New Member Initiation Process

Note: Initiation Orders can only be placed by authorized DPA Chapter Representatives or Department or Program Chairs. Individual DPA members can order honor cords, replacement pins, and certificates here

Current Process for Initiation of New Members

1. Faculty Advisors Determine Eligibility at their local institution, conforming to national standards.
(Note: 1. Qualifications for new student members. 2. Qualifications for new Honorary Members)

2. Faculty Advisors send the names of qualified members to the national office electronically using the form below.  Students or chapters may also elect to order honor cords at this time for a fee of $10 each, or students may order their own honor cords independently at any time   for a fee of $15 each including shipping.

Order form

Click here for electronic Order/Induction form

(Please download newest form here for each initiation.)

Once the form appears, click on “File” and “Download” as an Excel document.  This form cannot be edited online. Please fill in the downloaded form offline, then email the form back in the same format (not pdf) to  caltmeyer@washjeff.edu

Your order will be processed and sent within a few days without waiting for payment to arrive.

Payment options.  Please indicate your choice of payment on the form.

-College/university pays by faculty personal check, institution check, money order, ACH or credit card (no student checks).  Make check out to Delta Phi Alpha and mail it to:

W&J College, Attn: Cathy Altmeyer, 60 S. Lincoln St., Washington PA 15301

-Students pay via Square by credit card (We can bill students directly by email. If you wish to do this, send an email list along with the order for including the student emails. Please indicate who is ordering a cord so we may bill properly. For all billing inquiries, contact  caltmeyer@washjeff.edu 

Please note that the chapter is ultimately responsible for unpaid student invoices.

Mailing options (Please confirm where the order should be sent.)

-Mail to chapter advisor at home or office: shipping included.

-Mail to individual students: shipping fee of $8.50 per student. Includes shipping of pin, certificate, and, if desired, honor cord. Please let us know who will be paying for the shipping fee (the chapter or the students). Questions: caltmeyer@washjeff.edu

Fees for initiation through a chapter advisor:

$25 membership fee  (regular or honorary-lifetime membership fee):  Includes custom, embossed certificate and membership pin.

Optional $10 fee for double braided honor cord.  ($15 if ordered separately from initiation materials.)

Initiation times and dates are determined by the individual chapters. A copy of the “DPA Ritual” guidelines serves as a template for the initiation, but individual chapters determine their own details.

DURING COVID-19, Chapters may initiate virtually or in absentia!

Chapter advisors may order the initiation kit including a table runner, embossed initiation book, and pen in the online store for a $75 fee including shipping.