Sigma Zeta Constitution

2016 Edition

This constitution was originally adopted on May 19, 1934, and was subsequently amended in 1935, 1939, 1942, 1947, 1952, 1953, 1956, 1959, 1971, 1977, 1998, 2005, 2008, 2010, and 2016. This 2016 edition incorporates these amendments. 


The name of this organization shall be SIGMA ZETA - A National Science and Mathematics Honor Society. 


The purpose of this society is two-fold: (1) to encourage and foster and (2) to recognize and honor scholarly achievement in the natural sciences, computer sciences, and mathematics. 


Section 1. Collegiate Chapter. A collegiate chapter of this society may be organized in any institution of college or university rank offering a curriculum leading to the baccalaureate degree. 

Section 2. Associate Chapter. An associate chapter of this society may be organized in an institution of junior college rank offering a two year curriculum which may be applicable toward a baccalaureate degree. 


Section 1. Membership Types. Membership shall be of three types: regular, graduate, and honorary. Any person elected to membership in the society shall remain a member unless he resigns from the society. Members who are alumni are encouraged to help the society and its local chapters whenever possible. 

Section 2. Regular Membership. (a) Any college student whose major is in any of the natural sciences, computer science, or mathematics, who has completed the equivalent of 25 semester hours toward his degree, including 15 semester hours in the natural sciences or mathematics and who has a grade point average of 3.00 (A=4.00) in the sciences and mathematics and a grade point average of 3.00 in all subjects including the sciences and mathematics, shall be eligible for election to active membership. If other rating scales are used, an equivalent grade point ratio shall be required. If the student has previously attended other institutions of higher education, the grades attained there shall be included in computing the science-mathematics ratio and the cumulative ratio mentioned above. 

(b) All faculty members who teach any of the natural sciences or mathematics shall be eligible for election to active membership. 

Section 3. Graduate Membership. Any graduate student majoring in any of the natural sciences or mathematics upon recommendation by a faculty member and after satisfactory completion of one semester or one quarter of graduate work meets the minimum qualifications for active membership. 

Section 4. Honorary Membership. Persons of distinction in the natural sciences or mathematics may be elected to honorary membership. All honorary memberships must be approved by the Executive Council. 

Section 5. Certificate. A certificate of membership shall be issued to all members by the Executive Director. 


Section 1. Description. The insignia for members shall be the official badge of the Society which consists of an open book on which is superimposed the Greek letters “Σ“ and “Ζ“; three erect books; a fourth book leaning against the others; and a retort. Behind the open book is a key. 

Section 2. Colors. The official colors shall be blue and white. 


Section 1. The Society. The Society of Sigma Zeta shall consist of the Executive Council and the collegiate or associate chapters as chartered. 

Section 2. National Chapter. A National Chapter shall be organized during the annual convention. The National Chapter shall consist of the Executive Council and all collegiate or associate chapter members attending the convention. 

Section 3. Executive Council. The Executive Council shall consist of a President, President-elect, Past President, Executive Director, Treasurer, Publicist, Historian, Webmaster, and Student Representative. The members of the Council shall be elected by delegates of the National Chapter during the annual convention and will begin service at the time of election. The President shall be elected to serve for three years, first as President-elect, then the following year as President and then as Past President. The Past President, President, and President-elect may not succeed themselves except in the event an eligible successor is not available; and in no event shall these officers serve more than two successive terms in the same office. The Executive Director, Treasurer, Publicist, Historian, and Webmaster may be elected to successive terms. The Student Representative shall be elected to serve for one year. 

Section 4. No person shall be eligible to election to a national office other than an alumnus or a faculty member of the society, with the exception of the Student Representative, who must be a current active member of the society. 


Section 1. The National Chapter shall be the supreme governing body of the Society, and in the interim between conventions, the Executive Council shall perform this duty. 

Section 2. A National Convention shall be held annually at such time and place as the National Chapter may decide. 

Section 3. Upon all matters except the election of officers and amendments to the constitution the delegates to the Convention shall vote as individuals. 

Section 4. Each attending chapter should appoint one of its members as a voting delegate for the purpose of representing the chapter where appropriate. The election of officers and amendments to the constitution shall be determined by a vote of these delegates at the national convention. 

Section 5. The actions of the National Chapter or the Executive Council are not subjected to ratification by the regular or associate chapters unless otherwise corrected in the constitution. 


Section 1. President. The duties of the President shall be to enforce and uphold the constitution of the Society, to preside at meetings of the Society, to appoint national committees, and to call, when occasion demands, special meetings of the Executive Council. 

Section 2. President-elect. The duties of the President-elect shall be to perform the duties of the President in the absence or disability of that officer, to function in such positions as assigned by the Executive Council, and to become familiar with the operation of the National Chapter in preparation for assuming the office of President. 

