Article I - Name
The name of this organization shall be the Louisiana Mu Alpha Theta.
Article II - Purpose
The purpose of this organization shall be to further the understanding of mathematics and to encourage a more intensive study of mathematics. We are dedicated to inspiring keen interest in mathematics, developing strong scholarship in the subject, and promoting the enjoyment of mathematics in high school and two-year college studetns.
Louisiana Mu Alpha Theta achieves these goals by organizing a state convention for students and teachers to participate in math-related events and interact with others from across the state. The association is organized within the meaning of 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Article III - Affiliation and Coordination
The association of Mu Alpha Theta shall be governed by the academic and financial policies laid down in the National Mu Alpha Theta constitution, as specified in the Handbook for Sponsors publication.
Article IV - Membership
Section 1. Any school in Louisiana that is active with the national organization is eligible for membership in the state organization.
Section 2. An active chapter is defined as a chapter which has paid national registration fees and state dues for all members and which has not had this privilege suspended by the Executive Board of Louisiana Mu Alpha Theta.
Section 3. Members are high school and two year college students, attending a school that has an active chapter, who have completed four semesters of college preparatory mathematics and in addition have completed or are enrolled in a fifth semester college preparatory mathematics providing their mathematics work was done with distinction (minimum B average).
Section 4. Associates are high school students, attending a school that has an active chapter, who have completed two semesters of algebra or their equivalent with distinction and in addition have completed or are enrolled in a third semester college preparatory mathematics providing their mathematics work was done with distinction.
Section 5. The duties of the chapters shall be to remain in contact with the state and district organizations and to abide by the provisions set forth in this constitution.
Section 6. A delinquent chapter is one which has not paid both state dues and national registration fees and therefore cannot participate in any Mu Alpha Theta affiliated activities until both national registration fees and state dues are paid. The state organization shall also declare delinquent any member chapter that fails to abide by the provisions of this constitution.
Section 7. The procedure for dismissal of a chapter shall be as follows:
(a) the Executive Board will decide if any provision has been violated;
(b) if deemed necessary, the chapter in question will be sent a letter of notification of the possibility of dismissal, with the letter stating the nature of the violation(s) and the steps necessary to correct the situation;
(c) the chapter then has thirty days to show it is not guilty of the stated violation(s) or to comply with the directive(s) of the Executive Board. Further extension in time can be requested in writing. Failure to respond is grounds for dismissal.
Section 8. Should a chapter be declared delinquent and placed on inactive status it may apply for active status in the organization by completing the guidelines stipulated by the Executive Board at the time of the notification of dismissal.
Article V - The State Executive Board
Section 1. The state executive officers are President, Vice-President, Corresponding Secretary, Recording Secretary, Treasurer, and Webmaster. The sponsor shall hold the Executive Board office to which their student was elected. The sponsor must be a mathematics teacher at the school the student is attending during term of office.
Section 2. The duties of all executive officers shall be those specified in the Convention Guidelines.
Section 3. It will be expected the President of the Executive Board from the previous year to serve on the Convention Committee in an advisory capacity for the following year with no voting power.
Article VI - Student Delegate Officers
Section 1. The officers are President, Vice-President, Corresponding Secretary, Recording Secretary, Treasurer, and Webmaster. Due to the technical responsibilities of the webmaster, this office will be appointed by the Executive Board from the nominations received by the Candidate Form deadline. Any active member in Mu Alpha Theta, as specified in Article IV, Section 3 of this constitution, who is not a senior and whose sponsor meets the requirements set by the Convention Committee is eligible to seek office. These qualifications must be maintained during the term of office. A chapter may run no more than one person for student delegate office.
Section 2. The duties of all student delegate officers shall be those specified in the Convention Guidelines.
Section 3. The candidates for these offices must be nominated by their respective chapters. All nominations for these offices must be registered with the Executive Board. Delinquent chapters may not submit nominations.
Section 4. The term of office shall be from the close of the state convention at which they were elected to the close of the next state convention.
Section 5. If no candidate is nominated for a particular office, nominations will be received from the floor, with sponsor approval, at the first delegates’ assembly of the state convention. Nominee must bring the Candidate Form signed by the sponsor.
If no candidate is nominated at this point, the rule restricting one nomination per club is suspended.
If no candidate is nominated at this point, the Executive Board has the power to appoint someone to the vacant office.
Section 6. Voting in elections shall be in the following manner: secret ballot and two votes per chapter plus one vote per every five members who have paid state dues for that year. The vote of a chapter may be split, provided that no fractional votes are recorded. A majority vote is required for the election of student delegate officers.
Section 7. Any student delegate officer may be removed from the office for failure to perform the duties of that office as listed in the convention guidelines. A student delegate officer may be removed from office by a two-thirds vote of the remaining members of the State Convention Committee. The school which an ousted officer attends will not be allowed to run a candidate for any office for one year from the time when the officer was removed. In the event of a vacancy on the Convention Committee, the Executive Board has the power to appoint a replacement.
Article VII - State Convention
Section 1. There shall be a Convention Committee consisting of the Executive Board, the Student Delegate Officers, the District Governors, and the Sponsors of the District Governors. The function of the Convention Committee is to host and set policies for the state convention.
Section 2. The annual state convention of the association shall be held in the state of Louisiana. Every person participating in any mathematical event at the convention must be an active member or associate of the national Mu Alpha Theta and Louisiana Mu Alpha Theta and must be enrolled in and attending classes regularly at the school that the person represents at the time of the convention.
