DELTA OMICRON CHAPTER
of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity
Nesbitt School of Pharmacy at Wilkes University
UNIFORM COLLEGIATE CHAPTER BY-LAWS XVII
The Constitution and By-Laws of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Incorporated shall be the
Constitution for the Delta Omicron Chapter of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity,
Incorporated at Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy. All former constitutions, by-laws
and standing laws by which Delta Omicron Chapter of the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity
was formerly governed are now revoked. The Constitution and By-Laws of Delta Omicron
Chapter are subject to the final rule from the Grand Council and may contain quotations from the
National Constitution and By-Laws of the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Incorporated.
Ordinance 1: Title
Section 1: This chapter shall be known as the Delta Omicron () chapter, hereinafter referred to as the
Chapter, according to the Charter granted by Alpha Chapter of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical
Fraternity, Incorporated, hereinafter referred to as the Fraternity, under the date of November 8,
Section 2: No changes to By-law I, Section 2 of the Uniform Collegiate Chapter By-Laws.
Ordinance 2: Membership
Section 1: Any student enrolled in the professional program in the School of Pharmacy at Wilkes University
and is in good standing is eligible for membership provided they successfully complete a pledge-
Section 2: Any professor of the School of Pharmacy at Wilkes University and is in good standing may be
eligible for membership provided they successfully complete a pledge-training period.
Ordinance 3: Election of Members
Section 1: No changes to By-law III, Section 1 of the Uniform Collegiate Chapter By-Laws.
Section 2: The election of Members shall take place during the second half of the Spring semester. Further
election procedures are outlined in By-law III, Section 2 of the Uniform Collegiate Chapter By-
Section 3: The pledging committee, with the intervention of the executive board, may reserve the right to
dismiss a pledge at anytime during the pledging process. The pledge will be considered for
dismissal if they have shown improper conduct or have failed to uphold the duties/responsibilities
of being a pledge. All pledges who are dismissed will be revoked of all fraternal objects (Pledge
book, pin, etc.)
Section 4: Any dismissed pledge will be eligible to pledge again at the discretion of the executive board the
following pledge semester.
Ordinance 4: Officers and Order of Election
Section 1: Elections will be as follows: Regent, Vice Regent, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary,
Treasurer, Chaplain, Historian, Sergeant-at-Arms, and Grand Council Deputy
Section 2: Any brother nominated for a higher seated office and loses in vote has the option to drop down
and run for any lower-ranking position and can be voted into the position according to Ordinance
5: Sections 1-4 of the local chapter ordinances.
Section 3: The chapter will also have a Pledge Master who will be the Vice Regent or will be appointed by
the Vice Regent in accordance with Ordinance 6: Section 2. If the appointed Pledge Master is not
already an Officer of the Chapter, then they will not be a member of the Executive Committee and
has no privileges with this committee.
Ordinance 5: Qualification, Election and Installation of Officers
Section 1: Elections shall take place in the second half of the Spring semester (March) unless otherwise
designated by the Chapter. Nominations will remain open until immediately before a vote is cast
for a particular office. Constitutional By-Laws are to be read to the Chapter prior to the time that
nominations are to be open. This pertains to qualification and election of officers.
Section 2: No changes to By-laws V, Sections 2 of the Uniform Collegiate Chapter By-Laws
Section 3: No changes to By-laws V, Sections 3 of the Uniform Collegiate Chapter By-Laws
Section 4: Installation of officers is to be held on the last meeting date of the academic school year, or at
another time designated by the Chapter. No Officer shall assume duties of office until properly
installed. If at any time, it is discovered that an Officer elected and installed was ineligible at the
time of election, said election shall be declared void and a new election held. If an Officer is
suspended, said office becomes vacant as of the moment of suspension, and a new election shall
be held. The nomination, election, and installation of Officers to fill a vacancy may occur in the
Section 5: No changes to By-laws V, Sections 5 of the Uniform Collegiate Chapter By-Laws
Section 6: No changes to By-laws V, Sections 6 of the Uniform Collegiate Chapter By-Laws
Section 7: No changes to By-laws V, Sections 7 of the Uniform Collegiate Chapter By-Laws
Section 8: Those running for the office of Regent must be a member of the fraternity for one year prior to
nomination and election to this position. All those who have not been members of the chapter
greater than one academic year at the start of office are ineligible to be nominated for and elected
to this position.
