Frequently Asked Questions about Membership


1. What are the requirements for membership in National Honor Society?
2. What is the selection process for the National Honor Society (NHS) at Central York High School?
3. Why do members pay dues?
4. What are grounds for dismissal from NHS?
5. When and at what time are NHS meetings held?
6. Can a member resign from NHS?




What are the requirements for membership in National Honor Society?


The Faculty Council of the chapter selects students who demonstrate outstanding performance in ALLfour criteria of NHS--scholarship, leadership, service, and character. According to the principles outlined in Article IX, Section 2, the Faculty Council should first identify students with the prerequisite cumulative 3.65 GPA and then evaluate the candidates' performance in the areas of leadership, service, and character. Although the academic criterion is important and should be considered first, membership should never be considered on the basis of grades alone. 

NHS Handbook, section 4.2


What is the selection process for the National Honor Society (NHS) at Central York High School?


NHS selection procedure: 

• Academically eligible students pursuing membership will supply the Faculty Council with completed information forms that will include evidence of character, service, and leadership. 

• The Faculty Council will solicit information from the faculty and school officials, as well as community members. 

• The Faculty Council will review all forms and gathered information in order to ascertain if the student meets all criteria. 

• A majority vote by the Faculty Council secures selection. 

• The advisers or the principal will meet with unsuccessful candidates to discuss reasons for non-selection. 

• Selected students will be notified. 

• Any appeals to the Faculty Council’s decision must be directed to the building principal. Only technical or procedural errors will be considered. 

• Letters of selection will be sent to parents.

• Students are inducted into the National Honor Society at a formal induction ceremony held in November. 

It is understood that, “Parents and students must understand that no student has a right to be selected for membership in a chapter of the National Honor Society” page 35 of NASSP handbook (50th ed.).



Why do members pay dues?


Chapters determine and specify in their bylaws the amount of local chapter dues, if any, for their members. Dues are not to exceed $20 per year per member. Membership should not be denied because of a student's inability to pay. 

(NHS Handbook, Section 6.1) 

The CYHS chapter collects dues from ALL members to support the activities of the organization, including induction and the Senior Breakfast at the end of the year. Dues also help pay for membership cards, pins, and certificates. 

Dues are $10 each year. A $2 penalty is added to the amount for each week the dues are late.



What are the grounds for dismissal from NHS?


Members should understand fully that they are subject to dismissal if they do NOT maintain the standards of scholarship, leadership, service, and character that were used as a basis for their selection. 

The Faculty Council can select to discipline a member by placing them on warning (sometimes referred to as suspension or probation), during which time they are considered NOT IN GOOD STANDING with the chapter, although technically still retaining membership. Such warning periods are generally for a specific amount of time after which regular membership is restored. Article XV, Section 3, notes that only members who are in good standing will be allowed to wear the Society's emblem, unless the local chapter bylaws indicate to the contrary. 

Chapter advisers are encouraged to remind senior members of this condition on several occasions during the members' last year and include it in the written list of chapter member obligations. 

Members should also be informed that they are allowed limited warnings during their membership, and that in the case of a flagrant violation of school rules or the law, a warning is not required for dismissal, but a hearing will still be held. The hearing is identified in the NHS constitution as a right of membership; is guaranteed as due process as identified by the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution; and requires the chapter to notify the member of the action being contemplated, the reasons for the action, the date and time of the hearing, and the opportunity for the member to respond either in writing or orally. 

A student who is dismissed or who resigns is never again eligible for membership in NHS. 

(NHS Handbook, Section 7.1) 

A member can be considered for dismissal when performance falls below the acceptable levels of ANY of the standards by which the student was selected, when the member fails to fulfill chapter obligations, or when the member is found guilty of violating school rules or the law. 

The Faculty Council determines when an individual has exceeded a reasonable number of warnings, thus warranting consideration of dismissal. 

In all cases of pending dismissal, a chapter member shall have a right to be notified in writing of the offenses and to a hearing before the Faculty Council. This is the due process guaranteed to all chapter members under both the NHS constitution and the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Please note that this hearing is prior to dismissal. Under no circumstances is there automatic dismissal from the Honor Society. 

Appeals of dismissal are to be handled first by the school principals and, thereafter, in the same fashion as disciplinary appeals in the student's school district. Neither the National Council nor the national office has the authority to hear appeals in cases of dismissal. 

(NHS Handbook, Section 7.2) 

If a member is dismissed from NHS, they must turn in their membership card, certificate, and pin (seniors only) to the advisers within two weeks of dismissal. If they do not, then appropriate disciplinary actions will be taken.



When and at what time are NHS meetings held?


Regular NHS meetings are held in the auditorium on the first and third Wednesdays of the month. Meetings start promptly at 7:15 am. 

Make-up meetings for those who cannot attend a regular meeting are held in room 605 on the second and fourth Monday of the month. Meetings begin promptly at 2:01 PM. 

Attendance is taken at all meetings. If you arrive after 7:20 AM for a regular meeting, you are late and will be listed as ABSENT. If you arrive after 2:05 PM for a make-up meeting, the same policy applies. 

There are four meetings every month in order to allow members some flexibility in attending meetings. Members are required to attend 2 meetings each month. 

In addition, members are only allowed to miss 2 meetings per semester. If 2 meetings are missed, members will meet with the advisers and receive a letter of warning stating that they are on probation and if they miss one more meeting, they will come before the Faculty Council and face possible dismissal from NHS. Parents will also receive a copy of the warning letter. 

If a member is dismissed from NHS, they must turn in their membership card, certificate, and pin (seniors only) to the advisers within two weeks of dismissal. If they do not, then appropriate disciplinary actions will be taken.



Can a member resign from NHS?



A member who resigns from NHS will never again be eligible for membership or its benefits. Resignation from the Honor Society should involve the submission of a written statement by the resigning member that is dated and signed by both the student and his or her parent(s). Verbal resignations are generally insufficient to end membership. Students contemplating resignation should be informed of the ramifications of their resignation. Students cannot be forced to resign. This situation would be interpreted as a dismissal order for which the process, as outlined in Article X of the national constitution, must be followed. 

(NHS Handbook, Section 7.4)