William Henry Harrison High School
West Lafayette, IN
National Honor Society Constitution (revised Fall 2008)
All articles of the National Constitution shall have precedence over articles in these by-
laws of the Harrison High School chapter of the National Honor Society.
Article II (National = Article VIII)
Section 1: Membership in the Harrison High School National Honor Society is an honor
bestowed upon a student. Selection for membership is by a Faculty Council and is based on
scholarship, character, leadership, and service.
Section 2: The Faculty Council shall reserve the right to award honorary membership to school
officials, principals, teachers, NHS advisors, adults, students with disabilities, or foreign
exchange students in recognition of achievement and/or outstanding service rendered to the
school in keeping with the purpose of the National Honor Society. Honorary members shall
have no voice or vote in chapter affairs.
Section 3: Candidates become members when inducted at a special ceremony
Section 4: Members who are seniors in good standing are eligible to be nominated by their
chapters to compete in the National Honor Society Scholarship Program
Section 5: A National Honor Society member who transfers to Harrison High School and brings
verification from his or her former principal or chapter advisor shall be accepted into the
Harrison chapter of National Honor Society. Transfer members must meet the Harrison chapter
standards within one semester of enrollment in order to retain membership
Section 6: Members who resign or are dismissed are never again eligible for membership or its
Article III (National = Article IX) Selection of Members
Section 1: To be eligible for membership the candidate must be a junior or senior. Candidates
must be in attendance at Harrison the equivalent of one semester. Some candidates may be
ineligible for induction because of the semester ruling. Many students, including students of
military parents, are required to move with parents or guardians who have transferred in their
work. The present school principal should seek a recommendation from the previous school
principal pursuant to the candidate's selection. Based on the recommendation of the previous
principal, the Faculty Council may waive the semester regulation.
Section 2: Candidates must have a Cumulative Grade Point Average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
Section 3: Selection of members shall be by a majority vote of the Faculty Council. Advisers
must report the results of the Faculty Council's decision marking to the principal before making
these results public.
Section 4: Selection shall occur once per school year in the Fall Semester
Section 5: The National Council and the NASSP shall not review the judgment of the Faculty
Council regarding selection of individual members.
Article IV (National = Article X) Dismissal
Section 1: Dismissal from National Honor Society shall be based on the following criteria.
Violations of the terms below shall result in a review of the member by the faculty council. The
following are reasons to begin the dismissal process:
1. Discipline referral-probation or automatic removal, determined by Faculty Council
2. A drop in GPA below eligible GPA. This GPA is 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
3. Arrest and/or conviction of any misdemeanor or felony charge
4. Non-participation- This is defined as missing a total of 3 meetings in a school year
5. Failure to meet service hour requirements. The level of hours that must be met are 15
per year, 5 through NHS activities and 10 from outside activities. These hours
must be supported with the appropriate form/contact information so that hours
may be verified.
6. Failure to attend, organize or support NHS activities and meetings will result in
removal from the organization. The Faculty Advisor will review attendance and
participation of members who are not fulfilling the service activities for the group.
The retention of expulsion of members will be determined by the Faculty Advisor,
and students will be notified by letter and will be given an opportunity for a
hearing, if they choose.
Section 2: Members who fall below the standards which were the basis for the selection and
participation shall be promptly warned in writing by the chapter advisor and given a reasonable
amount of time to correct the deficiency. In the case of flagrant violation of school rules or civil
laws, a member does not have to be warned.
Section 3: The Faculty Advisor shall determine when an individual has exceeded a reasonable
number of warnings
Section 4: In all cases of impending dismissal, a member shall have a right to a hearing before
the Faculty Council.
Section 5: For purposes of dismissal, a majority vote of the Faculty Council is required
Section 6: A member who has been dismissed may appeal the decision of the Faculty Council
under the same rules for disciplinary appeals in the school district
Section 7: The National Council and the NASSP shall hear no appeals in dismissal cases.
Article V (National = Article XI) Chapter Officers
Section 1: Elected officers will consist of president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, and
sergeant of arms.
Section 2: Students wishing to be elected to an office will make a short (less than 2 minutes)
nominating speech to the membership
Section 3: The membership shall vote for officers using a secret, written ballot.
Article VI (National = Article XII) Executive Committee
Section 1: The executive committee shall consist of the officers of the chapter and the chapter
Section 2: The executive committee shall have general supervision of the affairs of the chapter
between its business meetings, make recommendations to the chapter, and determine and
perform such other duties as are specified in the chapter bylaws. All actions and
recommendations of the executive committee shall be final.
Section 3: The executive committee shall have the responsibility for ensuring that chapter
activities and procedures follow school policy and regulations