Ordinance 6: Duties of Officers
Section 1: REGENT
In addition to the By-law VI, Section 1, The Regent will serve as the Chair for the
Executive Committee and serve on the Committee for Ritualistic Ideals.
Section 2: VICE REGENT
In addition to By-Law VI, Section 2, The Vice Regent will also serve as or nominate the
Pledge Master as according to Ordinance 4: Section 3. If so the position of Pledge Master is
denounced, the Vice Regent will nominate a brother in good standing and the Chapter will vote by
majority as according to Ordinance 5. In the event that the nominated person fails to be voted in
or chooses not to accept the nomination, the Vice Regent will nominate another brother and voting
as above will occur until a Pledge Master is voted into position. If the appointed Pledge Master is
not already an Officer of the Chapter, then they will not be a member of the Executive Committee
and has no privileges with this committee. In the event of the Pledge Master needing assistance
throughout the pledging process, the sergeant-at-arms will be deemed Co-Pledge Master with
approval of the executive board.
Section 3: SECRETARY (RECORDING AND CORRESPONDING)
No changes to By-laws VI, Section 3 of the Uniform Collegiate Chapter By-Laws
The Secretary shall keep a record of the names and addresses of all Members of Alpha Chapter, all
Members of the Province Executive Committee, and all Members of the Chapter; keep accurate
records of the proceedings of all Chapter Meetings, receive and preserve for the record the written
reports of all Officers and committee chairmen; incorporate into the record all data generated by
the Fraternity Ritual of Initiation; attend to all correspondence of the Chapter; submit to The
Central Office, on time, all reports required by the Executive Director; report all newly elected
Members to The Central Office within seven (7) days after initiation; report all newly elected
Chapter Officers to The Central Office, giving: name, office, home and school addresses, and
home and school telephone numbers, within seven (7) days after election, indicating the effective
date of installation; and perform all such other duties as are required by virtue of said office, the
Constitution and By-Laws of the Fraternity, the By-Laws and Ordinances of the Chapter, or
custom may attach to the Office.
The Recording Secretary must monitor attendance and notify the Sergeant-at-arms
Brothers that are unexcused.
Section 4: SECRETARY (RECORDING AND CORRESPONDING
Subsection A: The Recording Secretary shall be responsible for all duties outlined in Ordinance 6,
Section 3 except for correspondence, including email and mail communications, with Brothers
both collegiate and graduate to communicate chapter activities and meeting times.
Subsection B: The Corresponding Secretary shall be responsible for correspondence, including email
and mail communications, with Brothers both collegiate and graduate to communicate chapter
activities and meeting times. The Corresponding Secretary shall also assist the Historian in the
preparation of all Chapter newsletters.
Section 5: TREASURER
No changes to By-laws VI, Sections 5 of the Uniform Collegiate Chapter By-Laws
Section 6: The Chapter shall not elect an assistant to the secretary or treasurer.
Section 7: HISTORIAN
In addition to By-Law VI, Section 7, the Historian’s duties include changing the bulletin
board as needed, taking pictures as needed, make a scrap book, and aid the Outreach Committee in
making a slideshow for Province. The Historian will serve on the Committee for Ritualistic
Section 8: CHAPLAIN
The Chaplain, also known as the Ritualist, shall follow the duties outlined in By-
Law VI, Section 8. In addition, the Chaplain shall present Grace at the annual Black-tie
commencement dinner of their P4 year when asked by the Dean of the Nesbitt School of
Pharmacy at Wilkes University.
Section 9: SERGEANT-AT-ARMS
In addition to By-Law VI, Section 9, The Sergeant-at-arms working in conjunction with
the Recording Secretary, will monitor attendance and notify brothers that are unexcused from
meetings. Additionally, the Sergeant-at-arms will act as parliamentarian, Chair of the Legislative /
Judicial Committee, Chair of Risk Management, and serve on the Ritualistic Ideals Committee of
the Chapter. In the event of the Pledge Master needing assistance throughout the pledging process,
the sergeant-at-arms will be deemed Co-Pledge Master with approval of the executive board.
