Article II: Membership

  1. Applying

    Any PCC student who

    • has completed 12 units;
    • maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; and
    • is currently enrolled in 9 units is eligible to join Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society.

    Any incoming student who

    • has a high school GPA of 3.5 and above; and
    • is currently enrolled in 9 units is eligible to join Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society.

    Any international student who

    • can fulfill membership requirement, as defined in Article II, Section IV, Item D of the Bylaws.
  2. Member in Good Standing
    1. A student who has paid current membership dues;
    2. A student who is not under any organizational disciplinary action;
    3. A student who is not under any college disciplinary action;
    4. A student who remains enrolled in the required minimum units for satisfactory academic progress of an Honor Society member;
    5. A student who has fulfilled all Alpha Gamma Sigma (AGS) Membership obligations for both the current and past semesters, as defined in Article II of the Bylaws of Alpha Gamma Sigma (AGS), Incorporated.
    6. A student who is qualified to run for a board position, apply for scholarships, and receive transcript notation.
  3. Two Classes of Member Status
    1. Active Members must complete 20 (twenty) hours of service time during the concurrent Fall or Spring semester. 6 (six) of these twenty hours must be dedicated specifically to fundraising for or contributing to Alpha Gamma Sigma, known as AGS hours. Active members may apply for Alpha Gamma Sigma (AGS) scholarships, run and vote for office.
    2. Inactive Members must complete 9 (nine) hours of service during the concurrent Fall or Spring semester. 2 (two) hours must be AGS hours. Inactive Members may not apply for Alpha Gamma Sigma scholarships nor vote for leadership.
    3. Membership status is non-transferable after payment of dues.
    4. Members may choose to change their status from Active to Inactive only up until the application deadline.
  4. Four Types of Membership

    Temporary Membership

    1. Students entering their first semester of community college who either are lifetime members of the California Scholarship Federation (CSF) or have graduated a U.S. high school with a GPA of at least 3.5 are invited to become Temporary members during their first semester in a community college.
    2. First-semester students in Fall who are recipients of the PCC Honors-at-Entrance scholarship are eligible to join as Temporary members for the remainder of the semester.
    3. Temporary members have, upon payment of dues, all the privileges of membership except for holding elective office.
    4. Pertaining to incoming international students, their eligibility to join AGS will be determined based on a midterm GPA of 3.0. Upon applying to be an AGS member and meeting the requirement of being enrolled in at least 9 units, they will be placed on a probationary period until midterm grades are received.

    Initial Membership

    1. Students are eligible to become Initial members who have at least 12 semester units of college courses and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 by semester's end, in all college coursework going back up to 2 years.

    Continuing Membership

    1. Initial members who were in AGS for at least one semester may apply for Continuing membership if they maintain a 3.0 GPA, in all college coursework going back up to 2 years and are enrolled in at least 9 units.
    2. Continuing members with 30 semester units may wear the silver ΑΓΣ pin.
    3. Continuing members will receive one semester's grace period if the member's GPA falls below 3.0. One grace period is accumulated for every earned semester of membership. A Continuing member cannot have two grace periods consecutively.
    4. A grace period does not grant the member a transcript notation. The grace period gives the member a chance to preserve his or her status as a continuing member, which would count toward applying for permanent membership.

    Permanent Membership

    1. Permanent Membership is granted to Continuing Members. Students are eligible to petition by application for Permanent Membership during the semester in which they
      1. Complete 60 semester units in degree-appropriate college courses, of which at least 54 units are for a grade (not as CR/No Credit);
      2. Have completed at least 30 of these units at the Community College level;
      3. Are currently registered as a Continuing Member; and
      4. Meet one of the following criteria:
        • A student in the 2nd semester of AGS membership completes the semester with a cumulative 3.50 GPA or higher in all recognized college courses; or
        • A student in the 3rd semester of AGS membership or more completes the semester with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 in all recognized college courses.
    2. Permanent membership applications must be filed by the established due date, commonly at minimum one week beyond the final day to apply for chapter membership in the semester.
    3. Permanent members are entitled to receive the Alpha Gamma Sigma Permanent Certificate. They may also wear the gold ΑΓΣ pin and the distinguished gold stole.
    4. For Permanent members all future membership dues are waived. Permanent members are not automatically entitled to a transcript notation every semester.

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