Constitution

Sigma Alpha Delta Constitution

       Restated as of Fall 2012

Article I – Name

Article II – Mission and Purpose

- A) Mission

- B) Purpose

Article III – Membership

- A) Categories

- B) Requirements

Article IV – Activities and Committees

- A) Disciplinary Items

- B) Disciplinary Remedies for Candidates, Inducted and Prospective Members

- C) Disciplinary Remedies for Candidates, Inducted and Prospective Members (Executive Board)

Article V – Organization

- A) Executive Board

- B) Duties of the Executive Board

- C) Officers

Article VI – Activities and Committees

Article VII – Elections

- A) Quorum

- B) Eligibility

- C) Voting

- D) Procedure

- E) Succession in Office

- F) Length of term in Office

Article VIII – Finances

Article IX – Amendments

Article X – Miscellaneous

- A) Representation

- B) Bylaws

- C) Website

- D) Motto

Article I – Name

This society shall be known as Sigma Alpha Delta Honor Society. It was established in 1932 in what was then known as the City College School of Business and Civic Administration, and was later renamed Baruch College of the City University of New York. The evening chapter was added in 1959. Hereinafter, Sigma Alpha Delta shall be referred to as “The Society” and Baruch College will be referred to as “The College.” 

Article II – Mission and Purpose

A) Mission

The mission of the Society is to provide character development with an emphasis on pursuit of academic excellence, personal and professional development, service to the College and the community, as well as a lasting relationship with its members through networking opportunities and camaraderie.

B) Purpose

The Society shall be dedicated to conferring distinction for high achievement in undergraduate studies at the College, in student leadership, and community service. The Society shall strive to foster a community spirit amongst its members, to associate outstanding leadership in mutual understanding for the advancement of a democratic society and to encourage both their intellectual and personal development. The Society shall stand for freedom of mind and shall impose upon members the highest citizenship responsibilities. The Society shall promote altruistic conduct through voluntary service and enrich the College community through events, which uphold our mission.

Article III – Membership

A) Categories

• Prospective Member – A candidate seeking induction.  Members can become vice chairs or assistants after being selected by an officer of the Executive Board.

• Inducted Member – A member who has met all of the induction requirements.

• Honorary Member – A member that meets all of the induction requirements with the exception of the academic requirement (GPA of 3.5). Honorary members will be chosen by the executive board and must have at least a 3.2 GPA. A maximum of 6 honorary members will be inducted each year. *Refer to Bylaws.

• Officer – Members of the Executive Board.

• Alumni – An inducted member of the Society who has graduated from the College.

• Distinguished Leader – Any person who has influenced their respective field or endeavors will be available for this membership. The eligibility for the distinguished leader membership will be contingent upon the Society’s values as determined by the Executive Board. A distinguished leader cannot vote or run for a position.

•Professional Membership – Any professional who has shown substantial interest in Sigma Alpha Delta and has significantly contributed to the society will be deemed as a professional member of Sigma Alpha Delta. Professional members will have voting rights at elections.

B) Induction Requirements

1. Academic

Must have maintained a minimum GPA of 3.5 in the Undergraduate Division of Baruch College. Exceptions will not be made for those with a GPA lower than a 3.45. 

Twelve academic credits are necessary if student entered the College as a freshman. 

Twelve academic credits taken at Baruch College are required if student entered the College as a transfer student. 

2. Service to the Society

Must have been consistently active in the Society and their respective Committee. Prospective members must attend 2 on-campus events hosted by the society aside from the Induction Ceremony or New Candidates Dinner. They also must participate in 1 co-sponsorship event. General meetings attendance is also required, as determined by the E-Board.

3. Service to the community

Must have participated in at least two community service events sponsored by the Society (i.e. “volunteering events”).

4. Policy of Non-Discrimination

The Society does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, age, social status, language skills, religion, sexual orientation, income or any other basis for discrimination. Membership benefits are outlined in the Bylaws.

Article IV – Disciplinary Actions

A) Disciplinary Items

In the event that it becomes necessary to reprimand a disruptive candidate, member, prospective, inducted, honorary, or alumni (including Executive Board members), or a member who does not adhere to the constitution, bylaws or the overall mission of the Society, the organization has the right to take disciplinary action up to and including removal of said member from the organization.

Each incident will be looked at on an individual basis and the society must demonstrate a reasonable effort to address the situation in a professional and objective manner before further disciplinary action is taken.

A quorum of 75% of the Executive Board must be present and decision will be made by outcome of a simple majority vote.