Section 3. Past President. The duties of the Past President shall be: to supplement and advise the President, to promote the expansion of the Society through recruitment of new chapters, to reactivate inactive chapters, and to promote regional activities.

Section 4. Executive Director. The duties of the Executive Director shall be: (1) to maintain a complete list of the active and honorary members of the constituent chapters and to issue certificates of membership from the national office; (2) to carry out all correspondence of the society; (3) to select and maintain supplies of appropriate stationary, jewelry and related items which carry the Sigma Zeta logo; (4) to carry out the responsibility of representing the organization in official matters or public relations; and (5) to select and supervise the national office staff. 

Section 5. Treasurer. The duties of the Treasurer shall be: (1) to keep accurate account of all income, receipts and expenditures; (2) to pay out money as ordered by the National Chapter and the Executive Council; (3) to maintain and submit appropriate non-profit documentation; and (4) to make a written report of said accounting to the Executive Council at each National Convention, where this report will be audited by an appointed committee. 

Section 6. Historian. The duties of the Historian shall be: (1) to collect material and complete a faithful history of the Society; (2) to be responsible for all books, papers, and writings of the Society committed to his/her care; and (3) to produce the annual edition of the Sigma Zeta scrapbook. 

Section 7. Publicist. The duties of the Publicist shall be: (1) to edit and supervise the publication of all official papers of the society and (2) to keep a faithful record of all of the proceedings of each meeting. 

Section 8. Webmaster. The duties of the Webmaster shall be: (1) to maintain and update news, information, pictures, documents, forms, the public chapter and advisor list, National Convention information, and links on the society’s web site and (2) to maintain and update the society’s e-mail list. 

Section 9. Student Representative. The duties of the Student Representative shall be: (1) to elicit feedback and suggestions from student and alumni members for improvements to the society; (2) to be a full voting member of the Executive Council; and (3) to be able to serve his/her entire one-year term prior to graduation. 

Section 10. Each National Officer shall make a report to the National Convention at its annual meeting and an interim report at the business meeting of the Executive Council. 


Section 1. New chapters may be admitted to the Society on petition to the Executive Council. 

Section 2. This petition shall be signed by not fewer than ten persons qualified for active membership, including two or more faculty members of 23 


department of the natural sciences, computer sciences, or mathematics; it shall give such information as the Executive Council shall designate. 

Section 3. The charter fee shall be determined by the Executive Council. 

Section 4. Upon receipt of a petition, subject to approval of the Executive Council, the charter shall be issued. 

Section 5. A new chapter shall be installed at the site by a member of the Executive Council or their representatives. 

Section 6. (a) Collegiate chapters shall be named from the Greek alphabet in the order of their installation. (b) Associate chapters shall be named according to the name of the school at which they are established. 


The initiation fee for each category of membership shall be determined by the Executive Council with the approval of the National Chapter assembled in convention. 


The Executive Council shall be responsible for publishing the constitution, ritual, certificates of membership, and all other forms for the transaction of business. 


Each local chapter shall submit an annual written report of their activities to the Publicist before June 1 of each year. 


Any proposed amendment to this constitution shall be submitted to the Executive Council, and if approved by a majority of the Council, shall in turn be submitted to the constituent chapters at least 30 days in advance of the National Convention, at which time this amendment shall be considered for adoption; if approved by two-thirds of the chapters reporting to or represented at the National Convention, it shall be adopted and become immediately effective. 


