Ordinances & Regulations

Updated per resolution and ballot March 18, 2017

ARTICLE I – TITLE AND JURISDICTION

Section 1: This College, acting under a Charter issued by William H. Koon, II, Supreme Magus of The High Council, Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis, shall be known as Utah College, Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis.

Section 2: This College shall have exclusive jurisdiction over the affairs of the Society within the State of Utah.

Article II – OBJECTS

Section 1: The objects of this College are:

  1. To afford mutual aid and encouragement in working out the great problems of Life; and in searching out the secrets of Nature; to facilitate the study of systems of Philosophy; and to investigate the meaning and symbolism of the art and wisdom of the ancient and modern world.
  2. To consider and examine the philosophy, iconology, and literature of Freemasonry, to gain a deeper understanding of History, Mythology, Legend, Symbolism, and Science in the study of Freemasonry;
  3. To establish a common bond and draw within our ranks men of scientific inclination, students of philosophy, science, arts, and religion, and those interested therein; and;
  4. To promote the study of science, religion, arts, and philosophy, and the histories thereof, to the end that our Fratres, and those within their influence, may be enlightened by their efforts.

Section 2: To the extent practicable, this College may from time to time:

  1. Publish the transactions of the College, containing excerpts of business transacted, papers presented, and discussion thereon;
  2. Publish works presented by its Fratres having a bearing on the studies of the college
  3. Publish, print or otherwise disseminate works of interest or benefit to its Fratres.

ARTICLE III – OBEDIENCE

Section 1: This College owes allegiance to The High Council, Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis, (SRICF) and is subject to the provisions of its Constitution, rulings and edicts.

Section 2: Whereas this college consists of Master Masons and operates within the Masonic Jurisdiction of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons of Utah, this College shall abide and obey the laws, regulations, and edicts of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons of Utah.

Section 3: This College recognizes those Rosicrucian societies and Colleges with whom the High Council, SRICF, has fraternal relationships.

ARTICLE IV – OFFICERS

Section 1: The officers of this College shall take style and rank as follows:

1 – Chief Adept 11 – Organist
2 – Celebrant 12 – First Herald
3 – Suffragan 13 – Second Herald
4 – Secretary 14 – Torch Bearer
5 – Treasurer 15 – Guardian of the Caverns
6 – First Ancient 16 – Acolyte
7 – Second Ancient 17 – Librarian (Optional)
8 – Third Ancient 18 – Prelate
9 – Fourth Ancient
10 – Conductor of Novices

 

Section 2: The Chief Adept, Treasurer and Secretary are appointed by the Supreme Magus for a three-year term, or for the remaining portion of his term, whichever is shorter. At the end of the Supreme Magus’ term, each shall be considered to have tendered his resignation. Each may be reappointed by the next Supreme Magus for a subsequent three-year term or as otherwise provided in the Constitution of The High Council, SRICF. Each is subject to removal by the same authority or by The High Council, SRICF. The offices of Secretary and Treasurer may be individually appointed or held by one Frater.

Section 3: The Celebrant, Suffragan and four Ancients shall be elected each year at the Annual Convocation by ballot, and a majority of votes cast shall constitute election. The remaining officers shall be appointed by the Chief Adept.

Section 4: All officers shall hold their respective offices until their successors are elected and installed. The officers shall be installed into office by the Chief Adept or his designee on the day of their election/appointment, time and circumstances permitting.

Section 5: To be eligible for offices of and above that of First Ancient, a Frater must have attained the Seventh Grade and the Chief Adept who is IX° ex officio ad vitam.

Section 6: There is no expected line or order of progression among either the elected or appointed officers. Any Frater having attained the necessary grade or higher may express an interest in any elected or appointed Office.

Section 7: An Advisory Council of the College shall be established by the Chief Adept consisting of at least three (3) Third Order members of this College. When established, the Advisory Council will serve to advise the Chief Adept as he may request, or as may otherwise be specified in these Ordinances.

Section 8: Should a vacancy occur in the office of Celebrant, Suffragan, or one or more of the Four Ancients by death, resignation, suspension or removal from the jurisdiction, or other cause, such vacancy or vacancies shall be filled for the remaining portion of the term by the Chief Adept.

ARTICLE V – MEMBERSHIP

Section 1: In conformity with ancient usage, there may be no more than seventy-two (72) active members in this College.

Section 2: Each member shall have voice and vote in the matters pertaining to the College, so far as such matters pertain to the Grade the Frater shall have attained.

Section 3: Membership is contingent upon attendance at meetings. If a Frater is unable to attend a meeting, he must contact the Secretary or Chief Adept electronically or in writing stating the reason for non-attendance.