Section 10: GRAND COUNCIL DEPUTY
No changes to By-laws VI, Sections 10 of the Uniform Collegiate Chapter By-Laws.
Section 11: CHAPTER CO-COUNSELOR(S)
In addition to By-Law VI, Section 11, The Chapter Co-Counselor(s), if the Grand
Council Deputy pleases to appoint, shall be any Graduate Brother(s) or Honorary Graduate
Section 12: No changes to By-laws VI, Sections 12 of the Uniform Collegiate Chapter By-Laws
Section 13: DELEGATES
No changes to By-laws VI, Sections 13 of the Uniform Collegiate Chapter By-Laws.
Section 14: IMMEDIATE PAST REGENT
Office of the Immediate Past Regent will be occupied by the immediate past Regent of
the Chapter and will be the direct liaison to give any assistance to the current chapter Regent. This
position will not have a seat on the Executive Committee, but will give guidance to the current
Regent in order to allow the new regent the ability to learn the position through their past
Ordinance 7: Committees and Their Duties
Section 1: The Chapter shall have the following standing committees; Executive, Legislative / Judicial,
Scholarship/Academic, Graduate Relations, Public Relations, Social, Athletic, Community
Service, Professionalism, Technology, Pledging, Risk Management, and Ritualistic Ideals.
Section 2: The optional committees addressed in By-Law VII, Section 2 are described in Ordinance 7,
Section 3: No changes to By-laws VII, Section 3 of the Uniform Collegiate Chapter By-Laws
Section 4: EXECUTIVE
Every Brother that holds an elected Chapter Office will serve on the Executive
Committee. The Executive Committee shall act for the Chapter when it is not in session and shall
have all the powers of the Chapter except the election and removal of officers, the election of
members, the disciplining of members, and the amending of these By-Laws. All actions of the
Executive Committee are subject to the review and approval of the Chapter. The Regent shall be
the Chairman of this Committee.
Section 5 & 5A: No changes to By-laws VII, Section 5 and Subsection A of the Uniform Collegiate
Subsection B/C: LEGISLATIVE / JUDICIAL
No changes to By-laws VII, Section 5, Subsections B and C of the Uniform Collegiate
Subsection D: SCHOLARSHIP / ACADEMIC
In addition to By-Law VII, Section 5, Subsection D, the Committee must prepare the
Province and National Chapter of the Year forms, review procedures and criteria for all awards,
award the Asklepios Key, present Senior Awards, and plan the awards luncheon. The Regent will
appoint Committee Chair.
Subsection E: PUBLIC/GRADUATE RELATIONS
In addition to By-Law VII, Section 5, Subsection E, The Committee is urged to get the
Chapter in a local newspaper, get an article in the Wilkes University Beacon, and make a Province
slideshow with help of the Historian. The Regent will appoint Committee Chair. The Graduate
Relations Committee shall develop a program to strengthen the ties between the Chapter and its
Graduate Members. The Committee will work with the graduate Chapter in mutual association for
the advancement of the Fraternity. The Committee shall maintain a file of the Chapter’s Graduate
Members including names and address, and will publish a newsletter at least every semester. The
newsletter will mainly summarize the events of chapter meetings. Information contained in the
newsletter shall include, but is not limited to, the following: new business, old business, current
Chapter events, future Chapter events, important dates, news regarding pledging and any other
important fraternity information. The Committee shall assist The Central Office in developing
and expanding the graduate activities of the Fraternity. The Committee is urged to send Christmas
and birthday cards to all Graduate Brothers.
Subsection F: SOCIAL
The Social Committee shall develop a balanced program of activities for the Chapter.
The Regent will appoint Committee Chair.
Subsection G: RISK MANAGEMENT
The Risk Management Committee shall review the International Kappa Psi Risk
Management policy and manual. The Committee shall review and implement the chapter’s Risk
Management Policy. The committee shall educate the members about the risk management policy
and ensure all chapter functions are in compliance. The Risk Management Policy of Kappa Psi
Delta Omicron is listed below.
Subsection H: FINANCE
The financial budget of the Chapter shall be developed by the Treasurer and approved by
the Grand Council Deputy, Regent, and Executive Committee.
