National Bylaws


Purpose & Mission

Purpose: The purpose of the Rho Chi Society Beta Delta Chapter is pursuant to the 2018 National Bylaws:

  1. “To promote the advancement of the pharmaceutical sciences through the encouragement and recognition of sound scholarship. High standards of intellectual and scholarly attainment have been demanded for election to membership; and such election, symbolized by the award of the Rho Chi Key, supplies a unique scholarship incentive;

  2. To promote scholarly fellowship in pharmacy by bringing professional students, graduate students, and faculty members together in fraternal and helpful association. Regular chapter meetings, and other activities, emphasize the professional aspects of pharmacy and point the way to instructive study and research. By such means, Rho Chi, like its sister honor societies, seeks to increase the awareness of the ethical and social responsibilities of the profession, and thereby, to enhance the prestige of the profession;

  3. To encourage research in pharmacy and, in 1972, established a first-year graduate scholarship. In 1992, the first-year graduate scholarship was awarded in conjunction with the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education (AFPE) Board of Grants. This scholarship is awarded, on a competitive basis, to a student in the final year of professional studies or to a member who has completed professional studies. It is limited to members of the Rho Chi Society who enter graduate programs in accredited schools/colleges of pharmacy leading to the Ph.D. degree. A similar post-doctoral clinical research scholarship was established in 2003 and is administered by the Rho Chi Scholarship Committee. The Scholarship is awarded to a Rho Chi member entering the second year of fellowship training. In addition, small cash awards are presented to chapters who are selected in the Chapter Awards Program and are based upon competitive theme entries suggested each year by the Society’s Executive Council and/or sustained activities of the chapter.”


Mission: The mission of The Rho Chi Society Beta Delta Chapter is pursuant to the 2018 National Bylaws:


The Rho Chi Society will achieve universal recognition of its members as lifelong intellectual leaders in pharmacy. As a community of scholars, the Society will instill the desire to pursue intellectual excellence and critical inquiry to advance the profession.


The Rho Chi Society, Pharmacy’s academic honor society, encourages and recognizes excellence in intellectual achievement and fosters fellowship among its members. Further, the Society encourages high standards of conduct and character, and advocates critical inquiry in all aspects of pharmacy.


Membership

Membership:


  1. Constituents. All St. John’s University pharmacy students, graduate students, and faculty that meet the necessary requirements set forth below as illustrated by the Rho Chi Society National Bylaws of 2018, shall be considered constituents of Rho Chi.


  1. Pharmacy Student Membership: A pharmacy student shall be considered a constituent of Rho Chi if they meet all of the following requirements as stated in the National Bylaws:

  • They are full-time students enrolled in a professional pharmacy program that is (fully) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), or the Canadian Council for the Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs;

  • The student has completed no less than one-half of the required pre-Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (pre-APPE) professional course work as defined for their degree;

  • The student is ranked in the highest 20 percent of their class professional grade point average (GPA) as determined by the school or college in which they are enrolled and have attained a minimum professional GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students that declined their membership may be inducted the following year, until their graduation from St. John’s University;

        • Professional grade point averages will be calculated after the P1 and P2 year to determine membership eligibility;

  • The student has been certified eligible for membership by the dean of the pharmacy school or the dean’s designee. The dean or the dean’s designee shall certify that candidates have no known disciplinary action for academic dishonesty, misconduct, or unprofessional behavior.


  1. Graduate Student Membership: A graduate student shall be considered a constituent of Rho Chi if they meet all of the following requirements as listed in the national bylaws:

  • The student is pursuing a Master of Science or a Doctor of Philosophy degree and is majoring in one or more areas of pharmaceutical study mentored or supervised by a member of the pharmacy faculty;

  • The student completed no less than one-half of the required course work as defined for their degree by the program;

  • The student maintained the equivalent of a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale in graduate course work. [For calculation purposes, graduate grades are converted to weighted scales (H = 4.0; P=3.0, L=2.0; F=0);

  • The student meets the requirements for membership set forth in Article III, Section 2, Subsection d. above.

  1. Professor Membership: A professor shall be considered a constituent of Rho Chi if they meet all of the following requirements as listed in the national bylaws:

  • The professor is appointed in a school or college of pharmacy;

  • The professor is eligible to vote on faculty matters of the school or college of pharmacy;

  • The professor has a principal duty to instruct or hold research or administrative appointments in the school or college of pharmacy;

  • The professor is nominated to membership by a full collegiate member of the Society or self;

  • The student meets the requirements for membership set forth in Article III, Section 2, Subsection d. above.