The Constitution of
Μυ Καππα Υψιλον
As amended through Feburary, 2018
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Preamble to the Constitution of Mu Kappa Upsilon Fraternity

On this day April 14, 2015 these members of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Bands and Mu Kappa Upsilon, as noted by our signatures, do hereby renew the Charter and Ideals established by our Founding Fathers with this new Constitution. On March 19, 1978, members of the University of Pittsburgh Band, charged to the service of that Band, its administration, and its members, and for the following several purposes and functions, formed Mu Kappa Upsilon. They realized the importance that such a body can play in the workings of the Band and the service of those that belong to it. We, the current Brothers, do hereby rededicate ourselves to these ideals established by our Founding Fathers.:

  • To strive at all times towards the attainment of the highest possible musical standards in marching and playing, exemplifying these in our conduct, and thus by our example serve as an inspiration to the band as a whole to never be satisfied with less than total effort and commitment.
  • To assist the administration of the band in its day-to-day workings, and to cheerfully offer our services to that administration, over and above those rendered by the average band member.
  • Recognizing that we are a service organization as well as an honorary body, to aid all band members in their daily rehearsal and performance, to offer whatever financial aid is possible to the University of Pittsburgh Bands, and to insure that the training and integration of new band members is done in the spirit of friendship and co-operation. Only through such efforts can we play a role in helping to produce a superior musical organization.
  • To provide, whenever possible, pleasant social functions to the band, to enable the band members to get to know one another, not merely as marchers, but as persons, and in order to foster a continuing espirit-de-corps.
  • To cooperate, in every manner possible, with any other organization engaged in service to the University Bands, and to actively secure support from all possible groups, both within the University, and from the community as a whole.
  • To help foster a positive and favorable image for the University of Pittsburgh Bands in the eyes of the University, its administration, students, and alumni, as well as others who would come into contact with the University of Pittsburgh Bands, through outstanding performance and impeccable conduct.
  • To honor, by offering membership in this organization, those bandsmen, who, through their activities, talents, and spirit, have demonstrated outstanding loyalty and dedication to the ideals of this fraternity and the Band which it serves. This is not an invitation to be tendered easily or accepted lightly, for those chosen for such a privilege must realize that it is also a charge, which, once accepted, endeavors those bandsmen to do their utmost in the service of the University of Pittsburgh Bands and Mu Kappa Upsilon Fraternity.

Dedicating ourselves formally and irremediably to the above stated ideals, we, the undersigned members, do pledge to uphold them, in every way, to the best of our individual and collective abilities.

Signed, The Brothers of Mu Kappa Upsilon

The Constitution of Mu Kappa Upsilon
Article I - Organization
Section 1 - Name

The name of this Fraternity shall be Mu Kappa Upsilon.

Section 2 - Constitution

This Constitution shall be the Supreme Doctrine of Mu Kappa Upsilon. All decrees, procedures, and actions shall be in accordance with its precepts

Section 3 - Purpose

The Purposes of Mu Kappa Upsilon are as follows:

  • To strive at all times towards the attainment of the highest possible musical standards in marching and playing, exemplifying these in our conduct, and thus by our example serve as an inspiration to the band as a whole to never be satisfied with less than total effort and commitment.
  • To assist the administration of the band in its day-to-day workings, and to cheerfully offer our services to that administration, over and above those rendered by the average band member.
  • Recognizing that we are a service organization as well as an honorary body, to aid all band members in their daily rehearsal and performance, to offer whatever financial aid is possible to the University of Pittsburgh, Department of Bands, and to ensure that the training and integration of new band members is done in the spirit of friendship and cooperation. Only through such efforts can we play a role in helping to produce a superior musical organization.
  • To provide, whenever possible, pleasant social functions to the band, to enable the band members to get to know one another, not merely as marchers but as persons, in order to foster a continuing spirit-de-corps.
  • To cooperate, in every manner possible, with any other organization engaged in service to the University of Pittsburgh, Department of Bands, and to actively secure support from all possible groups, both within the University and from the community as a whole.
  • To help foster a positive and favorable image for the University of Pittsburgh, Department of Bands in the eyes of the University, its administration, students, and alumni. As well as others who would come into contact with the University of Pittsburgh, Department of Bands, through outstanding performance and impeccable conduct.
  • To honor, by offering membership in this organization, those Bandsmen, who through their activities, talents, and spirit, have demonstrated outstanding loyalty and dedication to their ideals of this fraternity and the band which it serves.
Section 4 - Activities

Mu Kappa Upsilon is responsible for the following activities, services, and programs described herein:

  • Logistics of University of Pittsburgh Varsity Marching Band equipment, instruments, and uniforms for band camp, game days, and performances.
  • Setting up and tearing down the equipment for the University of Pittsburgh Varsity Marching Band practices.
  • Setting up and tearing down the equipment for the University of Pittsburgh Concert Band practices and performances.
  • Logging and maintaining school instruments and school instrument records.
  • Maintaining the University of Pittsburgh Varsity Marching Band Histories.
  • Sponsoring the University of Pittsburgh Varsity Marching Band Freshman Day.
  • Supplying lunch during the Freshmen Band Camp day.
  • Setting up and preparing for Bandoween Celebration.
Article II - Registration
Section 1 - Acceptance and Compliance

Mu Kappa Upsilon and its membership accept and will fully comply with the requirements and limitations of registration.

Section 2 - Limits of Registration

Mu Kappa Upsilon and its membership accept and will fully comply with the following limits of registration.

  • Registered student organizations are student associations and are not official components of the University.
  • Registration does not permit a student organization to use or act in the name of the University, to represent the University, engage in any contractual obligation in the name of the University nor represent the organization as being an official part of the University.
  • Registered student organizations are permitted to have approved external affiliations.
  • Registration expressly permits registered student organization to only operate on campus.
  • Off campus activities of registered student organizations are the sole responsibility of the organization, officers and members, unless expressly approved in advance by the University.
  • Membership in a registered student organization and participation in its activities are voluntary and all risks of personal injury, property damage or other losses incidental to membership or participation in activities are assumed solely by the student organization and/or individual member(s) or participant(s).
Section 3 - Annual Re-Registration

Mu Kappa Upsilon will submit its annual re-registration application during the re-registration period following the election of new officers.

