The Pytte Cup process encompasses two separate steps, the first of which is standards followed by a chapter development portion.
Pytte Cup is the annual evaluation process for chapters in the Greek Community at Case Western Reserve University, designed to develop an organizational understanding of what goes into a strong, well rounded chapter. The overall process will help chapters to develop and maintain a structure that produces members of character and integrity through careful attention to the community values, and how they can engage with those values in tangible ways. The pillar values addressed are Scholarship, Citizenship, Ritual, and Leadership, and each have associated objective criteria within the evaluation.
The process for evaluation submission has two levels. The first level, which is overseen by the Panhellenic and Interfraternal Vice Presidents of Administration, is referred to as the Community Standards. The Community Standards are designed to provide the baseline standards for a functional chapter in the Case Western Reserve Greek community. This portion is mandatory and addresses the processes and documentation necessary for the chapters to thrive and achieve.
Chapters provide these baseline standards by submitting a chapter management plan, along with other documentation that demonstrates satisfactory work in each pillar. Associate Justices on the Joint Judicial Board grade this documentation; based on those results, chapters may be recommended to apply for Development, which ultimately recognizes these chapters for achieving greatness in the Pytte Cup process.
The development process of the Pytte Cup is when chapters demonstrate how they're going above and beyond the minimum standards to impact their members and help them reach their fullest potential. As with the standards system, the development process utilizes the four pillars of Greek Life: leadership, citizenship, scholarship and ritual. It then breaks those down into benchmarks of achievement of how well the chapter is addressing the themes and ideas of each pillar: merit, honor, distinction and excellence.
This process starts in the fall semester with a resume and cover letter submission under each pillar the chapter is applying for, followed by a coaching interview phase where chapter members explain why they’re deserving of being recognized for the work in a specific pillar. In the spring semester, chapters present to a panel of evaluators and explain why they're deserving of the benchmark they're applying for in the pillar. This is followed by the awards when the evaluators deem what benchmark the chapter has achieved, and they're presented with that at Giortaste, our awards banquet.