Bylaws: Articles 13-18

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Section 1: Tax Exempt Status
It is the intent of Beta Phi Mu and its chapters to comply with all requirements for maintaining tax exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code as amended. It is the duty of the Treasurer of Beta Phi Mu to file promptly any reports required, meet all other requirements for compliance and notify the Executive Board of any changes in these requirements.

Section 2: Tax Provision Compliance
Notwithstanding any provisions to the contrary, neither the Executive Board nor any officer or member of the Society shall be authorized to exercise any power or engage in any activity not in furtherance of the tax exempt purposes of Beta Phi Mu.


Neither the Society nor any chapter shall discriminate against or in favor of any member on account of race, religion, creed, national origin, political belief, gender, sexual orientation, age, or physical disability.


The Society subscribes to the principles of intellectual freedom for its members and for recipients of grants as individuals but does not endorse any positions promulgated, any political activity engaged in, or any cause espoused by members or recipients of grants.


These Bylaws may be amended by a majority vote of the valid ballots cast in a ballot, either paper or electronic, vote. Proposed amendment and ballot must be separate documents but may be distributed with the ballot for the election of officers and/or with the newsletter. To change a bylaw, there must be a recommendation by any one member.


Sturgis Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure, in the latest edition, shall govern the Society in all cases to which it can be applied and in which it is not inconsistent with these Bylaws or special rules of order adopted by the Society.


Section 1: Assets
As a condition of dissolution of this Society, the Executive Board shall convert its net assets at the time of dissolution into cash.  Such cash shall then be donated to the American Library Association to endow the Beta Phi Mu Award and to the Association for Library and Information Science Education to be used for its awards program.

Section 2: Archives
All Beta Phi Mu archival material shall be placed on permanent file with the records housed at the Beta Phi Mu archives at the University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign at the time of dissolution.