College of Agriculture & Human Ecology

KONU Bylaws



The name of this organization shall be the Beta Mu Chapter of Kappa Omicron Nu, hereinafter referred to as the Chapter and the National Society.



Kappa Omicron Nu is a national honor society dedicated to recognizing and encouraging excellence in scholarship, research, and leadership in family and consumer sciences. The mission is empowered leaders. To accomplish this mission, Beta Mu Chapter shall:

  • promote scholarship and encourage intellectual development,
  • promote research and foster the spirit of inquiry,
  • confer distinction for high achievement,
  • promote leadership development,
  • stimulate student and faculty dialogue,
  • enrich the intellectual environment of higher education institutions,
  • encourage high standards of practice and ethical behavior, and
  • promote attitudes of professional responsibility for the public good.



  1. Active Members. Collegiate and professional members whose financial obligations to the Chapter and to the National Society are paid and current are active members, with all privileges of active membership, including the right to vote, hold office, serve on committees, and be elected a delegate to Conclave.
    1. Collegiate members shall be students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs at the time of initiation.
      1. Undergraduate students shall be enrolled in Tennessee Technological University, have declared a major in Human Ecology, have completed 12 semester hours in Human Ecology, have completed 45 total semester hours, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in Human Ecology courses, have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, and show leadership potential.
    2. Professional Members. Alumni of collegiate chapters shall be professional members. Others meeting the following criteria may be elected to professional membership: (a) earned one or more degrees in family and consumer sciences (or alternate unit title) with a 3.0 grade point average as undergraduates or 3.5 as graduate students and not have been previously initiated into Kappa Omicron Nu or its predecessor societies, or (b) have earned one or more degrees qualifying them to work in the field with a 3.0 grade point average as undergraduates or 3.5 as graduate students and have made a distinctive contribution to the profession.
  2. Nominations for Membership.
    1. Nominations of collegiate members shall be made by the Chapter Advisory Council. Nominations of professional members shall be made by the Chapter with the approval of the Chapter Advisory Council.
    2. Chapters are eligible to nominate for National Honorary Membership persons outside the field, excluding those who are employed in the field, who have made distinctive scholarly and research contributions to the field.
  3. Election shall be by ballot vote. A two-thirds vote shall elect.
  4. The membership process shall include an informational meeting, orientation session, and initiation activities.
  5. Membership in Beta Mu Chapter is open to qualified candidates including persons with disability, without regard to age, color, gender, national origin, race, religion, and/or sexual orientation.
  6. Upon initiation, a member shall pay an initiation fee and national dues as established by the National Society, and local dues as established by the Chapter. Undergraduate collegiate members shall not be required to pay further national dues until after the baccalaureate degree is granted.



  1. The officers of this chapter shall be the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.
  2. At the regular chapter meeting preceding the meeting at which the election of officers is to be held, a nominating committee of 3 active members shall be elected. The chair shall be a member of the Executive Committee (Article VII, Section 1), and at least one member shall be a faculty member of Tennessee Tech University. It shall be the duty of the committee to nominate candidates for the offices to be filled at the regular meeting in December. Before the election, additional nominations from the floor shall be permitted.
  3. The officers shall be elected by ballot to serve for one year or until their successors are elected, and the term of office shall begin in May of each year.
  4. No member shall hold more than one office at a time, and no member shall be eligible to serve more than two terms in the same office.
  5. Should the office of President become vacant, it shall be filled by the Vice President. A vacancy in any other office shall be filled by the Executive Committee with the approval of the Chapter Advisory Council.
  6. Any elected officer of the Chapter may be removed for just cause. Sufficient cause for such removal may be violation of the Chapter Bylaws or Society Constitution or any lawful rule, practice, or procedure adopted by the Chapter or other conduct deemed to be prejudicial to the best interest of the Chapter. For removal of an elected officer for cause, it shall be necessary for the Chapter Executive Committee to hold a formal hearing. A statement of the charges shall be sent by registered mail to the last recorded address of the officer, accompanied by notice of the time and place of the meeting at which the charges are to be considered. At least thirty days notice shall be given, and the officer shall have the opportunity to appear in person or to be represented by counsel and to present any defense to such charges before action is taken. The Chapter Executive Committee shall adopt such rules as may be necessary to assure due process to the officer. Upon a two-thirds affirmative vote, the Chapter Executive Committee shall recommend removal to the Society Board of Directors. The Society Board of Directors shall, by majority vote, approve or reject the recommendation of the Chapter Executive Committee either at the next meeting or through an electronic meeting.



