Phi Upsilon Omicron

About Phi U - Bylaws

Article I:  Name

Section 1. Name of National Organization - The name of this national honor society in family and consumer sciences and related areas shall be Phi Upsilon Omicron, Inc.

Section 2. Name of Collegiate Chapters - The collegiate chapters of Phi Upsilon Omicron, Inc. shall be named in the order of their formation from the letters of the Greek alphabet. When the alphabet is exhausted, it will be repeated with a Greek alphabetical prefix. 

Section 3. Name of Alumni Chapters - An alumni chapter located in the same city with a collegiate chapter shall take the Greek letter name of the collegiate chapter or the name of the city or area. An alumni chapter in a city where no collegiate chapter exists shall be named for the city or area in which it is located.

Article II: Purposes

Section 1.  The purposes of Phi Upsilon Omicron are to recognize and promote academic excellence, develop qualities of leadership by providing opportunities for service, and encourage lifelong learning and commitment to advance family and consumer sciences and related areas. 

Section 2.  Phi Upsilon Omicron is organized exclusively for charitable, educational and scientific purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code. 

Article III: Membership

Section 1. Types of membership - The membership of this organization shall be open to men and women (without discrimination of any type) who meet the requirements for eligibility listed below and shall consist of collegiate, alumni, local honorary, and national honorary members. 

Section 2. Membership Areas - Membership areas will include, but not be limited to, those recognized by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Section 3. Selection of Collegiate Chapter Members - Collegiate chapters shall elect members from a list of those scholastically eligible and approved by the chapter advisors. A majority vote at a regular business meeting is necessary for election to membership. Initiation at a chapter ceremony is required of those elected to membership.

a.   Undergraduate Students - An undergraduate student shall be eligible to be a collegiate member of a chapter if the individual:

(1)  has completed a minimum of 36 semester hours, 50 quarter hours, or the equivalent. The hours must include 6 hours of course work in areas including, but not limited to, those recognized by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

(2)  is majoring in family and consumer sciences or one of its related areas in an institution where a chapter is established;

(3)  ranks not lower than the highest thirty-five per cent of their class in general scholarship.

(4) exhibits the potential for professional and community leadership;

(5) demonstrates a spirit of service; and,

(6) exemplifies character through personal integrity and professional attitude.

b.   Transfer Students - A transfer student shall become eligible for membership after the completion of one semester or two quarters and after meeting eligibility requirements. A review of the individual’s cumulative record of scholarship, leadership, and character must be made.

c.  Graduate Students - A graduate student enrolled in family and consumer sciences or related area shall be eligible for membership when the following criteria are met:

(1) when the student has completed 12 semester hours or its equivalent in courses in family and consumer sciences and related areas. The student is not required to hold a bachelor's degree in family and consumer sciences, but may have earned the degree in an allied area. The student may or may not have come from an institution where there is a collegiate chapter of Phi Upsilon Omicron, Inc.

(2) when the student's undergraduate record has been evaluated and shows that the student's scholarship meets the requirements for membership, then the other criteria for membership should be carefully considered. The grade point average for a graduate student should be a minimum of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale. It is also of utmost importance, especially for those students who do not have a bachelor's degree in family and consumer sciences, to determine their potential leadership, interest in, and dedication to the field of family and consumer sciences.

A graduate student may choose to become a collegiate member with the privileges and obligations of an undergraduate member or a member of a local alumni chapter.

Section 4. Transfer of Collegiate Membership - Any member who moves from the initiating chapter to an institution where a chapter is established and wishes to affiliate with that chapter shall write to the Executive Director, asking that verification of initiation be sent to the chapter with which affiliation is desired.

Section 5. Local Honorary Members - A local honorary membership may be conferred upon a person who is active in family and consumer sciences or an allied field, exhibits the qualities of Phi Upsilon Omicron membership, and can be expected to make a contribution to the collegiate chapter.

a.  Election Procedure - Collegiate chapters may nominate an individual for local honorary membership. Following the unanimous approval of chapter advisors, a three