members whose names are not revealed so that the objectivity of the process can be maintained. Then,
    based on the information provided by the student and the faculty/staff ratings, the council votes on the
    membership of each candidate. Each candidate MUST SHOW EVIDENCE OF MEETING ALL FOUR
    REQUIREMENTS (Scholarship, Service, Leadership and Character) IN ORDER TO BE ACCEPTED.
    The scholarship requirement can not be revisited. The Honor Society advisor is a NON-VOTING
    member of this council and is unable to answer specific questions regarding the non-selection of any
    5. Students will be notified whether they are accepted or not by mail.
    Section 3
    Selection of new members takes place once a year and is done during the spring of a student’s 10th or 11th grade
    Candidates become members when officially inducted.
    Once selected and inducted all members are expected to maintain the standards by which they were selected and
    maintain all duties and responsibilities as members.
    An active member of the National Honor Society who transfers to Lancaster High School will automatically be
    accepted for membership and Chapter requirements may be prorated for that school year if necessary.
    Grounds for dismissal of members includes but is not limited to failure to fulfill any duties and/or responsibilities
    of members and/or falling below the standards of the Lancaster High School National Honor Society.
    The chapter advisor shall be responsible for initiating the dismissal process. The process shall follow that
    outlined in the National Honor Society Constitution.
    1. The advisor shall have a conference with the member and/or send notification that there is a deficiency
    and/or the advisor has reason to pursue dismissal.
    2. The member shall be given a reasonable time, if appropriate, to correct the deficiency.
    3. The Faculty Council will be notified when the advisor has reason to dismiss a member.
    4. The Faculty Council will then determine when a member should be dismissed. The vote of at least one
    (1) Faculty Council member is required to continue the dismissal process.
    5. The member shall be notified in writing of the reason for dismissal.
    6. The chapter advisor shall meet with the member to explain the dismissal process.
    7. The member has the right to request a hearing before the Faculty Council.
    8. The hearing shall be scheduled by the Chapter Advisor within five (5) days of the conference outlined in
    step 6.
    9. The student may be present for the Faculty Council hearing at which time the student may present his or
    her explanation of mitigating circumstances and/or other information which the student deems relevant to
    the Council’s consideration of his/her situation. The student’s behavior at the hearing is subject to
    reasonable rules of conduct.
    10. Neither the student, either one of his or her parents, legal guardians, or legal representative of the student
    is entitled to be present during the Faculty Council’s deliberation after the hearing is concluded.
    11. A majority vote of the Faculty Council is required for dismissal.
    12. The Faculty Council may choose to revoke graduation privileges, assign additional service requirements
    or any other disciplinary action deemed appropriate and the time frame for fulfilling the requirements in
    lieu of dismissal.
    13. A member who is dismissed may appeal the decision of the Faculty Council to the principal and thereafter
    under the same rules for disciplinary appeals in the Lancaster Central School District.
    14. The National Council and NASSP shall hear no appeals in dismissal cases.
    Section 1
    Members shall:
    1. Attend regularly scheduled general membership meetings. Members will be allowed to miss NO MORE
    than 2 meetings deemed “Unexcused”. The corresponding secretary shall send absence forms to all
    members not in attendance. Members must return the completed forms by the due date indicated. Forms
    not returned by the due date or returned incomplete shall result in the absence deemed “Unexcused”. The
    chapter advisor shall be responsible for the final determination of “Excused” or “Unexcused”. Acceptable
    excuses include but are not limited to absence from school, medical appointments aor academic
    commitments with a Lancaster High School teacher that can not be scheduled at another time. Academic
    excuses require the signature of the teacher involved. Medical excuses require the signature of the
    medical professional involved.
    2. Maintain all standards by which they were selected.
    3. Abide by all school rules and policies.
    4. Abide by all civil laws.
    5. Complete the Annual Service Hour requirements. The hours for a given school year must be performed
    between June 15 of the preceding school year and June 14 of that year. These requirements are:
    ● NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY SERVICE HOURS - 18 total hours per year are
    required. These are determined by the chapter advisor in consultation with the Faculty
    Council. Verification of these hours shall be done using the Hours Verification Form or
    an approved verification method. Forms must be submitted within one (1) month of the
    date the service was performed. Hours completed during the summer months must be
    submitted by September 30th of the school year. The advisor and Faculty Council shall
    have the final decision regarding verification and credit of service hours.
    ● INDIVIDUAL SERVICE PROJECT (ISP) - 24 total hours per year. The ISP must
    meet the criteria set forth by the Faculty Council and is subject to their approval. The
    chapter advisor shall oversee approval of each member’s ISP and shall ensure that all
    paperwork for approval is submitted properly by the deadline set. Failure to submit
    verification of service hours or ISP hours by the due date may result in them not being
    counted toward National Honor Society requirements.
    6. Attend the Annual Induction Ceremony. Members who cannot attend due to circumstances
    beyond their control must notify the chapter advisor before the induction ceremony. The advisor,
    in conjunction with the Faculty Council, shall determine if the member shall be excused.
