BHS NHS Chapter By-laws

I. Selection Process

 A. Annual Timeframe

  1. Seniors – Within the first month of school, the NHS advisor(s) will coordinate with the Director of Student Information and/or the Head of Guidance to compile a list of senior students who meet the academic prerequisite of a 3.7 (out of 5.0) or higher. Students will be notified of their academic eligibility at the beginning of October in writing. The advisor(s) will conduct a meeting to go over the NHS prerequisites, obligations, and selection process within the second week of October. The students will be given a minimum of two weeks to submit their Student Information Form and Character Evaluation Form. The advisor(s) will send out the faculty survey regarding candidates’ character during the third week of October. The Faculty Council will meet before the end of October to review the candidates and complete the selection process. Students will be notified of membership or non-selection before November 1st.
  2. Sophomores and Juniors – The NHS advisor(s) will coordinate with the Director of Student Information and/or the Head of Guidance to compile a list of sophomore and junior students who meet the academic prerequisite of a 3.7 (out of 5.0) or higher before the end of November. The advisor(s) will conduct a meeting to go over the NHS prerequisites, obligations, and selection process within the first week of December. The students will be given a minimum of two weeks to submit their Student Information Form and Character Evaluation Form. The advisor(s) will send out the faculty survey regarding candidates’ character within the first week of December. The Faculty Council will meet during the mid-year exam period to review the candidates and complete the selection process. Students will be notified of membership or non-selection before February 1st.

B. Faculty Council – At the beginning of each school year, the NHS advisor(s) will inform the faculty of the need for an NHS Faculty Council and request volunteers. The NHS advisor(s) and the principal will then appoint five faculty members to be members of the committee that will serve as the NHS Faculty Council. This committee is charged with the selection and discipline of NHS members, as well as the administration of official chapter guidelines. The Faculty Council is facilitated by the chapter advisor(s) who serve(s) as the sixth, but non-voting member of the faculty council. The principal cannot serve as a member of the faculty council.

 C. Membership Prerequisites

  1. Leadership: Students must prove they are positive leaders in the school and/or community in order to be members of NHS. They must show strong, effective leadership in both informal and formal situations. They must have held a minimum of three leadership positions in various organizations, and in their roles as leaders, they must have worked to progress the objectives of those organizations. The leadership positions they hold must require the students to assist the shaping, learning, and development of others in order to be considered leadership roles. Some leadership positions that fulfill this requirement include: coach, tutor, mentor, team captain, club officer, etc. ONE of the three required leadership roles may be participation in an official leadership training program, such as a school-sponsored leadership conference.  Students must take on three DIFFERENT leadership roles. Annually elected positions are considered separate leadership roles. Classroom leadership is expected of all BHS students and is not considered an official leadership role.
  2. School Involvement: In order to be members of NHS, candidates must show consistent, sustained, outstanding involvement in school activities and/or organizations. Candidates must have actively participated in a minimum of two different school activities/organizations, such as student government, school sports or clubs, school theater productions, etc. Consistent and sustained participation requires students to play a significant role in the organization recurrently – as exemplified by regular attendance, reliable involvement in scheduled events, and positive contributions to the organization.
  3. Community Service: Candidates must complete a minimum of twenty hours of outstanding service directed toward the betterment of the community outside BHS. Community service hours are unpaid activities – time given freely of one’s own will and not because the student is required to do so. Students cannot receive any compensation for service hours. At least ten of the service hours must be sustained, consistent service for one organization. Sustained, consistent service requires students to invest their time and effort into one cause or organization on a regular basis – working to affect a positive change in the community. This service cannot be accomplished in one or two days. It entails frequent, reliable participation.
  4. Strength of Character: Candidates must strongly exemplify each of the six identified desirable qualities of good character in order to become members of NHS. Each candidate accepted as an NHS member must be respectful, mature, responsible, fair, trustworthy, and honest. Accepted candidates’ discipline records must reflect their strength of character. Numerous faculty members must enthusiastically verify this strength of character through completion of a faculty survey that attests to the candidates’ integrity. Additionally, each candidate must have one adult complete a Character Evaluation Form. This evaluation form must be complete, accurate, and submitted on time. Candidates can be kept out of NHS for any one action that does not exemplify strong character, such as insubordination, cheating, plagiarizing, bullying, drinking at school-sponsored events, etc. Disciplinary infractions will only keep students out of NHS for one year. Students are encouraged to resubmit information for consideration the following year if eligible.
  5. Academic Eligibility: Sophomore, junior, and senior students are academically eligible for NHS consideration if their exceptional academic achievement is reflected in their GPA of a 3.7 (out of 5.0) or higher.