Section 4: Four consecutive unexcused absences will constitute grounds for suspension. Acceptance of excuses is at the discretion of the Chief Adept or Advisory Council.

Section 5: Neither this College nor its members shall recognize as a Rosicrucian any person residing within the jurisdiction of The High Council, SRICF, who shall, while residing therein, receive the Grades in some other jurisdiction, without having first obtained the consent of the College having jurisdiction over him, or of one of the three Ruling Magi of The High Council, SRICF.

Section 6: Honorary membership in this College may be conferred upon distinguished Fratres from other Colleges recognized by The High Council, SRICF by a unanimous ballot of the Fratres present at the Convocation at which the Frater is proposed. Any such Honorary members shall retain their Regular member Grade designation.

Section 7: Emeritus membership may be granted when a member is no longer able to attend Convocations through no fault of his own, in accordance with the provisions and limitations of the Constitution of the High Council, SRICF.

Emeritus members shall be entitled to all the rights and privileges pertaining to their Grade, except that no Emeritus member may hold office in this College.

There shall be no more than 10 (ten) Emeritus members of this College without approval of the High Council or the Supreme Magus.

Section 8: Grade Designations

Regular or Emeritus membership in any SRICF Grade is designated by Roman Numerals after the name, followed by the degree mark (°) – i.e. VII° Grade.

Honorary membership in any SRICF Grade is designated by Arabic Numerals after the name, followed by the degree mark (°) – i.e. 7° Grade.

ARTICLE VI – CANDIDATES

Section 1: Qualifications

No Aspirant shall be admitted to membership in this College unless he be a Master Mason in good standing, of good moral character, intelligent, and possessing a mind free from prejudice and anxious for instruction.

Each Aspirant shall be of the Christian faith, and shall profess the same in writing.

There shall be no other requirements, actual or implied, in determining whether a proposed Aspirant is qualified for membership in this College.

Section 2: Residence

Each Aspirant shall be a resident of the State of Utah, or a State where no College under the High Council, SRICF claims authority, unless exception is made by The High Council, SRICF.

No Aspirant rejected by a College having jurisdiction over him may be received in this College without the consent of the College by which he was rejected.

Section 3: Proposals for Membership

In order to achieve conformity with all governances, pertaining to acceptance and review of the proposal of names for membership, established in the Constitution of the High Council Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis a Utah College Proposal for Membership Form must be submitted to the Advisory Council not less than thirty (30) days prior to the College Convocation for admission into the First Order.

Unanimous consent of the Advisory Council shall be necessary before submitting the name of the proposed Aspirant to the Chief Adept. The Advisory Council will present their approval not less than ten (10) days prior to the Convocation of this College.

The names of Aspirants approved by the Advisory Council and Chief Adept shall be provided to members of this College electronically or in writing by the Secretary prior to the next stated Convocation.

A unanimous ballot by the Fratres present at the Convocation where the name is presented shall be required for admission. Masonic protocol for verbal objection of an Aspirant made to the Chief Adept prior to the ballot applies (as defined by the Code of the MW GL F&AM of UT).

No invitation for membership will be issued if written objection by a member of this College is received by the Chief Adept prior to the ballot being taken.

Section 4: Invitations

No Aspirant is to be made aware that he is being considered for membership in this College until his invitation is issued.

No person who solicits membership in this College will be considered for membership.

Once an invitation has been tendered, it must be accepted within one year or it shall be deemed withdrawn.

If an individual fails to accept an invitation within the period prescribed, a subsequent invitation shall not be issued for a period of three (3) years.

ARTICLE VII – THE ORDERS AND APPELLATIONS

Section 1: This College has the power to confer the four GRADES of the FIRST ORDER, which are:

I°- Zelator

II° – Theoricus

III° – Practicus

IV° – Philosophus

Section 2: This College has the power to confer the three GRADES of the SECOND ORDER, which are:

V° – Adeptus Minor

VI°- Adeptus Major

VII° – Adeptus Exemptus

Section 3: The GRADES of the THIRD ORDER, which are conferred only by The High Council, SRICF, are:

VIII° – Magister Templi

IX° – Magus

Section 4: Appellations used by Fratres are as follows:

Supreme Magus – Most Worthy

Fratres of the Third Order – Right Worthy

Celebrant and Suffragan not of the Third Order – Very Worthy

Fratres of the First and Second Orders – Worthy

ARTICLE VIII – QUORUM

Section 1: Not less than FIVE Fratres, at least one of who must be the Chief Adept or Celebrant, shall constitute a Quorum in the FIRST ORDER.

Section 2: Not less than THREE Fratres at least one of who must be the Chief Adept shall constitute a Quorum in the SECOND ORDER.

