PTK Catalyst 2020 > Security

The safety of attendees and security of events have always been key concerns for Phi Theta Kappa. Emergencies and disasters are unpredictable and can strike without warning. Failure to effectively prepare in advance for emergencies may result in injuries, property damage, and sometimes death. Our duty of care is to do all that is reasonably prudent to prepare for the foreseeable disasters, regardless of the likelihood.

Event Registration Bags

To provide a safer environment for our attendees and members, PTK has implemented a policy that limits the types of bags that may be brought into international PTK events.

Below are the compliant bags for PTK events.

  • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC. An official clear PTK registration bag will be distributed to all attendees that are registered for an international PTK event.
  • Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap can be taken into the event. The small clutch can be placed inside the clear registration bag or hand held. The small clutch allows privacy for small personal items and is easily searched.

An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at a security checkpoint entrance designated for this purpose.

Policy FAQs

Why did PTK adopt this policy?

Phi Theta Kappa reviews our event safety and security policies every year looking for ways to improve them. We strongly believe that it makes sense to adjust our policy and this proactive measure will enhance safety at our events. The clear bag is easily and quickly searched, and it also supports the Department of Homeland Security’s “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign.

May attendees carry cameras, binoculars, smart phones, or tablets separately from what they put in a clear bag?

Yes. Binoculars, a phone, camera, or water bottle may be carried into the event as long as it is not in its own bag. Our policy does not a restrict items that attendees are able to bring into the event. It only restricts the type of container used to carry items.

What happens if I show up with a bag that is not permitted?

Attendees carrying bags that are non-compliant will have to go through a security checkpoint so that the bag can be searched. This could delay the process of entrance into the General Session or Marketplace.

If I have certain items that I need to bring into the event for medical reasons, and they won’t fit in the clear bag, what do I do?

There will be a separate entrance to allow for security screening of these bags and medically necessary items.

Do I have to put everything I’m carrying into the permissible bags?

No. We are only limiting the type of bags carried into the event, not the items that you normally bring to the event. Therefore, you may carry items in your pockets or jacket, and you may carry a blanket or jacket over your arms. There will be a separate entrance to allow for security screening of bags that are not clear and medically necessary items.