Subsection I: AUDITING
In addition to By-Law VII, Section 5, Subsection I, the Auditing Committee will be considered
ad-hoc and will be appointed jointly by the Regent and the Grand Council Deputy.
Subsection J: PROFESSIONAL RELATIONS
No changes to By-Law VII, Section 5, Subsection J of the Uniform Collegiate Chapter By-Laws.
The Regent will appoint the Committee Chair
Subsection K: INTERFATERNAL
The Regent shall serve as the liaison and representative to other Fraternities and Senate
meetings for the Nesbitt School Pharmacy at Wilkes University.
Subsection L: HOUSE
The Chapter House committee does not exist at Delta Omicron
Subsection M: ATHLETIC
The Athletic Committee will plan, promote and supervise all athletic events and activities
of the Chapter. The Regent will appoint Committee Chair.
Subsection N: COMMUNITY SERVICE
The Community Service Committee shall be responsible for arranging community-service
activities for the Chapter and shall be responsible for overseeing that each Brother completes three
(3) hours of community-service per school year. The Committee is encouraged to make donations
to charities. Brothers will be allowed to sign up for this Committee and the Committee Chairman
will be appointed by the Regent from this group. The Regent will appoint Committee Chair.
Subsection O: TECHNOLOGY
The technology Committee shall be responsible for maintaining the electronic-mail (e-
mail) account, the Chapter’s web site and e-mailing list. Publishing the calendar of events for the
Chapter will be the responsibility of this Committee. The Regent will appoint Committee Chair.
Subsection P: FUNDRAISAING COMMITTEE
The Fundraising committee shall be responsible for raising funds for the Chapter and is
expected to work with the Treasurer. The Regent will appoint Committee Chair.
Subsection Q: PLEDGING
The Pledging Committee shall aid the Pledge Master in producing a successful pledge
class. The Committee’s main focus is to expedite problematic matters involved in the pledging
experience. The Pledge Master will be the Chairman of the Committee. The Committee will also
consist of two (2) students entering their second professional year and two (2) students entering
their third professional year as appointed by the Regent.
Subsection R: RITUALISTIC IDEALS
The Ritualistic Ideals Committee shall oversee the rituals concerning the conclusion of a
pledge class. The committee is required to meet with the brotherhood to discuss and gather ideas
and feedback concerning pledging rituals that they intend to put into effect for the current pledge
class. The committee will consist of the Regent, Ritualist, Sergeant-At-Arms, a member of the
Pledging Committee excluding the Pledge Master, and two (2) appointed members by the Regent
excluding the Pledge Master.
Section 6: No changes to By-Law VII, Section 6 of the Uniform Collegiate Chapter By-Laws.
Section 7: No changes to By-Law VII, Section 7 of the Uniform Collegiate Chapter By-Laws
Section 8: A Brother must be on at least one (1) Committee and on no more than three (3) per semester
throughout their academic standing. Executive Committee Members of the Chapter may be
required to be on more that three (3) committees.
Section 9: Ad hoc committees, when needed, are to be appointed by the Regent and voted upon by majority.
The Risk Management Policy of Kappa Psi Delta Omicron
Alcohol and Drugs
1. The possession, use and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages, while on University premises, or during
an official Fraternity event, or in any situation sponsored or endorsed by the Chapter, must be in compliance
with any and all applicable laws and regulations, whether they be those of the state, province, county, city or
2. No alcoholic beverages shall be purchased through the Fraternity or Chapter treasury, nor shall purchase of
such beverages for members or guests be undertaken or coordinated by any member in the name of or on
behalf of the Fraternity or Chapter. The purchase and/or use of a bulk quantity of alcoholic beverages, e.g.,
kegs, is against Fraternity policy.
3. The Fraternity's name shall not be associated with any event co-sponsored with an alcohol distributor,
charitable organization or tavern/bar where alcohol is given away, sold or otherwise provided to those
4. No alcohol shall be present at any rushing, pledging, or initiation event or at any pledge or chapter meeting.
5. It is against Fraternity policy to sponsor events at which non-members of the Fraternity, unless specifically
invited, have unrestricted access to alcohol.
