Lambda Chi Alpha has celebrated a rich history. Since its inception, the loyal members of the Fraternity have gathered to take part in business meetings to pass legislation that provides guidelines for the rules and regulations of Lambda Chi Alpha. These meetings occur every other year and are called General Assemblies.
The General Assembly is the Fraternity’s biannual legislative session and the supreme ruling body of Lambda Chi Alpha. The first General Assembly was held at the Boston University chapter house in 1912. The General Assembly meets every other year, in even numbered years, to elect the officers of the Lambda Chi Alpha and to determine policies and procedure for the chapters, colonies and members.
Each chapter is required to send at least one representative to the General Assembly to serve as the chapter’s Official Delegate. The chapter’s Official Delegate will have a vote at all General Assembly proceedings, including the election of the Grand High Zeta. The Official Delegate will be appointed to serve on a legislative committee for the General Assembly, which considers new laws and policies for the entire Fraternity.
By fraternity law, undergraduates have the majority vote at the General Assembly, meaning any significant legislation must be endorsed and supported by a majority of current undergraduate members. All members of the Grand High Zeta, along with Board of Councilors and Order of Merit recipients, enjoy full voting rights, but alumni participate in the General Assembly cannot exceed one-third of the total number of Chapters. On the first day of the General Assembly, after the final number of chapters with voting privileges has been determined, the other alumni present may elect delegates to voting positions for the General Assembly.
Any chapter or member may propose legislation to change the Constitution and Statutory Code, or other applicable policies and standards of Lambda Chi Alpha.
To learn about the next General Assembly, click here.
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