Duties of Officers
Chapter. These shall include the names, home addresses and dates
of election of all categories of Chapter members from the time of
the installation of a Chapter.
correspondence with the District Regent, and with the central
office of the Society, and will keep the files of such
upon the election of new members to a Chapter, the Secretary shall
send to the central office of the Society the form titled
Induction Registration, providing names of the new members and all
other information requested. The names should be in alphabetical
order and be typed or printed, signed and dated by the Secretary.
Such notification must be accompanied by the payment of the
appropriate fees (see page 4).
four (4) types of membership:
elected under authority given by the Board of Regents at the time
of the granting of the Charter.
members not more than 20% of the graduating class who have
demonstrated academic excellence in the college preparatory
Year or early in the Senior Year, and the remainder near the end
of the Senior Year.
the full number permitted must be elected every year. Classes may
vary in academic strength from year to year. Many schools elect
smaller percentages to serve better the purposes and goals of the
class in any one given year, and this would mean electing more
than their 20% quota, the District Regent is the only person who
can give permission to a Chapter to exceed its quota of elections.
Permission must be sought in advance of the election.
determination of how to select members is left to the discretion
of the individual Chapter. However, from time to time Regents may
question this definition and seek one they feel reflects more
closely that practiced in other Chapters and recognizes excellence
in scholarship more uniformly. (See Ten-Year Review information
elsewhere in this publication)
excellence, justice and honor in the broadest sense, they assume
Chapters will elect to membership only students who have
demonstrated good character, honor, and integrity in all aspects
of their school life.
faculty membership, the primary purpose of the Society is to honor
students who have excelled in scholarship. Faculty membership is
provided to give continuity to the Chapter and to help maintain
and operate it. The number of active faculty members should not
fall below three. Those selected are usually earlier members of
Phi Beta Kappa, of Cum Laude Society as students or teachers in
another school, or others who have distinguished themselves
through scholarly achievement. Chapters that have used the Society
to honor faculty have frequently encountered internal political
difficulties that distract from the primary purpose of the
Society, namely, to honor students. The Board of Regents
recommends restricting faculty membership to a small group whose
sole responsibility is the operation of the Chapter.
distinguished guests, alumni, trustees, or other friends of the
school upon whom the Chapter may wish to confer special honor. No
more than two Honorary Members may be elected in any one