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Mayo Honor Society By Laws

Rochester Public Schools Honor Society

Century-Mayo-John Marshall High School By-laws


Article I: Name

The name of each chapter shall be the Century High School Honor Society, John Marshall High School Honor Society, and Mayo High School Honor Society, which are all chapters of the Rochester Public Schools Honor Society. All three chapters are governed by these by-laws which supersede those of any other organization.


Article II: Purpose

The purpose of each chapter shall be to recognize students who exhibit the qualities and characteristics of leadership, high academic standing, honorable character, and service to others. Once inducted, each chapter will offer additional opportunities for students to further cultivate character by providing leadership and service opportunities to benefit the school, the district, and the broader community.


Article III: Selection of Members

Section 1: Members must be in the junior or senior year of high school. Newly enrolled students may not apply until they have one full semester of grades at high school.


Section 2: Eligible students must meet the following criteria:

  1. have a 3.5 weighted GPA (Grade Point Average)
  2. be involved in extracurricular activities and have participated in community service
  3. be able to provide character references, and have no significant attendance and/or discipline problems in their freshman through current years


Section 3: All students who qualify for Honor Society admission are eligible to apply, and each high school will post site-specific application guidelines.


Section 4: An Honor Society Faculty Council, made up of five teachers selected by the school principal, will determine whether or not a student will be accepted or denied membership to the Honor Society based on the strength of the student's application and qualifications. All admission decisions will be made by the Faculty Council and confirmed by the Honor Society Advisor(s). Advisors will not serve on the Council; they will manage all club activities, including working with officers and members and facilitating service opportunities.


Article IV: Dismissal of Members


Section 1: Members can be dismissed by advisors and/or school administrators if they fail to meet Honor Society expectations. Failure to meet expectations will result in probation for a semester for less serious violations (see section 2). If a member fails to meet expectations after being placed on probation she/he will be dismissed at the end of the semester. Serious violations of the Honor Society expectations may lead to immediate removal (see section 3).


Section 2: The following will result in probation:

a) Failure to keep a 3.5 or above weighted GPA

b) Failure to complete service or submit service hours by published end dates.

c) Failure to attend mandatory meetings

d) Level 1 violations of the RPS Code of Student Conduct (see “Student Behavior Handbook”)

If a member fails to meet the requirements listed in Section 2 by the end of the probationary term, her/his membership will be terminated.


Immediate Removal

Section 3: The following flagrant violations of the Honor Society expectations will result in immediate termination of membership:

  1. Dishonest reporting of service hours
  2. (Seniors only) Failing to meet service hour requirements by final reporting date in May.

c) Level 2 violations of the RPS Code of Student Conduct (see “Student Behavior Handbook”)

d) Any other violation of signed MSHSL participation agreement


Section 4: A member who is dismissed or placed on probation (by advisors and/or school administrators) may appeal the decision to the school administrator in charge of overseeing the Honor Society. Appeals must be received within five school days from the date of probation/dismissal letter. The administrator may send the student's appeal to the Rochester Public Schools District Activities Council. All decisions made by the District Activities Council are final.


Article V: Service Hours

Section 1: Service hours are required to be completed by members every semester.

Section 2: Service hours requirements and reporting:

  • The Honor Society membership requires a minimum of 20 hours of service per semester, and each high school may require specific parameters for hours based on the goals of site leadership, advisors and officers.
  • Service hours must be submitted within one week of completion.
  • Failure to complete and document hours the second semester of the senior year will result in dismissal and forfeiture of the NHS cord worn at graduation.
  • Failure to complete and document hours will result in probation or dismissal as outlined in Article IV.


Article VI: Officers

Section 1: The officers of this chapter shall be President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary.

Section 2: The duties of these officers will be determined by the chapter’s Advisor(s).

Section 3: Offices may be added/removed as circumstances dictate.


Article VII: Election of officers

Section 1: Officer elections will occur each spring

Section 2: In the event of a tie, the duty will be shared by the members.


Article VIII: Meetings and Communication

Section 1: Honor Society meetings will be held once per month, unless circumstances dictate otherwise, in which case, changes will be communicated promptly. The meetings will consist of a short address from the President and/or other officers and an update on the goings-on of the chapter.

Section 2: Meetings are mandatory for all members (note exception in Section 3 below). Failure to attend a meeting will result in probation; a second unexcused meeting absence will result in dismissal.

Section 3: Should an illness or other unanticipated/unavoidable reason for absence from a meeting occur, member will communicate with advisor(s) prior to absence or as soon as possible thereafter. Advisors will determine appropriate make-up.

Section 4: Members are expected to adhere to communication tools as set forth by chapter leadership; failure to check is not an acceptable excuse for missing information.


Article IX: By-law changes

Section 1: Changes can be proposed by any member of the chapter, though for the sake of consistency, by-laws will typically not change during an academic year.

Section 2: Proposed changes will be considered by the officers and advisors, usually in the summer, prior to the fall start of an academic year.

Section 3: By-laws will be posted for all members.

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