 D. Candidates’ Meeting – The NHS advisor(s) will hold a meeting to explain the NHS selection process for all academically eligible students within two weeks of their notification of eligibility. At this meeting, the advisor(s) will review the NHS prerequisites, and explain how to access and complete the online Student Information Form, as well as how to prove strength of character through the completion of the Character Evaluation Form. Additionally, the advisor(s) will go over all membership obligations. If an eligible student cannot attend this meeting he/she can schedule an appointment with the NHS advisor(s) to review the material.

E. Student Information Form – Students must complete the online Student Information Form by the date specified by the NHS advisor(s) in order to be considered for NHS selection. Students will be introduced to this form at the Candidates’ Meeting. They can access it on the BHS NHS website. NHS advisor(s) may provide students with a hard copy of the online form for students to use as a rough draft. Students do not submit this hard copy to the advisors. It is strictly for the purpose of the students’ preparation. Students are responsible for keeping copies of this information. Once they submit the online form, they will not be able to access it from the advisors for future use to complete resumes or college applications.  All requests for copies of this information by students will be denied.

F. Character Evaluation Form – Each eligible student seeking membership in NHS must have one adult supervisor or advisor who was included as an advisor/supervisor on his/her Student Information Form OR a teacher at BHS complete this form. This person must be able to attest to the student’s trustworthiness and honesty, respect, responsibility, fairness, and maturity. The student must provide the evaluator with an envelope for the evaluator to seal and sign after placing the completed Character Evaluation Form inside. The student is responsible for submitting the sealed envelope to the NHS advisor(s) by the specified date and time. This process will be reviewed by the advisor(s) at the Candidates’ Meeting. Students will be provided with a copy of the Character Evaluation Form at this time, but they will also be able to access it on the BHS NHS website.

G. Faculty Survey – The NHS advisors will send an online survey including each academically eligible student’s name to all BHS faculty. The faculty will be encouraged to complete the survey, which allows them to evaluate the students’ trustworthiness and honesty, respect, responsibility, fairness, and maturity, as well as to recommend or not recommend these students for NHS selection. Faculty members will be encouraged to leave comments explaining their choices. The results of the faculty survey will be presented to the Faculty Council by the NHS advisor(s) at the selection meetings. Although the faculty members who complete the survey will provide their names, the NHS advisor(s) will keep the faculty members’ responses anonymous to the Faculty Council and to the students (unless otherwise approved by faculty members completing the survey). In order to better understand candidates’ character, the Faculty Council may ask clarifying questions to the faculty members who completed the survey. The NHS advisor(s) are responsible for taking the Faculty Council’s questions to appropriate faculty members and for presenting the faculty members’ responses to the Faculty Council. The Faculty Council can decide not to select students for NHS membership based on the negative comments of any faculty member.

H. Selection Meeting – The Faculty Council and the NHS advisor(s) will meet to review all NHS candidates seeking membership. At this meeting, the NHS advisor(s) will present to the Faculty Council each candidate’s Student Information Form, Character Evaluation Form, and the results of the Faculty Survey. After hearing the information, and discussing the candidates’ qualifications, the Faculty Council will vote to determine if each presented candidate meets the NHS prerequisites. Once discussion and deliberation is complete, the NHS advisor(s) will call for a vote. Selection will be determined by a majority vote.

I. Majority Vote – A majority vote is the next integer above half or a simple majority; it is applied when the Faculty Council votes for candidates’ membership or to take disciplinary actions. In a Faculty Council of five members, majority vote calls for three votes to carry a decision. It is distinguished from consensus, plurality, unanimous or other majority votes defined as being other than ‘simple.’

J. Tabled Candidates – If the Faculty Council requires further information than what is presented to them at the time of the selection meeting or needs more time to consider the information presented in order to make an informed decision regarding any candidate’s selection, they may table candidates to review at a later date. If a candidate is tabled, the Faculty Council will review the candidate’s qualifications again and make a decision regarding his/her selection by the end of the selection process.

K. Abstention – If a member of the Faculty Council chooses to do so, he/she may abstain from voting on any candidate presented for selection. If there is a conflict of interest or other issue, another member of the faculty may be appointed to serve as an alternate. The alternate will not be the adviser, the principal or an assistant principal.