B) Disciplinary Remedies for Inducted and Prospective, Honorary, or Alumni

Any Inducted member, Prospective, Honorary or Alumni may be voted out of the organization by a majority vote by the Executive Board if it is found that said member is disruptive and acting contradictory to the organization, constitution, bylaws or the overall mission of the organization.

C) Disciplinary Remedies for Executive Board Members

Any member of the Executive Board may be voted out of the organization by a majority vote (in the presence of a quorum) of the Executive Board and the Vice Chairs and the Executive Consultants, if it is found that said member is disruptive and acting contradictory to the organization, constitution, bylaws or overall mission of the organization. Executive Consultants, however, do not have the power to vote on the termination of an E-Board member.

The Executive Board has the power to elect and terminate its Executive Consultants.

In the event that a member is terminated, he or she may not reapply to the Society for at least one semester after the semester in which they were terminated.

Article V – Organization

A) Executive Board

The Society’s activities are directed by a governing body, The Executive Board. The Executive Board is comprised of eleven Officers, four of which are the immediate Executive Board, which includes:

   1. The President

   2. Vice President

   3. Secretary

   4. Treasurer

The remaining Executive Board members are the elected Chairpersons of the following committees/departments: Public Relations and Marketing, Events Management, Volunteering, Web Design and Technology, Alumni Relations, Career Development, and Corporate Communications (Department).

B) Duties of the Executive Board

Individual rights and responsibilities of the members of the Executive Board are outlined in the Bylaws. As the governing body of the Society, the Executive Board has the following responsibilities:

• When deemed feasible and necessary the Executive Board can establish or eliminate or restructure a new committee or department

• Outline long term and short term strategies and goals for the achievement of the Society’s mission

• Submit budget proposals to USG (Undergraduate Student Government) and approve internal budgets based on other revenues 

• Make changes to the Bylaws and Constitution by a majority vote whenever necessary

• Make changes to the organizational structure of the Society

• Call General Meetings 

• Approve the introduction or extinction of any of the Society’s programs

• Approve the admission of honorary members 

• Address any disruptions as defined and in accordance with section IV “Disciplinary Actions”

• Make waivers of requirements when they see fit

The Executive Board should meet regularly--at least once a month. Decisions of the Executive Board must be agreed upon by a simple majority of its members; therefore, it is the responsibility of every member of the Executive Board to participate at every meeting. When this is not possible they should delegate a substitute. The Secretary or his/her substitute will file the minutes of all the Executive Board’s meetings and take note of all such delegations. 

Article VI – Activities and Committees

The society is entitled to engage in any activities, inside and outside the College, provided they are legal and in compliance with this Constitution, the policies of the College, and the Society’s Bylaws as approved by the Executive Board. The society shall have several committees responsible for developing its activities. Functions of a committee are to be outlined in the Bylaws. Existing committees are as follows: Alumni Relations, Events Management, Public Relations & Marketing, Volunteering, Web Design & Technology, and Career Development. When deemed feasible and necessary the Executive Board can establish, dissolve or make a committee inactive.

Article VII – Elections

A) Quorum

A quorum for any election meeting consists of a minimum of 23 of the active inducted and honorary members. For the purpose of elections, Active Membership comprises of all members who have met the inducted membership requirements prior to Election Day.

B) Eligibility

Only members who have been inducted prior to Election Day are eligible to run for any Officer positions. All candidates must be Active Members and must attend the undergraduate division of the College in the semester following the Election Day.  In the event that there are insufficient qualified candidates for any of the offices, the current Executive Board can waive the requirements for eligibility. 

Candidates for the seat of President must have already served for a full term as a member of the Executive Board at the time of the elections. Members who have not met this requirement will not be eligible to run for the position of the Society’s President.

A Sigma Alpha Delta member cannot run or hold a Sigma Immediate Executive Board position, if they are a part of another Executive Board in another student organization in Baruch College. A Sigma Alpha Delta member cannot run or hold a Sigma Executive Board position, if they are pledging for an intensive service oriented organization such as a business or social fraternity.

C) Voting

Voting shall be performed by secret ballot. All officers and members of the Executive Board are elected with a simple majority of present votes. In case of a tie for any of the Permanent Officers, the new Executive Board shall make a decision. Under extreme circumstances and/or if an unusual conflict arises, the Faculty Advisor or a minimum of 3 Alumni, (or a greater odd number), can nominate a new President or a new Executive Board or both.

D) Procedure

Election meetings shall occur once per calendar year before the end of the month of May and any time it is necessary following the resignation, graduation or expulsion of an Officer. Elections are to be conducted in front of an assemblage of the Society. Inducted members running for Officer positions shall be designated strict time limits on their speeches. All meetings are conducted in accordance with this Constitution and the Bylaws. The specific order of elected positions is to be established by the outgoing President or highest ranking presiding officer.

