Chartering a Chapter

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Petition for Charter
Members of the music faculty  interested in Pi Kappa Lambda and the possibility of establishing a chapter at their institution may obtain information and the requirements for petitioning from the Executive Director. Petitions are considered only from institutions fulfilling requirements as stated in Article II, Section 1, of the National Constitution, and are only considered by the Regents at their annual meeting.

Preliminary Requirements

The petitioning institution must be accredited by a recognized accrediting association.
The graduating class should be of sufficient size to produce one or two members each year under the stipulation of Article III, Section 1 of the National Constitution.

Submission of the following constitutes a Petition for a Charter

  • one copy of the form (available from the national office) listing the number of graduates during the past 10 years (e.g., NASM HEADS records are helpful here)
  • a list of full-time faculty including major area of instruction and highest degree
  • one copy of the current institutional catalog including degree requirements for all degrees offered by the music unit and course descriptions for all music courses
  • a statement signed by at least 6 music faculty members who are Pi Kappa Lambda members (or who will become members if the Chapter is approved), committing them to full and active participation including holding office in the chapter
  • a letter of support for the establishment of a chapter from the chief administrative office of the music unit
  • a letter of support endorsing the petition from the chief academic officer of the institution
  • a brief statement concerning how chapter finances will be handled in compliance with institutional policy

Obligations of newly approved chapters

  • each new chapter is required to pay a $300 charter fee
  • all new chapters are required to send a delegate to the next biennial convention (Fall 2008)
  • each new chapter is responsible for reimbursing the expenses of the installing officer

To begin the petition process, contact the Exective Director.