L. Principal’s Report – Once the Faculty Council has made decisions regarding all candidates’ selection, the NHS advisor(s) will present the Faculty Council’s decisions to the principal. At this point, the principal will review the Faculty Council’s decisions. He/She will ensure the students’ selected as NHS members have discipline reports that reflect the NHS prerequisites. He/She has the right to question any decision made by the Faculty Council and to present his/her reasons to the Faculty Council. At this point, the Faculty Council will take into consideration the principal’s points and re-vote.

M. Formal Notification – Once the Faculty Council and the principal agree on selection, all candidates will be notified of selection or non-selection through a mailed letter.

N. Process of Appeal –Because NHS encourages leadership and strong character, students are expected to take the initiative and speak on their own behalf when seeking an appeal. If a student is not accepted into the BHS National Honor Society and would like to appeal that decision, s/he must submit a formal appeal within ten days of notification regarding membership. The date of notification is reflected on the postmark of the non-selection letter. The formal appeal consists of a written request to meet with the NHS advisor(s). The student must bring this written request to the advisor(s) within the ten day time span indicated above. The advisor(s) will respond to the student within three school days of the request to schedule a meeting. At this meeting, the advisors will review with the student the committee’s reasoning for the decision – focusing on what requirement(s) the student did not fulfill. The student will be given an opportunity to ask clarifying questions and to prove his/her qualifications. NOTE: No evidence omitted from the Student Information Form the student originally submitted will be accepted at this time. Once all appealing students have met with the advisor(s), the advisor(s) will submit appeals to the Faculty Council and the principal for a final decision.  The appealing students will be informed of the decisions within three school days of the final review.

O. Honorary Membership – Honorary Membership is a classification of Honor Society membership, distinguished from active or graduate membership. It is awarded to those who, in the opinion of the Faculty Council, are supporting the purposes of the Honor Society at the school or in the community. Per Article VIII, Section 3 of the NHS Constitution, from the student body, only students with disabilities or foreign exchange students are eligible for Honorary Membership.  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.

P. Transfer Members – An NHS member who transfers from another school and brings a letter from the principal or chapter advisor to the BHS NHS advisor(s) shall be accepted automatically as a member in BHS’s chapter of NHS. Transfer members must meet BHS’s prerequisites within one semester in order to retain membership. The NHS advisor(s) will review the transfer member’s qualifications at the end of their first semester at BHS. If the advisor(s) determine(s) a transfer member does not meet the BHS NHS prerequisites at this time, the advisor(s) will meet with the Faculty Council to vote on his/her membership status. A majority vote of the Faculty Council will determine his/her membership status.

II. Induction Ceremony – Candidates become members when inducted at this ceremony.

A. Invitation/Notification – Students will be informed of the induction ceremony date and time in their formal notification letter of selection.

B. Rehearsal – The NHS advisor(s) will hold a brief meeting before the induction ceremony to review the process of the ceremony with all new inductees.

C. Verification of Membership – At the Induction Ceremony, new inductees will be presented with verification of NHS membership in the form of a certificate, a membership card, and a pin.

D. NHS Pledge – All new inductees will recite the NHS pledge, at which point they will be considered official members of NHS.

 III. Membership Obligations

A. Dues – All members will pay an annual dues fee of $10.00. The NHS advisor(s) have the right to bring a change in the dues fee to a vote at the annual NHS election. A majority vote of NHS members will determine whether or not there can be a change to the dues fee.

B.  Maintaining Chapter Standards – All members are expected to maintain chapter standards of exceptional scholarship, service, leadership, and character.