  1. The officers shall perform the duties prescribed by these Bylaws, the Constitution of the National Society, and by the parliamentary authority adopted by the Chapter, and shall fulfill such other duties and requirements as may be determined by the National Society.
  2. The President shall have general supervision and direction of the officers of the Chapter, shall preside at all meetings of the Chapter and the Executive Committee, shall appoint (with the approval of the Executive Committee and the Chapter Advisory Council) all chairs and members of standing and special committees unless otherwise stated elsewhere in these Bylaws, and shall be ex-officio member of all committees except the nominating committee.
  3. The Vice President shall have the powers of and perform the duties of the President during any absence or disability of the President, shall be chair of the program committee, and shall have such other duties as may be determined by the Executive Committee or the President.
  4. The Secretary shall record the proceedings of all meetings, maintain all membership records, attend promptly to all chapter correspondence, maintain adequate inventory of supplies from the National Society, and have such other duties as may be determined by the Executive Committee or the President.
  5. The Treasurer shall be responsible for all monies of the Chapter and shall serve as chair of the finance committee. Accurate records of all transactions shall be kept. The National Chapter Financial Report shall be filed by June 1. The Executive Committee shall be responsible for causing the Treasurer's accounts to be audited annually.



  1. Regular Meetings. The Executive Committee and Chapter Advisory Council shall determine the number of regular meetings to be held during the year, and shall distribute a schedule of these meetings to each active member.
  2. Special meetings can be called by the President or the Executive Committee and shall be called upon the written request of two-thirds of active members of the chapter. The purpose of the meeting shall be stated in the call, and business shall be limited to that which is stated in the call. Except in cases of emergency, at least three days' notice shall be given.
  3. Quorum. Those active members present shall constitute a quorum.



  1. The Executive Committee shall consist of the officers of the chapter.
  2. The Executive Committee shall have general supervision of the chapter between its business meetings, fix the hour and place of meetings, make recommendations to the chapter, cause all reports required by the National Society to be submitted in a timely manner (officer list, annual report, financial report), and shall perform such other duties as are specified in these Bylaws and the Constitution and rulings of the National Society.
  3. Meetings of the Executive Committee shall be called by the President or by two-thirds of members of the committee.



  1. The Chapter Advisory Council shall consist of three or more professional members, at least one of whom shall be a member of the faculty of the School of Human Ecology. The Faculty Advisor shall be recommended by the faculty and approved by the Nomination Committee and have the following qualifications: Member of Human Ecology faculty for one year, Show an interest in Kappa Omicron Nu and be an active member, Be a member of professional human ecology organizations.
  2. The Chapter Advisory Council shall assist the Chapter in fulfilling its Mission and Purposes and shall perform such other duties as are specified in these Bylaws and the Constitution and rulings of the National Society.



Chapter committees shall consist of the chair and at least two additional active members. Standing committees shall be established by the Chapter. Special committees may be established by the President, the Executive Committee, or the Chapter. The Standing Committees of Beta Mu Chapter shall be:

  1. The Publicity (Public Relations) Committee shall promote Kappa Omicron Nu within the Tennessee Tech University community, especially within the School of Human Ecology. The Editor shall serve as chair.
  2. The Honors Event Committee shall cooperate with the School of Human Ecology to arrange events to recognize honor students. The Vice President shall serve as chair.
  3. The Initiation Committee shall make arrangements for initiation ceremonies. A member of the Executive Committee shall serve as chair.
  4. The Program Committee shall select programs and make arrangements for meetings. The Vice President shall serve as chair.
  5. The Finance Committee shall prepare the budget and make an annual analysis of chapter fiscal management. The Treasurer shall serve as chair.



Assets remaining after providing for debts and obligations of the Chapter shall be distributed to the National Society for deposit in the New Initiatives Fund for special projects and program initiatives.



The rules contained in the current edition of Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern the Chapter in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these Bylaws, the Constitution of the National Society, and any special rules of order the Chapter may adopt.



These Bylaws may be amended at any meeting of the Chapter by a two-thirds vote, provided the amendment has been submitted in writing at the previous regular meeting or has been submitted in writing to all active members of the Chapter at least two weeks prior to the meeting at which it is to be considered. No amendment shall become effective until approved by the National Society.

These Bylaws shall not be in conflict with the Constitution of the National Society. Any amendment of the National Society Constitution affecting these Bylaws shall cause this document to be amended automatically to concur with such amendment.