Constitution of the Interfraternity Council at Winthrop University
We, the members of the Interfraternity Council at Winthrop University, Rock Hill, South Carolina, with the shared goals of strengthening the fraternity system to achieve mutual harmony, educational, social, and cultural success, and to maintain an effective interfraternal government, do hereby establish this constitution.
Name and Membership
The name of this organization shall be "The Interfraternity Council at Winthrop University" and may be abbreviated as "IFC." All organizations that have fulfilled the requirements of the membership in IFC shall hereinafter be referred to as "Chapters." The Chapters will be all duly chartered men's Greek letter organizations with national governing headquarters, specifically, no local organizations.
The Interfraternity Council at Winthrop University shall strive to achieve the following:
Equal Opportunity Statement
Although individual fraternities may have their own requirements; IFC does not discriminate on the basis of race, physical or mental handicap, color, national origin, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, or creed, in an effort to recruit and develop members from diverse backgrounds.
Executive Council ("EC")
The Executive Council of the IFC shall be composed of the following members: President, Vice-President, Vice-President of Judicial Affairs, and Vice-President of Administrative Affairs.
The term of each office is one calendar year.
In order to be elected to and maintain the elected position on the IFC, the following requirements must be met by each candidate:
The President shall:
The Vice-President shall:
The Vice-President of Judicial Affairs shall:
The Vice-President of Administrative Affairs shall:
Section 7. Removal from Office
The General Assembly will consist of the EC and two Representatives from each Chapter made up of the President and one Member-at-Large.
Every member of IFC shall have two Representatives, not including members of the IFC Executive Council. These members are made up of the chapter President and an appointed permanent delegate. The permanent delegate has full voting privileges even if the chapter President is not in attendance. In the permanent delegate cannot attend a regularly scheduled IFC meeting, the chapter may send a temporary representative in his stead, but this temporary representative must be accompanied by the chapter President in order to have voting privileges. In the event the only person in attendance is the chapter President, the chapter will still have voting privileges as not to impede business, but they will be fined as being absent.
The Interfraternity Council requires each of its member chapters to pay a fee of $12.00 per member including new members each semester (fall and spring).
New members are considered those men who are pledged into each chapter and established on the roster. If a new member is not initiated a refund or credit will not be given.
Chapters must meet the following requirements to remain in good standing with the Interfraternity Council. If these fundamental requirements are not met, then the chapter will immediately be placed on probation.
A fraternity may be suspended from the IFC for financial indebtedness or misconduct by decision of the Fraternal Conduct Board. Suspension will result in loss of all IFC privileges.
A suspended fraternity will be reinstated as members in full after the suspension criteria established by the Fraternal Conduct Board or any outstanding financial obligations to the IFC have been satisfied.
A fraternity shall be expelled from the IFC only if no less than two-thirds (2/3) of the entire General Assembly votes for that fraternity's expulsion. A Chapter shall be automatically expelled from the IFC in the following events:
Amendments and Policies
The Winthrop University Interfraternity Council will not tolerate hazing by any of the member organizations. The Winthrop University Board of Trustees defines hazing as:"…any action taken or situation created, intentionally, whether on or off campus premises, to produce physical or mental discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule. Such activities and situations include paddling of any form, creation of excessive fatigue, physical and psychological shock, quests, treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, road trips, or any other such activities carried on, in or outside of the confines of the house; wearing publicly apparel which is conspicuous and not normally in good taste; engaging in public stunts and buffoonery; morally degrading humiliating games and activities, and any other activities which are not consistent with the regulations and policies of Winthrop University."Any violations of hazing will not be tolerated and will be reported directly to the Fraternal Conduct Board and the Dean of Students.
Section 1. Educational Programs
Section 2. IFC-Sponsored Events
b) If an IFC Chapter has a semester GPA below a 2.50 for the second consecutive semester they will be referred to the Fraternal Conduct Board for further assistance in maintaining their standing as a recognized Greek organization on Winthrop University's campus
Revised:October 28, 2011