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Posted On: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 10:00 AM, by Jenni Broughton
As the end of July approaches, we at headquarters start thinking about the upcoming school year, which also brings with it questions about recruitment. This is generally the time of year that staff and recruitment volunteers start to receive emails and phone calls with questions about recruitment policies and procedures. One question that we get often is about eligibility requirements, specifically about academics. In the last year, Kappa Alpha Theta has updated our policy regarding "grade exceptions" during recruitment.

One of the founding principles and driving purposes for Kappa Alpha Theta is the attainment of the highest scholarship. Therefore, Theta expects each member to achieve high scholarship and to develop to her fullest intellectual potential. In pursuit of this goal, each college chapter establishes a minimum GPA requirement that potential new members (PNMs) must meet in order to be considered eligible for membership. Additionally, college chapters also establish minimum GPA requirements for active members.

Many of our alumnae—and even current undergraduates—will remember when a minimum number of "grade exceptions" were allowed in chapter bylaws. As of fall 2012, "grade exceptions" are not allowed by the model chapter bylaws, and were phased out of all chapter bylaws during the fall of 2012 to support the Fraternity's Plan of Aspirations and the attainment of the highest scholarship.

Kappa Alpha Theta is committed to uniformly applying its policies across all chapters. The only way to ensure that all PNMs, regardless of chapter, are treated fairly and equally, and to help uphold the Fraternity's fundamental standard of highest scholarship, is to prohibit "grade exceptions" in all cases, regardless of reason.

Please note that Theta loves to celebrate chapters' academic successes! We have seen the number of chapters on our #1 list grow over the past year, and list each of them on the Theta website. The Summer 2013 issue of the Theta Magazine also dedicated five pages' worth of Thetas who were academic achievers!

Abbey Mansfield, Beta Pi/Michigan State, serves as Theta’s college committee chairman; Christa Sobon, Delta Zeta/Emory, is the scholarship committee chairman; and Cate Bibb, Gamma Phi/Texas Tech, is the recruitment committee chairman.

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