ARTICLE IX – CONVOCATIONS

Section 1: Annual Convocation

This College shall hold an Annual Convocation each year on or near the Vernal Equinox;

The Annual Convocation shall be held in the city of Salt Lake City, Utah, or at a location otherwise designated by the Chief Adept.

A collation at the Annual Convocation is obligatory.

Section 2: A minimum of three additional Regular Convocations shall be held at times and places to be determined within the State.

Section 3: The Chief Adept may direct that any Regular or Special Convocation be held at a specific time or location when, in his sole opinion, it is advisable so to do.

ARTICLE X – MOTTO

Section 1: Each Frater shall, upon admission into this College, choose a Latin motto which will be registered with the Secretary-General by the Secretary of the College. The Frater’s motto shall be submitted to the Secretary on or before the next Regular Convocation of the College following admission to this College.

Section 2: Said motto, once recorded, shall be appended to the Frater’s signature in all formal communications relating to the College.

Section 3: No two living Fratres in this College may adopt the same motto.

Section 4: After the motto is duly registered with the Secretary-General, it may not be changed under any circumstances.

Section 5: If a motto cannot be chosen by an Aspirant the Celebrant or Chief Adept will assign one at their pleasure.

ARTICLE XI – FEES AND DUES

Section 1: Fees

The fee for admission, which includes the conferral of the Grades of the First Order shall one-hundred-fifty dollars ($150) plus any fees and assessments levied by the High Council.

The fees for the conferral of all Grades of the Second Order shall one-hundred-fifty dollars ($150) plus any fees and assessments levied by the High Council.

Each Frater elevated to VIII° Grade shall pay one-hundred-fifty dollars ($150) to the College, plus any additional fees and assessments set forth by the High Council, to the High Council.

Each Frater elevated to IX° Grade shall pay one-hundred-fifty dollars ($150) to the College, plus any additional fees and assessments set forth by the High Council, to the High Council.

Fees assessed in iii) and iv) above may be waived if waived by the Supreme Magus

On admission or elevation, Fratres shall receive the jewel appropriate for their Grade

Section 2: Dues

Effective March 2018 Dues for all Fratres of the College shall stand at one-thirty- dollars ($130), plus any additional frees, and assessments set forth by the High Council.

For Emeritus members, annual dues shall consist of any required assessment of The High Council, SRICF.

Annual dues are payable on or before the twentieth day of March of each year.

Any Frater delinquent in his dues for more than six months is subject to suspension from membership in this College as determined by vote of the members.

ARTICLE XII – RIGHTS OF ADVANCEMENT

Section 1. The Chief Adept shall establish and communicate appropriate procedures and requirements for advancement from the First Order to the Second Order or from Grade to Grade. These requires shall be include personal development and in keeping with the tenets and precepts of Rosicrucianism.

ARTICLE XIII – OFFFICERS DUTIES

Section 1: CHIEF ADEPT

Shall have the general superintendence of all affairs pertaining to the College.

Shall preside at all Convocations in the Second Order and may, at his pleasure, preside in the First Order.

Shall appoint all committees, and be ex-officio Chairman of the same.

Shall discharge all the duties prescribed for him by the Constitution, Ordinances, Regulations, Rituals and usages of the Order.

Shall, upon his appointment by the Supreme Magus establish an Advisory Council consisting of at least 3 (three) Third Order Members belong to this College.

Shall have veto power of all and all proposals for membership.

May convoke the College at any time he may deem necessary.

Establish and communicate appropriate procedures and requirements for advancement from the First Order to the Second Order or from Grade to Grade. These requires shall be include personal development and in keeping with the tenets and precepts of Rosicrucianism.

 

Section 2: CELEBRANT AND SUFFRAGAN

Shall respectively discharge the several duties prescribed for them in the rituals of the Order.

The Celebrant normally presides in the First Order and, in the absence of the Chief Adept, becomes Presiding Officer and shall have equal authority as if he were Chief Adept, subject to appeal to the Chief Adept and/or The High Council, SRICF.

In the absence of the Chief Adept and Celebrant, the Suffragan shall have equal authority as if he were Chief Adept, subject to appeal to the Chief Adept and/or The High Council, SRICF.

Section 3: SECRETARY

The Secretary shall convene the College by written or electronic notification to all the Fratres at least fifteen (15) days prior to the Convocation date.

The Secretary shall keep the minutes of the College and register all of the members, their mottoes, and dates of admission to each grade.

The Secretary shall receive all fees, dues and subscriptions which shall be deposited by the Treasurer in an account in the name of Utah College, SRICF.