BETA (1926) - McKendree University, Lebanon, Illinois 62254
GAMMA (1927) - Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia 23219
EPSILON (1929) - Otterbein College, Westerville, Ohio 430081
LAMBDA (1936) - Mansfield University, Mansfield, Pennsylvania 16933
MU (1937) - Mankato State University, Mankato, Minnesota 56001
XI (1938) - Ball Sate University, Muncie, Indiana 47306
PI (1943) - Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois 62522
RHO (1943) - University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana 46227
SIGMA (1944) - Our Lady of the Lake University of San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas 78207
TAU (1947) - East Stroudsburg State College, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania 18301
UPSILON (1948) - Anderson University, Anderson, Indiana 46012
PHI (1948) - Eureka College, Eureka, Illinois 61530
CHI (1951) - Missouri Valley College, Marshall, Missouri 65340
PSI (1956) - Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg, Missouri 64093
ALPHA BETA (1963) - Campbellsville University, Campbellsville, Kentucky 42718
ALPHA GAMMA (1969) - Malone University, Canton, Ohio 44709
ALPHA DELTA (1969) - Newman University, Witchita, Kansas 67213
ALPHA EPSILON (1969) - Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Indiana 46952
ALPHA ZETA (1969) - Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana 47809
ALPHA ETA (1969) - Olivet College, Olivet, Michigan 49076
ALPHA THETA (1970) - Asbury University, Wilmore, Kentucky 40390
ALPHA KAPPA (1970) - University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, Indiana 47712
ALPHA LAMBDA (1970) - Suffolk University, Boston, Massachusetts 02114
ALPHA MU (1971) - Immaculata College, Immaculata, Pennsylvania 19345
ALPHA NU (1971) - Oglethrope University, Atlanta, Georgia 30319
ALPHA XI (1971) - University of Virginia at Wise, Wise, Virginia 24293
ALPHA PI (1972) - Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, Tennessee 37201
ALPHA RHO (1972) - Stonehill College, North Easton, Massachusetts 02356
ALPHA SIGMA (1972) - Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, South Dakota 57301
ALPHA UPSILON (1975) - Union University, Jackson, Tennessee 38301
ALPHA PHI (1975) - Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New York 12601
ALPHA CHI (1976) - Eastern University, St. Davids, Pennsylvania 19087
ALPHA PSI (1976) - Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Michigan 49242
ALPHA OMEGA (1976) - St. Mary of the Woods College, Terre Haute, Indiana 47876
BETA ALPHA (1977) - Lyndon State College, Lyndonville, Vermont 05851
BETA BETA (1978) - George W. Fox University, Newberg, Oregon 97132
BETA GAMMA (1978) - Columbia College, Columbia Missouri 65216
BETA EPSILON (1979) - Arcadia University, Glenside, Pennsylvania 19038
BETA ZETA (1981) - Cabrini College, Radnor, Pennsylvania 19087
BETA IOTA (1983) - Bethel University, St. Paul, Minnesota 55112
BETA THETA (1983) - Belhaven University, Jackson, Mississippi 39202
BETA ETA (1985) - Evangel College, Springfield, Missouri 65807
BETA KAPPA (1991) - Kentucky Wesleyan College, Owensboro, Kentucky 42302
BETA LAMBDA (1993) - Messiah College, Grantham, Pennsylvania 17027
BETA MU (1994) - Costal Carolina University, Conway, South Carolina 29526
BETA DELTA (1996) - Gwynedd Mercy College, Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania 19437
Somerset Associate Chapter* (1997) - Somerset Community College, Somerset, Kentucky 42501
BETA NU (1997) –Houghton College, Houghton, New York 14744
BETA XI (1999) - University of Pikeville, Pikeville, Kentucky, 41501
BETA OMICRON (2001) - Madonna University, Livonia, Michigan 48150
BETA PI (2004) - University of Arkansas/Monticello, Monticello, Arkansas 71656
BETA RHO (2005) - Castleton University, Castleton, Vermont 05735
Alpena Associate Chapter* (2005) - Alpena Community College, Alpena, Michigan 49707
BETA SIGMA (2007) - Baker University, Baldwin City, Kansas 66006
BETA TAU (2008) - Gardner-Webb University, Boiling Springs, North Carolina 28017
BETA UPSILON (2009) Marygrove College, Detroit, Michigan 48221
BETA PHI (2009) College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, Missouri 65726
BETA CHI (2011) Walsh University, 2020 East Maple Street North Canton Ohio
BETA PSI (2011) Martin University,2171 Avondale Place Indianapolis Indiana
BETA OMEGA (2011) Virginia Wesleyan University, 1584 Wesleyan Drive, Norfolk, VA 23502
GAMMA ALPHA (2011) Chestnut Hill College, 9601 Germantown Avenue Philadelphia, PA, 19118
GAMMA BETA (2011) Concord University, Athens, WV 24712
GAMMA GAMMA (2012) Concordia College, Moorhead, MN 56562
GAMMA DELTA (2012) The Master's University, Santa Clarita, CA 91321 
GAMMA EPSILON (2012) Franklin Pierce University, Rindge, NH 03461
GAMMA ZETA  (2012) St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY 10976
GAMMA ETA (2012) Marian University, Indianapolis, IN 46222
GAMMA THETA (2013) Georgian Court University, Lakewood, NJ 08701
GAMMA IOTA (2013)  Neumann University, Aston, PA 19014
GAMMA KAPPA (2014) Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar, MO 65613
College of the Canyons Associate Chapter* (2014) 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, CA 91355
GAMMA LAMBDA (2015) Missouri Baptist University, St. Louis, MO 63141
GAMMA MU (2015) Baptist College of Health Sciences, Memphis, TN 38104
GAMMA NU (2015) Chowan University, Murfreesboro, NC 27855
GAMMA XI (2015) King's College, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
GAMMA OMICRON (2015) Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA 19131
GAMMA PI (2017) Warner University, Lake Wales, FL 33859
GAMMA RHO (2017) Miami Dade College, InterAmerican Campus, Miami, FL 33135

* Associate Chapter