Wisconsin Honorary of Involved Leaders (WHIL)
In Association with the Wisconsin United Residence Hall Association (WURHA)
Ratified April 21st, 2007
Constitution Established: April 27th, 2008
Last Amended: April 27th, 2008
Article I. – Name and Authority
The members of the various university and college residence housing honoraries and governments, herein referred to
as residence housing organizations, in the state of Wisconsin, in compliance and conjunction with the WURHA
Constitution, do hereby establish and incorporate the Wisconsin Honorary of Involved Leaders (WHIL).
Article II – Purpose and Power
Section One Purpose
A. This subsidiary organization of WURHA shall act as a central point for information gathering and
sharing to promote, coordinate, and assist residence housing honoraries and communities on all
B. The purpose of the Wisconsin Honorary of Involved Leaders (WHIL) shall be to provide
recognition for individuals who have been of outstanding service and who have provided
important leadership in the advancement of the residence hall system at their respective affiliated
C. WHIL within WURHA shall integrate ideas and share information of mutual interests through
various communication links such as WHIL-CC interaction, annual conferences, newsletters, and
list-serves; in order to create and improve upon individual residence housing organizations
(including, but not limited to National Residence Hall Honorary Chapters, Honorary Housing
Organizations, and or Housing Governing Bodies).
D. It shall recruit and provide a starting point for both new and member schools to become involved
in WURHA and more specifically WHIL. WHIL will also provide a starting point and information
source for all WHILs to become involved in and to form National Residence Hall Honorary
(NRHH) Chapters within the Great Lakes Affiliate of College and University Residence halls
(GLACURH), and the National Association of College and University Residence Halls
Section Two Power
A. WHIL shall act as the united voice of university and college honoraries within WURHA; WHIL
shall support non-member universities and colleges to join. WHIL shall serve as the voice of all
member schools within WURHA for honorary chapters and those universities and colleges that
choose to participate.
Article III – Membership
Section One Membership in WHIL shall consist of all universities and colleges to comply with and meet all
requirements and duties of WHIL stated in the WURHA Constitution and Bylaws.
Section Two Membership in WHIL shall consist of all universities and colleges that are member schools of
WURHA shall be required to pay only one affiliation fee and or dues by the WURHA annual
business meeting in the Spring. Any member school that pays their affiliation fee and or dues, and
submit a current copy of their WHIL chapter governing documents to the WHIL Chair by the
WURHA annual business meeting in the Spring shall be entitled to have involvement in WURHA
Section Three Membership entitles each organization in good standing to have one (1) voting representative
position in WHIL, the Wisconsin Honorary of Involved Leaders Communications Coordinator
(WHIL-CC). These members will constitute the WURHA assembly along with all Wisconsin
Communications Coordinators (WCCs) by allowing each university and college within WURHA
to have a voting representative within WHIL despite having a Residence Hall Honorary Chapter at
their respected university or college. WHIL-CCs will be the voice of their respective university or
college in all WHIL Boardroom Meetings.
Section Four Any school not paying yearly dues or submitting their WHIL chapter governing documents within
two (2) hours of the start of the WURHA annual general business meeting will not be able to vote
during any regular business meeting and WHIL Boardroom Meetings, but may attend the
conference and business meetings without voting rights.
Section Five Any member school may withdraw from WHIL and still have their respective university or college
to have a WCC to comprise the WURHA assembly. If any member school withdraws from
WURHA then that university or college must understand that all dues and WURHA privileges
(includes WHIL) are forfeited.
Section Six After the annual business meeting, any non-member school may become a full member of
WURHA and the subsidiary organization of WHIL once the current WURHA President receives
the full amount of membership dues.
Article IV – WHIL Chapters
Section One Chapter Requirements
A. Each chapter shall have a constitution which must contain articles relating to name, purpose,
membership qualification, selection procedures, officers, meetings, finances, and amendment
B. All chapter constitutions shall be subject to the provisions of the WHIL Constitution; its By-Laws
and amendments; and amendments to the WURHA Constitution and By-Laws.
Article V – WHIL Chapter Membership
Section One The minimum requirements for induction into a WHIL chapter shall be: The person shall be a
student living in the residence halls at the time of selection. The person shall have exhibited
outstanding leadership and service to the residence hall system. The person shall have a grade
point average minimum of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
Section Two The total active membership of a chapter may include up to, but not more than, 1% of the total
Residence Hall population that year, or 20 members, whichever is larger. The total 1%
membership does not include alumni or honorary members. One percent (1%) will be determined
by the number of students living on-campus that the school submits to the WURHA WHIL Chair
on their affiliation form. Active members are defined as inducted undergraduate students living
on-campus. Graduate students living on-campus may be active at their school’s discretion. The 1%
membership cap shall include all members who have been inducted and live on campus regardless
of their level of participation in chapter activities. Upon request, the WHIL Chair may exempt a
chapter from this requirement, to be limited to the chapter’s next induction ceremony at which
time they must return to their membership cap.
