R9-271. Scholarship standards. If an individual to be elected to membership is classified as a fresh and has not earned any university grades, he must have achieved a high school grade point average of a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent to join. No active member or member awaiting initiation shall be eligible to attend or participate in any social function sponsored by an active or alumni chapter if he has failed to maintain a grade point average of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale, or its equivalent, for the immediate preceding college semester or quarter. A member is ineligible to serve in any office of an active chapter if he has failed to maintain a grade point average of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale, or its equivalent, for the immediate preceding college semester or quarter. Adopted August 6, 2003.
9-271. Scholarship standards. Each Active Chapter of the Order is expected to and shall maintain the highest possible scholarship standards. An Active Chapter that does not pursue appropriate efforts to preserve acceptable scholastic standards and which falls below the scholarship standards of the Order may be placed upon probation by the Knight Commander, the Province Commander, or the Executive Director. Adopted by the 67th Convention, 1997. Amended by the 70th Convention, 2003.
Number I. As the leader of the chapter and the brother ultimately responsible for its operation, the Number I must be involved in the scholarship program and he must clearly indicate that the attainment of academic excellence in the chapter is a priority of his administration. He can achieve his objective by verbally endorsing the scholarship program to both actives and pledges, and by enforcing chapter, province, and national policies designed to complement the scholarship program. Finally, the Number I must attain his own academic potential as an example.
Number II. As the officer responsible for pledge education, he and his Pledge Educators must insure that the scholarship program is an integral and respected part of the pledge experience. Scholastic performance starts with the new member education program. The Number II should instill a basic requirement of good academic achievement on new members and verify their performance throughout the pledge program.
Number III. The duty of Scholarship Officer should be one of the most vital in the chapter and recognized as such. Consideration of the election of this brother must include a basic assumption that the individual performs well scholastically and can motivate others to do the same. The Scholarship Officer should be a brother who has an excellent academic record (although not necessarily the one with the highest grade point average in the chapter), who is enthused about developing scholarship awareness and quality, and one who can budget his own time so as to perform his duties without adversely affecting his own academic standing. He should also be a brother who has distinctive qualities of leadership and organization, who commands the respect of both actives and pledges, and who can delegate authority while retaining control of the program.
Faculty Advisor. Kappa Alpha Order encourages chapters to select a Faculty Advisor. Although it is not necessary that he be a Kappa Alpha alumnus, it is of course preferable so that he can attend chapter meetings when necessary. The primary role of the Faculty Advisor is to assist the chapter in its relations with the university or college, and especially to offer guidance in the academic programs. It is through the scholarship program that the Faculty Advisor can be of greater benefit to the chapter. He will know the local academic situation, the administration, faculty and students. He will be familiar with the members of the chapter. He has the professional experience to provide fresh ideas, innovative approaches, and constructive criticism in the development and operation of the scholarship program. In this capacity, as a member of the Scholarship Committee, he will be a key figure and an element of continuity.