Constitution

ΔΩ Delta Omega Society
Beta Upsilon Chapter
University of Florida

CONSTITUTION

In accordance with the Constitution and Bylaws of Delta Omega, the Beta Upsilon Chapter hereby promulgates the following Constitution:

1.   Name
The name of this organization shall be the Beta Upsilon Chapter, Delta Omega Society.

2.   Purpose
The purpose of the Chapter shall be to encourage and recognize excellence in practice, research, education and academic achievement in the field of public health.

3.   Officers

a. The officers of the Chapter shall consist of an Immediate-Past President, a President, a President-elect, and two members at large.

b. The officers of the Chapter shall be elected by a vote of the majority of the Chapter members present at the annual Delta Omega Beta Upsilon Chapter meeting. Elections will be held annually for the offices of President-Elect and members-at-large. The President-Elect will serve one year in that position, and then assume a one-year term as President, followed by another one-year term as Immediate-Past President of the Chapter. The officers shall assume their duties as of July 1, following the annual meeting.

c. The President shall appoint a nominating committee, at least four months prior to the annual meeting of his/her term, consisting of a chairperson and at least two other members, which shall submit nominations for officers, as appropriate. All active members are eligible and may serve up to three terms.

d. If any officer in the Chapter is unable to complete his or her term, the remaining officers shall appoint a replacement that will serve until the next election by the Chapter.

4.   Executive Committee
The Executive Committee of the Chapter shall consist of five elected officers: President, President-elect, Immediate-Past President, and two members-at-large, who serve one-year terms in their respective positions. The Executive Committee also includes an Executive Secretary, who is a member of the chapter appointed by the Dean. The function of the Executive Committee is to advise the President on policy and other issues. The Executive Secretary also serves as liaison between the Chapter and the College and maintains records of activities and members for Chapter use and reports to the National Society.

5.   Chapter Council
The Chapter Council shall consist of the Executive Committee, together with one faculty representative of Delta Omega from each of the public health concentrations in the College (Biostatistics, Environmental and Global Health, Epidemiology, Health Services Research, Management and Policy, and Social and Behavioral Sciences) and the Public Health Practice concentration in the MPH program. The Chapter Council will solicit nominations and elect new members of the Chapter annually.

6.   Membership
There shall be two classes of members of the Chapter, as follows:

a.  Active members:
     a.  who shall be elected by the Chapter from among members of the faculty, alumni, and qualified students.

b.  Honorary members:
     a.  who shall be elected by the Chapter. This membership shall be limited, and conferred only upon persons possessing exceptional qualifications, who have attained meritorious distinction in the field of public health. The chapter may also nominate honorary members to the National Society.

7.   Annual Meeting
There shall be held annually a meeting of the Chapter at which time officers shall be elected and society business conducted, including planning activities for the subsequent year.

8.   Emblem
The emblem of the Chapter is the same as that of the Society: a gold key with circular center, with the Greek letters Delta Omega engraved on the obverse.

9.   Bylaws
The Chapter may adopt bylaws for the further regulation of the Chapter, within the guidelines set forth in the Constitution and Bylaws of the Delta Omega Society. Bylaws shall be drafted by the Chapter Council and approved by two-thirds vote of Chapter members who attend the annual meeting.

10.  Amendments
This constitution may be amended by two-thirds vote of the Chapter members who attend the annual meeting.

 

Approved by the Delta Omega Beta Upsilon Chapter, November 30, 2015.