Article 1. Purpose
Section 1. The purpose of this organization is to
promote scholarship in, and enjoyment and understanding of,
mathematics among high school (or two-year college) students.
Article 2. Name
Section 1. The name of this chapter shall be the chapter of Mu Alpha Theta.
Article 3. Sponsor
Section 1. The organization shall at all times have a designated sponsor.
Section 2. The national secretary-treasurer must be kept informed of the current sponsor's name,
email address, and the school’s address.
Article 4. Membership
Section 1. Students are classified as members or associates at high schools and members
at two-year colleges.
Section 2. Members are high school students in grades 9 through 12, at the school where their
permanent record resides, who have completed the equivalent of two years of college preparatory
mathematics, including algebra and geometry, and in addition have completed or are enrolled in a
still more advanced course, providing their mathematical work was done with distinction. On the
4-point grading scale, this shall mean at least a 3.0 grade point average. Two-year college students who
were members of Mu Alpha Theta in high school are immediately eligible for membership in their college's chapter. Students
are also eligible if they have had at least one mathematics course at or above the College Algebra/ Precalculus
level with a 3.0 GPA overall in all two-year college mathematics courses at or above the College Algebra/Precalculus
Section 3. Associates are high school students in grades 9 through 12, at the school where their permanent record
resides, who have completed one year of algebra, or its equivalent, with distinction and are currently enrolled in
a higher math course. Associates are not members of Mu Alpha Theta but are likely candidates for membership.
Associates do not pay the initiation fee but are eligible to be listed with the National Office, should they wish to
participate in Mu Alpha Theta national math contests. While they are not entitled to vote nor hold office in their
chapter, they are entitled to attend and be heard at meetings. Associates planning
to attend the national convention must be registered with the National Office. A student may remain an associate for
only one year and then, if eligible, must be inducted as a member of Mu Alpha Theta. Any student who is not eligible to
be made a member will be deleted as an associate, but may continue to participate in the math club
Section 4. Members shall demonstrate ability to work with others and to
conduct independent research, and shall possess qualities of industry, initiative,
and reliability. No student will be denied memership on account of race, religion,
color, creed, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual preference and/or physical disability.
Section 5. Selection of members shall be made by the Admissions
Committee (See Article 7) composed of the sponsor and the officers of the chapter.
(NOTE: The chapter may also include a section specifying attendance
requirements for continued membership in good standing. Certainly it is intended
that all members take an active part in the chapter. Because of the
difficulties in record keeping, however, the National Office does not
drop the names of students once they have been elected to membership.)
Article 5. Meetings
Section 1. The chapter shall meet regularly at a specified time that is
agreeable to both the Admissions Committee and the school administration.
Section 2. Meetings are open to all interested persons.
Section 3. At regular meetings, the program shall consist of a
mathematical presentation (e.g., talk, film, etc.), mathematical
enrichment and recreational topics, as well as conducting any necessary chapter business.
Section 4. In all matters of conduct not specifically addressed
in this constitution, the chapter shall be guided by Robert's Rules of Order.
Article 6. Officers
Section 1. The chapter officers shall be the following: president,
vice-president, secretary, and the treasurer.
Section 2. Election of officers shall take place during the final regular Spring meeting.
Section 3. The term of office is one school year.
Section 4. An officer may not hold the same office for more than one year.
Article 7. Duties of Officers
Section 1. The President shall be the chief executive officer of
the chapter. He or she shall preside at all business sessions, and it
shall be the duty of the president to direct the activities of the organization.
Section 2. The Vice-President shall perform the duties of the President
at times when the President is absent, and shall also serve as Program Chairman
Section 3. The secretary shall keep an accurate record of all proceedings. He
or she shall, with the approval of the sponsor, certify the names of new members,
forwarding these (together with initiation fees) to the National Office within one
month of initiation.
Section 4. The Treasurer shall, with the help of the chapter sponsor, handle all money belonging to the Chapter
and shall maintain an accurate record of financial transactions.
(NOTE: There are no national dues other than the original $10.00 initiation
fee. Each chapter is free to assess local dues if desired. Typically, chapter funds are kept in a school account.)
Section 5. The officers shall serve with the sponsors as the
Admissions Committee and Executive Committee, having authority to
transact all routine business and to select new members of the chapter.
Article 8. Emblems
Section 1. Each member of this chapter shall be entitled to wear the Mu Alpha Theta
insignia (buttons, pins, charms, patches, medallions, tassels, or t-shirts) available
from the National Office and honor cords or tassels at graduation.
(Price lists and descriptions of items can be found online at our website.)
Article 9. Constitution
Section 1. Concurrence of two-thirds of the members shall be required to accept this constitution.
Section 2. Any amendment to this constitution must be presented by a
member in the form of a motion during a business meeting. It must
then be placed on the table until the following meeting, at which time it will
become effective provided it is passed by a two-thirds majority of the members.
Section 3. The local chapter constitution must not violate any stipulation of the national constitution.
(NOTE: The National Constitution is available on the website under http://www.mualphatheta.org/About_Us/Governance.aspx)
Section 4. By-laws may be adopted to amplify the constitution and to take care of details.