  1. Scholarship: Each member is expected to maintain a G.P.A. of a 3.7 (out of 5.0) or higher in order to remain an NHS member in good standing. If it comes to the attention of the advisor(s) that a member’s G.P.A. has fallen below a 3.7, the advisor(s) will meet with the student to place him/her on probationary status, and present the student with written notification of this change in status. The member must then develop a plan to raise his/her G.P.A. by the end of the following semester. If the student fails to raise his/her G.P.A. to one acceptable by the NHS advisor(s) and prove dedication to scholarship by the end of the following semester, he/she will be subject to dismissal from NHS by the Faculty Council.  If dismissed, he/she will not be eligible for NHS selection again. If the student on probationary status is a senior, and does not raise his/her G.P.A. to one acceptable by the NHS advisors and prove dedication to scholarship by the end of the school year, he/she will be subject to dismissal from NHS by the Faculty Council. If dismissed, he/she will not graduate as an NHS member.
  2. Service: Each member of NHS must participate in the whole body NHS service project(s), complete an additional ten hours of community service for a project of his/her choice, and serve as a guide or usher for at least two school events.  (a) NHS Whole Body Service Projects: Each year, the BHS chapter of NHS works to organize, develop, and facilitate at least two service projects in which the whole body is expected to participate. Service project ideas are presented to the whole body at NHS meetings. The NHS membership will vote on which projects to complete. A majority vote is necessary to determine final projects.  All members are encouraged to present service project ideas. If a member does not participate in the whole body service projects, he/she will lose status as a member in good standing and will be placed on probation. The NHS advisor(s) will meet with the student to inform him/her of his/her probationary status and present the student with written notification of this change in membership status. While on probation, the student will have to exemplify his/her commitment to community service by completing a project that serves the same community affected by the efforts of the whole body. This service project must be approved by the NHS advisor(s). If a student does not fulfill this requirement within the school year, he/she will be subject to dismissal from the BHS chapter of NHS by the Faculty Council. If dismissed, he/she will not be eligible for membership again. (b) Additional Community Service Hours: In addition to the work students do for the whole body NHS service projects, members are expected to maintain their commitment to community service by completing at least ten hours of volunteer work outside of NHS sponsored events. This type of service can be fulfilled through school projects, such as Adopt-a-Class hours or volunteer projects for other clubs. It can also be accomplished outside of school. This service should be directed toward the betterment of the community – school, local, state, national, or global. Community service is time given freely of one’s own will to participate in unpaid activities that benefit the community. These service hours must be completed within the school year, each school year a student is a member of BHS NHS. The Executive Board and advisor(s) will do their best to keep members informed of service opportunities. Members must record their additional community service hours on the COMMUNITY SERVICE SUBMISSION FORM. If a member who is a sophomore or junior fails to complete these service hours, he/she will no longer be a member in good standing and will be placed on probation. The NHS advisor(s) will meet with the student to inform him/her of his/her probationary status and present the student with written notification of this change in membership status.  While on probation, he/she is expected to complete a minimum of seven hours of community service by the end of the summer in order to return to school the following year as an NHS member in good standing. If he/she does not complete this additional service, he/she will be subject to dismissal from NHS by the Faculty Council. If dismissed, he/she will not be eligible for membership again. If a member who is a senior fails to complete these service hours by the end of April, the NHS advisor(s) will meet with the student to inform him/her of his/her probationary status and present the student with written notification of this change in membership status. If he/she does not complete the hours by the end of the school year, he/she will be subject to dismissal from NHS by the Faculty Council. If dismissed, he/she will not graduate high school as an NHS member. (c) School Service – Guides and Ushers:  Over the course of every school year, BHS hosts events that require student volunteers. Some examples of these events are as follows: Parent/Teacher Conferences, Scholarship Night, FAFSA Day, The Fall Play, The Spring Musical. Each NHS member must serve as a guide or usher for at least two of these events. As the dates for each event are provided, the NHS advisor(s) and Executive Board members will inform the NHS membership and request volunteers. If a member fails to complete this school service by the end of the school year, he/she will be placed on probation and will no longer be a member in good standing. The NHS advisor(s) will meet with this student to inform him/her of his/her probationary status and provide him/her with written notification of this change in membership status. He/She will have to determine an alternate way to serve the school by the end of the school year OR (if the member is a sophomore or junior) serve as a volunteer for at least two school events during the following year. His/Her probationary status will not be removed until he/she volunteers for both events. If he/she fails to do so, he/she will be subject to dismissal from NHS by the Faculty Council. If dismissed, he/she will not be eligible for membership again.
  3. Character(a) Maintaining Academic Integrity: If it comes to the attention of the chapter NHS advisor(s) that an NHS member committed an act of academic dishonesty, such as plagiarism or another form of cheating, the advisor(s) will meet with this student and inform him/her of his/her probationary status, and present him/her with written notification of this change in membership status. While on probation, he/she is expected to maintain academic integrity and exemplify positive classroom behavior and dedication to scholarship. The advisor(s) will consult the student’s teachers by the end of the next semester to ensure this student  has met the NHS expectations. If the student has met these expectations, the student’s membership status will be returned to a member in good standing. If the student has not met these expectations, the student will be subject to dismissal from NHS by the Faculty Council. If dismissed, the student will not be eligible for membership again. (b) Functioning as a Positive Role Model and Representative of BHS: All members are expected to exemplify each of the six desirable qualities of good character outlined in the membership prerequisites; he/she must be respectful, mature, responsible, fair, trustworthy, and honest. NHS members must conduct themselves with strength of character both inside and outside of school. Additionally, NHS member are expected to maintain positive digital citizenship. If it comes to the attention of the advisor(s) that a member is displaying negative character traits and not meeting the character expectations of NHS, the advisor(s) will meet with this student to inform him/her that he/she is on probationary status, and present the student with written notification of this change in membership status. While on probation, the student must seek to rectify his/her character infractions and maintain strength of character. The advisor(s) will meet with this student again by the end of the year and provide a determination about his/her membership status. If the student fails to improve his/her character in a way acceptable to the advisor(s), he/she will be subject to dismissal from NHS  by the Faculty Council. If dismissed, he/she will not be eligible for membership again.

