NHS/NJHS Warning and Dismissal Policy
Members will be responsible for maintaining membership by continuing to satisfy the same requirements for membership that are required for initial selection. All current members’ status will be reviewed at the end of each semester or as issues arise.
Members’ cumulative GPA’s will be monitored on a regular basis. If a member’s cumulative GPA drops below a 3.7, the student will be placed on warning, but with full membership rights intact, and given one full semester in which to improve his or her cumulative GPA. If a member’s cumulative GPA is still below a 3.7 at the end of that semester, he or she will receive a letter advising him or her to appear at a hearing of the Faculty Council who will decide by majority vote whether the member in question should remain on warning or be dismissed from the NHS/NJHS.
Members are expected to observe the rules set out in the Cadet Handbook and to observe the Honor Code. Members who are convicted of an honor code offense or receive a 5-day or 10-day restriction will receive a letter advising them to appear before the Faculty Council for a serious violation of school rules. In the hearing, the member in question will have the opportunity to explain his or her actions. The Faculty Council will then decide by majority vote whether that member should be placed on warning with suspension of membership rights for one full semester or be dismissed from the NHS/NJHS.
Any lesser disciplinary offenses that arise may lead to a verbal warning depending on the seriousness of the incident. If the incident is serious enough, or the member fails to heed a verbal warning, the member can be placed on warning with suspension of membership rights for one full semester. The Faculty Council will be consulted and rule in such cases. Depending on the incident(s), a hearing before the Faculty Council may or may not be required. However, if a member who has been placed on warning continues to fall short of the standards required of members, that member may be required to appear at a hearing before the Faculty Council that can lead to the member remaining on warning or being dismissed from the NHS/NJHS after a majority vote has taken place.
In addition to maintaining the standards expected for membership, students will be expected to:
- Be present and on time for all meetings
- Meet the CS requirements
- Support the ideals and activities of the NHS/NJHS
Failure to do so may lead to the same disciplinary steps as indicated above for lesser disciplinary offenses.
Any member who is dismissed from the NHS cannot become a member ever again. Any member who is dismissed from the NJHS cannot become a member of the NJHS ever again, but can become eligible for selection to the NHS later in his or her high school career. Further details are listed in the chapter bylaws.