Petitioning Process to Establish a Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi

Last updated: September 2015

This document provides guidance to students and faculty who are considering or are in the process of petitioning to become a Beta Alpha Psi Chapter. We have tried to provide you with all information needed to begin the process and to anticipate all questions you might have, however, if you have additional questions after reading this document, please contact the designated Chapter Advocate (contact information can be found at https://www.bap.org/chapter-advocates ) or the Executive Office of Beta Alpha Psi at:

Beta Alpha Psi
The Nancy Harke Executive Office
220 Leigh Farm Road
Durham, NC 27707
OFC: (919) 402-4044
FAX: (919) 402-4040
bap@bap.org

  1. Petitioning Requirements

    • Your business school must have AACSB International or EFMD/EQUIS accreditation or be in the candidacy stage for accreditation. (If your school is in the candidacy stage, please note that you must have received accreditation prior to the site visit. (See paragraph III Recognized-candidateship below)

    • You must have a sufficient number (usually ten or more) of interested and qualified accounting, finance or information systems students to demonstrate sustainability of chapter activities. Furthermore, all potential members must meet the eligibility requirements stated in the International Bylaws.

    • You must have an accounting, finance or information systems faculty member who is willing and able to serve as faculty advisor.

    • You must have the support of the accounting, finance, or information systems faculty and department chairs, as well as the business school dean. It is strongly encouraged for all petitioning chapters to have  ongoing funding from the school’s administration.

  2. Application Process

      1. A statement of objectives for the prospective petitioning chapter (See Checklist item I in Petition Application for a Sample Statement of Objectives.)

      2. A plan of activities for the first two academic semesters (or first three academic quarters), detailing the chapter's plans for fulfilling the petitioning activity requirements. The plan of activities should clearly indicate the nature and type of activities planned over that period. (See Checklist item II in Petition Application for a Sample Plan of Activities.)

      3. A copy of the proposed chapter bylaws (See Checklist item III in Petition Application for Sample Chapter Bylaws for your respective country or region. If a sample is not provided for your country or region, please contact the Executive Office to assist you in drafting your proposed bylaws.)

      4. The name and contact information of at least one full-time accounting, finance or information systems faculty member, approved by the department administration, who is willing and can provide recurring advice and support to the petitioning chapter tobe designated as "Faculty Advisor." Such person must provide a signed statement that she/he has read, understands, and will fully implement BAP’s constitution and bylaws. The faculty advisor of a petitioning chapter is expected to attend BAP regional and annual meetings. (See Checklist item IV in Petition Application for a Sample Faculty Advisor Statement.)

      5. A letter of support for a BAP chapter at your institution from the Dean of your college or school. The letter should indicate that the Dean is willing to provide sustained financial support for the proposed chapter as well as provision for a Faculty Advisor who will need to spend considerable time on his/her duties. Ideally, serving as Faculty Advisor will be considered favorably in the faculty member’s evaluation. (See Checklist item IV in Petition Application for a Sample Dean’s Letter of Support.)

      6. A letter from the Chair or Head of at least one of the three departments (accounting, finance, or information systems) indicating a willingness to provide sustained financial support for a BAP chapter, and support for the nominated Faculty Advisor. (See Checklist item IV in Petition Application for a Sample Chair’s Letter of Support.)
      7. A list of students who will be the first members of the proposed chapter. The list should include each student’s name, class designation and area of concentration.

      8. Mail a check with the U.S. $1,000 petition fee made payable to Beta Alpha Psi to the BAP Executive Office along with the invoice generated after you have uploaded the required documents.

      9. Once the completed petition and petition fee is received, you will receive comments or petition approval within two weeks. 

  3. Petitioning Activities 

    • Overview

      • The petitioning chapter must generally complete four semesters (six quarters) of successfully reported activities to be installed as a BAP Chapter. In the third semester/fourth quarter of this period, the Chapter Advocate (and possibly other Board Members) will conduct a site visit (see III Recognized-candidateship).

