Governing Bylaws of The Eureka High School
Chapter of The National Honor Society
  1. Candidates for membership must meet the following criteria:
    1. accumulate adequate credits to be deemed at least junior standing
    2. have attended Eureka High School for at least one semester
    3. establish a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.5 on a non-weighted grade scale
    4. complete a candidacy form by the established deadline
    5. present three teacher recommendation forms concerning leadership and character by the established deadline date; two must be core teachers and the third may be an elective teacher or coach
    6. candidates filling out all forms are not guaranteed selection
  2. Members of the NHS must maintain the following criteria:
    1. Maintain academic eligibility of a cumulative 3.5 GPA. Members' eligibility will be checked each semester by the NHS advisor. A junior member will be placed on probation the following semester if his/her GPA falls below a cumulative 3.5. That member will be reinstated if the GPA is raised to 3.5 or better by the end of that probationary semester; if not, the member will be notified that he/she has been dropped from NHS membership. A senior member whose GPA falls below the required 3.5 GPA at the end of the first semester, will have grades checked at midterm of his last semester. If the member's grades are still below the minimum requirement, that member will lose the privilege of being recognized as a member of the NHS at graduation ceremonies.
    2. Complete fifteen (15) hours of service to the school and community during the school calendar year through activities organized by the NHS. Hours may not be credited for those activists that are part of another club or organization in which the member is active.
      1. Failure of juniors to complete the required hours will result in notification that his/her membership has been terminated and cannot be reinstated the following year.
      2. Senior members of the NHS who do not earn the required hours by the deadline date lose the privilege of being recognized as a member of the NHS at graduation ceremonies and will not receive the blue and gold National Honor Society cords and tassels
      3. Hours earned during the summer will be counted only for the following school year.
  3. Membership in the National Honor Society may be terminated with due process at the discretion of the chapter advisor, faculty council and/or principal for any of the following:
    1. Criminal Conviction
    2. Violation of any of the school's major or minor conduct rules as stated in the student handbook.
    3. Illegal, immoral, or unethical behavior which damages the reputation of the National Honor Society, the school, or the student.
    4. Failure to correct a situation for which a member is placed on probation by the end of the semester of that probation (i.e. academic or service). A hearing is not required in this instance.
      1. In the event that it has been determined that one of the above situations applies to a member of the NHS, due process will include:
        1. Written notification to the student of the intention to have a hearing with the NHS Board and advisor.
        2. A hearing with the members of the NHS Board, NHS advisor, and the student, giving that student the opportunity to present reasons that that dismissal shouldn't take place.
        3. A vote by the Board on dismissal. A majority vote of the Board will result in dismissal and the student will be informed of such action in writing.
        4. Dismissal will mean the loss of all rights and privileges as a member of the NHS, and according to national guidelines, once a student has been dismissed, he/she may never again be a member of the NHS.
  4. The National Honor Society advisor, with the assistance of the chapter secretary, will maintain the records of each individual member tracking service hours. All hours must be completed by an established date at the end of the school year. The deadline date will be no less than one week prior to the last day of final exams.
  5. The officers of the National Honor Society will be elected in the spring preceding the year in which they serve office. The offices will include President, Vice-president, Secretary, Treasurer, Historian (may be one to two officers) and Student Council Representative. Specific duties of each will include but not be limited to:
    1. President-preside at NHS meetings, organize (with the advisor) the induction ceremony, establish a moneymaking event for the school year.
    2. Vice-President- preside at NHS meetings in the absence of the President, organize group service projects.
    3. Secretary- set up calendar and related correspondence for events, record the minutes of the NHS meetings, help maintain records of service hours
    4. Treasurer-monitor all monetary transactions of the NHS
    5. Student Council Representative- Represent the NHS at the Student Council meetings, assist the President with the induction ceremony
  6. The National Honor Society yearly induction will be held on or about the first or second week of September each year.
  7. Money in the NHS fund will be carried over from year to year.
  8. The National Honor Society will meet on a monthly basis, or as needed, at 8:00 on a Friday morning to conduct business.