E) Succession in Office

In the event that an Officer is dismissed or resigns, the Officer immediately subordinate to the departing Officer will temporarily assume the position until the following elections. Each current Officer is expected to identify and propose a replacement for his or her position from among the active members at the time of departure.

F) Length of term in Office

A person cannot hold the same position within the Executive Board for more than two consecutive terms, where each term is the majority of one year, excluding the summer and winter semesters. That does not include any “Acting” term. “Acting” refers to a situation in which an individual temporarily runs a committee while another individual holds the official title to the Office. A term is defined as one academic year.

If 3 or more Executive Board positions are vacated after one semester, an official election will be held. Likewise, if the President or Treasurer resigns mid-year an official election will be held. If fewer than 3 Executive Board members vacate their positions (and none are the President or Treasurer), then interviews will be conducted by the current Executive Board to fill vacant positions.

Article VIII – Finances

The Society is mainly financed through funds provided by the Undergraduate Student Government (or a similar entity should this name change in the future), who is empowered by the College to administrate the Student Activity Fee. In addition, the Society can accept donations from any person or organizations provided that the donors do not request any explicit benefits in return. In the event of dissolution of this Society, all accrued funds and assets shall become the property of Bernard Baruch College Association, Inc. The society can also raise funds to be placed in a private account.

Article IX – Amendments

An amendment to the Constitution, after being proposed at a prior meeting, must receive an acceptance of a quorum of the Officers present in order to be adopted. Each amendment shall be attached to the Constitution, be dated, publicized immediately, and posted on the website for it to become applicable. 

Article X – Award

As of Spring 2011 Sigma Alpha Delta will be adding an award to be called the Sigma Alpha Delta Diversity Award.  The award shall be awarded to an inducted member who is chosen after a 2-step deliberation process. In order to qualify, one must: 

a) be an active inducted member

b) have a 3.2 GPA

c) be registered for the undergraduate division of Baruch College for the   upcoming semester with 12 credits 

d) fill out the application by the set due date

e) be able to prove some financial need

The first round shall be held by the Executive Board to narrow the number of applicants to no less than five. The second round is an interview round with a board of three to five faculty, staff and/or alumni. There shall be no more than one alumnus on this board. This board shall be created by the Sigma Alpha Delta Executive Board. All fundraising for this scholarship must be placed into the private account. We have a separate line in the private account in Baruch College, to be exclusively used for the Sigma Alpha Delta award. See bylaws for additional information.

Article XI - Miscellaneous

A) Representation

The Society is supervised by a Faculty Advisor who acts as a liaison with the College and ensures its continuity and compliance with College policies. The Society and the Immediate Executive Board, comprised of the President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary, is required to update its registration file with the College at the commencement of every semester.

B) Bylaws

The Bylaws are the Revolving Regulatory Statute for all members in conducting their activities. It is regularly updated at the beginning of every year, but can also be updated at any time by the Executive Board. The Executive Board is required to post it on the Society’s website for it to become applicable to all members. The current Bylaws contain: Committee Descriptions, Detailed Responsibilities for Executive Board Members, Membership Benefits, The Oath of Membership, Programs Guide, Meetings and Events Guide, Culture and Current Goals. A committee designated by the Executive Board shall propose a complete version of the Bylaws within 5 weeks from the passing of this Constitution.

C) Website

The society maintains a website at www.sigmabaruch.org for the purpose of registration, posting listings of members, posting the Bylaws and any other relevant information. The maintenance of the website should be supported with the Society’s funds. When such funds are lacking, the society can solicit the help of Alumni members of the Society. The responsibility of updating and maintaining accurate information on the website falls on its current leadership.

D) Mottos

Daniel LaMazza, Fall 2007 – “I Change Myself I Change the World”

Harb Johnson, Spring 2008 – “Passion Knows No Limits”

Hosni Mubarak, Fall 2008 – “Fortune Favors The Bold”

Yaphet Murphy, Spring 2009 – “Join The Experience”

Najeeb Alam, Fall 2009 – “In Union There Is Strength”

Jennifer Cobos, Spring 2010 – “Carpe Diem”

Shaif Uddin, Fall 2010 - “Per Aspera ad Astra”

Vita Kazais, Spring 2011- “Passion is Contagious”                                                                

Jessica Gil, Fall 2011- “Become Your Dream”                                                                          

Sara Dowd, Spring 2012 - “Honor the Past, Seize the Present, Impact the Future”

Eugene Frenkel, Fall 2012 - “Be the Change You Wish to See in the World.”