Article III - Membership
Section 1 - Membership Requirements

Membership of Mu Kappa Upsilon is defined herein.

  1. Membership is open to currently enrolled undergraduate Pitt students and students who attend a college that allows the cross-registration to enroll in the University of Pittsburgh Varsity Marching Band.
  2. All members must accept and comply with all of the requirements and limitations of registration as a condition of membership.
  3. Membership in Mu Kappa Upsilon is voluntary and all risk of personal injury, property damage or other losses that occur incidental to membership or participation in activities are assumed solely by the student organization and/or individual member(s) or non-member participant(s). Accordingly, the University of Pittsburgh, its officers and agents shall not be responsible nor liable for any claims or causes of action for damage or loss of property or personal injury of any kind or nature which may arise out of or are incidental to the conduct of any organization's activities or that of any individual's participation in any group-related activity. It is further understood and agreed that it is the responsibility of the officers of the organization to assure that all of the organization's members and non-member participants in all activities sponsored by the Mu Kappa Upsilon are fully informed and advised of this ASSUMPTION OF RISK, and in the event any individual member or participant should express or indicate non-acceptance, the organization's officers shall forbid participation and/or membership of such individual. In regard to the organization member or non-member participant Assumption of Risk, Mu Kappa Upsilon acknowledges that the University recommends that the organization members and non-member participants make every effort to arrange for the acquisition of liability insurance sufficient to protect all participants against those risks being assumed. For sport-related organizations, the University recommends that each individual have insurance sufficient to allow for any risks by participation, accident or by deficiencies in physical health.
  4. No hazing or illegal discriminatory criteria for membership, including those listed in the University of Pittsburgh's non-discrimination policy, will be used as a condition for membership in the organization. These factors include race, color, religion (except for religious organizations which may restrict membership to those who share their faith-based beliefs), national origin, ancestry, sex (except same sex organizations permitted under Title IX), age, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, disability or status as a veteran. This non-discriminatory policy will be applied in a manner consistent with the requirements of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution and other laws applicable to student organizations.
  5. Membership in Mu Kappa Upsilon is limited to male members of the University of Pittsburgh Varsity Marching Band who maintain a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.0 on a 4.0 grading scale. Failure to disclose GPA will result in Inactivity as described in Article III, Section 7.
  6. Members of Mu Kappa Upsilon are required to pay a set amount of dues per term for membership in the fraternity. Failure to pay dues will result in Involuntary Inactivity as described in Article III, Section 7.
Section 2 - Membership Candidate

To qualify for Membership Candidacy of Mu Kappa Upsilon is defined herein:

  1. He must be enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh or at any institution of higher education which allows crossregistration of its students to enroll in the University of Pittsburgh Varsity Marching Band.
  2. He must have completed at least one academic semester at any institution of higher education, and/or have completed at least one season in the University of Pittsburgh Varsity Marching Band.
  3. He must participate in the University of Pittsburgh Varsity Marching Band during the academic year that he intends to rush.
  4. He must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 grading scale.
  5. He must, above all else, meet the ideals as stated in the Preamble and Purposes of this Constitution.
  6. He must adhere to the Membership Candidate Program as described in Article VI, Section 4.
Section 3 - Rights and Privileges of Membership

The Rights and Privileges of membership in Mu Kappa Upsilon are defined herein:

  1. As an Active Brother who has been a member for more than one term since their induction to Mu Kappa Upsilon, he has the right to choose a Membership Candidate as a Little Brother to support through the Candidacy Program.
  2. As an Active Brother of Mu Kappa Upsilon he has the right to vote on any matter that is brought forward to the Brotherhood and has been seconded.
  3. As an Active Brother of Mu Kappa Upsilon he has the right to run for any office in the organization, the only restriction being he can only hold one office per term.
  4. As a member of Mu Kappa Upsilon he has the right to attend all meetings, degrees, rituals, and the Biannual Camping Retreat.
Section 4 - Active Status

To qualify for and maintain Active Status (Good Standing) as a brother of Mu Kappa Upsilon is defined herein:

  1. He must have successfully completed the requirements of the Candidate Program and have been duly instated as described in Article III, Section 3.
  2. He must pay his financial obligations in full and on time unless granted an extension by the Executive Board.
  3. He may not exceed more than three (3) unexcused absences per term.
  4. He must participate to a reasonable extent in chapter projects.
  5. He must live up to the responsibilities and ideals set forth in the Preamble and Purposes of the Constitution.
  6. He must participate in the University of Pittsburgh Varsity Marching Band during the academic school year.
  7. He must be a Registered Undergraduate of the University of Pittsburgh or any institution of higher education which allows cross-registration of its students to enroll in the University of Pittsburgh Varsity Marching Band.
  8. He must maintain good academic standing set forth by the University of Pittsburgh and keep a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.0 on a 4.0 grading scale.
  9. He is required to attend First, Fourth, and the Fifth Degree Rituals and the Biannual Camping Retreat.
  10. Failure to abide to the above stated Parts is grounds for Inactive Status as described by Article III, Section 7.
Section 5 - Conditional Status

To qualify for Conditional Status as a Brother of Mu Kappa Upsilon is defined herein:

  1. Conditional Status is any Brother who registers as an Undergraduate of the University of Pittsburgh or any institution of higher education which allows cross-registration of its students to enroll in the University of Pittsburgh Varsity Marching Band, who has chosen to relinquish his rights: to vote, hold office, and take a Little Brother.
  2. Conditional Status is awarded to a Brother who has conflicts (e.g. Internships or Co-Op) that would interfere with normal attendance at meetings and responsibilities to the group.
  3. Conditional Status must be preceded by a petition to the President of Mu Kappa Upsilon who in turn brings it up for discussion with the Active Brotherhood.
  4. Conditional Status is granted by a majority vote of approval by the Active non-abstaining Brothers in a formal vote.
  5. Conditional Status lasts indefinitely until either the Brother petitions for Active Status, or if he satisfies the requirements of Alumni Status as described in Article III, Section 8.
  6. Active Status is given by a majority vote of approval by the Active non-abstaining Brothers, with all Rights Privileges, and Responsibilities described in Article III, Section 5.
  7. Conditional Status does not entitle a Brother to remission of dues or special assessments already paid to the Brotherhood.
Section 6 - Inactive Status

