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Standards of Excellence

SOE reflects items chapters need to be engaging in to provide value to their brothers, to be aligned with ZBT policies, and achieve at the highest level. This document outlines the components of the fraternity in the C.O.R.E. Four structure (Conduct, Operations, Recruitment, Education).

Standards of Excellence submissions have closed for 2021-2022. 

⚠ Live Tracker Delays

Due to the volume of points received near the deadline, live tracker updates may be delayed as the ZBT International Headquarters team reviews submissions. Thank you for your patience.

Scorecards will be distributed ASAP. Please reach out to your staff liaison with questions.

General info

  • The submission portals are open from September 15 to May 15 annually.
  • The submission portal will tell you exactly what we are looking for the chapter to submit. NOTE: Many items need a photo. Please be sure to take photos of events throughout the year.
  • Updates to myZBT/phase out of Vault for 2022: The portal adopted in January replaces Vault. To receive accreditation points under Operations, you must claim your account in the new myZBT and  make updates under Roster and Roles. For assistance with this HQ tracked point, email myzbt@zbtnational.org.
  • If you submit early, you will receive feedback from staff. This year submit no later than May 9 to receive feedback. Submissions after May 9 will be reviewed as is.
  • Once you receive your scorecard in May, there will be a timeframe in which you can request a review of your points to ensure no points were missed.

How it Works

The chapters need to achieve 23 out of 33 accreditation points to be an “Accredited Chapter” and to achieve a star status or be eligible for awards at the Fraternity’s International Convention.

To achieve a 1-Star status, a chapter must have 25% of total star points achieved under each category (3/13 Conduct star points, 11/45 Operation star points, 2/9 Recruitment star points, and 6/23 Education star points).

To achieve a 2-Star status, a chapter must have 50% of total star points achieved under each category ( 6.5/13 Conduct star points, 22.5/45 Operation star points, 4.5/9 Recruitment star points, and 11.5/23 Education star points).

To achieve a 3-Star status, a chapter must have 75% of total star points achieved under each category (10/13 Conduct star points, 34/45 Operation star points, 7/9 Recruitment star points, and 17/23 Education star points).

ENFORCEMENT

To be a representative chapter of Zeta Beta Tau, certain standards need to be achieved. Failure to meet the minimum level of accreditation will result in progressive accountability for the chapter.

Year One Non-Accredited:

  • The chapter will work with staff to create a development plan to meet the minimum accreditation level.
  • The chapter will receive a priority visit from staff early in the academic year to review implementation of the plan.
  • The chapter will be placed on a “watch” list for all non-accredited areas.

Year Two Non-Accredited:

  • The development plan will be reviewed and revised as appropriate, keeping the chapter on the “watch” list for all non-accredited areas.
  • The chapter will receive a priority visit from a senior staff member at the start of the academic year and its leadership and advisors will receive specific training surrounding chapter operations and expectations.

Year Three Non-Accredited:

  • The chapter will be audited by the Fraternity staff and may need to present a “show cause” to the Supreme Council.
  • The chapter will be placed on a probationary status and must meet the minimum standards for at least one year following the audit to regain good standing.
  • Visits to the chapter will remain at high priority level for up to two academic years.

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