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Tau Epsilon Petition (Clemson University) out for approval

Friday, October 27, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Thomas Fox
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At its meeting held on October 21, 2017, the Executive Council, assured that the provisional chapter had met the requirements for chapter acceptance, unanimously supported the request to submit the Tau Epsilon Provisional’s petition to the chapters with the recommendation that it be approved and the 49th Chapter of Psi Upsilon be installed at Clemson University.

Article IV of the Constitution provides for the establishment of chapters as follows:

Section 3.  Approval from three-quarters of the active chapters shall be necessary for the establishment of a new chapter of this Fraternity.  When the Executive Council believes that a provisional chapter has met the guidelines for establishing a new chapter, it shall instruct the chief executive officer to prepare a report and recommendation and mail same to each chapter’s active membership and to the governing body of the alumni association or corporation.  Within twenty days of such mailing, each body shall transmit to the chief executive officer at the International Office of the Fraternity its approval or disapproval in writing. Approval of a chapter shall occur under any of the following conditions:


(a)  Two-thirds of the active membership and two-thirds of the governing body of the alumni association or corporation vote in favor of the proposal; or


(b)  Two-thirds of either body votes in favor of the proposal, and the other body does not respond within twenty days of the date of the mailing concerning the proposed establishment of the new  chapter; or


(c) Neither body responds to the proposal within twenty days of the date of the mailing concerning the establishment of the new chapter.


Section 4.  Upon the chief executive officer receiving approval from three-fourths of the active chapters for establishing a new chapter, it shall be the duty of the Executive Council to prepare an exact copy of  the Constitution and an official certification of the vote of  the chapters, and with these documents to proceed immediately in person, if possible, or, if not, to direct some chapter to appoint a committee to meet the pledges immediately and to initiate them into the new chapter with the usual ceremonies of initiation, by which they shall be invested with all the rights of a chapter.

Detailed information about the Tau Epsilon provisional chapter is enclosed in the petition, which can also be downloaded here.

Every chapter is requested to hold a meeting or to poll your members, if an undergraduate body, or your board, if an alumni organization, on the proposal of the Tau Epsilon provisional chapter’s admission to Psi Upsilon.  Each alumni president and undergraduate archon has been given a link to submit their vote online. If you have not recevied a link please contact Executive Director Tom Fox at

Responses must be received not later than November 20, 2017, in order to meet the requirements of the Psi Upsilon Constitution.  If the admission is approved, the installation of the new Tau Epsilon Chapter will be held in February in Clemson, SC.  All chapters will be provided with full details about this momentous event and will be invited to send representatives to the ceremonies.



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