1. Review the NHS Constitution, NJHS Constitution or NEHS Constitution to identify any possible violations of Honor Society policy. 2. Address all alleged policy violations with both the chapter adviser and the principal of the school. You must confirm that both individuals have been given an opportunity to respond to your concerns and correct any possible violations of Honor Society policy.
3. The national office cannot hear appeals or render decisions for selection or dismissal. Complaints must identify at least one violation of Honor Society policy as the basis of the complaint, and include evidence of the violation(s).
4. Complaints identifying a chapter’s noncompliance with Honor Societies are thoroughly investigated, and the national office will identify corrective actions required to bring the chapter into compliance. The complaint must cite specific instances of a chapter’s violation of Honor Society policies.
5. If possible, include copies of chapter bylaws, dismissal and selection procedures*, and any relevant correspondence you’ve had with the school. Bylaws are often provided to Honor Society members by the chapter adviser or school principal. The school is not required to provide them to nonmembers, but they should verify the existence of bylaws.
* Chapters are required to publish a description of their selection procedures in a school publication and provide a written description of their dismissal procedures upon request. If these documents do not exist or the chapter is unwilling or unable to provide them, please note that in your summary.
6. Include only information that is relevant to the issue(s) identified in the complaint. Do not embellish or otherwise misrepresent actions of the chapter (adviser, faculty council, and/or principal). Avoid including any unfounded allegations or rumors in your correspondence. This includes rumors or hearsay about other students/members and their membership status.
7. Do not include academic records (i.e., report cards or transcripts), medical records, recommendations, legal documents, or other privileged information. All complaints and attachments become the property of NASSP (parent organization of NHS, NJHS, and NEHS) and will not be returned.
8. After submitting your complaint to the national office, provide a copy of the complaint to the adviser and principal.
9. Enter your name, working email address and initials where required. Anonymous complaints are not reviewed.
Unless otherwise indicated, complaints are reviewed within 20 business days of receipt. This is a review period, not a resolution period. If violations of Honor Society policy are identified, the school will be contacted following the review, and an outline for corrective action will be provided to the school. The national office will work to bring the chapter into compliance with national policies. Updates regarding your complaint will be sent via email. The national office cannot guarantee a resolution timeframe or outcome regarding the individual selection or membership status of a student as a result of the complaint investigation.