    7. Failure to meet any of these duties and/or responsibilities will result in action being taken by the
    Faculty Council which includes but is not limited to:
    -Additional hours being required within a specified timeline.
    -Hours owed being doubled or increased for members returning for an additional
    school year.
    -Graduation privileges revoked (preferential seating, graduation sash recognition)
    -Dismissal proceedings as per the dismissal procedures.
    Section 1
    The officers of the chapter shall be President, 2 Vice Presidents, Corresponding Secretary, Recording
    Secretary, and Treasurer.
    Section 2
    Officer Responsibilities:
    President :
    The president’s responsibilities include but are not limited to: preside over all Executive Board and general
    membership meetings, oversee all committees, initiate plans of action, complete the year end report and all duties
    and responsibilities required of chapter members.
    Vice Presidents:
    There shall be two (2) vice presidents. The vice president’s responsibilities include but are not limited to: attend
    Executive Board and general membership meetings, preside over Executive Board and general membership
    meetings if the president is unable to, record monthly activity hours, provide an updated record of activity hours
    to all members and all duties and responsibilities required of chapter members.
    Recording Secretary:
    The recording secretary’s responsibilities include but are not limited to: attend Executive Board and general
    membership meetings, keep detailed minutes of meetings, keep records of all agendas, minutes, and relevant
    information for the year, maintain files of membership and chapter history and all duties and responsibilities
    required of chapter members.
    Corresponding Secretary:
    The corresponding secretary’s responsibilities include but are not limited to: attend Executive Board and general
    membership meetings, keep attendance records for meetings, send absence notices to membership not in
    attendance at a general membership meeting, send all reminders and information to members in a timely manner,
    send and receive all correspondence pertaining to the organization and responsibilities and all duties required of
    chapter members.
    The treasurer’s responsibilities include but are not limited to: attend Executive Board and general membership
    meetings, collect chapter dues, maintain accurate account records, prepare monthly treasurer’s report for
    members, collect and deposit all monies in accordance with the district policy and all duties and responsibilities
    required of chapter members.
    Section 3
    Election of officers shall take place at the June membership meeting. Junior members in good standing who have
    been members of the National Honor Society for at least 6 months are eligible to run for office. All members
    shall be eligible to vote. Voting will be done using secret ballot. Nominations for office shall be taken from the
    floor. Each officer shall be elected with plurality of vote of all members in attendance. Absentee ballots will not
    be allowed. Vice presidents shall be the top two (2) vote totals and each voting member may vote for two (2)
    Newly elected officers will assume office one (1) week after the election.
    Section 4
    Removal of Officers:
    Officers may be removed for violations of established school regulations, not upholding the standards of the
    National Honor Society and/or not fulfilling the duties of his/her office as outlined in Article VI. Removal of an
    officer may be done only by the Faculty Council. The officer removed may still remain a chapter member unless
    dismissed according to the dismissal procedure. The remaining Executive Committee members shall appoint a
    Chapter member who has been a member for at least 6 months to fill a vacant office.
    The Executive Committee shall consist of the faculty advisor and chapter officers.
    Section 1
    Meetings of this chapter shall be held monthly and will be conducted according to Robert’s Rules of Order
    Section 2
    The executive committee may call special meetings if necessary.
    Section 1
    The chapter shall determine one or more service projects for each year.
    Section 2
    All members shall regularly participate in these projects.
    Section 3
    These projects shall have the following characteristics: fulfill a need within the school or community; have the
    support of the administration and faculty; be appropriate and educationally defensible; and be well planned,
    organized and executed.
    Section 4
    Each member shall have the responsibility for choosing and participating in an individual service project that
    reflects his or her talents and interests and is approved by the chapter advisor and faculty council. This is in
    addition to the chapter projects to which all members contribute.
    Section 5
    The chapter shall publicize its projects in a positive manner.
    Annual dues may be collected as deemed necessary by the executive committee.
    Section 1
    The chapter advisor is given the authority to supervise the administration of chapter activities as delegated by the
    school principal.
    The chapter advisor shall be responsible for the direct, day-to-day supervision of the chapter and act as liaison
    between faculty, administration, students and the community. He/she shall also be responsible for making final
    decisions regarding credit of NHS service hours and attendance excuses.
    Section 2
    The principal shall reserve the right to approve all activities and decisions of the chapter.
    Section 3
    The bylaws are designed to amplify provisions of the national constitution and cannot contradict any components
    thereof. The chapter is obligated to adhere to the provisions of the national constitution in all activities it
    Section 1
    These bylaws may be amended by a ⅔ vote of the chapter, provided notice of the proposed amendments has been
    given to members at least one month prior to the vote. The exceptions are Articles III, IV and V which are
    developed by the Faculty Council with the approval of the Principal.
    Section 2
    Bylaws and amendments must be consistent with the constitution of the National Honor Society.

Last Modified on November 7, 2019