Inactive Status as a Brother of Mu Kappa Upsilon is defined herein:

  1. Inactive Status is any Brother who does not fulfill the requirements of Active Status, Conditional Status, has chosen to severe themselves from the Fraternity, or did not complete the Candidate Program.
  2. To regain Active Status the Inactive Brother must submit in writing an explanation for his Inactivity to the President and he must correct the infraction he has committed to be brought up for discussion by the President during meeting.
  3. Inactivity does not entitle a Brother to remission of dues or special assessments already paid to the Brotherhood.
  4. Enforced Inactivity is forced upon a Brother that meets the following conditions and is decided by the Executive Board with a simple majority vote:
    • Any Brother that has been issued three (3) unexcused absences from Meetings or Formal Brotherhood Events during the Academic Term.
    • Any Brother that has failed to pay the required dues, fees, and/or assessments.
    • Any Brother who has failed to share his Academic Standing with the Secretary for the Academic Term.
    • Any Brother that has failed to meet the requirements of Active Status as set forth in Article III, Section 5.
Section 7 - Alumni Status

To qualify for Alumni Status as a Brother of Mu Kappa Upsilon is defined herein:

  1. An Alumni Status will be granted to any Active Brother in the Fraternity, but who does not register as an undergraduate with the University.
  2. An Inactive Brother may be granted Alumni Status provided he corrects that which caused him to lose his Active Status.
  3. Once awarded Alumni Status, the Brother can never lose his Alumni Status.
  4. An Alumni Brother shall be entitled to all rights and privileges (described in Article III, Section 4) awarded to an Active Brother with the exception of holding office, voting at meetings, participating at bid sessions, and taking a Little Brother.
Section 8 - Honorary Membership (Associate Membership)

To qualify for and maintain of Honorary Membership as a Brother of Mu Kappa Upsilon is defined herein:

  1. An Honorary Brother shall be one who, though not eligible for Active Status, nevertheless has contributed in a significant or notable manner to the University of Pittsburgh, Department of Bands and/or the Brotherhood of Mu Kappa Upsilon.
  2. A candidate for Honorary Membership does not have to be a member of the University of Pittsburgh, Department of Bands or its administration.
  3. A candidate for Honorary Membership can be any person who identifies with any Gender, Mu Kappa Upsilon will not discriminate based upon sex or sexual orientation for the awarding of Honorary Membership.
  4. A bid for Honorary Membership will be extended so long as the candidate receives no more than 2 negative votes.
  5. If a person is rejected in a bid session, their name may again be brought up at the end of that same meeting. If rejected a second time the candidate may not be proposed again until the next bid session.
  6. No more than 2 Honorary Bids may be extended per Academic term.
  7. An Honorary Member may not vote, hold office nor serve in a formal leadership role (with the exception of Faculty Advisor). They may participate in organization meetings and activities. Pitt student membership shall comprise of at least 75% of the total membership at all times.
Article IV - Membership Process
Section 1 - Recruitment

Rush meeting will take place during the beginning weeks of the academic terms.

Section 2 - Bid Meeting

Bid Sessions are to occur after the Rush meeting and the meeting agenda is described herein:

  1. An alphabetical list of Candidates eligible, by class standing and grade point average only, shall be prepared by the Secretary.
  2. The meeting starts with the first Candidate on the list and proceeds until all Candidates have been discussed and voted on.
  3. Discussion on each Candidate shall be held before a vote takes place. If no discussion takes place a vote shall not be called.
  4. A vote is called after discussion and must be seconded for the Brothers to vote on the Candidate.
  5. If a candidate is rejected on the first ballot, he may be discussed again after the first ballot of every candidate and voted upon on a second ballot. The voting shall be the same as the first ballot. If rejected again, the candidate shall be neither discussed further nor voted upon until the next Bid Session.
  6. To be extended an invitation to participate in the Membership Candidate Program the prospective individual must receive a vote of approval of seventy-five (75) percent of the Active non-abstaining Brothers, provided that the abstentions do not exceed fifty (50) percent of the Brothers present.
  7. Once Bids for eligible Candidates have been decided, nominations for Honorary Membership shall be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.
  8. Discussion on each Nomination shall be held before a vote takes place. If no discussion takes place a vote shall not be called.
  9. A vote is called after discussion and must be seconded for the Brothers to vote on the Nomination.
  10. A bid for Honorary Membership shall be awarded as described in Article III, Section 9.
  11. Awardees of Bids shall be notified by Mail. They shall be required to respond in the form of a written/electronic letter to the Vice-President of Membership.
Section 3 - Evaluation Meeting

To ensure that only Candidates meet the requirements of Brotherhood. There shall be two evaluation meetings. Evaluation week meetings are to follow the procedures described herein:

  1. At Evaluation Meetings the Candidates are discussed during Good and Welfare and then voted upon in the absence of the Candidates
  2. Discussion on each Candidate shall be held before a vote is taken on each Candidate. At this time, any comments (positive or negative) that a Brother feels should be said regarding the performance of the Candidate thus far should be aired. This discussion shall serve as a reference for a Candidate in his performance as well as his strengths and weaknesses in the various areas of the Candidate Program he need needs improvement.
  3. Correctional guidance pertaining to the remarks will be the responsibility of the Candidates Big Brother and the Vice-President of Membership.
  4. To continue in the process Candidates need to receive a vote of eighty (80) percent approval form Active nonabstaining Brothers.
  5. If a Candidate fails to obtain the approval of the Brothers on the first vote, the Candidate may again be discussed and voted upon a second time. If he does not obtain the approval a second time he shall be discussed no further.
  6. Failure to attain this percentage results in dismissal from the Candidate Program and membership status will become Voluntary Inactivity.
  7. Membership Candidates who have been dismissed shall be informed jointly by their Big Brother and by the Vice-President of Membership.
Section 4 - Candidate Program

When the bid has been accepted, the respective Membership Candidate must then adhere to the following code described herein:

  1. During the Candidacy Process of Mu Kappa Upsilon, the Candidate, must wear the Candidate Badge at all times until he is initiated and classed as an Active Brother.
  2. Membership Candidates shall abide by all rules for the Candidate Program as set by the Brothers of Mu Kappa Upsilon.
  3. Membership Candidates must go through the Rituals and Candidate Program in accordance to the Brotherhood of Mu Kappa Upsilon as set forth by the Vice-President of Membership.
  4. Membership Candidates during the Candidacy Process will be evaluated twice as described in Article IV, Section 3.
Section 5 - Picking Little Brothers

The order to picking little brothers may

  1. Picking Little Brothers shall occur before the First Degree every term, before the Membership Candidates are inducted into the Candidate Program.
  2. The order in which picking shall start with the highest ranking member in the oldest induction class.
  3. Conditional Status only lasts for the duration of the Academic term in which it is petitioned for;
  4. A Big Brother can take a Little Brother once per Academic School Year (Fall or Winter Term). For example if he choose a Little Brother during the Fall Term, he cannot take another Little Brother in Winter Term. However, if little picking cycles through all those eligible (Active Brothers with more than one term of membership who has not taken a Little during the Academic school year) a Brother who has not chosen a Little Brother for the current term who was ineligible shall be able to take a Little Brother. If little picking cycles through a second time, the E-Board must take a Little from the eligible starting with President and following election order (This does not make the E-Board member ineligible for the remainder of the Academic Term)
Article V - Voting Privileges
Section 1 - Voting Privileges

Voting privileges are limited to currently enrolled students at the University of Pittsburgh or at any institution of higher education which allows cross-registration of its students to enroll in the University of Pittsburgh Varsity Marching Band, who are Active Brothers or Membership Candidates (with the exception of voting on matters pertaining to themselves) of Mu Kappa Upsilon.

Section 2 - Votes

All Active Brothers and Membership Candidates are entitled to one vote, either in the positive, negative, or abstention, for any formal vote called by a member of the Brotherhood and that has been seconded.

Section 3 - Unexcused Absences

Any Brother's vote during a meeting where a formal vote is taking place, which he has an unexcused absence from, will not be counted in the total for the vote.

Section 4 - Excused Absences

Any Brother's vote during a meeting where a formal vote is taking place, which he has an excused absence from, will be counted as an abstention in the total for the vote unless he awards his Proxy to an Active Brother in attendance.

Section 5 - Proxy

Any Brother may pass his vote by the act of a Proxy as defined herein:

  1. Proxy votes must be given prior to the start of the meeting that the absent Brother is excused from, and must be confirmed with the President by person, writing, or electronic message.
  2. A Brother can only hold one Proxy vote per meeting and he cannot vote more than twice in one formal vote.
Article VI - Officers and Their Duties

Mu Kappa Upsilon shall have the following officers:

Section 1 - President

Duties of the Brother elected to the Office President are defined herein:

  1. The President of Mu Kappa Upsilon shall preside over and run all meetings and special meetings.
  2. The President has the power to recommend special committees and is to be the ex-officio member of all committees, both standing and special.
  3. The President shall cosign with the Treasurer all checks for monies disbursed and co-sign all contracts and other instruments of business incurred by Mu Kappa Upsilon.
  4. The President shall have the ability to call a vote by affirmation even if no discussion takes place on any matters that requires a Formal Brotherhood vote.
  5. The President of the Fraternity shall preside over the election of new officers.
Section 2 - Vice-President of Membership (VPM)

Duties of the Brother elected to the Office Vice-President of Membershipp are defined herein:

  1. The Vice-President of Membership shall assume the duty of the President in the case of the Latter's absence from meetings.
  2. The Vice-President of Membership shall be responsible for all the Membership Candidates, and Big Brothers and their actions.
  3. The Vice-President of Membership shall be responsible for the Candidacy Program, Degrees of Initiation, Rituals, and the Initiation of all members of Mu Kappa Upsilon.
  4. The Vice-President of Membership shall be the Committee Chair for the Membership Committee.
Section 3 - Vice-President of Operations (VPO)

Duties of the Brother elected to the Office President are defined herein:

  1. The Vice-President of Operations shall keep a record of the University of Pittsburgh Varsity Marching Band instruments and equipment.
  2. The Vice-President of Operations shall keep a record of official Pitt Bands equipment which is loaned out to students.
  3. The Vice-President of Operations shall be responsible for organizing the Brothers of Mu Kappa Upsilon in coordination with the Director of gameday Operations, to load and unload the truck.
  4. The Vice-President of Operations shall be responsible for organizing the Brothers to step up and tear down the field for marching band practice.
  5. The Vice-President of Operations shall be the direct correspondent to the Director of Operations and Director of Game Day Operations, and responsible for any logistics necessitated by the Pitt Band or Mu Kappa Upsilon.
  6. The Vice-President of Operations shall be the Committee Chair for the Operations Committee.
Section 4 - Treasurer (Business Manager)

Duties of the Brother elected to the Office Treasurer are defined herein:

  1. The Treasurer shall be recognized as the Business Manager for SORC and University Correspondence.
  2. The Treasurer shall have general oversight of the financial condition of the chapter and collect all dues, fees, donations and assessments.
  3. The Treasurer shall be in charge of the expenditures related to the purchasing of Regalia, the Biannual Camping Trip, Degrees of Initiations, Rituals, Rush Events, and any other Brotherhood/joint event.
  4. The Treasurer shall cosign with the President all checks for monies disbursed and co-sign all contracts and other instruments of business incurred by Mu Kappa Upsilon.
  5. The Treasurer shall represent Mu Kappa Upsilon to the Student Government Board (SGB). In doing so, he will be empowered to act in the following ways on behalf of the Brotherhood:
    • To communicate Mu Kappa Upsilon opinions and objectives to the SGB.
    • To attend budgetary meetings, prepare budgetary forms and process all business dealings with the SGB.
    • To update the Brotherhood of his progress on all above stated matters.
    • To maintain independence from the SGB and coordinate activities to not jeopardize the autonomy of Mu Kappa Upsilon.
  6. The Treasurer shall set dues at the beginning of each term which will be approved by a majority vote of the EBoard.
  7. The Treasurer shall prepare an annual report to determine any outstanding debts that are owed to that of the Brotherhood by any Brother to be given on the first meeting of the fall and winter terms.
  8. The Treasurer shall be the Committee Chair for the Fundraising Committee.
Section 5 - Historian