      • Upon the BAP Board’s approval of the site visit report, an installation ceremony will be scheduled during the fourth semester (fifth or sixth quarter.) The installation ceremony should not be scheduled sooner than six weeks after the approval takes place to allow the BAP Executive Office to complete necessary arrangements. 

      • Petitioning chapters do not receive a BAP chapter banner until the chapter is installed. Students initiating the process do not become BAP members until the chapter is installed.

    • Activities 

      • The petitioning chapter must adhere to all policies and procedures during the petitioning process. See the Policies and Procedures manual at www.bap.org/policy-and-procedure.

      • The petitioning chapter shall: (A) Elect a group of petitioning chapter officers who meet the eligibility requirements as set forth in the International Bylaws. See www.bap.org/bap-constitution. (B) Establish requirements for candidacy and recognized-candidateship. A chapter may impose stricter requirements on candidate/recognized-candidateship status if they wish. Adopt a set of bylaws that include recognized-candidateship eligibility requirements as well as processes to end a candidate or recognized-candidateship affiliation. Bylaws should be modified from those submitted with the petition to remove reference to recognized-candidates, replacing term with members. These amended bylaws should remain consistent with the intent of the International constitution and bylaws. (See the sample bylaws in item III in Petition Application.)

      • Petitioning chapters are expected to participate in both annual and regional activities of BAP. Students from petitioning chapters should register as recognized-candidates and enter their temporary chapter number. Their faculty advisor will similarly register using their temporary chapter number.

      • Petitioning chapters must successfully complete and report the minimum required mission-based activities for three consecutive semesters (four or five consecutive quarters). Mission-based activities are set forth in the Program for Chapter Activities (PCA). Petitioning chapters may also elect to pursue award-seeking status as set forth in the PCA.

    • Reporting

      • All chapters, including petitioning chapters, are required to report their activities to the Executive Office according the normal reporting schedule. (See Reporting Intranet Tutorial

      • Reporting requirements for petitioning chapters will vary depending on when a chapter begins its petitioning period.  The Executive Office will notify you of your petitioning chapter’s reporting requirements.

    • Fees

      • A U.S. $1,000 petitioning fee must be submitted with the petition. 

      • A U.S. $65 candidate fee must be paid for each student who is entered into the intranet reporting system. This U.S. $65 fee must be paid within 60 days of the date the candidate is entered into the system or a U.S. $20-per-candidate late fee will be assessed. A U.S. $65 recognized-candidate fee must be paid for each faculty or honorary recognized-candidate who is entered into the intranet reporting system. A U.S. $20 per recognized-candidate late fee will be assessed if not paid within 60 days from the date the recognized-candidate is entered into the system. 

      • A U.S. $1,000 installation fee must be paid prior to chapter installation.

      • All fees are subject to change by action of the BAP Board of Directors.

    • Tax Compliance (U.S. Chapters)

      • BAP has a 501(c) 3 exemption that applies to the parent organization and to all chapters. The Executive Office files two federal tax returns each year – one for the parent organization and another consolidated return for chapters with average revenues over $50,000 over three consecutive years.

      • Once approved, a petitioning chapter will apply for its own Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) by filing a Form SS-4. The form can be downloaded directly from the IRS site: www.irs.gov  

      • Exemption from state sales tax is governed by state law. Accordingly, each chapter must file for sales tax exemption on its own.

    • Tax Compliance (Non-U.S. Chapters)

      • Please contact the Executive Office for information regarding your country’s tax requirements.

    • Recognized-candidateship 

      • A petitioning chapter should refer to itself as a “petitioning chapter.”

      • Recognized petitioning chapter candidates do not become members until the chapter is officially installed, after which they then become charter members. 

      • The Executive Office will not issue official membership certificates until the chapter has been formally installed. Information for recognizing petitioning chapter candidates is provided in item II in Petition Application.