Executive Board of Fall 2011:

– President – Jessica Gil

– Vice President – Christina Carousso

– Treasurer – Shoaib Mohamed

– Executive Secretary – Sara Dowd

– Human Resource Manager – Xhina Goxheri

– Chair of Alumni Relations – Joseph Alshawish

– Chair of Events Management – Christopher Adamson

– Chair of Marketing and Public Relations – Rochelle Novilla

– Chair of Volunteering – Didier Lopez

– Chair of Web Design and Technology Committee – Matthew Watson

– Executive Board Consultant – Adam Camacho

– Executive Board Consultant – Vita Kazais                                         

Executive Board  of  Spring 2012

President- Sara Dowd                                                                                                                    

Vice President- Kevin German                                                                                                

Treasurer – Dennis Chang

Executive Secretary – Mariya Tuchinskaya                                                                                          

Human Resource Manager – Jane Bugai

Chair of Alumni Relations – Eugene Frankel                                                                              

Chair of Events Management – Hong Pan

Chair of Marketing and Public Relations – Nikita Singh

Chair of Volunteering – Kamylle Mac Intosh

Chair of Web Design and Technology Committee – Wu Chen

– Executive Board Consultant – Jessica Gil

– Executive Board Consultant – Vita Kazais                                         

Executive Board of Fall 2012

President - Eugene Frenkel                                                                                                                    

Vice President - Hong Pan                                                                                                  

Treasurer – Wei Wei Shi

Executive Secretary – Michael Arnold                                                                                            

Chair of Career Development – Jenny Luu

Chair of Alumni Relations – Kevin Johnson                                                                              

Chair of Events Management – Kathryn Mercado

Chair of Marketing and Public Relations – Joseph Milano

Chair of Volunteering – Vinod Kumar

Chair of Web Design and Technology Committee – Albert Mathew

Manager of Corporate Communications Department - Maksim Avarakh

– Executive Board Consultant – Dennis Chang 

– Executive Board Consultant – Xhina Goxheri 

Bylaws – Fall 2012

A.   Committee Descriptions

    a.     Volunteering Committee

    b.     Alumni Relations Committee

    c.     Events Management Committee

    d.     PR & Marketing Committee

    e.     Web Design and Technology Committee

    f. Career Development Committee

    g. Corporate Communications Department

    h. Executive Consultants

B.    Responsibilities of the Executive Board

C.    Membership Benefits

D.   The Oath of Membership

A)  Committee Descriptions

a) Volunteering Committee:

Volunteering Committee strives to work together to attain excellence of volunteerism within the Baruch College and the local community. Its goals include raising awareness of the beneficial and significant contributions that volunteering has within a community as well as nation-wide, building an effective team that will uphold the value of volunteering and encourage other members of the Baruch community to freely give back to our society, and being a strong and visible voice that will work effectively with local volunteering organizations and lend a helping hand to those in need.

The positions of Volunteering Committee include but are not limited to:

• Vice Chair of Communications 

• Vice Chair of Events

Vice Chair of Fundraising

• Project Managers

b) Alumni Relations Committee:

Alumni Relations Committee strives to obtain and maintain a rich connection with Sigma Alpha Delta Alumni through valued relationships, enhance the legacy, pride and current developments of Sigma Alpha Delta by gathering knowledge of our history from our founders and builders, and honor the hard work, dedication, philanthropy, and achievements of Sigma Alpha Delta’s Alumni. Its goals include enhancing relationships with Alumni by obtaining more accurate records of our current Alumni and creating a standard for how we collect and find Alumni information in the future, highlighting and drafting an Alumni Story in each of our Bi-semester Sigma Newsletters and increasing Baruch College’s awareness of our efforts to reconnect with our Sigma Alpha Alumni. It specializes in increasing Sigma Alpha Delta Alumni participation at Sigma Alpha Delta current events, increasing Sigma Alpha Delta sponsorship by Alumni, hosting social events with Sigma Alpha Delta alumni and maintaining Sigma Alpha Delta Alumni appreciation web page on the Sigma Alpha Delta website.