6. No member shall permit, tolerate, encourage or participate in "drinking games" while on Chapter premises
during a Fraternity event, or at any event sponsored or endorsed by a chapter.
7. The possession, sale and/or use of any illegal drugs or controlled substances at any Chapter house, at any
Fraternity-sponsored event, or at any event that an observer would associate with the Fraternity, is strictly
against Fraternity policy.
8. Any function where alcoholic beverages are present shall also have non-alcoholic beverages and food
9. Events at which alcohol is available shall have a guest list, with all attendees registered and with age
verification at the door. Any alcohol present is the responsibility of the individual who provides it. A safe ride
home program should be provided.
10. It is recommended that events where alcoholic beverages are present be conducted at establishments licensed
for the sale and service of such beverages.
11. This policy shall be an integral part of membership training materials. It should also be posted at the door of all
parties. Each guest should sign in when they arrive indicating that they have read, understood, and agreed to
follow these regulations.
12. Any violation of this policy may be the subject of discipline by a local Chapter or by the National Fraternity if
it is aware of the violation.
The Fraternity does not tolerate or condone any manner of hazing. Hazing activities are defined as: "Any action
taken or situation created intentionally, whether on or off University premises, to produce mental or physical
discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule." Such activities include, but are not limited to: the use of
alcohol; paddling in any form; creation of excessive fatigue; physical or psychological shocks; and any other
activities inconsistent with Fraternity Law, ritual or policy, or with the applicable laws and regulations of the state,
province, county, city, or educational institution.
The Fraternity does not tolerate or condone any form of sexually abusive behavior, whether physical, verbal, mental,
or emotional, on the part of its members. This includes any actions that are demeaning to any person or group stated
Ordinance 8: Records
Section 1: No changes to By-Law VIII, Section 1 of the Uniform Collegiate Chapter By-Laws
Ordinance 9: Unethical Conduct
Section 1: No changes to By-Law VIII, Section 1 of the Uniform Collegiate Chapter By-Laws
Section 2: No changes to By-Law VIII, Section 2 of the Uniform Collegiate Chapter By-Laws
Section 3: No changes to By-Law VIII, Section 3 of the Uniform Collegiate Chapter By-Laws
Ordinance 10: Meetings
Section 1: Chapter meetings will take place at least twice monthly during the school year and all committees
will meet once monthly. Meeting times will be determined by the Regent to encourage optimal
chapter involvement. The Regent may call an Executive Committee meeting at any time when the
Members are available to attend the meeting.
Section 2: Missed meetings or activities:
Subsection A: Excused Absence
An excused absence is one in which a Brother has a valid excuse, preferably in writing, given to
the Vice Regent or Sergeant at Arms no later than fifteen (15) minutes prior to the start of the
Chapter meeting or activity. The validity of the excuse will be determined by the Vice Regent or
Sergeant at Arms.
Subsection B: Unexcused Absence
An unexcused absence is one in which a Brother has no legitimate excuse of why he/she has to
miss or has missed a meeting or activity. More than three (3) unexcused absences per semester is
grounds for expulsion from the Chapter. If a brother misses the fourth meeting or activity he/she
shall be cited by the Legislative/Judicial Committee according to By-Law VII, Section 5,
Subsection B of the Uniform Collegiate Chapter By-Laws of the Fraternity. Disciplinary action
shall then be taken against said Brother according to By-Law III of the By-Laws of the Fraternity.
Subsection C: Punishment
Any Brother who misses a Chapter meeting or activity without following Subsection A of this
Section, shall be punished for the absence. The sum of $5.00 per missed meeting or activity shall
be paid to the Chapter Treasurer before the next scheduled meeting or activity. Additional
penalties may be announced by the Legislative/Judicial Committee.
Ordinance 11: Dues
Section 1: Each pledge shall, by the completion of pledging, pay the Treasurer dues of ninety-nine dollars
($99.00). This shall include any pledge expenses, initiation fee, and national Fraternity expenses.
The remaining money after these expenses shall be used as Chapter dues.