Section 3. The members of the convention committee will be reimbursed for expenses to state and national conventions as follows:
(a) Committee members must have been in attendance of all meetings unless under extenuating circumstances to be determined by the Executive Board. If attendance requirement has been met, then:
(b) Full reimbursement for the state convention. “Full” is defined here to be the registration fee and one-fourth of a quad room rate for students or one-half of a double room rate for sponsors.
(c) Full reimbursement for national convention registration and transportation for the executive board president and the student delegate president.
(d) All other convention committee members shall be reimbursed one-half for both the national convention registration and transportation.
Article VIII - District Activities
Section 1. District caucuses are to be held during the state convention. The purpose of these meetings is to elect District Governors and other officers the districts may need.
Section 2. The duties of the District Governor shall be: to correspond with all chapters in the district; recruit new chapters; to host at least one event; to preside at district meetings; to attend convention committee meetings; to keep an accurate file of district proceedings; to report district activities to the student delegate vice-president.
Article IX - Amending the Constitution and By-Laws
Active schools will be notified of proposed changes to the Constitution and By-Laws. This constitution and by-laws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the chapters voting by the specified deadline.
Article X - Exempt Status
Notwithstanding any other provision of these Articles, this organization shall not carry on any activities not permitted to be carried on by an organization exempt from federal income tax under Sections 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Article XI - Dissolution
In the event of dissolution, the residual assets of the organization will be turned over to the national Mu Alpha Theta Foundation.
Lousiana Mu Alpha Theta By-Laws
Article I - State Headquarters
The state headquarters of the Louisiana Mu Alpha Theta shall be established at the school of the Executive Board President
Article II - Finances
Section 1. Each member chapter shall submit to the state treasury the yearly dues per member as set by the Executive Board. These dues are payable on or before the date specified by the Executive Board. Checks should be payable to Louisiana Mu Alpha Theta.
Section 2. The record of the treasurer of the Louisiana Mu Alpha Theta shall be open to review by any sponsor of an active chapter of the Louisiana Mu Alpha Theta.
Article III - Districts
District I - Orleans, Plaquemines, St.Bernard
District II - St. Charles, St. John, Jefferson, Lafourche, St.James, Terrebonne, Assumption
District III - St. Tammany, Washington, Tangipahoa
District IV - Livingston, St. Helen, East Feliciana, West Feliciana, Pointe Coupee, East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Ascension, Iberville
District V - St. Mary, Iberia, St. Martín, St. Landry, Lafayette, Vermillion, Acadia, Evangeline, Beauregard, Allen, Calcasieu, Jefferson Davis, Cameron
District VI - Caddo, Bossier, Webster, Claiborne, Union, Morehouse, East Carroll, West Carroll, De Soto, Red River, Bienville, Lincoln, Jackson, Ouachita, Richland, La Salle, Catahoula, Madison, Tensas, Franklin, Caldwell, Winn, Grant, Natchitoches, Sabine, Rapides, Vernon, Avoyelles, Concordia
Any district which would like to petition the Executive Board to divide a district can do so. After approval of the Executive Board, the change will be proposed to active chapters as required by Article IX of the Constitution. A parish may likewise petition the Executive Board to move to a different district.
Article IV - Annual Mu Alpha Theta Scholarship
Section 1. Scholarships shall be awarded as determined by the Executive Board.
Section 2. Only graduating seniors shall be eligible for these scholarships. The recipients shall be determined by an examination given each year at the state convention.
Section 3. The Treasurer will be in charge of contacting the scholarship winner. The winners will have until October 1st following the convention at which the scholarship was awarded to decide on receiving the award. Proff of enrollment (i.e., a copy of the paid fee slip) of the recipient as a full-time college student must be provided. Any winner not providing proof of enrollment by October 1st following the convention at which the scholarship was awarded may forfeit the right to the scholarship. If a scholarship if forfeited, that money will not be awarded for that year.
Article V - Stipend Winners
Section 1. The first place winner of the Individual Test in each level, Theta, Alpha, Mu A, and Mu B, will be awarded a stipend to the national convention following the state convention.
Section 2. The amount of the stipend shall be one-half of both the registration fee and transportation. It does not include any extras.
Section 3. If any of the winners decline the award, the next highest place in that level will be given the opportunity to claim the award. The stipend will not be awarded once the 5th place winner has declined it.
Section 4. If the winner of the individual stipend is the student delegate president, the 2nd place winner will be awarded the stipend. If the winner of the stipend is a member of the Convention Committee other than the student delegate president, he will be awarded the stipend, as well as the reinburstment.
Section 5. All matters dealing with the stipend winners shall be handled by an officer of the executive board to be determined by the convention committee.
Article VI - Delegates
Section 1. The purpose shall be to allow input from all chapters interested in the affairs Louisiana Mu Alpha Theta, especially those who are not necessarily represented on the Convention Committee.
Section 2. At each annual state convention, there will be at least one delegate assembly. Each chapter shall designate a maximum of two members to attend the delegate assemblies.
Section 3. The delegate assembly will have the power to propose amendments to the Executive Board. The Executive Board will make the final decision on presenting the proposal to schools for a vote.
Section 4. The adjournment of the delegate assembly will be seconded only by an officer of the student delegation.