Section Three An active member of a chapter, who permanently leaves the residence hall system, or is no longer
a student, shall become an alumni member. Exceptions include temporary leaves such as, but not
limited to, co-ops, internships, or study abroad. When a member leaves the residence hall system,
they must submit a letter to the chapter as to whether the leave is temporary or permanent. When a
member submits a notice of temporary leave, they must indicate the duration of their leave to the
chapter. If a member who has submitted a notice of permanent leave returns to the residence halls
and the chapter membership cap has been reached, the chapter shall contact the WHIL Chair to
request a temporary increase in their capacity until the next membership drive, at which time the
chapter size must return to its correct membership capacity. In this case the returning member will
not receive voting rights until a position becomes available within the chapter.
Chapters may choose to induct “Honorary Members.” This membership designation is used
to recognize people including, but not limited to, housing personnel, instructors, college or
university staff and those who have demonstrated outstanding support and service to the residence
hall students. Individuals who could qualify for active membership, with the exception of
graduating seniors, cannot be inducted as an “honorary member.” The number of honorary
members a chapter shall be able to induct per academic year, will not exceed ten percent of the
chapter’s membership cap.
Section Four Membership shall be chosen as prescribed in the chapter constitution, or the chapter By-Laws.
Article VI – WHIL Affiliation
Section One Affiliation
A. Yearly dues for WHIL will be ten (10) dollars for any institution in the State of Wisconsin wishing
to be affiliated. This fee can be paid in conjunction with the WURHA affiliation fee at time of
B. Shall submit a current copy of their WHIL or NRHH Chapter governing documents to the WHIL
C. Yearly dues and governing documents are due to the WHIL Chair by the WURHA annual
business meeting in the Spring. All institutions shall be entitled to have involvement in WHIL by
following the affiliation guidelines stated in the WHIL Constitution.
Article VII – Committees
Section One OTM Committee
A. The WHIL Chair shall facilitate selection of all WURHA OTMs.
B. WURHA OTMs shall be selected by a committee of no fewer than three individuals selected by
the WHIL Chair. The selection committee may be made up of members of the WHIL Chair’s host
school, but need not be, though all members of the selection committee must attend member
schools in good standing.
C. WURHA OTMs shall be due to the WHIL Chair by 11:59pm on the 10 th day of the month
following the month of nomination (i.e. January OTMs are due on February 10 th at 11:59 p.m.).
D. WURHA OTMs will be awarded each month in all categories recognized by the WHIL Chair of
the Wisconsin Honorary of Involved Leaders. Category requirements will follow all guidelines
recognized by the Wisconsin Honorary of Involved Leaders and the NACURH Services and
Recognition Office (NSRO) of the National Residence Hall Honorary.
E. WURHA OTM submissions may be made by any member school in good standing, regardless of
whether or not they have established a chapter of WHIL (NRHH).
Section Two Recognition Committee
A. The WHIL Chair shall facilitate selection of all members of the WHIL Recognition Committee.
B. The Recognition Committee shall be selected by a committee of now fewer than three individuals
selected by the WHIL Chair. The Recognition Committee may be made up of members of the
WHIL Chair’s host school, but need not be, though all members of the Recognition Committee
must attend member schools in good standing.
C. The primary responsibility of the Recognition Committee is to create forms of recognition of
affiliated chapters of WHIL, affiliated members of WHIL, and all affiliated WURHA schools.
D. The Recognition Committee shall work with other WHIL and WURHA Committees. Recognition
efforts by other WHIL and WURHA Committees may be delegated to the Recognition
E. It shall be a focus of the Recognition Committee to recognize non-member and non-affiliated
schools/chapters. The Recognition Committee shall be responsible for WHIL retention and
F. It shall be the responsibility of the Recognition Committee to assist all member (affiliated)
chapters with their recognition efforts upon request from member (affiliated) chapters.
Article VIII – Wisconsin Honorary of Involved Leaders (WHIL) Conference
Section One The WHIL conference shall be held in conjunction with the conference guidelines outlined in the
WURHA Constitution & Bylaws. The WHIL Conference shall be arranged by the WHIL
Conference Chairperson(s) and his/her/their staff with the advice and consent of the WHIL Chair
& WURHA Directorship.
Section Two WHIL shall hold one annual conference for all member and any non-member chapters. The date of
the conference may be held in the Fall semester or Spring semester of each academic school year.
Section Three Any school or chapter willing to host the annual WHIL Conference must correspond and submit a
letter of intent with the WHIL Chair and WURHA Directorship at least one full academic
semester (Fall or Spring) prior to the academic semester that the WHIL Conference is intended to
A. Any school or chapter willing to host the annual WHIL Conference in the a Fall academic
semester must submit a letter of intent prior to the Spring academic semester of the previous
academic school year to the WHIL Chair and WURHA Directorship.
B. Any school or chapter willing to host the annual WHIL Conference in the Spring academic
semester must submit a letter of intent prior to the previous Fall academic semester to the WHIL
Chair and WURHA Directorship.
Section Four Any school or chapter willing to host the annual WHIL Conference must submit a bid to the
WHIL Chair and WURHA Directorship fourteen (14) days prior to the first WURHA Conference
of the semester (Fall or Spring) and corresponds with the letter of intent due date.