The positions of Alumni Relations Committee include but are not limited to:

• Vice Chair of Historians

• Alumni Specialist (Database Team)

• Alumni Respondent (Database Team)

• Interviewer/Article Writer/ Editor (Biographies)

• Vice Chair of Alumni Database

• Vice Chair of Biographies

Internal Communicator

Historical Researcher/ Historical Scribe

c) Events Management Committee:

Events Management Committee strives to provide, develop, and execute objectives at hand vital for Sigma Alpha Delta. It assists, arranges and organizes organization’s members to formulate a cohesive committee which serves as the backbone to our organizational events. Its goals are to efficiently and effectively coordinate constructive events, to plan and utilize resources ahead of deadlines, to emphasize the allocation of funds that are available, to successfully execute events in all phases, and to continue to serve as ambassador to encourage qualified students to join.

The positions of Events Management Committee include but are not limited to:

• Vice-Chair of Event Planning

• Vice-Chair of Operations 

• Vice Chair of Finance

• Internal Communicator

• Supplies Specialist

• People Specialist

• Catering Specialist

d) Public Relations & Marketing Committee:

PR & Marketing Committee strives to effectively advertise all events, develop and strengthen relationships with prospective members, current members, faculty, student, organizations and alumni, effectively coordinate, modify and upgrade the different communication/IT resources (website, blogs, Facebook, blackboard), assist in the creation of Sigma Products, and provide opportunities for members to be active through various key positions. Its goals are to obtain and maintain strong relationships with students clubs and organizations, create, edit, and prepare the bi-semester Newsletter, obtain and maintain strong relationships with Faculty and Staff, advertise, get Sigma opinion into The Ticker and other communication mediums establish and maintain a PR Table and participate in Spring Fling and Club Fairs, run the Stress Relief Workshop, and develop promotional products and make them accessible for sales for Sigma members. 

The positions of PR & Marketing Committee include but are not limited t

• Vice Chair of Promotions

• Vice Chair of Graphics

• Vice Chair of Public Relations

e) Web Design and Technology Committee

Web Design and Technology Committee maintains an up to date website that serves as an essential communication tool to students and alumni. It also finds new ways to improve the website and its accessibility to alumni and other parties outside Baruch College.

The positions of Web Design and Technology Committee include but are not limited to:

• Vice Chair of Web Design & Technology

• Web Developer

• Internal Communicator

• Photographer

f) Career Development Committee

The Career Development Committee keeps members informed about upcoming job opportunities, reviews the resumes of Sigma Alpha Delta members, prepares members for job interviews, maintains and runs the Mentorship program and assists in the retention of Sigma Alpha Delta members.                                                                                                    

The positions of the Chair of Career Development include:

• Vice Chair of CD

• Vice Chair of Retention

g) Corporate Communications Department 

The Corporate Communications Department is in place to guide inducted members toward corporate networking opportunities. The Manager has two assistants who research job recruitment fairs. He/She then prepares members of the Society before attending these events. The positions of the Manager of the Corporate Communications Department include:

• Research Assistant

• Field Assistant

h) Executive Consultants

The Executive Consultants are voted in by the standing Executive Board. They can be any outstanding members of a previous Executive Board or any inducted member of the Society that the Executive Board deems suitable. They are in place to help guide the Executive Board toward success, as well as be available for advice. There can be up to 2 Executive Consultants. How they operate is at the discretion of the standing Executive Board.

B)   Responsibilities of the Executive Board

• Plan, develop and implement strategies, initiatives and programs, which promote an environment suitable for the continued learning and enhancement of all officers, committees and overall organization.

• Ensure that the organization, committees and officers reflect the values and best practices outlined in the constitution and bylaws.

• Maintain focus on service, academic achievement and tight bonds between members so to ensure that Sigma Alpha Delta has wider recognition as being Baruch College’s Honor Society.

• Work with other organizations by making decisions on co-sponsorships.

C)  Membership Benefits

• Sigma Alpha Delta provides Baruch’s Top Students with networking opportunities with a prestigious body of Alumni, Corporate Speakers as well as other bright students who are members of the Society. It also aims to allow students to bond among themselves and achieve self-fulfillment goals by providing services to other students. This, in turn, will compound their academic achievement with social and community achievements.

• You will get to know, interact and progress with your generation of Baruch’s best students and future Leaders.

• The Society will stay in touch with you as you progress after school and provide you with information, advice, and connections to your old friends and colleagues whenever necessary.

• Most Events, Social Meetings, and Parties are held conveniently on Friday evenings immediately after work (or weekends) for about two hours.

• Sigma Alpha Delta Honor Society also has programs which allow students to practice their skills and interact with people while in school. We have a variety of positions that will allow you to practice your management, leadership, and teamwork skills.

D)  The Oath of Membership

I do solemnly
promise to adhere to the
constitution, mission and bylaws

of Sigma Alpha Delta Honor
Society, to abide by its principles,
and to support the Society to the
best of my ability while a student
and after graduation.