Duties of the Brother elected to the Office Historian are defined herein:

  1. The Historian shall maintain an official Mu Kappa Upsilon Archives which must contain the following information to the most accurate extent possible:
    • The family trees of the Brotherhood of Mu Kappa Upsilon.
    • The list of Honorary Brothers of Mu Kappa Upsilon.
    • The list of Former Officers of Mu Kappa Upsilon.
    • The History of Mu Kappa Upsilon.
    • Material relevant to the evolution of Mu Kappa Upsilon.
  2. The Historian shall maintain an official University of Pittsburgh Band Archives which must contain the following information to the most accurate extent possible:
    • A collection of audio and video recordings of the Pitt Bands.
    • A collection of awards recieved by the Pitt Bands.
    • A collection of Photographs of the Pitt Bands.
    • The History of the Pitt Bands.
    • Material relevant to the evolution of the Pitt Bands.
  3. The Historian shall act as the Mu Kappa Upsilon representative in alumni affairs. He shall communicate with alumni of both the Pitt Bands and of Mu kappa Upsilon when necessary.
  4. The Historian shall submit an Annual report at the last meeting of the term. It shall contain annual additions to the respective histories and progress reports on the display and maintenance of appropriate materials as given in Parts A and B.
  5. The Historian shall be the Committee Chair for the Jurisdiction Committee.
Section 6 - Secretary

Duties of the Brother elected to the Office Secretary are defined herein:

  1. The Secretary shall record the minutes of the meetings.
  2. The Secretary shall handle all correspondence of Mu Kappa Upsilon and notify all members of the time and place of meetings.
  3. The Secretary shall keep a record of Mu Kappa Upsilon attendance for the academic term.
  4. The Secretary shall maintain a continuous record of the contact information of all alumni of Mu Kappa Upsilon.
  5. The Secretary shall keep record of the eligibility of Active Brothers during the academic term. He shall raises questions of eligibility to the Executive Board to be discussed.
  6. The Secretary shall be in charge of the PR committee and will be in charge of distribution of the newsletter and the upkeep of the website.
Section 7 - Joint Chair

Duties of the Brother elected to the Office Joint Chair are defined herein:

  1. The Joint Chair shall be responsible for any events organized with an outside group.
Section 8 - Advisory Vice-President

The Advisory Vice-President is an honorary position that shall be held by the preceding year’s President, and serves only to be a source of help for the E-Board.

Section 9 - Faculty Advisor

The Faculty Advisor shall be a member of the Faculty of the University and shall act as advisor on all necessary matters

  • The Faculty Advisor shall be appointed/removed by a vote of seventy-five (75) percent approval of Active nonabstaining Brothers.
  • The Faculty Advisor is the only exception to Honorary Brothers holding office.
Section 10 - Faculty Advisor

The Responsibilities of Officers are described herein:

  1. All Officers are required to attend First, Fourth, and Fifth Degree, Rituals, and the Biannual Camping Retreat
  2. All Officers are required to complete projects in his jurisdiction to a reasonable extent.
  3. All Officers must live up to the responsibilities and ideals set forth in the Preamble and Purposes of the Constitution.
  4. All Officers may not exceed more than one (1) unexcused absence.
  5. Failure to abide by the above is grounds for Impeachment or Inactivity unless an excuse is given before the event that is approved in a formal vote by seventy-five (75) percent of the total Active Brotherhood.
Article VII - Elections and Officer Decorum

The Election and Expectations of Officers are defined herein:

Section 1 - Nominations

Nominations to Officer Positions takes place one week before the Election Meeting, and are approved to run on the ballot once the nomination receives a second and the Brother elected accepts the nomination.

Section 2 - Attendance

Any Active Brother or Membership Candidate is eligible for nomination and election to a Brotherhood Office.

Section 3 - Election Meeting

The election of chapter officers shall be held at the second to last meeting in the winter term and the order of business is defined herein:

  1. Any Active Brother or Membership Candidate is eligible for nomination and election to a chapter office.
  2. Nominations are to be open at the meeting prior to the one at which elections are to be held, and again at the meeting scheduled for elections.
  3. There are to be no restrictions to the total number of nominations for each office or the number of different offices to which an eligible member may be nominated to.
  4. The order of voting for office shall be:
    • President
    • Vice-President of Membership
    • Vice-President of Operations
    • Treasurer
    • Secretary
    • Historian
    • Joint Chairman
  5. A Brother elected to an office shall have his name stricken from the list of all nominees for all subsequent offices.
  6. The President shall facilitate the election process, and shall decide how the elections are to be run and how much time each candidate or discussion shall receive.
  7. The final list of nominees for an office shall be established and read in alphabetical order just prior to voting for that office. The nominees, in turn, shall be permitted to say a few words on their behalf if they wish. Then all the nominees for an office must leave the room while voting takes place.
  8. Each Brother in attendance shall have the right to vote for one nominee on each ballot. Nominees will not vote, but will be counted as abstentions. A nominee will be said to be elected if he garners a simple majority of the total votes cast.
  9. If when there are two or more nominees, and no nominee receives more than fifty (50) percent of the vote, the name of the nominee receiving the fewest number of votes will be dropped, and new vote shall be taken. In the event of a tie between nominees for the fewest votes on a ballot, the decision of which nominee to strike the ballot will be made by a vote of the members of the Executive Board in attendance.
  10. If two or more nominees are tied for the most votes, and only these nominees remain on the ballot, another vote shall be taken immediately. If the nominees are still tied, then the members of the Executive Board present shall vote to break the tie. If there are only two nominees, the vote of the Executive Board shall determine the winner. If more than two nominees are on the ballot, the Executive Board's vote will determine which nominee to strike from the ballot. Another vote shall then be taken by the entire Brotherhood.
Section 4 - Voting for Officers

Every Brother in attendance shall have the right to vote for one nominee on each ballot. Nominees will not vote, but will be counted as abstentions. A Nominee will be said to be elected if he garners a simple majority. If there is no clear majority the candidate with the fewest votes is

Section 5 - Limitations

A Brother may only hold one office each term, but may run for a position multiple times.

