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Pi Kappa Delta is a member-supported organization, and it relies on chapter and individual membership fees to many of the things it does throughout the year. Consequently, chapter and/or individual membership is required to participate in Pi Kappa Delta tournaments, conventions or professional development conferences; to apply for Pi Kappa Delta grants, scholarships, or program support funds; and to receive full access to our instructional resources (including The Forensic).

Institutional Memberships:

There are two types of institutional memberships: institutions can join Pi Kappa Delta – as “Undergraduate Chapters,” or as “Alumni Chapters.”

Undergraduate Chapters:
Undergraduate Chapters pay their dues each September first, and receive a variety of benefits as members, including: voting privileges within Pi Kappa Delta, the right to attend the Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament and Convention or the National Comprehensive Tournament, two subscriptions to The Forensic, the opportunity to attend Professional Development Conferences, the opportunity to participate in the PKD Instructional Caucus, and a variety of other benefits.

Each Undergraduate Chapter has a single designated “Chapter Sponsor,” who serves as the primary point of contact between the National Council and the Chapter. (Please complete the Chapter Sponsor form when paying for membership.)

Chapters are given a Greek designation (for example, “Minnesota Zeta,”) based on the order in which they became members of the organization. The chapter membership must be renewed each September first, and a chapter must induct at least five new members per year to remain “active and in good standing.” Each chapter may receive a frameable Pi Kappa Delta Charter printed on parchment paper for a one-time charge of $75.00. Replacement charters are available for the same price.

Alumni Chapters:
Any active Undergraduate Chapter has the right to form an Alumni Chapter. Alumni Chapters receive a variety of benefits as members, including: voting privileges within Pi Kappa Delta, the right to attend the Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament and Convention or the National Comprehensive Tournament, the opportunity to attend Professional Development Conferences, the opportunity to participate in the PKD Instructional Caucus, and a variety of other benefits. Pi Kappa Delta also offers Alumni Chapters assistance in fundraising and development activities that are designed to support Active Undergraduate Chapters. Any five undergraduate students in good standing can form a new Pi Kappa Delta Chapter and can petition the National Council for designation as an “active Undergraduate Chapter.” Only one chapter can be recognized at each undergraduate, degree-granting institution. Institutions with multiple, independent campus locations – such as the University of Phoenix – may petition the National Council to recognize each location as an independent, active Undergraduate Chapter.

Alumni chapters retain the same Greek designation as the Active Undergraduate Chapter that they are attached to (for example, “Minnesota Zeta – Alumni Chapter,”). In cases where the Undergraduate Chapter is no longer active, an Alumni Chapter may petition the National Council to be designated as the official Chapter Sponsor. To vote at a Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament and Convention, Alumni Chapters must present a report to the PKD Secretary/Treasurer and/or COO describing the chapter’s activities during the past year. Each chapter may receive a frameable Pi Kappa Delta Charter printed on parchment paper for a one-time charge of $75.00. Replacement charters are available for the same price. Alumni Chapters must pay a one-time fee of $100.00 per chapter.

Institutional Membership Fees:

Undergraduate Chapters -- Annual Dues:   
$100.00     (September 1st – November 30th)
$125.00    (December 1st – February 1st)
$150.00    (After February 1st)
    
Alumni Chapters:        
$100.00     (One-time fee)


Individual Memberships:
To participate in Pi Kappa Delta activities (such as National Tournaments, Conventions or Conferences), or to receive most Pi Kappa Delta prizes, scholarships, awards or recognitions; each participant must be a member of Pi Kappa Delta. There are three types of individual memberships:

Order of the Undergraduate: Membership in the Order of the Undergraduate is the most common individual membership and is designed for undergraduate students who wish to join the honorary and to participate in Pi Kappa Delta activities or events. Membership in the Order of the Undergraduate entitles the member to each of the rights and privileges designated by the National Council, including the right to participate in Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament competition, the right to be designated as a voting delegate, and to participate in Pi Kappa Delta governance, the opportunity to receive Pi Kappa Delta scholarships, prizes or awards, and the ability to pursue PKD orders or degrees. Once inducted into the honorary, membership in Pi Kappa Delta lasts a lifetime.

Order of the Alumni:
Order of the Undergraduate members automatically become members of the Order of the Alumni upon receiving the relevant terminal degree (EG: Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts, or Bachelor of Science) from their institution.

Order of Instruction: Membership in the Order of Instruction is designed for individuals who have already received a terminal undergraduate degree (Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science) from an undergraduate institution without an active Pi Kappa Delta Chapter. Membership in the Order of Instruction entitles the member to each of the rights and privileges designated by the National Council, including the right to participate in Pi Kappa Delta National Tournaments and Conventions, the right to be designated as a voting delegate or as a Chapter Sponsor, the right to participate in Pi Kappa Delta governance, the opportunity to receive Pi Kappa Delta grants, prizes and awards, and the ability to attend Pi Kappa Delta professional development conferences. Once inducted into the honorary, membership in Pi Kappa Delta lasts a lifetime. There is a one-time charge for membership in the Order of Instruction, and once inducted, membership in Pi Kappa Delta lasts a lifetime.

Lifetime Individual Membership Fees:

Order of the Undergraduate -- Lifetime Dues:    
$35.00        (September 1st – November 30th)
$50.00        (December 1st – February 1st)
$75.00        (After February 1st)

Order of the Alumni -- One-time Charge:        $5.00

Order of Instruction-- Lifetime Dues:             $35.00