National Constitution and Bylaws
2015 National Assembly Revision
Download the 2015 <i>National Constitution and Bylaws</i>
The primary governing documents of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity are its National Constitution and Bylaws. The National Constitution of Phi Mu Alpha is adopted to define the primary identification and establishment of the Fraternity as an entity. Following the 2012 National Convention, The National Bylaws were adopted in four distinct sections, each defining governance procedures and protocols for specific association and affiliates of the Fraternity: National Policies, Province (regional) Policies, Chapter Policies, and Alumni Association Policies.
In July of 2015, the National Assembly met in session at the 55th National Convention. Out of the deliberations of this meeting, a number of changes to the National Constitution and Bylaws were adopted. The 2015 National Assembly edition of the National Constitution and Bylaws provided above for download incorporates all changes as adopted by your 2015 delegate representatives. The document will be provided in print once remaining minor editorial changes have been reviewed and approved by the National Executive Committee. Among the near 30 changes include several that have significantly wide-reaching, substantive impact. A brief summary of the most significant changes is included below:
- For the 2015-2016 academic year, chapters will pay a total of $200.00 in national convention tax, due in two installments of $100.00 each by October 15, 2015 and March 15, 2016.
- For the 2016-2017 academic year, chapters will pay a total of $260.00 in national convention tax, due in two installments of $130.00 each by October 15, 2016 and March 15, 2017.
- For the 2017-2018 academic year, chapters will pay a total of $320.00 in national convention tax, due in two installments of $160.00 each by October 15, 2017 and March 15, 2018.
Title I National, Article X Finances, Section 4
The Bylaws have now been changed to require a member to notify both the chapter and the province governor in writing of his intent to pre-pay for transfer to alumni membership, and this transfer requires PG approval in order to take place.
The practice of advance payment of per capita tax for future semesters is not encouraged by Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity, and should occur only in limited cases involving extreme circumstances.
Title I National, Article I Membership, Section 14
Title III Chapter, Article IX Chapter Discipline of Members, Section 4
Title I National, Article X Finances, Section 1
Title III Chapter, Article X Chapter Discipline of Members, Section 6
Title II Province, Article III Province Councils