    • Site Visit 

      • There will be a site visit prior to chapter installation. The purpose of that visit is obtain information about the chapter’s past and present activities and support, as well as to establish whether the chapter is a viable candidate for installation.

        1. Site visits should be arranged between the Petitioning Chapter and the Chapter Advocate once the latter has been notified by the Executive Office that the chapter is ready for such a visit. (Please note that the school must have obtained AACSB international accreditation prior to the site visit.)

        2. Prior to the actual site visit, the Petitioning Chapter should complete the Pre-Site Site Visitation Form. All activity reporting must be completed at the reporting intranet prior to completing this form.

        3. The site visit will normally include separate meetings with the Business School Dean, Department Chairperson(s), Faculty Advisor(s), chapter officers and students, and alumni or representatives of the community.

  4. Installation 

    • If the petition is approved, the chapter is eligible for installation after 60 days from the date of approval. Before the installation can be scheduled, the petitioning chapter must forward to the Executive Office: 

      • The U.S. $1,000 installation fee.
      • A U.S. $65 fee for each student member, alumni, honorary, or faculty member to be initiated at the installation. (Note: This fee applies only to persons for whom U.S. $65 was not previously paid during the petitioning process.) 
      • The names of charter members to be included on the charter.
      • The address to which installation materials should be mailed
    • The petitioning chapter should propose at least two dates for the ceremony to the Chapter Advocate. Those dates should be at least 60 days after payment of  the installation fee. 

    • Installation Materials 

      • Upon receipt of the installation fee, you will receive notice of approval and a permanent chapter number, and will order items needed for the installation ceremony.

      • Upon receipt of the unframed charter, the petitioning chapter should, at its cost, have it framed appropriately considering where it will be displayed.

    • Installation Ceremony 

      • The installation of a BAP chapter is a great achievement of which the university should be very proud. The installation ceremony should therefore be planned so that it accomplishes the following purposes: 

        1. Gives recognition to the great achievement.
        2. Gives special recognition to “charter members.” Students who were listed in the original petition and all students who were subsequently initiated into the petitioning chapter prior to installation are eligible to become "charter members." Members who subsequently became inactive, had their membership terminated, or changed to a major other than accounting, finance, or information systems are not eligible for charter members status. Charter members previously initiated should be encouraged, but are not required, to attend the installation ceremony.
        3. Emphasizes the values of membership.
        4. Energizes those in attendance to support and carry on the ideals of the organization.
      • The petitioning chapter organizes and funds the installation ceremony. The following components are typically major elements of the overall ceremony: 

        1. Invitees: The business school dean, appropriate faculty, recognized-candidates (including alumni), current candidates to be initiated, family and friends (depending on space and cost) should be invited. To the extent possible and practicable, attempts should be made to maximize attendance.
        2. Facilities: The solemn nature of the ceremony is enhanced by the surroundings in which the ceremony is held. The room/area chosen should have some amount of elegance, allow for spacious and adequate seating, an amplified podium, stage or front area in which members may enter and exit as they receive their membership certificates, and an area (or adjacent area) in which to informally mingle before and after the ceremony.
        3. Ceremony: The International BAP President (or designee) and the Chapter Advocate will attend and participate in the installation process. Depending on the number of initiates and charter recognized-candidates, the ceremony should last approximately 30-45 minutes. The ceremony itself includes: 
          • Welcoming remarks by any or all of the distinguished guests, dean, department chairperson, faculty advisor and/or chapter president. Remarks should conclude with an introduction of the International BAP President, Chapter Advocate and any other Board Member(s) in attendance.
          • The installation ceremony by the International BAP President and Chapter Advocate. Major components include an introduction to BAP, presentation of the banner and charter, distribution of membership certificates, charge to the current officers, and presentation of the gavel.
          • Closing remarks by any or all of those making the welcoming remarks.
    • Reception / Dinner

      • The installed chapter is encouraged to hold a reception (or banquet, lunch, dinner) either before or after the installation ceremony where attendees can meet others, commemorate the event, and build relationships.