Membership in NEHS is an honor bestowed on individuals selected for their accomplishments in the field of English and in overall academic achievement. The NEHS Constitution sets forth as minimum requirements for active membership the following:
- attendance at the school the equivalent of one semester prior to being considered. (If special circumstances merit, the Faculty Advisory Council may waive the semester regulation),
- completion of the equivalent of two semesters of English prior to induction as members,
- the achievement of a minimum overall and English grade point average of a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) prior to induction as members, and
- completion of an application process.
These criteria may be raised, but not lowered, by the local chapter, but criteria must be based on demonstrated academic matters. Membership criteria must be detailed in Chapter Bylaws and published to the school community prior to member selection.
Transferring an active membership is permissible. However, a student must complete one full semester at the new school before a full transfer is allowed. If the minimum GPA at the new school's chapter is higher than that of the previous school's chapter, the transferee may be
- granted membership, with the Faculty Advisory Council setting a reasonable time for the student to raise the GPA to the new standard, or
- directed that membership will not be transferred until the new, higher, GPA is attained. In all transfer situations, the Faculty Advisory Council is charged with making sound, equitable, consistent, and professional judgments.
Students who fall below the standards that were the basis for their selection as members shall be warned promptly in writing by the Chapter Advisor and given a reasonable amount of time to correct the deficiency, except that in the case of flagrant violation of school rules or civil laws a member does not necessarily have to be warned.
The procedure for removal from membership shall be determined by the Faculty Advisory Council in compliance with the rules and regulations of the National Advisory Council. A written description of the removal process shall be available to interested parties. Article XIII of the NEHS Constitution (Links to an external site.) provides further details.