Statement Condemning the January 6th Attack on Democracy


The Phi Beta Kappa Society strongly condemns the violent actions that took place at the Capitol this week and the role that several members of the Society played in contesting a free and fair election.

Phi Beta Kappa advocates for the liberal arts and sciences because they are essential to a vibrant democracy. Those who have challenged the transition of power in our nation without factual or legal basis at this time have acted in a manner that is antithetical to the values of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

Phi Beta Kappa membership is granted by campus-based chapters for life on the basis of undergraduate academic record. While the national office cannot remove membership, we can and do condemn this behavior in the strongest terms.

The Society calls on our members to live up to the values of their liberal arts and sciences education and urges institutions of higher learning to fulfill their historic mission of educating for democracy.