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Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS DELTA CHI?
On October 13, 1890, eleven law students at Cornell University formed a Law Fraternity, Delta Chi. In 1922, the Fraternity officially went “general,” thus opening its membership to men in all areas of study. In 1929, Delta Chi became the first fraternity to officially abolish hazing practices associated with “hell week.” Since its founding at Cornell, Delta Chi has grown to more than 120 chapters and colonies across the United States and Canada and has initiated more than 90,000 brothers. The success of Delta Chi has hinged on the continued recruitment of excellent young men and the support of experienced alumni from the local to international level.
WHAT DOES DELTA CHI VALUE?
There are four principles outlined in the Delta Chi Preamble that accurately represent the Fraternity’s values: Friendship, Character, Justice, and Education. These are further expressed through Delta Chi’s Ten Basic Expectations:
I will strive for academic achievement and practice academic integrity.
I will respect the dignity and worth of all persons. I will not physically, mentally, psychologically or sexually abuse or haze any human being.
I will protect the health and safety of all human beings.
I will respect my property and the property of others; therefore, I will neither abuse nor tolerate the abuse of property.
I will meet my financial obligations in a timely manner.
I will neither use nor support the use of illegal drugs; I will neither abuse nor support the abuse of alcohol.
I will acknowledge that a clean and attractive environment is essential to both physical and mental health; therefore, I will do all in my power to see that the chapter property is safe, properly cleaned and maintained.
I will know and understand the ideals expressed in my fraternity Ritual and will incorporate them into my daily life.
I will exercise compassion and understanding in dealing with all persons.
I will challenge all my fraternity members to abide by these fraternity obligations and will confront those who violate them.
WHERE DOES MY MONEY GO?
Each Chapter or Colony of Delta Chi has the power to set its own dues to pay for its operations. A full dues breakdown can be provided by the “A” (President) or Recruitment Chairman. Included in those dues are bills that each Chapter or Colony pays to the general Fraternity. These dues go toward a wide range of things.
Associate Member Dues: Every new member of Delta Chi pays a one-time fee at the beginning of his affiliation with the fraternity.
Enrollment/Initiation Dues: Prior to initiation into active membership, each Delta Chi pays a one-time fee that enrolls him as a lifetime member.
Membership Dues: Paid each term per active member. The funds contributed to through membership are returned to members through Leadership Consultant visits, International Conventions, written and electronic programming materials, a resource website, access to professional-quality supplies, and the operation and maintenance of an international headquarters office, just to name a few. It is a full-circle organization that is supported by the continued success of its individual chapters and colonies.
Risk Management Assessment: The chapter or colony pays per member each fall term. This insurance covers a variety of activities and is extended to associate members in the fall and spring semesters but is not designed to supplement personal health or renter’s insurance.
General Liability Insurance: The coverage is for bodily injury and property damage. However, it also protects against claims arising out of libel, slander, false arrest, invasion of privacy, eviction from the premises, consumption of food and beverages and incidental malpractice.
Member Accident Protection Program: The program is intended to complement the health insurance program of every undergraduate member of the fraternity for accidents incurred during the undergraduate term. Coverage is for injuries incurred on fraternity premises or during fraternity events. The Fraternity pays the premium for this program.
Delta Chi International Convention
The Delta Chi Convention is our biennial celebration of brotherhood. The gathering of student and alumni members, families, support advisors, and friends of Delta Chi is unmatched. It includes legislative sessions where changes to Delta Chi Law, the Ritual and dues are all debated. There are awards presentations, leadership programming, personal and professional development and a whole lot more.
Regional Leadership Conferences (RLC)
The Regional Leadership Conference is designed to develop leadership skills, to help attendees realize that Delta Chi is more than their own chapter/colony, and to provide Delta Chi men within the Region the opportunity to share ideas, achievements and experiences with other Delta Chi chapters, officers, Regents, alumni, advisors and Fraternity staff. Each RLC is hosted by a chapter or colony within that region and is where the region’s representative to the Fraternity, or Regent, is elected.
Delta Chi Leadership College (DCLC)- Iowa City, IA
The three-day program includes a variety of leadership and educational programming, brotherhood activities and tours of the Fraternity’s International Headquarters.
The College provides an opportunity for personal development for student and alumni members through the values of Delta Chi and an opportunity to share in the fraternal experience with brothers from across North America, while learning more about yourself, your brothers and your Fraternity.
Delta Chi “A”s’Academy– St. Meinrad Indiana
This is a new addition to Delta Chi’s Leadership Training opportunities! All “A”s (Presidents) from more than 120 chapters and colonies come together for our leadership and management development academy. The curriculum contains work on delegation, communication, confrontation, motivation, and representation as the five core competencies for our fraternity leaders. The Fraternity covers all costs for “A”s to attend.
WHAT ABOUT HAZING?
Delta Chi is strongly opposed to any practices that are or may appear to be hazing. The experience of Delta Chi associate members should be one of education, challenges, personal development, and excitement. Hazing in any form contradicts these goals and is a direct violation of both the Ten Basic Expectations of a Delta Chi and the oath that every member takes during his initiation.
The Fraternity takes any actions that put any member or associate member in danger very seriously, and the incidents of hazing in all fraternities and certainly Delta Chi have been increasingly infrequent in recent years. Delta Chi’s effort to make the undergraduate experience a positive one, full of fun, personal growth and preparation for professional success, is one of the reasons Delta Chi has been so successful for more than 115 years, and with men like your son living up to those values every day, the future keeps looking better.