Borradaile Challenge

Expectation

All chapters are expected to provide a basic or better quality undergraduate experience. Chapters must meet at least 10 of the 13 metrics listed below to maintain a Basic or Better overall status.

Background

The Borradaile Challenge is a standards program within the Fraternity wherein criteria indicate a quality Phi Kappa Tau undergraduate experience. These standards were drafted by the Chapter Services Committee, a group of experienced alumni volunteers. National Councilor Stephen Rupprecht, Oswego State ’91, chaired the committee.

To communicate the chapter’s success in the areas listed in the Borradaile Challenge to the Executive Offices, chapters must complete required reports and membership reporting.

Category Standard Notes
Membership Maxwell: 110% or more of campus average chapter size with a minimum of 30 men.

Order of the Star: 100% or more of campus average with a minimum of 30 men.

Basic: 30 men.

The membership reporting page will show how to report new members, request initiation and update your chapter’s roster.
Recruitment Maxwell: Recruit and initiate 27.5% of campus average size, with a minimum of 8 men.

Order of the Star: Recruit and initiate 25% of campus average size, with a minimum of 8 men.

Basic: Recruit and initiate a minimum of 8 men.

Only new members, initiated during the calendar year, are counted for recruitment. The chapter is also responsible for submitting recruitment plans in the spring and fall on the ChecklistApp on ChapterSpot.
Membership Orientation Program Maxwell, Order of the Star, Basic: Approved Membership Orientation (MO) program on file with the Executive Offices. Each chapter is expected to adhere to the Mark of Distinction membership orientation program provided by the Executive Offices.
Bylaws Maxwell, Order of the Star, Basic: Approved set of bylaws, submitted once every four years. Bylaws must be approved every four years by the Executive Offices.
Ritual and Regalia Maxwell, Order of the Star, Basic: One set of regalia (or access), adherence to the Ritual and submission of the Post-Ritual Discussion Report. The chapter and their advisors are to review the chapter’s regalia annually. Chapters will be sent a Post-Ritual Report, via the ChecklistApp on ChapterSpot, one week after initiation takes place.
Scholarship Maxwell: Chapter GPA must be at or above 2.9 AND 0.2 points above campus men’s average.

Order of the Star: Chapter GPA must be at or above 2.8 and at least 0.05 above campus men’s average.

Basic: Chapter GPA must be at or above 2.7 and campus men’s average

Chapters are responsible for reporting the chapter’s academic information utilizing the Grade Report Checklist on the ChecklistApp on ChapterSpot. This standard is based off the National Interfraternity Council (NIC) Standards.
Finance Maxwell, Order of the Star, Basic: Must submit an annual budget and the IRS 990 and be in good financial standing at the end of the year. More information on chapter finances can be found on the Finance page.
Philanthropy Maxwell: $4,000 contributed to any philanthropy, with minimum $2,000 to the SeriousFun Children’s Network.

Order of the Star: $1,500 contributed to any philanthropy, with minimum $750 to the SeriousFun Children’s Network.

Basic: $750 contributed to any philanthropy, with minimum $375 to the SeriousFun Children’s Network.

Contributions to SeriousFun are counted when a donation is received by The Phi Kappa Tau Foundation. Other philanthropy information is collected on the philanthropy report on the ChecklistApp on ChapterSpot.
Community Service Maxwell: Average of 20 hours per man and minimum one SeriousFun Children’s Network Volunteer.

Order of the Star: Average of 15 hours per man.

Basic: Average of 10 hours per man.

Community service hours are only collected using the Service Hours application on ChapterSpot. Event information is collected on the community service report on the ChecklistApp on ChapterSpot.
Risk Management Maxwell, Order of the Star, Basic: No risk management violations and all risk management seminars and reports submitted on time. Chapters are required to complete four risk management seminars on a yearly basis (three, if there is no house).
National Participation Maxwell: Two members at Leadership Academy, six members at a Regional Conference, one member at Presidents Academy and and two members at Convention or one member at Conclave, if applicable, and host one Building Men of Character Retreat once every four years.

Order of the Star: Two members at Leadership Academy, four members at a Regional Conference, one member at Presidents Academy and two members at Convention or one member at Conclave, if applicable.

Basic: Two members at Leadership Academy, two members at a Regional Conference and two members at Convention or one member at Conclave, if applicable.

EO tracks attendance at all events through online registration, and attendance, offered for each program.
Communications Maxwell: Three alumni newsletters, two alumni events, maintenance of an updated chapter website, and one press release about a chapter event to The Laurel and area/campus media.

Order of the Star: Two alumni newsletters, two alumni events and maintenance of an updated website.

Basic: One alumni newsletter and one alumni event.

Alumni event information and PDF versions of alumni newsletters are submitted through the ChecklistApp on ChapterSpot. Press release information can be submitted to communications@phikappatau.org.
Board of Governors Maxwell, Order of the Star, Basic:

  • Five certified advisors through the Phi Kappa Tau Volunteer Certification Program.
  • Ten BOG meetings annually, with minutes available upon request.
  • Completed end-of-term chapter assessment.
  • Representative present at two Resident Council meetings per month, plus other important activities.
Board of Governors can update their roster utilizing the form on the membership reporting page.