Section 2: Brother Dues:
Subsection A: Each Brother shall pay the Treasurer the sum of money, to be determined at the
beginning of each semester, of $60 a semester, as dues for the chapter. This shall include any per
capita fees and province dues. Any remaining money after these expenses are paid shall be used
for Chapter expenses. Dues shall be paid to the Chapter Treasurer by the third regularly scheduled
meeting of the semester. An installment plan can be set up with the Legislative/Judicial
Committee if a Brother cannot pay the total at one time, however the brother must pay the entire
balance that is due by the last regular scheduled meeting of the semester or face disciplinary action
in accordance to subsection B.
Subsection B: If a Brother is in arrears for failure to pay dues or set up a payment plan with the
legislative committee before the start of the fourth regularly scheduled meeting of the semester,
said Brother must pay $1.00 fine per week that the dues are not paid or have set up a payment
plan. If the said brother refuses to pay dues by the end of the semester, the said brother shall be
considered in arrears as described in By-Law XI of the Fraternity and the Regent shall make this
known to the Chapter. If a Brother is in arrears for two or more semesters, disciplinary action
shall be taken against said Brother according to By-Law III of the By-Laws of the Fraternity.
Subsection C: Each brother in his/her P3 year must pay dues totaling $60, as determined by the
Executive board and/or Grand Council Deputy, in addition to the semester dues. This payment
must be made before the end of the Brother’s P3 year and will cover the Brother’s dues for his/her
P4 year. No further dues are then required for a Brother entering their P4 year. It is encouraged to
divide this sum over multiple semesters.
Ordinance 12: Secrecy
Section 1: All proceedings, Ritual and ceremonies of the Fraternity and all matters pertaining to the
management or conduct of the Chapter shall be kept secret. The names of the Chapter Officers
and Members, and the general object and scope of the Fraternity may be published. The names of
the Officers of the Ritual shall never be published. Any member who reveals any of the secrets of
the Fraternity shall be subject to expulsion.
Ordinance 13: Ritual of Initiation
Section 1: The Ritual of Initiation while secret, shall be considered to be part of these By-Laws, and shall be
conducted at all times with proper dignity and decorum. Hazing, as defined by the Grand Council
and/or the Executive Committee of the Grand Council, is prohibited; any member found guilty of
hazing shall be subject to expulsion.
Ordinance 14: Quorum
Section 1: The quorum necessary for the transaction of business at any meeting of the Chapter shall not be
less than one-half (1/2) of the Chapter Membership in good standing.
Ordinance 15: Parliamentary Procedure
Section 1: Parliamentary conduct at all meetings shall be closely adhered to, and shall be governed by the
current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order’-Newly Revised.
Ordinance 16: Local Ordinances
Section 1: All brother and pledges must take and achieve 80% on a basic Fraternity information quiz. The
quiz is to be administered at once yearly for brothers and at least once for each pledge class.
Section 2: All brothers must do one (1) professional project and at least three (3) hours of community service
per school year.
Section 3: Each brother shall either wear Fraternity colors of Scarlet and/or Cadet Gray or Kappa Psi letters
on days of regular bi-monthly Chapter meetings.
The original ordinances to by-laws XVII were adopted on November 18, 1997.
1st ordinances and subsequent revision to By-laws XVII were adopted on March 1, 1999.
2nd ordinances and subsequent revisions to By-laws XVII were adopted on November 21, 2002.
3rd ordinances and subsequent revisions to By-laws XVII were adopted on February 23, 2004. (James Mason)
4th ordinances and subsequent revisions to By-laws XVII were adopted on February 24, 2005. (Dan Dugan)
5th ordinances and subsequent revisions to By-laws XVII were adopted on April 12, 2006. (Tom Luthy)
6th ordinances and subsequent revisions to By-Laws XVII were drafted on __________ (Andreas Chandra)
7th ordinances and subsequent revisions to By-Laws XVII were drafted on ____________ (Kevin Shea)
8th ordinances and subsequent revisions to By-Laws XVII were adopted on November 6, 2008 (Tyler Dreese)
Approved by Andrew Frasco, Grand Counselor 2007-2009 on March 26, 2009
subsequent revisions to By-Laws XVII were drafted on ____________ (Kevin Shea)
8th ordinances and subsequent revisions to By-Laws XVII were adopted on November 6, 2008 (Tyler Dreese)
Approved by Andrew Frasco, Grand Counselor 2007-2009 on March 26, 2009