Hastings NHS Bylaws

Article I: Purpose

Section 1:  The purpose of the National Honor Society (NHS) is to recognize and promote scholarship, service, leadership and character in American high schools. 

Section 2:  The NHS functions as an organization with individual and group service projects.  In addition to meetings, members participate in activities including a Halloween food drive, two bake sale fundraisers, a Red Cross Blood Drive, and the annual Gillette Walk-a-thon in May. 

Section 3:  Each member is also expected to complete a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer service during their NHS tenure (10 hours per quarter.) 

Article 2: Membership

Section 1:  Students eligible for NHS are those juniors with a rank eligible cumulative grade point average of  3.700.

Section 2:  Eligible students will receive a letter inviting them to seek membership into the Hastings chapter of NHS.  In order for eligible students to be considered for NHS membership, they will complete the NHS Candidate Form.  This Candidate Form calls for students to provide information regarding involvement in activities, leadership positions, and volunteer service.  Students are encouraged to have completed 10 hours of volunteer experience for their Candidate Form.  In addition, students will complete a short essay pertaining to one of the four pillars of NHS. 

Section 3:  Students will submit their Candidate Form to an advisor by a predetermined date. Parents and students must understand that no student has a right to be selected for membership to NHS.

Section 4:  Each staff member is given a list of students who are seeking membership to NHS.  Staff members are asked to address possible concerns regarding the students and their candidacy.  These forms are returned to the NHS advisor who compiles the concerns and presents them to the faculty council.

Section 5:  The faculty council reviews the staff feedback lists and each NHS Candidate Form.  The faculty council determines membership for the National Honor Society by a majority vote of the council for each student.



Article 3: Governance

Section 1: The faculty council consists of 5 faculty members and the NHS advisor(s).  The NHS advisor(s) is a non-voting member. 

Section 2: The principal does not serve on the faculty council.  The principal does have the right to review and approve the list of candidates after the selection process is complete. 


 Article 4: Appeals

Section 1:  Chapters are not obligated to share information concerning specific students not selected for membership into the NHS.  The principal may listen to concerns from students (and/or parents) not selected. 

Section 2:  Following such discussions, if the principal believes a technical error was made, the principal may ask the faculty council to reconvene to review the situation.  Technical errors might include the inadvertent omission of a name from the list of eligible students.  In the absence of specific evidence to the contrary, however, the principal must assume that the members of the council are exercising their discretion in a legitimate manner. 



Article 5: Discipline and Dismissal

Section 1:  Once students have been inducted into the NHS, there are requirements to maintain membership.  Failure to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.700 and above, participate in NHS events and/or complete the required number of service hours will result in the student being placed on probation or considered for dismissal from NHS.  The Faculty Council will review all possible violations and make recommendations for appropriate disciplinary action which can include dismissal. 

Section 2:  Violations of school rules or the law do not require a warning/probationary period and members may be considered for dismissal from NHS. 

Section 3:  Members have a right to due process through the faculty council.  In all cases of pending dismissal, a member shall have a hearing with the Faculty Council.  A majority vote of the Faculty Council is needed for dismissal. 

Section 4:  The principal will hear all appeals for disciplinary matters of the chapter. 

Section 5:  Seniors failing to meet requirements or who have been dismissed from NHS do not wear the white stole during the commencement ceremony, do not have a diploma embellished with the NHS seal and are not recognized in the graduation program.

Article 6: Officers and Meetings

Section 1: Hastings chapter of NHS has 5 officers that lead the membership.

Section 2: Student officers shall be elected at the meeting prior to the induction ceremony.  All active members are eligible to run for a position as officer.  All active members of the chapter are eligible to vote.

Section 3: The 5 students receiving the highest number of votes determine the 5 officers for the next school year.

Section 4: Meetings of this chapter shall be quarterly.

Section 5: All chapter members are required to attend all regularly-scheduled chapter meetings. 

Membership Standards as Outlined by the National Honor Society

Character: Character is what distinguishes one individual from another. It is the product of constant striving to make the right choices day after day. Students with good character demonstrate respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring, and citizenship in all of their actions.


ScholarshipScholarship is characterized by a commitment to learning. A student is willing to spend the necessary time to cultivate his/ her mind in the quest for knowledge. This pillar can only be achieved through diligence and effort. Scholarship means always doing the best work possible, regardless of impending reward.


Leadership: Leaders take the initiative to aid others in a wholesome manner throughout their daily activities. Leaders sacrifice their personal interests in order to yield to the needs of others. Leaders need wisdom and self-confidence to affect change in all aspects of their lives.


Service: The pillar of service can be reached in a variety of ways. The willingness to work for the benefit of those in need without compensation or recognition of any kind is a quality that is essential in NHS members. As a service organization, the National Honor Society is highly concerned with giving its all to the school and community at large.

This chapter policy sent for review by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Honor Society program division, in October 2016.