Section 6 - Terms of Office

All Officers are to be elected for a period of one year (from winter semester to the following winter semester). A member may be elected to the same office more than once.

Section 7 - Transition Period

A transition period shall begin after the formal election of New Officers and continue until the officers are installed at the Transition Meeting. Following installation and the Officers taking the oath of office, the last meeting of the winter semester shall be run by the newly elected Officers.

Section 8 - Installation of New Officers

New Officers shall be installed at the last meeting of the Winter Semester. The installation shall be administered by the outgoing President.

Section 9 - Impeachment

An Officer may be impeached from office if he receives a seventy-five (75) percent negative vote from Active nonabstaining Brothers.

Section 10 - Vacancies

In the chance that an office is Vacant, the President shall appoint an interim Officer who shall serve the position and have all the rights and privileges until a special election can be held

Section 11 - Special Elections

The replacement of an Officer shall require a special election which shall follow the same procedures as the election meeting following nominations as described in Article VI, Section 3 and 4. Once a special election is held, the newly elected officer replaces the interim officer and shall fulfill the remainder of the term that was vacated.

Section 12 - Voting Powers of Executive Board Officers

In any Executive Board Vote, each officer (except the President) is allowed one vote in the positive, negative, or abstention. If the vote is a tie, the President is the tie-breaker.

Article VIII - Committees

The organization of Committees and Committee Responsibilities are defined herein:

Section 1 - Organization

All committees shall meet and organize as soon as possible after being appointed in the first meeting of the Fall Term.

Section 2 - Committee Chairs

All committees with the exception of the Executive Board shall have an elected Committee Chair voted upon in the first meeting of the Fall Term.

Section 3 - Executive Board (E-Board)

The Executive Board shall consist of the President, Vice-President of Membership, Vice-President of Operations, Treasurer, Secretary, and Historian. They shall meet at the discretion of the President who heads the committee, and shall be responsible for the operation of the Brotherhood.

Section 4 - Fundraising Committee

The Fundraising Committee shall be responsible for the money raising ventures of Mu Kappa Upsilon, and shall be headed by the elected Treasurer.

Section 5 - Jurisdiction Committee

The Constitution Committee shall be responsible for preparing and editing the Constitution while being the check to decisions being made by the Brotherhood, and shall be headed by the elected Historian.

Section 6 - Membership Committee

The Membership Committee shall be responsible for the organization and execution of the membership candidate education process, as well as planning all degrees and rituals, and shall be headed by the elected Vice President of Membership.

Section 7 - Operations Commmittee

The Operations Committee shall be responsible for logistics of Mu Kappa Upsilon and the University of Pittsburgh Varsity Marching Band, and shall be headed by the elected Vice-President of Operations

Section 8 - Public Relations Committee (PR)

The Public Relations Committee shall be headed by the elected Secretary.

  1. The Committee shall be responsible for the administration of the Mu Kappa Upsilon Webpage.
  2. The Committee shall be responsible for the Newsletter and its distribution.
  3. The Secretary shall be the Committee Chair for the Public Relations Committee.
Section 9 - Special Committees

Special Committees shall be appointed by the President on an as needed basis and shall last the duration of the year under the President that appointed it.

Section 10 - Committee Member Responsibilities

Committee Heads shall make reports of committee activities at regular chapter meeting.

Section 11 - President Ex-official

The President is to be the ex-officio member of all committees, both standing and special.

Article IX - Meetings
Section 1 - Scheduling

The time and place of meetings shall be decided upon at the first meeting of each semester. This meeting shall be called by the Executive Board.

Section 2 - Attendance

Attendance is mandatory and is described herein:

  1. All Active Brothers and Membership Candidates must attend all regular and special meetings.
  2. Before being granted an excused absence, the Brother must submit a written/electronic excuse for the absence to the Secretary before the event he is to miss. If he misses the event unexpectedly he may submit the excuse at the next meeting he attends.
  3. Failure to submit a written/electronic excuse for an absence as stated above automatically constitutes an unexcused absence.
  4. If a member misses three (3) meetings or events in any semester of the school year, without an excuse, he shall be classed as Inactive as described in Article III, Section 7.
  5. During any Formal Vote absences will be counted as described in Article V, Section 3.
Section 3 - Major Penalties

If a member misses a Bid Session, Amendment Vote, Election of Officers, Candidate Program Event, Degrees, or Ritual without an excuse, he shall be assessed at two (2) unexcused absences.

Section 4 - Quorum

No business will be transacted unless a quorum is present. A Quorum consists of a majority of the Active Brothers and at least four (4) officers.

Section 5 - Installation of New Officers

The order of business at the regular meetings shall be as described herein:

  • Call to Order by the President
  • Attendance taken by the Secretary to determine presence of quorum
  • Reading of the minutes of the preceding meetings by the Secretary
  • President's Report
  • Vice-President of Membership's Report
  • Vice-President of Operations' Report
  • Treasurer's Report
  • Secretary's Report
  • Historian's Report
  • Standing Committees Report
  • Special Committees Report
  • Unfinished or Old Business
  • New Business
  • Good and Welfare
  • Adjornment
Article X - Finances
Section 1 - Dues

Dues shall be determined by the Brotherhood and Discussed during the first meeting of the Fall Term. They shall be approved by a majority vote of all non-abstaining Active Brothers. Conditions and Regulation of dues shall be described herein:

  1. Active, and Conditional Brothers must pay the full amount of dues within one month of the beginning of each term.
  2. Membership Candidates shall pay the full amount no later than one week prior to their Fifth Degree.
  3. Alumni, Honorary, Inactive Brothers shall not be assessed for dues for their participation.
Section 2 - Debt

Debt shall be defined herein:

  1. Any special assessment described in Article VIII, Section 6, Part A.
  2. Any item or items that have been given to a Brother as a project to be completed or have been loaned to the Brother for private use or for use in fraternity activities, and has been marked by the E-Board to be returned to the organization.
  3. Any receipt for goods or services purchased for Mu Kappa Upsilon in the name of Mu Kappa Upsilon for which monies have already been paid out for the Brother that holds the receipt.
  4. Failure to pay the dues by the assigned date.
  5. Debts shall become outstanding if incurred after camping trip and are not paid in full by the Bid Meeting of the following term, or if incurred after Bid Meeting become outstanding debt for a brother if not paid in full by Camping Trip.
  6. At the moment the Debt becomes outstanding as defined in Article VIII, Section 2, part E, the Brother that has incurred the debt becomes an Inactive Brother as defined in Article III, Section 7, part C.
Section 3 - Exceptions

Exceptions to avoid outstanding ddebt shall be defined herein:

  1. If an Active, Conditional, or Membership Candidate is unable to fulfill his financial obligations on time, he must notify the Executive Board, in writing, in advance of the due date, to set up an arrangement to fulfill his financial obligations.
  2. If written notification is not given or if the reason is judged not acceptable by a majority vote of the Brotherhood, the debt shall be outstanding and the Brother shall be Inactive as stated in Article III, Section 7.
Section 4 - Methods of Payment

All dues and debts shall be paid to the Treasurer in the form of check, money order, or cash.

Section 5 - Special Assessments

Special asssessments shall be defined herein:

  1. Special assessments may be proposed by any Active Brother, and if approved by a seventy-five percent affirmative vote of the Active Brothers present at the meeting, such assessments will be considered binding upon all Active and Membership Candidates.
  2. Failures to pay special assessments by the prescribed due date will result in Inactivity as described in Article III, Section 7, Part C.
Section 6 - Distribution of Funds

The Distribution of funds shall be defined herein:

  1. Brotherhood expenditures of over one hundred (100) dollars not under the discretion of the Treasurer, will require a financial plan and the approval by the Treasurer on the basis of feasibility of such expense, in order to be presented to the Brotherhood in a formal vote. To pass the expense the financial plan must gain a seventyfive (75) percent affirmative vote by the Active Brotherhood.
  2. Expenditures for regalia or any similar purchase to be reimburse by the Brotherhood do not require approval by the Active Brotherhood, but the approval by the Treasurer.
  3. If the Purchase has not been made in seven (7) days, the proposed financial plan must be re-approved by the treasurer and voted on again at the next meeting.
Section 6 - Distribution of Funds

The organization will not maintain an outside bank account if it receives funding from SGB.

Article XI - Publications Code
Section 1 - Compliance

In compliance with the Publications Code for Student Organizations, all the publications of the organization will comply with current copyright laws, be distributed according to policies and procedures, refrain for expressions that are considered obscene or libelous according to current statute, advocate or insight the material interference or physical disruption of the educational process or the peace, order, and decorum of the campus, or that advocate or incite imminent, lawless action or the violent overthrow of the government and identify the organization as publisher and specify that the group is a registered student organization at the University of Pittsburgh.

Article XII - Bylaws

Distribution of the By Laws will be limited to members of the Fraternity and shall not be open to the public, except only for re-registration with the S.O.R.C. of the University of Pittsburgh. Bylaws shall not include any business dealing with the operation of Mu Kappa Upsilon. Bylaws shall be amended without the need to approve a new Constitution.

Section 1 - Trivia

The Official Fraternity Trivia shall be listed herein:

  1. The Fraternity Motto is 'The Appreciation of Music Enriches the Spirit and Broadens the Intellect'
  2. The Fraternity Colors are Royal Blue, Silver, and White
  3. The Fraternity Flower is the White Lily
  4. The Fraternity Bird is the Thrush Nightingale
Section 2 - Regalia

The Official Fraternity Regalia for Mu Kappa Upsilon and how to approve Regalia shall be listed herein:

  1. Only the apparel and regalia which has been approved by a majority vote by the Active Brothers in attendance shall be considered as valid articles representing Mu Kappa Upsilon.
  2. Suggestions for jewelry, clothing, and regalia may be offered at any time by any member of Mu Kappa Upsilon.
  3. Mu Kappa Upsilon Letters shall be defined as royal blue with a white background on sports grew material. No other variations are allowed to be produced unless approved by the Active Brothers.
  4. Official Regalia includes:
    • Mu Kappa Upsilon Football Jersey
    • Mu Kappa Upsilon Polo Shirt
    • Mu Kappa Upsilon Letters on a T-shirt, Hoodie, or Sweatshirt
    • Mu Kappa Upsilon White Ball Caps
    • Mu Kappa Upsilon Baseball Jersey
Section 3 - Revision of the Constitution
  1. To revise the Constitution, the President appoints a special committee headed by the Historian to draft revisions. Those revisions then must be approved by a majority vote of approval by the Executive Board.
  2. After approval by the Executive Board, the revisions are discussed at the following meeting before a vote takes place.
  3. A seventy-five (75) percent approval vote of the Active non-abstaining Brothers will ratify the new revision.
  4. The new revision shall be sent to SORC for re-registration.
Section 4 - List of Honorary Brothers
  • Lou Rusiski
  • Peg Anderson
  • Jack Anderson
  • Matthew Alosi - 2013
  • Brad Townsend - 2015
  • Jennifer Costello - 2016
  • Paul Rush - 2018
Section 5 - Winners of Bandsmen of the Year

1972 - Michael Perza | 1973 - Richard Baker | 1974 - Richard Remil | 1975 - John Russell | 1976 - Kurt Leitholf | 1977 - Leo Homzuk | 1978 - Mark Kissinger | 1979 - MacMahan Gray | 1980 - Tommilea Hudson | 1981 - Joseph Brandt | 1982 - Sharon A Williamson | 1983 - Charles C. Fawcett IV | 1984 - Charles C. Fawcett IV | 1985 - Chuck Lee | 1986 - John Stefanyak | 1987 - Valen Sunny | 1988 - Bryan Lincoln | 1989 - Todd Hartman | 1990 - Kevin Bass | 1991 - E. Michael Baldauf | 1992 - Randal K. Lincoln | 1993 - Jeffery J. Miley | 1994 - Alex Alspach and Kevin R. Kirwan | 1995 - Michael Bailey | 1996 - Mark Edwards | 1997 - Scott McConnell | 1998 - Pete Chambers | 1999 - Erica Alderdice | 2000 - Dave Alexander | 2001 - Arjumand Ali | 2002 - Dave Himmler | 2003 - Forrest Moore | 2004 - Forrest Moore | 2005 - Michael Cellurale | 2006 - Jeremy Herrman | 2007 - Alex Moore | 2008 - Ben Gillespie | 2009 - Tyler McGaughey | 2010 - Jeremy Anderson | 2011 - Ian O'Neill | 2012 - J. Zachary Kurtik | 2013 - Patrick Reiss | 2014 - Brandon Caridi | 2015 - Lindsey Stafford | 2016 - Matt Pizarchik | 2017 - Emily Mitchell