C. Meetings: Each member is expected to attend all NHS meetings that are announced at least two weeks in advance. If a student cannot attend due to a schedule conflict, he/she must submit a written request for an excusal from the meeting. This written request must be sent to the advisor(s) at least 48 hours before the meeting. It must outline the reasons why the student cannot attend, and how the student plans to obtain the information presented at the meeting and make up any activities completed during the meeting. The advisor(s) will determine whether or not the absence is excused. Each member is allowed two excused absences within the course of the school year, as long as he/she is granted approval and makes up for the missed time as instructed by the advisor(s). Additional excused absences will be handled on a case-by-case basis. If a member does not obtain approval for an absence or does not make up the missed time for an excused absence, he/she will be placed on probation The NHS advisor(s) will meet with the student to inform him/her of his/her probationary status and present the student with written notification of this change in membership status. While on probation, he/she must make up the time and activity covered during the meeting. Additionally, he/she must add an hour of community service to his/her individual service requirement (additional community service hours). If a student fails to do so, he/she will be subject to dismissal from NHS by the Faculty Council and will not be eligible for membership again.

IV. Dismissal Procedures

A. Shift in Membership Status

  1. Prerequisites of Membership: Members who fall below the standards that were the basis for their selection (membership prerequisites) shall be promptly informed by the chapter advisor(s), in writing, of a shift in membership status from membership in good standing to probationary membership. The probation period determined by the chapter NHS advisor(s) will be a reasonable amount of time to correct the deficiency. In the case of flagrant violation of school rules or the law, a member does not have to be warned or placed on probation; he/she will be considered directly for dismissal by the Faculty Council.
  2. Membership Obligations: Members who do not fulfill the obligations of membership for BHS NHS will be promptly informed by the chapter advisor(s), in writing, of a shift in membership status from membership in good standing to probationary membership. The probation period determined by the chapter NHS advisor(s) will be a reasonable amount of time to correct the deficiency. In the case of flagrant violation of school rules or the law, a member does not have to be warned or placed on probation; he/she will be considered directly for dismissal by the Faculty Council. For more specific information regarding dismissal for a failure to meet NHS membership obligations, please refer to the Membership Obligations page of this site.

B. Notification of Pending Dismissal : Notification of Pending Dismissal: If the NHS chapter advisor(s) determine a student on probationary status has not corrected the deficiency that prompted the shift in membership status from membership in good standing to probationary membership, the advisor(s) will inform the student, in writing, of his/her pending dismissal. In all cases of pending dismissal, a member shall have a right to a hearing before the Faculty Council. This hearing is required and is considered due process for all members.

C. Dismissal Hearing: At Dismissal Hearings, the NHS chapter advisor(s), the student whose membership is pending dismissal, and the Faculty Council must be present. The NHS chapter advisor(s) will convey the reasons why the student is pending dismissal from NHS. The student will be allowed to speak on his/her behalf.

D. Faculty Council Decision: The Faculty Council will deliberate after hearing all information presented at the Dismissal Hearing, and make a decision regarding the student’s membership status. The Faculty Council shall determine when an individual member on probationary status has exceeded a reasonable number of warnings and/or has not met the standards or obligations of NHS membership within the time frame established by the NHS chapter advisor(s). For purposes of dismissal, a majority vote of the Faculty Council is required.

E. Principal Approval – The principal will be informed of the Faculty Council’s decision, and must approve of it before the student is notified.

F. Notification of Dismissal – Students will be informed, in writing, of the Faculty Council’s decision regarding dismissal within ten days of the dismissal hearing.

