Phi Rho Pi, the National Junior and Community College Forensic Association and Honor Society is a non-profit organization committed to increasing knowledge and appreciation of the forensic arts at the junior and community college level. It has the honor of being one of the oldest forensics organizations having been founded by Texan Sylvia Mariner in 1927. Competition was disrupted during WW II.
Phi Rho Pi offers community college and junior college students the only full service national tournament in the United States with 11 individual events, three forms of debate and interpreters' theatre.
Degrees of Honor
ASSOCIATE Any student who indicates interest in Speech Activities may enter at this level upon recommendation of the chapter sponsor.
FELLOWSHIP Any student who participates with merit in Speech Activities may be advanced to this degree upon recommendation of the chapter sponsor.
DEGREE OF HONOR Any student who has participated in a minimum of five intercollegiate tournaments or who has placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in any tournament or who has been advanced to either the semi-finals of individual events or the quarter-finals of debate at the Phi Rho Pi National Tournament shall be advance into the degree of honor upon verification of the above criteria by the chapter sponsor.
DEGREE OF HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT Any student who is advanced to the final round of individual events or semi-finals of debate or Interpreters' Theatre at the Phi Rho Pi National Tournament shall be advanced to this degree upon verification by the Vice-President for Tournament to the Secretary- Treasurer.
Each chapter (school) may award to one student, or up to 5% of its paid membership, the degree of Highest Achievement.
Constitution and By-laws
Phi Rho Pi follows the American Forensic Association's Code of Standards
Code of Ethics
Official Key and Colors
The official badge of Phi Rho Pi shall be a key; a duplicate of this official design shall be retained by the Secretary-Treasurer.
The key shall denote degrees of membership by the following jewelings:
The official colors of Phi Rho Pi shall be purple and gold.
(Phi Rho Pi By-laws, Article V.)