A. Any school or chapter willing to host the annual WHIL Conference in the a Fall academic
semester must submit a bid in PDF format fourteen (14) days prior to the WURHA Conference in
the Spring academic semester of the previous academic school year to the WHIL Chair and
B. Any school or chapter willing to host the annual WHIL Conference in the a Spring academic
semester must submit a bid in PDF format fourteen (14) days prior to the BLT Combo Conference
in the Fall academic semester of the previous academic school year to the WHIL Chair and
Section Five The WHIL-CCs will vote on the conference host school. Selection of the WHIL Conference may
occur in the WHIL Boardroom or overall WURHA Boardroom.
Article IX – Wisconsin Honorary of Involved Leaders (WHIL) Bid Guidelines
Section One Only WHIL member (affiliated) schools may submit bids at the WURHA Conference or BLT
Section Two Letter(s) of support are required from the Director or Residence Living, Vice Chancellor for
Student Affairs (or equivalent), Conference Advisor(s), Conference Chairperson(s), and letters
from any other person(s) the conference staff feels the necessity to include.
A. No letters of support are to be included from WHIL-CCs, other than the school’s own WHIL-CC,
or the WURHA Directorship.
Section Three Conference Specific Information (consideration should be given to accessibility for persons with
A. Proposed conference dates (alternate conference dates and deadlines for registration and
programming are optional).
B. Description of facilities, including:
1. Opening Ceremonies
2. Programming & Roundtable Rooms
3. Philanthropy Session & Community Service Rooms (optional)
4. Social Activities Rooms
5. Closing Ceremonies
6. Dining area(s), and menus for the meals.
C. Entertainment activities that conference attendees can take part in through the duration of the
D. Description of Community Service Project and or Philanthropy Project.
E. Transportation available to shuttle conference attendees to and from all conference events (if
Section Four WHIL Conference Fees
A. Proposed budget information, detailing food, entertainment, miscellaneous, and total cost of
registration for both WHIL-CC’s and advisors.
B. A ten (10) dollar surcharge to all registration fees shall be added, to be handed over to WURHA.
C. The conference surcharge shall be distributed as follows:
1) Three (3) dollars to be put into the WURHA budget.
2) Two (2) dollars to be put into the WHIL budget.
3) One (1) dollar to be put into an emergency fund to be allocated by the assembly by
majority vote. This fund shall not fall below one hundred (100) dollars in one fiscal year.
4) One (1) dollar to be put into the conference fund to be used by the host school at their
discretion. This money shall not be included in the proposed budget as monies available
for general use. The conference chair(s) and conference advisor shall get approval to use
this money by the WURHA Directorship prior to use. Any of the allotted money not
used shall revert back to the WURHA budget.
5) Three (3) dollars to be put into a fund for ADA (American’s with Disabilities Act) fund,
to be used as necessary for the WHIL Conference.
D. The conference host school will absorb in their budget the conference fees for the WURHA
Section Five Procedure for WHIL Conference Bid Presentation
A. Presentations will be given in alphabetical order by school name.
B. Oral presentations by the bid presentation team will last ten (10) minutes, followed by five (5)
minutes of question and answer.
C. Question and answer will be followed by five (5) minutes of pro/con without any presentation
D. Five (5) minutes of pro/con will be followed by five (5) minutes of discussion without the
presentation teams present after the last bid has been presented.
E. WHIL-CCs of bidding schools may be present during the bidding process, but will not be given
speaking rights during their respective schools’ question and answer and pro/con sessions.
F. Members of the presentation teams may not be present during other schools bidding process,
including WHIL-CC’s that are a part of the presentation team.
Section Six The bid should be no more than fifteen (15) pages, not including letters of support, budget, and
appendix, with a page defined as a side with print. Covers and title pages are not included in the
bid page count, but dividers are included. All bids shall contain page numbers.
Section Seven The selection of the WHIL Conference shall be selected by a simple majority of the voting
members (WHIL-CCs) of the assembly in attendance.
Section Eight The WHIL Conference and WHIL Conference bid should follow all conference guidelines set
forth by the WURHA Constitution (Article VIII-Conference).
Article X – Ratification, Revisions, and Amendments
Section One Ratification: This constitution shall go into effect immediately upon 2/3 affirmative vote to the
WURHA membership attending the WURHA Conference (French Dip) and shall void all previous
constitutions and By-Laws.
Section Two Amendments:
A. Amendments to this constitution may be proposed by the WHIL Board or by any chapters in good
standing, at the business meeting of the WHIL Conference.
B. Amendments must be ratified by 2/3 majority of chapters, in good standing, attending the WHIL
A. The WURHA Parliamentarian shall deliver an updated copy of the WHIL constitution and bylaws
to each member of the WURHA Directorship, WCC’s and member schools’ advisor(s) within
thirty days following the annual and semi-annual business meetings
Section Three Calendar dates of Ratification, Revisions, and Amendments:
A. Ratified 04/21/07
B. Constitution Established 04/27/08
C. Constitution Revised 04/27/08
D. Amended 02/02/08