G. Appeal – A member who has been dismissed may appeal the decision of the Faculty Council to the principal and thereafter under the same rules for disciplinary appeals in the school district.

V. Elections for Executive Board

A. Chapter Officers: All the officers of NHS work consistently to promote the efforts of National Honor Society and to ensure the BHS chapter of NHS is successful. The Executive Board uses a democratic/participative style of leadership, which is one that relies on collaboration and shared duties. The officers work together to establish goals for the chapter and to plan how these goals will be met. A brief description of each position is listed below.

  1. President: The President of National Honor Society is responsible for running all meetings, communicating with the principal regarding NHS projects and events, assisting in the organization and facilitation of all NHS events, overseeing all NHS events, and working to ensure all NHS members maintain good standing membership in the club and fulfill all NHS requirements. He/She will work closely with the NHS advisors to ensure the chapter meets all objectives for the year. Additionally, the President of National Honor Society may be called upon to speak at school functions, and to serve as the student representative of the Burlington High School chapter of National Honor Society.
  2. Vice President: The Vice President of National Honor Society assists the President in all of his/her tasks. Additionally, the Vice President is responsible for organizing the guides for Back-to-School Night and all parent/teacher conferences.
  3. Secretary: The Secretary of National Honor Society is responsible for setting and creating agendas for all meetings, assisting in the facilitation of meetings, keeping accurate records of all NHS meetings and events, updating NHS materials as needed, and communicating essential information to all members.
  4. Treasurer: The Treasurer of National Honor Society is responsible for collecting and maintaining accurate records of all NHS funds, researching and presenting various fundraising ideas, planning for and keeping track of necessary NHS expenditures, and working with the advisors to ensure NHS funds are spent effectively.
  5. Community Service Coordinator: The Community Service Coordinator of National Honor Society is responsible for researching and presenting service ideas for both whole-body service projects and potential projects for individual members, acting as the primary organizer of major NHS service events, and coordinating with community partners to ensure all NHS service projects are successful.
  6. Public Relations Liaison: The Public Relations Liaison of National Honor Society is responsible for publicizing NHS events, working to inform the community of NHS successes, and finding opportunities for NHS members to maintain a strong and positive presence in the community.

B. Candidates for Officer Positions: Students interested in running for an Executive Board position must complete indicate their interest via completion and submission of a Candidate Registration Form provided by the NHS advisor(s). Additionally, they must be members of the junior class and BHS NHS members in good standing. They must also create a campaign speech to be submitted and presented as designated by the NHS chapter advisor(s).

C. Elections – Elections will be open to all active BHS NHS members. They will be conducted by the BHS NHS advisor(s) in the spring of each year. The NHS advisor(s) will determine the format of voting. Decisions will be made based on majority vote. If there is no majority vote, there will be a run-off election. If there is not a majority vote in a second instance, there will be one more run-off election. If after the second run-off election, there is not a majority vote, the NHS advisor(s) will make a final decision.

D. Tapping Ceremony – Once new officers are elected to the Executive Board, there will be a Tapping Ceremony luncheon where the current Executive Board officers can meet with the newly elected Executive Board officers to offer congratulatory remarks, offer advice, and present their thoughts on the direction of NHS for the following year.

VI. Meetings

A. Schedule: The NHS advisor(s) and Executive Board members will work together to schedule all meetings and inform members of the meeting dates and times. Members should expect to attend at least one meeting per month of the school year.

B. Attendance: All members are expected to attend mandatory meetings that are announced at least two weeks in advance. If a student cannot attend a meeting, he/she must submit a written request for an excusal from the meeting. This written request must be sent to the advisor(s) at least 48 hours before the meeting. It must outline the reasons why the student cannot attend, and how the student plans to obtain the information presented at the meeting and make up any activities completed during the meeting. The advisor(s) will determine whether or not the absence is excused. Each member is allowed two excused absences within the course of the school year, as long as he/she is granted approval and makes up for the missed time as instructed by the  advisor(s). Additional excused absences will be handled on a case-by-case basis. If a member does not obtain approval for an absence or does not make up the missed time for an excused absence, he/she will be placed on probation. The NHS advisor(s) will meet with the student to inform him/her of his/her probationary status and present the student with written notification of this change in membership status. While on probation, he/she must make up the time and activity covered during the meeting. Additionally, he/she must add an hour of community service to his/her service requirement. If a student fails to do so, he/she will be subject to dismissal from NHS by the Faculty Council and, if dismissed, he/she will not be eligible for membership again.


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