Shall not accept any proposal for membership not received as described in Article VI, Section 3.

Shall submit his books and accounts, membership rolls, and proposals for membership to the Ancients to the Ancients for their audit, not less than fifteen (15) days prior to the Annual Convocation of the College.

The Secretary shall, within ten (10) days after the Annual Convocation, transmit a certificate of the election of the Officers of the College to the Secretary-General of The High Council, SRICF, with the post office address of the Chief Adept and Secretary.

The Secretary shall prepare and transmit an annual return to The High Council, SRICF, in duplicate, embracing the transactions for the fiscal year ending the 30th of June, and stating the Latin motto for each new Frater. One copy shall be forwarded to the Secretary-General on or before the first day of August in each year, and one copy shall be filed in the records of the College.

The Secretary/Treasurer or each individually shall act under the direction of the Chief Adept.

The Secretary/Treasurer or each individual’s accounts shall be audited by the Ancients prior to or at the Annual Convocation.

The Secretary/Treasurer or each individually shall be entitled to the remission of dues as compensation for duties performed.

Section 4: Treasurer

The Treasurer shall pay out College funds upon a warrant signed by the Chief Adept after review by a majority of the Advisory Council, if one exists, or by the Secretary and Celebrant if there is no appointed Advisory Council. If bills are presented at a regular meeting, a majority vote of the Fratres present shall constitute approval.

The Secretary/Treasurer or each individually shall act under the direction of the Chief Adept.

The Secretary/Treasurer or each individual’s accounts shall be audited by the Ancients prior to or at the Annual Convocation.

The Secretary/Treasurer or each individually shall be entitled to the remission of dues as compensation for duties performed.

Section 5: FOUR ANCIENTS

Shall assist their superiors in all matters of ritual and ceremony, and instruct their Fratres in the science and philosophy of Rosicrucianism.

Shall audit the books of the Secretary and Treasurer prior to or at the Annual Convocation

Shall perform all other duties that may be assigned to them by the Chief Adept or the Celebrant.

Section 6: CONDUCTOR OF NOVICES

Shall examine and prepare all Aspirants and conduct them in accordance with the forms of the ritual.

Shall perform all other duties that may be assigned to them by the Chief Adept or the Celebrant.

Section 7: FIRST AND SECOND HERALDS

Shall have charge of the ballot, and otherwise generally assist the Conductor of Novices, as provided in the ritual and ceremonies; see that proper silence and order are observed and the caverns protected from the unworthy.

Shall perform all other duties that may be assigned to them by the Chief Adept or the Celebrant.

Section 8: GUARDIAN OF THE CAVERNS

Shall have charge of the entrances of the caverns and a general supervision of the Acolyte in his relation thereto.

The duty of tiling the several Orders must be strictly enforced.

Shall perform all other duties that may be assigned to them by the Chief Adept or the Celebrant.

Section 9: ACOLYTE

Shall act as outer guard, under the immediate direction of the Celebrant, through the Guardian of the Caverns.

Shall likewise have the care of all properties, paraphernalia and furniture of the College, and shall set them forth and remove the same as occasion may require and as directed by the Celebrant.

Shall perform all other duties that may be assigned to them by the Chief Adept or the Celebrant.

Section 10: OTHER OFFICERS

Shall discharge their duties in accordance with the provisions of the Ritual or as directed by the Presiding Officer.

Shall perform all other duties that may be assigned to them by the Chief Adept or the Celebrant.

ARTICLE XIV – DISCIPLINE

Section 1: All Fratres of this College shall be subject to the Ordinances and Regulations of this College.

Section 2: Appeals

Any member disciplined may appeal to The High Council, SRICF, within six months of the date a decision is rendered.

Pending review or action by The High Council, SRICF, any decision of the College shall be effective as rendered. In matters of discipline, this College shall have jurisdiction over any non-affiliate Frater residing within the State of Utah.

ARTICLE XV – AMENDMENTS

Section 1: These Ordinances and Regulations may be amended by the consent of a majority of the Fratres of this College duly assembled in Regular Convocation.

Section 2: Proposed amendments shall be presented in writing to the Chief Adept and Secretary no less than thirty (30) days prior to the Convocation. The Secretary, if he is the recipient, shall submit it to the Chief Adept.

Section 3: All amendment are subject review and approval in conformity with Section 54 of the Constitution of the High Council of the Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis.

ARTICLE XVI – UNADDRESSED ISSUES AND CONFLICTS

Any issue not specifically addressed in these Ordinances and Regulations shall be resolved by reference to the Constitution of The High Council, SRICF, or the Constitution and General Regulations of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge Free & Accepted Masons of Utah.