Grand Chapter

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This article is about the governing body comprised of delegates from every Chapter. For the article about the annual delegate conference, see Grand Chapter Conference.


The Grand Chapter is an assembly of delegates composed of representatives from each Collegiate Chapter, each Alumni Chapter, the National Alumni Association and the members of the National Council. The Grand Chapter is described in National Constitution Article V, Section 2 as the supreme governing body of Phi Sigma Pi: "All final legislative powers of Phi Sigma Pi shall be vested in the Grand Chapter." The Grand Chapter is required to meet "at least once every two (2) years" (NC AXIII, S1), but traditionally meets annually during the summer months at the Grand Chapter Conference.

History

In 1922, amendments to the National Constitution created the Biennial Conclave of the Grand Chapter. The Conclave would bring the fraternity together every two years to conduct business. This was later changed to become an annual occurrence.

Composition

The National Constitution in Article V: Grand Chapter, Section 1 states "The Grand Chapter shall be an assembly of delegates comprised of the National Officers, representatives of each Collegiate Chapter, representatives of each Alumni Chapter, and representatives of the National Alumni Association."

Voting Rights

In all sessions of the Grand Chapter, each National Officer, Collegiate Chapter, Alumni Chapter, and National Alumni Association delegate in good standing shall have one (1) vote.

The 2007 Grand Chapter approved a Constitutional amendment to establish two at-large NAA delegate and alternate positions. These delegates are granted the same rights as the Alumni Chapter delegates.

The 2009 Grand Chapter approved a Constitutional amendment to grant Alumni delegates from Alumni Chapters and the National Alumni Association full voting rights.

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