Section 6 - Winners of the Lou Rusiski Distinguished Service Award

2015 - Jennifer Costello

Article XIII - Amendments
Section 1 - Format

A proposed amendment to the Constitution of Mu Kappa Upsilon may be submitted by any member in good standing at any time. To be considered for a vote, the amendment must be typed in the exact form in which the submitting member would prefer to see it in the constitution.

Section 2 - Discussion

Discussion on said proposed amendment shall take place at the meeting at which it was submitted as well as the following meeting.

Section 3 - Voting

At the meeting after the submission of the proposed amendment, a vote will be taken on the subject.

Section 4 - Approval

A three fourths (3/4) majority vote of the total Active Brotherhood including Membership Candidates in favor of the proposed amendment shall be necessary to approve said amendment.

Section 5 - Disapproval

If the proposed amendment is defeated, its submitter shall have the right to call for further debate and another vote. If after the second vote is taken, the required majority is not attained, discussion and consideration of the proposed amendment shall be dropped.

Section 6 - Incorporation

If the proposed amendment is approved, it shall be added to the written constitution.

Amendment I - Dual Membership Candidacy

In the case of a potential membership candidate receiving a bid from more than one University of Pittsburgh Band organization in addition to a receiving a bid to Mu Kappa Upsilon, the candidate can only accept their bid to Mu Kappa Upsilon given that they do not accept any other bid(s) to another Pitt Band organization(s) during the same semester they complete the Mu Kappa Upsilon Membership Program.

Amendment II - Statuses and Reactivation

Section 1 - Conditional Status

  • Part F Revision
    • Active Status can be given to a Conditional Brother by a majority vote of approval by the Active non-abstaining Brothers. No penalty will be incurred from semesters spent as a Conditional Brother, and all Rights Privileges, and Responsibilities described in Article III, Section 5 will be granted forthwith.

Section 2 - Inactive Status

  • Part A Revision
    • Inactive Status is broken into two classifications; (1) Inactive for any brother who does not fulfill the requirements of Active Status, Conditional Status and (2) Enforced Inactive for any brother who chooses to sever themselves from the fraternity, is in bad standing with the fraternity, or did not complete the Membership Candidate Program.
  • Part B Revision
    • An Enforced Inactive Brother may regain Active Status by submitting in writing an explanation for his infractions to the President, provided he correct the infractions he has committed, in order to be brought up for discussion by the President during meeting.
  • Part D Revision
    • Enforced Inactivity is forced upon a Brother that meets the following conditions and is decided by the Executive Board with a simple majority vote:
      • Any Brother that has been issued three (3) unexcused absences from Meetings or Formal Brotherhood Events during the Academic Term.
      • Any Brother that has failed to pay the required dues, fees, and/or assessments.
      • Any Brother who has does not meet academic standards of the fraternity or failed to share his Academic Standing with the Secretary for the Academic Term.
  • Part E Revision
    • An Inactive Brother who meets the requirements of Active Status may 'Reactivate', that is become an Active Brother if he is once again pursuing an undergraduate degree and is a member of the Pitt Band.
  • Part F Revision
    • 'De Facto' Alumni Status will be awarded to an Inactive Brother for whom who does not meet the requirements to be an Active Brother, but has neither graduated or is continuing to pursue a degree, nor a member of the Pitt Band. The Inactive Brother must be four (4) years removed from the year in which he completed the Membership Candidate Program.

Section 3 - Alumni Status

  • Part B Revision
    • An Enforced Inactive Brother may be granted Alumni Status provided he corrects that which caused him to lose his Active Status.
Amendment III - Bid Meeting Voting
  • Part A
    • To be extended an invitation to participate in the Membership Candidate Program on the first ballot of voting, the prospective individual must receive a vote of approval of seventy-five (75) percent of the Active non-abstaining Brothers, provided that the abstentions do not exceed thirty (30) percent of the Brothers present.
  • Part B
    • To be extended an invitation to participate in the Membership Candidate Program on the second ballot of voting, the prospective individual must receive a vote of approval of seventy-five (75) percent of the Active Brothers. An abstention vote will not be an option for this second ballot vote.
Amendment IV - Committee Revisions
  • Creation of Membership Committee
    • The Membership Committee shall be responsible for the organization and execution of the membership candidate education process, as well as planning all degrees and rituals, and shall be headed by the elected Vice President of Membership.
  • Add responsibility of Membership Committee chair to VPM description (Article V Section 2)
    • The Vice-President of Membership shall be the Committee Chair for the Membership Committee.
  • Transfer Webmaster Responsibility to Secretary
    • Part A - Remove webmaster as committee head and replace with secretary in Article VII Section 5
    • Part B - Add responsibility of PR Committee chair to Secretary description (Article V Section 6)
  • Add Fundraising Committee which would be under Article VII Section 7
    • Part A - Proposed Fundraising Committee description
      • The Fundraising Committee shall be responsible for the money raising ventures of Mu Kappa Upsilon, and shall be headed by the elected Treasurer.
    • Part B - Add responsibility of Fundraising Committee chair to Treasurer description (Article V Section 4)
Amendment V - Removal of Webmaster Position

Section 1 - Adjusting Section Numbering After Removal of Webmaster

  • Part A - Revised Section Numbering
    • Section 7 - Joint Chair
    • Section 8 - Advisory Vice-President
    • Section 9 - Faculty Advisor
    • Section 10 - Responsibility of Officers